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

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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 ...
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Can you use the Nimble Blade feat for magic attacks?

Can you use the Nimble Blade[ddi] for magic attacks ? Benefit: When you attack with a light blade and you have combat advantage, you gain a +1 bonus to attack rolls.
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Does a Zone disappear when the player goes unconscious?

Does a Zone cast by a player disappear when the player goes unconscious/dying?, or only if they actually die?
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How do masterwork armours work (e.g. Feyleather, Starleather)?

In D&D 4e, there are superior "masterwork" versions of armour types, like "feyleather" for leather armour or "wyrmscale" for scale armour. They have a higher armour bonus, but a minimum ...
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Can a caster hit themself with a Blast spell?

Can a caster hit themself with a Blast spell? i.e. the usual example is the caster is in square A, casts a Blast 2 spell, so they could hit BCFG, FGJK, EFIJ, etc. A B C D E F G H I J K L ...
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Can a Wall spell be unsupported to make an arch

Can a Wall spell be unsupported, e.g. to make an archway ?
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What does “being a Cavalier” mean?

A player in my campaign started as a Cavalier (from Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms) but in his latest gained level, he got a power from the Paladin (from Player's Handbook). Prerequisite: Only a ...
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How many feats/skills/powers can a player retrain on gaining a level?

Every time your character gains a level, you can retrain. To do so, change one of the following: a feat, a power, or a trained skill. You can make only one change per level. I believe that means ...
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How would I convert Pathfinder campaign to D&D 4e

There are some really interesting adventure paths from Paizo for Pathfinder. If I wanted to convert a Pathfinder campaign to D&D 4e, how would I go about it? What are the mechanics that are ...
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Rogue Weapons Spiked Chain

I have been designing a rogue character and it is my understanding that a rogue character is able to use light blades. Therefore I took Spiked chain training which specifies that both ends of the ...
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Grab and Flanking

I think I'm understanding this correctly but want to make absolutely certain before I bring it to the table: If a PC is grabbed by, in this case, a bear, and he has an ally on the other side of the ...
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Can an Avalanche Hammer melee basic be upgraded by Ogremight Bruiser (Greater Style)

The Ogremight Bruiser (Greater Style) [ddi] allows you to use some powers in place of a melee basic attack. You can use a power associated with this feat in place of a melee basic attack when ...
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Can you use a two handed weapon with light shield?

Can you use a two handed weapon with light shield? I'm confused over the wording in [DDI] ... Description: While you’re using a light shield, you can use your shield hand to hold another item, to ...
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Is it possible to roll Stealth versus multiple targets when one or more can see you?

Is it possible to roll Stealth versus multiple targets when one or more can see you? So for example, if the character moves into the corridor, where the majority of the monsters can no longer see ...
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Can I use “Target: One Ally” powers on myself?

I am building an Artificer, and I'm looking at some of his powers that give bonuses to allies. For example, Dancing Shield. Minor action, ranged 5, Target: One Ally. You conjure a shield ...
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Non-magical encounter suggestions

I'm once again turning to the good folks at Stack Exchange for help regarding my non-magical campaign. I've written several encounters in which the PCs fight the main bad guys and their followers ...
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Can the ranger choose powers from the scout or hunter list?

I would like to create a ranger with some Scout or Hunter powers, but I don't know if it's possible. Furthermore, when reading the Scout description, at first level I find a column with the class ...
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Where did my Human Avenger's bonus at-will go in Wizards' Character Builder?

I'm building a human avenger in the Character Builder. When I select everything, I only get two at-will powers, though from what I understand I should get three. Is this a bug, or am I missing ...
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Is there any way for a player character to get Threatening Reach?

Is there anyway for a player character to get the Threatening Reach or equivalent ability with a reach weapon? Apart for one-off's like artifacts such as the Spear of Urrok the Brave [ddi]
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Using Mage Hand to hold up a cloak and grant concealment

First off, Let me just say that I am a complete newbie. I have yet to play any DnD, but I am working on a character while me and some friends are getting things together to start our first game. Now ...
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Campaign suggestions for a new DM and new PCs

I'm new to D&D, in general. I've been a PC in a dozen or so campaigns and I've DM'd four campaigns, which I wrote. I've decided that it would improve my DM'ing writing/running abilities if I ran ...
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Do Superior Ki-Focus items work on weapon attacks when made through a weapon?

I was considering the idea of the Superior Implement Training when I realized nowhere that I can find specifies something in particular about a Superior Implement of Ki Focus when used as a weapon (I ...
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Does a Summoned Creature have a “start of turn?”

Many effects apply at the start of a creature's turn; however, summoned creatures don't take turns and only perform actions when their summoner expends an action. Thus, is a summoned creature ...
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Can a Monk use a Holy Symbol as their Ki Focus

Can a Monk who has multi-classed with Cleric, via Initiate of the Faith, use a Holy Symbol as their Ki Focus? ... see the semi-related question at rpg My thinking here is: whilst maybe they can use a ...
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What does the Axe Expertise extra feature mean by “that results in a 1”?

What does the Axe Expertise [ddi] extra feature mean by that results in a 1? Also, when rolling damage for a weapon attack you make with an axe, you can reroll one damage die that results in a 1, ...
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Are there any rules or guidelines for creating original magic items and rituals?

I am running a D&D 4E campaign, and I particular enjoy that a lot of the 'man-made' spells that the PCs encounter—when for example, raiding wizards' hideouts—can be described as "you can get a ...