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

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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Does a character have to successfully hide from all opponents to be hidden?

Specific example - If a rogue successfully hides from one opponent can he then sneak attack that opponent? Or can the opponents allies use a free action to yell out, "Hey, the annoying guy with the ...
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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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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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Can the Essentials Berserker use Martial powers while they are in Berserker Fury?

There is one line on page 44 of "Player's Options: Heroes of the Feywild" that says "Additionally, since you can use martial powers only when you are not under the influence of your Berserker Fury, ...
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How to rule a permanently blind PC in D&D 4e?

One of my players wants to build a totally blind character, and so far as I can tell the system has no rules for it, despite coming close. Blinded is a condition that more accurately reflects having ...
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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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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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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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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 ...