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

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What is a good way to use Allabar for a climactic ending encounter for a 4e campaign?

After two and a half years, my D&D 4e campaign is coming to an end. The party reunited a split world, pushed back an evil empire, weaponized a demon plague, and are now prepared to reach Allabar's ...
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Can you use the Nimble Blade feat for magic attacks?

Can you use the Nimble Blade[ddi] for magic attacks ? Benefit: When you attack with a light blade and you have combat advantage, you gain a +1 bonus to attack rolls.
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Does a Zone disappear when the player goes unconscious?

Does a Zone cast by a player disappear when the player goes unconscious/dying?, or only if they actually die?
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How do masterwork armours work (e.g. Feyleather, Starleather)?

In D&D 4e, there are superior "masterwork" versions of armour types, like "feyleather" for leather armour or "wyrmscale" for scale armour. They have a higher armour bonus, but a minimum ...
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Can a caster hit themself with a Blast spell?

Can a caster hit themself with a Blast spell? i.e. the usual example is the caster is in square A, casts a Blast 2 spell, so they could hit BCFG, FGJK, EFIJ, etc. A B C D E F G H I J K L ...
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Can a Wall spell be unsupported to make an arch

Can a Wall spell be unsupported, e.g. to make an archway ?
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What does “being a Cavalier” mean?

A player in my campaign started as a Cavalier (from Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms) but in his latest gained level, he got a power from the Paladin (from Player's Handbook). Prerequisite: Only a ...
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How many feats/skills/powers can a player retrain on gaining a level?

Every time your character gains a level, you can retrain. To do so, change one of the following: a feat, a power, or a trained skill. You can make only one change per level. I believe that means ...
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How would I convert Pathfinder campaign to D&D 4e

There are some really interesting adventure paths from Paizo for Pathfinder. If I wanted to convert a Pathfinder campaign to D&D 4e, how would I go about it? What are the mechanics that are ...
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Rogue Weapons Spiked Chain

I have been designing a rogue character and it is my understanding that a rogue character is able to use light blades. Therefore I took Spiked chain training which specifies that both ends of the ...
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Grab and Flanking

I think I'm understanding this correctly but want to make absolutely certain before I bring it to the table: If a PC is grabbed by, in this case, a bear, and he has an ally on the other side of the ...
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Can an Avalanche Hammer melee basic be upgraded by Ogremight Bruiser (Greater Style)

The Ogremight Bruiser (Greater Style) [ddi] allows you to use some powers in place of a melee basic attack. You can use a power associated with this feat in place of a melee basic attack when ...
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Can you use a two handed weapon with light shield?

Can you use a two handed weapon with light shield? I'm confused over the wording in [DDI] ... Description: While you’re using a light shield, you can use your shield hand to hold another item, to ...
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Is it possible to roll Stealth versus multiple targets when one or more can see you?

Is it possible to roll Stealth versus multiple targets when one or more can see you? So for example, if the character moves into the corridor, where the majority of the monsters can no longer see ...
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Can I use “Target: One Ally” powers on myself?

I am building an Artificer, and I'm looking at some of his powers that give bonuses to allies. For example, Dancing Shield. Minor action, ranged 5, Target: One Ally. You conjure a shield ...
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Non-magical encounter suggestions

I'm once again turning to the good folks at Stack Exchange for help regarding my non-magical campaign. I've written several encounters in which the PCs fight the main bad guys and their followers ...
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Can the ranger choose powers from the scout or hunter list?

I would like to create a ranger with some Scout or Hunter powers, but I don't know if it's possible. Furthermore, when reading the Scout description, at first level I find a column with the class ...
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Where did my Human Avenger's bonus at-will go in Wizards' Character Builder?

I'm building a human avenger in the Character Builder. When I select everything, I only get two at-will powers, though from what I understand I should get three. Is this a bug, or am I missing ...
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Is there any way for a player character to get Threatening Reach?

Is there anyway for a player character to get the Threatening Reach or equivalent ability with a reach weapon? Apart for one-off's like artifacts such as the Spear of Urrok the Brave [ddi]
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Using Mage Hand to hold up a cloak and grant concealment

First off, Let me just say that I am a complete newbie. I have yet to play any DnD, but I am working on a character while me and some friends are getting things together to start our first game. Now ...
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Campaign suggestions for a new DM and new PCs

I'm new to D&D, in general. I've been a PC in a dozen or so campaigns and I've DM'd four campaigns, which I wrote. I've decided that it would improve my DM'ing writing/running abilities if I ran ...
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Do Superior Ki-Focus items work on weapon attacks when made through a weapon?

I was considering the idea of the Superior Implement Training when I realized nowhere that I can find specifies something in particular about a Superior Implement of Ki Focus when used as a weapon (I ...
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Does a Summoned Creature have a “start of turn?”

Many effects apply at the start of a creature's turn; however, summoned creatures don't take turns and only perform actions when their summoner expends an action. Thus, is a summoned creature ...
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Can a Monk use a Holy Symbol as their Ki Focus

Can a Monk who has multi-classed with Cleric, via Initiate of the Faith, use a Holy Symbol as their Ki Focus? ... see the semi-related question at rpg My thinking here is: whilst maybe they can use a ...
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What does the Axe Expertise extra feature mean by “that results in a 1”?

What does the Axe Expertise [ddi] extra feature mean by that results in a 1? Also, when rolling damage for a weapon attack you make with an axe, you can reroll one damage die that results in a 1, ...
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Are there any rules or guidelines for creating original magic items and rituals?

I am running a D&D 4E campaign, and I particular enjoy that a lot of the 'man-made' spells that the PCs encounter—when for example, raiding wizards' hideouts—can be described as "you can get a ...
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How does Monk's unarmed strike interact with powers requiring two weapons?

I was looking up Monk's Unarmed Strike for another answer and was wondering. If a power, such as Twin Strike requires you to be wielding two weapons, are you effectively wielding two unarmed strikes, ...
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Can Artificers powers that target “weapon or implement” affect a Monks hand/feet?

Can the various Artificer powers that target weapon or implement be used to affect a Monks hand/feet attacks, even though they are not a weapon like a Long Sword? UPDATE Thinking on it, I suppose ...
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Monster Manual 1 - Is it balanced? Should I balance it?

I've been DM'ing a little lately 4 edition D&D and of course I'm confused again: My first adventure was a big question mark, I didn't use the exact guidelines for creating an encounter and ...
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What “objects” can a spell target?

Some of the wizard spells have creature or object as the target, e.g. Force Orb [ddi] What is an object ? So in the case of Force Orb, could a wizard target say a pebble on the ground, hit it (as it ...
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How do I calculate the value of items?

I admit, I put myself in this situation. I created some unique, non-magical items for my PC (with a lot of help from folks on this site). I assumed he would want to keep and use these items, but he ...
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How to adapt a 3e community-building system for a larger-scale use in a 4e game?

This question is a follow up to Point buy/structured system for cooperative 4e campaign building?. I've found a system that is quite close to what we want/need, but there's a catch: it's for 3e and ...
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What kinds of effects can modify a die roll?

After you roll a d20, there are some effects that can modify the result before the calculation is made. Is this a complete list? If you don't like the roll (before you know success or failure), ...
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How do I use Passive Perception to have some characters notice parts of the environment?

I'm new to DM'ing and have an issue I'm not sure how to deal with. The situation is this: It's pitch black outside and the PC is walking, with a lantern in hand, toward a building. A bird is ...
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Point buy/structured system for cooperative 4e campaign building?

Our group is currently building a campaign world (one nation per player) for the Pillars of the State campaign (as suggested in the DMG2 somewhere around page 170). Today we encountered the "problem" ...
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What didn't Monte Cook like about 4e?

It seems to be an established tenet of the conventional wisdom that Monte Cook does not like Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition. However, I came late to this party and never read the criticisms Monte ...
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Is forced movement mandatory for allies?

I understand from this question that the initiator of forced movement can choose not to move a target if they wish, but if the target is an ally, is the ally able to choose not to be moved? I am ...
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Sorcerous Power Feat Prerequisites

I'm trying to take the Sorcerous Power feat, but it doesn't show up in character builder. I assume this is because do not fulfill the prerequisites. The feat states: Prerequisite: Any multiclass ...
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Monk and Swift Flight

The monk power Swift Flight [ddi] states You fly a number of squares equal to your speed + your Wisdom modifier. If you don’t land at the end of this movement, you fall. Can a monk fly these ...
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How does the Magic Circle ritual work?

The description of the magic circle ritual includes the following text: An affected creature whose level is lower than your Arcana check result minus 10 cannot pass through the circle, affect ...
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Unable to use Musical Instrument in Character Builder

I'm relatively new to D&D so I find that I rely on the offline Character Builder quite a bit in order to make sure that I'm not fudging any numbers. It seems to work really well overall, but I ran ...
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What's the duration of Savage Transformation?

What's the duration of the wizard level 5 attack power, Savage Transformation? The card reads: Hit: 2d8 + Intelligence modifier damage, and you partially transform the target's mind and body ...
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Can a mark be maintained when the target succeeds on a Stealth check and becomes Hidden?

In a similar vein to my previous question , can a mark from a Fighter, Battlemind, etc. be maintained when the target succeeds on a Stealth check vs. a Defender's passive Perception and becomes Hidden ...
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Can a mark be maintained when the target is invisible?

Can a mark from a Fighter, Battlemind, etc. be maintained when the target goes invisible?
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What is the difference between “No Action” and “Free Action”?

What is the difference between No Action, e.g. the Monk's Centered Flurry of Blows [ddi], and the more common Free Action?
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Updating a couple of old Arduin magic items

So here a couple of magic items from the old Arduin books that I'd like to use in more recent D&D. How would you update (or stat) these? Stasis Bag - a sort of super bag of holding. It's size ...
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How do I help myself recover from death?

What exactly can I do when I'm dying? Is is possible for a priest to heal himself while dying with healing word? D&D 4th ed seems very easy to learn, but a lot of things confuse me when I'm out ...
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Does turn undead gain the benefits from a Sacred Mask?

Sacred Mask When you use a Channel Divinity class feature, until the end of your next turn, you deal 1d6 extra radiant damage against undead enemies and can score a critical hit against undead ...
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Where can I find a good collection of pre-generated characters for D&D 4th Edition? [closed]

I'm looking for sources of pre-generated characters for D&D 4th Edition. I'm looking for all sorts of levels, in addition to the typical level 1 pre-gens. The purpose of this is for running short ...
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How can I disrupt a Gnome Rogue/Assassin Hybrid?

In my campaign, one of my players is a hybrid rogue/assassin gnome. (Some of you can see my issue already.) He's level 2 and dishing out 30 damage. He gets hit and triggers the gnome racial ability ...