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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 do I kill a 20th level raging Zealot Barbarian?

At 20th level, the Path of the Zealot barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 11) can rage indefinitely by virtue of starting a new rage just prior to their initial rage ending. This is ...
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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 ...
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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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What is the best way to handle hundreds of attacks?

For one of my campaigns I'm running I'm wanting to do a pitched battle of sorts, like a 100 v 100 sort of affair. The problem I'm running into is that there are going to be a lot of attacks, ...
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Can a Non-Epic character use an Epic Item?

I am having trouble finding a rule that says anything about restrictions with epic magic Items being used by non-epic characters. That's it I just wanted to know if there is some rule in a legit book ...
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How to optimize epic progression for an arcane/divine spellcaster?

My player has decided to play an arcane/divine spellcaster. He has just completed progression of an arcane hierophant and is advancing next 7 levels in mystic theurge class. The campaign will end up ...
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Epic Bluff Use - Instill Suggestion

I have read over the insert on page 39 of the epic level handbook and am still confused by how it reads. The example shows a +50 sense motive modifier and the description says its a sense motive 25 to ...
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Does the Epic Loremaster learn new spells if he attains a new level?

According to the SRD, about the Epic Loremaster: The epic loremaster’s caster level increases by 1 for each new loremaster level she attains. If she has more than one spellcasting class, she must ...
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What is the point of level 20 features?

What exactly is the point of the "capstone" features? Unless your group goes beyond level 20, won't your campaign be over, or virtually over? Most of the capstones are incredibly awesome, so it would ...
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What happens to divine power when you go epic?

Divine power (without capitalization) is a cleric spell that, among other things, sets your BAB to equal your level. Now, when you gain epic levels, you stop gaining BAB, you gain an epic bonus every ...
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How to challenge epic level characters? [closed]

I've seen a lot of people ask about epic level characters in D&D. I have played a lot of D&D from 1e to 5e with only a short dip into 4e, which was so different (not necessarily bad, just ...
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What happens after level 30?

Most of the forum posts I've read say you retire your character at level 30 but wouldn't that make the level 30 Epic Destiny features useless? There must be something after. Why give us cool new ...
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What is the best epic destiny for me?

My character is an elf cleric of Melora multiclassing in ranger. He is basically a bow/ laser cleric combo. I am also planning to take the Seldarine Dedicate paragon path. As I like to have my ...
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How to represent an “Abhorsien,” “Speaker for the Dead,” or “Shepherd of Souls” type of theme?

I have a character who recently hit level 21, which will be the last level of the campaign. As such, I am looking for something fitting her destiny more than power, and the DM is most likely willing ...