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

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How do I calculate damage for the sorcerer's Dancing Lightning spell

The level 3 encounter sorcerer spell Dancing Lightning deals 2d10 + Charisma modifier lightning damage to the primary target, and each creature adjacent to the target takes thunder damage equal to the ...
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Does a magic weapon's enhancement damage add to at will powers' damage that only use an ability mod for damage?

Does a magic weapon's enhancement damage add to at-will powers' damage that only use an ability mod for damage? EX: A hand crossbow +2 (PC has DEX 18/+4 and Int 18/+4) When used with Preparatory ...
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I think our Two Weapon Fighting house rule is hurting our game, but the DM thinks taking it away would be unfair. How do I convince him?

I have a problem with a House Rule accepted by DM and players who get an advantage out of it. Our barbarian took the feat "Two Weapon Fighting" at lvl 1. He interpreted it as "I use 2 weapons, so I ...
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Can a spectral image speak?

D&D 4th Ed says the mage spell Spectral Image creates a "complex illusion of a creature or object" that can "make sounds". Can a spectral image speak? If so, can the mage control its dialog if ...
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How can I adapt fourthcore to play-by-forum?

Fourthcore adventures have an ingrained time limit that puts pressure on player action and prompts fast, dashy solutions rather than overcautious approaches (or at least has the players chose which ...
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Staff as implement: one hand or two?

Staves count as both an implement and as a weapon (a “weapliment” in common parlance). When used as a weapon, they are treated as quarterstaves, a two-handed weapon, so undoubtedly when used to make ...
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Do powers that can be used as basic attacks trigger effects that happen when you make a basic attack?

If I have one of the Skald's at-will powers such as Bolstering Speech that triggers when I hit with a basic attack through Master of Stories and the half-elf 1/encounter at-will, can I trigger its ...
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How do you make 4e combat less time consuming? [duplicate]

I have recently started DMing a DnD 4e campaign after a long break from the specific game and both me and my players have been having a lot of fun with it. However one thing that is diminishing our ...
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How do ki foci work?

I have a few questions since I don't fully understand ki foci. If I have, say, an accurate superior ki focus, can you enchant it to be a +1 magic accurate ki focus (+2 to attack rolls and +1 to ...
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How to build an interesting Dungeon that exists to kill the players? [closed]

So, here's the deal. I'm DMing this campaign for a long time using the Brazilian scenario called Tormenta. They have 20 superior gods for the world of Arton. My players are about to get to the epic ...
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Can I Apply Sneak Attack Damage Twice in One Attack?

Is there a rule that states sneak attack damage can't be applied more than once per attack? There are several instances of feats and weapon enchants that allow rogues to gain the sneak attack damage ...
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When do creatures start receiving additional attacks while under Freezing Cloud?

The effect part of the Freezing Cloud spell description reads (PHB, p. 160): Effect: The cloud lasts until the end of your next turn. Any creature that enters the cloud or starts its turn there ...
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Are component costs fixed in D&D 4e?

How do we actually calculate components cost? In the books there is always the name of the ritual, the price in the market, and the component cost. Is this a fixed price? I usually like to have all ...
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Improvised Ranged attacks in Melee + Belt of the Brawler

Ranged Weapons are capable of being used in Melee, as an Improvised Weapon as per P.268 in the Rules Compendium: ... A ranged weapon cannot be used with a melee power or a close power that has ...
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How do Vorpal weapons and Guild Executioners' Assassin's Action interact?

With assassin's action and vorpal weapons that have xd4 damage dice, would the rolls of 1, 2 or 3 that become 4 damage get rerolled via the vorpal property? Assassin's Action: when you spend an ...
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Which other feat might I use for double wielding reach?

Starting from the assumptions that Dragon Magazine material was often unbalanced (under- or over-powered) and that adding lots of options always increases the chance of combining powers and feats into ...
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Can a character multiclassed into Bard multiclass into a third or fourth class by taking the Multiclass Mastery feat?

Multiclass Mastery Prerequisites: 21st level, Bard Benefit: Gain two multiclass feats for which you meet the prerequisites. If a character (a wizard, for instance) multiclasses as a bard ...
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What magic weapon makes damage rolls of 1, 2 or 3 count as 4?

I know I have seen in one of the 4e books, a magic weapon with a property that if you make a damage roll of 1, 2 or 3, those rolls become a 4. I cannot remember what book I had seen it in or what it ...
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Does the “Incendiary Ring of Fireblazing” make Magic Missile a fire attack?

Does the Incendiary Ring of Fireblazing's ability to turn Basic Attacks into fire attacks change Magic Missile into a fire attack, as you can use it as a Ranged Basic Attack?
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Is Reaper's Challenge really that broken? Did I get it wrong?

I'm DMing a 4e campaign and the PCs are level 19, now, but I have been having trouble with a power. Reaper's Challenge. My group's swordmage saves it through every adventure so he can use it on a ...
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Creating a support Rogue

I'm a DM. For the next planned campaign with my regular group, we've agreed to go for an All-Rogue campaign, that is to say, each player plays a Rogue. No hybrid, no multiclassing. Anything else is ...
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Strength of character compared to RL [closed]

We recently got into discussion about, what strength our characters actually have. Based on their strength - how much can they lift, what can they break with bare hands, can they break some thin walls ...
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Why were gnomes left out of the 4e Player's Handbook?

I'm told that two particular races, gnomes and half-orcs were deliberately excluded as player races from D&D's 4th Edition at launch. I understand the certain 'controversy' regarding half-orcs ...
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Does the DC increase of multiple iron spikes stack?

The gear Iron spikes description says: Hammering one of these blunt, wide metal wedges between a door and its frame requires a standard action and adds 5 to the DC of checks to open the door. If ...
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Can an ally make it easier to hit them with an attack?

In a recent session, I found myself using the Psion at-will Dimensional Scramble to reposition my allies in a fight among a bunch of floating platforms. I could hit an ally with the attack and ...
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How do Guardian's Counter and mark punishment interact?

The Guardian's Counter power from the Guardian theme has the following text: Immediate Interrupt Trigger: An ally within 2 squares of you is hit by an attack and you are not included in the ...
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bonuses from implements to effect besides dmg?

I was wondering if implement bonuses also apply to temporary hit points gained from a power's effect. So for example I do an attack that does 1d8 + [ability] damage (so 1d8 + [ability modifier] + ...
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Wall of fire dimensions

Last session we re-encountered issue with Wall of fire According to compendium: Daily - Arcane, Conjuration, Fire, Implement Standard Action Area wall 8 within 10 squares Effect: ...
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How powerful does a demon need to be to leave a Cacodemon upon death?

From the Demonomicon: When a particularly powerful demon perishes, its soul might persist for a time as a cacodemon. Naturally only demons with souls can undergo this: Obyriths and ...
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Do I have to prepare wizards level 2 encounter spells?

I have a level 2 Wizard. Player's handbook on page 158 says: After an extended rest, you can prepare a number of daily and utility spells according to what you can cast per day for your level. You ...
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Can powers protect from contracting monster-borne diseases?

I'm planning a campaign featuring large quantities of infected zombies (OG p.217) and the prospective players are trying to work out how to avoid zombie plague. The DMG says the following about ...
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Infinite source of healing

My revenant character just leveled up to 21st level and I picked the ghostly vitality feat. With that I noticed that as long as I can keep up healing myself, there is hardly anything that could ...
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Can I be schooled in Necromancy but still choose powers that have the Nethermancy description?

I'm currently going through the Heroes of Shadow manual, and seeing how I'm still new to wizards, is it possible to be associated with the Necromancy school, yet still choose spells that have the ...
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Does immunity to a keyword in a multi-effect power confer immunity to the whole ability or only part of it?

For instance, consider a character who is immune to fear, adjacent to a Sibriex Chain Master, which has the aura: Sibriex Horror (fear, psychic)✦Aura 3 Any enemy that ends its turn within the ...
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What can you do while dead?

D&D is well-known for having incredibly vague and weird rules about how death is defined. Using an extremely pedantic and legalistic reading of the 4th Edition rules as written, what exactly are ...
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Is 'reversing' healing so that it actually does damage a legitimate mechanic for the DM? [closed]

Some time ago we were in a final battle with a end boss for a dungeon. The fight went pretty well in our favor but when the boss hit his bloodied value, our DM described that he emitted a dark shroud ...
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Help me with my battlefield design [closed]

Setup One of my weaknesses as a DM is probably battlefield design. I often forget about this completely, and have to make up a map on the spot when we roll initiative. I try to avoid this before ...
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Is there any official Forgotten Realms localization for H1-E3 after H2?

I've once saw official indications about how to set both Keep on the Shadowfell (H1) and Thunderspire Labyrinth (H2) in the Forgotten Realms, specifically on the border between Cormyr and Sembia and ...
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Is this DnD4E fight level appropriate?

Yesterday we had a DnD4e session to kill the final boss of a, now in total, 4 session dungeon. This fight took us 7 hours (irl). The boss had an AoE ability that would shoot a fireball for 1d100 ...
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Does the Cat Paws power allow doubling all power-granted movement while climbing?

Cat Paws are an item that helps you climb better, but while making a character who wants to utilize these items for various stunts and attacks I noticed that the wording on the 'double any climbing ...
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Does Sure Strike damage include the value from the damage workspace?

Sure Strike seems to be the only Fighter action with 1[W] for the hit formula. Does this mean that the damage workspace value is not applied? My character's damage workspace value is 8. When I ...
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Dilettante replaced by Encounter-atk replacing feat?

I'm trying to create a Blackguard multiclass-vampire. One of the multiclass-vampire feats called "Thirst for Blood" allows you to "Choose one of your encounter attack powers that has a level. You lose ...
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How do you jump-attack?

My players like to improvise a lot, which I enjoy, and I often have to improvise modifiers in response, which they're generally fine with. Recently, my players fought a bunch of creatures with a fly ...
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Does War Ring maximize all critical damage dice or only the dice it adds itself?

The item War Ring has this rules text: War Ring Level 16 Uncommon This steel band, emblazoned with a stylized sword, makes your attacks even more lethal. Ring Slot 45,000 ...
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How to make Second Wind a non-Standard action? [closed]

Second Wind is a Standard Action that allow you to use a healing surge and get a defensive bonus for one turn. What are the options the system gives to reduce this action from Standard to anything ...
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Dominating a summoned creature

I have a Sidhe House Guard adjacent to me, from the Summon Sidhe Ally power (Sidhe Lord Character Theme). A Mind Flayer attacks and hits me, and I use the Immediate Interrupt power of my House Guard ...
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Can I charge by falling toward my enemy?

I have a charging Slayer wearing Cat Tabi. Cat Tabi are boots that make you always land on your feet, and have a daily ability that makes you take no falling damage. I was imagining scenarios where ...
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Can you “buff” yourself with minor actions before initiative is rolled?

There are items and powers in 4th edition that allow you to spend a minor action to have an effect until the end of the encounter. For example, An armor with a daily minor-action power that grants ...
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How do expertise feats work with double weapons with different groups?

I'm making a character that is wielding a Kusari-gama, which is a double weapon that is a flail on one end and a light blade on the other end. My question is for expertise feats like Flail Expertise ...
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Good replacement for D&D Insider character builder? [closed]

I love the D&D Insider character builder for D&D 4E. However, since it uses Silverlight and support for Silverlight is quickly being dropped from most modern browsers, I am looking for a ...