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

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Why does the “insubstantial” quality exist?

Aside from minor rounding errors for very low damage, a monster with x hit points and the insubstantial resistance type is exactly the same as a monster with 2x hit points. So, why does the ...
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How do I represent a stance effectively

Currently playing a game and we are going to be using iplay4e for our combats. One of the characters involved in the game is a Scout who will almost always be in some stance or another. Stances often ...
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[Spoiler Warning] Adventure summary of the H1-H2-H3-P1-P2-P3-E1-E2-E3 product line?

My current group started 4e at level 4 and has run H2, H3, P1, and we're currently working our way through P2. We plan on going all the way through to E3, achieving 30th level within this single ...
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What is the difference between themes and backgrounds?

Wizards has fairly recently released character themes for D&D 4th Edition. What is the difference between themes and backgrounds? Can you pick one of each or do you have to choose between the ...
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Dropping an object on an enemy using Mage Hand

My DM wasn't sure how to handle this so I figured I'd ask here and see what people think. I used Mage Hand to pick up a burning log from a fire and drop it on an enemy. Because it was a magical ...
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How do I integrate an implement based ranged basic attack with the Hunter's Rapid Shot feature?

I've made a hunter that can fire Divine Bolts as a ranged basic attack. (Half-elf + power of skill + Invoker MC + Versatile Master = divine bolts at will as RBA) Divine bolts: Standard Action ...
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Does the offline character builder allow you to apply the Lich template to a character or must this be done manually?

I am planning on turning a recurring character in our current campaign into a Lich at an as-yet-undetermined point in the future. I know the DMG provides a template for doing this, but it would be ...
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What ways are there to convey loneliness and betrayal in an encounter?

A little background: I am designing a campaign that largely takes place in the mind of a twisted wizard. The wizard was shunned and exiled from his home due to a physical disfigurement, and after a ...
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What are the steps that you as GM's and PC's take to develop a Level 1 character?

This is for the basic character creation at level 1. I know the PHB goes into some detail on character creation and the steps for doing so. What I want to know is how you as GMs or players create ...
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How to build a demon hunter?

I've got a level 14 Drow Rogue built around hand crossbows. I want to modify him to be a Demon Hunter. How can I accomplish this using feats, items and paragon paths, without losing the hide-and-shoot ...
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Is the extra damage from Assassin's Strike maximized on a critical?

The executioner assassin has the following power Encounter No Action Trigger: You hit an enemy within 5 squares of you with an attack using a weapon. Effect: The target takes 1d10 ...
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When does marking occur

This is from memory, so if someone wants to edit the question, feel free. When a fighter attacks a creature, that creature is marked. When does the marking happen in the sequence of events? If the ...
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What happens when a large creature stops squeezing in a space that they had to use squeeze to enter?

This is a follow up question relating to What are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing a player to play a large creature? So far, everything for the player playing the large Minotaur has ...
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Is it possible to get Battle Cleric's Lore through Divine Healer multiclass?

Due to a recent dragon magazine, the Cleric/Templar has a semi-questionable issue. In Dragon Magazine 400, there is an article for Battle Cleric's (Those with DDI can check here: Battle Cleric ...
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What is the last issue of Dragon/Dungeon Magazine included in the offline character builder?

I'm trying to determine what the new options are available for a character who has so far been managed through the offline character builder. I've noticed that any of the Essentials books and Heroes ...
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What are the main differences between Gamma World and D&D 4e?

I just got Gamma World and want to try it out with my D&D 4e (Essentials) players. Clearly to a great portion, a re-skin of 4e, but not completely. Obviously character generation is completely ...
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How does a readied action triggered on movement adjacent to an ally work when an enemy charges?

A readied action is an Immediate Reaction. A charge is a movement with an attack at the end. Suppose the following case: A PC charged with protecting his party's wizard does not want to move away ...
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How to implement a stealth based instant-kill system

I've been playing 4e for a few months now and I'm really interested in creating a dungeon crawl in which the PCs can choose to stealthily kill off certain monsters before they are able to alert other ...
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What action type is switching two items between main hand and off-hand?

Here are two related questions, actually. 1st: What action type (time) does it take to pass an item from one hand to another (assuming the other hand is free)? 2nd: I know that retrieving or stowing ...
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How to be a Centaur PC?

I just started D&D, bought my version 4 manuals and I'm now at my stage in character creation. The problem: I was wondering if playing as a centaur would be possible? What forms of skills and ...
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Powers that increase damage rolls, do they increase flat damage and automatic damage?

As to the title, I am testing out a class and something occurred to me. There is a power that gives a power bonus to damage rolls. I know there are plenty of powers that do such things, but the part ...
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Does a Stirge's attack auto-hit while it's grabbing someone or does it simply not make attacks?

The 4e Monster Manual states: ...An attached stirge doesn't make attack rolls while grabbing a target... Does this mean on the stirge's turn it automatically deals 1d4 damage, or does it just ...
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What's the impact of a monster being immune to Unconscious?

Some monsters have immunity to being Unconscious. Since monsters die when they hit 0 HP (barring a PC deliberately inflicting nonlethal damage), what's the impact of this? Do they fight on when ...
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What “party” items are worth getting during character creation?

Details on the formation of this question can be found in this chat. During character creation you are allowed 3 "uncommon" items. What items are beneficial enough to the party as a whole to warrant ...
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Is there a feat for melee characters equivalent to Dual Implement Spellcaster in D&D 4e?

Dual Implement Spellcaster lets you add the bonus from an off-hand implement to an attack using your main hand implement. I am making a Human Marauder Ranger and I would love to be able to add an ...
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How do I switch from combat-based play to roleplay-included play in D&D?

I have played a few RP games at this point, but the vast majority of the gaming i have done has been my solo (read: playing several char's at once but being the only player) campaigns Brian ...
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What were the stats on the original Oso la Fez?

I keep reading that it was amazing, fun, and completely unbalanced. But nowhere can I find the actual rules for it. The current one in the character builder on the Wizards site is pretty ...
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Order of effects on hit

The Invoker power "Rain of Blood" (Divine Power) says: Hit: 2d6 + Wisdom modifier damage, and the target gains vulnerable 5 to all damage until the end of your next turn. Does the vulnerable 5 ...
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How Do You Calculate the Average Damage for Twin Strike?

I'm looking for a formula that can calculate the average damage of a power. Specifically, the Ranger at-will power Twin Strike. This is a bit more complicated, since it's two attacks. Furthermore, ...
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How to kill yourself in 4e?

Warning: spoiler about P2: King of the Trollhaunt Warrens. The following explains why I want rules on killing yourself, but isn't critical to the question (with the edit), so don't read it if you will ...
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How many times can a stormwarden's Blade Storm trigger?

Stormwarden: Blade Storm (11th level): As long as you are armed with a melee weapon and are capable of making an opportunity attack, one adjacent enemy (your choice) takes damage equal to your ...
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+1 from Versatile Weapons

Should be an easy question: if you use a versatile weapon with two hands, it adds +1 to damage. Does it work like Brutal, where it is dependent on the number of dice, or is it a straight +1? In ...
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How should treasure parcels be adjusted to account for permanent character death in Dungeons and Dragons 4e?

In a D&D game I play, the party has had a 200% character turnover rate due to character death at low levels. Spawning at higher levels provides the incoming players with gear appropriate to their ...
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Why is a brutal 3 vorpal scythe called “Death's Scythe”?

The title is essentially my question. I have heard the weapon called that before, but i am curious as to both the why, and as to the origin of this term and the concept of the weapon.
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Pyromancy Master, extendable zones, and the Architect's Staff

Pyromancy Master: When you use an area or close arcane fire attack power that is not already a zone, the area of the attack becomes a zone that lasts until the end of your next turn. Creatures ...
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In D&D 4E, Changelings can keep other forms when sleeping?

Well, I did not find anywhere a rule against it. Am I right in assuming that they can maintain their alternate form when they sleep?
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What magic items are there to capture or restrain someone?

I'm looking for items to specifically address the strengths and weaknesses of the PC's. For example, our wizard who has lots of teleport spells will be restrained with Dimensional Shackles. How can ...
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What constitutes “closer” on a map of squares?

This answer makes it clear that each pull must result in the enemy moving closer to the puller. But on a square grid, don't you count each edge that must be crossed as a unit of distance? For example: ...
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Are the new “Heroes of X” books part of the essentials line?

I noticed that there are two new charachter books out. Heroes of Shadow and Heroes of the Feywild Are these two books part of the Essentials line? Have they stopped differentiating between ...
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What monster tokens are these?

Here is a snap shot of some monsters that I found while being bored today. I couldn't identify what the monsters were (sort of). the monster on the top left marked (3) turns out to be a "Vampire ...
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Can you pull an enemy from an adjacent square to another adjacent square?

Some background. I Recently leveled up my Weaponmaster to L7. I took the power "Come and Get It." It allows me to pull anything in a burst 3 up to 2 squares and then try to hit them with my giant ...
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Swarms' limited immunity to OAs

According to RAW for swarms, A swarm can enter or move through an enemy’s space; this movement does not provoke opportunity actions. I assume "pass through" in this case means "move into and out ...
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Stats for a Sorcerer King in 4E's Dark Sun?

I am in the middle of building a campaign and part of it takes place in the Athas. I am wanting to present the party with an actual threat towards the end of their stay in the hellacious world of Dark ...
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What are common sizes for zones in the heroic tier?

My wife wants to make some area markers for zones and such that powers create. She has a bunch of burst 1 powers at the moment. Before she starts making them she wants to know what other sizes she ...
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Can the Zephyr Blade's Storm Dance Strike be used against an enemy that has forced movement?

The Battlemind has a Paragon path called Zephyr Blade that has a Daily power called Storm Dance Strike. Storm Dance Strike allows the Battlemind to enter into a stance that allows for an Opportunity ...
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Does an opportunity attack that stuns prevent the movement?

If I make an opportunity attack with some combination of riders that will cause a hit to stun (or if the victim has already taken some action, daze) can the target of my attack continue their ...
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How can I enhance Hand of Radiance?

I'm pondering an epic level half-elf defender whose core feature is the power Hand of Radiance. How can I enhance Hand of Radiance to be more controllery: enabling slowing, sliding, or any other ...
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Forced/involuntary movement and OAs

The basics: Moving away from a threatened square provokes an Opportunity Action. The wrinkles: Certain forms of voluntary movement (shifts, teleports) specifically do not provoke OAs. Being pushed, ...
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Does the Rod of Dread's critical property add the fear keyword to powers?

Rod of Dread: Enhancement: +6 attack rolls and damage rolls Critical: (Fear) The target is dazed until the end of your next turn. Power (Daily * Fear): Free Action. Trigger: You attack ...
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Does a power that does damage on Hit and with an Effect gain from vulnerability twice?

I'm looking specifically at Bloodbath. As you can see the power deals 1 [W] + Dexterity modifier damage on both the Hit and the Effect. Do both the hit and the effect gain from vulnerability? Or ...