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

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Does Bolt of Genius restore ALL of a Cleric's uses of Healing Word or just one?

Here's the scenario: The Cleric uses all their uses of Healing Word for the encounter. Then the Battle Captain Warlord usesBolt of Genius (PHB 154) on the Cleric to allow them to use Healing Word ...
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Is the paladin's Divine Sanction an immediate interrupt, op. attack or what?

The entry to the paladin's Divine Sanction mentions that an enemy takes damage the first time it makes an attack that does not include you (the paladin) as a target. Normally it's not a huge issue ...
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What happens when a character has both Superior Will and is wearing a Circlet of Arkhosia?

The Circlet of Arkhosia grants: Property: When you are dazed or stunned, you can make a saving throw against one of those conditions at the start of your turn. If you save, you can act normally on ...
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Is there a tested spell-research like mod for D&D 4e?

I'm looking for a mod to D&D 4e which reintroduces spell-research in a balanced way. Are there any of them around, which have been play tested and seem to work without unbalancing things too far?
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Does D&D 4e have rules for necromancy or conjuration summoning?

Necromancy and Conjuration (summoning and binding) are topics that were fairly thoroughly addressed in previous editions of D&D, and these topics certainly pop up often in fantasy literature. I ...
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Does the interrupt granted by “Refire the Forge” prevent an Avenger from falling unconscious?

Refire the Forge: Effect: Until the stance ends, you regain hit points equal to your Dexterity or Intelligence modifier each time you hit an enemy with an attack. Additionally, until the stance ...
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As a DM is it better to focus fire on defenders or on a weaker target?

As a DM if you wage a fair fight, the defender is something of a spoiler for your monsters. A defender usually has high hitpoints, high defenses, marking abilities, and ally protection abilities, all ...
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Equipment suitable for squads/members of a mercenary company?

What would be a good set of equipment for squads/members of a mercenary company inspired by modern special forces teams or the Wraith Recon setting? The requirements are that the squad could ...
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Does shifting count as movement, for the purpose of triggering non-attack opportunity actions? [duplicate]

Replaced by the following questions: Can shifting trigger immediate actions? Can shifting trigger non-attack opportunity actions? Can Pursuit of the Hunter be used to move away from the ...
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Can Pursuit of the Hunter be used to move away from the triggering enemy?

Pursuit of the Hunter's Effect line includes this: Effect: You shift 3 squares... There are no stipulations in the rule itself as to which direction you must shift. However, the flavor text of ...
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Can shifting trigger non-attack opportunity actions?

Part of the Shift rule is this: No Opportunity Attacks: Your movement doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks. However, there are a few Opportunity Actions that do not include attacks. If such an ...
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Would it be possible to use old Judges Guild items in a modern campaign (D&D 4e for example?)

I have an extensive collection of old Judges Guild items currently gathering dust halfway across the country at my parent's house. I'm debating shipping them to myself here in SF and potentially using ...
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How can I fix Essentials Druid sentinel's Armor Class?

The sentinel is a wis/con leader designed to fight in melee combat. While it comes with an animal companion, the sentinel is limited to light armor and has dex as a tertiary stat at best. Are there ...
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In D&D 4e, does the half-elf get an extra encounter power, or does his race power take the place of his class power?

The half-elf gets a racial power that lets him take an at-will from a class not his own and make it an encounter power. Does that mean it replaces his class encounter power or that he gets an ...
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What is the minimum set of books a group should have to play 4e? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 4th ed. D&D - 'Core books' or 'Essentials' - what (set of books and financial outlay) makes a complete game? At the moment I do not own any of the 4e ...
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When did the concept of Striker, Controller, Leader and Defender enter into the gaming lexicon?

One of the biggest changes I've observed as an old time gamer (AD&D 1st ed, Shadowrun 1st ed etc) versus now exploring 4th ed D&D (and reading about 3.0/3.5 and d20 systems etc) is that now ...
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Rebalancing the Orc Brutes in Thunderspire labyrinth?

The Orc Beserker is a miserably designed sack of hitpoints: Orc Berserker HP 66; Bloodied 33 AC 15; Fortitude 17, Reflex 13, Will 12 Speed 6 (8 while charging) Greataxe ...
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Can an enemy missed by Bard's Compulsion still charge?

From the Bard's 5th level Daily power: Miss: ...and it cannot take move actions on its next turn. Can an enemy affected by this power still charge on its turn?
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Are there known design flaws or exploits in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition?

I've googled some but not found a definitive answer. I did however see that 'exploits' are now an in-game term. This is not how I mean it in the question: I mean game-breaking loopholes. A short ...
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How do brutal and high crit weapons interact with non [W] damaging attack powers?

At least two Swordmage powers are weapon powers, that deal fixed dice of damage rather than [W]s of damage. Spidersilk Slash ddi is a weapon power that deals 1d10 + int mod damage. Seed of Fire ddi ...
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Does ranged magic that requires line-of-sight also require line-of-effect?

This came up during a combat last week. The party had barricaded themselves behind double doors and the wizard was peering through the keyholes, dropping Scorching Bursts on anything foolish enough ...
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What is an effective leader for a striker heavy first level party?

I'm new to D&D and recently posted a question asking what class would do the most damage and learned that we need a good damage-mitigator. We have a Drow Warlock (dark pact), Longtooth shifter ...
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D&D Encounters Dark Sun Season

I've stepped up to run one of the local Encounters tables for this season. However I don't have adventure chapters 1 & 2. What has happened in the story up until now?
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How can a Sphere of Annihilation be detected, and how can it be “disarmed”?

I'm reading the DnD Essentials DM Book, and on the Sphere of Annihilation stat block, it mentions several things I don't exactly know how to read: The sphere has "Detect automatic". Does this mean ...
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What are the consequences of the retargeting aspect of the Battlemind's Lightning Rush power on enemy area or close blasts or bursts?

Lightning Rush is one of the battlemind's featured powers: It's augment 2 (as an immediate interrupt) states: Hit: 2[W] + Constitution modifier damage, and you become the target of the triggering ...
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How quickly can fortifications be built in D&D 4e, magically and otherwise

My bad guys have holed themselves up for a couple months. Given little preexisting fortification, what resources are there for for building mechanical and magical defenses? Is there something ...
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Can you to take a healing surge in response to being bloodied that is not Second Wind?

My group has been using a rule ever since we started playing D&D 4e. I did a search and can not find a reference to it anywhere. I need to know if I missed the reference to it or if we have ...
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Average attack bonus of a 30th level character in DnD 4e

What is the average attack of 30th level D&D character? (Of course this number must be calculated without uber-strong homebrew items). My real question is this: What is the average chance of ...
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Does going prone stack with having cover?

Suppose I'm playing a ranged character. I am standing with an ally between me and my enemies, which grants "+2 defenses" for cover. I decide to further go prone. Do I now have a "+4 defenses", 2 ...
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Does a prone creature grant cover to its allies against ranged attacks?

It seems like it's a no-brainer that against ranged attacks, prone creatures would not provide cover to allies, but I don't see any specific rules about it. Also I guess you could argue that larger ...
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Do multiple withering weapons penalties to AC stack with each other?

Withering Weapon: Property: Each time you hit with this weapon in melee, your target takes a cumulative –1 penalty to AC. The target can make a saving throw to end the entire penalty, but it can ...
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What has to occur for Quickhit Braces' damage to be maximized?

Quickhit braces: Property: When using a power, if you hit one creature with both your main weapon and your off-hand weapon, deal an extra 2d6 damage to that creature. If I'm using twin-strike, when ...
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How do I fill the DnD 4E Essentials Character Sheets? - clarifications

I'm exercising to start as a DM, and one of the things I'm doing is know how to fill the 4E (especially Essentials) character sheets. I'm not sure what I should fill What are the "Modifier", "Misc" ...
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Reliable ways of generating cover/concealment at range

Are there any magical items that can be used in order to reliably generate concealment at range, but do not impair/effect the user? Take the case of, say, an archer-archetype character. They may ...
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How are some Essentials classes non AEDU classes?

I've just received my Essentials books. Perusing the Heroes of the Adjective Noun books, the classes have and receive at-wills, encounter, daily and utility powers as they start and level. On the ...
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How often are Rules Updates released for D&D 4th Edition?

Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition was released in mid-2008. However, the current list of Rules Updates only has one from October 2010. Are updates really released that infrequently, or are there ...
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What is an appropriate nerf for an Epic Ardent using Demoralizing Strike?

Demoralizing Strike is a 1st level Ardent at-will. Of interest here is the Augment 2 (sample build): Augment 2 Close: burst 1 Target: Each creature in burst Hit: 1[W] + Charisma ...
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What magic items and feats improve a Monk's attack bonus?

The Stone Fist Monk character in my group has a relatively low attack bonus because she didn't get a really high main ability score. I'm wondering what feats and magic items, other than magic ...
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Can the Ardent's Unhinging strike cause a creature to target itself?

The power reads: At-Will Augmentable, Charm, Psionic, Psychic, Weapon Standard Action Melee weapon Target: One creature Attack: Charisma vs. Will Hit: Charisma ...
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When a creature is hit with the Wizard's Sleep, do they also have to save against the initial slow effect?

The Wizard Level 1 Daily spell Sleep says: Hit: The target is slowed (save ends). If the target fails its first saving throw against this power, the target becomes unconscious (save ends). ...
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Is a utility power that has the encounter keyword considered an “encounter power”?

Powers are divided into At-Will, Encounter, Utility, and Daily powers, which you gain at different levels. At 12th level, my character (a blood mage) now has: Soul Burn Blood Mage Utility 12 ...
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Is there anything useful missing from the DnD Essentials character sheets?

I'm trying my hand at character creation with Essentials, and I have both the original 4E character sheets and the Essentials character sheets. I was wondering if some stuff left over is actually ...
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How do you calculate the Monk's Attack bonus?

I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out how to calculate the Monk's attack bonus, for some reason it seems stupidly low. If an attack power has the keywords Full Discipline, Implement, Psionic. ...
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Is there a limit to racial - magic item - feats - powers you can stack on a single standard action attack?

In a number of questions here in this forum people are asking can X or Y stack, or why does it stack or why doesn't it stack. My question is - Is there a limit in the rules on stacking in D&D 4e? ...
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Kobold Tunnelers - Does shifting as an immediate interrupt prevent damage by nullifying a hit?

Encounter number 2 Worship in The Twisting Halls adventure - part of the Red Box set contains Kobold Tunnelers (minions) with the following ability: Triggered Actions: Narrow Escape At-Will Immediate ...
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Do these Healing items for the cleric stack when she uses her healing powers?

One of my players came to me with his ultimate wish-list for the cleric he found on the internet. But I'm wondering do all these healing powers stack, here's the list of items: Healer's Brooch (AV ...
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Death Saves, Dying, and Actions

What sort of actions are you permitted to take when you are dying? Can you activate powers that might help you make the save? Also, is getting less than a 20 on a death save considered to be ...
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Do Majestic Word and Song of Rest stack?

I'm playing a 2nd level Bard with Charisma 18 and I'm wondering if, taking the necessary time, I am allowed to apply the Song of Rest benefit (+ Charisma modifier to the hit points regained by ...
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What class features or items can be given to a fighter in Dungeons and Dragons 4e to allow him to parry as his mark punishment?

In a game I am in, the DM wants to encourage the fighter, who is a very reluctant defender to more actively defend. The fighter is built on the "gentleman adventurer" lines, and the DM has expressed ...
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How many magic items or magic item equivalents should I give out alongside inherent bonuses in D&D 4e?

When providing players with inherent bonuses (they count as having +1 weapons, neck slot, and armor from levels 2-5 ,+2 from 6-10, and so on.) how often should players receive actual magic items, and ...