Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition from 2008 (includes Essentials)

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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 ...
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Running Large Groups [duplicate]

In a few months I'm going to be taking control of a group and running through a campaign of my own creation. The campaign we're running right now only has 3 PCs and the DM, so a fairly small group. ...
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Does Dimensional Vortex's initial attack roll carying over

Let's say an enemy would hit an ally with an attack roll of 20, And a swordmage uses Dimensional Vortex to relocate him and make the target use it's attack on a different target. Will the initial ...
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How does Flurry of Talons differ from Shadow Darts?

Shadow Darts Attack: Dexterity vs. Reflex. Make three attack rolls. If any of them hit, resolve them as a single hit, and all of them must miss for the attack to miss. Hit: 1d8 cold damage if ...
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Can I make multiple extra melee attacks with one crit?

Can I make a extra melee attack with Harmony Blade and Two-Weapon Opening and Rampage on the same crit? If I crit again with Rampage can I again make a melee attack with harmony blade and two weapon ...
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Should I really prefer low-level summons, keeping high level dailies for non summoning powers?

In Call of the Wild: A Druid Handbook the entry for the Level 1 Daily Implement power Summon Giant Toad (PrP) says: Furthermore, by showing a preference for low level summons over high level ...
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How should I give out treasure in Dungeons and Dragons 4e Essentials

I am new to DMing dungeons and dragons and have bought the following products from the essentials line: Red Box Starter Set Heroes of Fallen Lands Heroes of Forgotten Kingdoms I have decided to ...
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I'm looking for advice on Wizard status effect powers. Anyone have good advice?

After studying up on the wizards forums and reading the class 'handbooks' there (as well as getting pummeled to near death in the last few combat encounters in my group), I've begun to consider using ...
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Do you need to be a certain level to enchant a certain level of magical item?

I have a question about the wording in the Adventurers vault where it talks about enchanting items, The ritual caster must still be high enough level to create the final item... The level it ...
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What are the canonical DC numbers for a skill challenge?

I'm putting together some skill challenges for D&D 4e, and I've come across some inconsistencies that I can't quite reconcile. Let's take as an example: a single check in the context of a ...
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Can I “use” an alternative ki-focus to the one I make an attack with?

I know usually you have to decide whether you use your ki focus or your enchantment on your weapon to decide damage and special effects. However I couldn't help to notice that in some of the text of ...
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How do I balance an encounter for my party?

I'm currently DMing some games in the D&D 4e Adventure Series. We started with H1, Keep on the Shadowfell, and we're just about to start H2, Thunderspide labyrinth. I have six players who are all ...
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Do I reset XP to zero on a new level?

In the D&D group I play with one of the players insists that when you reach a new level you have to zero your experience. However when I checked the PHB1 there is no reference to this. PHB1 uses ...
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Is Pathfinder selling better than D&D?

Is there any data showing that Pathfinder is selling better than 4th Edition D&D? Also, is there any data showing if and when that might happen?
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Alternatives to Pass-Fail skill challenges in D&D 4e

Non-Combat encounters should be fun, not frustrating! I'm a veteran (AD&D) DM running D&D 4e, and my first-time players really enjoy the game I'm running for them. Though, the skill-challenge ...
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Can an enemy creature who is grabbed and prone escape?

A PC in my campaign has an enemy grabbed and prone and is attempting to drown them. It's the enemy's turn. Can the enemy escape while grabbed? If so can he shift while prone if he succeeds on an ...
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How do monk attacks work?

I've skimmed through the books but I'm a little confused about powers. Unarmed monks for example get +3 Atk and 1d8 naturally. Is the +3 only added to rolls when you make a basic attack or does it get ...
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Is there a formula to calculate level given experience?

I have a spreadsheet that tracks the XP for our group and I've gotten tired of manually looking up how much xp is needed for the next level. I'd much prefer if there was a formula I could put on the ...
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Ranged accuracy

I have a player in my group that is playing a hybrid ranged rogue/executioner.The campaign has many options for the perma-hidden build he has. He wants to make the character more accurate, he now has ...
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What is the optimal build for AC for a fighter at Level 13?

I like to take my characters to extremes when I can. In this instance I am building a fighter (weapon master) that will be the team's tank. I am interested in maximixing his AC, and secondly his ...
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Does Screaming Bow's daily power affect the triggering attack?

My DM is saying that the power on Screaming Bow which gives vulnerable 5 thunder does not apply to the attack which allows the power to activate. Is this the case? For reference: Power (daily): ...
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Line of Sight and Teleport (e.g. Clairvoyance with Fey Step)

In D&D 4e teleport actions need line of sight to destination place. Seer's Clairvoyance gives a vision of place where I have no line of sight. Can I after use of Clairvoyance teleport, e.g. using ...
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Builder lacks artifacts concordance improvement?

I'm facing a problem with the artifacts concordance of the D&D4 character builder. I wasn't able to find a way to level up the concordance. The +5 sword nightbringer at the top concordance level ...
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How many people can help treat a disease?

Related to some of the other disease-based questions here, I have one that's not covered: how many people can attempt to treat disease on a player using their Heal skill? My reading of the rules ...
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Can a Shardmind use Warforged Components?

In the Eberron Player's Guide there is a section called Warforged Components, containing components that are said to be for the Warforged. However, the items themselves say: Requirement: You must ...
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How can I convert 2nd Edition AD&D to 4th?

I grew up on second edition AD&D. I played some first edition, and frankly found most 1st edition add-ons to be highly compatible with 2nd Edition. However, I'm a huge fan of Ravenloft, ...
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How do I get started playing Dungeons and Dragons by myself?

I've been wanting to start playing D&D for some time, and I was wondering how I could get started by myself with relative ease. I own the first two player handbooks, and a set of dice.
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How can I view Paragon Tier feats in the Character Builder?

I'm DMing a 4E campaign for my friends who have never played any D&D game before. So far they're loving it. We're using the old character builder that WOTC released a while back, that you run from ...
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Forced Movement: Can a Halfling really pull a Dragon?

One of my PCs is a Druid with "Thorn Whip". In our last session, he used it on a wall-mounted magic Turret Trap. Since the Power says "Pull the Target 2 squares", I ruled that he just ripped it out of ...
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How do Treasure Parcels work?

I'm quite new to Dungeons and Dragons 4e, and am currently DMing a game with some friends of mine using the Dungeon Master's Guide. I'm a little stuck however with the treasure parcel system. There ...
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Problem with Raise Dead? [duplicate]

My four players have decided on the following plan: once a week, they all cut off three pieces of their hair and give it the others. This way, if another character is ever killed, they can pull out ...
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Does the attack roll bonus of Escalating Assault apply to Virtuous Strike

So in a Swordmage/Paladin hybrid scenario: If during an encounter Escalating Assault were to trigger a MBA and I decide to replace the MBA with a Virtuous Strike, do I recieve the bonus of Escalating ...
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Has the “Points of Light” setting grown beyond the Nentir Vale?

In DnD 4.0, the Nentir Vale is the best known setting of the "Points of Light" scenarios. I don't know if there are any others, but the vale seems a bit small, and I figure it would get swamped with ...
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Is there a world map for the core campaign setting for DnD 4e?

This question derives from: "Is there a core campaign setting for DnD 4e?". The answers provided there were excellent and extremely helpful. Even more so when I saw that the board game Conquest of ...
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What damage types can Diamond Bracers resist?

There is an item called Diamond Bracers from AV1 that has the following Daily power: Item Slot: arms Power(Daily): Minor action. Until the end of the encounter, gain resist 10 against a damage ...
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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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What's the reach of swarm creatures?

Can a swarm attack an adjacent creature, or must they occupy the same space as a creature to attack them? Let's consider the regular "Swarm of Teeth" attack of a Rat Swarm for an example: is its reach ...
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Twin Strike and keywords from frost weapon and radiant weapon (and dual implement feat)

I would like to know if when I'm dual wielding an frost weapon and a radiant weapon the keywords cold and radiant gets applied to both attacks, or say if you make the first attack with the frost ...
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As a DM, how to save a creature from being killed by players and not be cheap?

If you put a creature you want to use at a later date in an encounter, how could I save that creature near the end of the battle without sounding cheaty. E.g. The evil mage has only 1 hit point left ...
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Do reading spectacles allow one to understand all languages, not just read them?

A member of my party I DM for has Reading Spectacles, whose text is simple: You can read any language (the spectacles do not grant the ability to speak or write a language). I would like to ...
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Does Pervasive Light stack with Painful Oath?

I've got a question about painful oath + pervasive light. Painful Oath says "The first time you hit..., you deal extra radiant and necrotic damage" Pervasive Light says "When you hit a target that ...
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What do I need to keep running D&D after finishing the Red Box?

I recently got the Red Box (Essential 4e Starter Kit or whatever it's called) and have played through the adventure with some friends. I have no idea what I need now – specifically, what books ...
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Stealth and Sneak Attack Rogue in combat

I have a rogue in my party who likes to constantly use stealth in combat after he makes an attack, in order to get the CA required for the sneak attack dice. He justifies this by standing far away and ...
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How does Vulnerability interact with multiple instances of bonus damage?

Suppose I have vulnerable 5 fire on a monster and I hit it with a basic melee attack. This melee attack comes with an extra 3 fire damage from Swordmage's Burning Blade, and an extra 1d4 fire damage ...
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Does the Assassin take damage when he uses Vanish?

The 4th Edition Assassin class has a Level 6 Utility Power Called Vanish: Encounter - Immediate Reaction Personal Keywords: Shadow, Teleportation Trigger: You are hit by an attack. Effect: ...
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Is it possible to roll Stealth versus multiple targets when one or more can see you?

Is it possible to roll Stealth versus multiple targets when one or more can see you? So for example, if the character moves into the corridor, where the majority of the monsters can no longer see ...
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Can Templates be applied to Player Characters?

I know how this works in 3.5/Pathfinder (GM Approval + Level Adjustment) but I can't find anything in any of the Dungeon Master's Guides about applying them to Player Characters. For example, if a PC ...