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

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Does a Dwarven Thrower automatically return to the thrower's hands?

Dwarven Thrower: Property This weapon can be used as a heavy thrown weapon with a range of 6/12. Does the fact that it "can be used as" indicate that it is a heavy thrown weapon for ...
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Creating Level 0 characters using monster stats vs recent Unearthed Arcana Rules

I'm planning a series of sessions that involve, Tales-of-Canterbury style, my players telling each other what made them into adventurers. For example, the first session will tell about our elven ...
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How can you build a character based on Lord Voldemort? [closed]

This question and it's answers may contain spoilers for the Harry Potter series of books If you were rolling a character based on Lord Voldemort (either as a player character or an NPC) for a DnD ...
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Can the target of Mind of Rage take normal actions on its turn?

Mind of Rage (Wizard Attack 25 from HotFL) gives this effect: The target is affected by mind of rage (save ends). This effect also ends if you or any of your allies attacks or deals damage to ...
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Are spear fighters sensible in DnD 4e?

I'm new to DnD and I'm creating a gladiator (fighter or barbarian) for an upcoming Dark Sun Game, and I liked the idea of using nets and spears. The Players Handbook implies that net and spear users ...
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What kind of image does “Psionic Image” create?

Psionic Image: Effect: Each target sees the image of a Small or smaller object in your hand or in a square in the burst. The image lasts until the end of your next turn. Given a pixie who is 6" ...
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Does the Executioner Assassin's Attack Finesse apply to all targets of that attack?

Today, wizards released the Ninja guild option for the executioner assassin. As one of its powers, it gets poisonous shuriken: Target: One, two, or three creatures Attack: Dexterity vs. AC ...
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Can you use Wicked Strike and still get the benefits of the stances?

The Slayer stances only benefit normal attacks, but Wicked Strike can be used in place of a melee basic attack. Or can you even use this ability? I was using the character builder on the D&D ...
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Is it fair to make all Encounter/Daily powers Reliable in D&D 4e?

There's a D&D 4e variant rule where all powers are Reliable, meaning you don't lose your Encounter/Daily powers if they miss. If a power has an effect on a miss, you may either accept the miss ...
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What are the descriptions of the available creatures for Summon Warlock's Ally?

The D&D Compendium lists a level 9 Warlock daily power called Summon Warlock's Ally which includes the following line of description: ...
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Is D&D Insider worth subscribing to?

As a new DM I am wondering if it would be worth it to me to subscribe to D&D Insider? What are some of the pros? What are some of the cons? Specs: MacBook Pro 13" Thanks!
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Initiate of the Faith - Healing Word in addition to Daily spell allowance

Can you use the Healing Word power gained by the Initiate of the Faith feat as well as your normal Daily power allowance?
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What happens when a phasing creature cannot end its movement in an unobstructed space?

Phasing: While phasing, a creature ignores difficult terrain and can move through obstacles and other creatures, but it must end its movement in an unoccupied space. However, given a ...
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How does fighting on a mount work?

I'm not seeing anything in the PHB that explains how fighting from on-top a mount works. How does fighting from on top of a mount work while the mount also has attacks?
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Spell school specialization dnd 4e

How does the new school specialization work in dnd 4E? Do you get more feats to choose from or does it just give a static bonus or is it something different from either of those?
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How can Rogues maintain combat advantage?

I get that if you are hidden from an opponent, you gain combat advantage against them. I get that if you make a point of it, and you're not getting surprised by the opposition, you should be able to ...
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Is large-scale battle feasible with D&D 4e's minion rules?

Supposing you simulate a large battle in D&D 4e, and you want to do it with minions (rather than, say, treating each unit as a swarm or using some special large-scale combat rules). The XP chart ...
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How can you force an opponent to provoke an opportunity attack?

I'm wondering if there's any way to give the fighter an extra attack by forcing the opponent to move out of a threatened square. Does bull rush provoke an opportunity attack against the target? Bull ...
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How do I handle Psion Betrayal power?

I have a new game about to start up soon and one of my players wants to play a Psion. We are starting about mid-Heroic tier, so he will have the Betrayal* at-will power. Both of us are wondering how I ...
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What qualifies as a “ranged attack?”

My level 15 Dreadnought Fighter recently found a Shield of Deflection, which has "Property: Gain resist 5 to damage from all ranged attacks." I know that a crossbow attack or magic missile would be a ...
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How can I import the natural suspense and tension from a game of Dread into a game of D&D?

In Dread the game naturally lends itself to suspenseful play. As the game progresses the tower gets more wobbly and tension builds naturally due to the game's mechanics. I'd like to somehow bring this ...
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Why use Battlemind's Demand on a Ranged Target?

I'm in a party of mainly new D&Ders, one of which is playing a Battlemind. One of his attacks, Battlemind's Demand, marks one or two targets in a close blast 3 for the duration of the encounter. ...
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What is the value of a “Companion”?

The game system is 4E. I am trying to get away from awarding just magic weapon here and there. Having the characters earn favors from NPCs is a pretty tried and true way to give value and move the ...
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Does the Bladesinger's Arcane Strike class feature let you use a melee basic attack as a minor action twice?

Let me clarify this question as much as possible because this will be somewhat of a 3-parter question. The Bladesinger's Arcane Strike level 3 class feature says: When you use a bladesinger ...
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Universal and Specific status effects

I'm a new DM trying to figure out some good ways to keep track of status effects and the like (I often forget and then I'm faced with the dilemma: retcon and annoy everybody, or go with it even though ...
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Does Augmenting Whetstone work on a magical item?

A while back I was browsing the old (downloadable) dnd4e character generator, and I found an item called Augmenting Whetstone. When used as a minor action, it grants your weapon "a +2 enhancement ...
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How does D&D Encounters work?

I like the concept of D&D Encounters and would like to incorporate some of it into my own games. The problem is that I'm nowhere near a place that runs D&D Encounters, so I don't know much ...
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Combining D&D 4th ed. Player's Handbook 1, 2 and 3

The gaming group I'm in is returning to D&D after not having played it for quite a few years. During character creation the following question came up: Can feats, powers etc. from all three PHB ...
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If you are chained to a boulder and the boulder falls off a cliff, are you pulled with it?

I'm trying to resolve a situation of characters being connected to things that are moving. If I am at the end of a 20ft chain connected to a boulder, and someone drops that boulder off a 50ft cliff, ...
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How does Dusk Oracle's Foreseen Hit interact with a multi-target power?

This character uses Foreseen Hit with Hand of Radiance which can target 4 creatures. Foreseen hit: Encounter Cold, Necrotic, Shadow No Action Personal Trigger: You make a ...
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Does Eighth Seal's save against domination function across multiple turns?

Eighth Seal has a level 24 ability: The Mind's Shining Corridors (24th level): ... In addition, when you are subjected to an effect that dazes, dominates, or stuns you that a save can end, ...
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Does a Ranged Basic Attack with range Melee become a Melee Basic Attack?

Divine Bolts as modified by Power Of Skill: You can use any power you have that is associated with this feat as a basic attack. Is treated as a basic attack, and because it's ranged, is treated ...
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AOE spells vs high ground in4E

In my next campain my group will face a chokepoint with archers on top of the mountain and melee down where they need to pass exept if they want to climb to get up on the high ground. My question is ...
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Can Swiftpad boots be used in a vertical jump?

I just found some Swiftpad boots as treasure in the 4e game I play in. Power (Daily): Move Action. You jump a number of squares equal to your Strength modifier. The power doesn't define whether the ...
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Clarification of Raise Dead

Raise dead starts like this: To perform the Raise Dead ritual, you must have a part of the corpse of a creature that died no more than 30 days ago. It says a couple of other things, and then ...
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Can I use Overwhelming Strike to swap places with the target?

I'm not extremely expert in the fourth edition, nor do I have constant access to the books, so I ask: overwhelming strike allows me to, on a hit, shift one square and then slide the target into the ...
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Has anyone adapted Otto's Irresistible Dance to the 4e rules?

It's one of my favorite spells. Are there any official (or formal attempts at) adaptations of it to the 4e rules?
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Gentle Repose, changes to the corpse, and hungry wolves

Does Gentle Repose modify the body in any way other than slowing its decay and resistant to being raised as undead? Specifically, would a corpse preserved by Gentle Repose smell like "food" to a ...
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What is the name of the large island in the D&D world of Nerath?

What is the name of the large island in the D&D world of Nerath? I guess it could be a continent also.
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Does the Linebreaker feat imply that the battlemind provokes an opportunity attack?

Linebreaker Benefit: When you use your speed of thought, you can enter an enemy's space. Doing so ends the movement. You must then slide the enemy 1 square. Unless a Battlemind takes the ...
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Do racial origins stack?

If I take a feat that gives me a certain origin but I already have a specific racial origin, do they stack or is my racial origin replaced? Consider this example. Calistar the Eladrin is a fey ...
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How does Vulnerable work with the same Resistance?

Suppose the same creature has resist 10 lightning and vulnerable 5 lightning at the same time. I've been told that the rules are that both of them apply and neither are cumulative; I assumed that this ...
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Does a forced movement from an OA stop a movement action in progress? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does movement continue after an Opportunity Attack? I am in the process of creating a Druid, and an interesting opportunity came up. I a creature moves away from me to ...
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Does a scout get the bonus from aspect of the lurking spider on both attacks?

The scout stance "Aspect of the Lurking Spider" gives a +2 damage bonus when you have combat advantage. While you have combat advantage against an enemy, you gain a +2 power bonus to damage rolls ...
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Can a free action be taken in the middle of another action?

For example, if a character has the Quick Draw feat and a weapon with a daily which takes a free action to activate, can the weapon be drawn as part of the attack and the power be activated all "as ...
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Tactics for Battle of Albridge

I'm currently thinking about the Battle of Albridge in my Reavers of Harkenwold campaign. One of my players stated he wanted to have a big battle with the Rebellion troops against the Iron Circle. I ...
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Why does the “insubstantial” quality exist?

Aside from minor rounding errors for very low damage, a monster with x hit points and the insubstantial resistance type is exactly the same as a monster with 2x hit points. So, why does the "...
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How do I represent a stance effectively

Currently playing a game and we are going to be using iplay4e for our combats. One of the characters involved in the game is a Scout who will almost always be in some stance or another. Stances often ...
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[Spoiler Warning] Adventure summary of the H1-H2-H3-P1-P2-P3-E1-E2-E3 product line?

My current group started 4e at level 4 and has run H2, H3, P1, and we're currently working our way through P2. We plan on going all the way through to E3, achieving 30th level within this single ...
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What is the difference between themes and backgrounds?

Wizards has fairly recently released character themes for D&D 4th Edition. What is the difference between themes and backgrounds? Can you pick one of each or do you have to choose between the ...