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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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In which book can I find the Rhythm Blade dagger?

I am looking into buying a Rhythm Blade dagger for my warlock to use in his off-hand. I have found this weapon online but I can't seem to find it in any of the 4e books. So my question is: in which ...
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Can you use a weapon sheathed in a Ruby Scabbard in a Opportunity Attack?

Can you use a weapon sheathed in a Ruby Scabbard in a Opportunity Attack? Property This scabbard resizes to fit any light blade or heavy blade. You can draw a weapon from this scabbard as part ...
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What's the best way to DM semi-large battles (~50 guys on each side)?

In one of the campaigns I'm running, the players are about to enter a large fight (~50 vs ~50). This includes around 40 regular units, and 6 Player Characters versus around 45 regular units and 5 ...
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How does Inexorable Shroud work?

I've seen this feat debated a lot and want to know your thoughts on it. Inexorable Shroud reads as follows: "If an enemy is reduced to 0 hit points while it is subject to two or more of your shrouds, ...
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Can Thieves wield rapiers?

My friends and I have pretty recently started playing D&D. We're playing 4th Edition Essentials and I am playing a thief character. Now, we are all still trying to figure things out a bit as we're ...
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Can a Glaive be stowed in a Ruby Scabbard?

Can a Glaive be stowed in a Ruby Scabbard, as a Glaive is both Polearm and Heavy Blade? I think RaW means it can, but it somehow feels "wrong" to put a polearm in a scabbard Group: Heavy blade ...
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Are Paragon Path powers considered class powers?

Example: I have a Warlock with the feat 'Sacrifice to Caiphon', which reads thusly: When you attack with a Warlock attack power that has targets and you miss all targets, then you can deal ...
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Paragon Paths for Lazy Warlords

A Lazy character is one using powers that don't allow any attack or damage roll by the attacker. The most basic example of such power is Commander's Strike. I have a player in my table that is ...
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Does shifting stop the Opportunity Attack benefit of Polearm Gamble?

Does shifting stop the Opportunity Attack benefit of Polearm Gamble? Benefit: When a non-adjacent enemy enters a square adjacent to you, you can make an opportunity attack with a polearm against ...
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Sleep vs rest for elves

Long story short, I need to kill a teammate, but unfortunately, our scouts include an elf and a shardmind. I read that eladrin instead of sleeping during their extended rest, enter a trance, but there ...
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How to politely explain that a player's character doesn't fit the role as well as they think it does?

An old friend of mine who had to leave our gaming group for various reasons recently returned. He created a new character since we had gone a long way since he had left and he wanted to try a ...