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

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Are characters aware of monster abilities' effects?

Is a character aware of the consequences of a monster power or trait? For example, does the party leader know that healing an ally within a KlurichirDDI's Malign Influence is useless? Or does he ...
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Is a high level Elite the same difficulty as a low-level Solo, as XP suggests?

For example, a Level 14 Elite Monster is worth 2000 XP. A level 9 Solo is also worth 2000 XP. Does this mean that these two monsters are of equal difficulty to an average party?
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Advantage to normal multiclassing in D&D4?

Is normal (feat-based) multi-classing beneficial in D&D 4e? Is there a better way to achieve the same character design (a character with facets of two classes)?
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Awarding XP for combat encounters in Dnd 4e

I am a very inexperienced DM. I have here what must be an obvious question, but I can't seem to find any solid clarification. How is XP rewarded after a combat encounter? Is the total monsters' XP ...
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What didn't Monte Cook like about 4e?

It seems to be an established tenet of the conventional wisdom that Monte Cook does not like Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition. However, I came late to this party and never read the criticisms Monte ...
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What can be done to encourage players/character to use rituals more?

An on going issue I have is with my players is that they leave a very large amount of power untapped in the arsenal of things they can do, namely rituals. As a DM I use them all the time, but the ...
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What class does the most damage overall?

I'm new to D&D 4e and I am an illusionist Wizard. We have 3 PCs playing, but one of our players should do a lot of damage. Which class does the most damage?
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Mismatch between intelligence and wisdom - how to play it?

This question is tangential to the (good) question how to role-play an intelligent character. Say you have a system that differentiates between intelligence and wisdom (dd4.0 being the obvious ...
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Why does Double Move have to be the same move action?

I only just noticed this particular rule in PHB p. 284: Same Move Action: To double move, you have to take the same move action twice in a row on the same turn. What is the reason for this ...
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How can I fix Essentials Druid sentinel's Armor Class?

The sentinel is a wis/con leader designed to fight in melee combat. While it comes with an animal companion, the sentinel is limited to light armor and has dex as a tertiary stat at best. Are there ...
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What striker builds let you play a secondary defender role?

I'm going to play D&D 4e on the PC side of the screen for the first time soon, and it looks like the best way to fill the party's needs is by taking up a striker that can also defend a bit. ...
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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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What's so bad about Seeker anyways?

I remember being unimpressed about playing a Seeker, and the handbook certainly regards them as a challenge, What core mechanic is such a poor fit? Are there any standard remediations (choice of ...
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Can a PC start with more than one attribute at 8 or 9?

In DnD4e essentials you have a choice of 3 arrays. However in the rules compendium they mention a point buy system. I know from previous versions of the character builder that it will not allow you ...
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Is D&D Insider worth subscribing to?

As a new DM I am wondering if it would be worth it to me to subscribe to D&D Insider? What are some of the pros? What are some of the cons? Specs: MacBook Pro 13" Thanks!
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What is half level at Level 1?

I was wondering what 1/2 level at level 1 is. I would assume it is 0 because you round down on fractions. But I had heard it was also just 1.
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Does flanking grant combat advantage to all allies?

Does a properly flanked enemy only grant combat advantage to the allies doing the flanking, or to all allies?
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How tall is a Storm Pillar?

We had a situation in our last campaign where a dragon was flying over our heads and causing us much harm. Our controller cast Storm Pillar to block him at one point, which sparked a discussion ...
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What happens if you Push a target, who has another target Grabbed?

What is the effect if a target (A) is grabbing another target(B), and another person(C) applies 3 squares of Forced Movement? Is the grab-victim (B) carried along with (A) for the trip?
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Does a large creature take damage moving through a Wall of Fire?

Here's the situation, a large creature moves next to a Wall of Fire. W CCW CCW W Next it moves into the wall, taking damage W CC CC W Then it moves again W CC CC W ...
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When should a second wind be used?

Inspired by my "Do monsters get a second wind" question. A second wind, as generally used, provides characters (and only characters) with an opportunity to spend a standard action to get a healing ...
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Does a Pacifist Healer using a non-damaging attack who crits with a magic implement… do damage? Does he have to?

Pacifist Clerics (and anyone who takes Astral Seal, for example, but there are other powers- Hymn of Resurgence, for example that do no damage) can use their magic holy symbols to augment their attack ...
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What are the origins of the Raven Queen?

Could someone tell me what they know of the Raven Queen's origins? Citing sources is a plus. Thanks.
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Does 'Reactive Stealth' allow a gnome to become hidden using the partial cover of a companion?

Reactive Stealth: If you have any cover or concealment when you make an initiative check, you can make a Stealth check. Our group has a bard gnome that usually starts combat behind the front ...
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Is large-scale battle feasible with D&D 4e's minion rules?

Supposing you simulate a large battle in D&D 4e, and you want to do it with minions (rather than, say, treating each unit as a swarm or using some special large-scale combat rules). The XP chart ...
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What are typical defense statistics for a Defender at different tiers?

What are some typical defenses (AC, Fort, Will, Reflex) for a defender at the different tiers (Heroic, Paragon, Epic) of a D&D4 game?
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Can I use Cleave even if there's only one enemy?

The target for Cleave [ddi] says "One creature", but the effect states that another enemy adjacent to you that isn't the target takes damage. Does this mean I can use Cleave even if there aren't ...
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Does multi-classing into a martial class make you a member of martial class?

A character who has taken a class-specific multiclass feat counts as a member of that class for the purpose of meeting prerequisites for taking other feats and qualifying for paragon paths. As a ...
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Do two Eladrin both wearing a Circlet of Revelation auto-save on Charm effects?

Eladrin have a +5 racial bonus to saving throws against charm effects. The Circlet of Revelation head slot item grants the following: Property: While you have an eladrin ally within 10 squares of ...
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Why is a brutal 3 vorpal scythe called “Death's Scythe”?

The title is essentially my question. I have heard the weapon called that before, but i am curious as to both the why, and as to the origin of this term and the concept of the weapon.
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Does cover also grant concealment?

One of the PC who plays in my Encounters session has a power that lets him make a stealth check to hide if he has "concealment." Last night we was behind a hard corner in a room without any other ...
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Tomb of Horrors in D&D 4.0?

Are there any resources on the web or in print about running or converting the classic adventure 'Tomb of Horrors' in D&D 4.0?
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Does the destination of a Shift have to be declared when the Shift is made?

Situation: An enemy marked by and adjacent to a Fighter uses the Shift move action to get away from her. The fighter hits with the immediate interrupt basic melee attack granted by Combat Challenge ...
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Do you lose concealment when you attack?

In D&D4E if you have concealment and make an attack, are you still concealed? As a specific example, a Warlock gains concealment from his Shadow Walk power, then wishes to make a ranged attack. ...
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What rules govern group skill checks?

A number of published adventures mention rolling a "group stealth check" and other group checks where, theoretically, a proportion of the players try to beat the DC. Are there formal rules for this, ...
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Does blade barrier have to be anchored to the ground?

If I cast blade barrier, does it have to be anchored to the ground? Or can I have it float anywhere I want that it could occupy, such as cast it above me as a sort of roof of blades?
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Are Lair Assaults treated as one long, unending encounter?

Specifically I'm asking about Lair Assault: Kill the Wizard, but would also like to know if this is an overall rule for Lair Assaults. It's my first Lair Assault and I want to build my potential PCs ...
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What's the easiest way to adjust a module intended for 5 players so that it can accommodate 6 players?

I'm playing with a 6 character group in the H series of modules, Keep on the Shadowfell and Thunderspire labyrinth, which are both intended for 5 players. Frankly the combats are usually too easy, ...
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Is there a saving throw for forced movement over unrevealed pits?

Let me share a story of what happened (it was an epic moment) in one game, which prompted this question. Our party consisted of a Shardmind Psion (myself), a Halfling Rogue, and a Dragonborn Paladin. ...
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What effects can hit a phasing creature in a nonmagical wall square?

In a recent battle I was Dming, the party was fighting against Wraiths (in the Madness at Gardmore Abbey adventure). Wraiths have phasing and thus can fly into and through walls, so the players and I ...
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What is a good first heroic campaign for D&D 4e, levels 1-5?

I'm a very experienced AD&D GM, and have run levels 1-5 in 4e: Red Box + Reavers of Harkenwold. I want to start a new mixed-experience group (some 4e, some 3.5/Pathfinder, and no experience at ...
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Can a Wizard use Magic Missile against an Enemy she cannot see?

If an Enemy is shrouded in total darkness that blocks line-of-sight, but the Enemy is not Hidden, can the Wizard attack that Enemy with Magic Missile? From the Errata on Magic Missile[PDF]: ...
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Should I get the DMG 2 if I already have the DM Book?

I have the Dungeon Master's Kit, and have just finished my first reading of the DMB it includes. I think it's a good book, though some things are missing, rituals being the one I recall now (besides ...
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How does resist all apply to an attack that deals two types of (non-combined) damage?

Resist all applies to all damage types (including untyped damage), reducing the damage by the resist amount. What happens when a single attack deals two different kinds of damage? Not combined damage, ...
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What type of action is a knowledge check?

Based on a recent question about knowledge checks, I started wondering what kind of action Knowledge Checks were. The compendium doesn't seem to state it for monster knowledge checks (but, e.g. detect ...
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What happens if a Troll Vinespeaker would be reduced to less than 0 hitpoints?

We recently fought a Troll Vinespeaker in our DnD 4e campaign. These was some controvery over whether we could reduce the troll to less than 0 hit points to keep it from getting up the next turn, via ...
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Where can I find rules for firing a Ballista?

More specifically I'm looking for rules for a ship mounted ballista for my players in a 4th Ed. game. I haven't been able to find anything in any of the books, the closest to anything in print is ...
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Alternative means of rendering .dnd4e files

Besides the .csl file for DDI Character builder available here, are there any novel ways of creating printable 4e character sheets that are more effective than the default printed sheets? Are there ...
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Handling encounters where the monsters aren't initially visible

When researching how to handle invisibility, I came across the Rules of the Hidden Club which state: "The First Premise: Everyone knows where everyone else is, at all times, period.". But I can't ...
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Can a knowledge check be used to identify the powers of a unique named enemy?

In Encounter 29: Arena of Kord in Madness at Gardmore Abbey the players face an enemy leader called: Leralix, Minotaur Magus (L) Level 9 Controller (Leader) Because Leralix is a unique named ...