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

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Does Holy Symbol Expertise mean all enemies, or just the ones you actually attack?

Does the Holy Symbol Expertise [ddi] ... cannot gain combat advantage ... apply to all enemies, or just the ones you actually attack?
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Do you have to have a Holy Symbol in one of your hands to use it?

Do you have to have a Holy Symbol in one of your hands to use it ... (a) in your attacks, (b) to gain advantage of any special effects ?
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Can a Monk who has multi-classed to Cleric use holy symbols?

Can a Monk who has multi-classed with Initiate of the Faith to Cleric use holy symbols as an implement?
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What type of action is a knowledge check?

Based on a recent question about knowledge checks, I started wondering what kind of action Knowledge Checks were. The compendium doesn't seem to state it for monster knowledge checks (but, e.g. detect ...
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Can a knowledge check be used to identify the powers of a unique named enemy?

In Encounter 29: Arena of Kord in Madness at Gardmore Abbey the players face an enemy leader called: Leralix, Minotaur Magus (L) Level 9 Controller (Leader) Because Leralix is a unique named ...
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What is the total net bonus when attacking an unconscious creature?

I've been thinking about unconsciousness and performing a a coup de grâce lately. It came up in our game this past week and I want to make sure I'm understanding it correctly. Unconscious reads: ...
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What do characters know about the battlefield?

The PCs generally know where all enemies are and vice versa (except those who are Hidden). They also know the effects of all zones and other buffs that are in effect. This is part of the "all the ...
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Do summoned creatures get any bonuses to attack from the summoner?

Do summoned creatures get any bonuses from their summoner? I'm wondering if they use the summoner's item enhancement bonuses or get any other bonus to attack and damage rolls. Our artificer has ...
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Ways to bump a warlock's attack roll?

We've got a scourge warlock with the infernal pact that's having a rough time being able to hit things. Right now her attack mod is 15 (we're level 13's). I know that warlocks don't need to have as ...
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In what situations would players use a coup de grace?

I'm kind of confused as to the usage of coup de grace. Is the usage of a coup de grace basically limited to when a power, such as the wizard's sleep spell or a non-lethal hit (the player declares the ...
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How do I Cleave as a Melee Basic Attack?

Numerous powers, and other game actions grant melee basic attacks, or trigger on MBAs. My fighter is going to primarily use Cleave (combined with Deft Hurler and the Warden's First Hunter PP) as his ...
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Can you enchant a plain +1 item to a +1 with property?

Can you enchant a plain +1 item to a +1 with property? The Enchant Magic Item [ddi] says ... Alternatively, you can use the ritual to upgrade a common, uncommon, or rare item to a more powerful ...
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Can you have a Magical Accurate Orb +1?

Can you have a Magical Accurate Orb +1 ? And what would it's attack plus be ? The wizard has to take the Superior Implement Training feat [ddi] and select Orb as the implement. They can then buy ...
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Does a Dragonmark of Storm work with alchemical items?

If a player has a Dragonmark of Storm, which allows them to slide an enemy 1 square when they hit with a thunder or lightning power, will it work when they hit with appropriate alchemical items?
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How do players acquire weapons in DnD 4e?

This is a very basic question, but I'm a very new DM and I can't seem to find any indication how characters acquire mundane weapons and items beyond their initial equipment. I know some items they can ...
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Can a blast hit targets vertically above the caster?

Can a blast hit targets vertically above the caster? ... trying to draw the situations in text mode ... Assuming we have a map like so ... A | B | C D | E | F G | H | I and the caster is in ...
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Can you teleport a monster vertically up and thus damage them when they fall?

Can you teleport a monster vertically up and thus do them the D10 per 10' falling damage?
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Traps specifically for Smart characters

Does anyone have examples or suggestions on creating traps that are harder for Smart (High INT/WIS) characters? Example: My NPC necromancer has set up his lair. In his arrogance he believes that ...
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Is teleporting a creature considered forced movement of said creature?

Is teleporting a creature considered to be forced movement of said creature? I have a player interested in a power that adds damage on forced movement and teleport.
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What happens when a grabbed target of Avalanche Stomp is teleported

Avalanche Stomp is a power of the Stone Titan (all quotes are from the DDI Compendium): Close burst 3; +21 vs Fortitude; 3d10+7 damage, and the target is grabbed by earth and stone. The stone ...
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What is a good scaling ratio for larger than 5 player character parties?

What is a good scaling ratio for parties with more than 5 player characters? I've seen the effects in another 4e game of "force multiplier" effect that 7 players have, so the straight scaling from 5 ...
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Should a DM tell the players how valuable non-magical treasure is?

In D&D 4th edition most official adventures have encounters that come with lists of treasure items and their values. Example (not a great one but you get the idea): Polished Ruby with gold ...
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What happens if I decide to skip saving?

What happens if I am afflicted with a condition that worsens on a failed save and choose not to try to save? Do I: Automatically suffer the effects of the failed save? Keep my current condition? ...
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Practical use of Masterplan in first time DM

So, I have played D&D (and other RPG rules) off and on for a long time, and now have boys of an age that I could DM for them and have some good father/son/nerdy time. I have never DMed myself. I ...
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How can a character create a skeleton (or any other undead)

How does a character create a skeleton, or for that matter, any other undead in 4th edition? I've checked the rituals in the compendium and the closest match for "Create Skeleton" was "Create ...
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If you force an enemy to attack, do they trigger a Fighter's Combat Challenge?

If you force an enemy to attack through one of your powers, do they trigger an ally's Combat Challenge fighter class feature ? ... assuming they were marked by the fighter
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Can the target of Drunken Monkey attack themself?

Can you make the target of a Drunken Monkey[DDI] attack themself ? The point is the "against one enemy of your choice" ... couldn't you pick the target ? Hit: 1d8 + Dexterity modifier damage, and ...
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At-Will power side effects outside of combat

I have a Warden character, and the Strength of Stone At-Will power. It seems like it would be nice to grant myself those temporary hit points at a few other times, like if I plan to 'deactivate' a ...
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If an attack that has different effects for living and undead creatures is used on a revenant, what would happen?

I'm talking specifically about spirit rend which for a hit goes: 3d6+ intelligence modifier damage(save ends). If the target is undead, it takes no damage and is not immobilized. Instead, the target ...
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What happens to a target you are grabbing when you are knocked prone?

One of my PCs grabbed someone with a garrote and was knocked prone shortly afterwards. What would happen to the grabbed target? Would he be let go (it was a human), would he get knocked prone as well ...
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Do damage modifiers affect the damage dealt by a sustainable zone?

A player's wizard that I DM for has picked up the Ice Sceptor from the Cairn of the Winter King adventure. The Ice Sceptor has the following property: Property: You gain a +2 item bonus to the ...
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When do characters get numbered powers from themes? Is this a bug in Character Builder?

I'm running a D&D 4e game and we us the Character Builder exclusively to manage our character sheets & powers. My party members all have themes, and they all just made 2nd level - but their ...
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Is extra damage from free actions maximized with a critial hit?

Question 1: Say a player has a sword that enables him to add 1d8 damage as a free action whenever he hits an enemy. Can he choose to activate it upon a critical strike for an automatic 8 damage, or ...
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How are damage rolls defined?

I play a warlord with Warlord's Strike Warlord Attack 3 One convincing cut is all you need to reveal the enemy’s weakness and spur your allies into finishing him off. Encounter ...
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Attack roll bonus for Orb implement?

I made a Psion class with the Dungeon's and Dragon's Character Builder for level 2. It is showing on all of my special moves that the prof bonus from my non magical orb as +6. Is this right? Should I ...
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D&D 4e Required Forced Movement

I just started getting into forced movement in D&D 4e, and I have a couple of questions: Is forced movement required to take place? IE As the attacker can you opt not to enact the forced ...
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What counts as a target for the purposes of 'Simple Animation?

The 2nd level Wizard Utility 'Simple Animation' has the following specification: Target: One Medium or smaller object that is not fastened in place or held by a creature Effect: The target ...
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Is there any system for translating AD&D type encounters to 4e?

I would very much like to run a party of people through the TPK machine that is the original Tomb of Horrors. However, while I'd like to keep the balance and toughness that made this first entry so ...
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What effects can hit a phasing creature in a nonmagical wall square?

In a recent battle I was Dming, the party was fighting against Wraiths (in the Madness at Gardmore Abbey adventure). Wraiths have phasing and thus can fly into and through walls, so the players and I ...
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Can a pixie levitate on bootlaces carried by a spirit of salzacas?

Given: A pixie, tiny creature weighing 1-4 pounds. Presuming the sum total of gear weight is less than 10 pounds. A nice thin platter, or a net of bootlaces, made out of a light substance of the ...
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Does World Serpent's Grasp trigger against a restrained opponent?

World Serpents Grasp Whenever you hit a slowed or immobilized target with an attack, you can knock it prone Restrained you are immobilized (among others) The DM maintains that WSG does not ...
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Do overlapping damaging zones stack?

We know penalties from zones do not stack, but the rules appear to be silent about overlapping damaging effects. If I'm in two zones that each do 15 fire damage, how much damage do I take?
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If I'm dazed do I forget to attack after charging?

I know if my first action of a turn is Charge, then Daze will not stop the charge. What happens if Daze is the second action of the turn? Can Daze stop the Charge then ? Sequence of events: I do a ...
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Can a polymorphed magic user still cast spells if the new form has limbs, mouth, and fingers?

The Wizard power Foe to Frog (Heroes of the Fey Wild) allows the wizard to change the target into a tiny beast. My question is: can the polymorphed target retain its spell casting ability if it has ...
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Do Dragons lose a stored breath weapon when bloodied

In 4th Monster Manual, the Dragons all have an ability that recharges their breath weapon and has them use it interrupting flow of combat. Does this use expend any charge they may have built up before ...
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Rose King's Shield temp HP does it stack?

I am using a Elf Swordmage at the moment, and have given him a feat called Rose King's Shield Prerequisite: Avenger or Swordmage, proficiency with longsword Benefit: You gain a +2 feat bonus to ...
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What happens if a Troll Vinespeaker would be reduced to less than 0 hitpoints?

We recently fought a Troll Vinespeaker in our DnD 4e campaign. These was some controvery over whether we could reduce the troll to less than 0 hit points to keep it from getting up the next turn, via ...
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Do burst powers affect the square you occupy?

I have a tiny creature occupying the same square as an enemy medium sized opponent. If I use a power with close blast targeting, would it affect the enemy in my square?
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Communicating with gallant hawk familiar

I recently bought a Gallant Hawk and I was wondering what I need in terms of feats, powers, etc. for communicating with it. Also, what other rules are involved (what I need to know) when ...
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Can a pixie shift under a medium creature's legs?

What are the rules for occupying the same square as an enemy while tiny? There are provisions to occupy the same square for allies, and a feat that enhances it (here) and a 11th level pixie feat that ...