Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition from 2008 (includes Essentials)

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How does a Hunter Beastmaster's Beast Companion level?

How does a Beast Companion level? The only thing I know for sure is that my wolf (Hellhound) gets 8hp per lvl, but what about the other stats like strength, dex, cha, etc.?
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How can a DM run D&D 4e combat as theater of the mind rather than a grid?

I am DMing a new 4e group, and I am interested in approaching the game as a "theater of the mind" style combat rather than the traditional grid format. We are locked into doing D&D 4e because of ...
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Theme, School and Feat damage for Conjurations and Summonings?

Okay, I'm playing a Tiefling Fire-oriented mage with the Infernal Prince theme, Hellfire Blood feat and Pyromancy school Apprentice bonus. With all of that, my fire attacks get +2 atk and +2 dmg. I ...
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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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What does the lack of a Will defense mean?

There's a module which features an inanimate object without a Will defense. Does a lack of Will defense mean you can't attack the target with a power that goes against Will? Or you can but it ...
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What's so bad about Seeker anyways?

I remember being unimpressed about playing a Seeker, and the handbook certainly regards them as a challenge, What core mechanic is such a poor fit? Are there any standard remediations (choice of ...
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How do these items which improve Dragonbreath stack?

What are the cumulative effects of the following? Ring of the Dragonborn Emperor (Adventurer's Vault) Arkhosian Scepter (Player's Handbook Races - Dragonborn) Paragon Path: Ninefold Master lvl 11 ...
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How can i build a character that is blind but has an alternate way of sight? [closed]

I was talking with my DM recently and i thought about building a character that is blind but does not relie on tremor-sense. Could i make a character that is blind but uses say a type of Magical Sight ...
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Do conjurations still appear if you miss?

A question came up in my last gaming session about conjurations. I looked around online, but can't locate a clear answer on this. There's another wizard besides myself in our party and he tried to ...
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Acceptable human rogue monster?

I'm working on an encounter for my game this coming Sunday. The party is made up of five level four characters. I want this encounter to be comprised of a group of "Human Rabble", and maybe a "Human ...
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Can a dragonborn sorcerer designed to recharge her breath choose to fail a save against ongoing damage? [duplicate]

Does a character have to do a saving throw at the end of his turn or can he or she choose to keep an effect active on them? Will my idea below work as intended? I'm looking into making a dragonborn ...
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When determining Line of Effect with multiple targets, can you use multiple corners?

So the PHB seems clear with Line of Effect on 1 target at a time: if you can pick a corner and draw a line to any of your target's corners, it's a valid target. But what about when you're targeting ...
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Power bonus to AC stacking with power bonus to defense

Seems like a 'no' but figured i'd double check. If I have a power bonus to all 'defenses', would a power bonus to just AC stack on top of it?
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Does a Barbarian's Rage End When He Becomes Unconscious?

If a barbarian is raging and he falls unconscious, does the rage end? Is it different if the barbarian dropped to 0 hit points versus due to a spell effect? Are there other conditions that cause ...
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How do the print D&D Rules Compendium and the DDI Compendium compare?

I am new to 4E and am looking for a resource that provides all the rules in one place, instead of having to flip through a handful of books in order to find what I need. I see that Wizards has a print ...
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How are 4e elves different from 3.5e elves?

I was looking into how to roleplay an elf in D&D 4e, when the kind folks in one of the chatrooms on this site informed me that elves in 4e are very different from those in 3.5e, which sparked my ...
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Is there a mass combat system for 4E D&D which has the following features?

Related question that doesn't answer mine because I have slightly different requirements I am interested in a mass combat system for 4E, but before I just roll my own, I want to know if there is a ...
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Why is the Essentials Dungeon Master Kit so expensive/hard to find?

It looks like the Essentials Dungeon Master Kit for 4e is hard to find new, and the new copies I can find are really expensive. Is this because it is out of date or out of print? Is there a ...
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Can a Gray Rain Cloak be refilled?

The Gray Rain Cloak is made from Feywild rain using a minor ritual. Players can stretch it on the ground and take out water from it, but this "depletes" the cloak and makes it shorter every time. ...
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Does Intelligent Blademaster affect Thrown Melee Weapons?

The Intelligent Blademaster Feat says that it allows the swordmage to use intelligence for basic attacks with melee weapons. As it doesn't specify whether the melee weapons have to perform a melee ...
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Blackstaff Apprentice and Wizard's Fury

I looked around online, but again couldn't find an answer. I also saw the Dragon Magazine articles from issues 409 and 374, but want a diffinative ruling. When you take the Blackstaff Apprentice ...
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What happens when a player burns spiderwebs?

What happens when spiderwebs are set alight? Though page 69 of the DMG lists spiderwebs as a special terrain it doesn't talk about the effects of fire. I'm about to run in encounter with a LOT of ...
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D&D 4e Campaigns/Adventures that spell things out for a brand new DM

I am brand new to D&D I bought the Player's Handbook, DM Guide and Monster Manuel.. Along with Monster Vault and The Dungeon Master's Kit.. I also got the Starter Red Box... What I am looking for ...
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Does Swordmage Warding benefit a multiclassed wizard's summoned creatures?

Okay, I looked around online and read both Forgotten Realms and Arcane Power, but am unclear on if Swordmage Warding benefits a Wizard's Summoned creatures. I'm a wizard who has the Blade Initiate ...
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Can a shaman have 2 spirit companions?

I'm making a Shaman in 4th edition and I'm trying to make him be one with the spirits. I was wondering if a shaman can have 2 spirit companions. It would be cool if I had a Phoenix as one spirit ...
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Can Flaming Sphere attack each turn?

I have a question as to the sustaining of Flaming Sphere. I know that it only needs to be sustained once, but in the Sustain Minor effet, it reads: "You can sustain this power until the end of ...
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Dominate and interaction with environment

Here's the situation: the player had a creature dominated. The module gave the list of standard, move, and minor actions the monster had in the standard monster block. But, there was a separate ...
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Wizard's Fury grants a second attack per turn?

I was wondering if it was possible to chain the effect of Wizard's Fury's power on following turns (after the turn I activate it) with other attack spells for a secondary attack each turn, seeing as ...
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What bonuses apply to Flame Spiral's Effect line?

I'm trying to figure out which bonuses apply to Flame Spiral's Effect text: Effect: Until the start of your next turn, any enemy that enters a square adjacent to you or starts its turn there takes ...
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Do Dragonborns get resistance?

Do Dragonborn get resists based on what element they choose as their breath weapon? I know there are some paragon paths that give something close to this but I'm wondering if they get it as a racial ...
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How does resist from a source that effects a single defense work?

Grick special "Resist 5 against effects that target AC" Confusion is on the word effect, not target. Do Hits "Effect" AC? Or do at-wills like sly flourish do full damage?
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Do any monster powers recharge on 2?

As per this question, certain monster powers in D&D 4e recharge on a certain result on 1d6. The lowest I've seen is Recharge 3-6, although the rules suggest 2-6 is possible. Out of curiosity, do ...
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Can a PC/Creature save vs falling when forced movement is applied if unconcious?

Briefly, if an attack that can slide a creature knocks said creature unconscious, and then attempts to slide him over the edge of a cliff... does that creature get a save vs falling/hindering terrain? ...
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Does Seeker's Biting Swarm give both a dex bonus and wis bonus to damage?

Biting Swarm damage is calculated at 1[W]+Wis. If you are using an xbow would that be 1[1d10+Dex]+Wis?
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Is it possible to save from ongoing damage, if submerged in the source of the damage every turn?

Specifically: in H2: thunderspire Labyrinth in the Hall of the Crimson Whip, there are pools of poisonous blood. The damage states: "Any creature that is not a demon and enters or starts its turn in a ...
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Rechargeable Powers

Many monsters have rechargeable powers/attacks. How do you know when those are recharged? The most common one I have seen is 5 6. I'm guessing this does not mean 56 turns. I believe in the monsters ...
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Looking for promotional Power card effects [closed]

Well, even though they never finished making them, I went and got all the sets of Power cards available, but a few I bought used came with a few extra cards not listed in any of the handbooks. After a ...
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Diagonal Movement

In 4e did they remove the 1 and 1/2 movement rules for moveing diagonaly so that I can say move (with a speed of 5) 5 squares in any direction making a 11x11, or 121, boxs of potential movement ...
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How does a dwarf become a battlemind?

A dwarf is not commonly seen as a arcane or psionic character. How can I explain in my backstory that my dwarf is able to use psionic powers?
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do I only get a limited number of at-will powers?

In the pre made characters for the 4e adventure Keep on the Shadowfell they only give each character about 3 at-will powers. reading through the PHB I find that most characters have about 4-6 at-will ...
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Where can I find premade characters for D&D 4e? [closed]

I'm going to play D&D 4e tomorrow, and I don't have the time to make my own character. Does anyone know a place where I can find premade character sheets that people have shared?
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How quickly can I switch to two-handed weapon use with a heavy shield equipped?

Consider a character with a heavy shield (equipped) and a versatile weapon (equipped one-handed). I'd like to know whether they can, in the course of a single turn, forgo the shield and attack with ...
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Slaying Action + Sniper's Action

Minor Action: Snap Shot Standard Action: Standard Action Attack + Sneak Attack Action Point - Minor Action: Ranged Basic Attack + Sneak Attack w/ Sniper's Action from Cloaked Sniper Minor Action: ...
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Is picking up enemy loot worth it?

So, I've been googling this and have yet to find a something that directly answers this super noob question. Can my players pick up all the gear that creatures wear and use? If so, the Dragon ...
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What is the Marshal's Quarry?

While building a character for the newest season of encounters (Blackguard) I decided to take the Sentinel Marshal Theme. As part of the entry package for the theme you receive the Marshall's ...
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From what skill or ability would nonchalance derive?

I'm creating a skill challenge in which the characters might be selected for a "random" search by the local police that could go badly for them. If they look anxious or aggressive, the police are far ...
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Who can use your magic items - and when?

Are there any rules for who can use a player's magic items? If a character has a magic item with a daily power, can a wizard steal it from his hands in mid-fight and use the power against him? Can a ...
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Moonbow Dedicate and Battle Song Expertise?

If a bard takes the Moonbow Dedicate feat: Moonbow Dedicate Heroic Tier Prerequisite: Must worship Sehanine Benefit: You gain proficiency with the shortbow, plus you can use a ...
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Heavy Armor Proficiency as a Dragonborn Sorcerer?

I am trying to create a 4e Dragonborn Storm Magic Sorcerer (DEX/CHA) and have chosen the Kapak Draconian subrace. I picked up the optional Instinctive Flight racial feature and saw this fun feat: ...
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Hybrid fighter|ranger rules questions

Okay, I have some questions about making a hybrid character, but I'll list my character's stats and abilities before I get to my questions: Warforged Ranger|Fighter Hybrid (dual-weapon specialist) ...