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For questions about interpreting what a feat does or understanding specific feats, which are abilities of a character that provide small bonuses in specific circumstances in Dungeons and Dragons 3rd edition and higher, as well as Pathfinder.

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Do the lowered level parameters for selecting a Wild Cohort Extend to its Bonus HD/Nat Armor/Tricks?

For referencer the feat can be found here http://archive.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/re/20031118a I was wondering, the feat when it says "When selecting an alternative animal cohort, use the list ...
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Do the Improvised Weapon Mastery and Shikigami Style feats stack?

The Improvised Weapon Mastery feat says: Increase the amount of damage dealt by the improvised weapon by one step (for example, 1d4 becomes 1d6) to a maximum of 1d8 (2d6 if the improvised weapon is ...
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What is the range of the Defensive Throw feat?

The benefit of the Defensive Throw feat (Complete Warrior, p. 97) says: If the opponent you have chosen to use your Dodge feat against attacks you and misses, you can make an immediate trip attack ...
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If a cleric takes the Ritual Caster feat and picks the wizard list, are they able to scribe rituals that are on both classes' spell lists?

I am playing a cleric. I would like to take the Ritual Caster feat at level 4 to access some wizard spells for utility. Can my cleric spend the material cost to add rituals shared by both classes (...
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Making a Tank character [on hold]

I am in a 3.5e campaign and I am working on putting together a dragonborn knight that has really high defense, health, and can also buff adjacent allies. What should I look at for feats? All books ...
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Can you use a Smiting Spell as a normal touch spell?

The Smiting Spell feat from PHB2 lets you transfer a touch spell into a weapon or ammunition and then the next time you attack with the weapon the spell discharges, applying its effects. Can you ...
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What is the benefit of the Monkey Grip feat?

The Monkey Grip feat enables you to wield a larger weapon at the cost of -2 to attack. In the best case, a larger weapon gives you 3.5 extra damage: Greatsword 2d6 -> large Greatsword 3d6. The ...
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Can you immediately attack after using Smiting Spell?

Normally, a creature can cast a spell that has a range of touch and then, before or after or without taking a move action, make an attack with that touch spell in the same round. If I modify a touch ...
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What balance pitfalls result from this house rule modifying the Shield Master feat?

For an upcoming game, I'm weighing Shield Master as a feat selection. The closer I look at it (and recent rulings on it), however, the more lackluster I find it in comparison to other choices like ...
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How can Combat Expertise gained from the Passive Way fighting style be replaced?

I took 2 levels of monk for mainly to get at level 2 the alternative class feature invisible fist and the feat Improved Trip as a bonus feat from the monk fighting style Passive Way. However, at level ...
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What are the benefits to casting without the need for somatic components?

I am playing a Shadowcaster in a 3.5e Forgotten Realms campaign and I took Still Mystery at 1st level, which lets me cast mysteries without the use of somatic components. What is the benefit of being ...
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Could I use a greatsword and a longsword in one turn with Two-Weapon Fighting and the Dual Wielder feat?

I am a 5th level fighter with an extra attack and I have TWF and the Dual Wielder feat. In theory, could I use my first two attacks with a greatsword and then make a bonus action attack with a ...
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Are there any feats that let you treat tentacles as arms, or arm grafts that can add arms?

Are there any feats that let you treat tentacles as arms that can be used to wield weapons, a la Prehensile Tail for tails? Alternatively, are there any arm grafts that can add to my total number of ...
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Do I have to use the same weapon for Improved Trip?

Assume I have a longsword and an empty off hand, the Improved Trip feat, and a BAB of 6. Can I attack on 6 with my longsword, attempt to trip on 1 with my hand, and if I succeed, follow up with my ...
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Is it possible to chain the Dissonant Whispers spell if multiple characters have the War Caster feat?

The Dissonant Whispers spell description (PHB, p. 234) states: The target must make a Wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, it takes 3d6 psychic damage and must immediately use its reaction, if ...
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How does the Eldritch Heritage feat function if you're already a Sorcerer?

How does the Eldritch Heritage feat function if you're already a Sorcerer? I'm a sorcerer with Celestial bloodline. Eldritch Heritage finishes by saying: You do not gain any of the other ...
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Can you retrain a feat into a feat that “must be taken at 1st level”?

Can you retrain a feat into a feat that "must be taken at 1st level", such as Fiendish Heritage or Monstrous Mask?
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Can Vivisectionist retrain Throw Anything feat?

One of my players has an alchemist with vivisectionist archetype, thus loosing ability to make bombs in change of roguish sneak attack. He tries to convince me, that Throw Anything feat gained as a ...
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If I train a skill I already have via a feat, do I get to retrain that skill?

If a character trained in Perception in Star Wars Saga Edition later buys Force Perception (Train Perception, and roll UtF for it instead), can the character retrain the skill training lost? The ...
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If I retrain the feat Skill Training, do I then lose training in that skill?

Let's say at level 2, I choose to learn the feat Skill Training and add a +5 training bonus to Dungeoneering. Then at level 11, I retrain it with a Paragon level feat. Do I then lose the training ...
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Can you retrain the Magic Initiate spell?

This question got me thinking about the mechanics of the Magic Initiate feat when you have class levels in the class into which you were inducted. Among the classes you can pick with this feat are ...
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Can I retrain a multiclass feat?

Can I retrain a multiclass feat? Furthermore can I retrain into a different multiclass feat?
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Are there any balance issues in allowing two half-feats to be taken without the Ability Score Increase instead of a feat?

Some feats such as Actor and Keen Mind provide a single Ability Score increase along with some other benefits. These feats are sometimes called half-feats (and I am using this definition for this ...
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Is it unbalanced to allow a monk with the Tavern Brawler feat to use improvised weapons as monk weapons?

A friend of mine wants to play a variant human monk with the Tavern Brawler feat. He asked me if he could use improvised Weapons as monk weapons. I personally haven't played a monk, or a character ...
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Are there any feat combinations that would let you fire two hand crossbows or two pistols as a standard action?

Are there any feat combinations that would allow a character dual-wielding hand crossbows or pistols to fire both as a standard action?
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To what extent would a wizard be able to combine feats to learn to mimic unknown spells?

Searching for how to give a rogue I'm building a sort of eidetic memory, I came across many posts throughout the net about using the feat Keen Mind as a way for wizards to negate having to worry about ...
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Shield Master - Does the reaction to block a Fireball happen before or after the Dexterity saving throw?

The Shield Master feat (PH p.170) grants the following ability: If you are subjected to an effect that allows you to make a Dexterity saving throw to take only half damage, you can use your ...
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Can a character with the Polearm Master feat make an opportunity attack against an invisible creature that enters their reach?

The second benefit of the Polearm Master feat (PHB, p. 168) says: While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, quarterstaff, or spear, other creatures provoke an opportunity attack from you when ...
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Can you use the Mobile and Crossbow Expert Feats simultaneously?

I'm a new DM and I have a level 6 ranger in my party. In our game, we came across 4 closely packed enemies in a 1×4 line. The ranger attacked twice with her short-sword, and twice with her crossbow. ...
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If I take the Magic Initiate feat and choose a different class, but pick a spell that's also on my class's list, can I cast it using spell slots?

If I take the Magic Initiate feat and choose a different class's spell list, but pick a spell that's also on my class's spell list, can I cast it using my class's spell slots? I have read this ...
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How does mounted combat interact with the Charger feat?

I saw that someone on Reddit asked about the Charger feat while on a mount. I understand that using Dash with the mount's action isn't counted as you dashing according to the rules. However, does the ...
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Does a caster need a free hand to cast a spell from a spell scroll?

Does a caster need a free hand to cast a spell from a spell scroll? What if they have the War Caster feat?
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Does the Sharpshooter feat work on spells cast through a ranged weapon being used as a spellcasting focus?

I'm asking as a player: Does the Sharpshooter feat's 3rd clause (-5/+10) work on spells cast through a ranged weapon being used as a spellcasting focus? Specifically, does the Sharpshooter feat work ...
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Can I use the Split Ray metamagic feat on the Ray of Exhaustion spell like this?

Does this sequence work? I use the Split Ray metamagic on the Ray of Exhaustion spell With the first ray, I hit enemy A If he does not fail the Fort save, I hit him with the second ray; now he is ...
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Does the Defensive Duelist feat stack with the AC calculation from the Warforged's Integrated Protection trait?

The warforged integrated protection uses your proficiency bonus as part of the calculation for your AC at all 3 levels if you are proficient in that armor type. The Defensive Duelist feat allows you ...
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Does the Eldritch Knight need the Warcaster feat to cast spells when using 2h or sword/shield?

Many of the spells that an Eldritch Knight can cast have a somatic component. If I am playing as an Eldritch Knight with a two-handed sword or weapon/shield combo, would I require the Warcaster feat? ...
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Monk's Martial Arts and Polearm Master

I have a problem with an interpretation of the outcome of a monk with the Polearm Master feat, wielding a quarterstaff. You can take the Attack action and attack with a quarterstaff using Dex instead ...
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If I have the War Caster feat, can I use the Thorn Whip cantrip to stop an enemy caster from escaping using the Dimension Door spell?

Assume I am playing a druid or warlock with the War Caster feat, which allows me to cast single target spells in place of using a melee attack of opportunity. I also know the thorn whip cantrip. A ...
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How to determine if using the Great Weapon Master feat will increase DPR?

If I have the Great Weapon Master feat, how do I work out if using the -5 to hit and +10 damage gives more damage overall, given a certain AC, to hit, and damage bonus? For example: I’m an Aasimar ...
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If I cast Booming Blade learned via the Magic Initiate feat, and use it on my druid's Flame Blade spell, what spellcasting modifier do I use?

This question was brought up in my intense scheming against a D&D boss my DM created in my off-hours. I'm playing a druid, so I was thinking of all the broken ways I could use my spells. Then it ...
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How could you gain a ritual book for the Ritual Caster feat, from a storytelling perspective?

I wanted to add the Ritual Caster feat to my character. I talked about this with my DM and they said that I would need a way to acquire a ritual book in order to make use of the feat. I suggested that ...
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If I have multiple attacks, does the penalty from Combat Expertise apply to all attacks?

We're playing using the D&D 3.5 rules. In the rulebook for "Combat Expertise" it states that When you use the attack or full attack action in melee, you can take a penalty of -5 on your attack ...
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Is the 'Tough' feat's additional health still added when Wild Shaped/Shapeshifted?

Following on from this question: Do any feats carry over when in Wild Shape? It seems all feats carry over to your new form if your new form is capable of using them (so Mounted Combatant and ...
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How do caster level prerequisites for item creation work for multiclassed characters?

In order to qualify for certain item creation feats you have to have a certain caster level. For example: Forge Ring [Item Creation] Prerequisite: Caster level 12th. Benefit You ...
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How does one determine damage when using the feat Leap Attack?

Just so nobody has to find it, the Complete Adventurer errata says that in the feat Leap Attack that the second sentence of the Benefit paragraph should read as follows: If you cover at least 10 ...
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How does the War Caster feat interact with a Hydra's Reactive Heads trait?

The War Caster feat gives the following property: When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell at the creature, rather than ...
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Can a character who is immune to mind-affecting effects benefit from the Craven feat?

The Craven feat, which provides bonus damage on sneak attacks, has an unusual prerequisite: Cannot be immune to fear If a character is immune to mind-affecting effects (such as via a Mind Blank ...
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How can a sword-swinging PC immediately animate a killed foe?

I'd like a PC in my campaign to slay his foes by using a melee or ranged weapon like a sword or spear then have those foes rise immediately to join him in the fight as zombies or some other kind of ...
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Does the Weapon Master feat grant you a fighting style?

Does the Weapon Master feat grant you a fighting style? I've heard this, and even seen this somewhere, but I cannot find the right source/book for this. Maybe my PHB is just outdated? My confusion ...
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Does the monk's Step of the Wind feature activate the benefit of the Mobile feat?

The Mobile feat (PHB, p. 168) says: When you use the Dash action, difficult terrain doesn't cost you extra movement on that turn The monk's Step of the Wind feature says: You can spend 1 ki ...