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

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Why do some classes mention the same skill in both Trained and Class skills?

Consider this example from the Rogue class traits: Trained Skills: Stealth and Thievery. From the class skills list below, choose four more trained skills at 1st level.     ...
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Does Resist All stack with Resist [specific]?

Case: A Warden has Resist 5 All Damage from some Warden feature/power. He also has Resist 10 Necrotic from his armor. He is hit by 30 Necrotic damage from a single attack. Does he take 15 damage, ...
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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 can I convert monsters from 4e back to 3.5?

For Christmas this year, I got the Monster Manual Three. Only problem is, this one is for 4e and I play almost exclusive 3.5. However, I started flipping through the pages anyway out of curiosity. I'...
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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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Does going prone stack with having cover?

Suppose I'm playing a ranged character. I am standing with an ally between me and my enemies, which grants "+2 defenses" for cover. I decide to further go prone. Do I now have a "+4 defenses", 2 ...
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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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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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What kind of steps can I take to avoid overwhelming a new, support-heavy party?

I'm a new DM looking to introduce my group to D&D 4E via a brief, low-level (3-4) custom adventure. My hope is that I can later expand into a full campaign after my players have become comfortable ...
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How do you calculate damage for MM1 and MM2 monsters? [duplicate]

I realize this may be a subjective question, but I'd really like to know what the consensus is. I know that WotC changed the way they calculate monster damage from MM3 and onwards, but there's isn't ...
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Do minions get critical damage

Do minions get critical damage, assuming they met the criteria, i.e. the roll is a 20, and the result would hit the players defence ?
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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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How can I successfully run one-on-one adventures in D&D 4E?

It seems clear that 4E really wants the party to have at least four PCs, so that all four roles can be covered. The official rules give tips on what to do when you can only have three PCs, but when ...
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How do you know if two monsters can move at the same time in DnD4e?

Can monsters in Dungeons and Dragons 4.0 share turns? In the first encounter of the Dungeons and Dragons 4e Redbox it states that you should make one initiative roll for the two goblins and one for ...
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A class with at-will powers only

Supposed I wanted to design a class that uses nothing but at-will powers. For those who are familiar with the numbers behind D&D 4e is this possible and still be competitive with the other classes ...
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Enemies knocking players unconscious instead of killing them

In D&D 4th Ed., can a monster choose to knock the player he is killing unconscious instead of killing him, thereby not giving him a chance to roll death saving throws to get back on his own and ...
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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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What is DDI (D&D Insider)?

I have seen this referenced in several questions. I've actually seen people use links into the DDI website in their answers that I can't get to since I don't have a subscription. I know its an online ...
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Can you jump during a charge?

Can a character jump during a charge? For the diagrams below: G Good Guy, speed 6 E Evil Guy = Land, 5' wide . Pit, 5' wide Situation 1: small gap ...
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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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What are the mechanical implications of Dungeons & Dragons Essentials?

It's my understanding that WOTC is releasing a string of 4e products under a label they're calling "Essentials", that there's substantial revisions/errata attached to this product line, and that the ...
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Is the D&D 4 shuriken reusable?

My D&D character is a rogue, and I use shurikens. But I am uncertain whether I can pick them up after I throw them. Can I? And if it is possible, what are the rules for it?
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Understanding stealth and ambushing

I was looking at this map and realized I have a problem understanding stealth. The guys indicated with letters are ambushing. Does that mean that they're using active stealth against passive ...
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Can a character purposefully “fall” to avoid incurring an Opportunity Attack?

I understand from an existing question that a fall does not trigger an Opportunity Attack, but what happens if the player purposefully initiates the "fall", e.g. ...
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How does __(Dexterity) vs. AC work?

I'm working through the new Red Box, and have ended up with a character with the at-will Bump And Run power. The attack is listed as __ (Dexterity) vs. AC ...
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Does the Tarrasque cause flying creatures to plummet to their death?

As mentioned in this answer: The Tarrasque's Earthbinding aura ... prevents creatures to fly beyond 4 squares above the ground My question was, if the creature was ~30 squares in the air, and ...
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What are some options to break out of the Executioner's Garrote Strangle?

Last night we were having a Battle Royale. Everyone had characters and we were fighting to the death. It was a good time. But we did end up having about a 20 minute argument on the Garrote Strangle. ...
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Does blindsight or tremorsense count for line of sight?

If I have tremorsense or blindsight, do I have line of sight if I'm otherwise blind? In particular, would this allow me to teleport out of a Stinking Cloud?
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What square does a medium sized rider occupy when mounted on a Large creature?

What square is used to reference the location of a medium-sized rider on a large-sized mount, and furthermore, how are melee attacks (range 1)resolved from adjacent foes? This is an offshoot of a ...
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Can a blind creature teleport another?

Our wizard has the feat Twist the Arcane Fabric, which lets you teleport an ally out of an area of effect spell. In a recent battle the wizard was blinded, and so ...
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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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Are there any low-magic 4e home-brew settings?

This question is in a sense related to "What RPGs treat magic as being common?" Aside from the WotC published setting of Dark Sun where magic is treated as something to be shunned, are there any home-...
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How often per Day can the Living Missile Attack power be used?

The Effect line of the Living Missile power card reads: While the target is immobilized or slowed by this power, you can use the Living Missile Attack power once per round. The Requirement line ...
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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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How do I Cleave as a Melee Basic Attack?

Numerous powers, and other game actions grant melee basic attacks, or trigger on MBAs. My fighter is going to primarily use Cleave (combined with ...
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Are there any 4E Mega-Dungeons out there?

When I say "Mega-Dungeon" I am thinking directly of my much beloved (and sometimes hated) World's Largest Dungeon for 3.5E. I know that WOTC has not released any sort of Mega-Dungeon (unless you count ...
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Anyone have some links to “easy to read” resources for a DND newbie?

Howdy! I am about to start a campaign with some friends in a month or so when they finish their current game. We will be using the 4e rules and characters. My wife has expressed interest in playing ...
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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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Where is published errata for Essentials?

Has Wizards of the Coast published errata yet for any of the Essentials books? I'm pretty sure that I already know the answer to this -- no errata has yet been published for Heroes of the Fallen ...
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What are the Twitter Buffs for D&D Encounters, and how do they work?

I take part in a weekly D&D Encounters program and the question often comes up. What are the "Twitter Buffs", and this is quickly followed by "how do they work"?
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How do I make a large organization of villains memorable or likeable?

I'm currently preparing a levels 1–30 D&D 4e campaign based on the .hack// games, where players become trapped inside an online game where a sentient program plans to become God. My main ...
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Grab and Flanking

I think I'm understanding this correctly but want to make absolutely certain before I bring it to the table: If a PC is grabbed by, in this case, a bear, and he has an ally on the other side of the ...
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Using Mage Hand to hold up a cloak and grant concealment

First off, Let me just say that I am a complete newbie. I have yet to play any DnD, but I am working on a character while me and some friends are getting things together to start our first game. Now ...
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Dungeons and Dragons Treasure Parcels

I'm new to D&D and would like to distribute treasure evenly in my dungeon for my level 1 PCs. I've read up briefly on the treasure packages but am still a little fuzzy on how they exactly work and ...
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Turning a Campaign Evil Leads to “Problems”

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 of turning the campaign to being more ...
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Ending combat: should I “kill” monsters prematurely?

Out of time constraints (my group can generally only meet for 3-4 hours every other week), as a GM I frequently find myself prematurely "killing" off monsters when it seems clear to me that the ...
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How can a PC craft armor?

I am DMing a dnd-4e game, and there was a wolf in the party's first encounter. After they defeated the enemy, the rogue wanted to skin the wolf in order to use it's hide for armor. I know there are ...
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Standard monster tactics for 4E D&D combat

In a similar vein to a question on tactics sources, I'm interested in knowing what are common tactics for monsters to use. The DMB and the MV mention monster groups, which are very useful, but I want ...