Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition from 2008 (includes Essentials)

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Handling a dragon lair's treasure consistently with treasure parcels

It's my first time as the DM of a D&D campaign and I'm planning an encounter against a dragon in his lair. Since dragons hoard large amount of treasure, I would like to know how you deal with all ...
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Does Ghostly Vitality apply to the attack that triggers it?

Ghostly Vitality: While you have 0 or fewer hit points, you gain insubstantial. Case: Player has 10hp. An enemy deals 20 damage to him. Question: Does the attack leave the player at -10 or -5hp? ...
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What does the condition “Unattended” mean?

I am building a monk on the D&D Insider Character builder and the level 1 encounter power Eagle Claw Strike says: Hit: 2d8 Dexterity modifier damage, and the target takes a penalty to AC equal ...
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What happens when you step off the battle map?

D&D 4th Edition is heavily map-based in combat, right down to dungeon tiles and insert maps and the like. But what happens if a creature moves off the map, either willingly or through forced ...
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What does the term “party level” mean?

I understand that my question may be vague. I'm trying to figure out what is meant by the term "party level". I have a party containing 7 players and currently all are at level 1. I was picking ...
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How can I add psychic damage to wizard powers?

If I want to add the psychic keyword to my wizard powers, the only thing I can come up with is to get heavy blades as an implement, and use a Githyanki Silver Sword. Are there any other ways to get ...
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Riding your Sorcerer familiar as Pixie

I'm currently in the process on finishing up my Pixie Sorcerer Character and I wanted to theme him around the idea that he's actually too lazy to fly himself, so instead he rides his Storm Talon ...
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Does speaking Supernal result in communicating with everyone?

Long story cut short, I've found online that gods, angels and demons speak Supernal to convey their ideas. "When a god or angel speaks Supernal, listeners who don’t speak Supernal understand the ...
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Average Damage Output in 4e?

Is there a resource that lists the average damage output for each role (Defender, striker, leader, controller) that is divided into ADO per level or at the very least ADO per tier? I am really just ...
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Can Dragon Shards augment implements?

I'm used to dragon shards being used on weapons and I'm feeling that they should, but nothing in the dragon shard item descriptions says one way or another and their does not seem to be an appropriate ...
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How do spells work in D&D Essentials Starter kit? [duplicate]

I have this starter kit. I first made a fighter (easy in my mind), but now I am making a Wizard. I don't understand how the Hypnotism spell works. I don't throw anything? Attack:_ (Intelligence) ...
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Is the Halflings bonus vs fear any good?

In D&D 4th Ed., the races seem relatively well balanced. However, I have been playing a Halfling for two years now and have never had an opportunity to use his Bold ability: Bold: You gain a ...
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Qualifying for other races' feats

Is it possible in general to qualify for feats that have another race as a prerequisite? (I am thinking of something similar to how taking a multiclass feat allows you to qualify for feats from ...
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Is Sword's Vengeance a “win button”?

In Arcane Powers, the Arcane Sword epic destiny gives you the Sword's Vengeance daily power that basically lets you keep fighting in an untargetable state after you die. Even if you were fighting the ...
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How can I encourage role playing in a custom setting?

Since creating a fully living and breathing world for the players to inhabit is a time-consuming process, I have been feeding them background info as often as possible as it is relevant to the story. ...
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How many times a round does a creature take damage from Force Shard?

Force Shard does your charisma mod damage to anyone in its area. but here is an interesting line from the power in the Psionic Power book: An enemy can take this damage only once per turn. Is ...
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Misdirected Mark Bard At-Will Clarification?

Misdirected Mark from PHB2 states ...and the target is marked by an ally within 5 squares of you until the end of your next turn. My question is what player gets to choose who marks the target? ...
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How much resistance is dragon shield worth?

There is an epic destiny called "Dragonheart" in Martial Powers 2. The utility power for this epic destiny is called "Dragon Shield". The power is defined as follows: Daily ✦ Martial, ...
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What does it mean to designate something as “prey” in the Bravo Feat?

From the online compendium: Bravo [Multiclass Bravo] Benefit: You gain training in the Intimidate skill. Once per encounter, as a minor action, you can designate one creature you can see ...
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Does the 4e Feat Diabolic Soul only replace Infernal Wrath after receiving a critical hit?

The way I currently understand it, the feat appears to imply that the transformation power replaces infernal wrath only after receiving a critical hit. Am I correct in this? The relevant piece of the ...
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Embedding and attaching double weapons to Warforged, specifically spiked chain

Regarding embedding and attaching weapons as warforged components, p. 114 of the Eberron Player's guide Weapons can be embedded or attached components. Two-handed weapons cannot be attached or ...
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Does the Rogue's Riposte stop the enemy's attack?

Rogue's Riposte Strike (PHB1 Pg 118) says: Hit: 1[W] + Dexterity modifier damage. If the target attacks you before the start of your next turn, you make your riposte against the target as an ...
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Does Combat Opening use an immediate action?

Combat Opening is a feat from Martial Power which says: When you can make a melee basic attack against a target because of Combat Challenge, you can instead choose to let an ally make a melee ...
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How does Violent Awakening work with Flurry of Blows and Furious Assault?

The feat Violent Awakening goes off when both Flurry of Blows and Furious Assault (the Half-orc Racial) are triggered. Both are triggered when I hit an enemy. This feat adds extra damage to my Flurry ...
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Is there a better way to run a “rules light” or “beginner” D&D 4th edition game?

I've been attempting to play 4E with my two kids for a while now. I've had some false starts trying to run very simple adventures partly due to lack of DM experience/prep time (demanding job for Dad) ...
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Can the Essentials Berserker use Martial powers while they are in Berserker Fury?

There is one line on page 44 of "Player's Options: Heroes of the Feywild" that says "Additionally, since you can use martial powers only when you are not under the influence of your Berserker Fury, ...
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Does the Essentials Berserker benefit from non-essentials Rages in powers?

If you have an Essentials Berserker and you choose a non-Essentials barbarian power with a Rage effect, do you still gain the benefits from the non-Essentials Rage listed in the power? For instance ...
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How do I help a player who struggles with a tactics-focused character?

I'm a fairly new DM with fairly new players. One such player rolled up a warlord, casting the character as a "tactical genius". Unfortunately, she's having trouble getting "moments of glory", because ...
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Do Resplendent Circlet and Aversion Staff work together?

This seems quite a powerful combination. Aversion Staff: Property You gain a +2 item bonus to all defenses against attacks from enemies that are subject to effects caused by you. ...
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DnD 4e Books to get (errata? where to get?) [duplicate]

I have the DnD 4e red box, and some friends and I are keen to play more. I live in Belgium (Europe) and finding your gear here isn't all that easy. Most of the books sold online come from America. ...
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Can I skip reading the Red Box? [duplicate]

Can I play D&D 4e without reading the Red Box, as I already have the Player's Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master's Guide?
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How to continue d&d after the redbox [duplicate]

I had a question. I'm trying to get in to tabletop rpg games. I'm very new and the people that want to play with me are also very new. After some googling I stumbled on the D&D red box. This ...
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Are the following moves legal when affected by the dread carapace power?

Dread Carapace is the L6 utility in the Misshapen theme from Dragon Mag 416. Part of the power states: In addition, when any enemy ends its turn adjacent to you, it must use a free action to move ...
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When is it appropriate to use Ability checks over Skill checks?

For a quick example of the question posed; say there was a series of spiked mashers randomly coming down from the ceiling during combat between the PCs and monsters. Would the PC's be making dexterity ...
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What would it take for Pelor to abandon a paladin?

I am specifically running a D&D 4e game and am tossing around story ideas to incorporate an old character of mine as a guest star. A brief history of the character is that he is a dwarf who ...
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Does the “Serpents of flame” standard sustain include the attack?

The Serpents of flame power is a daily with a standard attack and an opportunity action (both daily) The sustain for the effect (required for either action) is either a minor or a standard (the one ...
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Can a PC “loot” a dead monster's corpse?

This is probably a silly question, but I am new to D&D and am unclear on a few things regarding equipment and armor, specifically as it relates to dead monsters. Lets say that a creature is ...
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Can two characters mark the same enemy?

Can my friend, who is a swordmage, and I, who am a battlemind, both have the same enemy marked at the same time? I tried to read the rules and look up the answer but I am pretty new at D&D so I ...
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How can I successfully integrate skill challenges without a grid in DnD 4e?

DnD 4e is based on tactical combat on a grid. Yet when I read the dungeon master's guide, I saw skill challenges for situations that don't seem to require a grid. For instance: Urban Chase. The ...
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Can a dagger be used as a melee weapon?

In the PHB1, daggers are indicated to be light-thrown weapons. But is it possible to use them also for melee attacks against adjacent opponents? That seems to be logistically possible, but I am not ...
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Can a wizard ever gain more at-will spells?

Can a wizard, through levels, races, paragon paths, epic destinies, or feats, ever gain more at-will spells?
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Where can I get a list of 4th edition D&D acronyms?

I'd like to have a simple reference sheet for this, as people will frequently reference sourcebooks with a simple acronym. Perhaps this question can be made into such a sheet. Most have been easy to ...
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When using Blade of the Eldritch Knight (AV 2), can you charge from within 5 squares?

Blade of the Eldritch Knight When you use a standard action to make a melee attack with this blade, your melee reach increases to 5 for that attack. Charge Movement Requirements You must ...
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Converting 4e Forgotten Realms setting to 3.5e or Pathfinder [closed]

I'm trying to use the 4th edition Forgotten Realms campaign setting in either Pathfinder or D&D 3.5, which I use, as the idea for the Spellplague is awesome. Can someone help me convert this from ...
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Is there a shapeshifter that needs to keep its quarry alive?

My question is regarding the rules of shapeshifters of all kinds in D&D 4e. I'm designing a plot in which I want to have a Changeling (or something like it) replace a prominent member of society, ...
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Do magic weapon/Implement bonuses affect extra damage?

I'm going over my monk character and moving him into the Fight Club iPhone app and one thing I noticed was that the implement damage bonus from my Cascading Strikes Ki Focus was being added to my ...
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Can you force movement without using a power?

Are there ways for a character to employ forced movement without using any powers, feats or items of the sort? By that I mean using exclusively skill and ability checks.
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Enlarged Dragon Breath & Hurl Breath

While I am assuming that Hurl Breath would continue unchanged, does having the Enlarged Dragon Breath feat have any affect upon the AoE of Hurl Breath? The EDB was created first and thus wouldn't ...
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How do you calculate an attack bonus for a druid wielding a Magic Weapon and an Implement? [duplicate]

One of our group is playing a Druid, and is a little confused about how attacks with the implement keyword work. According to the PHB 2 (p. 82) a Druid can use simple melee and simple ranged ...
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Eladrin population centers in Nerath/Nentir Vale?

Looking for something to reference in a character background. PHB says some of their cities fade in and out of 'this world' on a daily cycle. Ideally somewhere feasibly accessible to Nentir Vale, but ...