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

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Magic items that grant initiative bonuses? [closed]

What are the magic items in D&D 4th edition that grant an item bonus on initiative?
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How do I create a “mole”-ish campaign? [closed]

Mole: n. A spy who achieves over a long period an important position within the security defenses of a country. =Sabatour One of my friend saw me playing solo D&D on school (on my computer ...
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What should a PC expect when having an encounter with higher level monster?

I will tell my game first. So in my game, (a paladin and a ranger) we have an encounter with two dire rats. S1 and S2 indicates Ranger and Paladin. a and b indicates dire rats The game starts ...
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What to do in the first session of a campaign?

The first session of my new D&D 4e campaign is coming up pretty soon and I'm not quite sure how to go about the introduction into this new campaign. I have the geography and landmarks and things ...
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If a character is stunned at the same time they're granted an attack, what happens?

Last game we had the following situation: A custom made monster used the following attack against a player character: Slash: std: 22 vs AC, 3D10 + 14, on successful hit 50% to stun the target ...
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Can a melee opportunity attack be taken with a ranged weapon?

The following situation happened during a game: A player was granted a free basic melee attack, so of course the player was intending to do as much damage as possible. Which in his case was using his ...
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How does weight affect the game?

I'm seeing weight of guns, armor, and even coins listed, but no rules seem to really make weight have any effect - other than on someone's speed. For example: When you are drowning. I can tell you ...
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Assassin multiclass feat for Shade Form

Is there an Assassin multiclass feat that grants Shade Form? I found one for Assassin's Shroud and Shadow Step but I can't find one for Shade Form.
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What are the implications of letting a player skip the Save Ends on effects?

I'm a new GM to D&D 4e, and today this situation happened during our game: a player was hit by a Beholder Eye Tyrant, and started taking 2d20 ongoing damage (save ends). The player however changed ...
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Combining the Human Bonus At-Will Power option with Essentials classes

As a Human Hunter with the Bonus At-Will Power option, can I take Twin Strike as an at-will power?
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How can a wizard maximize the area of bursts and blasts?

I'm hoping to build a power play wizard (or hybrids) with large bursts. Is there any way to Enlarge Spell more than once (like with the talent "Enlarge Spell")? In short, I would love to know how to ...
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Does Stout apply to the secondary end?

I'm a Tempest Fighter, which means I get bonuses out of offhand weapons. If I Power Attack with the secondary end of a double weapon with Stout, do I get the one handed bonus or the two handed bonus?
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How much more XP should a 3-PC party get?

My group is a beginner group and we have started using the HS1: The Slaying Stone module. We're a group of 3 PCs rather than a group of 5 (Which is what I believe the books are based off of). In the ...
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How Powerful is a Swordmage's Swordbond?

Swordmage's have a class feature called Swordmage Bonding. I'm wondering about two aspects of this feature. Calling Your Sword You're supposed to be able to call your sword to your hand: As a ...
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Can I Skip the Shift and Slide from Luring Strike's Hit?

Luring Strike is a swordmage melee at-will attack power found in Arcane Power. It's Hit line reads: 1[W] damage. You shift 1 square and slide the target 1 square into the space you occupied. It ...
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Is giving a kobold a weapon considered a marriage proposal?

I have a friend who played D&D 4e longer then me. One day we were adventuring in Kobold Hall and I convinced a female kobold to join our group. Soon after my character gave the kobold a weapon, my ...
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Getting a PC back up during the dying state

When a character enters the dying state (0 or below 0), what can you do during battle or after battle to get him back on his feet? I've only read that he must roll savings throws each turn (3 below ...
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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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4e Interactions between the Shardmind PC race and the Self-Forged Paragon Path

After reading up on Eberron for 4e, I stumbled upon something unusual. The Self-Forged Paragon Path requires your character to lop off one of their arms and replace it with a mechanical arm, ...
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How Does Warforged Superiority Work?

The feat Warforged Superiority from Martial Power 2 reads like so: Prerequisite: Warforged, fighter, Combat Superiority class feature Benefit: Whenever you hit a creature with an opportunity ...
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How is an 'enemy' defined for the purpose of spell targeting?

What constitutes as an "enemy"? Can for some reason a PC declare another PC an enemy at any point? For example, we will take this first level Warden spell which puts spikes around an enemy that will ...
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Can you miss on purpose with Wormhole plunge?

I want to cast Wormhole plunge on an ally to teleport him away from enemies but I want to deal as little damage to him as possible. Can I miss on purpose to deal only half damage?
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What items/feats improve the bonus from Total Defense?

I am making a fighter and came across Parry Gloves. I already know about Defensive Weapon, and now I'm wondering what other items/feats there are to optimize Total Defense. I am asking since the ...
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First Aid (Grant 2nd Wind) question

Quick question about first aid (grant 2nd wind). The rules say that the target can use 2nd wind without using an action, so does this mean I could use this to heal a dying character as long as they ...
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Does a dominated monster deal sneak attack (or other bonus) damage to itself?

There are a number of monsters that have attack powers or features that deal extra damage to targets under certain conditions, similar to sneak attack (extra damage with combat advantage) or other ...
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On-death triggers and minions

Some class or race features activate whenever an enemy is brought to 0 hp or less. I can recall seeing some only being activated when a non-minion dies, which is fine because minions are too easy to ...
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Do I Have to take a Power's Extra Benefit Granted by my Class Feature?

Some powers have extra or different benefits depending on which class features you pick. For the purposes of this question I will refer to the power which prompted it, the Swordmage's level 3 ...
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Can I Take Advantage of both a Versatile Weapon and Swordmage Warding?

In 4th Edition D&D, Swordmages have a feature called Swordmage Warding, which reads: While you are conscious and wielding either a light blade or a heavy blade, you maintain a field of magical ...
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Is there a free character builder for D&D 4e on Mac?

Is there a free character builder available for Dungeons and Dragons 4e on a Mac? Preferably, a user friendly one. I would like it to be a stat generator along with class and race selection, and ...
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D&D4e Ghostwalker: concealment when adjacent and hitting

The monk paragon path "Ghostwalker" adds this bonus to the player: Of Two Worlds (11th level): You have concealment against any enemy granting combat advantage to you. In addition, when any enemy ...
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If we can exchange one feat per level up, then can those feats be racial or class feats?

Can you replace feats that you get as class features, but that you'll never use for reasons unique to your character? Can we, for example, take those useless feats at a rate of one per level and ...
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Does Damage Resistance count twice for different types of damage? [duplicate]

The Rune Priest in my group grants DR4 to anybody next to him. Not a problem. But then, my players heard me say: "He swings his axe against the paladin of Khalmyr and: 15 damage plus 8 cold damage." ...
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What feats grant both weapon proficiency and bonus damage, without a race requirement?

Turathi Weapon Training (Tiefling), Githzerai Blade Master (Githzerai), and Xen'drik Weapon Training (Drow), and a couple others I think I'm forgetting—Proficiency and (a lot of) bonus damage ...
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Can you get the benefit of Last Legion Officer without spending a healing surge?

The feat Last Legion Officer reads as follows: Benefit: When you use a power that would enable an ally to spend a healing surge, that ally can also choose to shift 1 square as a free action or ...
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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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D&D 4e Stealth Ambush Question

Okay so I am rather confused about a particular part of the stealth mechanic in regards to Elves of the Valley Adventure from Dungeon Mag #178. In the 1st encounter, it says the elves (enemies) get a ...
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How do you determine the challenge rating of an encounter in 4e?

Recently my players decided to make the game as hard as possible for themselves by planning a jailbreak that will make them fugitives before they complete their mission to spy on the King. To make ...
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Rogue daily power Profit from Weakness

I'm building an Rogue duelist and have a question about the lvl 9 daily: Profit from Weakness Profit from Weakness You step aside as the enemy’s attack sweeps toward you. You then slide your ...
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D&D4e Thri-Kreen Claws without weapon/implement keyword

I just realized that Thri-Kreen Claws does not specify whether it is a weapon or implement attack. It simply lacks the keyword. Does it mean it is none of them and therefore no feats and proficiency ...
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D&D4e monk nova round

I have stumbled quite a few times about the expression "nova" in combination with the monk. What does it mean? E.g. "for building up nova rounds".
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Are there any builds for dual wielding sickles?

I am trying to make a character like Death from Darksiders 2 and need some help for the build. The character is going to be a Eladrin Hexblade that focus on single target damage and uses necrotic ...
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When does a character get fatigued?

I'm aware characters can rest to regain health and fatigue, but when exactly does a character get fatigued?
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How much does a magical weapon cost in DnD 4e?

Do you have to add the "enchantment" cost to the weapon cost? Does the player just pay the amount? Do you have to buy a completely new weapon? For example for a +1 magic weapon, it costs 360... Is ...
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If I mark a target as a battlemind do I need to stay within 1 square of the marked target?

I'm a new player in the DnD world playing with a group of semi new players. I chose the battlemind as my class and the group has had questions about mark since then. Most have been answered but we ...
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Exploring ocean depths: is pressure an issue? Should it be?

An upcoming adventure will have the party exploring the depths of the ocean. Breathing underwater shouldn't be an issue for them, as there are both items and rituals to take care of that, however, I ...
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How do I run a skill challenge?

Follow-up question to Where can I find actual play examples of skill challenges? The Dungeon Master's Guide 2 on pages 80-81 has an example of play of a skill challenge. The DM just describes the ...
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How do you measure time in Dungeons and Dragons 4th ed? [closed]

How does the DM measure time in game?
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How does Changeling Disguise affect your allies?

In my current campaign one of my players is playing a Changeling. He has requested that he be allowed to keep his Changeling lineage a secret, and so far it hasn't been a problem as he hasn't shifted ...
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How does Wizard spell preparation deal with non-spell powers?

How do non-spell powers work with Wizard preparation? Say, for example, I made a Tiefling Wizard with the Grim Isolation racial daily power — how would this work with regards to choosing my ...
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Where can I find actual play examples of skill challenges?

I understand the 4E rules for skill challenges, including the revisions in DMG2. But when I read the "examples of play" it strikes me that the players in the examples are suspiciously good at picking ...