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

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Official rules for using optional skills

I'm having troubles in my D&D 4e table because the skill system, even though it's simple and fast, is also limited. And there are quite a few things my characters want to do and sometimes I just ...
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How exactly does Phrenic Strike Work?

In DnD 4e there's an Encounter Power called Phrenic Strike. The flavour text reads: You fight past your enemy's attack to deliver a punishing blow to its body and mind. The Effect says: ...
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Does a marked enemy trigger a Combat Challenge attack when it isn't adjacent and attacks?

I am looking at building a fighter, but the wording on Combat Challenge confuses me a little. It says "Whenever an enemy marked by you is adjacent to you and shifts or makes an attack that does not ...
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Can I use Oversized weapons this way?

I have a few questions about Oversized D&D 4e weapons: I'm playing a bugbear. I use Oversized to use a weapon one size larger. What does the damage of longbows (1d10) and greatbows (1d12) ...
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Which ability should be used with the power that uses another power?

Talking about hybrid Warlock/Warlord. Warlock has At-Will power Eldritch Blast which "counts as a ranged basic attack" and uses Charisma or Constitution vs. Reflex. ...
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Does 'World Serpent's Grasp' trigger on non-damaging attacks and item attacks?

"World Serpent's Grasp: Whenever you hit a slowed or immobilized target with an attack, you can knock it prone" 1: If I use an attack power such as Charisma vs Will on a nearby slowed enemy, and the ...
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How Do Granted Saving Throws Interact with the Dying Condition?

Setup I've been assuming that granting death saving throws was probably not a good thing, but this recent question got me thinking. Death saving throws are a type of saving throw, so you should be ...
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How often does an enhancement bonus add damage?

If I had a +2 longsword & I used a 3[W] power, would I add the +2 once, or three times?
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Are the feats from Essential supposed to be used with the older classes? [duplicate]

As far as I can see, the feats from Essentials are way more powerful than their older counterparts. On the other hand, I see the Essential classes as weaker versions of the older ones (specially ...
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How do I run a game for a larger group?

I am currently running a Dungeons and Dragons 4 campaign for a group of 9 players. Whittling the group down to a more manageable size is not really an option since they are all family. When we do ...
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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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Do I have to be proficient with an Implement to get its properties?

I'm trying to get low-light vision with any magic item that is not a Head slot item. I found Totem of the Night (Adventurer's Vault 2 pg.46). Property: You gain low-light vision. If you already ...
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Can you make your ally die faster when trying to save him from a Death Ray?

The Beholder has the Death Ray power. It says that if the target fails the second saving throw, the target dies. Does it count for when the players are using heal or powers to let their ally save ...
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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 to deal with the previous DM's broken homebrew items?

I joined a campaign around the start of paragon tier and now at level 17 the DM is unfortunately moving away. I'm the only one who's DMed before so I was chosen to take over after he's gone. The ...
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How do you actually crawl through a dungeon in online play?

Yes, this is quite a silly question considering I've been gamemastering for almost five years now, but one thing that drove me away from (and the same thing that made me return to) D&D 4E was ...
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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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Do resistances from class/race and magic items stack?

I'm just curious about some details regarding damage resistance in D&D 4e. Do resistance effects granted by class/racial features stack with resistances granted by magical items?
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What level should a one-shot 5-round time travel magic item be?

I had a cool idea for a magic item for D&D 4th edition. Basically it would allow you to take your party's memories of the last 5 rounds and go back to your bodies of 5 rounds ago. It would be a ...
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Can I let one hand go from a two-handed weapon to use Wrist Razors?

I'm making a character that comes from a primal, uncivilized wilderness and I thought using Wrist Razors and a Trikal would be cool. Can I let go of the Trikal (a two-handed weapon) with the hand ...
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How quickly can I switch to two-handed weapon use with a heavy shield equipped?

Consider a character with a heavy shield (equipped) and a versatile weapon (equipped one-handed). I'd like to know whether they can, in the course of a single turn, forgo the shield and attack with ...
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Getting Channel Divinity through multiclassing in 4e?

I thought I read something about different ways to get Channel Divinity through multiclassing in D&D 4th Edition, but I can't remember where I found it or if I found it at all. I'm curious about ...
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Is teleporting out of a grab considered escaping it?

I had a game the other night, and the guys ran into a few hellstinger scorpions. One of them grabbed the assassin, and when it was his turn he teleported out of the grab. The scorpion has an attack ...
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Good Lich Resources

I'm trying to develop a plot were a cult leader is trying to become a lich. Do any of the currently published D&D 4e books provide any canon for this?
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Can you mix 3e with 4e books?

Kay, So I went to this bookstore we have in Texas and they had a bunch of DnD books, so I bought Players Handbook (3e) Players Handbook II (3e) DM guide (3e) and Monster Manual (4e) I'm not a seasoned ...
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How does the Firewind Blade's bonus stack?

The Firewind Blade's property states, "Whenever you hit one or more targets with a fire power using this weapon, one enemy adjacent to you takes fire damage equal to 1+the weapon's enchantment bonus." ...
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Radiant Vulnerability + Vulnerability All + Pervasive Light

We have a morninglord cleric that has sever the source and multiple people in the party have pervasive light... If a creature is given vulnerability 10 to radiant damage and vulnerability 17 to all ...
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Does the Magic Circle ritual block teleportation?

The Magic Circle ritual says: An affected creature whose level is lower than your Arcana check result minus 10 cannot pass through the circle, affect creatures through the circle’s boundary, or ...
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Where can I find A0 or A1 sized maps

I am DM'ing a new group in a couple of weeks and I am looking around at finding some simple maps. I love preparing custom maps but this is a group that knows nothing of D&D yet and is being ...
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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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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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Does using Disruptive Strike's immediate interrupt with a bow provoke an opportunity attack?

The level 3 Ranger power Disruptive Strike allows you to perform a ranged/melee attack as an immediate interrupt in response to you or an ally being attacked by a creature. I would like help in ...
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Can I juggle another weapon between throwing a magic dagger and it returning?

I'm working on a Centered Breath monk build, and had some questions on whether a certain combo functions properly. The overall intent of the build is to simultaneously gain the benefits of the Unseen ...
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What's a good starting point for (re)learning the D&D 4e rules? [closed]

I'd like to program some bots to assist in running D&D 4e games, but I've forgotten all of my 4e rules. Where would be the best place to relearn the Dungeons & Dragons 4e rules, specifically ...
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Is there an optional rule that makes 4e's weapon attacks more realistic?

D&D 4e allows characters to do some extraordinary things with their weapons: You can hit a ghost without a magic weapon, and in fact having an enchanted weapon doesn't make a difference for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are there “Good” goblins?

Plain and simple: Are there "good" goblins? Every goblin I've seen is always evil aligned in the DnD 4e Monster Manuals. I know this could apply to other RPGs but as DnD is what I'm familiar with, ...
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Can PCs hide motivations from the DM?

So, one of my PCs is a Lawful Neutral Knight, coming from a small landless noble family. From the beginning of the campaign he told me that he wanted a lord to serve under, and to enhance the ...
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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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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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How does one stop the rogue from trap checking every five feet

In our fourth edition game, our party's rogue has gained the habit of checking for traps whenever he moves anywhere. I find this annoying, not only because it stops traps from ever coming into ...
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How can I handle critical failure without slowing down the action?

In my last session, my group had in a single encounter over 8 botches, I lost count in fact! At first, I was statistically amazed at how our ranger botched 4 rounds in a row (in-game interpretation ...
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I need help with a 3e-4e merger homebrew system (specifically fighters)

I am trying to create my own RPG system, similar to 4e and 3e, and hopefully a happy merger of both. For casting classes, there are 4 tiers of spells per 10 levels, totaling 12 tiers of spells ...
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House ruling the Shaman's Spirit Companion's HP

As written, the Shaman's spirit companion has a damage threshold set at 10+half-level. At levels below 4, this is above the average damage (level+8) of a monster, and above 4, it quickly becomes an ...
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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 ...