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

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Are class and feat based proficiencies cumulative?

A dnd 4e dwarf fighter has the feat Dwarven Weapon Training, which reads: '+ damage and proficiency with axes and hammers.' Our dwarf is already proficient with both weapons, being a fighter. Does ...
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What is the most damage-oriented barbarian build (without any regard to defences)?

I'm playing a minotaur barbarian who has a (housruled) tanked int of 3. He's a brute - simple as that. I want him to be able to do the most possible damage with zero regard to defenses or companions ...
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Can you get the benefit of Saving Inspiration without spending a healing surge?

The Warlord feat Saving Inspiration reads as follows: Benefit: When you use inspiring word, you can forgo any extra dice of healing granted by the power to instead grant the target a saving ...
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How can summons and beast companions become more fun?

Currently, if you're a summoner wizard, necromancer, or a beast master - summons are just not that good.. you have to spend an entire action to move/act with them and most the time it's just not worth ...
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Change Of Heart (Deity)

One of the players is a level 5 Avenger with Sehanine as his deity. Would changing his deity or acting against its "laws" result in him getting punished by Sehanine, and if yes how?
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Turning a Campaign Evil Leads To “Problems”

Prologue : So, the campaign I'm running right now has a noble-kinda purpose. To kill the Evil Witch and save the world etc, you get the point. As a plot twist I am thinking to turn the campaign to ...
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Changing Type Of Enemy During Combat

Hypothetic scenario: A ranger does a stealth check and succeeds. While moving he notices two patrols and decides to attack them using Two Fanged Strike. The patrols are normally minions. He gets to ...
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How does one calm, then tame a Natural Beast?

I read in this question that to tame a Natural Beast creature that one must first calm, then tame, then train. Also, that this is achieved through an "extended" challenge. Is this true? And, if so, ...
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Do I apportion XP to NPC allies? [duplicate]

I'm running a D&D 4e duet game. Recently, the PC picked up a couple temporary NPC companions. Now they have completed their first encounter together, and I'm not sure what to do about ...
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Kobold Barbarian and Rage Drake’s Frenzy

We have a Kobold Barbarian, with Shifty from Monster Manual 1 p278. If he activates Rage Drake’s Frenzy (Level 1 Daily, PHB2) and reduces a unit to 0 HP, he is granted a MBA as a free action. Can he ...
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Is Wild Magic a Prerequisite for a Chaos Sorcerer?

Is Wild Magic a prerequisite to playing to play a Chaos Sorcerer? If yes, when Wild Soul is used, how does the outcome affect the powers that already have a damage type Explanation : If I roll a ...
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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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Am I locked into zones being exactly as described, or can I change what they're a zone of?

Sorry if this question is a bit nit-picky, but I have asked a few questions before based on misconceptions of "flavor text" in 4e... Now my RP oriented mind has a question about a specified ...
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Can any creature be tamed?

In my game, my PCs are always trying to tame a creature or monster with their Nature skill. Can any and all creatures/monsters be tamed and controlled/kept by using Nature or any other skill?
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How to use Time Paradox In-Game

Position/State of Players : Trapped in the Underdark Goal : To use time travel A small explanation : While they are there, I want to make them travel back in time. However I have no idea on how to ...
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Introducing Roleplaying in Combat [duplicate]

I am the kind of gamer that mostly enjoys the story and I love roleplaying. However this time I am the Dungeon Master and not a player. How can I encourage my players to roleplay during combat ...
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Being a more “flexible” Dungeon Master [closed]

[The following question is about avoiding to railroad the players, and has nothing to do with breaking or following rules.] I am playing a campaign of my own with my friends, and the thing is that I ...
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Critical failure suggestions?

In my last session, my group had in a single encounter over 8 botches, I lost count in fact! At first, I was statistically amazed at how our ranger botched 4 rounds in a row (in-game interpretation ...
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How can I quickly come up with random encounters and puzzles?

I'm DMing my first campaign in D&D 4e using my own setting, and I need to create some random encounters throughout the map surrounding the starting village. I only have a week available between ...
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D&D 4E, Passive Perception or Passive Insight instead of rolling

In my D&D game, I'm unsure whether to allow players to use their Passive Insight or Passive Perception instead of rolling when they are actively trying to inspect something. Do I make them roll ...
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Why is a skill offered twice as trained on some classes? [duplicate]

So it's bugging me since the first day I started playing D&D (not long ago, but meh!), but why do some classes go like this: Trained Skills: Arcana. From the class skills list below, choose ...
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Random Loot list for Magic Items

Does anyone have some sort of random Loot list for magic and non-magic items? My group prefers the random approach when it comes to magic items. I am using Sly Flourish´s random loot table for now, ...
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Does warden's mark lower enemies attack rolls?

As far as I know a warden marks his/her enemies in order to exploit Warden's Fury and Warden's Grasp immediate at-wills. But in Primal Power, page 95, Daily Evocations lvl 5, Lifebind Attack states: ...
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How do you deal with metagaming based on die results?

I ran into this problem in a session I had earlier today. My characters were going through a dungeon and after a fairly lengthy fight with a person who lived there, they decided they would question ...
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How do Hybrid Warlocks get Eldritch Blast?

I may be reading this wrong but with the hybrid rules in PHB3 it doesn't seem to say that a Hybrid Warlock does or does not get Eldritch Blast which in PHB1 it says all Warlocks have. Does this ...
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Does Vecna's Aura work on revenant players?

The creature Vecna has the following Aura: Vecna's Aura (Healing, Necrotic) aura 10; any living creature that starts its turn within the aura takes 50 necrotic damage. Any undead creature that ...
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Does a hybrid blackguard choosing Domination as vice gain the Dominator's Strike? [closed]

Reading the compendium article, it's a bit unclear.
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Are rulings that only feature in Dragon/Dungeon Magazine 'official'?

A recent answer presented the following ruling from Dragon Magazine 371, page 9 (emphasis added): If you choose multiple heritage feats (or feats that similarly modify at-will powers), you choose ...
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Bard Focused Sound Criticals

In Arcane Power the Bard lvl 1 Encounter Power Focused Sound says: Until the end of your next turn, any attack against the target can score a critical hit on a roll of 18-20. Does this mean that ...
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What are ways to imbue magic into a cloth armour?

In the PHB1, this is said about cloth armour: Jackets, woven robes, and padded vests don't, by themselves, provide any significant protection. However, you can imbue them with protective magic. ...
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Does glowering threat work the same way as a mark or differently?

I'm playing a high level fighter in a long term D&D campaign and a specific issue related to one of my powers has come up regularly and been a source of dispute at our table. I have the power ...
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Is there a way to replace the attribute used by powers gained through multiclassing without being a bard?

I'm right now working on a 11th Level Half-Elf Bow Cleric Multiclass Ranger taking the Paragon of Victory Paragon Path. I have at-wills and basic attacks covered through my dilettante power and ...
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What is the cumulative defensive effect of stacking the following feats?

I am looking for the cumulative defensive value when applying the following feats & effects. This example assumes I have the following feats and am opting to spend an extra power point when ...
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Is there any information on cities where most of the citizens are undead?

In Open Grave it says: Other places, such as the city of Eredu, take a more proactive approach. In Eredu, undead that want to be citizens must submit to a process of authorization to gain ...
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How do I find players and game sets in my area? [duplicate]

I need help finding d&d game sets. I also can't seem to find any players. What do I do?
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What are ways to make enemies count as bloodied?

How can I make an enemy count as bloodied in 4e? I'm having an awesome idea for a character that substitutes intimidate for diplomacy, and I was looking for a way to make opponents be considered ...
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Does Superior Will work on Unnatural Vitality?

Superior Will: If you are dazed or stunned, you can make a saving throw at the start of your turn to end that effect, even if the effect doesn’t normally end on a save. Unnatural Vitality: When you ...
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About critical rolls on D&D

In both the third and fourth edition of D&D, rolling a “natural 20” on an attack roll automatically hits regardless of the target’s AC, and results in a critical threat, which must then be ...
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Handling a dragon lair's treasure consistently with treasure parcels

It's my first time as the DM of a D&D campaign and I'm planning an encounter against a dragon in his lair. Since dragons hoard large amount of treasure, I would like to know how you deal with all ...
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Does Ghostly Vitality apply to the attack that triggers it?

Ghostly Vitality: While you have 0 or fewer hit points, you gain insubstantial. Case: Player has 10hp. An enemy deals 20 damage to him. Question: Does the attack leave the player at -10 or -5hp? ...
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What does the condition “Unattended” mean?

I am building a monk on the D&D Insider Character builder and the level 1 encounter power Eagle Claw Strike says: Hit: 2d8 Dexterity modifier damage, and the target takes a penalty to AC equal ...
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What happens when you step off the battle map?

D&D 4th Edition is heavily map-based in combat, right down to dungeon tiles and insert maps and the like. But what happens if a creature moves off the map, either willingly or through forced ...
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What does the term “party level” mean?

I understand that my question may be vague. I'm trying to figure out what is meant by the term "party level". I have a party containing 7 players and currently all are at level 1. I was picking ...
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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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Riding your Sorcerer familiar as Pixie

I'm currently in the process on finishing up my Pixie Sorcerer Character and I wanted to theme him around the idea that he's actually too lazy to fly himself, so instead he rides his Storm Talon ...
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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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Average Damage Output in 4e?

Is there a resource that lists the average damage output for each role (Defender, striker, leader, controller) that is divided into ADO per level or at the very least ADO per tier? I am really just ...
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Can Dragon Shards augment implements?

I'm used to dragon shards being used on weapons and I'm feeling that they should, but nothing in the dragon shard item descriptions says one way or another and their does not seem to be an appropriate ...
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How do spells work in D&D Essentials Starter kit? [duplicate]

I have this starter kit. I first made a fighter (easy in my mind), but now I am making a Wizard. I don't understand how the Hypnotism spell works. I don't throw anything? Attack:_ (Intelligence) ...
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Is the Halflings bonus vs fear any good?

In D&D 4th Ed., the races seem relatively well balanced. However, I have been playing a Halfling for two years now and have never had an opportunity to use his Bold ability: Bold: You gain a ...