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

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Are temporary hit points able to make you concious?

Last game a character dropped unconscious with exactly -1 HP. The party's paladin used on his turn 'Beacon of Nobility' to give the unconscious character 5 temporary hit points. The Rules Compendium ...
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How should I handle Brash Assault?

Brash Assault is a 1st level Warlord at-will power, the Hit line is equivalent to a melee basic attack, but the Effect is more interesting: Effect: The target can make a melee basic attack against ...
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4E Polearm Specialist Build

I'm interested in making a character that specializes in polearms and is more Striker oriented. I'm have a bit of trouble with where to start looking. If a class already has this built-in that would ...
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What's with Battlemind's Iron Fist being so powerful?

I'm a bit confused about this one. Like, almost every melee class have an at-will power that is basically equivalent: Main Stat VS AC 1[W]+Stat modifier + Stat modifier Temp HP on hit. ...
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Can a Vampire run when shifting?

I was recently trying to optimise a character for the fastest movement possible in one turn. After looking around, I found this vampire power: Unfettered Hunger Vampire Attack 5 Daily; ...
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Does the Blistering Flourish bonus apply to both hits and effects?

The reason why this question came up was due to the Blistering Flourish power of the Desert Wind monk. It gives the following bonus: Until the end of your next turn, your melee attacks deal extra ...
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Are there any good Ranged Cleric options in 4e?

Clerics aren't a ranged class by default, but sometimes you need that adaptability, especially if you are pinned down or can't move. I have found some minor ranged Cleric at-wills (Lance of Faith ...
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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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Does the shield bonus in Battle Cleric's Lore only affect AC?

The description for Battle Cleric's Lore says "You gain a +2 shield bonus to AC", but shield bonuses are a special type of bonus that boosts AC and Reflex. Is this an exception, or can I boost Reflex ...
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D&D 4e Stalker's Mist

Im the DM of a group of 40 somethings. The ranger in my group keeps dropping Stalker's Mist, either on my NPC's, or on the group itself. This makes my mobs either into a bunch of pilons, or at the ...
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Improving AC and reflex defences in 4e

I have built a very squishy level 1 leader (dragonborn cleric or warpriest) with 16 AC and 10 reflex and was wondering about the best ways to improve these defences without changing their stats. ...
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How can I optimize damage for a ranged ranger from level 1 to 6?

I'm going to start playing with my friends again and they will start a campaign in D&D 4e. The campaign begins at level 1 and I decided that the team needed a ranged striker. the last time I ...
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Where to find lvl 30 items

I was wondering where I could look up what lvl 30 items look like. I'm not an expert on D&D as i have only just started playing(about 8 months) but I was just curious as to what higher lvl play ...
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Longtooth Shifting as a daily power

So we have a Longtooth Shifter in our game, and some people (GM included) think its encouter power is too strong for an encounter power and should be changed to a daily power. For information, the ...
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Do readied actions dissappear when falling unconscious?

Suppose I've readied an action to attack a minion, and then I was damaged below 0hp and fell unconscious. On the next turn I was healed. Do I still have the readied action to hit the minion or did it ...
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How is cold damage with Flurry of Blows and a Cold Implement handled?

I am curious how cold damage is applied to Flurry of Blows. If you're wielding a cold damage implement, make an attack that deals cold damage, then trigger Flurry of Blows, does FoB also deal cold ...
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Monk ki-focus mechanics

So I am playing minotaur monk and have profficiency to use execution axe. Now how the whole ki-focus thing works... What I got from the PH3 is that: I can attune myself to a ki-focus and use its ...
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What battle maps do I use for Legacy of the Crystal Shard?

I just bought the Dungeons and Dragons Legacy of the Crystal Shard campaign. What battle maps would I use with that?
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Is a Greatspear a good choice for a Paladin?

I have been told to build a Dragonborn Paladin and was wondering if the greatspear would be a good choice at level 1. If so, do I need a proficiency feat? The stats for that are: Superior two-handed ...
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How compatible are D&D 4E core and essentials in terms of hybrid characters?

I know that in terms of actually running a campaign that they can go side by side very well, with one side doing some things honestly better than the other like the monster vault...However, a person ...
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Does the mark end immediately or can immediate reaction prevent this?

Last game, during an encounter, a player which created a mark took a few to many hits and went below 0 hit-points. The bard used an immediate reaction to bring him back to the action, but for a split ...
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Can a prone or unconscious character with 'Winged Boots' equipped still be safe from crashing?

According to DMG p.47+: A flying creature can crash under certain conditions, e.g. being knocked prone while flying. Crashing itself is descried as falling and taking damage. The item 'Winged Boots' ...
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Opportunity attacks during flying on a mount

According to DMG p.47 on the FLY: MOVE ACTION No Opportunity Attacks: A flying creature cannot make opportunity attacks This makes sense to me, so if a character is flying (e.g. using 'Winged ...
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Are damage bonuses for a weapon doubled for 2[W] rolls?

I am a dwarf fighter with a +1 greataxe, and Dwarven Weapon Training (+2 damage). For a 1[W] damage I assume I roll 1d12+3, but for a 2[W] attack do I roll 2d12 and add 6? Any help on this would be ...
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Does a psion need a ranged basic? [closed]

I'm putting together my first psion. The race will be human, and the focus will be telekinesis. While choosing powers, I've keyed on the special feature of the "Kinetic Trawl" power: "You can use this ...
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How to speed up 4e combat

I DM a group of four PC's and even "easy" battles take at least an hour to resolve. Normal encounters take even longer! I want to speed up combat so my players can do more in a session. I've been ...
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Dual wielding with a Double Weapon and an Off Hand weapon

Is it possible to dual wield with a double weapon and a off-hand weapon? For example, I'm wanting to use a double-sword in my main hand and, in my off hand, a handaxe.
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Rolling math fixes into default progression

I am very new to 4e, trying to wrap my head around it, and to be honest I find it a lot less structured, oddly enough, than 3.5. Because each class is compartmentalized, with little overlap, I find it ...
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How do I help a young player fill their character sheet quickly?

I GM a game of D&D with my cousins, who are 10 and 11 years old. This happens: Me: Let's fill your character sheet. Which race do you want? Eleven-year-old: What are the available choices? ...
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What Happens When an Assassin Shrouds a Target?

Currently I have a player who has made an assassin. As many assassins do, he loves to hide around in the shadows, and pop out on an unsuspecting enemy and do as much damage as possible before ...
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Can One Use Multiple Magic Items with the Same Power in an Encounter?

After answering this question, another one occurred to me. Let's say I have a dozen Wands of Shield in my inventory. Here's the text for Shield, from the Player's Handbook, pg 161: ...
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Do attacks against gelatinous cubes hit engulfed players?

I have a question about a situation happened in our last D&D 4th edition session. A gelatinous cube managed to swallow one of us and put us into troubles because almost all of our powers have as ...
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How to optimize this rogue´s knockout combo?

I use a combo with my Rogue to kill the target within one turn. It goes like this: My rogue has Slaying in Action feat (MP II 131) which lets me use my sneak attack again, when I use a action point. ...
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Looking for a specific group set of magic boots

I recall that one of the books of 4th Edition described two pairs of magic boots, who formed a group set together conferring bonuses to the wearers if both sets are worn. They had something to do with ...
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My party doesn't want to get rid of an unbalanced house rule

I've posted about this house rule before wherein my DM decided that upon levelling up we would add our Constitution modifier to the hitpoints gained. This was due to our first session where we ...
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Penalties to running long distances outside of combat?

I'm running a game with a couple of friends, one of which is a druid with a base speed of 8, and the party has hired some horses (speed 10) but almost lost one in combat as an enemy tried to escape on ...
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Is my DM being fair? [closed]

Me & some friends recently started playing 4e & none of us had played anything like it before. However, recently, the guy who was DM-ing at the time (we're taking turns to see who enjoys it/is ...
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Adding the Reliable Keyword

I realize that daily powers are either Reliable, or they do something even if you miss. But is there any way to add the Reliable keyword to a power? It's possible with certain other keywords; for ...
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Can One Benefit from an Action Point after a Charge?

This question was prompted by a statement in this answer. Charging Ends Your Turn After a charge, your turn is over, except for free actions. From the Rules Compendium, pg 240: No Further ...
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Temporary HP on missed attack

Let's say I attack with a power that gives me Temporary HP like Bolstering Strike (Paladin). Do I still get the THP even if I miss?
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How do I DM the Red Box encounter 4: The Trial?

So I've played this adventure with some friends a few times and tomorrow we are planning to have a big adventure with multiple groups. The only problem I've encountered during the Red Box is this ...
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Is giving players extra HP based on their level going to unbalance my game?

In my group, we are taking it in turns to DM. We are currently on our 2nd adventure and I am preparing to DM the next one. During my preperations, I have discovered a potential problem. Our first DM ...
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What happens after level 30?

Most of the forum posts I've read say you retire your character at level 30 but wouldn't that make the level 30 Epic Destiny features useless? There must be something after. Why give us cool new ...
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What is the best epic destiny for me?

My character is an elf cleric of Melora multiclassing in ranger. He is basically a bow/ laser cleric combo. I am also planning to take the Seldarine Dedicate paragon path. As I like to have my ...
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Goring Charge Monk Optimization

So I have been thinking about creating a minotaur monk character. I looked at feats and skills so I could get some general idea where to aim with the build. This particular combination caught my eye. ...
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My campaign uses old item rules. How to implement the change to Essentials items?

The game I run so far uses the old 4e item system. Players find items in dungeons and can buy them at full cost and sell at 20% cost. We do not use rarity. My players now want to switch over to the ...
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In D&D 4e, can you use Dual Weapon Attack on a Charge?

I'm a fairly new DM for 4e (1.5 years). I have a player playing a Scout that has a Dual Weapon Attack At-Will. Can he use this on a Charge? In Character Builder, it seems as though the trigger of ...
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How do I read the 2[W] and 'at level X' of attack cards?

Probably a simple question but one I cannot figure out from the books: Some power and attack cards have at the HIT statement a small symbol saying 1[W], or 2[W] at level 21. For example: How do I ...
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Beginner DM questions: Exploration and skill-checks

A group of friends and I have started playing the Red Box(4e), which we are enjoying a lot. I am the DM for this and probably the next adventure and our DM will change every few adventures to keep ...
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Can I use “Heroic Effort” benefit with a reroll?

I've just found this item: Couters of Second Chances (Adv I 116): Power (Daily) Free Action. Use this power when you miss with a melee attack. Reroll the attack, and use the ...