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

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Can I use mage hand to wield implements or attack from a safe distance?

One of my players wants to use his mage hand trick to use his sword to make melee basic attacks from afar, or be able to hold his sword and shield while his mage hand uses his implement (wand). Is ...
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Does a high Constitution give regeneration in recent editions like it does in 2e?

When playing Baldur's Gate which runs on 2nd edition AD&D rules, I found out that in older editions high constitution supposedly provided minor HP regeneration for the character. Does this really ...
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Can a teleportation circle be made in the air?

Here's the situation: A fire titan on his own demi-plane sent the party on a side quest to retrieve something for him and gave them the rune combination for a teleportation circle that would get them ...
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Can I grab the same creature twice?

Can a character grab the same creature twice? Can a monster do that? The rules say that sustaining a grab occupies whatever appendage was used to initiate the grab and it takes a minor action to ...
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Resources for campaign based in Amn region

I'm currently designing a campaign set in the Amn region of Faerun. I've got the Forgotten Realms Campaign guide from 4th edition and am using one of the old Living Forgotten Realms core quests ...
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How to deal with a character that does not fit my plot?

I am running a campaign in 4e, in which everyone is very very new, including myself. I have played a bit, but this is my first time DMing. I have a Warlord PC who does not work with my overarching ...
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Is there a way to use a standard action power when its not your turn? [closed]

Is there any item, power, or feat that would allow you to use the Riposte Strike rogue power on someone else's turn other than using a readied action? I'm trying to see if theres a way to trigger ...
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What kind of Den can I use to design a fair fight against the post-Vault Dragons? [closed]

So, everybody knows the Dragons are Stronger since Monster's Vault came out. My question is simple. What kind of geographic solution can I use to make my group have a fair fight against a Dragon ...
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Can a necromancer be made in 4E?

A player wanted to build a necromancer in 4E, but as far as I know there isn't a way to do it. Is there a way to model a necromancer in 4E? By Necromancer I basically mean "somebody who raises ...
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Can I make repeated active insight checks, or can I “take 20” on insight checks?

The rules for Perception say that you can spend actions (for example, during combat) to keep making Perception checks to notice hidden things. Can you make active Insight checks in a similar fashion? ...
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Can you delay until you are no longer dazed?

I use a power that says "Target creature is dazed until the end of your next turn" against a monster that acts just before me in the initiative order. Can the monster delay its turn until my next ...
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Can I interrupt a charge with Combat Challenge?

An enemy who has a mark from Combat Challenge is adjacent to my fighter and attempts to charge a distant enemy. Combat Challenge says that I can get an attack as an immediate interrupt whenever "an ...
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Can you take 10 on Aid Another?

I've only seen the "take 10" specifically disabled for ritual checks (PH1, p. 300). Are they allowed for Aid Another?
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How can I use the updated Dragons against my players without absolutely killing all of them?

Dragons in D&D 4e used to be weak, and were easy for my party to defeat. Solos were rarely much of a challenge, or so it was before Monsters Vault showed up with the new/updated Dragons. They are ...
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How can a cleric use a staff for implement powers?

I'm trying to make a Balanced Cleric who uses a staff both as a weapon and an implement. Can it be done? I'm Human. I know that, at least, multiclass feats for caster classes often provide ...
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In D&D can a cleric choose to 'partially use' turn undead for purposes of, say, torture

In our fourth edition campaign we have a cleric trying to partially use Turn Undead against an undead character. Disregarding whether this constitutes a use of power, can the cleric intentionally ...
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How am I supposed to award magic items so that PCs aren't over/under-powered?

I'm a noob DM. In previous campaigns, I've only given out magic items as rewards for completing quests, but players complained that they didn't have enough control over what items they wanted to use, ...
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Does this combination of Battlemage Readiness & Spellsword Perfection with Dimensional Charge work?

Can an assault swordmage combine Battlemage Readiness & Spellsword Perfection to gain a 4[W] immediate reaction whenever an enemy violates its mark? Battlemage Readiness (11th level): When you ...
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Turning a Campaign Evil Leads To “Problems”

Prologue : So, the campaign I'm running right now has a noble-kinda purpose. To kill the Evil Witch and save the world etc, you get the point. As a plot twist I am thinking to turn the campaign to ...
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Can a Shardmind communicate telepathically with intelligent undead?

In previous editions of D&D undead were immune to the effects of telepathy. In 4e, can a Shardmind use telepathy with a Deathwight? We also have a Revenant in the party — are the Shardmind and ...
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How should I give out treasure in Dungeons and Dragons 4e Essentials

I am new to DMing dungeons and dragons and have bought the following products from the essentials line: Red Box Starter Set Heroes of Fallen Lands Heroes of Forgotten Kingdoms I have decided to ...
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Will there be Dungeon Master Kit for 5e?

My son wants a dungeon master kit for Christmas. Is there a 5e version? I know nothing about D&D and want to buy the correct thing. He has been playing the 4th edition with his friends (it's a ...
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Do melee attacks provoke attacks of opportunity from other combatants?

I know that ranged or unarmed attacks provoke Attacks of Opportunity, but consider this case. There's an enemy one space north of me, and one space east, both threatening and threatened by me. If I ...
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What happens when a burrowing creature falls unconscious?

What happens if a monster falls unconscious while burrowing? My game just had an encounter where I launched into the boss with Vestige of Baatar at the start of combat. On the boss's turn, it used a ...
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Recommendation for D&D 4E campaign books? [closed]

I'm a guy that's never DMed before but I'm looking at doing so very soon (I will be DMing for about 5 players.) However, due to the amount of free time I have, I won't be able to create many of my own ...
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Readying an action before combat

Suppose the party suspects that combat is imminent, and some of the PCs ready actions (attack nearest hostile creature, attack first thing that moves). Then combat erupts. Some of the PCs are ...
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Encounter Budget in D&D 4e after Essentials

When the first 4e books came out, the encounter building chapter suggested to limit the enemies' level: from party level -2 to party level +4 Has this changed over the years, especially after ...
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How do I calculate treasure parcels after Essentials?

I was reading the Rules Compendium and it seems the way of calculating treasure has changed after Essentials came up. Considering English is not my first language and the fact everything got ...
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How do I get a player to befriend a Hostile Human NPC? [closed]

I am the DM of a single player D&D 4e campaign and in the campaign the character finds himself on a crashed ship, but does not remember how got there. He discovers he has crashed on an island, and ...
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Can you command an unseen servant to open a door?

The ritual Unseen servant says: You conjure a Medium unseen servant of invisible force. It obeys your commands, moves at your speed, can lift up to 100 pounds, and performs basic functions and ...
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What happens when you fall prone in water?

A character on water surface who has no swim speed and has to make swim checks to move is knocked prone by an enemy power. Does this affect him somehow besides the normal effects associated with being ...
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Can you delay in the surprise round?

Is it permitted to delay your turn when you're an unsurprised combattant in the surprise round?
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With a Driving Attack, can you attack a target you did not push?

The fighter's Driving Attack says: Driving Attack You drive back your adversary with a hail of blows. Daily Invigorating, Martial, Weapon Standard Action Melee weapon Target: ...
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I have an Ardent-Battlemind, and I need some ideas for feats

I am playing in 4e, and I had decided to make a level five half-elf Ardent/Battlemind hybrid, with Charisma and Constitution as my top scores. Its main role is defender, with the secondary role of ...
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What happens when a creature falls on player-improvised spikes?

I'm new to D&D 4e. What happens when a creature falls on some spikes or on the blade of a weapon from 10 feet or higher? I've encountered situations where, for example, one character lifts an ...
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What is the Post-Cataclysm Population of Neverwinter?

This question is specific to the 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter Campaign Setting. I know Neverwinter was decimated by the spellplague and then the cataclysm, but Neverember has been ...
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Can I choose to grant Combat Advantage?

Is it possible to choose to grant Combat Advantage to an enemy? In 4e, a defender grants CA when dazed, stunned, or blind, for example. Could not a player replicate these states willingly? Because of ...
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Is falling damage affected by falling speed?

Supposed you try launching a party member across a 500 feet wide and 50 feet deep gap with a trebuchet. however, something goes horribly wrong and he's launched straight down into the pit (let's just ...
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Can I use a Transference weapon to transfer grabbing to someone else?

If you're grabbed, you gain the Immobilized condition. Can you use a Transference Weapon to transfer the Immobilized condition to someone else? I believe "Grabbed" is not a condition, so can't be ...
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How can I decrease the difficulty of a scene on the fly?

I was a DM for the first time yesterday. It was a lot of fun, and all things considered, I think I've made a pretty darn good first session. It was, however, too difficult. I've based the various ...
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What are some good combos with Come and Get it?

An off-action close burst attack would be nice imo, but I can't find any I can use. I'm a fighter/multiclass rogue.
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Can I throw my hands to spite my enemies?

Here's an odd question a player brought up to me about D&D 4e. I was curious on your thoughts. Barbarians can take the feat Hurl Weapon: You can use any one-handed off-hand weapon as a heavy ...
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Are there any benefits to being a small character?

Small characters face a number of disadvantages. They can't use two-handed weapons, and have to use two hands to wield a versatile weapon DDI. Further disadvantages include: The inability to Grab ...
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Difficulty of Skill Challenge [closed]

I have read the other posts about this but they do not give me the info I want. My party is level 2 and they have done a few SC so far, however they always seem to be unbalanced on way or the other. ...
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Should rogues play stealth or tank on D&D?

I am arguing with my D&D group about the following: I, as a halfling rogue, want to play stealth, but some member of my group are arguing that I should play as a tank (which doesn't make any ...
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Best way to port 4th edition characters to 5th edition

Like the title says, I need help porting the following party (all level 5): Human Healer's Lore Cleric Human Earthstrength Warden * Dwarf Tactical Warlord * Half-Orc Archer Ranger Eladrin Brawny ...
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Warforged resolve with reparation apparatus

I'm working on an artificer build and I was wondering whether the Reparation Apparatus would work when an Warforged uses his racial power Warforged Resolve. I know he doesn't get the 2d6 Hit points ...
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What feats should a human rogue take to be stealthy?

I am helping a player to make a level 1 human trickster rogue in D&D 4e, but we cannot decide on a good feat. He is looking to be good at stealth both in and out of combat as well have good melee ...
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What Should I Roll to See if a Character Remembers a Face?

Motivation I'm planning an adventure where a character runs into someone he's seen once. Because of the nature of the encounter, the NPC will remember the PC, but the PC might not remember the NPC. ...
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Is D&D 4e supposed to have really easy skill checks?

I have been using the D&D Insider character builder recently to help my group streamline leveling up and keep their powers better organized. I noticed that a carefully statted-out character at ...