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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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Alternative to Barbarian's Rage in DnD 3.X?

I'm not fond of the Barbarian's Rage ability. Whenever I roll up a Barbarian character, I think of the character more as a "brick" - strong, powerful and seemingly unstoppable, like... He-Man Bamm-...
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How do I quicken / sum up larger (but not army-scale) d20/DnD3.x combat?

I'll be rather specific: Imagine you have five lv7 characters (in DnD3.5), a bunch of their followers (skeletons raised by their priestess and whatnot), and they're facing about the same number of ...
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What exactly are the “usual benefits to hit points” mentioned in Bear's Endurance?

My sorcerer has just reached level 11 and I am to select my last level 2 spell. I started out with a mere 9 in my constitution ability score and despite getting a toad familiar and finally getting my ...
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Searching for a particular dungeon adventure

In the D&D 3.0 Dungeon Master's Guide there is a sample dungeon (p. 126) that has only the first three rooms detailed. This is the dungeon where Lidda (infamously) gets eaten by ghouls in the ...
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What are the origins of Vermin Lord? [closed]

What exactly is the origin of vermin lord? Vermin Lord are spellcasters who focus on the use of vermin, slightly turning into one of them by developing insectoid wings and chitinous plates. I have ...
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How can you tell a 3 E feat is still valid for 3.5?

In What ways exist for a creature using the XPH to get psionic attack and defense modes?, the asker speculates that one way might be a feat not updated in 3.5. That led me to the question: How can I ...
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What's more powerful than a Fortune?

In AEG's Secrets of the Shadowlands (2004) for Legend of the Five Rings, Second Edition (that's also officially licensed by Wizards of the Coast for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition), the feat ...
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Alternative uses of Spider Climb

During my group's recent run of White Plume Mountain in 3rd Edition, we encountered a scenario that brought into question the versatility of the Spider Climb spell effect. In the dungeon, one room ...
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Are there official, complete statistics for these exotic weapons?

The Wizards of the Coast Web site hosts Battle Sheets! that convert figures from the Chainmail Miniatures Game into Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition. Some of these Battle Sheets have dwarves armed ...
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Was L5R 2nd Edition based on or compatible with D&D 3.0?

The second edition of Legend of the Five Rings is a game published in 2000 by Wizards of the Coast — the first time an L5R edition was published by WotC and the same year that they published Dungeons &...
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Is the Create Crawling Claw spell valid in v3.5?

The monster "crawling claw" (an animated amputated hand, a la Thing) seems to have a muddled history of revisions across D&D 3e and 3.5. In the 3.0 book Monsters of Faerun (29), a crawling claw ...
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How do Savage Progressions, Savage Species' HD and LA rules, and Rebuilding interact?

The Level Adjustment rules (found in the Unearthed Arcana, and updated somewhat in the Savage Progression web articles) allow one to reduce the LA portion of a character's ECL (Effective Character ...
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Would a Chameleon's Arcane Focus allow the character to use Spell Trigger and/or Spell Completion items?

The chameleon prestige class from Races of Destiny can gain an unusual form of arcane spellcasting through the use of its arcane focus class feature. Is this class feature sufficient for a chameleon ...
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Do miss chances stack?

Say a paranoid magic user has Blurring bracers of armor, Mirror Image, Blink, Invisibility, Wings of Cover, and Etherealness going. How to calculate the miss chances versus a normal attack, magic ...
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Chahar-aina and Dastana have stackable armor bonuses, enhancement bonuses increase armor bonus, how does this stack?

We know that enhancement bonuses increase the armor bonus: Enhancement bonuses to armor or natural armor effectively increase the armor or natural armor’s bonus to AC. … and armor bonuses normally ...
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Introduce CoC d20's spell costs into DnD3.x

Call of Cthulhu d20 has a Sanity point loss and/or (temp.) ability drain cost for spellcasting. How would it be best to introduce this system into DnD3.x? Are there (semi-)official guidelines for ...
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How do I determine number of damage sources for calculating Damage Reduction?

Damage reduction reduces damage from each source: Consider having DR2, if you were attacked by 6 sources each dealing 3 damage, you would take 6*(3-2)=6, however, if it was 1 source dealing 18 you ...
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Does Constitution influence Charisma?

I was looking around and notice that low constitution monsters usually are ugly (like skeletons) after all low constitution make you ugly, right? So, it's that a case where Charisma can be influenced ...
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What are the final polymorph rules?

The polymorph self spell and its friends were an ever-changing pile of errata. What was the final word on how polymorph effects work in Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition? I am uninterested in the ...
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Where is the Gold Slaad mentioned?

One of the various species of monsters created for D&D is the Slaad — vicious, large bipedal 'frog-beings' native to the plane of Limbo, that diverge into various subspecies based on color — red, ...
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What are the major differences between D&D 3.0 and D&D 3.5?

I haven't played D&D in decades and came across the PH & DMG for both the 3.0 and 3.5. editions free (score!). I played avidly as a kid but it's literally been 25+ years, so I have no ...
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How Do I Reverse Engineer Ability Checks from 3e to 2e?

This question relates to how the designers of 3rd edition might have come up with the roll-over Ability Check mechanics from the roll-under Ability Check mechanics of 2e. The problem I'm trying to ...
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How do you tell if a D&D book is 3.0 or 3.5?

I'm new to d20. I recently acquired a bunch of D&D books and I'm sure they are all either 3.0 or 3.5, but it doesn't say in the book which version it is. How can I tell which version the book is? ...
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What's the Spirit Point cost of Shapeshift: Spirit?

Fortunes and Winds (2002) for Legend of the Five Rings, Second Edition and Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition presents the new race Shapeshifter, each subrace of which gains a handful of Spirit ...
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Natives' spells and abilities pretty useless on elemental plane of fire? [closed]

Let's take a couple of examples: Efreeti and Salamander on the elemental plane of fire. Both have some spell-like abilities which are manifesting their capabilities to use fire. However, it seems that ...
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What are ability scores used for in Dungeons and Dragons?

In Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition, a character's ability score is never rarely used. We only use it at character creation, to calculate the ability modifier. So, why bother having BOTH the ability ...
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Can Greyhawk's dragons seriously not write?

I just heard that according to D&D 3rd edition's Draconomicon (for the Greyhawk setting), p. 7: Although a dragon’s front feet are not truly prehensile, a dragon can grasp objects with its ...
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Name of a javelin-creating gauntlet

I once read about this gauntlet (preatty sure it was only one, not a pair) which was able to create an enchanted javelin , or a similar shaped throwing weapon, that you could throw right away. Can you ...
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What counts as an “area of magical darkness” for the Blend into Shadows feat?

The Blend Into Shadows feat from Drow of the Underdark reads Benefit: As a swift action, you can spend a use of your darkness spell-like ability to make a Hide check, even while being observed and ...
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Which classes stack with others for determining Animal Companion bonuses?

What I am looking for is a complete list of every class and prestige class in any of the first party WotC-published D&D 3.0 or 3.5 rulebooks that stacks with other classes in determining the ...
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What ways exist for a creature using the XPH to get psionic attack and defense modes?

Are there one or more ways for a creature in a campaign that usually uses for its psionics rules the Expanded Psionics Handbook to gain psionic combat attack and defense modes from the Psionics ...
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Feat Interaction: Does the Magic in the Blood apply to Highborn Drow?

Magic in the Blood1 turns your racial spell-like abilities from 1/day to 3/day. Highborn Drow2 gives you additional spell-like abilities. Would those spell-like abilities count as racial spell-like ...
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Does a nezumi inkyo gain the feat Void Use?

The Rokugan campaign setting for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition says that "[n]on-humans and characters not native to Rokugan may not select the" feat Void Use (55), yet the inkyo (41-5) gains at ...
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How to build a knight commander?

I would like to build a character for D&D 3 ed (3.5 acceptable too). My intention is to build a heavy-armored melee combatant who would be able to withstand some punishment, deal some damage and ...
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What monsters are depicted in D&D 3E's Iconic novel, “Oath of Nerull”?

Although T. H. Lain's books frequently don't reveal the names of the monsters and spells they feature, they seem to all be sourced directly from rule books, and I've generally been able to use the ...
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What source contains a vehicle made from a dead beholder?

A vehicle created from the corpse of a beholder, with the main eye and organs removed to make room for a pilot's seat, was published somewhere in 3.5 or 3ed Dungeons & Dragons. Does anyone know ...
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Have either of the Icewind Dale video games been published as d20-compatible adventures?

My own searches did not yield any results on adaptations of the Icewind Dale video game series' story into pen & paper adventures. All I could find were adaptions for other video games like ...
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What do you do when you roll a 1 for initiative?

Are there any rules - be they official or side-bar optional ones - as to what happens when a player rolls a 1 on their initiative roll? Is the initiative roll something you can critically fail at?
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How can I convert monsters from D&D 3 or 3.5 to 2ed monsters?

I would like to know if I can convert monsters from 3.x editions (I already figured out how to convert monsters from the 1ed) into 2ed monsters.
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What order are individual attacks taken in during a full attack action, and does it differ between editions?

What rules apply to the order in which individual attacks are taken during a full attack action in D&D 3.0, 3.5, and Pathfinder? I am specifically interested in RAW requirements on the order in ...
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Does anyone know of a dragon companion prestige class?

I am looking for a rules supplement covering a prestige class that had a dragon companion. The character got the dragon on an island, and bonded with it while leveling the class. Eventually the ...
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What caster level is used for PC supernatural abilities?

As per this answer, D&D 3.0 lets you use dispel magic to remove supernatural abilities from targets. Typically, this is something PCs do to monsters, so, the applicable caster level is defined ...
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How do attacks work for 3.0 monsters

I was looking through the monster manual 2 to see if any monster would be good to add to my game (don't worry, I got the 3.5 update). What the update doesn't explain is how attacks work. Right now I'm ...
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What is the caster level for a supernatural ability?

As per the errata to the D&D 3.0 DMG, as explained here, supernatural abilities can be dispelled as if they were spells. However, I have never seen a definition of what their caster level is, and ...
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Can Dispel Magic or Mordenkainen's Disjunction dispel a Supernatural (shapeshift) effect?

In D&D 3.0 and/or 3.5 -- can Dispel Magic or Mordenkainen's Disjunction dispel Supernatural effects? (For instance, a druid's wild shape.)
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What does it mean when a spell “counters and dispels” another?

In 3.x, some spells state that they "counter and dispel" other specific spells. Does a spell used in either of these ways still have it's normal effects? Does this depend on the specific 3.x system ...
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Do effects granting extra dice stack?

I am sure I read somewhere that bonus dice to attacks do not stack with each other, one of my players disputes this, and I can't find rulings about it either way. I know that generally speaking, ...
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Can a 3rd Edition Game use 5th Edition Characters?

I have recently purchased the 5e players book and I really like the character system in 5e but my usual DM likes to play 3e and I was wondering, are these compatible? Can I use a 5e character in their ...
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How are the Strength mod and LA of Savage Species' anthropomorphic animals determined?

Anthropomorphic animals from Savage species says that attribute modifiers from the race changes depending on size change. I looked up size change in MM1 and I do not see the connection, elephants with ...
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How to gain Turn Undead class feature without taking a cleric or paladin level?

I'd thinking of building a zealot-type character, who would use Divine Feats to bolster his combat. To fuel those feats I need Turn Undead attempts per day. The normal way of getting them is having at ...