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The D&D 4th edition term 'milestone' isn't defined in the online D&D compendium, except that you gain an action point when it happens. When does a milestone occur? Has the definition changed since the game's initial release in 2008?

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A milestone occurs after every two encounters (although the count is reset by taking an extended rest). Characters receive an action point and any other rewards the GM wishes to offer.

I don't have a DDI subscription, but this can be found on page 22 of the Essentials Rules Compendium and page 259 of the Player's Handbook.

I don't remember it ever being defined differently.

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Encounters don't necessarily mean combat either. Skill challenges count too, and sometimes important role-play situations could be deemed encounters. –  Jason White Nov 6 '11 at 15:00
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I believe there's some caveats that a DM can rule that particularly easy encounters don't count towards a milestone (or contrarywise, a particularly hard encounter can count as it's own milestone), but both options seemed a bit.. weaselly to me (as in, you probably should just fix your encounter difficulties). –  Allen Gould Nov 7 '11 at 23:06
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Why "fix" your encounter difficulties? Not all encounters should be te same level of challenge, and it's reasonable for the milestone rules to acknowledge that. –  mattdm Nov 25 '11 at 5:25
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