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

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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 ...
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Does Assassins Strike deal Max damage on a Critical hit? [duplicate]

My friends and I are debating whether the Assasin's Strike power is maxxed on a crit roll. Since it is not declared until after the hit we weren't sure on the ruling. As I understand it it is ...
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Did I Calculate this Crit Damage Correctly?

Based on the questions below, I think I probably did: Does sneak attack damage do max damage on a critical hit? Is extra damage from free actions maximized with a critial hit? Is the extra damage ...
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Does a Fey Beast Companion share your actions?

Looking at Fey Beast Tamer in DDI, there are no indications about how it takes its turns, performs movements, or attacks. Is there an online reference providing rules for how the creature takes ...
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Fey Beast Tamer, Scaling of your Fey Beast companion

How does the companion chosen, via Theme: Fey Beast Tamer, scale with the PC it is bonded with? I am a lv01 Wood Elf (archer) ranger (14 AC before armor) with the theme Fey Beast Tamer and have ...
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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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What is the difference between D&D and D&D Miniatures?

Are they the same game? Or is D&D Minis like an abridged toned down version of D&D 4.0? Or is it a separate rule-set entirely?
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Do I need PHB3 to use Psionic Power?

One of my players wants to play a Monk using the options available in Psionic Power. Do we also need to get PHB3? Or would Psionic Power include most of Monk's base rules?
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Does a ritual-summoned gargoyle get its own turn in a fight?

I'm interested in exactly how the gargoyle from the summon gargoyle ritualDDI works. It allows a ritual caster to summon a gargoyle to guard an area or object, its type/strength depending on your ...
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Alertness feat, Perception and being surprised

I am a new GM playing D&D 4e. I have a question regarding the Alertness feat. In the Compendium it is described as the following: Alertness Benefit: You cannot be surprised. Also, you gain ...
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How should I respond to a DM who unfairly plays the “rules-lawyer” card?

My question: How would you, as an 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 ...
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Order of Combat Operations (Warlock's Curse)

I am asking a very specific question and it is a follow-up to one of my earlier ones. (See Here.). Inside the link, is described a very specific situation in which a Warlock takes a paragon path ...
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D&D4 Boots of rapid motion vs Rock Armor

Hello I have a question about some abilities in D&D 4e. Actually I am having the following skill: Rock Armor Daily minor Effect: you assume the rock armor stance. Until the stance ends, you ...
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Attacking with a blade in main hand while holding a bow in off-hand in 4e?

This seems like such a silly question to ask, but it's something that occurred to me when making my character build. The character I'm making is a human ranger|cleric hybrid multiclassing into ...
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Can 4th edition D&D be played without using miniatures and a grid? [duplicate]

I have inherited all of the 4th ed hardcover books from one of my brothers-in-law. I am currently reading and trying to familiarize myself with the new 5th edition and I am really liking it. I had ...
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Is 4th edition D&D compatible with 5th edition?

I have all of the hardcover books from D&D 4th edition. I recently bought and am reading the 5th edition players handbook and I must say I like it. I was wondering if 4th edition information ...
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Booming Blade: Initial damage is what damage type?

Hit: 1[W] + Intelligence modifier damage, and if the target is adjacent to you at the start of its next turn and moves away during that turn, it takes 1d6 + Constitution modifier thunder damage. ...
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What's the attack for Fettering Aegis, if any?

It's a Swordmage power. It has a Hit entry but no Attack entry in my character builder. I noticed at least one other power that has this problem: Master Dimensional Cleave. Both powers are from ...
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Plane shifter Hole of Oblivion (patent pending)

A Warlock who takes the Planeshifter paragon path can use an ability at level 12 called Quick Portal. At 15, that same Warlock could learn Create Teleportation Circle and say create a teleportation ...
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What do you do with a drunken sailor early in the morning?

Seriously though, I need help creating a drinking contest. One of my player's characters has high Endurance and in one of our previous sessions challenged a tavern half full of bad guys to a drinking ...