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I've just received my Essentials books. Perusing the Heroes of the Adjective Noun books, the classes have and receive at-wills, encounter, daily and utility powers as they start and level.

On the other hand, one criticism I've read of the Essentials series is that somehow the martial characters (at least) do away with the AEDU structure. What do those people mean?

EDIT When I asked "What does AEDU mean?", @Baelnorn commented

Just an addition: a contrast would be some classes from Essentials (like the Knight, or Slayer, or Thief) who lack the traditional composition of AEDU powers seen in PHb1/2/3.

Then the question would be "What is that traditional composition of AEDU powers, and how has it changed in Essentials?"

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related: What does AEDU mean? – yhw42 Jan 17 '11 at 18:25
Indeed, I asked that :) – Adriano Varoli Piazza Jan 17 '11 at 18:25
Indeed, I answered it! :) The link is for those who read your question and say "What?". – yhw42 Jan 17 '11 at 18:28
I love "Heroes of the Adjective Noun"! – Iszi Jan 17 '11 at 18:48
That's not actually mine, I think I saw it first at the NewbieDM or Points of Light blogs. – Adriano Varoli Piazza Jan 17 '11 at 18:50
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Check out the Character Advancement on page 29 of your Player's Handbook.

A non-AEDU class will not follow that character progression. Up until Essentials, all classes(AEDU classes if you will) followed this progression. At fifth level, you knew your character would get a new daily power. With Essentials, this is no longer guaranteed.

An example would be the Fighter (Knight).

  • At first level, he does not get a daily. Instead he gets several utility powers
  • At third level, he does not get an encounter power, instead his power strike improves.
  • At fifth level, he does not get a daily, instead he gets Weapon Mastery
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