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

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Where do I find the sources of these feats and powers?

I found a build I like, it's called Half-Orc Shock Trooper. There is a list of feats and powers but with no description or source. Where can I find out in which book or magazine are their descriptions?...
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How should I respond to a DM who unfairly plays the “rules-lawyer” card?

My question: How would you, as an experienced role-player, deal with this situation? I was recently invited to join a 4e startup goup. I've RP'd a fair bit in my day, but not in decades, and never D&...
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How do attack bonuses interact with double rolls?

A half-elf uses Knack for Success on a Ranger, who then uses Split the Tree: Knack for Success: The target gains a +2 power bonus to his next attack roll [...]" Split the Tree: Make two ...
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Do powers/feats/features that buff a character's healing work with Skald's Aura?

Skald's Aura: [...] you or any ally in the aura can use a minor action to spend a healing surge and regain 1 d6 additional hit points. Alternatively, you or any ally can use a minor action to ...
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What happens to the rider if a mount dies?

Does he fall prone or is he simply placed in an adjacent square?
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Why does Double Move have to be the same move action?

I only just noticed this particular rule in PHB p. 284: Same Move Action: To double move, you have to take the same move action twice in a row on the same turn. What is the reason for this ...
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Can a defender counter on a multiple attack power where only one attack includes her as a target? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do marks interact with dual attacks? Defenders usually have a power with a trigger like: Trigger: An enemy marked by you makes an attack that does not include you ...
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How does Blind, Dominate and Stun affect a Mount

The Rules Compendium p.252 mentions Dazed, but how are statuses like Blinded, Dominated and <...
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Do attack powers that have an effect of marking a target use the class's defender mark or some other version of a mark?

Do attack powers that have an effect of marking a target use the class's defender mark (e.g. Aegis of Assault) or some other version of a mark? Powers like Swordmage: Dual Lightning Strike, lvl 3 ...
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Is there a way to get extra immediate actions?

In 4.0, are there any items, feats, powers, etc. that allow you to take more than one immediate action per round?
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What game system centered around Mafia or Organized Crime could be best used as a template to enhance an evil-pc D&D 4E game?

That's quite the mouthful. I'm DMing a D&D 4E game where the players desire to build an empire and trap heroes and more-or-less be the villains that D&D heroes normally are fighting against. ...
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Assassin or Rogue for high DPS?

I'm making my second-ever character in D&D 4e and I want him to be a not-so-good guy (my first character being a Dragonborn Fighter who worships Bahamut) that can do a ton of single-target damage. ...
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What is the best weapon for night stalker assassin?

Recently I read about an Assassin class, and I'm intrigued. I'm not very familiar with it yet, but I'm wondering what weapon best suits an Assassin? I mean, from a roleplaying point of view I would ...
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What happens to a Giant Toad with a Lightning Staff?

If I'm playing a druid who has taken a Lightning Staff for Mark of Storm cheese, and I summon a giant toad, is its tongue electrified such that I can benefit from mark of storm from its attacks?
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Does the Saint Epic Destiny and Mark of Healing stack?

The Saint epic destiny has a feature that indicates When you enable a creature adjacent to you to spend a healing surge, the recipient can also make a saving throw. When you grant a saving throw ...
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How can I speed up combat with a large number of enemies?

I'm DMing for a campaign where the player characters will sometimes face small squads of creatures, most recently six ground troops and two archers helping out. In this setting, these creatures ...
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What is the name of this specific, online DM (4e) tool?

I used this tool, albeit briefly, maybe a year ago. Now, I can't for the life of me remember what it was called. First, it was an online/web based tool, not something you download. Everything was set ...
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Does standing on a moving platform provoke opportunity attacks?

I have a situation where players stand on 3x3 platforms and they move around the room and the players have to hop from one to the other to get across. The platforms have their own turn in the ...
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How can I grapple someone?

I was reading the Player's Handbook I of D&D 4e and couldn't find any mention of grapple. How does grapple work, if at all? Please give examples.
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Can I have more than 1 aura active at the same time?

Can I have more than 1 aura active at the same time? Example, can one character have both: Aura of Peace (peace of messenger paragon path lvl 16) Skald's Aura (bard utility) active?
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Are magic missiles (generically) affected by the wind?

Are ranged attacks by spells affected by the wind? In the amended 4E rules for Magic Missile, the spell always hits, so I suppose we can take the answer for that spell to be that no, the cover and ...
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How do I reduce the number of encounters in D&D 4E without reducing the difficulty?

4E is setup very well for long chains of battles, especially in the form of a dungeon crawl. However, sometimes it doesn't make sense to constantly be in chains of combat. Here are but a few examples: ...
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How do you make 4th Edition Rituals more accessible?

So here’s the situation: Rituals should be awesome. They’re typically a little bit open-ended, they’re not direct combat actions, they’re ripe for interesting roleplaying, and they’re fairly ...
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What are the major differences between Pathfinder and D&D 4e?

I'm really only familiar with D&D 4e. Could someone give me a rundown of the major things that would be different if I were to DM Pathfinder? (I gather it is more similar to 3.5e, but I only know ...
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Post MM3 adventures [closed]

I'm aware there has been a big shift in monster stats with MM3 and all the adventures that have been published before have weak encounters in them. Can you provide me with a list of D&D adventure ...
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Good starting levels for a one-shot?

My friends and I have a tendency to do one-time sessions that can last anywhere form 3–10+ hours. The difficulty I have when I'm going to be the DM is deciding what level to start everyone at. ...
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When to use scarce resources in combat?

How does one choose when to use scarce resources (e.g. powers you can only use once per day or encounter) in combat? I am particularly concerned with D&D, but I believe the concept carries over ...
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Can I replace a Paragon Power?

Can I replace Kensei encounter attack power Masterstroke at level 13 or higher? I mean replacing, not retraining.
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How does Chainmail Agility work?

Can a chainmail speed penalty be more than -1? If not, isn't Chainmail Agility inferior to the Fleet-Footed feat (+1 feat bonus to your speed)? Do these feats stack?
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Do Improved Initiative & Superior Initiative stack?

Does Improved Initiative (+4 on initiative checks) stacks with Superior Initiative (+8 on initiative checks)? Is it possible (if it's a good idea) to retrain Improved Initiative to Superior on epic ...
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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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Can my main hand be free?

Can I declare that a weapon is wielded in my off hand, even if my main hand is free? The usecase is that I have a class feature (Swordmage Warding perhaps?) that gives me a shield bonus if I have a ...
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Does the Rhythm Blade shield bonus work with an existing shield?

Does the Rhythm Blade [ddi] bonus to AC and Reflex work when you've not got an existing shield? Property: While you wield this weapon in your off hand, your ...
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Role-play enhancing items

For my D&D 4E character, I would like to have some sort of role-play enhancing item, something that gives me more options for role-playing. For example, my previous character had an armor shard ...
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How does the 4e fighter's Combat Challenge work in the fiction? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “mark” actually supposed to be? How does combat challenge work? I mean. does any monster know that he was ...
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Can a versatile weapon be wielded in your off hand?

My character is a dragonborn tempest (Martial Power) fighter focused on axes. Can I fight with two battleaxes or even waraxes (Adventurers vault)? Seems a bit overpowered but if I can it will be ...
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If half a large creature's body falls on two squares, what happens?

In our game session, a Minotaur Warden knocked a large Mooncalf out of the air onto the edge of a cliff. Half of the creature is on the edge and the other half is over the side. The left 2 squares ...
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Does a proning opportunity attack end movement in the square a creature was moving from?

For the party I DM for, one of the Minotaur players has an nearly absurd (judgement call) feat called Opportunity Gore. Opportunity Gore lets a Minotaur use his racial power Goring Charge over and ...
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In D&D 4e powers with effects based on a stat, does 1/2 your level count for the effect?

For example: Boundless Endurance (L2 Fighter stance) says "You gain regeneration 2 + your Constitution modifier when you are bloodied." Does this include 1/2 of your level, or just raw Con modifier? ...
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Can PCs brew uncommon potions?

The Artificer in our party has the ritual to brew common potions, but we are trying to figure out what he needs to learn to brew uncommon potions. Below is the ritual. Brew Potion Liquids ...
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Runepriest Game Aid?

Does anyone know of any game aids for playing a runepriest. I'm not talking about a character creation or tips-n-tricks guide, but rather something I could print out for a member of my party who will ...
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Alternatives to Extended Rests

I'm about to run The Sellswords of Punjar by Goodman Games - the PCs will enter Cutpurse Alley (my version shown here:) The introductory text says: Here, crossbowmen can make attacks from second-...
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How does one use the Character Builder Magic Items in conjunction with Inherent Bonuses?

(Related to How many magic items or magic item equivalents should I give out alongside inherent bonuses in D&D 4e? ) I'm about to start my another 4th edition game, and I want to use Inherent ...
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As a complete newcomer - what do I have to look out for? [closed]

I just orderer the D&D Red Box 4th edition. I plan to play it with my GF and maybe I can convince my flat mate as well. None of us has any experience playing Pen and Paper games (I have Baldur's ...
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Can items be retrieved from Alchemical Defense Nodes?

In D&D 4e, a piece of armor Alchemical Defense Nodes has the following property: You can stow up to three consumable alchemical items within this armor. While you can stow items in it, there ...
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Can you choose to not apply your divine sanction from a power?

I have a hybrid blackguard, and am looking to add a little defender to my repertoire. I wouldn't want to do this all the time though. If I choose some paladin powers that say the target is "subject ...
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Does my secondary attack use up my standard action for my turn?

Visions of Avarice Daily - Arcane, Illusion, Implement, Zone Standard Action Area burst 5 within 10 squares Effect: The burst creates a zone in its origin square. The zone lasts until ...
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What class options make a good ranged and melee striker? [closed]

What I'm looking for is a Striker, who is mainly a ranged striker, but also, sometimes, can go melee. As obvious. Something like an Arcane Archer or whatever would you call it. I've read a lot of ...
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What can Shardminds do instead of sleep?

In D&D 4e, a Shardmind does not require sleep, but do need to rest. It is my understanding that this means that during an extended rest they can engage in non-strenuous activities. What are the ...
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What happens when a creature with a flight speed falls from great heights?

What happens if a creature with a flight speed/altitude of 4, suddenly, for whatever reason, finds itself 50 squares above ground? Does it fall/crash until it reaches an altitude of 4, then fly as ...