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

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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 before charge. This clearly works as ...
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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.
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What's with Battlemind's Iron Fist being so powerful?

I'm a bit confused about this one. Like, almost every melee class have an at-will power that is basically equivalent: Main Stat VS AC 1[W]+Stat modifier + Stat modifier Temp HP on hit. ...
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Can you delay until you are no longer dazed?

I use a power that says "Target creature is dazed until the end of your next turn" against a monster that acts just before me in the initiative order. Can the monster delay its turn until my next ...
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How do I deal with one evil PC in a party of good PCs?

There is a certain player in my group who always wants to play an evil aligned character. Now, I always tell him that he should make it unaligned so that he can still do the more "bad" things but it ...
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Is 4th edition D&D compatible with 5th edition?

I have all of the hardcover books from D&D 4th edition. I recently bought and am reading the 5th edition players handbook and I must say I like it. I was wondering if 4th edition information ...
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What are the planes of D&D 4e? Where did they come from, and how are they connected?

I understand that in D&D 4e's default setting there are planes, and I know a bit about them: the material plane is where the people generally are, and there's a "feywild" where the Eladrin and ...
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What is the best way to maintain the threat of a Defender after your immediate action is spent?

The PHB1 fighter and most other pre-essentials defenders use immediate actions to enforce their marks. Unfortunately for this strategy Defenders are limited to only enforcing a single mark violation ...
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Does Blindsight or Tremorsense negate the concealment from a warlocks Shadow Walk?

Does Blindsight or Tremorsense negate the concealment which is granted from a warlocks Shadow Walk?
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What are the Rules of Hidden Club?

I'm playing a rogue in a 4th edition game. It hasn't come up yet, but I'm pretty sure that I'm going to need to hide, possibly in combat, at some point in the near future. I'm aware that there are a ...
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What are some good damage stats to use for a torch?

Sometimes players find themselves without a weapon or with a desperate need to do fire-damage, perhaps against an ooze. In this case, it makes sense to grab a torch if they have no better alternative. ...
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When a creature is invisible, but not hidden, do the enemies know the location of the creature?

When a creature is invisible but not hidden, one could argue that the players still know it's general location. If a creature becomes invisible and not hidden does it remain on the battle-mat?
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Can I hide using Cunning Sneak with Wilderness Skirmisher?

The cunning sneak feature allows a creature to make a hidden check if they have any concealment or any cover. The wilderness skirmisher feat enables them to gain partial cover against ranged attacks ...
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What is the difference between grabbed and restrained?

This is not a question about the mechanical effects. I'm just trying to figure out why 4e defines two effects that appear to be the same. If something is grabbed, isn't it in effect also restrained? ...
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How do current D&D 4e DMs deal with loot?

I've been playing since the system was released. I've been a fan of the design changes, except the loot. I loved random loot that allowed my players to be surprised by something awesome, and then ...
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The D20 / 4th edition OGL licence switching what was really up there? [closed]

As was pointed out to me just in another question the 4th ed / D20 licence switch was not a revoke of the D20 open license. Although what I remember from that time is that publishers were forced to ...
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Is my house rule for Eladrin Armor too powerful?

Eladrin Armor, found on page 230 of the PHB has the following as one of it's properties This armor has no speed or skill check penalties Now, it's clearly not RAW, but I have a hard time not ...
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Passing an item from one player to another

So, I'm kind of trumped right now, and I need to know what the rules are in terms of the type of action required for one player to pass an item to another player during combat. You see, my friend has ...
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What set of books makes a complete starter set for 4e?

I've asked several questions about 4th Edition D&D because I may be able to start a game. However, I'd need to purchase (some) materials. I am aware of the 4 book set (core) and the expected ...
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Best way to port 4th edition characters to 5th edition

Like the title says, I need help porting the following party (all level 5): Human Healer's Lore Cleric Human Earthstrength Warden * Dwarf Tactical Warlord * Half-Orc Archer Ranger Eladrin Brawny ...
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When a Wraith initially loses insubstantial from Radiant damage does it take full damage?

In a recent battle I was DMing when the players were cleansing the temple in Gardmore Abbey, the players were attacked by a Trap Haunt which is a very wraith-like creature. Wraiths are usually ...
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Is fully-errata'd Hybrid Divine Challenge a No Action or an Immediate Action?

According to the Essentials update 2 (November 2010), both the original Divine Challenge and the Hybrid Divine Challenge damage instance appear to have been errata-ed to be a no action event (yes, ...
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Were any D&D 4e adventures ever made for exactly 4 players?

I'm trying to find adventures that are meant for 4 players and I haven't been able to find any. I've found adventures for either 3 players or for 5. Are there any adventures that were ever made for ...
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Is the Essentials hexblade balanced with the AEDU bard, fighter, and psion?

I'm currently starting to form a 4e game with a group of friends and they all choose core classes, Bard, Fighter, and Psion. However we only had 3 players so I started to look for another player. I ...
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Powers or Items used outside encounters

As a player and DM I am not quite sure how to approach the perspective of powers or items used in a non-encounter situation. For example, I just saw that the alchemical item slow-step oil can be used ...