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

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What happens to a dying character during a rest?

If a combat encounter is completed, and a character in the party is dying, what happens during the following rest period? During the rest period, it's a fair given that allies may try to use whatever ...
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Do creatures take falling damage after Hurl Into Heaven?

Hurl Into Heaven allows you to fling a creature 5 to 50 feet into the air, where it will remain until the start of your next turn. At that point, "the target drops to the ground ... taking 3d10 + ...
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Do certain powers gain or lose keywords depending on usage?

Blazing Starfall is a Sorcerer power that, in its power description, includes the Fire keyword. However, the Fire keyword is apparently inherited from a zone effect that is only available when the ...
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4e Essentials and mounted combat

I'm creating a fighter for a 4e D&D Essentials game. I'd like to model him after a European medieval knight, but a knight is less than complete without a good horse. What are the rules for a ...
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Does the damage caused by Wall of Fire get the implement bonus when a creature walks into it?

Our wizard cast a Wall Of Fire which is an implement power. Does the damage that is caused when a creature starts their turn adjacent to or in the wall of fire get to add the implement's ...
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Is there a high limit on how high the Tenser's Floating Disk will fly?

Is there a high limit on how high the disk will fly? If i'm on it and use a move action to go "UP" how far will it go before it refuses to go any farther? I did not see any mention of high limits ...
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How much (if any) force does Tenser's Floating Disk transfer to ground?

One question here is asking "What counts as ground for Tenser's Floating Disk?". The query seems aimed at using levitative powers or effects on whatever object the Disk is floating above. Since ...
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How does a DM define a Skill Check value?

When a DM says make a skill check, how do they decide what value they need to beat?
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How can I judge rarity of monsters?

One of the things I like about 4e is the scalability of monsters. If I say, for example, that kobolds are common I can then make then the most common monster for encounters for quite a few levels. ...
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Fair replacement rule for D&D 4e item creation?

My group is very dissatisfied with the item creation rule in D&D 4e. Specifically the fact that it costs exactly as much to create an item as it does to buy it. The problem is: The economics ...
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What skills can be used to pierce the 4th wall?

One of my PCs (a Cleric of Bahamut) pondered aloud: "Can I use my Insight to determine why my God has brought us here?" There was some entertaining discussion on whether that should be a Religion ...
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How can I keep my Blood Mage alive?

I just made it to paragon tier! My wizard Bai has been focused on area damage with some control effects, especially slowed(save ends). I use Orb Mastery to make the opponents' saves more difficult for ...
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Can you voluntarily suppress damage resistance?

I have Resist 10 Fire. I get hit for 13 points of fire damage, so normally, under these circumstances, I'd take 3 points of fire damage. What if, because of another ability that triggers on becoming ...
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How large is the zone when targeting a large creature with Spirit of the Hawk's Wind?

Spirit of the Hawk's WindDDI is an interesting power. It is a close burst 5 that targets one creature. Further, as an effect, it creates a zone in a burst 3 centered on the target. My question - ...
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What are the properties of Shaman Spirit?

I've run around 8 encounters with a shaman and his spirit, and many questions about it's properties have been raised. Is the spirit unsubstantial? Does the spirit float? The spirit is supposedly ...
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Using Powers During A Rest

The below excerpts are from the D&DI Compendium entry on "Short Rest", referencing PHB 1. No Strenuous Activity: You have to rest during a short rest. You can stand guard, sit in place, ...
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What kind of take-away/offline material does D&D Insider (DDI) give you?

This relates to another question that was just recently asked: What is DDI (D&D Insider)? What kinds of materials does DDI give you that you retain access to "offline" (including if you ...
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Does teleportation require line of sight?

In D&D 4e, teleportation is very common. Does it require line of sight? Example: An Eladrin wizard is being attacked with his back to the wall. On the other side of the wall is the room he ...
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How do you handle player wishlists?

In 4e it almost seems a requirement to allow player wishlists for magic items. How do you manage these? How do you ensure parity? How do the new rarity levels impact this?
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Does blade barrier have to be anchored to the ground?

If I cast blade barrier, does it have to be anchored to the ground? Or can I have it float anywhere I want that it could occupy, such as cast it above me as a sort of roof of blades?
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Is the effect of a power limited by the power's range?

Last weekend my party ran into a scary "body-swap artifact" problem and my character wound up in the warlock's body... but that's a different story! :). Anyway, I got to use a number of warlock ...
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What are ways to improve attack modifier in D&D 4e?

In D&D 4e, it seems you have very few ways to improve your attack modifier. Improve the attribute the attack is based on. This can only be done via level increases. Improve the magic of the ...
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Do items like the Iron Armbands of Power modify the damage a Beastmaster Ranger's Animal Companion outputs on a Melee Basic Attack?

Given a Beastmaster ranger (or multiclass feat which grants an animal companion) and, for the sake of argument, a cat companion. Does a character's personal equipment which effects all melee attacks ...
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Do tall creatures have to duck elevated obstacles?

Are there rules concerning the interaction between a creature and elevated obstacles? Example: Say, you have the following. Tall Goliath (7'8") Short Gnome (3'4") Short Kenku (5'0") Short Human ...
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Character development suggestions for a low Dexterity character?

I read in some book (forget which) that players should use a low ability score as an opportunity for character development; for example, a low Con character could have insecurities and be very ...
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Is there a limit to the number of times you can multiclass?

Is there a limit to the number of times you are able to multiclass, for example could you get 1 level in 4 different classes?
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Can I retrain a multiclass feat?

Can I retrain a multiclass feat? Furthermore can I retrain into a different multiclass feat?
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Alternative means of rendering .dnd4e files

Besides the .csl file for DDI Character builder available here, are there any novel ways of creating printable 4e character sheets that are more effective than the default printed sheets? Are there ...
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Are there any other sites or books dedicated to dungeon delves?

The WotC Dungeon Delves book is a title that provides a full, three part experience (typically centered around three main conflicts) in a single location (with fully detailed maps and enemies) ...
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Are hybrid paladins able to benefit from divine sanction?

The hybrid paladin entry lacks any reference to divine sanction (but then again, as printed in PHB1, so does the regular paladin). Powers that apply the sanction to the paladin's enemies seem to be ...
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Can I use Spell Accuracy on a Wall of Fire?

The epic level feat Spell Accuracy from the PHB says: Benefit: You can omit a number of squares from the area of effect of any of your area or close wizard powers. This number can’t exceed ...
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None Shall Pass/Bradaman's Weapon problems maintaining Divine Challenge

These two things allow a paladin to target Divine ChallengeDDI on two enemies. Bradaman's WeaponDDI None Shall PassDDI During his turn the paladin "must engage the target" or the mark ends and ...
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On a bull rush, do you have to shift into the creature's former space?

Bull rush says that the character shifts into the vacated space. Is this shift optional? (It became highly important when there was a Wall of Fire last night!)
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How many squares of forced movement are required to push something into a Wall of Fire?

The Wall of Fire specifies that 3 extra squares of movement (for a total of 4 squares) are required to enter a wall of fire. Does this apply to forced movement? Typically, forced movement ignores ...
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Close burst from a large creature — one square origin or all of them

If a large or larger creature uses a close burst, does the burst have to emanate from a single square of the large creature's space, or does it act as if the creature is the source (all squares)? The ...
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Under what conditions does a Shaman's Spirit Companion go away?

This came up tonight after the shaman ran into some difficulty. Specifically we were unsure of what happened with Loss of line of effect Loss of line of sight If the shaman is unconscious or dying ...
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When can you move a Spirit Companion?

Can the spirit companion move anytime the shaman takes a move action, or does it need to be a move action where the shaman moves?
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Is there a feat that mimics the Staff of Missile Mastery effect?

One of my players abs proposed a feat that essentially works like the daily power on the Staff of Missile Mastery (which generates multiple missiles during one power activation). Is there a similar ...
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Stone shape replacement in D&D 4e?

I'm a big fan of of the D&D 3.5 Spell Stone Shape. Is there any 4e equivalent of it?
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Need skill challenge ideas for Nature

Beyond tracking and survival I could sure appreciate some brainstorming around good ideas for skill challenges using Nature. Ability to add in Diplomacy, Bluff, Religion, History and Arcana are ...
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Combat Skill Challenges

I've seen a combat run as a skill challenge before, and it worked quite well. I'm wondering, though, if anyone has made more formal rules for a combat skill challenge, beyond "pick main skills and set ...
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Can a cleric sustain “Consecrated ground” while unconscious?

A cleric casts Consecrated ground (sustain minor). Enemy drops him to 0 HP. Cleric falls unconscious. What happens next? Consecrated ground disappears. OR Consecrated ground stays put. On ...
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Can a character attack while insubstantial?

Can a character attack while insubstantial? If so, are there any limits on the type of attack?
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Is it possible to have a ranged attack of opportunity?

I have a player that is looking to create a house rule for the Beast Protector feat that would allow him to use his basic ranged attack rather than his basic melée attack. This works thematically from ...
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Monster Complement for Fire Beetles

I've been writing an encounter with fire beetles in a sewer. I need a good monster to complement them while keeping it at a level 1 or 2 encounter.
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What can you target with Magic Missile while Blind?

What can you target with Magic Missile while Blind? Inspired by a post at EnWorld.
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How to roleplay a divine character in Ravenloft?

My cleric just got sucked into the Demi-plane of Dread. I've been told that his connection to Moradin has been completely severed, but my spells still work. How should I roleplay that? Are there ...
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Can you target an area you cannot see?

In D&D 4e can you target an area spell on an area that is not visible. For example a rogue uses an ability to give total concealment over an area, can a wizard cast fireball centered in that area ...
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How do you alter the difficulty of a challenge/fight in the middle of it?

I've run a bunch of times with players that took very diverse characters. I made them use their own rolls (which often ended up giving them awesome stats for some reason). Eventually I had to ...