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

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What are the rules on capturing a monster and using it as a mount? [duplicate]

Today someone in my group wanted to tame an elite monster, the Owlbear. He wanted to use it as a mount which he rides around and uses in combat. What are the rules for capturing and taming hostile ...
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Does weapon proficiency grant a bonus to attack AND damage?

Rolling a 1st level Dwarf Knight (from Hero of the Fallen Lands). He has a strength of 18 so a str mod of +4. I've calculated the Attack Bonus as (+4 str mod.) + (+3 weap. prof from longsword) = +7 ...
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What is the total net bonus when attacking an unconscious creature?

I've been thinking about unconsciousness and performing a a coup de grâce lately. It came up in our game this past week and I want to make sure I'm understanding it correctly. Unconscious reads: ...
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Software to make DIY Item Cards

I'm a big fan of Paizo's GameMastery item cards. I also like GoDeckYourself but I'm wondering if anyone knows of any other software or websites that can be used to make your own Item Cards or Power ...
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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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How to get the most out of an encounter by combining foes

I am an new GM playing DnD-4E and i am looking for advice on how to compose challenging encounters. I have played with my group ~10 times so far and what i really like is to challenge them. Not a TPK ...
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What skill works with magical skill checks (that aren't about magical knowledge)?

I have a Warlock in my group who often wants to light things on fire, possess things, and do other improvised magical things. Should I make him do skill checks with his arcana or with his wisdom ...
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Do ranged attacks go through allies?

Often my group stands in a line and fire ranged attacks through each others' square to attack enemies ahead. Are there any rules for this, can ranged attacks like arrows and area-of-effect attacks ...
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Increasing Weapon Die Size

Yesterday I was playing around with the DDI character cuilder and found the Avalanche Hurler DDI paragon path for Rangers, so I decided to see what I could do with a ridiculously huge thrown weapon. ...
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How do you boil a level 30 PC down to an easily accessible NPC or game mechanic?

The group I DM for has hit level 30 and we only have 2 sessions and the big final boss encounter to go. However, one of the players (not her character), the leader, recently left the group and the ...
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Critting with a Thrown Melee Weapon

Using a melee weapon (eg, gougeDDI) which has been turned into a thrown weapon (eg, with Hungry SpearDDI enchantment), do I gain the benefit of Assault BootsDDI (knock target prone when critting with ...
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Is the hit and damage bonus the same as the +X of a magical weapon?

Some magical weapons can be upgraded (for example from +1 to +2, etc.) and magical weapons also add an enhancement bonus to attack rolls and damage rolls. Are the attack and damage added equal to the ...
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Looking for a Detective/Mystery Adventure (D&D) [closed]

I have been playing D&D for a month or so now and I have realized that games I enjoy most are the ones that are Detective/Mystery centred. I have played Assassins Knot but it was far too easy and ...
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Is one of the characters in my group overpowered?

I'm starting my first stint as a DM, in DnD 4E, and one of my players insisted on rolling dice for his stats. I was ok, provided, as I said, "that the character was balanced with the rest of the ...
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On-hit vulnerability with damage on the same attack

Say I have an attack which causes damage and vulnerability on hit, until the end of my next turn. (for example Psion's Mind Break). Does the damage from the attack causing vulnerability deal extra ...
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Can I hybrid as essential classes? [duplicate]

I DM for a group and a player made a new character but since on the excel spreadsheet it does not allow essentials/non original classes to mix. Can i actually hybrid 2 classes which are not originals, ...
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Are rulings that only feature in Dragon/Dungeon Magazine 'official'?

A recent answer presented the following ruling from Dragon Magazine 371, page 9 (emphasis added): If you choose multiple heritage feats (or feats that similarly modify at-will powers), you choose ...
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Does movement whilst hidden provoke opportunity attacks?

Playing a rogue in my first two D&D Sessions ever thanks to online tabletop (a god send, really!) However, I've come to learn that it's not an easy task (however, my healer has kept me from death ...
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Power bonus to AC stacking with power bonus to defense

Seems like a 'no' but figured i'd double check. If I have a power bonus to all 'defenses', would a power bonus to just AC stack on top of it?
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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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In an even fight, how many rounds does a typical monster need to drop a PC?

Inspired by the closed question: DnD Next Hitpoint Inflation, There have been claims of HP inflation in dnd-next, and there certainly were increased in the absolute value of HP in 4e. In order to ...
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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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Are there no more elemental planes in 4th Edition?

I'm thinking of starting a campaign that will have the players travel to one of the traditional elemental planes, such as the Elemental Plane of Water or the Elemental Plane of Air. Do these no longer ...
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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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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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What is the expected average damage for an area of effect power?

I have spent quite a bit of time coming up with an average damage document for my party and for several other characters. However, the one thing I have not been able to represent well is the average ...
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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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Do the core D&D 4th edition rulebooks get updated?

Before I buy any books for 4.0, I would like to know if the physical books (PHB, DMG, MM) have been edited after WotC updated their online definitions. This has been bugging me for a while now. A ...
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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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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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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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What is the maximum (air speed) velocity of a pixie?

Following on from Can a pixie fly higher than their altitude of one? Using a combination of feats and powers what is the maximum movement rate (and thus altitude) a pixie can reach in a single round ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there software which can serve as a virtual DM?

I want to play D&D but have no one to play it with. Is there a virtual DM that creates the adventure as you play? If not, is anybody good enough at programming to do it?
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How can I speed up combat with a large number of enemies?

I'm DMing for a campaign where the player characters will sometimes face small squads of creatures, most recently six ground troops and two archers helping out. In this setting, these creatures ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...