Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition from 2008 (includes Essentials)

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Where are the DnD 4e rules for perceiving burrowed creatures?

Are they limited to the Perception rules, or are there burrowing-specific rules that I can't find?
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In D&D 4E, can a changeling change its biological sex?

Simply put, can a Changeling change its sex... physically? Specifically, I had an incident where a female PC tried to change into a male but I told her that a Changeling can't change 'reproductive ...
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How to keep track of statuses and conditions?

Every round someone is getting dazed, marked, bloodied, quarried, cursed, blinded, slowed, penalized, buffed, stunned, or taking ongoing damage... the list goes on. At paragon tier with a six-player ...
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Does bringing a minion to 0 hit points count as bloodying it?

Does killing a minion trigger abilities and feats that work when someone bloodies a creature? Example: Markings of the PredatorDDI Prerequisite: Goliath, any primal class Benefit: When you ...
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Do you lose concealment when you attack?

In D&D4E if you have concealment and make an attack, are you still concealed? As a specific example, a Warlock gains concealment from his Shadow Walk power, then wishes to make a ranged attack. ...
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Dark Sun 4E: Is Religion a useless skill?

1. Is Religion a useless skill in 4E Dark Sun? I know the Divine Power classes are out (aside from house rules) and was thinking that Religion as a knowledge class is of limited or virtually no ...
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How do you rule halfling tossing as a combat action?

The party I am GMing has three characters over 6' tall with 20+ strength as well as a halfling and a kobold, both small and about 3' tall. A couple of times, they have wanted the big characters to ...
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How can I use 4E's strengths in a low-combat game?

I've been doing a lot of planning of a new campaign, and I'm very happy with the setting. I've made a large and satisfying list of themes, plot hooks, and potential stories. The problem -- if it ...
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Is 'Charge' broken?

I was awestruck when I saw a PC take his movement action; then perform a charge. Growing up in D&D3.5 I assumed that he was wrong. In D&D3.5, the rules states clearly that you cannot perform ...
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What are the rules for forced movement into and out of water and flying?

The rules say that pulling, pushing and sliding is normally horizontal movement. However that changes in water or for flying creatures, where the forced movement can be in any direction. What about ...
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How can my party be effective without a dedicated healer?

Here is my current group makeup: Cleric - Pacifist Healer Warlord - Focuses on movement and tactical positioning Wizard - Mostly area damage and locking groups down Warlock - single target ...
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Beacon of Erathis, or What boons does an Implement grant a non-cleric?

Our group found a Beacon of Erathis, an Implement (Holy Symbol) which grants: Enhancement: +1 attack rolls and damage rolls Critical: +1d8 fire damage Power (At-Will): Minor Action. The ...
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Does readying an encounter or daily power expend it automatically?

Question: If I ready a daily or encounter power to trigger on a certain condition. Such as the fighter power Sweeping Blow with a condition such as to trigger when 3 or more enemies are adjacent to ...
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Dazing as an opportunity attack or readied action

Let's say I move through a threatened square and provoke an opportunity attack. The monster I provoke from has an ability that dazes me (save ends) on an OA. Or, I ready an ability that dazes (save ...
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After removing Dazed can a creature use its other actions?

A character starts its turn Dazed [ddi] The creature uses its one action to grant myself a save using a power that requires a minor action. The creature makes the Save and is no longer Dazed. Is ...
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Does a slayer add Strength to the damage from Power Strike?

When a Slayer uses his Power Strike feature, it says: The target takes 1[W] extra damage from the triggering attack. Does that extra damage imply that you add your bonus to strength again to the ...
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What powers/feats for a Heroic tier warlord help with saving throws?

I have a level 5 Dragonborn Bravura warlord who is the only leader in my party. My build is focused around granting extra attacks and combat advantage (perfect for the dragon born with the dragon fear ...
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Does a falling creature provoke Opportunity Attacks on the way down?

I'm in a D&D4e game right now, and in the current combat there are some flying creatures which may soon be knocked prone by PC #1. As part of being knocked prone, a flying creature falls to the ...
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Maximizing Bluff

I've got a 12th level character that for RP reasons needs a VERY high bluff skill to pull off a disguise. I'm looking for ways to maximize this, and all ideas are appreciated. What I have so far: ...
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Does Cleave trigger an adjacent enemy's mark?

I am playing a level 5 great weapon fighter and had a question that hasn't come up yet, but I wanted clarification in case it did. One of my at-will powers is Cleave. My question is if I am marked ...
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How can a Battlemind be made effective against flying/ranged monsters?

The Battlemind in D&D4e is extremely melee-focused. Almost all of his powers are Melee powers, and most of his mark penalties rely on adjacency to the marked creature. In most situations, this ...
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How can a Monk be made effective against flying/ranged monsters?

The Monk in D&D4e is very much a melee combatant, as most Monks tend to be. Generally, this is okay because he should have the support of a Controller or other ranged combatant in his party. ...
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House ruling the Shaman's Spirit Companion's HP

As written, the Shaman's spirit companion has a damage threshold set at 10+half-level. At levels below 4, this is above the average damage (level+8) of a monster, and above 4, it quickly becomes an ...
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Can D&D Fourth Edition be played effectively in a non-gamist manner?

I'd like to ask a question that's been brewing for a while. A lot of the answers and comments on this site seem to be from people who play 4e and are insistent that the right way/only way/best way to ...
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Does a Flaming Sphere gain combat advantage with its initial attack against a prone enemy?

Daily ✦ Arcane, Conjuration, Fire, Implement Standard Action Ranged 10 Flame Sphere: Effect: You conjure a Medium flaming sphere that occupies a square within range, and the sphere ...
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Item slots for mounts

Are there restrictions for how many items a mount can carry? There is only 1 slot on the character builder for mounts. I dont understand why I cant have an enchanted saddle, and shoes. They're ...
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What are the most important errata for a new D&D 4E group?

I plan to start a new D&D 4E game soon. None of us have played before and we'll be starting at level 1. Are there any important errata that I should know about and inform my players? I know there ...
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When are characters restricted from using Untrained Skills in 4e?

There is a large volume of information on using skills in 4e D&D. The basic assumption is that the character using the skill is trained and the rules reflect this. My question is, what about ...
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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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Does the prone ranged defensive bonus apply to a creature hit by Flaming Sphere's initial attack?

Flaming Sphere is a nice low-level wizard power, but even the errata text is a little confusing. Daily ✦ Arcane, Conjuration, Fire, Implement Standard Action Ranged 10 Effect: You conjure ...
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Does the errata-ed Magic missile always kill a minion?

As many know, magic missile does not have a hit section anymore, just an effect: Effect: 2 + Intelligence modifier force damage. Does that mean that a minion is auto-killed by magic missile?
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Can Pursuit of the Hunter be triggered in the middle of the enemy's movement?

From Pursuit of the Hunter: Trigger: An enemy within 2 squares of you moves on its turn Does the triggering enemy have to start its movement within two squares, or can the power be triggered ...
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How can I improve one-off play with paragon or epic tier characters?

Occasionally while running my low-level heroic tier D&D campaign, I run side stories from the setting's history to break things up, and it's a lot of fun. Not too long ago, I ran one with 10th ...
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Does a Readied Action or Delayed Turn count as an Opportunity Action or Immediate Action?

Do Readied Actions or Delayed Turns count against your usage limits for Opportunity Actions or Immediate Actions?
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Are there any published rules for dealing with mass combat in D&D 4e?

I'm looking for reference material for running large scale/war/mass combat simulations in D&D 4e. By mass combat I'm speaking of unit numbers in the 100's or 1000's, on two or more sides of the ...
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Can a creature use an immediate reaction after another creature's opportunity action on a third creature's turn?

My battlemind and a cleric were engaged in a melee battle with a Deathdog the other day. The cleric was knocked down on a previous turn, so that when her turn began she attempted to stand up. The ...
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Uses for a 4e Portable Hole?

I was slightly shocked to read the 4e version of a portable hole: Power (At-Will): Standard Action. Place a portable hole on a wall, a floor, or a ceiling. (The surface must be flat for the item ...
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How to run a chess inspired D&D4E encounter?

Is there a way that you could run a chess inspired encounter for D&D 4E? I'm thinking like the characters themselves are involved in a human chess game albeit still allowing them to keep some of ...
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Does the Manifester Weapon allows a psionic character to have more power points than max?

Power (Daily): Minor Action. You gain 1 power point until the end of your next turn. You can use this power point only to augment a psionic attack power. Does that mean if a character ...
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How can I make D&D 4e work as a “play by post” game?

I'm trying to start a play by post game with my friends. I was thinking about using D&D 4th Edition (it's the game we play the most). We really know the system and it would make for little work ...
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Do you get a save vs Falling Damage?

In AD&D1e, does a character get a Saving Throw vs. Falling Damage? If so, which save applies? (By the book only, and give specific supporting citations please). Does a save apply in D&D 3.5 ...
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As a DM can you have multiple encounters without allowing the players to take a short rest?

In D&D 4e encounters are usually bookended by short rests. Will breaking this convention put too much pressure on the players? Can it enhance the game for DMs to break this convention every ...
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Starting the first game tips?

I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to start our very first session. Everyone, counting the DM, has yet to play the game and we are not exactly sure were to start. Our PCs are: Drow ...
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How does Harrying step interact with items that boost teleport distance?

Harrying step: When you use your blurred step, you can teleport to any square adjacent to the triggering enemy instead of shifting And, for sake of argument a Ring of Retreat: Property: When ...
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What happens when a character has both Superior Will and is wearing a Circlet of Arkhosia?

The Circlet of Arkhosia grants: Property: When you are dazed or stunned, you can make a saving throw against one of those conditions at the start of your turn. If you save, you can act normally on ...
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Measuring complexity in 4e characters?

This google doc contains my current work. I am working on a set of quantifiers that can reliably compare complexity between two different characters. At present, I've operationalized 5 factors: ...
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Does Bolt of Genius restore ALL of a Cleric's uses of Healing Word or just one?

Here's the scenario: The Cleric uses all their uses of Healing Word for the encounter. Then the Battle Captain Warlord usesBolt of Genius (PHB 154) on the Cleric to allow them to use Healing Word ...
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What can be done to encourage players/character to use rituals more?

An on going issue I have is with my players is that they leave a very large amount of power untapped in the arsenal of things they can do, namely rituals. As a DM I use them all the time, but the ...
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How do I model a PC being swallowed by a dragon in D&D4e?

I recently read of an attempted dragon-slaying strategy, which involved a magic-user getting swallowed and then summoning Tenser's Floating Disc. Besides all of the other problems with this setup, ...
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Is there a tested spell-research like mod for D&D 4e?

I'm looking for a mod to D&D 4e which reintroduces spell-research in a balanced way. Are there any of them around, which have been play tested and seem to work without unbalancing things too far?