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Does a low Wis Swordsage have an AC penalty?

It says you can add your Wisdom modifier as a bonus. It does not say you have to, or that it just happens whether you want it to or not. It is your choice. If your modifier is negative, you presumably ...
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Is there a reason for Searing Blade to have a standard action as an initiation action?

The Tome of Battle errata never gets as far as searing blade—it starts to correct firesnake (a maneuver in desperate need of errata), but instead of indicating what text you are supposed to add to the ...
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Do the AC Bonus (Ex) class abilities of monks and swordsages stack?

Nope. Strictly speaking, the Swordsage ability only works in light armor, and the Monk ability only works when he's in no armor at all. Gotcha!
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Is Iron Heart Surge limited to effects measured in rounds?

No one knows. Iron Heart surge is easily the biggest question mark in an otherwise-stellar book, worded very confusingly and plagued by nonsensical customer service rulings (that imply, for example, ...
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Do the AC Bonus (Ex) class abilities of monks and swordsages stack?

Out of the box mentioned abilities don't interact. This is because by RAW swordsage needs light armor1 for her AC Bonus to be active, while monk's AC Bonus works specifically when unarmored. But with ...
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Do the AC Bonus (Ex) class abilities of monks and swordsages stack?

Like Eikre's answer says, normally it doesn't matter if a creature can stack both a monk's extraordinary ability AC bonus and a swordsage's extraordinary ability AC bonus because a monk's AC bonus ...
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Looking for a Crusader Paladin prestige class

Ruby knight vindicator on Tome of Battle page 122 can be entered by a 4th-level paladin/1st-level crusader and will do exactly what you are looking for. It is, in fact, the only class that will. At ...
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Warblade maneuver recovery

To recover you need to do both of the following: A swift action, and One of the following: Attempt a melee attack (any melee attack, such as the standard-action attack, part of a full-attack, even ...
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Per RAW, does knowing Assassin's Stance allow for feats that have "sneak attack" as a prerrequisite?

Assassin's Stance gives you Sneak Attack, but not as a class feature. The Assassin's Stance maneuver (ToB, p. 75) says (emphasis mine): While you are in this stance, you gain the sneak attack ability,...
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Does Wall of Blades (Warblade maneuver) work against touch attacks?

Yes, it does. These are the touch attack rules: Some attacks disregard armor, including shields and natural armor. In these cases, the attacker makes a touch attack roll (either ranged or melee). A ...
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Does the spell Dimensional Anchor stop Shadow Jaunt?

Yes Dimensional anchor does this: Any creature or object struck by the ray is covered with a shimmering emerald field that completely blocks extradimensional travel. It goes on to describe examples ...
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Can I use a maneuver to meet the prerequisites for a martial stance, then swap out that maneuver later?

Advancing a level has an order of operations This order is detailed in the Player's Handbook (58-9), but it's absent from the SRD so that Wizards of the Coast can sell you books. What you need to ...
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Can you use Counters and Stances while swimming? (and other non-standing positions)

Stone Dragon specifies that its maneuvers (stances included) require one to be standing on solid ground. If you were at the bottom of the lake, fine, but swimming, they’re a no-go. But all the other ...
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Is there a feat for Path of War rules to use two Martial Stances at once?

The only way to do so currently is the warlord’s dual stance 20th-level capstone class feature. I brought this question up with the Dreamscarred Press Path of War team, and their response was ...
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Is the ToB Manuever Shadow Jaunt overpowered/broken?

Shadow jaunt is distinctly limited versus other teleportation effects: You must have line of sight and line of effect to your destination. Most teleportation effects require neither. That means ...
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Is the damage from Snap Kick fixed like, for example Insightful Strike or can you add any more bonuses to it?

The attack made by Snap Kick is defined as an unarmed attack, and the damage calculation offered by it matches that used by an unarmed strike made as an offhand attack while two-weapon fighting. This ...
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Do I need to hit, or just attack, to trigger Defensive Rebuke?

The descriptive text says (Tome of Battle, p58) ...when your blows strike home... and the rules text says 'strike' not 'attack', so RAW it's mostly clear that you have to hit, and RAI it's crystal ...
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Can a Warblade use Wall of Blades to counter an attack from an invisible foe?

Yes (unless you're actually flat-footed) The Wall of Blades maneuver itself only has one restriction on its use: You can't use this maneuver if you are denied your Dexterity bonus to AC against ...
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Can I use strike maneuvers while polymorphed?

Maneuvers can't be initiated when in the viper form granted by that cape The cape of the viper (Magic Item Compendium 84) (2,000 gp; 1 lb.), in part, says While in viper form, you replace all your ...
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What's the DC for Hatchling's Flame?

Spell save DCs are usually (10 + spell level + spellcasting ability modifier), so we should expect something similar to be true for maneuver DCs. Oddly, the actual rules don't seem to make this ...
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Cataphract—homebrew martial adept base class

You're taking on a tough challenge trying to slot a new class into the Tome of Battle ecosystem. The classes there are already good at covering a lot of bases, so let's see what this class has going ...
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What can make something immune to Crusader's "Iron guard's Glare" stance

RAW (Rules As Written), there is no option to resist it. The Iron Guard's Glare stance simply causes opponents that you threaten to take a penalty on attacks against all targets that are not you. The ...
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Damage Output of Lightning Recovery (Tome of Battle Maneuver)

How much it adds depends on the target’s AC. For instance, something with 20 AC more than your attack bonus (30 AC in your case), you only hit on a 20, a 5% chance. But if you miss and initiate ...
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Is there any synergy between the Death From Above strike and Dancing Blade Form stance?

The reach offered by dancing blade form isn’t any different from any other form of reach, which is to say, reach is a pretty common element to the game that the authors would have been aware of when ...
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Does a low Wis Swordsage have an AC penalty?

Bonuses are not Modifiers A positive modifier is called a bonus, and a negative modifier is called a penalty. A bonus is ALWAYS positive. If you don't have have a Wisdom bonus, you can't add it to ...
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Maneuver and stance prerequisites

Tome of Battle pg. 44, under Prerequisite: you must meet a certain set of requirements to be able to choose that maneuver as one you know. [...] Some of the more powerful maneuvers require you to ...
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Can I use Moment of Perfect Mind in response to a surprise attack?

Yes, regardless of whether or not you have been instructed to roll initiative you can use Moment of Perfect Mind, since its description specifies it can be used at any time (a case of specific beating ...
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Can a warblade use maneuvers on thrown weapons?

If you throw a weapon, you are making a ranged attack. If you are making a ranged attack, you are not making a melee attack. If a strike specifies a melee attack, you do not meet the requirement. ...
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Is there any way for an Initiator to alter their Discipline list?

There is not. Impossible to prove a negative, but Tome of Battle is really the only book that discusses maneuvers, and it’s not in there. However, it is a really common houserule to allow a character ...
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Is the swordsage's recovery interruptable?

Typically, Swordsage maneuver recovery will not be interrupted in the normal course of combat. You ask: Does taking damage before the start of your next turn interrupt the meditation? This suggests ...
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