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

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Does shifting count as movement, for the purpose of triggering non-attack opportunity actions? [duplicate]

Replaced by the following questions: Can shifting trigger immediate actions? Can shifting trigger non-attack opportunity actions? Can Pursuit of the Hunter be used to move away from the ...
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What does the Moilian Barrow monster in the Tomb of Horrors Super Adventure look like?

From the read aloud text of encounter M3: Dark Barrow on p55 of the Tomb of Horrors Super Adventure: Bones and body parts are knitting themselves together into a larger mass in the rubble. There ...
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What class/builds can be used to fulfill both striker and controller roles?

Many classes/ builds allow one to fulfill multiple party roles. For example, a Paladin is a hybrid leader/defender. What classes/builds are a good way to handle striker/controller? I'm looking for ...
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How do I build a defensively focused Battlemind at level 1?

Can someone give a good idea to get a defensive Battlemind build that will work well with the following party at level 1? Drow Warlock (dark pact), Longtooth shifter ranger, Dwarf Healing cleric ...
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What is an effective leader for a striker heavy first level party?

I'm new to D&D and recently posted a question asking what class would do the most damage and learned that we need a good damage-mitigator. We have a Drow Warlock (dark pact), Longtooth shifter ...
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How can a Sphere of Annihilation be detected, and how can it be “disarmed”?

I'm reading the DnD Essentials DM Book, and on the Sphere of Annihilation stat block, it mentions several things I don't exactly know how to read: The sphere has "Detect automatic". Does this mean ...
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Naval Combat Sourcebook

I know there was a book in 3.5 that centered on naval campaigns, with classes for ship captains and rules for Narrative naval combat. Has that book been updated for 4e, or are there any other books ...
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What monsters are depicted on the 4.0 DM Screen?

I have the DM Screen included with the DM Kit. It depicts an underdark scene, and I can recognize: a gargoyle a beholder some zombies a mind flayer an umber hulk a black dragon a bugbear two drow a ...
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What are the consequences of the retargeting aspect of the Battlemind's Lightning Rush power on enemy area or close blasts or bursts?

Lightning Rush is one of the battlemind's featured powers: It's augment 2 (as an immediate interrupt) states: Hit: 2[W] + Constitution modifier damage, and you become the target of the triggering ...
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What class does the most damage overall?

I'm new to D&D 4e and I am an illusionist Wizard. We have 3 PCs playing, but one of our players should do a lot of damage. Which class does the most damage?
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How quickly can fortifications be built in D&D 4e, magically and otherwise

My bad guys have holed themselves up for a couple months. Given little preexisting fortification, what resources are there for for building mechanical and magical defenses? Is there something ...
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Can you to take a healing surge in response to being bloodied that is not Second Wind?

My group has been using a rule ever since we started playing D&D 4e. I did a search and can not find a reference to it anywhere. I need to know if I missed the reference to it or if we have ...
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Average attack bonus of a 30th level character in DnD 4e

What is the average attack of 30th level D&D character? (Of course this number must be calculated without uber-strong homebrew items). My real question is this: What is the average chance of ...
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Firearms for DnD

My DM would like to run a DnD adventure set in 1930s-tech era, replacing technology with magic-punk stuff. He's pulling a lot from Eberron. Guns will exist, however, and he's just "renaming" bows ...
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Does going prone stack with having cover?

Suppose I'm playing a ranged character. I am standing with an ally between me and my enemies, which grants "+2 defenses" for cover. I decide to further go prone. Do I now have a "+4 defenses", 2 ...
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Does the interrupt granted by “Refire the Forge” prevent an Avenger from falling unconscious?

Refire the Forge: Effect: Until the stance ends, you regain hit points equal to your Dexterity or Intelligence modifier each time you hit an enemy with an attack. Additionally, until the stance ...
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Does cover work both ways for enemies behind a portcullis or similar?

As the RC and DMB say, an enemy behind an obstacle has either partial or superior cover. The example often used is that of a creature fighting behind a portcullis or window (e.g. in DMB page 141). The ...
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Can characters get combat advantage more than once per encounter with Bluff?

Page 140 of the Dungeon Master's book states Once per encounter, a creature can try to gain combat advantage against a target by making a Bluff check Does this mean that I can bluff my way only ...
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Do multiple withering weapons penalties to AC stack with each other?

Withering Weapon: Property: Each time you hit with this weapon in melee, your target takes a cumulative –1 penalty to AC. The target can make a saving throw to end the entire penalty, but it can ...
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What has to occur for Quickhit Braces' damage to be maximized?

Quickhit braces: Property: When using a power, if you hit one creature with both your main weapon and your off-hand weapon, deal an extra 2d6 damage to that creature. If I'm using twin-strike, when ...
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If you are dying, are you still bloodied?

There are some powers that allow you to keep fighting when dying. Do you still count as bloodied if your HP are at 0 or less?
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Reliable ways of generating cover/concealment at range

Are there any magical items that can be used in order to reliably generate concealment at range, but do not impair/effect the user? Take the case of, say, an archer-archetype character. They may ...
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Can a Revenant Assassin be used where a high-damage striker is needed?

The Revenant racials, as a whole, seem to be focused on survivability/durability, granting the ability to stay in the fight even at zero HP. The Assassin class, while technically a Striker, seems to ...
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How are some Essentials classes non AEDU classes?

I've just received my Essentials books. Perusing the Heroes of the Adjective Noun books, the classes have and receive at-wills, encounter, daily and utility powers as they start and level. On the ...
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Can the Ardent's Unhinging strike cause a creature to target itself?

The power reads: At-Will Augmentable, Charm, Psionic, Psychic, Weapon Standard Action Melee weapon Target: One creature Attack: Charisma vs. Will Hit: Charisma ...
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When a creature is hit with the Wizard's Sleep, do they also have to save against the initial slow effect?

The Wizard Level 1 Daily spell Sleep says: Hit: The target is slowed (save ends). If the target fails its first saving throw against this power, the target becomes unconscious (save ends). ...
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In D&D 4e What does a letter inside of brackets mean for a hit effect of an attack power?

For example, the Clerics level 1 power "brand of the sun" says the following: Hit: 1[W] + Wisdom modifier radiant damage. What does that mean? Does that mean 1xWeapon Damage + Wisdom modifier? ...
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What magic items and feats improve a Monk's attack bonus?

The Stone Fist Monk character in my group has a relatively low attack bonus because she didn't get a really high main ability score. I'm wondering what feats and magic items, other than magic ...
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Is a utility power that has the encounter keyword considered an “encounter power”?

Powers are divided into At-Will, Encounter, Utility, and Daily powers, which you gain at different levels. At 12th level, my character (a blood mage) now has: Soul Burn Blood Mage Utility 12 ...
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Is there anything useful missing from the DnD Essentials character sheets?

I'm trying my hand at character creation with Essentials, and I have both the original 4E character sheets and the Essentials character sheets. I was wondering if some stuff left over is actually ...
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How do I fill the DnD 4E Essentials Character Sheets? - clarifications

I'm exercising to start as a DM, and one of the things I'm doing is know how to fill the 4E (especially Essentials) character sheets. I'm not sure what I should fill What are the "Modifier", "Misc" ...
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How do you calculate the Monk's Attack bonus?

I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out how to calculate the Monk's attack bonus, for some reason it seems stupidly low. If an attack power has the keywords Full Discipline, Implement, Psionic. ...
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What is an appropriate nerf for an Epic Ardent using Demoralizing Strike?

Demoralizing Strike is a 1st level Ardent at-will. Of interest here is the Augment 2 (sample build): Augment 2 Close: burst 1 Target: Each creature in burst Hit: 1[W] + Charisma ...
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Is Wizards of the Coast going to continue to release Errata updates on their websites?

The last big update for the Errata was back in October, and at that time WotC was updating the errata every month. Also at the time, WotC was just releasing a new web-based character builder and the ...
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How do you improve Death Saves for the character?

I don't know if my group is particularly incompetent in combat or if its our own feckless dice at fault, but we frequently find ourselves locked in desperate combat, with multiple members of the party ...
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Is there a limit to racial - magic item - feats - powers you can stack on a single standard action attack?

In a number of questions here in this forum people are asking can X or Y stack, or why does it stack or why doesn't it stack. My question is - Is there a limit in the rules on stacking in D&D 4e? ...
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Death Saves, Dying, and Actions

What sort of actions are you permitted to take when you are dying? Can you activate powers that might help you make the save? Also, is getting less than a 20 on a death save considered to be ...
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Kobold Tunnelers - Does shifting as an immediate interrupt prevent damage by nullifying a hit?

Encounter number 2 Worship in The Twisting Halls adventure - part of the Red Box set contains Kobold Tunnelers (minions) with the following ability: Triggered Actions: Narrow Escape At-Will Immediate ...
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Do these Healing items for the cleric stack when she uses her healing powers?

One of my players came to me with his ultimate wish-list for the cleric he found on the internet. But I'm wondering do all these healing powers stack, here's the list of items: Healer's Brooch (AV ...
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Can a martial character combine a lesser style with greater style, arena training, or other at-will modifying feat?

What level of stacking is possible with at-will modifying feats? Take, for example, the fighter power: "Cleave" At-Will Martial, Weapon Standard Action Melee weapon Targets: ...
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How can a charging thief take advantage of the druid's wild shape feats that grant charge bonuses?

A D&D 4e thief with "Surprising Charge" (+1[W] damage on a charge against someone with CA) and "Cunning Stalker" (grants CA on any isolated enemy) does astonishing amounts of damage on a charge. ...
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Dungeons and Dragons Treasure Parcels

I'm new to D&D and would like to distribute treasure evenly in my dungeon for my level 1 PCs. I've read up briefly on the treasure packages but am still a little fuzzy on how they exactly work and ...
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What information is available for the town Fallcrest?

My next campaign will have some town adventures. I'm looking at the Fallcrest town detailed in the Dungeon Master's Guide. Before I get too far into it, I'd like to know if the town has been ...
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Does a Pacifist Healer using a non-damaging attack who crits with a magic implement… do damage? Does he have to?

Pacifist Clerics (and anyone who takes Astral Seal, for example, but there are other powers- Hymn of Resurgence, for example that do no damage) can use their magic holy symbols to augment their attack ...
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How often can a fighter benefit from Avenging Spirit?

Avenging Spirit is a paragon fighter feat that provides an action point whenever an ally drops: Benefit: When an ally of your level or higher is reduced to 0 hit points or fewer, you gain an ...
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What are some specific areas of compatibility between Cavaliers and Paladins?

When creating a Heroic Cavalier the other day, I was struck by the absolute uselessness of the paladin feats for the Cavalier. As a practical question, what elements from the paladin are useful, ...
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How do I grant free weapon expertise in WotC's new Character Builder?

In one of the games I run, I grant the players free Expertise as a heroic level power-bump. The players really like the format of the new Character Builder sheets. While I would like to use the new ...
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Does a polearm's reach stack with the Warden's Thorn Strike's Melee 2?

The Warden's Thorn Strike has a range of Melee 2, it's keywords are Primal and Weapon. A polearm has Reach letting you attack 2 squares away. Does a polearm's range stack with Warden's Thorn Strike ...
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Are there any guides for hacking DND4E files?

The offline Character Builder had some houseruling support, but it was somewhat limited and the new online Character Builder has even less. Even if you have a fully legal character, some powers, ...
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What is the real difference between D&D 4th Edition and Essentials?

I've played mostly 2nd Ed. and some 3/3.5. I have a lot invested in those materials. I am intrigued by 4E an Essentials, but am looking for the best way to approach the new editions. Keep in mind I ...