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

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What happens when a creature falls on another creature?

If I successfully teleport a creature 4 square above another creature, and it falls, what happens? Is damage done to one or both?
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Does a creature know the precise rule effects of a zone or aura when they are affected by it?

My question here revolves around when and how much information does a player or creature gain about an aura or zone, once they are affected by it. Do those affected know exactly what effects are ...
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Can a Fighter use their Mark feature with a Grenade?

If a Fighter player character attacks with a grenade-like weapons, e.g. Acidic Fire [ddi], can they still Mark the target(s)?
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Can penalties from Enlarge Spell result in negative damage?

Do the Enlarge Spell penalties mean the damage can become negative? Benefit: Before using a wizard at-will or encounter attack power, you can choose to take a -2 penalty to each die of damage ...
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Methods for altering memories in 4E

The context: one of our valiant heroes is charged with committing a crime that he didn't commit! However, he doesn't have an alibi, and can't even remember where he was or what he was doing at the ...
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Can an Undead Servitor use a Ritual scroll?

Can an Undead Servitor use a ritual scroll? Undead Servitor The corpse shudders, then clambers to its feet. At your direction, it shoulders your gear and lumbers after you. Component Cost: ...
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Is it possible to inscribe Undead Ward on an item?

Is it possible to inscribe Undead Ward on an item, and if so what would the effect actually be? For example, inscribing it along the edge of a shield, around a belt, or around the outside of a helmet ...
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How much should I reveal on a successful creature Knowledge check?

I am a very new GM, with new players as well, and I am wondering how much information on a creature I should reveal if they make a successful nature/arcana/religion/whatever check. My players want to ...
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Does Thunder Buffer only work once per round?

My friends and I recently had an issue with the sorceror ability Thunder Buffer. Daily, Arcane Minor Action, Personal Effect: Until the end of the encounter, you gain a +2 ...
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Does the Resourceful Leader multi-class Warlord feat apply to all damage rolls?

Does the Resourceful Leader [ddi] multi-class Warlord feat apply to all damage rolls? i.e. is that a +3 on each hit from every attack? Benefit: You gain training in one skill from the warlord’s ...
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Do the Onyx Dog's temporary hit points disappear when the party takes a short rest?

Do the Temporary Hit Points[ddi] granted to an Onyx Dog [ddi] disappear when the party takes a short rest? Power (Conjuration) Daily (Standard Action) Use this figurine to conjure a black ...
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Does the Master at Arms feat work for Shields?

Does the Master at Arms [ddi] feat work for Shields? Benefit: You gain a +1 feat bonus to the attack rolls of weapon attacks. The bonus increases to +2 at 11th level and +3 at 21st level. ...
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How do beastmasters' companions work?

I am playing D&D for the first time, and working on being a GM at that. We had our first session today, and it was very fun and went very well. However, one of my players chose a beastmaster, and ...
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Gunpowder in D&D 4.0

Unless I've completely overlooked something, there are no guns (or even bombs or cannons?) in D&D. I've been slowly introducing an exotic explosive powder (basically gunpowder) as a mysterious ...
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Do shardminds have to share a language to communicate with an NPC/PC?

The tooltip says that they can communicate telepathically with any creature that has a language, but does that mean that they must share a language? one of our players insists that he can somehow ...
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Do bonuses against Opportunity Attacks stack?

I have started playing a halfling rogue. His racial bonus to AC against Opportunity Attacks is +2. Because he is an Artful Dodger he also has a class feature of adding his CHA MOD (which is +5) to his ...
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Skill Proficiency vs. Character Backstory

I have found myself in a position, as a DM, that is causing me some discomfort. What do I do when, in a specific situation, a PC's back-story and skill proficiency do not match? This has occurred to ...
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Continuing a Charge after enemy shifts

Can a player doing a Charge action, continue the movement after the target uses an Immediate Interrupt to do something, e.g. Shift or Teleport, to move away ? And what direction do they have to go? ...
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Can a creature burrow through walls or ceilings?

Burrow allows a creature to move through solid stone at one half its burrow speed. Does this also allow a creature to move through non-floor surfaces, such as walls? Could a creature with burrow ...
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What actions can a burrowed creature take while burrowed?

Monster Manual 1 states: Burrow [Movement Mode]: A monster with a burrow speed can move through loose earth at the stated speed and move through solid stone at one-half its burrow speed. A monster ...
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Is a creature's Z-axis tracked while it burrows?

When a creature uses the burrow movement mode, should its Z-axis position be tracked, much like it would be if it were using the fly movement mode? Consider the Warden power Shake the Earth from the ...
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Does a burrowing creature provoke opportunity attacks?

Does a creature provoke opportunity attacks when it leaves a threatened square adjacent to an enemy by burrowing? See this closed question for prior discussion on the topic of burrowing.
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Burrowing, Large Creatures, Opportunity Attacks, Drowning, and Z-Axis Movement [closed]

In our D&D 4th Edition campaign, the players have recently encounter Bulettes, monsters with the Burrow movement mode, and we had a few issues dealing with their movement. Monster Manual 1 states: ...
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Web of the Spider Queen Executioner Optimization

I'm currently playing an assassin executioner in this season's enounters and was wondering if anyone with any knowledge of the drow (and other monsters I'll likely find in the underdark) could chime ...
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Can a character purposefully “fall” to avoid incurring an Opportunity Attack?

I understand from an existing question that a fall does not trigger an Opportunity Attack, but what happens if the player purposefully initiates the "fall", e.g. the character flies to a position ...
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What is the maximum earnable gold for the Elder Elemental Eye?

I just finished playing Season 8 of D&D Encounters, Elder Elemental Eye. I really liked the character, so I'd like to take her forward for Living Realms. But, I didn't keep very good notes on gold ...
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Does a Stance go down if the players character goes Unconscious?

Does a Stance go down if the player's character goes Unconscious?
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Is the wall created by a “Wall Of…” spell considered to be an object?

Is the wall created by a Wall Of X spell, e.g. Wall of Ice, considered to be an object, and hence immune to the stuff objects are immune to? According to the Rules Compendium p177, they're immune to: ...
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When exactly do I make a saving throw?

I had a slight argument with my DM and another player a few weeks ago when we were playing a modified version of D&D 4th. My wizard(-ish) character attacked another PC with a spell (specifically ...
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Question about the Assassin (Executioner) Ninja Build

I'm just getting into 4e D&D, and when I wanted to make an Assassin (Executioner) because of his ability to use poisons, I saw the "Way of the Ninja" as a guild choice, looked at it and loved the ...
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Do immediate interrupts stop the action?

One of my players uses a fighter and claims that his mark lets him use an immediate action to stop the triggering attack against an ally if the attack hits. Does this attack stop the previous action? ...
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How do hit points work?

I'm about to start my first D&D game, and I just noticed that my character sheet has four different hit point values. I assume maximum is how many you have before you're dead, but how do Bloodied, ...
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Do Warlord powers which affect an attack apply both attacks of Twin Strike?

There is a warlord with Resourceful Presence in a 4e D&D game I'm DM'ing. Resourceful Presence says: Ally who sees you and spends an action point to attack gets damage bonus (1/2 level + Int ...
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Why don't weapons grant some sort of defense?

I'm not sure how it works in other version of D&D, but in 4e you get absolutely no bonus to defense with your weapon, and that doesn't quite make sense. When you're in combat with someone, you ...
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Do monsters higher or lower level than the PCs play well in combat?

In D&D 4e, an encounter's XP budget suggests one standard monster of the player's level for each party member. Does it work well to spend the XP budget on smaller number of high level opponents, ...
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Can two characters occupy the same square if one is prone?

Can two players characters occupy the same square if one is prone? - assuming they are both medium size And what happens when the prone character stands up?
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What are the basic costs of living in an Eberron campaign setting?

What are the basic costs of living versus wages in an Eberron campaign setting?, and are there any references in the various WotC books? By this I mean things like ... how much can a guard earn ? ...
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Old School Holy Avenger in 4e?

I have a vague memory from the old D&D days that a Holy Avenger sword was a lot more powerful than the version in 4e (or many of the AD&D versions for that matter) Is there a 4e mechanic that ...
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Mehrune's Razor effect in 4e (aka Original Vorpal effect)

Is there a way to create the "Mehrune's Razor" effect from "The Elder Scrolls" in 4e? The original effect was something like this: on hit a roll of a natural 20 the target instantly dies, there is ...
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Using a readied action to manifest an opportunity attack or action by interrupting movement

Below I will present two similar scenarios in which I would like to use a readied action to interrupt an enemy's movement, with the specific goal of provoking an opportunity attack from that enemy ...
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Optimizing an Executioner for Lair Assualt: Spiderkiller

For an upcoming Lair Assault I am building an Assassin(Executioner). I tried to focus on upping damage and maximizing the utility of my poison attacks as much as possible with some lip service to ...
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Can one multiclass into the same second class twice?

I know there is an answer similar to this at Is there a limit to the number of times you can multiclass?, but I want to know if one can multiclass twice in the same class. The rules seem weird to me; ...
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How to manage character arguments / conflict?

I'm a new DM and have just started a 4e game as Play by Post. The game has started with one character (Bob) recruiting in a pub and the first response was from another character (Al) wanting to ...
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Can I convert a 4e D&D character to 3.5e?

I have a character in 4e that I've been using for a while, but I recently met a DM who wants me and a friend to play his 3.5e campaign, since he doesn't like 4e or something... but our characters are ...
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What kind of monsters should I use against a monk in 4e?

So, I'm running a dnd 4e campaign, and one of the characters in the party is a level 12 monk. He keeps killing the monsters I throw against him, and it is getting difficult to make encounters ...
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Does a Dread Weapon penalize attacks on a critical?

Dread Weapon: Property On a critical hit the target takes the weapon’s enhancement bonus as a penalty to defenses and checks until the end of your next turn. Is an attack a "check" for ...
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If I can just get Fleeting Ghost as a rogue at lvl 2, is there any point to taking Cunning Sneak?

Fleeting Ghost, as an At will move action, I can move up to my speed and make a stealth check to hide, and I take no penalty to stealth check for the movement. Fleeting Ghost is a level 2 Rogue ...
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How can a Rogue gets attacks in another player or monsters turn?

How can a Rogue gets attacks in another player or monsters turn? The Sneak Attack feature of the Rogue can happen Once per turn[ddi] SNEAK ATTACK When you make an attack with a light blade, a ...
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Can a Rogue (Scoundrel) with Sharpshooter Talent and Moonbow Stalker apply the crossbow bonus to her shortbow?

Given: Rogue with Sharpshooter Talent: Choose crossbows or slings. You gain a +1 bonus to attack rolls with any weapon of the chosen group. You gain Far Shot as a bonus feat, even if you don’t ...
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What is a good way to use Allabar for a climactic ending encounter for a 4e campaign?

After two and a half years, my D&D 4e campaign is coming to an end. The party reunited a split world, pushed back an evil empire, weaponized a demon plague, and are now prepared to reach Allabar's ...