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

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If you lose healing surges, will they count for Strongheart Tattoo

The Strongheart Tattoo DDI has the benefit ... When you spend a healing surge, you regain extra hit points equal to the number of healing surges you have spent since your last extended rest. Will ...
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My necromancer keeps dying (and can't raise himself)!

Sometimes in the course of running an adventure you will run into an encounter that calls for a summoner to bring on a horde of undead (often minions). I have a simple problem: My summoners die in ...
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Can a necromancer be made in 4E?

A player wanted to build a necromancer in 4E, but as far as I know there isn't a way to do it. Is there a way to model a necromancer in 4E? By Necromancer I basically mean "somebody who raises ...
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Does “Grit” give temporary hit points for heals that say “as if you had spent a healing surge?”

My question is about the interaction of a feat called Grit and effects like the daily item power on Dwarven Armor. Grit: When you spend a healing surge to regain hit points, you also gain ...
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Thunder Hooves Issue

In the following scenario, does the barbarian get the extra 1[W] damage from rage of thunder hooves? Setup: Powers: Pressing Strike At-Will Standard Action Melee Weapon Target: One Creature ...
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Help me optimize my 4E pyromancer

I built a L13 (essentials) Fire-Genasi Pyromancer. Primary ability INT, secondary ability STR. The goal is to create a powerful blaster, so I rather have more damage than control effects. Feats I ...
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Does Novice Power let you retrain your Paragon Path encounter power?

The Novice Power feat reads You can swap one encounter attack power you know for one encounter attack power of the same level or lower from the class you multiclassed into. Note: If you have ...
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Can an Elementalist benefit from “sorcerous reserves?”

Elementalists receive no daily powers. As a sorcerer, they qualify for the paragon feat Sorcerous Reserves: Benefit: When you have expended all your sorcerer daily attack powers, you gain a +1 ...
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What kind of fires are “controlled by a creature?”

The oh so delicious Control Flame manipulates "non-living fire ... that is not controlled by a creature." Do zones, non-sustained zones, environmental effects, and/or torches count?
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What happens when I ignite the curtains and use Control Flame?

Elementalists get a really nifty utility, Control Flame: You take control of each nonliving fire in the burst that is not controlled by a creature. Choose one of the following options for each ...
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Can a thief sneak attack with an implement power?

Inspired by this: If a thief with ki focus proficiency (via a theme) finds herself wielding a ki focus enhanced dagger and an implement power that qualifies as a melee basic attack, does the thief ...
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Can unbelieving characters be resurrected in 4e Forgotten Realms

After some research about the Wall of the Faithless, it seems that it's gone from Forgotten Realms in the 4e. So where do the souls of the unbelievers go now? The 3e Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting ...
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What is the Mul's Tireless ability used for?

Tireless: You need to sleep 6 hours in a 72-hour period (instead of a 24-hour period) to gain the benefit of an extended rest. Is this ability just flavor in that it allows the Mul to go without ...
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Do cover providing powers provide cover from adjacent melee attacks?

My Warden just acquired the level 2 Utility Daily: Nature's Abundance which creates a Zone which provides Cover in a Burst 3 for me and my allies (AWESOME!). To make sure that I fully understand the ...
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How can I make a more offense oriented Paladin, like Finn from Adventure Time?

I'm a long term fan of Pendleton Ward's cartoon series Adventure Time. The show features Finn (a human 'fighter type') and Jake (a shapechanging dog) and is a show which makes many, many references to ...
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Do minions get critical damage

Do minions get critical damage, assuming they met the criteria, i.e. the roll is a 20, and the result would hit the players defence ?
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Can a player use feats from a campaign setting book that is not being used for the game

Should a player identify a feat from an Eberron Campaign book while playing Dark Sun, and that feat is not environment - campaign race - or setting specific, can the player import the feat and use it ...
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Is this a valid method to use Shadow Walk + Fleeting Ghost?

I would like to play a level 6 hybrid Assassin/Rogue MC Warlock in the Thunderspire Labyrinth. The character summary is given below. I have the Shadow Walk[DDI] (SW) ability and also have Fleeting ...
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Can a creature use an Immediate Interrupt (Trigger: Enemy Movement) against his own forced Move Action?

If a creature has an Immediate Interrupt action with a Trigger: Enemy Movement - can the creature use an ability that forcefully pulls the target - then immediately after pulling the target, invoke ...
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Can I make multiple extra melee attacks with one crit?

Can I make a extra melee attack with Harmony Blade and Two-Weapon Opening and Rampage on the same crit? If I crit again with Rampage can I again make a melee attack with harmony blade and two weapon ...
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Impact of removing Dragonborn from Khorvaire

I plan on running an Eberron campaign and may end up doing it in 4th ed, but am interested in preserving the story of 3.5 Eberron. IMO Dragonborn should not be common in Khorvaire and would be at best ...
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Guide to convert a 3.5e DM to a 4e DM

I have never played fourth ed, I have read most of the new books, but it is so different as to be quite foreign to my play style. Is there a primer or guide out to help 3.5 DMs switch to 4th smoothly? ...
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Do players get full XP from encounter if enemies break and run?

First, I don't know of any specific morale rules for NPC's/monsters, but I would say based on modern army tactics, a unit has lost its effectiveness at 33% losses, and at 50% its a rout. So if the ...
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Does a warlock's curse added on a staggering note count as a “damage roll” for purposes of feats which add to damage?

For the warlock question, I made a half-elf warlock with staggering note. Staggering note, for purposes of this question, does charisma modifier damage. This warlock has a number of bonuses that he ...
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Is my DM a killjoy, or am I just a whining player?

I've been playing D&D 4E with a group of colleagues from work for about a year or so now. Whilst some of us were seasoned role players, and others had never played before at all - none of us had ...
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Does Elven Accuracy work with Oath of Enmity

If a character has activated their Oath of Enmity, how does Elven Accuracy applied ? So, e.g. the character rolls two attack dice, and gets a 5 and 7, and they decide to activate their Elven Accuracy ...
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How could you adapt the Vitality and Wound Points system from Unearthed Arcana to the 4th ed rules?

Inspired by this answer to a question: How could you adapt the Vitality and Wound Points system from Unearthed Arcana to the 4th ed rules. What major changes would you need to make?
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How tall is a Storm Pillar?

We had a situation in our last campaign where a dragon was flying over our heads and causing us much harm. Our controller cast Storm Pillar to block him at one point, which sparked a discussion ...
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How to make combat deadlier?

I was thinking of reducing all hit points by 1/2 (pc, npc and monster) to make combat deadlier and less Hp crunching. Is this a good approach or is there a better way to do this or would it be better ...
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Making a Party of Warlocks [closed]

I have recently gained access to DDI for a short while and wanted to try an experiment with some friends of mine. That is, I actually want to play with these characters for a few sessions to see if a ...
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Does Rain of Steel still work if you're blind?

The power description for Rain of Steel says specifically that Effect: You assume the rain of steel stance. Until the stance ends, any enemy that starts its turn adjacent to you takes 1[W] ...
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Do forced movements stack?

When a combination of powers/feats each allow a push or slide of 1 square, can they be combined into a single forced move of 2 Specifically ... Artificer Power (1): Thundering Armor - "Hit: 1d8+3 ...
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Measuring time in dnd 4e

How is time measured in forth edition? Like, are months still called January-December? Days Monday-Sunday? Or is time measures in some other way? What about years?
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Monsters that are more dangerous when knocked down/forced movement

A PC who can knock mobs prone or force their movement can wreck an encounter singlehandedly. So...thinking of ways to get around this, other than the bad idea of completely neutralizing the power by ...
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What's the result when a Readied Action is triggered by another Readied Action?

Suppose two PCs both ready actions, and the triggering conditions are such that one PC's readied action is triggered by the second PC's readied action. What's the resulting initiative order if the ...
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How do I make a single combat in a day challenging and interesting?

4e is a game of resource attrition. I can't find the quote in DMG right now, but from memory and experience, it works best with about 3-5 combat encounters in an adventuring day. That way, some of the ...
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How do I return enjoyment to self-defeating strategies?

This question inspired by Self-defeating Strategy that posits: What happens when players outwit their enemies, leading to their easy defeat? In most other games, this is a perfectly valid, ...
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How can I make sure my character is awesome enough?

This question pulls quite a lot from Brian Ballsun-Stanton's paper on constrained optimisation (i.e. making your character awesome), so that might be a good thing to read. I know that in D&D ...
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How much damage does mind spike do against an AoE type attack?

My players are fighting a dragon who naturally has a breath attack, which is a close blast. The defender in this case is a battlemind, having the dragon marked with his Battlemind's demand. The ...
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storm pillar and huge creatures

Last game session I had a rule problem with storm pillar. The creature moved into a square adjacent to the pillar so took the damage. He moved through and so hit a new square adjacent to the pillar. ...
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How do you make your players see beyond their power cards?

This question is similar in intent to How do you help players not focus on the rules?, but more focused on a particular feature of D&D 4E: the power list. On today's Rule of Three's article, ...
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Best way to convert creatures from 3.x to 4E?

I've reccently discovered a load of monsters I created for 3.x D&D and would love to convert them to 4E. Do any guides exist for this? Or could someone give me the most important points to ...
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How to best improve a Drow Warlock to act as a Blaster

I have a first draft of a Drow Warlock blaster here: http://db.tt/9ANVnzA8 (PDF) I like the Drow and the Warlock pieces, but am open to suggestions on other ways to improve the character. Is ...
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Does the Tarrasque cause flying creatures to plummet to their death?

As mentioned in this answer: The Tarrasque's Earthbinding aura ... prevents creatures to fly beyond 4 squares above the ground My question was, if the creature was ~30 squares in the air, and ...
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Does an aura extend vertically?

For D&D 4e, auras read as such: An aura is a continuous effect that emanates from a creature. Unless otherwise noted, an aura uses the following rules. Fills an Area: The aura fills the ...
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Multiple Sources of Damage against a single vulnerability

A very common occurance, a Paladin has used Sign of Vulnerability to apply Vulnerable 5 Radiant to an enemy. In the following round, they use the Minor Action, Bless Weapon, which adds 1d6 radiant to ...
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How can I remake a drow hexblade into an effective ranged attacker?

My first D&D4 character was a Drow Hexblade. I found it was most effective as a ranged striker, although I ran in to problems when all my attacks against ice-resistant enemies fell flat. What ...
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Is the Assassin class non-functional?

I play a 4e Drow Assassin ( Night Stalker ). I find that the class while a striker does not do much damage. Would it be better if I play a hybrid or keep to pure Assassin.
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What do I roll for my Sentinel's animal companion skills checks?

A few weeks ago, I needed to make a Climb skill check for my Sentinels Bear Companion. I rolls d20+5 due to the bears strength, but later I got to wonder if I should have added anything extra. Even ...
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Where can I learn more about the World Tree?

I am going to be taking over the role of Dungeon Master soon, with a group of players that have leveled from 1 all the way up to epic tier. The characters will be level 21 at the start of my campaign. ...