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

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Is there time after a free action triggers to use another free action before continuing?

I've got the following feat and power on my rogue. Slaying action: If you spend an action point to take an extra action and have already dealt Sneak Attack damage during this round, you can deal ...
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Is Martial Power 2 the only source for martial practices?

The martial practices in Martial Power 2 are already pretty neat, but not quite aplenty in my opinion. New rituals are added with every other core books released. Alchemy has gotten many upgrades ...
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when to announce effect?

Can someone please settle an argument? When using an effect which modifies an attack roll such as reckless charge or elven accuracy, should the player announce it before/during the attack or after the ...
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Is 4th edition good for learning 5th edition

A while back I got into D&D at a young age but didn't get far into it before it faded from my mind. Recently (last week) I got back into it after watching some YouTube videos which cleared up a ...
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In D&D 4E, can a changeling change its biological sex?

Simply put, can a Changeling change its sex... physically? Specifically, I had an incident where a female PC tried to change into a male but I told her that a Changeling can't change 'reproductive ...
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Can a single character use material from multiple sources?

I was curious if when creating a 4e D&D character if I could use multiple books to do so. For example I want to make a Druid, can I pick 1 at will power from one book and another at will power ...
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What and where was the Cloak Tower?

What I Want to Know In the Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition Neverwinter Campaign Setting (NCS), there is a building called Cloak Tower. The NCS says this about Cloak Tower: The tower takes its ...
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Alternative means of rendering .dnd4e files

Besides the .csl file for DDI Character builder available here, are there any novel ways of creating printable 4e character sheets that are more effective than the default printed sheets? Are there ...
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What is the intended amount of encounters per session in 4E?

I've bought the 4E red box starter kit and taken on the role of DM for the first 'season' of my group. Reading up on DMing and playing D&D with articles like Angry DM's Build a megadungeon, I get ...
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What is a “mark” actually supposed to be?

This is probably way too simple of a question, but I just haven't been able to figure it out. In D&D 4th edition, there's the concept of a mark on an enemy creature; a player character in combat ...
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Do you still count as taking ongoing damage if you're resisting the damage?

The Ancient Green Dragon can inflict a target with ongoing 15 poison damage (save ends) with its Bite attack (as well as immediate normal damage). It also has an ability it can use on its next turn ...
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What are the implications of letting a player skip the Save Ends on effects?

I'm a new GM to D&D 4e, and today this situation happened during our game: a player was hit by a Beholder Eye Tyrant, and started taking 2d20 ongoing damage (save ends). The player however changed ...
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3d6 vs a d20: What is the effect of a different probability curve?

What is the effect on game play of replacing d20 rolls with 3d6 rolls in a D&D 4e campaign? I started thinking about this after reading this question where the example was given of playing a d20 ...
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Can a creature shift while swimming?

The party I was DMing for was fighting in a sewer passage with small water ways running through the passage, and some questions came up about movement and water. The DM's guide 1 explains some ...
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How much experience should a PC be worth?

Long story short, I'm about to betray my party (by trying to kill them). I'm playing this betrayer on behalf of the GM. Assuming they defeat me, how much experience should they get? I am a level 14 ...
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Ignoring/Losing Immunities- How does this work, exactly?

The power Wizard's Wrath contains the following text: Effect: The burst becomes a zone of arcane energy that lasts until the end of your next turn. You gain combat advantage against targets in the ...
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When did D&D 4e get racial ability bonus choice?

I noticed recently a handful of D&D 4E races have been updated, to have one fixed ability bonus and one choice, between two other stats. When did that happen? What was the reasoning behind this? ...
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Does Iron Vigil really allow an extended rest at any time?

There's a ritual in Divine Power called Iron Vigil: You invoke your dedication to your god and let it wash your fatigue and needs from you. Iron Vigil fulfills your body's need for food and water ...
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Does a doppelganger who's replaced a PC get their stats for rolls?

I'm running a mini campaign within a normal campaign, which has a different DM. The regular DM has a PC of their own and we, as a group, thought it would be fun to let the DM really play their ...
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D&D4E - Need Penalty for Character Death [closed]

I'm running an evil campaign at the moment for D&D 4e, and recently I "accidentally" killed a player character. Now said player character is a vampire, and he was level 4 with 44 hit points. Long ...
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How much mass can I move with Teleportation?

How much mass can my character move with her when teleporting? I have feats and gear removing the line of sight restriction, if that matters.
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Can you improve your attack modifier when using items?

Are there ways to improve you attack modifier with items? For example, Hrothmar's Gauntlets have an attack "Constitution or Charisma +4 vs. Reflex". This is made up of: 1/2 level + Con or Cha + 4 ...
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Does Righteous Challenge stack with the effects of Divine Challenge/Sanction?

"Righteous Challenge: Demons and Devils marked by your Divine Challenge/Sanction take a -2 penalty to all attack rolls" Divine Challenge/Sanction already impose a -2 attack penalty to attacks that ...
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In D&D 4E can effects that come before the attack line, make an attack power legal to use?

Seems like a simple thing, but it got my whole group in an argument. It was over the Assassin level 3 encounter power "inescapable Shadow" which states Before the attack, teleport 5 squares to a ...
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Can a character using a Cloak of the Gargoyle use line-of-sight psionic effects?

If a character who has turned to stone by using a Cloak of the Gargoyle detects an ally nearby using tremorsense, can he still communicate them with a telepathy power that requires line of sight/...
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What would be the best way to turn the seeker into the Arcane Archer? [closed]

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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Do I get all my damage bonuses with the second part of Flaming Sphere?

I recently used a Wizard(Mage) in a level 14 one-shot. I used the daily power Flaming Sphere and when I went to roll the secondary d4 + damage I assumed all my bonuses would be included. Here's those ...
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Can druids take multiple animals companions?

I was wondering this while DMing my little bro with the red box set as he was fighting the white dragonling. With my sentinel druid, would I be able to tame multiple creatures and possibly even use ...
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Insubstantial when swimming does what exactly?

If I am swimming in the water, without any swim speed or special swimming ability, and then I become insubstantial, what will happen? Can I move more easily? Can I ascend or descend arbitrarily? ...
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Cutting open a Bag of Holding

What happens to the items in a bag of holding if you slice it open? We had an instance where a player character placed a bag of holding over an enemies head and sliced it open.
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How does the Preservation Shield interact with the Soul Pool ritual?

The Preservation Shield from Adventurer's Vault 2 has the following power: Power (Daily): Minor Action. You and each ally within 5 squares of you gain temporary hit points equal to the number of ...
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How to update 4e sourcebook/adventures into 5e

I'm new(ish) to D&D and have just gotten what I consider a firm grasp on the 5e rules. I've been gifted with several 4e books (notably, Heroes of the Feywild). I plan on starting my own campaign ...
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Does Fire Resistance include resisting secondary effects of fire?

Say, if a character with Resist Fire 20 ran into a burning building to search for survivors or items. He would take no damage from the flames, but would he still suffer ill-effects from smoke ...
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Resource describing D&D 4e's World Records

There is a well known topic from the times of D&D 3.5 that listed the world records for some stats, like most attacks per round, highest stat value, and so on. One of such topics is this one. My ...
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What +hit and +damage should my campaign's PCs have around level 11?

I have been running my campaign on and off for over a year now (was my first time as a DM), and feel I have made a few mistakes early on in terms of handing out gear. Two of the player characters that ...
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What is the optimal way to design a well balanced party

Confession - I just TPK'd my group....again. One of the reasons that has been identified is that while the party is composed of 5 pretty well optimized characters, as a party they just aren't in sync....
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Which sourcebooks cover the Bard?

I've been working to create a Bard using the 4e rules but have had very little luck in finding any source info that I am 100% sure is accurate. Is there a specific source book that introduced the ...
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Dealing with extreme luck

As a DM for 4th edition, I have a rather interesting bunch of players, but 4 of them that show up at my table tend to have extreme luck. 'W' and 'J' both have bad luck--there are nights where they ...
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How can I encourage my D&D Encounters group to do more role playing?

I'm a new player to D&D 4e. I've been participating in D&D Encounters since Season 1 and have even run a couple of sessions in Season 3 when the regular DM couldn't attend. I don't play in ...
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If a power says 'move your speed', what happens while I'm prone?

I want to use the Battlemind At-Will power Lightning Rush [DDI], PHB3 p. 49, while I am prone, with a normal speed of 6, with an enemy that is 6 squares away, one that is 3 squares away, and one that ...
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Does a Ring of Invigoration prevent you from losing your stance and zones?

By the description of the Stance keyword on the Rules Compendium, it ends in a very specific moment: A stance lasts until the character assumes another stance or until the character falls ...
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Can the Sorcerer use 'Lightning Shift' while prone?

Lightning Shift is a 6th Level Sorcerer Utility Encounter Power that is a move action. Effect: You shift your speed. You ignore difficult terrain during the shift. If the sorcerer is ...
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How much fire damage would contact with/submergence in lava/magma/molten metal do?

If a character has Resist 35 fire, and was standing on the rocky shore of a river of lava, exactly how far into the process of wading/swimming across would he get before he starts taking damage? I ...
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Can the Skald's Armour power be used to make a creature attack itself?

Can the Skald's Armour power be used to make a creature attack itself? Power Daily (Immediate Interrupt) Trigger: An enemy targets you with a melee attack. Effect: The triggering enemy ...
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Do magic items level up with me?

If I acquire, for example, an Amulet of Life protection when I'm level 2 when its modifier is +1, does its modifier increase to +2 automatically when I reach level 7, or is that counted as a ...
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Is the Psionics Power Source Ki?

Is the psionics power source really just Ki and thus easily fit into a Wushu-based paradigm? Do I need to changes Psionics to make it this way? Specifically, how do I re-figure the Psion in this ...
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Can the melee attack of Skald's Armour be further than the actual melee range?

Can the melee attack of Skald's Armour be further than the melee range? In the case where I have creature A, one square to my north and creature B, one square to my south, i.e. the range between the ...
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Just how problematic is a controller/defender-heavy party relying on Lifespirit Warden for healing?

A friend decided to do a short 4e game; the current plan is to do only four sessions or so, all at level 6. I’m (still) not super-clear on how items are being handled, but I gather there’s some ...
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Do zone effect spells require a target to hit and if it fails to hit does the zone happen?

A group discussion happened last night. The power in question was Stinking Cloud. Our wizard argued that zone spells always succeed until the sustain fails. This seemed to be very strong in my ...
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Porting 4e Assassin to 5e [closed]

My DM and I are trying to port a Drow Night Stalker Assassin, as released on Dragon magazine 379, from 4e to 5e, but we're having some troubles. As we see it, using the Pact of Blade Warlock as bases ...