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

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Can a Thief use a Trick without moving?

Can a Thief use a Trick power to gain a benefit without actually moving? For example, could they use Thug's Trick to make shifting provoke OAs or Acrobat's Trick to gain a damage bonus without ...
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Can you use an action point while Dazed to take another standard action?

Dazed allows you the use of ONE of your normal actions (standard, move, minor) and the use of free actions. Using an Action Point grants the use of another Standard, move, or minor actions. Can you ...
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How can I be considered bloodied while above half HP?

Is there any consistent way for a character to count as bloodied for bonuses such as Vampire regeneration and Dragonborn attack boosts?
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Reviving penalties

My tiefling wizard died in the middle of the encounter while he had activated Wizard Wrath and Diabolic Transformation, and then used Arcane Rejuvenation to revive himself. My question is will he lose ...
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World Axis Cosmology

I have a few uncertainties concerning World Axis Cosmology. Are all planes alternative universes? (That is, there is no way to travel physically from one to another - only by portals and magic.) Is ...
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Do you need to wield a magic weapon or implement to benefit from its properties?

If a magic weapon or implement has a property that does not explicitly include the word 'wield', does a character need to wield it to gain its benefits, or is simply holding it sufficient? Seems like ...
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What is a good way to introduce D&D 4e at a mini-con?

I've been asked by my library to host an introduction to D&D at the Summer Reading Program Mini-Con. Last year, most of the people were new to the game (as in, "the cover art looked cool", or "I ...
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Can I wield an enchanted spiked shield and magic weapon in the same hand?

The Adventurer's Vault states that the spiked shield: can be enchanted as a magic shield or a magic weapon, but not both. A spiked shield enchanted as a magical weapon does not occupy a ...
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What does 3/6/9 mean for damage?

For instance, divine sanction says the enemy takes damage equal to 3/6/9 + Charisma modifier. How do I determine how much damage that actually does?
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Does a Daily gained from a feat count against my current 3/day limit?

I am playing a tiefling level 9 Rogue and I learned the Diabolic Soul feat that gives me the Diabolic Transformation daily feat power. Right now I can use only 3 daily powers in one day. Will Diabolic ...
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Which are the best sourcebooks for creating D&D 4e Forgotten Realms?

Since D&D Next came out, I figured out I should pick up some 4e books before they become completely unavailable, since my gaming company loves 4e. (Atm I own 3 core books, Neverwinter campaign and ...
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How much does ongoing damage add to the average damage when creating a monster?

GMing D&D 4e, I got used to creating new monsters and it's been quite simple so far with the guidance of the errata and observation of the Monster Manual 3 damage expressions. But here is ...
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Different numbers of PCs to the adventure spec

I'm about to start Keep on the Shadowfell with a party of seven friends (beginners) but the adventure spec says the encounters are built for five PCs. Is there a particular method for changing the ...
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Do I also add half my level again if I can add a second attribute to a roll?

Consider a level 4 character with 14 Dex and 16 Int. Normally this character would have an initiative modifier of +4; +2 for Dex, and +2 for half level. If this character takes a feat or gains a magic ...
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Must you pay Raise Dead component cost when using the Ashen Crown?

The Ashen Crown, an artifact from Seekers of the Ashen Crown, reads, in part: Power Daily (Standard Action) As the ritual Gentle Repose, but no components are required. Power Weekly ...
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How do zones and line of effect work, and are they adjusted if the zone follows the player (kinda like an aura, but defined as a zone)?

So lets say your situation is like so: ..... .XXX. CXB.. .XXX. ..... Where C is the caster, and B is blocking terrain, and the x's are the squares affected by a 3x3 blast, which forms a zone in the ...
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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 ...