Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition from 2008 (includes Essentials)

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What is a “mark” actually supposed to be?

This is probably way too simple of a question, but I just haven't been able to figure it out. In D&D 4th edition, there's the concept of a mark on an enemy creature; a player character in combat ...
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Are there rules for drowning in 4e?

I'm new to the game and while playing, I forced a dazed direwolf into the water, where the DM said it drowned. Now, I was wondering if there is a specific rule for this, or this was the DM making a ...
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Dilettante with Sorcerer at-will Dragonfrost or Acid Orb as basic attack

So, a ranged basic attack is specifically described as something that can be done at-will. Dilettante lets you gain an at-will of another class but treated as an encounter. How does that work with ...
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Is an Illusory Wall solid until revealed in DnD 4e?

This post on nat1blogging (that I stumbled upon randomly) details a tricky method for trapping characters with a high perception. I'll just sum it up here (TL;DR), please read the original in case ...
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Flanking and swarms in 4e

Can swarms be flanked by two PCs? What if the swarm is occupying the same square as a PC? Does a PC grant combat advantage to a swarm if a regular mob is adjacent in a flank? Does it matter if the ...
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Should players be allowed to act outside their characters' boundaries when it suits them?

Some of my players tend to forget that they're not their character when we play, which sometimes results in characters doing things they usually would never do. As the DM, I've been pretty lenient ...
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How do Psion At-Will Powers work?

Where can I find the list of Psion Powers? I know where the At-Wills, Encounters, etc. are, but where are the powers upon which I can spend power points? I'm a fairly green DM, and this is my first ...
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Can a thri-kreen count a wrist razor as a “melee” weapon for thri-kreen shooter while using a superior crossbow?

So bear with me, I'm trying to build a character around a specific, obscure racial feat. Thri-Kreen Shooter allows a Thri-Kreen character to wield a hand crossbow in their lower arms if they are ...
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Insubstantial with Resistances

So there's an assassin in my group who uses Shade Form to go insubstantial. He also has resist 10 to cold from an item he attained. My question is this: What comes first in terms of resistance, the ...
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Teleporting Grabbed Allies

I have a guy in my group who seems hellbent that if he grabs an ally, he can teleport with them. Couldn't find anything in the PHB so I'm asking if anyone has any hard evidence against this. Really ...
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Howl of Fury provoking opportunity attacks?

Curious if a barbarian's Howl of Fury provokes opportunity attacks, as it does not specify CLOSE blast. I think it's reasonable to assume it does not?
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4e Essentials with the Kids - options for sourcing Essentials?

I have managed to get my boys (6 and 10) into D&D Essentials and we're working through the starter pack. It's been a bit of a shock to discover that the rest of it is seemingly out of print. The ...
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Does Light create a point source light or does it make the whole target glow?

I recently came into a situation (in a DnD 4E game) where a player, knowing an invisible creature was somewhere nearby, wanted to take the light spell off of his staff and cast it on a handful of ...
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How much would it cost to hire mercenaries for a couple days?

My team has been tasked with defending a high value target on a lightning rail train. They're fairly certain that the train will be hit hard and are considering hiring mercenaries to flesh out the ...
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What counts as “entering a zone”?

There are many actions that create persistent zones and have a trigger for their effect of among others: "...enters the zone..." What are the things that qualify as entering the zone? Things that ...
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What counts as entering the zone of Grasping Shadows? [duplicate]

The Wizard Spell Grasping Shadows says in its description: Effect: The burst creates a zone or writhing shadows that last until the end of your next turn. Each creature that enters the zone takes ...
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Will changing an artifact sword to another weapon type impact game balance much?

I have an ongoing campaign, that started with a vampire-paladin who is now a blackguard — he fallen to the dark side, thanks to Nightbringer. Then he lost the sword: he wanted to control ...
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Can a mark be maintained when the target succeeds on a Stealth check and becomes Hidden?

In a similar vein to my previous question , can a mark from a Fighter, Battlemind, etc. be maintained when the target succeeds on a Stealth check vs. a Defender's passive Perception and becomes Hidden ...
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Movement and sight [duplicate]

A character has a light source on himself, in an otherwise dark area. She ventures in an enemy-ridden area, revealing the position and nature of some enemies as she moves. How is this ruled? Should ...
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Ways to regain Oath of Enmity with a multiclass Avenger?

The 2 multiclass Avenger feats, Disciple of Divine Wrath from PHB 2 and Hero of Faith from Divine Power, contain the following text: Once per encounter, you can use the avenger’s oath of enmity ...
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Do I add an enchantment bonus to sneak attack damage?

I was looking over the Sneak Attack entries in D&D 4th Edition, as I am playing a rogue in a Planescape campaign. Anywho, I was wondering if a Short Sword +2 would add it's enhancement bonus to ...
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What class does the most damage overall?

I'm new to D&D 4e and I am an illusionist Wizard. We have 3 PCs playing, but one of our players should do a lot of damage. Which class does the most damage?
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What happens when a monster that has swallowed a PC is transformed via Slimy Transmutation?

Last night, the party was fighting a Purple Worm when the fighter was swallowed and became unconscious. The wizard then transformed the worm into a frog via Slimy Transmutation. Below, the powers ...
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Can my Cleric with the Primordial Adept theme use his holy symbol for theme powers?

The Primordial Adept theme, which gives rod proficiency and has Implement-keyword powers, mentions no restrictions or caveats to its powers' implement use. Do only rods work for Primordial Adept ...
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How does using a warhorse as a beast companion work?

I'm creating a Human Ranger Beast Master (D&D 4e) and I would like to have a Warhorse beast companion and use it as a mount. And I have several questions concerning this: If I buy a warhorse and ...
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Item slots for mounts

Are there restrictions for how many items a mount can carry? There is only 1 slot on the character builder for mounts. I dont understand why I cant have an enchanted saddle, and shoes. They're ...
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How far does trap searching extend?

How far does trap searching (Passive or Active) extend? I.E If PCs enter a 30x30 room, and the perception beats the DC of a trap on the other side of the room do they see it?
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What counts as ground for Tenser's Floating Disk?

What counts as ground for this ritual, if you have a 5x5 piece of stone/paper/metal/wood under the disk, and that is moved up, say 10 feet, would the disk phase through that stone, or hover 1 foot ...
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Does liquid count as ground? [duplicate]

Is there any consensus as to whether a Tenser's Floating Disk floats over water? What counts as ground? asks a related question, but the water thing isn't asked nor answered there. So, would you ...
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Does the DM Kit Work With the Core Books?

I am looking to start playing dungeons and dragons and was wondering if I can use the Dungeon masters kit with the 4th Edition players handbook and the monster manual and can I play with one set of ...
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Antithesis for an elf ranger? [closed]

In the campaign I'm currently playing in, the DM is having us make anti-characters for us to fight. I'm a walking stereotype (ELf Ranger) and so the DM said my anti has to be a dwarf. What class ...
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How do I make an effective level 4 Revenant Avenger? [closed]

I am joining a D&D 4E campaign soon. the DM helped me set up my character. He is an avenger revenant (half-elf/assassin) with isolating oath of enmity. Melee weapon is a challenge seeking scythe ...
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Blacksmithing and repair in D&D 4e?

This is my first time as a DM of D&D 4e. I have a character playing a paladin with a blacksmithing background. This player has played a years-long campaign with other friends. He's been looking ...
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What methods can I use to get fuller class features than the multiclass feats provide?

I have been looking at some multiclass feats from the players handbook and noticed that many of them allow you to gain a a class feature as an encounter power (Such as Warrior of the Wild, Sneak of ...
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How should I respond to a DM who unfairly plays the “rules-lawyer” card?

My question: How would you, experienced role-player, deal with this situation? I was recently invited to join a 4e startup goup. I've RP'd a fair bit in my day, but not in decades, and never D&D. ...
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How to deal with a Batman PC as a DM?

I'm running one of the D&D Encounters tables at the local game shop. In Chapter 3 the players can create their own characters. Everyone had normal characters with the exception of one player who ...
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Which is a good leather armour for a level 3 striker in 4e?

I'm currently looking for a good leather armour for a 4e rogue and was wondering which was best. Currently I am torn between these two but I am open for all others: Bestial Armour +1 level 3 ...
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How should a DM act with the Avenger's Avenging Echo power?

There has been a small discussion in my D&D group about two powers of the Avenger class. The two powers have similar attacks. Bond of Retribution Hit: 1[W] + Wisdom modifier damage. The ...
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Which background and theme fits a Razerclaw Shifter Ranger (Archer) [closed]

I am a LV10 Razorclaw DEX Ranger heading towards the Battlefield Archer Path with the frostcheese combo. Our DM declared that as of Lv11 we will be allowed to choose a BG and Theme - as long as it ...
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How do you scale up a premade adventure's difficulty when you have additional PCs?

I am going to be running the D&D 4e Redbox premade adventure and a couple other premade adventures for 5 PCs. However at the beginning of the explanation for the adventures they say it is for a ...
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To what extent is reskinning acceptable?

At what point does reskinning become gamebreaking? If a player desperately wants to swap out a Force keyword for Fire, is that going to destroy the combat system? I know there's a precedent for it ...
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How do magic weapons affect attack and damage rolls for weapon or implement powers?

I've pored over the PHBs, the Rules Compendium, and similar questions at this site and other forums and I'm still confused about how magical weapons enhancements/properties interact with character ...
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Is a high level Elite the same difficulty as a low-level Solo, as XP suggests?

For example, a Level 14 Elite Monster is worth 2000 XP. A level 9 Solo is also worth 2000 XP. Does this mean that these two monsters are of equal difficulty to an average party?
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Help with Defender Aura at-will power

I'm not sure we are using the defender aura correctly. While in the aura, any enemy takes a -2 penalty to attack rolls when it makes an attack that does not include among its targets either you or ...
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Thri-Kreen 4-arm Combo?

So I looked around for feats that would allow a Thri-Kreen to legally use their middle arms because: "The middle set of limbs is small but dexterous, and the thri kreen use them for fine ...
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Which instruments can a 4e Bard use as an implement?

I have a player who is starting a Bard in a new 4e game. He (and I) were wondering which musical instruments could be used in place of a wand. I found this passage: Songblades and some magic ...
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How can I speed up combat with a large number of enemies?

I'm DMing for a campaign where the player characters will sometimes face small squads of creatures, most recently six ground troops and two archers helping out. In this setting, these creatures ...
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Designing my own D&D Adventure

Currently I am part of a my first campaign of D&D(4E) as a player and been having fun. Sometime in the near future I would like to host my own game of D&D with my own adventure. So far I ...
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How do I prevent my players from immediately recognising an ambush?

I'm absolutely new to DnD, as my whole group is, and I am the DM. For an easy introduction to the game I chose the H1 adventure (Keep on the Shadowfell). In the first and second combat encounter the ...
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Are my 4E reincarnation rules reasonable and fun? [closed]

So I want to have near-instant (next in-game day) reincarnation, as I plan on running a fairly brutal campaign. There are a couple of things I plan on doing, and I would love some help fine tuning the ...