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

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Is there any support in D&D for Were-humans?

In many D&D settings, the character of a human who can shapeshift into an animal is a standard archetype. Druids, Vampires, and Werebeasts are pretty common. However, does any support exist for a ...
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Simulate/Emulate 4th Edition Avenger in 5th Edition [closed]

This is being specially challenging for me. If there is one thing that I love doing with classes and races in D&D5e is tweaking the classes and races into something that feels new using the ...
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What Paragon-Tier modules can I use to showcase the Underdark?

My group is going through the Underdark top to bottom to get to Menzoberranzan. I'm looking for recommendations for Underdark themed modules - starting with near-the-surface (no- or lite-Drow) dungeon ...
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D&D 4e - attack rolls - “level +x vs. defense” - clarification

I noticed that in the Book of Vile Darkness, for example, there are a lot of powers/diseases defined as "level+x vs. defense". I want to be make sure I understand how these are rolled before I build ...
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What parts of D&D 5e's design heritage come from D&D 4e?

What are the significant elements that D&D 5e's design has kept from the design of D&D 4e (and which were unique to the 4th edition of D&D)? What parts of D&D 5e's heritage are from ...
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What ranged monsters have the highest damage output?

I'm looking for monsters (Heroic Tier) with this feature. Damage as high (or higher) as a brute's, but ranged. I need them for a matter of design (I wanna compare them to other monsters to learn what ...
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How do I create a balanced “Glass Cannon” monster? [closed]

I have a good handle on 4e monster creation, but there is one particular role missing for me that the current monsters don't satisfy, and I need assistance making sure it works well. I want a monster ...
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Is there a way to play as an actual Arcane Archer in D&D 4e? [on hold]

If I want to play as an Arcane Character that infuses his arrows with magical power, how do I do it according to the RAW in a way that I'll feel the closest from the old Arcane Archer prestige class? ...
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What would be the best way to turn the seeker into the Arcane Archer? D&D 4e house-rule

So, this is supposed to be simple. I wanted to turn the Seeker into the Arcane Archer class since the Arcane Archer is something that most people in my group wanted to play as and there's no REAL way ...
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Starting a new 4e adventure with an old character. How should I handle treasure/equipment?

In my last campaign, one of my players' PC died and he wants to use his old character going forward. What equipment should he start with? There will be a difference in treasure, as the older ...
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Examples of “High Technology” Monsters/Traps in D&D

In my home-spun campaign, players are about to discover the ruins of an ancient city. Long ago, there was a civilization with an advanced level of technology, which is now dead. I'm thinking of ...
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Redundant Skill Selection in 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons [duplicate]

Good evening: I was looking over some of the classes in the Player's Handbook and found something I must not have noticed when I had first started playing: redundant skill selection for some classes, ...
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When can you use a skill if you're not trained?

This has been argued over a lot in my group: There was this one time when the Fighter wanted to use his Arcana score to "remember something he has seen before in a previous adventure" when he faced ...
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Are stats from D&D Miniatures compatible with D&D 4e? [duplicate]

I am a bit confused about D&D Miniatures and regular D&D. I only have the Starter Set from D&D Miniatures 4th ed (I think) and the Castle Ravenloft boardgame. Do the stats, levels, ...
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Unseen Servant use in combat

Unseen Servants act as some sort of force that can perform simple tasks. Is it possible to use them to aid in battle while doing so? For example: Have several servants told to carry heavy large ...
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Is there a formula for recommended monster ability scores per level?

(For D&D 4th Edition) I rarely use published monsters, preferring to come up with my own things for my players to fight in our own homebrewed world. 4e is great about this, making it really ...
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Can forced movement be through allies or enemies?

The controller in my group used a power which pushes the target 3 squares. He wanted to push him through the square of one of the PCs. Is this possible? I thought that no-one could go through an ...
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Would the CA benefit of Hidden Sniper grant the effect of Opportunistic Withdrawal?

Would the CA benefit of Hidden Sniper grant the effect of Opportunistic Withdrawal, even though the benefit is only on your ranged attached? Hidden Sniper Benefit: If you have partial concealment ...
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Are the Erinyes their own group outside of the normal infernal hierarchy in 5e?

Going through the 5e Monster Manual I noted that the Erinyes had been added to the book again in their absence from the 4e MM. But they are described as being part of the regular infernal hierarchy, ...
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What attacks gain the bonus from Golden Crown of Battle Command?

Golden Crown of Battle Command says: When you use a warlord power to grant a melee basic attack to an ally within your line of sight, that ally gains a +2 bonus to the attack roll and damage roll. ...
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Can a character with Ghost of the Rooftops climb like Spider-Man?

One of my players has the following power, which comes from Heroes of Shadow: Ghost of the Rooftops Assassin Utility 6 At-Will (Special), Martial Move Action, ...
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How do you adjudicate a wall run?

Through a series of poor decisions, my players have managed to get themselves trapped in a tomb with a full hard encounter of enemies coming down the stairs and another full medium encounter at the ...
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How do I handle a shapeshifter in disguise when the players go into “everyone's a doppelganger, let's murder everyone” mode?

I ran into issues with shapeshifters since, after the first encounter with one, the players turned into "everyone is doppleganger in disguise" mode, which makes using their trademark ability ...
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Is Serrated Pick a versatile weapon?

There seems to be some discrepancy in the serrated pick, it's listed as a 1-handed weapon, yet it has the 'Small' property, which is only applicable to versatile and 2-handed weapons so far as I know. ...
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Can I use mage hand to wield implements or attack from a safe distance?

One of my players wants to use his mage hand trick to use his sword to make melee basic attacks from afar, or be able to hold his sword and shield while his mage hand uses his implement (wand). Is ...
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What to do when I accidentally kill the whole party?

So, my players' PCs were fighting 11 fifth-level orcs. They are five 5th-level characters in D&D 4e. It ended in an unexpected TPK. Thing is, their bard was new (he was put in place of their ...
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Does a high Constitution give regeneration in recent editions like it does in 2e?

When playing Baldur's Gate which runs on 2nd edition AD&D rules, I found out that in older editions high constitution supposedly provided minor HP regeneration for the character. Does this really ...
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Can a teleportation circle be made in the air?

Here's the situation: A fire titan on his own demi-plane sent the party on a side quest to retrieve something for him and gave them the rune combination for a teleportation circle that would get them ...
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Resources for campaign based in Amn region

I'm currently designing a campaign set in the Amn region of Faerun. I've got the Forgotten Realms Campaign guide from 4th edition and am using one of the old Living Forgotten Realms core quests ...
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Is there a way to use a standard action power when its not your turn? [closed]

Is there any item, power, or feat that would allow you to use the Riposte Strike rogue power on someone else's turn other than using a readied action? I'm trying to see if theres a way to trigger ...
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Do villagers level up to scale with the party?

I realize there's probably not going to be rules on this, but experiences are also valuable: Should villagers, servants, artisans and other non-combat NPC's have level 1 or be of the party's level? ...
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Can I make repeated active insight checks, or can I “take 20” on insight checks?

The rules for Perception say that you can spend actions (for example, during combat) to keep making Perception checks to notice hidden things. Can you make active Insight checks in a similar fashion? ...
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Can you delay until you are no longer dazed?

I use a power that says "Target creature is dazed until the end of your next turn" against a monster that acts just before me in the initiative order. Can the monster delay its turn until my next ...
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Can I interrupt a charge with Combat Challenge?

An enemy who has a mark from Combat Challenge is adjacent to my fighter and attempts to charge a distant enemy. Combat Challenge says that I can get an attack as an immediate interrupt whenever "an ...
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Can I grab the same creature twice?

Can a character grab the same creature twice? Can a monster do that? The rules say that sustaining a grab occupies whatever appendage was used to initiate the grab and it takes a minor action to ...
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What kind of Den can I use to design a fair fight against the post-Vault Dragons? [closed]

So, everybody knows the Dragons are Stronger since Monster's Vault came out. My question is simple. What kind of geographic solution can I use to make my group have a fair fight against a Dragon ...
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How can I use the updated Dragons against my players without absolutely killing all of them?

Dragons in D&D 4e used to be weak, and were easy for my party to defeat. Solos were rarely much of a challenge, or so it was before Monsters Vault showed up with the new/updated Dragons. They are ...
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How can a cleric use a staff for implement powers?

I'm trying to make a Balanced Cleric who uses a staff both as a weapon and an implement. Can it be done? I'm Human. I know that, at least, multiclass feats for caster classes often provide ...
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In D&D can a cleric choose to 'partially use' turn undead for purposes of, say, torture

In our fourth edition campaign we have a cleric trying to partially use Turn Undead against an undead character. Disregarding whether this constitutes a use of power, can the cleric intentionally ...
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How am I supposed to award magic items so that PCs aren't over/under-powered?

I'm a noob DM. In previous campaigns, I've only given out magic items as rewards for completing quests, but players complained that they didn't have enough control over what items they wanted to use, ...
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Can a Shardmind communicate telepathically with intelligent undead?

In previous editions of D&D undead were immune to the effects of telepathy. In 4e, can a Shardmind use telepathy with a Deathwight? We also have a Revenant in the party — are the Shardmind and ...
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Do melee attacks provoke attacks of opportunity from other combatants?

I know that ranged or unarmed attacks provoke Attacks of Opportunity, but consider this case. There's an enemy one space north of me, and one space east, both threatening and threatened by me. If I ...
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What happens when a burrowing creature falls unconscious?

What happens if a monster falls unconscious while burrowing? My game just had an encounter where I launched into the boss with Vestige of Baatar at the start of combat. On the boss's turn, it used a ...
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Recommendation for D&D 4E campaign books? [closed]

I'm a guy that's never DMed before but I'm looking at doing so very soon (I will be DMing for about 5 players.) However, due to the amount of free time I have, I won't be able to create many of my own ...
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Encounter Budget in D&D 4e after Essentials

When the first 4e books came out, the encounter building chapter suggested to limit the enemies' level: from party level -2 to party level +4 Has this changed over the years, especially after ...
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Does this combination of Battlemage Readiness & Spellsword Perfection with Dimensional Charge work?

Can an assault swordmage combine Battlemage Readiness & Spellsword Perfection to gain a 4[W] immediate reaction whenever an enemy violates its mark? Battlemage Readiness (11th level): When you ...
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How do I stop my players from jumping to conclusions?

Sometimes my players accidentally get ahead of me when they are excited. Example: I make an axe from the materials and use it to chop down the tree. The problem is that the player rushes to chopping ...
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How do I calculate treasure parcels after Essentials?

I was reading the Rules Compendium and it seems the way of calculating treasure has changed after Essentials came up. Considering English is not my first language and the fact everything got ...
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What happens when you fall prone in water?

A character on water surface who has no swim speed and has to make swim checks to move is knocked prone by an enemy power. Does this affect him somehow besides the normal effects associated with being ...
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With a Driving Attack, can you attack a target you did not push?

The fighter's Driving Attack says: Driving Attack You drive back your adversary with a hail of blows. Daily Invigorating, Martial, Weapon Standard Action Melee weapon Target: ...