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

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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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I want to be hit, but my AC is too high [duplicate]

One of my players has a build that grants advantages when he is hit, especially when hit by an Opportunity Attack. The problem is that his AC is very high, so straight rolls miss. My natural ...
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Does Icon of Fear's additional effect still work if no ally is close enough to the target?

The Icon of Fear Cleric power has the following effect: One ally adjacent to you can shift up to 2 squares as a free action and must end adjacent to the target. If none of my allies can get to ...
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Are there rules for called shots in D&D 4e?

i'm DM to a 4th edition campaign. Been a DM for about 13 years through 2nd and 4th edition and never had to deal with this. We have a kind of new player into the party, a rogue from PHB1. During ...
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How should I go about blowing up a bridge?

My players are setting up to defend a village from a (small) invading army and they want to have some form of explosives, most likely would be barrels full of pitch or the like, placed under the ...
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Healing negation

I am trying to run an adventure for a 4 player group with one strongly optimised cleric. The thing is that his healing capabilities + optimalisation level of the whole group in general make most ...
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How do I let players know that not every encounter has to be hack and slash? [duplicate]

My players kind of have a habit of, "If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, WE MUST KILL IT!" Recently they came across a small goblin camp and one of them (who speaks goblin) verbally ...
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How can I run a 5 character adventure with fewer players?

So, looking to run a D&D 4e adventure with some of my friends, but we've only got the four of us — myself and three players. The adventure I want to run, named the Slaying Stone, recommends ...
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Does a power improve with your level?

Do powers "level up" with your character? In other words, does a power's effect ever increase with your level, or is it stuck doing exactly the same thing as when you first got it? For example, if I ...
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Brutal Weapon Property and the Bugbear's Oversized Weapons ability

So I was playing around in the D&D character builder and made a bugbear barbarian that used an execution axe. The Execution axe has a normal damage die of 1d12 but the bugbear racial ability bumps ...
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Why are the recommended DCs grouped by 3's?

In the 4th edition DMGs (DMG p42, DMG2 p80), recommended DCs for easy, moderate, and hard situations are provided in tables. What's interesting is that the levels in the left-hand column are grouped ...
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How can I gain a combat advantage with a bluff check?

I've read the following thing in wizards.com compendium: "Once per encounter, a creature can try to gain combat advantage against a target by making a Bluff check." So, I have two questions about ...
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Is the value of currency significantly different between 4e and 5e?

The value of currency seems to have shifted in 5th edition DnD in comparison to earlier editions. With magical equipment being much less common, and the prices for goods and services having changed as ...
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Do I know in advance whether a bonus to attack roll will help hit?

Adept's Insight says: Noble Adept Feature Adept's Insight With a mental focus, you enhance the undeniability of your actions. Encounter Psionic Free Action Close burst 5 Trigger: You or ...
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What's the best max damage build for a goliath Fighter(weaponmaster)?

My party composition is: Templar Cleric (wis/con, buffing/debuffing/healing). Fighter(Weaponmaster) (str/con, "tanking" role, axe+shield, mostly controlling and debuffing). Storm sorcerer (main ...
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Are there mechanics for a PC to pull a levitated PC?

The wizard class of dnd 4e has a lv6 spell called levitate, see below for excerpt from the ddi compendium: Levitate You rise off the ground a short distance. Daily Arcane ...
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What is the best weapon option for a Templar Cleric?

I've created a Templar Cleric with Battle Cleric's Lore and I have a question about the best weapon choice for him. Morningstar seems pretty useless... Now I got a defensive staff that gives +1 to my ...
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What does the Battle Cleric's Lore +2 shield bonus mean when I'm not proficient with shields?

I've created a Templar Cleric with Battle Cleric's Lore and it says that I get +2 shield bonus to AC with this Lore. I'm confused though, because I'm not proficient with shields. Could anyone please ...
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How can I boost my Beastmaster Ranger's bear's attack roll?

I'm creating a level 2 Beastmaster Ranger for a game this weekend, and I was fumbling through the different sources to find something that could help with this. I'm a bit confused that my level 2 ...
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What is the Point of Barreling Charge?

There is a feat in Martial Power 2 called Barreling Charge: Prerequisite: Any martial class Benefit: When you charge with a reach weapon, you can end your charge in the nearest square adjacent ...
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Can You Flank with Reach?

Can you flank an enemy you're not adjacent to if you have a reach weapon? How does it work?
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Am I suppose to change the difficulty of my npc as needed

I'm a DM for a 5 PC group. I think we all read the rules correctly and made the characters properly. Yet for some reason, if we're to use the monsters proposed in the player handbook, my PC's would ...
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Can player's build be changed in some way?

I wonder if there are any legal ways to change a build in DnD-4e? A friend of mine heard somewhere that some parts of build can be changed once per level - is that true and if yes what exactly can be ...
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Some “Storm Soul” questions

I've created a Storm Sorcerer using Character Builder and I've got a question about "Storm Soul". It is described in "Class/Other features" section and states the following: "Resist thunder and ...
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Can I sustain Weapon of the Astral Flame twice and get two attacks with it?

The Sustain Minor portion of Weapon of the Astral Flame's (Cleric Level 1 Daily, Divine Power) text reads "The weapon persists and makes a second­ary attack." Can I spend my minor action and a move ...
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Does Assassins Strike deal Max damage on a Critical hit? [duplicate]

My friends and I are debating whether the Assasin's Strike power is maxxed on a crit roll. Since it is not declared until after the hit we weren't sure on the ruling. As I understand it it is ...
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Did I Calculate this Crit Damage Correctly?

Based on the questions below, I think I probably did: Does sneak attack damage do max damage on a critical hit? Is extra damage from free actions maximized with a critial hit? Is the extra damage ...
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How does one stop the rogue from trap checking every five feet

In our fourth edition game, our party's rogue has gained the habit of checking for traps whenever he moves anywhere. I find this annoying, not only because it stops traps from ever coming into ...
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Fey Beast Tamer, Scaling of your Fey Beast companion

How does the companion chosen, via Theme: Fey Beast Tamer, scale with the PC it is bonded with? I am a lv01 Wood Elf (archer) ranger (14 AC before armor) with the theme Fey Beast Tamer and have ...
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Does using a Jagged dagger, used as an implement, get the ongoing 10 damage for attacks

Does using a Jagged dagger, used as an implement, get the ongoing 10 damage for attacks, or is it just "weapon" attacks? Jagged Weapon Weapon: Axe, heavy blade or light blade Enhancement ...
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Do I need PHB3 to use Psionic Power?

One of my players wants to play a Monk using the options available in Psionic Power. Do we also need to get PHB3? Or would Psionic Power include most of Monk's base rules?
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Does a ritual-summoned gargoyle get its own turn in a fight?

I'm interested in exactly how the gargoyle from the summon gargoyle ritualDDI works. It allows a ritual caster to summon a gargoyle to guard an area or object, its type/strength depending on your ...
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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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Order of Combat Operations (Warlock's Curse)

I am asking a very specific question and it is a follow-up to one of my earlier ones. (See Here.). Inside the link, is described a very specific situation in which a Warlock takes a paragon path ...
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Can Thieves wield rapiers?

My friends and I have pretty recently started playing D&D. We're playing 4th Edition Essentials and I am playing a thief character. Now, we are all still trying to figure things out a bit as we're ...
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D&D4 Boots of rapid motion vs Rock Armor

Hello I have a question about some abilities in D&D 4e. Actually I am having the following skill: Rock Armor Daily minor Effect: you assume the rock armor stance. Until the stance ends, you ...
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Attacking with a blade in main hand while holding a bow in off-hand in 4e?

This seems like such a silly question to ask, but it's something that occurred to me when making my character build. The character I'm making is a human ranger|cleric hybrid multiclassing into ...
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Can 4th edition D&D be played without using miniatures and a grid? [duplicate]

I have inherited all of the 4th ed hardcover books from one of my brothers-in-law. I am currently reading and trying to familiarize myself with the new 5th edition and I am really liking it. I had ...
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Booming Blade: Initial damage is what damage type?

Hit: 1[W] + Intelligence modifier damage, and if the target is adjacent to you at the start of its next turn and moves away during that turn, it takes 1d6 + Constitution modifier thunder damage. ...
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Is 4th edition D&D compatible with 5th edition?

I have all of the hardcover books from D&D 4th edition. I recently bought and am reading the 5th edition players handbook and I must say I like it. I was wondering if 4th edition information ...
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What's the attack for Fettering Aegis, if any?

It's a Swordmage power. It has a Hit entry but no Attack entry in my character builder. I noticed at least one other power that has this problem: Master Dimensional Cleave. Both powers are from ...
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Plane shifter Hole of Oblivion (patent pending)

A Warlock who takes the Planeshifter paragon path can use an ability at level 12 called Quick Portal. At 15, that same Warlock could learn Create Teleportation Circle and say create a teleportation ...
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What do you do with a drunken sailor early in the morning?

Seriously though, I need help creating a drinking contest. One of my player's characters has high Endurance and in one of our previous sessions challenged a tavern half full of bad guys to a drinking ...
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How many creatures can Summon Warlock Ally summon?

The spell Summon Warlock's Ally allows you to summon a creature associated with your pact; however, from what I can tell there is more than one option for that. In the above link, you'll find the ...
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Do Warlock Ally's attack stats not level up?

I notice that a Warlock's Summon basic attack is +5 vs Fortitude. (from the power Summon Warlock Ally) (See here: What are the descriptions of the available creatures for Summon Warlock's Ally?) ...
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If a Warlock's Summoned Ally deals damage, does Curse damage apply too?

I have a Warlock with a summoned creature from Summon Warlock's Ally. A player with this summoned ally must use their standard action in order to control the ally. When the ally does damage to an ...
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Does the Eladrin Soldier feat grant Greatspear proficiency?

Does the Eladrin soldier feat gives proficiency with the Greatspear? It says: You gain proficiency with all spears and a +2 feat bonus to damage rolls with longswords and all spears. The ...
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Do companions get action points?

I recently started a new campaign (D&D 4e) with my son. In order to make it a little easier on him, I allowed him to have a companion character (per the DMG2). Being a ten-year-old, he wanted a ...
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Inevitable Strike: do I have to declare which die is which?

Inevitable Strike No Action Range Personal Trigger: You make a melee weapon attack roll. Effect: Make the attack roll twice. If both attack rolls hit, the target takes 1d8 ...
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resources for building a dragonborn bard?

I am currently trying to build a level 1 dragonborn bard. I need assistance finding the resources that contain the information on class and racial feats, powers for race and class as well as ...