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

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How many powers do I get as a first level character in D&D 4E?

I can't seem to figure out how many powers I get. Is it one of each type of the level I'm at? I'm starting at level one, so I get one at-will, one encounter, and one daily? The recommended builds ...
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Can a Wizard Levitate while Immobilized?

When a Wizard is immobilized can she still use Levitate to move vertically? Levitate Move Action Effect: You can move 4 squares vertically and remain there, hovering above the ground.
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Does a Readied Action or Delayed Turn count as an Opportunity Action or Immediate Action?

Do Readied Actions or Delayed Turns count against your usage limits for Opportunity Actions or Immediate Actions?
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Can a Rogue gain sneak attack damage more than once per action?

When my Rogue uses Circling Predator, he gets to attack twice: Hit: 1[W] + Dexterity modifier damage. Effect: You can shift 1 square and must end adjacent to the target. Then make a secondary ...
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What is, or should be, the average time length of combat in each tier in real time?

As per title, what is or should be the average time length in real time of one combat encounter in each tier of a DnD 4E game? I've noticed between heroic and paragon tier combat length starts to ...
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Balancing Paragon and Epic Grab Mechanics in D&D 4e

From this question Monsters are being issued with lower grab DCs to represent realistic difficulties in skill-scaling by players. the DCs follow this chart. There is a specific kind of Fighter, a ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of oldschool D&D combat initiative?

Old D&D and D&D3E/4E treat initiative and combat order differently like so: D&D 3.5 / 4E: All participants roll individual initiative, once only at the start of combat. Each player takes ...
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Monster Vault Creatures Grab DC

I've noticed that in the monster block of Monster Vault creatures with a special grab ability/attack the escape DC for their grab is explicitly stated (example: Mind Flayer Thrall Master). ...
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What class pairs well with a fighter in 4e?

We're getting ever closer to our 4e game and have begun to hash out backgrounds. Much like in Fire Emblem (yes I do pretty much decide all of what I want to do based on video games) I really want my ...
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What is the formula for average damage for an Avenger against an Oath target?

I am creating a spreadsheet to compute average damage for my party. One of the issues that I am having is calculating average damage for the target of our Hybrid Avenger-Assassin's Avenger attacks ...
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Final Fantasy Style/Tales of Symphonia Style Summoner in 4e

I’m trying to build a character for a 4e game but I’m having trouble picking a class and powers that go with the feel I’m looking for. I want to effectively play a Final Fantasy style or a Tales of ...
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Does ongoing damage from the same repeated attack stack?

The question is simple but I can't find an answer anywhere: If a creature hits one PC twice with the same attack that inflicts ongoing damage (save ends), does the ongoing damage stack? 1a) If so, ...
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Leaders Healing too powerful/polarizing in 4e?

My friend and I were having a discussion about Leaders in D&D 4e. At any rate, it was suggested that it would be better if our party had fewer leaders rather than more: their main purpose ...
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Dungeon Masters Guide: Do I need it?

I'm not new to D&D--I've been playing since the tail end of first edition--and I've owned my share of Dungeon Master Guides. I've flipped through the 4e DMG a few times, and I'm stuck with one ...
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Getting up to speed on Forgotten Realms

What one single resource should I read before playing in my first ever 4e Forgotten Realms campaign?
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Advantage to normal multiclassing in D&D4?

Is normal (feat-based) multi-classing beneficial in D&D 4e? Is there a better way to achieve the same character design (a character with facets of two classes)?
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Mismatch between intelligence and wisdom - how to play it?

This question is tangential to the (good) question how to role-play an intelligent character. Say you have a system that differentiates between intelligence and wisdom (dd4.0 being the obvious ...
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How can I use 4E's strengths in a low-combat game?

I've been doing a lot of planning of a new campaign, and I'm very happy with the setting. I've made a large and satisfying list of themes, plot hooks, and potential stories. The problem -- if it ...
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Do feats buffing halfling's Second Chance stack?

Halfling Agility is a heroic feat that gives the triggering attack a -2 penalty on its reroll. Nimble Dodge is paragon and similar to the first; It has a -5 penalty and the reroll cannot crit. So ...
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What action is removing a shield and dropping it to the ground?

I know that removing an equipped shield and stowing it (usually on the back) is a standard action. I also know that dropping an held or wielded item is a free action. What action type is removing an ...
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Are there any tools for creating a campaign from scratch?

I am toying with the idea of writing up a custom campaign from top to bottom. Are there any tools out there for this sort of thing? I'm thinking of an editor that allows you to insert the stuff ...
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How do Renewing Action and Initiate of the Faith interact?

The Cleric paragon path Seldarine DedicateDDI action point feature Renewing Action states: Renewing Action (11th level): When you spend an action point to take an extra action, you also gain an ...
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Dealing with captured PCs

In my latest adventure, the PCs didn't fare so well against the final villain (a necromancer), and now one of the PCs has been captured. I hated to split the party in this way, but the only other ...
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How do I model a PC being swallowed by a dragon in D&D4e?

I recently read of an attempted dragon-slaying strategy, which involved a magic-user getting swallowed and then summoning Tenser's Floating Disc. Besides all of the other problems with this setup, ...
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How can a Monk be made effective against flying/ranged monsters?

The Monk in D&D4e is very much a melee combatant, as most Monks tend to be. Generally, this is okay because he should have the support of a Controller or other ranged combatant in his party. ...
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How to make a party work without a Defender?

I've just started running a Dark Sun game. Initially, my 8yo son was interested. However, once we got started, his interest level dropped off, and he's now not playing. Sadly, he was playing the ...
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Do enemies block line of effect?

This may seem like a no-brainer, but the non-errata-ed rules in the PHB aren't entirely clear on this point, that I can recall. So if an enemy is in directly in front of where your wizard wants to ...
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What would be the proper mechanics and stats for playing a siege?

This question is from @NewbieDM; asked today on Twitter: Would it make sense, if creating a 4e siege, to make a monster stat block for the horde, with different attacks, arrows, catapults, ...
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What does AEDU mean?

I have seen the acronym "AEDU" (or perhaps ADEU) used on the community boards at wizards.com, but haven't stumbled on the definition, and a google search goes nowhere (I doubt they're suddenly ...
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Does wild elf luck add to oath of enmity?

Does wild elf luckddi (add a d4 when using elven accuracy) add to both d20's that an avenger re-rolls when re-rolling an attack using oath of enmityddi?
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Is there a way to make the damage system in 4e more like previous editions?

I have been playing 4e for almost 3 years now and have noticed that the average character has the capacity to take massive amounts of damage each day without any ill effects the next day. I have even ...
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Grasping Weapon with reach and effects

Grasping Weapon You can use this weapon to grab targets, adding the weapon's enhancement bonus to your grab attack. You can still use this weapon to attack a target you’ve grabbed with ...
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What happens when making a dying, surgeless character use her second wind?

Last session happened that our Barbarian fell unconscious, with 0 healing surges, and before she could spend her second wind. The Avenger then made a Heal check to force her spending her second wind. ...
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How to keep track of abilities for D&D 4e?

What are some effective ways to keep track of my character's various abilities? I would prefer cheap or free tools.
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Are characters aware of monster abilities' effects?

Is a character aware of the consequences of a monster power or trait? For example, does the party leader know that healing an ally within a KlurichirDDI's Malign Influence is useless? Or does he ...
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Where are the DnD 4e rules for perceiving burrowed creatures?

Are they limited to the Perception rules, or are there burrowing-specific rules that I can't find?
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How does an Invoker with Hand of Fury interact with summons and persistent dailies?

Hand of Fury: Benefit: When you miss all targets with a daily invoker power, you can use hand of radiance as a minor action once before the end of your turn. A sample power: Angelic Protector: ...
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What does “move on an initiative of X” mean?

The Young White Dragon (Monster Vault page 67) has the following trait: Instinctive Rampage On an initiative of 10 + the dragon's initiative check, the dragon can move up to its speed as ...
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Where's is defensive strike in the Compendium?

We built our very first D&D characters based off of the new Red Box. I rolled a halfling rogue, one of the at-will abilities I have is Defensive Strike. This week I signed up for the compendium ...
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Do you lose concealment when you attack?

In D&D4E if you have concealment and make an attack, are you still concealed? As a specific example, a Warlock gains concealment from his Shadow Walk power, then wishes to make a ranged attack. ...
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What is DDI (D&D Insider)?

I have seen this referenced in several questions. I've actually seen people use links into the DDI website in their answers that I can't get to since I don't have a subscription. I know its an online ...
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How do you create a new D&D 4E character class?

I'm a somewhat experienced game designer, yet creating a 30-level character class for Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition intimidates the hell out of me. Where do I start? Is there a list of kinds of ...
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Can powers grant summoned creatures a “Basic Attack”?

Can powers that grant a basic attack, like many of the Warlord powers, be used to grant an attack to a summoned creature? If so, what does the summoned creature use for its basic attack? Inspired by ...
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How can my party be effective without a dedicated healer?

Here is my current group makeup: Cleric - Pacifist Healer Warlord - Focuses on movement and tactical positioning Wizard - Mostly area damage and locking groups down Warlock - single target ...
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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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Dazing as an opportunity attack or readied action

Let's say I move through a threatened square and provoke an opportunity attack. The monster I provoke from has an ability that dazes me (save ends) on an OA. Or, I ready an ability that dazes (save ...
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Maximizing Bluff

I've got a 12th level character that for RP reasons needs a VERY high bluff skill to pull off a disguise. I'm looking for ways to maximize this, and all ideas are appreciated. What I have so far: ...
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Does a slayer add Strength to the damage from Power Strike?

When a Slayer uses his Power Strike feature, it says: The target takes 1[W] extra damage from the triggering attack. Does that extra damage imply that you add your bonus to strength again to the ...
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What powers/feats for a Heroic tier warlord help with saving throws?

I have a level 5 Dragonborn Bravura warlord who is the only leader in my party. My build is focused around granting extra attacks and combat advantage (perfect for the dragon born with the dragon fear ...
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Does Cleave trigger an adjacent enemy's mark?

I am playing a level 5 great weapon fighter and had a question that hasn't come up yet, but I wanted clarification in case it did. One of my at-will powers is Cleave. My question is if I am marked ...