Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition, published in 2008 (includes Essentials)

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Can I use 4th edition Power (Spell) cards in a 3.5e game session?

Can I use Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Power Cards in a 3.5 game? I haven't actually looked into the 4e power cards, because I play 3.5e and didn't think spells changed from 3.5 to 4th edition; ...
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Does “Shield Specialization” apply to an unwielded “Winged Shield”?

Will I get the feat bonus if I am using both hands to wield a two-handed weapon and having the Winged Shield float near me? The feat: Shield Specialization Benefit: You gain a +1 feat bonus ...
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Why does the point buy system allow players to put “8” in one slot only?

In the 4th edition, when using point-buy system to set ability scores, players can only choose to put "8" in one ability. What is the reason for this? Why don't the rules allow for an "8" to be put in ...
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Do vulnerabilities stack?

Do vulnerabilities work like resistances, in that they do not stack, or are they handled differently and can be stacked? For example, if I use a power on an NPC that gives them vulnerable to radiant ...
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Does “Immune to sleep” affect the Sleep power?

This seems like a silly question at first, but I am not clear how this works with rules as written. The 1st level spell Sleep has the keywords Arcane, Charm, Enchantment, and Implement. It previously ...
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What is the easiest way to determine what kind of adventure my group will enjoy? [closed]

I am first time DM and I have to run one game for 5 people whose gaming habits I don't really know (except that they are gamers and/or bookworms and excited to try - good candidates). DnD 4e and yes, ...
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Using an Encounter Power with Combat Challenge? [Martial Power II]

I'm currently building a Scimitar duelist fighter in 4e, and I'm using the Desert Moon Swordmaster Greater Style (MPII114). One of the benefits of this feat is that it allows you to use dance of steel ...
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Firearms in 4th Edition [duplicate]

Is there any system for Firearms in 4e that works well? My players want to do a swashbuckling campaign set in the Astral Sea, but I'm lost when it comes to firearms. I'm thinking of some kind of ...
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What kind of people would I need to crew a trade caravan?

I need to know what kind of crew members I would need to crew a trade caravan. Like, how many gaurds would make sense, or would I need any important crew members? How many people do I need? I am a GM ...
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DnD 4e Warden's Grasp Range

The range of the power is Close Burst 5 and triggers when the marked target attacks any ally other than the warden themself. I know you must be in that range to mark the target, do you need to remain ...
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Can Monks Unarmed Strike be used as a basic attack?

I know there are a ton of monk questions and I read as many as I thought might apply but I'm still not sure I understand. First, I am wondering if you can use your Monk Unarmed Strike as a basic ...
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Can brawler fighters sustain grabs from their powers?

The brawler fighter attack powers that enable grabbing contain the following line: ... The grab ends automatically at the end of your next turn. Can players sustain these grabs with a minor ...
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Would a cahulaks-based race be overpowered compared to other races?

Per this question here, I asked about grappling hooks as a weapon in D&D 4e, and the community came up with a great answer using cahulaks. Now, as stated in my previous question, I'm trying to ...
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How to make grappling hooks a main focus for your character?

In an attempt to make a custom race, I'm parsing down a large, broad question idea into several smaller ones. This race, flavorfully, is supposed to have extreme proficiency with grappling hooks and ...
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What happens if a deva comes to remember all his past lives? [closed]

I'm playing a deva and I wanted to know what happens if my character manages to remember all his past lives? Does he gain all the experience he accumulated during all those lives or does nothing ...
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Should I scale the difficulty after the party recruits a boss?

A year ago or so, I was DMing a DnD4e campaign in which the leader of the players' party (Sariel) managed to convince a powerful (6 levels higher) adversary (Pieter) to join them temporarily; their ...
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Does 4e become imbalanced when I allow any character to use any Paragon Path/Epic Destiny?

I will soon be running a D&D 4e campaign set in a homebrewed universe. Races and classes are getting re-skinned into whatever concept the players want, so long as they remain the same ...
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How to deal with DM favoritism? [duplicate]

I've been playing a 4e dungeons and dragons campaign for a while now, and it's the first campaign I've ever played in. The DM seems to keep pampering one player in particular. He usually only gives ...
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Does anyone know or have a introductory Planescape adventure?

I'm looking for an introductory adventure for the Planescape setting that I could use to sell people on Planescape. Ideally, I'm looking for an adventure that would satisfy the following criteria: ...
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What effect on the advancement math comes from re-tooling the experience system in 4e?

D&D 4e loves its experience pools in encounter building, and, because it is a system that inherently cares about party balance, carefully has laid out the math for experience - to encounter level ...
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Can 4e druids use machetes? [closed]

I don't even know if machetes are in d&d but since druids can use simple weapons would a druid be able to use a machete.
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Does D&D 4e have a Lizardfolk as a playable, PC race?

There are many entries in the Monster Manual for Lizardfolk, but I have yet to find a good piece of literature describing how to play them as a player race. If necessary I will create it from scratch, ...
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Can any Warforged attach a makeshift peg leg without needing an ability?

So our Warforged just had his leg blasted off in a pretty gruesome attack. He wants to jam a sword in there as a makeshift peg leg. We're using the online compendium as our official rule book and it ...
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Do I have to be a certain race to be a certain class, like WoW?

I don't know for sure if I can be any class with any race in 4th edition. Like WoW, you have to be like a Human or Dwarf in order to be a paladin.
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Do Vengeful Strike and/or Valiant Strike count as melee basic attacks?

Would the at-will abilities Vengeful Strike and Valiant Strike count as melee basic attacks? I am asking because the purple dragon Focused Discipline stance gives +1 power bonus to melee basic ...
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Are Nature and Intimidate checks supposed to be this powerful, even untrained?

A scenario that I recently got into was this: I (ranger), an avenger, and a fighter, all level 6, went to an empty cave, found a bear, and tried to calm it with Nature checks, and food, which I ...
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In order to use a Genasi racial power, must I be in the appropriate manifestation?

I am a Firesoul Genasi with Extra Manifestation (Water) and Extra Manifestation II (Earth). As I understand it, in order to get the passive bonuses that come with each manifestation (i.e. +1 Reflex ...
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Which book is the Black Blade feature for the SwordMage in?

I remember reading something about a 'black blade' class feature for the swordmage but now I can't find it. It was basically where the 'black blade' was an intelligent weapon with it's own agenda. I ...
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How do I determine passive insight/perception?

I just don't know how to find what I'm supposed to put in for insight and perception. How are they calculated?
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Word of Binding with a Reach Weapon

My Runepriest has the Word of Binding power, and is using a massive magic hammer with a reach 2. The weapon itself isn't in the book, but the concept is the same as a spear or polearm. My DM just ...
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Does Dragon Soul pierce Resist All?

The Sorcerer feature Dragon Soul allows you to pierce resistances of which you are resistant. I have a lightning resistance. Do I also pierce Resist All when I attack with lightning spells?
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Movement through diagonal blocking enemies

In the above situation, it is unclear to me whether - ignoring opportunity attacks - it is possible to move to the bottom right corner from the centre square. A player wanted to do that in the game ...
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What Does Cat Tabi's “Always Land on Your Feet” Property Mean?

There is a type of magical boots in the Adventurer's Vault called "Cat Tabi". Cat Tabi has a property (emphasis mine): Gain a +3 item bonus to Athletics checks to jump. You take half damage from ...
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What rules or powers would break if I remove alignment?

I am planning to run a new campaign using the Zeitgeist Adventure Path. The campaign involves competing ideologies and philosophies, and the players will need to position themselves with regard to ...
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Can Lightning Rush also trigger an Opportunity Attack on the triggering enemy?

Lightning Rush: At-Will Augmentable, Psionic, Weapon Immediate Interrupt Melee 1 Trigger: An enemy within 5 squares of you targets an ally with an attack Effect: ...
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When is a power considered “used” or “expended”?

A power being "used" or "expended" are phrases that show up in certain important situations, and I don't know of a rules source for the answer. I was hoping that someone here did. When is a power ...
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How exactly does Phrenic Strike Work?

In DnD 4e there's an Encounter Power called Phrenic Strike. The flavour text reads: You fight past your enemy's attack to deliver a punishing blow to its body and mind. The Effect says: ...
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Which ability should be used with the power that uses another power?

Talking about hybrid Warlock/Warlord. Warlock has At-Will power Eldritch Blast which "counts as a ranged basic attack" and uses Charisma or Constitution vs. Reflex. ...
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Does a marked enemy trigger a Combat Challenge attack when it isn't adjacent and attacks?

I am looking at building a fighter, but the wording on Combat Challenge confuses me a little. It says "Whenever an enemy marked by you is adjacent to you and shifts or makes an attack that does not ...
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Does 'World Serpent's Grasp' trigger on non-damaging attacks and item attacks?

"World Serpent's Grasp: Whenever you hit a slowed or immobilized target with an attack, you can knock it prone" 1: If I use an attack power such as Charisma vs Will on a nearby slowed enemy, and the ...
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How often does an enhancement bonus add damage?

If I had a +2 longsword & I used a 3[W] power, would I add the +2 once, or three times?
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Can I use Oversized weapons this way?

I have a few questions about Oversized D&D 4e weapons: I'm playing a bugbear. I use Oversized to use a weapon one size larger. What does the damage of longbows (1d10) and greatbows (1d12) ...
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Are the feats from Essential supposed to be used with the older classes? [duplicate]

As far as I can see, the feats from Essentials are way more powerful than their older counterparts. On the other hand, I see the Essential classes as weaker versions of the older ones (specially ...
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How Do Granted Saving Throws Interact with the Dying Condition?

Setup I've been assuming that granting death saving throws was probably not a good thing, but this recent question got me thinking. Death saving throws are a type of saving throw, so you should be ...
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Do I have to be proficient with an Implement to get its properties?

I'm trying to get low-light vision with any magic item that is not a Head slot item. I found Totem of the Night (Adventurer's Vault 2 pg.46). Property: You gain low-light vision. If you already ...
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Official rules for using optional skills

I'm having troubles in my D&D 4e table because the skill system, even though it's simple and fast, is also limited. And there are quite a few things my characters want to do and sometimes I just ...
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Can you make your ally die faster when trying to save him from a Death Ray?

The Beholder has the Death Ray power. It says that if the target fails the second saving throw, the target dies. Does it count for when the players are using heal or powers to let their ally save ...
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How to deal with the previous DM's broken homebrew items?

I joined a campaign around the start of paragon tier and now at level 17 the DM is unfortunately moving away. I'm the only one who's DMed before so I was chosen to take over after he's gone. The ...
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Do resistances from class/race and magic items stack?

I'm just curious about some details regarding damage resistance in D&D 4e. Do resistance effects granted by class/racial features stack with resistances granted by magical items?
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Can a free action occur within an immediate interrupt?

I'm DMing for a group of players. The barbarian entered winter phoenix rage, which allows him to spend a healing surge as an immediate interrupt when he is reduced to 0 or fewer hit points. He also ...