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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (5)

2
votes
1answer
400 views

Do powers that let me shift as reaction make me negate the triggering attack at all?

I'm playing an Avenger multi-classed Ranger, and I got powers like Snarling Wolf Stance, Vengeful Parry and Fox's Cunning. Can I use the shift granted by those powers to negate the triggering attack ...
7
votes
3answers
175 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
50 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
92 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
58 views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
59 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
55 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
183 views

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 ...
12
votes
2answers
638 views

Do shield and armor check modifiers stack?

If I wear Hide armor (Check -1) and use a Heavy Shield (Check -2) is my check -2 or -3? In other words, do the checks stack or do I use the highest negative?
4
votes
1answer
71 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
364 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
136 views

Can Wild Talents work through glass?

Powers like Psionic Image, Thought Projection, Far Hearing, Psionic Spark and Telekinetic Grasp. Can a character standing outside a window use these pseudo-cantrips on something/someone inside the ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

Is there a world map for the core campaign setting for DnD 4e?

This question derives from: "Is there a core campaign setting for DnD 4e?". The answers provided there were excellent and extremely helpful. Even more so when I saw that the board game Conquest of ...
19
votes
4answers
4k views

Why shouldn't I use fully statted PC characters as NPC antagonists in D&D 4E?

According to the DMG (187), NPCs in 4e seem to be run as a weird sort of template halfway between a monster and a PC - you don't generate an actual character with a full array of powers and feats. Is ...
1
vote
2answers
158 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
166 views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
798 views

Could you use a 4th Edition character in a 5th Edition adventure, just for level 1?

For a one shot session, I'm DMing a 5th Edition Level 1 adventure, but our regular sessions are 4th Edition. The group is a mix of some new players and experienced players. The new players will be ...
2
votes
1answer
53 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
62 views

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 ...
1
vote
4answers
123 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
64 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
671 views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
19k views

How many powers do I get as a first level character in D&D 4E?

I can't seem to figure out how many powers I get. Is it one of each type of the level I'm at? I'm starting at level one, so I get one at-will, one encounter, and one daily? The recommended builds ...
5
votes
2answers
213 views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
668 views

Are rulings that only feature in Dragon/Dungeon Magazine 'official'?

A recent answer presented the following ruling from Dragon Magazine 371, page 9 (emphasis added): If you choose multiple heritage feats (or feats that similarly modify at-will powers), you choose ...
6
votes
1answer
146 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
108 views

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?
5
votes
1answer
140 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
313 views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
389 views

What Feat or Item do I remember that allows making basic melee attacks at range?

I stayed up way too late last night reworking a character. Today I find myself going over some of the things I read. I just remembered a feat (or something) that gives your melee attacks some range, ...
0
votes
1answer
95 views

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 ...
16
votes
8answers
1k views

How can I format a Dungeons and Dragons 4e character sheet such that players are more likely to remember (and use) their class features?

In a game I play in, almost all of the players routinely forget to use and apply their class features that do not appear as powers. The players forget their class features and little-used powers due ...
14
votes
1answer
305 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
101 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
107 views

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 ...
12
votes
1answer
1k views

What is half level at Level 1?

I was wondering what 1/2 level at level 1 is. I would assume it is 0 because you round down on fractions. But I had heard it was also just 1.
16
votes
2answers
514 views

How do marks interact with dual attacks?

The specific example from last night involved a Demon ManipulatorDDI using his Deceptive Attack to attack both my paladin and an ally. Would this violate the mark and trigger Divine ChallengeDDI? My ...
4
votes
1answer
142 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
85 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

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] + ...
3
votes
1answer
114 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
135 views

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: ...
2
votes
3answers
166 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
283 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
83 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
59 views

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 ...
27
votes
8answers
5k views

How do I use Passive Perception to have some characters notice parts of the environment?

I'm new to DM'ing and have an issue I'm not sure how to deal with. The situation is this: It's pitch black outside and the PC is walking, with a lantern in hand, toward a building. A bird is ...
5
votes
1answer
169 views

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 ...
11
votes
1answer
368 views

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 ...