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

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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 ...
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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 with ...
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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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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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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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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, ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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.
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Newbie starting first D&D campaign

My friends want to play D&D and they expect me to be the GM; since none of us has ever played before, their wanting to keep playing or not pretty much depends on me. I have bought the Player's ...
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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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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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Does a Pyromancy Apprentice with the Burn Everything Feat ignore Fire Immunity?

If a Wizard (Mage) who was apprenticed under the Pyromancy School also had the Burn Everything feat, would he ignore Fire Immunity? Let me explain: The Pyromancy Apprentice benefit allows you to ...
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Does movement whilst hidden provoke opportunity attacks?

Playing a rogue in my first two D&D Sessions ever thanks to online tabletop (a god send, really!) However, I've come to learn that it's not an easy task (however, my healer has kept me from death ...
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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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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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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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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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What's with this tier stuff, and how does that translate to levels?

I've seen a few questions mentioning things like "paragon tier" or "epic tier". What are tiers? What game(s) are they used in ? How do they translate to D&D 3.5/Pathfinder Levels?
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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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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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Does Divine Sanction overwrite your own Divine Challenge?

So a Paladin technically has two different special marks, Divine Challenge and Divine Sanction. Some effects only work on your Divine Challenge target, and Hybrid paladins deal less damage with their ...
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Can you jump during a charge?

Can a character jump during a charge? For the diagrams below: G Good Guy, speed 6 E Evil Guy = Land, 5' wide . Pit, 5' wide Situation 1: small gap ...
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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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Fey Beast Tamer, Scaling of your Fey Beast companion

How does the companion chosen, via Theme: Fey Beast Tamer, scale with the PC it is bonded with? I am a lv01 Wood Elf (archer) ranger (14 AC before armor) with the theme Fey Beast Tamer and have ...
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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 ...
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What is the maximum (air speed) velocity of a pixie?

Following on from Can a pixie fly higher than their altitude of one? Using a combination of feats and powers what is the maximum movement rate (and thus altitude) a pixie can reach in a single round ...
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Can a Pixie float over the middle of a pit?

Pixies have an altitude limit of one, meaning they can only ever be one square high when they end their turn. But if the party comes upon something like a chasm or a large pit, can the Pixie end ...
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Is it possible to hire someone to train you in skills or armor/weapon proficiencies?

As the title suggests, I am wondering if it is actually within the rules of the game for your character to hire someone for skill/armor/weapon training/proficiency. Is this possible, or can you only ...
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What's the Blackguard's Vice?

What exactly is a Blackguard's vice? What's the meaning of it? Is it some kind of unholy symbol or just a kind of feeling? Blackguard is from Heroes of Shadow 4e.