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The original release of Dungeons & Dragons third edition from 2000, not including the v3.5 revised edition.

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According to Book of Exalted Deeds, how to choose between two evils?

The Book of Exalted Deeds says that evil means used to prevent greater evil cannot be used by good characters, and says: Some good characters might view a situation where an evil act is required to ...
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What's the story to “WotC gave up on fixing Polymorph”?

This is about D&D version 3.0 through 3.5e. It's been well-established that the Polymorph spell is broken. However, I often see the claim that "Wizards of the Coast (WotC, the game publisher) ...
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Are there any other half-fiends except for Draegloths that were created intentionally by a mortal race?

According to the Forgotten Realms wiki article on Draegloths, they are perhaps the only variety of half-fiend that was created regularly and intentionally by a mortal race. (Monster Compendium: ...
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How far can a half-orc monk with 18 STR throw a pig?

In 3/3.5e D&D, how far can a half-orc monk with 18 strength throw a pig? We shall assume the pig is a domestic pig weighing 200 pounds who looks like Wilbur from Charlotte's Web. The pig will ...
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Vermin Lord has Pincer Claws ability in table that is missing in text

Page 74 of The Book of Vile Darkness shows the table for The Vermin Lord and at 8th level the ability "pincer claws" is gained. However, in the accompanying ability descriptions for the class, that ...
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Is the Exclusive trick the only “official” way to keep others from using Handle Animal on an animal?

I'm asking this because I think it's ridiculous to be able to handle someone else's loyal animal (e.g. a guard dog, animal companion) without training the animal to accept such handling. Exclusive (...
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Is the 3.0 Druid a lower tier than the 3.5e Druid?

When looking at comparisons between 3.0 edition and 3.5, I've noticed something interesting. In some cases, for example here and here, I've seen it commented that the Druid was not playable in 3.0 and ...
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What is the lowest INT required in order to take a class level?

It is commonly thought that 3 INT is the minimum amount required in order to take class levels, but where does it state such? It is often inferred or implied (animals have intelligence 1 or 2, and ...
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Are there any feats that could increase damage output of spellfire's damage?

Using spellfire is a supernatural ability. Are there any feats to increase its damage output? Materials from Dungeon and Dragon magazines are welcome.
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How long does the alternate form of the Hengeyokai last?

A 1st level Hengeyokai is able to change once per day. This once per day is stated to be a change "from human, to animal, and back again." How long does the alternate form of the Hengeyokai last in a ...
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Is there a limit how much spellfire energy can be used at once by a spellfire wielder?

Higher levels of spellfire channeler class allow one to store absurdly huge amounts of spellfire energy. I allowed one player to have the spellfire wielder feat. At 12 character level, with 5 levels ...
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Is there an errata that changes the effect of the Irresistible Spell Metamagic feat from Kingdoms of Kalamar?

So the metamagic feat known as Irresistible Spell is from a campaign setting known as KoK (Kingdoms of Kalamar) a relatively unknown setting. If you have the metamagic feats Envelop the Wall (another ...
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How do nested planes/pockets work?

Outpocketing: Sometimes planar borders bulge and stretch, forming an outpocket, a bulge onto another plane. Outpockets are discrete areas, visible as transparent walls or bubbles on the affected ...
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Cloak Fighting, the Ultimate Deception… How to Build it?

I'm rolling up a new character, and had an idea for a character inspired by the novel Dance of Cloaks. In the novel, the main character fights like a rogue, but uses his cloaks to displace his ...
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What are Faerunian elven bonding (marriage) rites like?

Is there any Forgotten Realms lore (3e/3.5e era preferred, but 2e sources could work as well) that describes or shows the basic flow of an Elven bonding (marriage) rite, or provides clues as to what ...
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How can I justify a gnome samurai in Faerûn? [closed]

A new player wants to join a game I'm running. The campaign is set in Thesk in Faerûn, and the player wants to play a gnome samurai. I'd like to find a way to make this work, but I keep running into ...
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How does a monk jump as far as they want?

In the Order of the Stick webcomic, This was back when OOTS still occasionally made jabs at the D&D 3.5 rules. Roy describes her behavior in strip #406 page 2 panel 10 like this: It's like ...
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Can a PC who takes the form of a deepspawn spawn monsters?

A PC uses the spell shapechange to assume the form of a deepspawn (Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn 32–3). Can the PC use the deepspawn's spawn ability? If so, are such spawn forevermore under ...
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Why do I see so much hate online for double progression prestige classes AKA “theurges”? [closed]

There are a number of “theurge” Prcs in D&D 3.5 and D&D 3 — classes that progress both their own and the base class's spellcasting — and I've notice a lot of hate for them that I don't ...
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How to add descriptive role-playing flair if I'm not good at improvising?

This question is inspired by an answer to another question here. I originally tagged this with system-agnostic but was informed that some systems actually have ...
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How do constitution modifier changes affect current HP?

We are quite new to playing D&D and recently noticed that when you gain or lose constitution modifier, you will gain or lose hitpoints. Now we are having a few issues with this, mainly being: ...
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Are there official full stats for a Titan's Great Warhammer?

The Titan entry in the Monster Manual or SRD mentions that Titans use a "great two-handed warhammer" which is a gargantuan weapon that does 4d6 damage. Are there actual official 'rest of the stats' ...
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Is there any feat to protect against a grapple that has reach?

I am trying to find a feat to protect my character against grapple attempts from creatures with a reach of 10ft or more. We're playing a low magic campaign and after a fight with a mooncalf (in which ...
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What book had Rituals to “upgrade” animal companions to keep them viable at higher levels?

I'm specifically looking for the resource/book/reference that I found basically the following: It was an entry, showing how those with Animal Companions could have their companion undergo a Ritual at ...
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Do Age Category adjustments remain after becoming immortal?

An adventurer or villain has reached Middle Age or higher and then somehow becomes immortal (be it by way of Lichdom, Vampirism, becoming a deity, or some other twist of fate). What happens to the ...
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Who were the Ancient Baatorians?

Manual of the Planes (2001) says Though the Nine Hells is governed by devils, some sages believe that the devils commandeered the Nine Hells from a far older, stranger race now simply called ...
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When does the bonus damage from Mortalbane apply when added to a DoT effect?

The Mortalbane feat (Book of Vile Darkness, p. 49) adds bonus damage to spell-like abilities when used on mortals: A mortalbane ability is a damaging spell-like ability that deals 2d6 points of ...
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Is there supplementary material that improves the adept NPC class?

The NPC class adept is considered a tier 4 class, so it's theoretically more versatile than tier 5 classes like the fighter, monk, paladin, soulknife, and so on, and the class is a reasonable choice ...
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Looking for an anti-drow “thundering” warhammer

Many years ago, our group played a module that was, I believe, either 3e or 3.5e Dungeons & Dragons that contained a warhammer. Whenever this warhammer was in the presence of drow, the wielder ...
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What were the winning prestige classes?

Wizards of the Coast in Jan. 2001 sponsored a prestige class contest on the company's messageboards, and, I assume, announced the results mid-April. Unlike the earlier spellwriting contest that saw ...
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Are there alternate rules for round and turn management for Pathfinder, 3E or 3.5E or d20 (in general)? [closed]

Are there other ways to manage time, rounds and turns in PF, 3E or 3.5E or d20 in general? Current rules are ok, but they seem a little bit like turn based videogames. What could we do to feel the ...
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Was Improved Grab modified during system revision?

Is the Improved Grab ability different in 3.0? Like, I don't know, maybe no special size restriction, or it working like the 3.5 version's -20 without an actual -20 penalty? For reference, the ...
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Were the veth's spells per day and spells known ever corrected?

While digging through and compiling aging material, I happened upon the Greyhawk-specific prestige class veth (link is to the Internet Archive version; the original apparently gone). The class ...
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Specialist Wizard became an Incantatrix. Two specalizations?

Gwendolin the Elven Arcanist is a Transmuter Wizard (banned schools: necro, evocation) that became an Incantatrix (Magic of Faerun ver.): Upon becoming an incantatrix [...] the incantatrix is a ...
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What was the source of this Magic Items PDF found on Wizards' website?

This "New Magic Items" PDF, found in the files section of the Wizards of the Coast website, has been shared around on various forums and linked in handbooks over the years. It has several fairly ...
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Was the Keen weapon enhancement cost ever altered or subject to errata?

I suppose the question could be restated: Has Keen always been a +1 enhancement in 3e and 3.5e? I've been playing this game for some years now, as has another player who also frequently runs the ...
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Who pays the XP cost for a spell the Eidolon casts?

The epic spell Eidolon creates a magical duplicate of the caster, "fully rested" and with all the spellcasting potential of its level. Including the ability to cast spells with a XP cost. Who pays ...
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Which identical image appears in each of these editions' DMGs?

The just-for-fun prestige class conventioneer (or, if that doesn't work for you, here) that was posted on Wizards of the Coast Web site in 2001 possesses the special ability convention savvy. The ...
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How does Windrider interact with polymorph?

Dnd 3e's Masters of the Wild introduced the Windrider prestige class. Windriders can designate a mount (subject to some restrictions) and give it various bonuses, including bonus HD. A fifth-level ...
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How do the Incarnate Construct spell interact with half-golems?

Monster Manual II introduced half-golems: you can have a golem limb attached to replace a missing one, and if you fail a will save, you gain the construct type. Savage Species introduced the ...
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How can I figure out a jermlaine's racial bonuses to skills?

The jermlaine from the Monster Manual II were given a non-cohort LA of +0 by the 3.5 revision, making the jermlaine an appropriate race for a PC. Using the standard array, a jermlaine's ability ...
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How does 3.0 mounted charge work?

In DnD 3.0 (before the 3.5 revision), how exactly does charging on a mount work? I've checked the PHB and the DMG, but neither has a lot of detail. Specifically, who (mount or rider) takes what kind ...
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What methods existed for boosting caster level in D&D 3.0?

What methods existed for boosting caster level in D&D 3.0 (before 3.5)? I'm looking for straight boosts, so something like the good domain boost to good spells only is not relevant (unless there's ...
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How did DnD 3.0 barbarian optimization work? [closed]

I started thinking about this after my wife demanded that I optimize a 3.0 barbarian character. I never paid much attention to martial optimization back in 3.0 though, so I don't know how to think ...
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Who invented Difficulty Class?

As far as I can see, one of the watershed changes with D&D 3e, which has survived down into 5e, was the replacement of a plethora of different systems for determining success to a d20-roll-over ...
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When reflective spell resistance works against vampiric touch, what happens?

The special ability reflective spell resistance of the nerra says A nerra has a special type of spell resistance that causes any targeted spell it successfully resists to bounce off and reflect ...
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Must a soul eater take a standard action to use its energy drain?

The prestige class soul eater (Book of Vile Darkness 66-7) gains at level 1 the supernatural ability energy drain, which says A soul eater gains the ability to drain energy, bestowing negative ...
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What happens to a creature that passes its save against the Fanfare spell?

The Fanfare spell (Song and Silence) describes its effect as follows: Fanfare creates a trumpet blast so loud that it can shake the foundations of buildings or stop an army in its tracks. Every ...
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Where do new druids come from?

Other classes have easy explanations for how they came to be: fighters and monks trained, wizards studied, clerics and paladins prayed, sorcerers and oracles were born that way, and so on, so forth. ...
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Is there a way to create a magic item at less than its absolute minimum caster level?

Without using psionics, is there a way to reduce the absolute lowball minimum caster level of a spell completion magic item or spell trigger magic item? Likewise, is there a way to brew a potion at a ...