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

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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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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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What is a good way to handle a merchant / snake oil salesman PC?

I recently started running a 4e game where a character is playing an unaligned merchant bard who is also a bit of a snake oil salesman. What is a good way to play up the merchant / snake oil salesman ...
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If a player has the ritual to create a magic item, can he create any magic item? [closed]

I have an artificer in my group and he intends to get the best magic item possible to the players in his group, since magic items are pretty much his thing. The problem is, the uncommon and rare magic ...
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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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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 ...
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When does a character start to fall?

When does a character start to fall? Can a character use a power or ability mid-air before falling? Example: An Eladrin Fey Pact Warlock is standing on the edge of a chasm and kills a cursed enemy. ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I get started playing Dungeons and Dragons by myself?

I've been wanting to start playing D&D for some time, and I was wondering how I could get started by myself with relative ease. I own the first two player handbooks, and a set of dice.
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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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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 '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 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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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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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 I run a game for a larger group?

I am currently running a Dungeons and Dragons 4 campaign for a group of 9 players. Whittling the group down to a more manageable size is not really an option since they are all family. When we do ...
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Can a dagger be used as a melee weapon?

In the PHB1, daggers are indicated to be light-thrown weapons. But is it possible to use them also for melee attacks against adjacent opponents? That seems to be logistically possible, but I am not ...
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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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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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What class does the most damage overall?

I'm new to D&D 4e and I am an illusionist Wizard. We have 3 PCs playing, but one of our players should do a lot of damage. Which class does the most damage?
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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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How do you actually crawl through a dungeon in online play?

Yes, this is quite a silly question considering I've been gamemastering for almost five years now, but one thing that drove me away from (and the same thing that made me return to) D&D 4E was ...
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How do you improve Death Saves for the character?

I don't know if my group is particularly incompetent in combat or if its our own feckless dice at fault, but we frequently find ourselves locked in desperate combat, with multiple members of the party ...
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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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What level should a one-shot 5-round time travel magic item be?

I had a cool idea for a magic item for D&D 4th edition. Basically it would allow you to take your party's memories of the last 5 rounds and go back to your bodies of 5 rounds ago. It would be a ...
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Can I let one hand go from a two-handed weapon to use Wrist Razors?

I'm making a character that comes from a primal, uncivilized wilderness and I thought using Wrist Razors and a Trikal would be cool. Can I let go of the Trikal (a two-handed weapon) with the hand ...
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How quickly can I switch to two-handed weapon use with a heavy shield equipped?

Consider a character with a heavy shield (equipped) and a versatile weapon (equipped one-handed). I'd like to know whether they can, in the course of a single turn, forgo the shield and attack with ...
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Getting Channel Divinity through multiclassing in 4e?

I thought I read something about different ways to get Channel Divinity through multiclassing in D&D 4th Edition, but I can't remember where I found it or if I found it at all. I'm curious about ...
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Is teleporting out of a grab considered escaping it?

I had a game the other night, and the guys ran into a few hellstinger scorpions. One of them grabbed the assassin, and when it was his turn he teleported out of the grab. The scorpion has an attack ...
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Good Lich Resources

I'm trying to develop a plot were a cult leader is trying to become a lich. Do any of the currently published D&D 4e books provide any canon for this?
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what is the quality of 3.5 edition vs 4 edition [duplicate]

I have a lot of 4th edition D&D books but i have been hearing about the merits of 3.5 edition. Do you think it's worth it to buy 3.5th edition books if i find a good seller?
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Can you mix 3e with 4e books?

Kay, So I went to this bookstore we have in Texas and they had a bunch of DnD books, so I bought Players Handbook (3e) Players Handbook II (3e) DM guide (3e) and Monster Manual (4e) I'm not a seasoned ...
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How does the Firewind Blade's bonus stack?

The Firewind Blade's property states, "Whenever you hit one or more targets with a fire power using this weapon, one enemy adjacent to you takes fire damage equal to 1+the weapon's enchantment bonus." ...
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Radiant Vulnerability + Vulnerability All + Pervasive Light

We have a morninglord cleric that has sever the source and multiple people in the party have pervasive light... If a creature is given vulnerability 10 to radiant damage and vulnerability 17 to all ...
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Does the Magic Circle ritual block teleportation?

The Magic Circle ritual says: An affected creature whose level is lower than your Arcana check result minus 10 cannot pass through the circle, affect creatures through the circle’s boundary, or ...
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Where can I find A0 or A1 sized maps

I am DM'ing a new group in a couple of weeks and I am looking around at finding some simple maps. I love preparing custom maps but this is a group that knows nothing of D&D yet and is being ...
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What ranged monsters have the highest damage output?

I'm looking for monsters (Heroic Tier) with this feature. Damage as high (or higher) as a brute's, but ranged. I need them for a matter of design (I wanna compare them to other monsters to learn what ...
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What Paragon-Tier modules can I use to showcase the Underdark?

My group is going through the Underdark top to bottom to get to Menzoberranzan. I'm looking for recommendations for Underdark themed modules - starting with near-the-surface (no- or lite-Drow) dungeon ...
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Does using Disruptive Strike's immediate interrupt with a bow provoke an opportunity attack?

The level 3 Ranger power Disruptive Strike allows you to perform a ranged/melee attack as an immediate interrupt in response to you or an ally being attacked by a creature. I would like help in ...
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Can I juggle another weapon between throwing a magic dagger and it returning?

I'm working on a Centered Breath monk build, and had some questions on whether a certain combo functions properly. The overall intent of the build is to simultaneously gain the benefits of the Unseen ...
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What's a good starting point for (re)learning the D&D 4e rules? [closed]

I'd like to program some bots to assist in running D&D 4e games, but I've forgotten all of my 4e rules. Where would be the best place to relearn the Dungeons & Dragons 4e rules, specifically ...
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Is there an optional rule that makes 4e's weapon attacks more realistic?

D&D 4e allows characters to do some extraordinary things with their weapons: You can hit a ghost without a magic weapon, and in fact having an enchanted weapon doesn't make a difference for ...
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Is there a way to play as an actual Arcane Archer in D&D 4e?

There's no need for much explanation here. If I want to play as an Arcane Character that infuses his arrows with magical power, how do I do it according to the RAW in a way that I'll feel the closest ...
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Is there any support in D&D for Were-humans?

In many D&D settings, the character of a human who can shapeshift into an animal is a standard archetype. Druids, Vampires, and Werebeasts are pretty common. However, does any support exist for a ...
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What parts of D&D 5e's design heritage come from D&D 4e?

What are the significant elements that D&D 5e's design has kept from the design of D&D 4e (and which were unique to the 4th edition of D&D)? What parts of D&D 5e's heritage are from ...