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

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Standard monster tactics for 4E D&D combat

In a similar vein to a question on tactics sources, I'm interested in knowing what are common tactics for monsters to use. The DMB and the MV mention monster groups, which are very useful, but I want ...
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I have read the D&D PHB but am still having trouble grasping some of the basics, how can I learn more?

With credit to one of the more experienced members on the site, mxyzplk, I thought I'd ask where noobs like me should ask or find answers to basic questions about Dungeons & Dragons mechanics if ...
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How does an opposed (stealth) check work?

I was reading the Players Handbook 1 and I don't understand how the opposed check works, especially in context of a stealth check.
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Determining the ability modifier to use based on the attack type [closed]

What's the rule (and where is it in the books) that defines which ability's modifier applies to basic attacks for melee and ranged weapons?
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Do racial powers stack with class powers? [closed]

I have just started learning to play D&D 4th edition. I have chosen an elf ranger as my starting character, it says they have a racial power: elven accuracy. Does this power count as another ...
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Mixing Essentials and Core D&D, is it ok? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How compatible are D&D 4th Edition and Essentials? Can you use Essentials encounters with 4th edition characters? Here is my situation, I wanted to get my daughter ...
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Looking for help on expanding my campaign concept while avoiding railroading

I have split this into two more specific questions: How can I represent the use of fire being misrepresented in a campaign? and How to make rituals a part of everyday life. Below is the broad-strokes ...
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If movement is interrupted and an enemy occupies the destination square, is the movement lost?

Rules Compendium p.195 states: If an interrupt invalidates a triggering action, the triggering action is lost. It also states on p.197 that Opportunity Actions Interrupt the triggering action. ...
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Pathfinder 5-foot step vs. D&D 4e shift

Is a 5-foot step in Pathfinder essentially the same as a Shift movement in D&D 4th edition? I believe that neither movements provoke an attack of opportunity so they sound like the same thing with ...
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What is a fun-to-play high damage build?

I'm very new to Dungeons and Dragons and have been playing a Revenant Striker (with cold elemental stuff). He does fairly good damage - especially when Dark Reaping kicks in. But he is incredibly, ...
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Difference between teleportation and moving in 4e?

If an Eladrin can move 6 squares in a move action or he/she can use Fey Step to teleport 5 squares, which is also one move action, what is the difference? If both count as one move action and either ...
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Are there good tools for managing custom (homebrew) classes?

The D&D 4e character builder works OK for the official classes, but doesn't seem to have much support for anything custom. Are there good tools for managing characters with custom (homebrew) ...
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Do you have to teleport the number of squares listed or is it a max range?

I had a little discussion about the distance my Swordmage can teleport after he used his Vanishing Blade. Its effect says (in part): Until the end of the encounter, whenever you hit an enemy with ...
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Do Saving Throw Bonuses Apply to Death Saving Throws?

In D&D 4e, do death saving throws gain a benefit from powers, feats, features, etc. that provide a bonus to normal saving throws? Or are they considered wholly unique things? This is, of course, ...
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How can I learn how to negotiate as an NPC?

I'm a new GM in D&D 4e. I've quickly found that I perform very poorly when I'm portraying a negotiation between the PCs and one or more NPCs. Even when they have common ground and could easily ...
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How do you calculate damage for MM1 and MM2 monsters? [duplicate]

I realize this may be a subjective question, but I'd really like to know what the consensus is. I know that WotC changed the way they calculate monster damage from MM3 and onwards, but there's isn't ...
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How do Saving Throw bonuses interact with multiple effect conditions?

A warforged character has a +2 racial bonus to saving throws against ongoing damage. Does the bonus apply if he's afflicted with 5 ongoing + dazed and a save ends both?
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Magic weapon that can change into another weapon?

I got an item last session from my GM and lost my char sheet and am now trying to find the weapon in the compendium. What magic weapon has the ability to change into any other weapon and to be ...
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Does undirected damage require line of sight/effect?

Certain powers cause damage without specifying any conditions about how that damage is dealt. Consider, for example, the following Barbarian Rage Daily Powers: Earthquake Dragon's Rage Effect: ...
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How often can secondary powers be used?

In 4e d&d there are a number of powers out there like stances, that activate the use of a (secondary power) that usually revolves around triggers and USUALLY ends the power that activated it, ...
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How often and when can a multi-classed battle berserker frenzy?

The Battle Berserker multiclass feat gives a daily use of the Berserker Fury class feature: You also gain the berserker barbarian’s Berserker Fury feature, but you can use it only once per day. ...
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Can a grabbed creature stand up from prone?

One of my players, a thri-kreen berserker, uses Run Down and World Serpent's Grasp to prone enemies. He then used his action point to make a grab attack, with the intent of holding the enemy to the ...
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How could I make a giant pc in dnd 4e?

I really would like to make a giant character for a 4e campaign, and if anyone could help me make some character profiles for each of the types of giants I would really appreciate it.
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Can you teleport 0 squares in a move action?

There are many properties that trigger after teleportation in 4e. Is it possible to activate a teleport power and choose the distance teleported to be 0 squares? (effectively teleporting in place?)
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What is the maximum (air speed) velocity of a pixie?

Following on from Can a pixie fly higher than their altitude of one? Using a combination of feats and powers what is the maximum movement rate (and thus altitude) a pixie can reach in a single round ...
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Can a pixie fly higher than their altitude of one?

In the pixie description on the compendium: Altitude Limit: You fall at the end of your turn if you are using your racial fly speed and are more than 1 square above the ground (see the rules for ...
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Does a Fey Beast Companion share your actions?

Looking at Fey Beast Tamer in DDI, there are no indications about how it takes its turns, performs movements, or attacks. Is there an online reference providing rules for how the creature takes ...
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What are the consequences of the new (5 choice) alignment system in 4e versus the (9 choice) system of earlier editions?

How do you represent creatures from the missing alignments? For example: Personified forces of nature (chaotic neutral), aka Greek mythology, which, while dangerous, are not necessarily evil? The ...
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In an even fight, how many rounds does a typical monster need to drop a PC?

Inspired by the closed question: DnD Next Hitpoint Inflation, There have been claims of HP inflation in dnd-next, and there certainly were increased in the absolute value of HP in 4e. In order to ...
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When a Wraith initially loses insubstantial from Radiant damage does it take full damage?

In a recent battle I was DMing when the players were cleansing the temple in Gardmore Abbey, the players were attacked by a Trap Haunt which is a very wraith-like creature. Wraiths are usually ...
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Shinaelestran Guardian - Guardian Defense exploit

Martial Power 2 introduced the Shinaelestran Guardian paragon path for Rangers. One of its features is the Guardian Defense. Guardian Defense (11th level): Whenever you gain a bonus to attack ...
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Does a potion of healing hurt undead?

The other night one of my players thought it a good idea to throw a potion of healing at the undead skeletal mage. Her idea was that the potion would harm undead. A creative idea and I said go ahead, ...
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Are there any benefits to being a small character?

Small characters face a number of disadvantages. They can't use two-handed weapons, and have to use two hands to wield a versatile weapon DDI. Further disadvantages include: The inability to Grab ...
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Are the effects of a power applied in an “atomic” mode?

Are the effects of a power applied in an "atomic" mode, i.e. all at once, or are they sequentially applied ? So for example, the power says … "does 1W + Int damage and pushes the target one square" ...
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Alternative for 4e saves

So, recently I began playing 4e again and was discussing with a friend about how 'odd' the save mechanic for ongoing damage /lingering conditions appears to us. Right now it works like this: ...
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Choosing DnD 4th edition or Essentials for a new group and DM? [closed]

Recently I've got interested in roleplaying. My background is more or less hardcore boardgamer, I have played quite a large number of board games, even some of the most complicated ones and found it ...
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How are conflicts in the end of turn sequence resolved, e.g. with Bond of Pursuit?

How are conflicts in the End of Turn sequence resolved? The specific example we had last night was resolving whether the Avenger could Shift using the Bond of Pursuit [ddi] end-of-turn effect, when ...
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Rules for a 5th Level Arcane Ballista?

Looking for rules on how to run a semi sentient Arcane Ballista that can be used as a monster and equipment. Any ideas where I can find rules for this or does someone have rules they can share?
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Festival Mini Games

My D&D party will be going to a town with a festival in it. Generally during festivals there may be some games that are going on, kind of like small carnival type games or "mini games", ones that ...
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Can creatures be transported within Leomund's Secret Chest?

If a creature or PC gets inside Leomund's secret chest after it has been summoned, can they be transported back to the chest's storage area when it is dismissed? Leomund's Secret Chest[ddi] ...
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Is it possible to play with just 1 player book in a group?

I want to start a game with some friends. We never played using any book but now we want to try that out. I got the PLayer, DM and monster book but that's it. As I'll be DMing for the first time I'm ...
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Can a caster self-target with an attack power?

Following on from a thought from With Arcane Reach can you thunderwave yourself I pondered if a caster can self-target with an attack power? I'll restrict this to 4e as an answer, but my experience ...
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Can an Undead Servitor act after its controller is dead? [closed]

Can an Undead Servitor act after it's controller is dead? EDIT: (Note that this is not 'act as a sentient creature capable of making it's own choices of action' but 'act' as in 'perform actions'.) ...
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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 ...