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

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Moving Enchantments

Say you have +2 Frost Mace and you want the enchantment on your dagger instead. Is there a way to move it from one item to another without the Enchant Magic Item ritual?
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Can a creature shift while swimming?

The party I was DMing for was fighting in a sewer passage with small water ways running through the passage, and some questions came up about movement and water. The DM's guide 1 explains some ...
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Would a free hand from gauntlet axe let me attack two handed with a bastard sword?

I'm building a Ranger(Scout) for an upcoming campaign and I was wondering if, while using gauntlet-axe, I would be able to Make two handed attacks using versatile weapons (such as the bastard sword)? ...
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Is leather and/or hide proficiency sufficient to wear studded leather?

In D&D 4e, is a proficiency in leather and/or hide sufficient to wear studded leather? Or are these distinct base armor types? I am finding conflicting sources of information. For some background,...
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Battle Song Expertise - what bonus do I get?

The feat Battle Song Expertise states that "you gain a +1 feat bonus to attack rolls you make with any weapon or wondrous item that has a property allowing you to use it as an implement for ...
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Replacing Dilettante power with a level 13 encounter power

My players just hit level 13 and get to replace one old encounter attack power with a new level 13 power. Is there any reason why a half-elf player couldn't choose to replace his Dilettante power?
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If a foe's perception check beats your stealth check, do you still get CA against them?

If a character is stealthing, let's say in total concealment, and its target perceives it by beating its stealth roll, then does the stealthing character have CA against the target?
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Would Star Indigo Seed dyes penalize stealth?

In D&D 4e, would a player marked with ink from star indigo seeds (which are said to shine as bright as candle) be penalized when trying to sneak through the dark or elsewhere? This is from the ...
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What is the ritual component cost “set of focuses”?

In D&D 4th edition, the Alarm ritual has a component cost of "5gp, plus a set of focuses." What does "set of focuses" refer to here?
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Free action/no action encounter power available to all players?

The DM I play with for encounters passes out these power cards that are either a free action or a non-action (can't remember) encounter power that lets you add to a skill check roll, add a damage die, ...
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Can a player ask if an immediate interrupt blinding attack will force a miss?

I believe that when a Wizard uses Staff of Defense or Shield, which are both immediate interrupts, she may ask the DM if the power will prevent the attack from connecting. Does the same hold true ...
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Do you get one or two saves when pushed into a pit?

Does a character get one or two saves when pushed into a pit by Forced Movement? Reading the Rules Compendium, one is one mentioned in the section on Hindering Terrain, p.207, and another in ...
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Can a Monk use a Full Discipline move without the attack?

One of my players in my 4e game is playing a monk. He opted to use two move actions in one turn. He used the move action of one of his Full Discipline powers - such as the power Crane's Wings - twice ...
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Does half-level get added to damage in d&d 4th edition? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does the half-level modifier contribute to damage? In 4th edition, half of your character's level is added to ability checks, does this mean that the damage from all of ...
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What bonuses do I get to Implement attacks when I use my weapon as an implement?

If I use my longsword as implement and have the Weapon Expertise Heavy Blade feat, does the +1 apply to implement attacks as well?
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Does Resist All stack with Resist [specific]?

Case: A Warden has Resist 5 All Damage from some Warden feature/power. He also has Resist 10 Necrotic from his armor. He is hit by 30 Necrotic damage from a single attack. Does he take 15 damage, ...
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What is a “mark” actually supposed to be?

This is probably way too simple of a question, but I just haven't been able to figure it out. In D&D 4th edition, there's the concept of a mark on an enemy creature; a player character in combat ...
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D&d 4e difficulty class [closed]

Hi :) in the Phb pg 178 it describes difficulty classes as only being used in desperate or exciting circumstances however what If you are in a pointless situation could this require a difficulty class
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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 and ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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, ...