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

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Do Defender Auras require activation?

I'm asking here because I've gotten different responses from different DMs. My home campaign DM said I had to activate my Knight's defender aura during my first round of an encounter before it was ...
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Can you place something living in a bag of holding?

I don't have any rule books to read and the last rule book I had was dnd 2e, but this question came up at lunch today at work. Is it possible to place live objects in a bag of holding. For instance, ...
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How to encourage a player's creativity without breaking the game?

I've just started a new D&D 4e campaign with a new group of players. One of my players came straight from 2nd edition, and has never played 4e before. She doesn't seem to grasp the layer of ...
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What books should I buy to play with an average D&D group? [closed]

I have already bought all three 4th edition Player's Handbooks, Dungeon Master's Guide, Monster Manual, dice, Dungeon Tiles, Plan escape tile map set, and several tubes of dice, but have recently ...
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How do I kidnap my characters without bending the rules?

I'm about to start a new arc with my characters and I'd really like it to begin by having them be kidnapped. It would be easy for me to just do this by fiat and say that "You are knocked unconscious ...
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Can hexblades use dual implement spellcaster?

There are a headache inducing number of threads that never actually resolved this issue on the wizards site. Not linked because I feel dumber after reading them. Can a hexblade use dual implement ...
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How can I prevent teleportation in 4e?

In our gaming group, our storyteller loves to use creatures with teleportation abilities. This is starting to get frustrating since as soon as a creature is bloodied, it teleports away with its next ...
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Is it acceptable for the GM to attack a recently-stabilized character?

I was playing the Scales of War campaign with a group of friends, and my character was getting absolutely destroyed in an encounter. I had failed two death saves, but fortunately for me, the fight ...
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Is teleporting a creature considered forced movement of said creature?

Is teleporting a creature considered to be forced movement of said creature? I have a player interested in a power that adds damage on forced movement and teleport.
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Monster Manual 1 - Is it balanced? Should I balance it?

I've been DM'ing a little lately 4 edition D&D and of course I'm confused again: My first adventure was a big question mark, I didn't use the exact guidelines for creating an encounter and ...
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What exactly counts as “within X squares” in DnD 4e

The cleric attack Blessing of Wrath is a melee attack, but it also allows one ally within 5 squares of me to get a power bonus to their next damage roll against the target. What counts as "within 5 ...
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Are there any rules or guidelines out there for in-game gambling in D&D 4e?

Several years ago, when most of my group were still newcomers and unadapted to 4e, I asked my Dungeon Master which Skills to use in gambling situations for money, and how they should be used. He did ...
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Does speaking Supernal result in communicating with everyone?

Long story cut short, I've found online that gods, angels and demons speak Supernal to convey their ideas. "When a god or angel speaks Supernal, listeners who don’t speak Supernal understand the ...
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How can I add psychic damage to wizard powers?

If I want to add the psychic keyword to my wizard powers, the only thing I can come up with is to get heavy blades as an implement, and use a Githyanki Silver Sword. Are there any other ways to get ...
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What are the most important differences for a 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Master learning to run D&D 4E?

I'm a campaign designer and DM with 20+ years of AD&D 1st edition experience. I've been "retired" from the game for over a decade, assume I don't know anything about 2nd, 3rd, or 3.5. Now I'm ...
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What kind of action is an active Perception roll?

There's this popular treatise on what it means to be hidden called The Rules Of Hidden Club posted on the WotC boards. It's widely regarded as a good and toroughful explanation on what being hidden ...
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Can you use superior weapons without training?

According to the Player's Handbook (4e), Superior weapons are even more effective than military weapons but require special training to use. You can learn to use a superior weapon by taking the ...
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What's with the Paladin's ranged powers? Do they provoke opportunity attacks?

So I am a little bit confused. I am currently playing a Paladin built for tanking and holding the front while my party hopefully finishes the enemy off before I die. I was looking though some of the ...
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Do you provoke opportunity attacks when flying?

Moving away from a square which is within threatening reach of an enemy, provokes OA if one does not shift, is pushed/pulled/slid or teleports. Further, so far I know, squares are 3d, as indicated ...
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Rangers making attacks with different melee weapons?

I'm somewhat confused by the Ranger class attack powers from the Player's Handbook. Many powers require the player to wield two melee weapons. What's bothering me is the damage: the book says the ...
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How to improve AC when it's so low that enemies hit on 3–5?

The AC of my character is falling far behind her other defenses, and I'm wondering if I have missed out on something basic and important. I am going to post some of her stats as an example to this ...
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How broken is Aid Another to individual skill checks?

So I've got a party of 6 who regularly will jump in automatically to 'Aid Another' when someone makes an individual, out-of-comabt skill check. Perception the room for traps? Aid Another. History or ...
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How can I optimize this Slayer?

I am Creating a 5th level Charge Happy Slayer. Should I choose to do an extra 1d8+3 damage on each charge or knock the enemy prone on every attack? Our party is Cleric, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue & ...
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What is the definition of “hitting” when a move misses but still deals damage

What is the definition of "hitting" when a move misses but still deals damage in relation to using consecutive powers. For example: Jaws of the Wolf Attack: Strength vs. AC (main weapon and ...
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Why does shifting in D&D 4 not provoke Opportunity Attacks?

My gaming group is brand new. We had our first session tonight. I had a few questions for this SE... the first is this one. Why does shifting in D&D 4 not provoke Opportunity Attacks? Or am I ...
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How do slide, push and pull works for huge and gargantuan enemies?

Basically, can a medium monk slide or push or pull a huge or gargantuan enemy? Can any character (the example with my party was a monk) move (slide, push or pull) a bigger creature than him? in 3.5e ...
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Does the marked condition affect Secondary Attacks?

More specifically, Deathrattle Viper on MM1 page 240 makes a secondary attack vs Fortitude. From my point of view this secondary attack should not be affected by Marked condition, since it's a ...
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Where can I find a list of sources for D&D 4E?

Where can I find a resource that will let me look up the name of something (mostly mechanical) and find out which supplement it came from? I don't need stats or anything else that is restricted, just ...
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What will happen with DDI subscriptions and online content for 4e?

With a new edition of D&D releasing next year (5e) what will happen to the online content for 4e? Will wizards continue to offer subscription services for 4th edition support, make those ...
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Monster resource from Cthulu Mythos adjusted for D&D

I want to introduce some monsters from Cthulu Mythos in my campaign, but I have problems finding a good resource on them. I am looking for suggested abilities, general information and art of them. It ...
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Frost weapon and implement attacks

I want to use Wintertouched + Lasting Frost as a sorcerer, but I don't like many of the Cold Sorcerer powers. Can I make my Implement attacks do cold damage with a Frost dagger? Or does that only work ...
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Can the Pixie's Teleport Trick make you invincible?

Pixie Teleport Trick (Heroes of the Feywild page 33) Daily: Teleportation Minor Action, Personal Effect: Until the end of the encounter, whenever an enemy attacks you, you can use an ...
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Can Persistent Tail be used defensively?

I am unclear if I can use the skill power utility from PHB3 "Persistent Tail" as I am envisioning. Persistent Tail is as follows: At-Will Move Action - Close burst 20 Target: One creature in ...
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How do movement restrictions on a rider affect its mounted movement?

I would like to know what kind of movement rules, if any, apply between mount and rider when they suffer from different conditions. For example, if the rider is slowed and the mount is not, can the ...
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How do masterwork armours work (e.g. Feyleather, Starleather)?

In D&D 4e, there are superior "masterwork" versions of armour types, like "feyleather" for leather armour or "wyrmscale" for scale armour. They have a higher armour bonus, but a minimum ...
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How many times can this power attack one target?

One of my players wants to use this homebrew class, but we're unclear on how to read one of its powers: Rotating Turret Gunslinger Attack 1 Enemies close in from all sides. You make them ...
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Does a Dread Weapon penalize attacks on a critical?

Dread Weapon: Property On a critical hit the target takes the weapon’s enhancement bonus as a penalty to defenses and checks until the end of your next turn. Is an attack a "check" for ...
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Does a Summoned Creature have a “start of turn?”

Many effects apply at the start of a creature's turn; however, summoned creatures don't take turns and only perform actions when their summoner expends an action. Thus, is a summoned creature ...
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Can a Shaman Spirit Companion trigger the Shaman's own effects?

I am curious to know if the shaman's spirit companion is consider the same as the shaman for effects that pertain to him. In particular, if I have a power that says something like "at the start of ...
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Does Agile Opportunist work with reach weapons?

I'm playing a level 16 Cunning Bard in DnD4e. The "melee" striker in our party is a Barbarian with a reach weapon (he also has a focus on charge attacks). Since I have access to all sorts of sliding ...
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Is the Hybrid Vampire any good?

Vampire is one of the worst classes from an optimization standpoint. Preselected, universally weak powers, few feats, no Con bonus to the Surge number. Inadequate as a Striker, no secondary role worth ...
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Playing 4th Ed D&D for the first time, what should I read to avoid holding everyone back?

I've been invited to join a new game of D&D 4th edition this weekend, but haven't played proper D&D before. Are there any resources I ought to read or get before I turn up, so that I'm not a ...
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Does it always cost an action to spend a healing surge?

The Warlord ability Inspiring Word states that it allows a target to use a healing surge - does it require the target to use a minor action to use such healing surge? Or is it basically the ...
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When does combat advantage end with push effects and deadly draw?

I built a Centered Breath monk with Deadly Draw and I as well have the "Gauntlets of the Ram" which allow me to "Add 1 to the distance of any push effect you create." Let's assume an enemy is ...
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Does a Tiny creature have size modifiers to its carrying capacity?

DMG 222 is pretty clear that you use one carrying/lifting/dragging calculation for all PCs. Am I missing an exception for Tiny creatures, or are Pixies just that incredibly strong?
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Player characters as mounts

I am asking about an edge case based on the three paragraphs under "Encounters with PC Mounts" on DMG 46. So far as I can tell these paragraphs are not reproduced anywhere else, and these paragraphs ...
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Are the Monster Lore paragraphs from the printed manuals available online?

I got a subscription for DD Insider and have been especially satisfied with the online compendium: being able to quickly open the relevant monster entries in seperate tabs during an encounter has ...
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Changing systems: Player and GM considerations in adapting a campaign from PF to 4e

I am resurrecting a campaign which had been on hold for several months, and considering updating from Pathfinder to 4e (which I have never run before), and juggling the mental calculus that goes into ...
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How can I build a Sorcerer who focuses on debuffing and debilitating effects?

A friend of mine is about to start his own 4e campaign, and I'll be playing a Sorcerer. We're starting from scratch at level 1. I need your advice on how to build him the way I want him, though: I ...
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Role-play enhancing items

For my D&D 4E character, I would like to have some sort of role-play enhancing item, something that gives me more options for role-playing. For example, my previous character had an armor shard ...