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Which Epic Spells don't follow the Epic Spell rules?

As has recently been pointed out, the pre-statted Epic Spell Superb Dispelling has a limitation that the Dispel Seed ought not to grant. Ignoring the DM's ability to approve anything, what other pre-...
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If a character with 4 main-hand attacks and the Perfect Multiweapon Fighting epic feat, does using the Haste spell grant them a 5th offhand attack?

A character, without using haste, has 4 attacks on main hand, and the epic feat Perfect Multiweapon Fighting: You can make as many attacks with each extra weapon as with your primary weapon, using ...
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Base attack bonus of a character who acquires outsider levels

I'm attempting to represent a character who is a 12th level Wizard / 4th level fighter who then acquires 15 HD of outsider levels. Which base attack bonus is correct? 12th level Wizard / 4th level ...
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Shortcuts for GMs preparing a boss sheet

Due to time constraints, I simply do not have the time any more to read through the list of all the feats, all possible enchantments, and all the prestige classes, to then build a boss. What are the ...
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How does the Perfect Wight prestige class's Improved Legerdemain feature work?

The Perfect Wight prestige class from the Epic Level Handbook (page 34) gains the Improved Legerdemain feature at 2nd level. Could the perfect wight use this to touch a device that is inside a force ...
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Epic feat: self concealment cumulate with other "miss chance" abilities or spells?

One of my players uses in combat the spell displacement (PH 223) allowing the 50% miss chance of attacks. He also has the epic feat "self concealment" (10%). This feat is on the -epic level ...
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An epic weapon with non epic special abilities

According to the SRD a weapon with a weapon enhancement bonus of +6 is an epic weapon and has a market price of 720,000 gp. Supposing a non epic special ability is added to the weapon, say for example ...
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What's the order of operations when multiple game elements check that a monster's dropped to 0 hp?

I'm considering for my PC the epic destiny Keeper of the Everflow, in part, because of the level 30 epic destiny feature turning the wheel that, among others, grants the following ability: When you ...
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Compared to the other Epic Feats that are readily available at level 21, is Multispell as obviously imbalanced as it appears?

It seems obvious to me that Epic Feats are imbalanced - that is to say, that there is a great disparity in the relative power of feats with comparable requirements - but a lot of this is made hard to ...
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What published source contained antimagic oozes?

So, I was talking with a friend about how to disable divine casters in D&D 3.5e, and they raised an intriguing possibility in that an unfortunate encounter with something called an "antimagic ...
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Denying (NPC) divine casters the ability to regain spells

I am playing an epic D&D 3.5e PC in a medium-optimization (for an epic 3.5e, as I understand it, at least) game: Most regular spells are available to the party (modulo those labeled Evil), ...
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What is Epic Magic in D&D 5e?

I've been reading and writing some adventures for my level 18 party. Currently we are exploring Epic Magic. I've described the realm of Netheril, Karsus's Folly, and Mystra's Ban. I've explained that'...
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Is the Wield Oversized Weapon epic feat as bad as it looks?

Wield Oversized Weapon [Epic] is on pg 153 of Complete Warrior. Compared to Monkey Grip on pg 103 (shown below WOW), it looks like all you get for 25 STR and 21 BAB is +2 to hit and the ability to use ...
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One of the PCs is too much powerful, how can I handle it? [4th tier one-shot session] [closed]

I'm going to run a 4th Tier One-Shot very soon, I have told all my players to build a 20th level character. One player built a powerful artificer (armorer subclass) that outshines every other PC, I ...
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Is the D&D Pantheon as invincible as it appears?

I've recently taking up the ill-advised task of skimming Deities and Demigods. Numerous times throughout this book, the idea of PCs killing off the gods is entertained. For example, page 31 says that ...
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What benefits does Phylactery Transference transfer?

This question is in relation to this earlier question. The Epic Level Handbook's Demilich has the ability Phylactery Transference, with the following effect: Headbands, belts, rings, cloaks, and ...
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How can a Demilich use staves, scrolls, etc., and study their spellbooks from a distance?

3.5's Demilich has the ability Phylactery Transference: Headbands, belts, rings, cloaks, and other wearable items kept in close association with the demilich’s phylactery transfer all their ...
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Realistically, can Epic spells be cast during combat?

I've been thinking a lot about Epic spells recently and I've noticed the following: It has commonly been observed that without heavy mitigation, the DCs and costs for developing and casting an Epic ...
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Do class tiers change at Epic level?

JaronK's Tier System for Classes is widely accepted. However, every explanation that I've seen for why each class is in its tier makes no mention of Epic levels. I have little doubt that this is due ...
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Why stand on a mount?

Epic Ride checks confer the ability to stand on a mount. What mechanical benefit does this confer? The only description given in the SRD is: This allows the character to stand on his or her mount’s ...
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What is dysfunctional, controversial, or negative about Epic skill checks?

I often see it said that the entire Epic Level Handbook should be dismissed as broken and frequently dysfunctional. However, outside of claims that the entire book is bad, I never see Epic skill ...
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At which levels does an Epic Shadowdancer gain bonus feats?

ELH p.21 says the class gets a feat every 3 levels after 20th, but the table on the next page shows bonus feats at 13th/16th/19th. It's not hard to imagine what's probably correct, but has this ...
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Can a bard choose to prepare spells, and thereby benefit from items that allow recall of previously prepared spells?

I'm considering whether to place a high-level magic item in my epic-level game. On page 28 of the PHB, under the bard 'spells' section, it states (emphasis mine): As noted above, a bard need not ...
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Is there a lore explanation to the Improved Spell Capacity feat?

I have been glancing through the epic feats. I ran into a feat called Improved Spell Capacity, which allows a caster to cast up to 25th-level spells. As far as my lore knowledge goes, after the ...
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Are there any errata corrections for the epic Paladin's Turn Undead and Remove Disease progressions?

In my campaign the level 20 paladin PC is about to hit level 21 and I noticed 3.5 DMG page 208 states: Turn Undead (Su):The paladin turns undead as a cleric of two levels lower, as normal. ...
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Aside from Epic Spellcasting, what earned Epic level play its bad reputation? [closed]

Among 3.5e players, the Epic Level Handbook has a very bad reputation and its rules are often called out as being highly dysfunctional. In addition to this, high level play in general has a poor ...
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What is the name of this "living planet" creature?

I remember from back when I played 4th edition more, that there exists within the lore some sort of Abberation creature that was described as being "a living planet, from the Far Realm". It's ...
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Does the Boon of Spell Mastery benefit someone with Magic Initiate but no spell slots?

As a Fighter with an above-average Intelligence score, I've chosen to take the Magic Initiate feat (PHB, p. 168), and as my 1st-level wizard spell, I've chosen to learn burning hands, which I'm now ...
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Can I use the Boon of Spell Mastery as a warlock for a spell that I didn't learn as a warlock, but learned as a different class?

If I have a bard with cure wounds, and take one level of Celestial warlock (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 54) before getting the Boon of Spell Mastery (DMG, 232): Choose one 1st-level sorcerer,...
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What rules are there for epic spells, if any?

Back in older editions of D&D there were rules for designing epic spells using seeds and factors. These epic spells still exist in Forgotten Realms currently (1400 DR) so what are the rules for ...
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How can my PC meet the requirements for legendary dreadnought?

My PC is a tiefling fighter 16 (hence ECL 17) that wants to enter the prestige class legendary dreadnought (Epic Level Handbook 33–4). However, standing in my PC's way is the prestige class's ...
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How does Epic Spell Seed: Fortify work when trying to enhance multiple ability scores?

The Epic Spell Seed: Fortify has a base DC of 17 and has the following use among other uses: Spells using the fortify seed grant a +1 enhancement bonus to whichever one of the following the caster ...
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Does a bonus action end invisibility gained from the Boon of the Night Spirit?

As the title says really. The Boon of the Night Spirit says: While completely in an area of dim light or darkness, you can become invisible as an action. You remain invisible until you take an action ...
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How can I minimize the risk of mind control with magic items?

We are playing a very overpowered game (which is perhaps at the level of rocket tag), but is a ton of fun. My character is a 17th-level Zealot Barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 11) and I ...
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Can Boon of Luck be recharged on a long rest?

I was looking at the boons page in the DMG and the Boon of Luck says You can add a d10 roll to any ability check, attack roll, or saving throw you make. Once you use this boon, you can't use it ...
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Permanent CL boosting for a dual Divine/Arcane spellcaster

So, I'm playing in a high power campaign that'll be going deep into epic levels, and I'd like to try to raise my CL. I'll get into depth after discussing how things are looking currently. Current ...
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Can an artificer make a staff for epic spells?

Would an artificer be able to create a staff that was meant to cast an epic spell using use magic item skill assuming the epic spell was developed beforehand?
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If I give max-level player characters a 1-level multiclass dip, will it cause any major problems?

My players are level 18 on our 2-year campaign. I am in the process of writing a story where they will switch souls. After that campaign, I thought of rewarding all of them with a 1-level dip in any ...
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What are advantages of the Boon of High Magic over the Boon of Spell Recall?

DMG p. 231-232 describes many epic boons for after level 20. Two of those are: Boon of High Magic You gain one 9th-level spell slot, provided that you already have one. and Boon of Spell Recall You ...
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Ha-Naga spells save DC

I'm preparing an encounter with an Ha-Naga, and I'm surprised by its spells save DC. According SRD, its saves are 33 + spell level, charisma-based ; but it has "only" 36 charisma, which should put ...
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Is the epic boon progression too fast?

The PHB's required XP for leveling can generally be described as, "For your next level, you'll need more than what was required for this level," with a notable exception between going from level 10 to ...
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Is a feat that allows one more swift/immediate action per round balanced?

The epic SRD has this feat: Multispell [Epic] Prerequisites: Quicken Spell, ability to cast 9th-level arcane or divine spells. Benefit: You may cast one additional quickened spell in a round. Special:...
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Can Athasian psionicist/druids evolve into "advanced beings" like the other caster classes?

In Athas, there are options for high level Psionicist / Clerics or Psionicist / (Defilers | Preservers) to become advanced beings. Is there such an advancement path for high level Psionicist / Druids?...
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Epic Spellcasting and Mystic Theurge: how many spell slots?

Assume an epic Mystic Theurge has picked up the Epic Spellcasting feat only once. They can cast 9th level spells both arcane and divine. They have 24 ranks in each of the relevant skills: ...
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Fabricate + Epic Ignore Components = Creation?

Fabricate can make items with raw materials: Material Component: The original material, which costs the same amount as the raw materials required to craft the item to be created. Now, if one have ...
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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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How do I create Plants in 3.5e?

Our campaign is plodding along steadily and we are approaching the various character made Demiplane levels of play. These demiplanes are full of non living materials, but this question can be applied ...
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Why is Epic Spellcasting suggested for a Ranger?

According to the Epic Level Handbook, in order to qualify for the Epic Spellcasting Feat, one must meet the following prerequisites: Spellcraft 24 ranks, Knowledge (arcana) 24 ranks, ability to ...
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Can Transformation give a base attack bonus over 20 to epic characters?

I know for epic level progression, you cannot increase your base attack bonus after character level 20, so it is advantageous to get at least +16 for the 4 attacks/round. However, I was just reading ...
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Does this fix the "Quadratic Wizards" problem in Pathfinder? [closed]

I am planning a Pathfinder campaign which I hope to reach higher level play (at least 15+, maybe up to 25th level.). I see a lot of concern about spell casters in 3.0/3.5/Pathfinder becoming "god-...
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