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

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If an attack does damage and causes the target to make an attack, which happens first?

Some attack powers, such as Seeker's Possessing Spirits, do damage on a hit and cause the target to attack an enemy (or take some other action). Hit: 1[W] + Wisdom modifier damage, and the ...
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How does weight affect the game?

I'm seeing weight of guns, armor, and even coins listed, but no rules seem to really make weight have any effect - other than on someone's speed. For example: When you are drowning. I can tell you ...
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Can eladrin be affected by the 'sleep' spell?

As eladrin/drow have the "trance" ability, making them not need to sleep to rest, but instead enter a meditative state, are they affected by any kind of spell that induces sleep?
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Assassin multiclass feat for Shade Form

Is there an Assassin multiclass feat that grants Shade Form? I found one for Assassin's Shroud and Shadow Step but I can't find one for Shade Form.
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Combining the Human Bonus At-Will Power option with Essentials classes

As a Human Hunter with the Bonus At-Will Power option, can I take Twin Strike as an at-will power?
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What are the implications of letting a player skip the Save Ends on effects?

I'm a new GM to D&D 4e, and today this situation happened during our game: a player was hit by a Beholder Eye Tyrant, and started taking 2d20 ongoing damage (save ends). The player however changed ...
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In D&D, A PC became king. How do I keep him in check?

I'm running a D&D 4e campaign. There, a player has worked very hard and somehow tricked me into becoming a king of an evil kingdom (the population is 100,000+). The area he became king of is a ...
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Exploring ocean depths: is pressure an issue? Should it be?

An upcoming adventure will have the party exploring the depths of the ocean. Breathing underwater shouldn't be an issue for them, as there are both items and rituals to take care of that, however, I ...
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Is giving a kobold a weapon considered a marriage proposal?

I have a friend who played D&D 4e longer then me. One day we were adventuring in Kobold Hall and I convinced a female kobold to join our group. Soon after my character gave the kobold a weapon, my ...
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Is the wall created by a “Wall Of…” spell considered to be an object?

Is the wall created by a Wall Of X spell, e.g. Wall of Ice, considered to be an object, and hence immune to the stuff objects are immune to? According to the Rules Compendium p177, they're immune to: ...
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How can I mitigate the power of Spitting Cobra Stance?

The Ranger has an encounter power called Spitting Cobra Stance that seems grossly over-powered—in one group I play in, the Ranger will enter Spitting Cobra Stance at the beginning of combat, and ...
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Does Stout apply to the secondary end?

I'm a Tempest Fighter, which means I get bonuses out of offhand weapons. If I Power Attack with the secondary end of a double weapon with Stout, do I get the one handed bonus or the two handed bonus?
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Optimizing a rogue as an assassin

I'm in the process of building a character who works as a hired assassin of the ranged flavor. My idea of the perfect assassin is one that can be undetected and unload a massive amount of damage ...
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Increasing cleric hitpoints

I'm running a Dwarf Cleric in a vanilla FR D&D 4e game. My character is intended to be somewhat of a defender as well as a leader. The problem I'm having is that I haven not found any ...
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Fighter weapon choice?

With the normal fighter builds found in the PHB, is there any weapon choice (hammers, light blade, heavy blade, axes, etc) that does statistically better damage based on weapon damage, power ...
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How can I make the most of a Barbarian's Rage?

I was subbing for a Barbarian player last night, and I realized just how few rages they get. It seems they basically get one per daily power. I also noticed that several of his powers had better ...
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What is the most effective healing class in D&D 4e?

There are many Leader role classes in D&D4.0 these days. Cleric Warlord Bard Shaman etc Which one makes the most effective healer by the numbers? Numbers to be evaluated Hit points healed ...
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How can I make sure my character is awesome enough?

This question pulls quite a lot from Brian Ballsun-Stanton's paper on constrained optimisation (i.e. making your character awesome), so that might be a good thing to read. I know that in D&D ...
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How much more XP should a 3-PC party get?

My group is a beginner group and we have started using the HS1: The Slaying Stone module. We're a group of 3 PCs rather than a group of 5 (Which is what I believe the books are based off of). In the ...
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How Powerful is a Swordmage's Swordbond?

Swordmage's have a class feature called Swordmage Bonding. I'm wondering about two aspects of this feature. Calling Your Sword You're supposed to be able to call your sword to your hand: As a ...
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Can I Skip the Shift and Slide from Luring Strike's Hit?

Luring Strike is a swordmage melee at-will attack power found in Arcane Power. It's Hit line reads: 1[W] damage. You shift 1 square and slide the target 1 square into the space you occupied. It ...
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Getting a PC back up during the dying state

When a character enters the dying state (0 or below 0), what can you do during battle or after battle to get him back on his feet? I've only read that he must roll savings throws each turn (3 below ...
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Is there a way to replace the attribute used by powers gained through multiclassing without being a bard?

I'm right now working on a 11th Level Half-Elf Bow Cleric Multiclass Ranger taking the Paragon of Victory Paragon Path. I have at-wills and basic attacks covered through my dilettante power and ...
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Misdirected Mark Bard At-Will Clarification?

Misdirected Mark from PHB2 states ...and the target is marked by an ally within 5 squares of you until the end of your next turn. My question is what player gets to choose who marks the target? ...
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Is the D&D 4 shuriken reusable?

My D&D character is a rogue, and I use shurikens. But I am uncertain whether I can pick them up after I throw them. Can I? And if it is possible, what are the rules for it?
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How do current D&D 4e DMs deal with loot?

I've been playing since the system was released. I've been a fan of the design changes, except the loot. I loved random loot that allowed my players to be surprised by something awesome, and then ...
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4e Interactions between the Shardmind PC race and the Self-Forged Paragon Path

After reading up on Eberron for 4e, I stumbled upon something unusual. The Self-Forged Paragon Path requires your character to lop off one of their arms and replace it with a mechanical arm, ...
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Where can I play D&D 4E by forum?

I would like to play more Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition besides the campaign I run as a DM. But due to time constraints it would be best if I could find an asynchroneous game played by writing, a ...
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How is an 'enemy' defined for the purpose of spell targeting?

What constitutes as an "enemy"? Can for some reason a PC declare another PC an enemy at any point? For example, we will take this first level Warden spell which puts spikes around an enemy that will ...
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How Does Warforged Superiority Work?

The feat Warforged Superiority from Martial Power 2 reads like so: Prerequisite: Warforged, fighter, Combat Superiority class feature Benefit: Whenever you hit a creature with an opportunity ...
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Can you miss on purpose with Wormhole plunge?

I want to cast Wormhole plunge on an ally to teleport him away from enemies but I want to deal as little damage to him as possible. Can I miss on purpose to deal only half damage?
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What items/feats improve the bonus from Total Defense?

I am making a fighter and came across Parry Gloves. I already know about Defensive Weapon, and now I'm wondering what other items/feats there are to optimize Total Defense. I am asking since the ...
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Why do Weapon Mastery feats have the requirements they do?

I've been playing and DMing in Epic tier for some time now, and have introduced quite a few house rules already (mostly common ones - free expertise feats, free improved defences), and I'm wondering ...
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Are Divine Sanction and Divine Challenge the same thing?

I have a level 5 paladin. My paladin has a couple of powers that subject enemies to my Divine Sanction. I also have Divine Challenge. As far as I can tell these are almost the same thing - are ...
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First Aid (Grant 2nd Wind) question

Quick question about first aid (grant 2nd wind). The rules say that the target can use 2nd wind without using an action, so does this mean I could use this to heal a dying character as long as they ...
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On-death triggers and minions

Some class or race features activate whenever an enemy is brought to 0 hp or less. I can recall seeing some only being activated when a non-minion dies, which is fine because minions are too easy to ...
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Does a dominated monster deal sneak attack (or other bonus) damage to itself?

There are a number of monsters that have attack powers or features that deal extra damage to targets under certain conditions, similar to sneak attack (extra damage with combat advantage) or other ...
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Do I Have to take a Power's Extra Benefit Granted by my Class Feature?

Some powers have extra or different benefits depending on which class features you pick. For the purposes of this question I will refer to the power which prompted it, the Swordmage's level 3 ...
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Is the Shuriken(5) actually 5 weapons or a single weapon?

Is the "Shuriken(5)" entry in Players Handbook actually 5 weapons, i.e. the player can attack 5 times without pulling out more shurikens, or a single "notional" weapon and all 5 of the shurikens are ...
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Is there a free character builder for D&D 4e on Mac?

Is there a free character builder available for Dungeons and Dragons 4e on a Mac? Preferably, a user friendly one. I would like it to be a stat generator along with class and race selection, and ...
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If I mark a target as a battlemind do I need to stay within 1 square of the marked target?

I'm a new player in the DnD world playing with a group of semi new players. I chose the battlemind as my class and the group has had questions about mark since then. Most have been answered but we ...
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How can I use improvised consequences to make combat more interesting?

In DnD 4e, the consequences for being hit by basic attacks are a simple loss of HP, and narration is what gives the basic attacks their 'spice'. The use of encounter and daily powers is the main ...
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D&D4e Ghostwalker: concealment when adjacent and hitting

The monk paragon path "Ghostwalker" adds this bonus to the player: Of Two Worlds (11th level): You have concealment against any enemy granting combat advantage to you. In addition, when any enemy ...
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Which publications list alchemical items?

My character has just taken the Alchemist theme and can now make an item of his level or lower for free using a case of chemicals that costs 50gp (IMO, this theme is the only way to play anything like ...
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How can I encourage role playing in a custom setting?

Since creating a fully living and breathing world for the players to inhabit is a time-consuming process, I have been feeding them background info as often as possible as it is relevant to the story. ...
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If we can exchange one feat per level up, then can those feats be racial or class feats?

Can you replace feats that you get as class features, but that you'll never use for reasons unique to your character? Can we, for example, take those useless feats at a rate of one per level and ...
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How does resist all apply to an attack that deals two types of (non-combined) damage?

Resist all applies to all damage types (including untyped damage), reducing the damage by the resist amount. What happens when a single attack deals two different kinds of damage? Not combined damage, ...
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What feats grant both weapon proficiency and bonus damage, without a race requirement?

Turathi Weapon Training (Tiefling), Githzerai Blade Master (Githzerai), and Xen'drik Weapon Training (Drow), and a couple others I think I'm forgetting—Proficiency and (a lot of) bonus damage ...
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Does Damage Resistance count twice for different types of damage? [duplicate]

The Rune Priest in my group grants DR4 to anybody next to him. Not a problem. But then, my players heard me say: "He swings his axe against the paladin of Khalmyr and: 15 damage plus 8 cold damage." ...
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What direction do you go if you push yourself?

Dominated: The creature can’t take actions voluntarily. Instead, the dominator chooses a single action for the creature to take on the creature’s turn: a standard, a move, a minor, or a free ...