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

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Is this charge-based build legal?

In my campaign we have two, almost identical, charge-based builds tuned to be a duo. These characters totally imbalance the party to the point where encounters four levels higher than the party's ...
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Why do undead have darkvision in 4E?

I just recently noted that essentially all of the undead (maybe actually all?) in fourth edition have darkvision. I was going to reveal some information to my party by having one of their associates ...
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What paragon path should I choose for my Kobold Ensnaring Swordmage?

I've got a Kobold Ensnaring Swordmage (currently L9) in an ongoing War of the Burning Sky campaign, and I am slightly stumped on paragon path choices. Yes I'm aware that Swordmage is a janky class ...
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Does reducing a roll change a critical?

This came up in our game last night. An enemy attacks and rolls a critical hit. The target uses the Luckbender paragon power "Even the Odds" and reduces the roll by the d6 roll. Is the result still ...
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Does D&D 4e have a Lizardfolk as a playable, PC race?

There are many entries in the Monster Manual for Lizardfolk, but I have yet to find a good piece of literature describing how to play them as a player race. If necessary I will create it from scratch, ...
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How can a charging thief take advantage of the druid's wild shape feats that grant charge bonuses?

A D&D 4e thief with "Surprising Charge" (+1[W] damage on a charge against someone with CA) and "Cunning Stalker" (grants CA on any isolated enemy) does astonishing amounts of damage on a charge. ...
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Which of the gods in Points of Light were completely new in that setting?

Points of Light features a relatively small number of gods for a D&D setting. Most of them are either gods used in multiple settings (Bahamut, Moradin, Gruumsh, Corellon, Lolth), a fair deal from ...
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How do weapon properties apply to double weapons?

The mechanics of wielding a double weapon is described in the Adventurer's Vault on page 10: Wielding a double weapon is like wielding a weapon in each hand. The first die given in the damage ...
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The source of granted ongoing damage

If I use Furious Smash with Cruel Cut Style, am I the source of the ongoing damage that I'm granting my ally's attack? I was considering taking Disciple of Torment so that while the ongoing damage ...
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Are enemies aware of Hunter's Quarry, Bravo prey, etc?

If a ranger is hidden and quarries an enemy, is the enemy aware of it? Is the ranger's position revealed? Are the rules the same for a Bravo's prey? I'm sure there are other effects out there too, ...
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Where can I find player available rituals for creating undead?

I like to DM D&D 4e and recently acquired Open Grave, a rules supplement on undead. But there are no rituals for creating combat-capable undead (they are all listed as "non-combatants"). Is there ...
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What are the major differences between Pathfinder and D&D 4e?

I'm really only familiar with D&D 4e. Could someone give me a rundown of the major things that would be different if I were to DM Pathfinder? (I gather it is more similar to 3.5e, but I only know ...
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What are the differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4th edition?

I have a small group of players who don't play often and we've been playing D&D 3.5. I wanted to know if there are any significant differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4e? Do they use a ...
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Half-elf dilettante using implement powers

Can a half-elf from a class that does not use any implements use his dilettante racial trait to choose an at-will power with the implement keyword? At higher levels, would that allow him to use an ...
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Can an Archlich keep using Blood Mage features without any blood in their body?

Can a PC wizard become a Blood Mage at paragon path, and later become an archlich at epic path? Since undead don't have blood, is it possible for a lich to keep blood mage path features?
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Is there a way to play as an actual Arcane Archer in D&D 4e?

If I want to play as an Arcane Character that infuses his arrows with magical power, how do I do it according to the RAW in a way that I'll feel the closest from the old Arcane Archer prestige class' ...
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Does Cunning Stalker work if you're not adjacent to your target?

There is a feat on page 312 of Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms called Cunning Stalker. It says: You gain combat advantage against enemies that have no creatures adjacent to them other than you. ...
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Embedding and attaching double weapons to Warforged, specifically spiked chain

Regarding embedding and attaching weapons as warforged components, p. 114 of the Eberron Player's guide Weapons can be embedded or attached components. Two-handed weapons cannot be attached or ...
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Dual wielding with a Double Weapon and an Off Hand weapon

Is it possible to dual wield with a double weapon and a off-hand weapon? For example, I'm wanting to use a double-sword in my main hand and, in my off hand, a handaxe.
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Warlock's Shadow Legion

Shadow Legion[DDI] (Heroes of Shadow p75) creates a conjuration for each enemy in the area of effect, which each make an attack against the enemy it was created for. Great, that all makes sense. ...
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How can I recreate King Leoric as a solo monster for a level 7 party of five?

I'd like to create a monster for my players to fight in an upcoming adventure. The Skeleton King They'll be fighting the skeleton of a decades-dead king in his throne room, with the goal of ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of oldschool D&D combat initiative?

Old D&D and D&D3E/4E treat initiative and combat order differently like so: D&D 3.5 / 4E: All participants roll individual initiative, once only at the start of combat. Each player takes ...
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What should a DM do if a player wants to do something impossible?

If a player wants to do something a little out of the ordinary such as punching down a wall with his bare fists, what should I do? Do I make a DC for it? Do I make it so that no matter how much he ...
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White Lotus Riposte and AOE at-will attacks

If i for example hit 3 enemies with Cloud of Daggers on my turn ( and i have White Lotus Riposte feat ), and on their turn all 3 of them attack me, will each of them take damage from at-will ability ...
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What do the letters and numbers after an adventure name mean? (H1, P2)

This may arguably be a two-fold question, but as far as I understand it, the whole coding system that WOTC adopted for the 4th edition is intrinsically connected with the worlds that were created ...
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Does bonus damage gained from magic item enhancements and implement properties stack?

My level 10 Wizard has 2 + Int mod(+6) base damage for Magic Missile. If I add to that a Dragon-tooth wand of cold +2, will my Magic Missile damage become 11? [2 + Int mod(+6) + 2 enhancement bonus + ...
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How does the aftereffect work for the Spectral Tendrils trap?

There's a trap defined in the Dungeon Master Guide on page 91 called Spectral Tendrils. The Hit line of the trap's attack says: Hit: 2d10 + 6 necrotic damage and dazed until the end of the target'...
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How much does a potion weigh?

I'm considering having my players find a big cache of alchemical items as part of an upcoming adventure. I feel like dozens of bottles of liquid should weigh something, but I don't see a weight listed ...
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Can a power's effects be triggered by the power itself?

Specifically, can a sorcerer with the Arcane Admixture Lightning (Flame Spiral) and Mark of Storm feats trigger Flame Spiral's damage through the slide granted by hitting with Flame Spiral? I'm not ...
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Does Overwhelming Impact replace all instances of slow, or just from one source?

So I'm levelling up a Knight for a friend, who's very Hammer Lock-down and I was looking at taking Overwhelming Impact. The basic question is if he's slowing opponents via both Defend the Line and ...
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Can a psionic at-will from Half-Elf Polymath be augmented?

At-wills you get from racial traits can't be augmented. So a Half-Elf's dilettante power can't be augmented, even if it's psionic. But a half-elf who takes the Half-Elf Polymath Paragon Path (Dragon ...
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How to Make the Math Easier?

I run an open-ended 4th Edition D&D group, for middle and high school players. One of our players struggles with math, from adding skill/attack modifiers to calculating damage and subtracting HP. ...
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How can you create one PC that is more than one “person”?

Someone in my group wants to roleplay a sort of Brandon Stark/Hodor or Master Blaster situation. How could we accomplish this? I thought maybe a beastmaster ranger with a humanoid "beast companion" ...
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Can Leader's Intercession trigger my ally's mark?

So a Fighter marks an orc. The orc attacks the Fighter. The Warlord interrupts with Leader's Intercession, which makes him become the target of the orc's attack. This means the orc is making an ...
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Does fear-induced movement count as “moving willingly”?

Several abilities available to monsters or PC's have the trigger "Whenever a creature moves willingly...", for example, "Until the end of your next turn, whenever the target willingly moves to a ...
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How can I create a D&D 4e Ranger that never misses ranged attacks?

I have a level 12 human ranger who relies mostly on ranged attacks. However I find his attack bonus to be too low. What are the best options to boost my chances of hitting ranged attacks? I was using ...
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What are the different ways you can counter shifty enemies?

We're playing a 4e campaign, and last night we came up against some really annoying shift-as-a-reaction enemies. Our melee strikers (Vampire, Avenger) and defender (Warden) had a really hard time ...
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How should I budget for ally/third party NPCs in 4e combats?

I've done a few combats recently where the PCs and their enemies were not the only participants in the fight. I wasn't sure how to budget XP in this case. In the case of an NPC ally to the PCs, I ...
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Can I play D&D 4e solo? [duplicate]

I have played Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition for a long time now, and I am sorry to see it go. I liked the complexity of it, where as 5e is really based on quickly getting through encounters. Is ...
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How do I get started playing Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition by myself?

I've been wanting to start playing D&D for some time, and I was wondering how I could get started by myself with relative ease. I own the first two player handbooks, and a set of dice.
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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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Can you use the Duelist Prowess Attack Power only once during combat in 4e?

The DM is seeing it as since the secondary says daily, it can be used once. I understand that the stance is active until end of combat, stance change, or unconscious. The Stance is a daily power. ...
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How to proceed when characters want to attack the tentacles of a Kraken?

Ok, so this might be a bit complicated. D&D 4th edition might get you in really, really weird situations sometimes and what worries me is not the logic decision behind things but the balance ...
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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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Example implementations of time limits on player actions in combat [closed]

Several questions (like this one) suggest imposing time limits on players to speed up combat. Those suggestions usually lack expertise on the topic. I’m looking for your experience on that matter. ...
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What happens if Fortitude sinks to 0?

I'm currently DMing a campaign (a ready adventure), where a monster can drain Fortitude inposing -2 penalty to it (save ends). The power description says that it's cumulative. The question is: what ...
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Can a Thief use a Trick without moving?

Can a Thief use a Trick power to gain a benefit without actually moving? For example, could they use Thug's Trick to make shifting provoke OAs or Acrobat's Trick to gain a damage bonus without ...
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Can you use an action point while Dazed to take another standard action?

Dazed allows you the use of ONE of your normal actions (standard, move, minor) and the use of free actions. Using an Action Point grants the use of another Standard, move, or minor actions. Can you ...
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How can I be considered bloodied while above half HP?

Is there any consistent way for a character to count as bloodied for bonuses such as Vampire regeneration and Dragonborn attack boosts?
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Reviving penalties

My tiefling wizard died in the middle of the encounter while he had activated Wizard Wrath and Diabolic Transformation, and then used Arcane Rejuvenation to revive himself. My question is will he lose ...