Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition from 2008 (includes Essentials)

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Certain Justice and Superior Will

What happens if you have Superior Will and succeed on a Saving Throw (in the start of your turn) against the Dazed condition from Certain Justice (the 11th power from the Champion of Order paragon ...
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How can I tune encounter difficulty appropriately in D&D Essentials?

Two of my friends and I recently played our very first game of D&D using the Essentials kit. I DM'd, getting them through the Red Box create-your-own character story. It was all good fun, they ...
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What typed-damage builds (item & feat) exist for ki-focus implements in 4e?

The problem at hand I'm fairly proficient with the usual pathways for getting frost or fire or radiant damage combos/optimization going with regular weapons or using holy symbols, but I am new at ...
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Does the half-level modifier contribute to a push?

I have a level 9 Swordmage and I just got Forceful Dismissal. One question I had about it was the push part: "push the target a number of squares equal to your Strength modifier." Does that strength ...
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A game where death is permanent?

I'm running a D&D 4e campaign where the underlying story arc features Orcus and his followers. It starts with a run-in with a Cult of Orcus, and gradually escalates with the party finding that the ...
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When can a Barbarian go into a Rage?

How exactly does Barbarian rage work in 4E? Is there a prerequisite they have to meet to be able to rage, for example only after using certain powers, or can they rage whenever they want to?
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How to create an only skill challange quest?

First time playing D&D, first time DMing and first time creating a quest. The plot is simple: the players arrive at a town, they hear about a treasure and off they go to collect their riches... ...
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What are the equipment implications of my Arcane Implement Mastery choice?

I'm currently creating a Half-Elf Wizard. All Wizards have the Arcane Implement Mastery class feature, but I don't understand how it works. Does the character automatically get a staff of defense ...
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Using flail expertise with powers that push/pull/slide

I am playing a battlemind with flail expertise. This allows me to knock prone an opponent instead of sliding them. Is sliding specific to just powers that say slide or is push and pull included as a ...
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Last-minute system-related second thoughts before starting a game

I'm looking at starting a game with a bunch of friends. Between us, we have very little RPG experience; one of the party has played a little before (Pathfinder, I think) and I played a handful of ...
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Role playing with powers, solely for the effect without damage

Certain abilities have very interesting effects, but are accompanied by damage. In combat, this is no problem. But say you want to use the ability outside of combat, for role-playing reasons. Can you ...
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Will Death's Resurgence prevent death?

Looking at the Swordmage/19 power Death's Resurgence: Immediate Interrupt Target: Each enemy in burst Trigger: You become bloodied or brought to 0 or fewer hit points. Hit: some damage ...
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Enchanted Superior Impements

I was wondering if an enchantment on a weapon, specifically a Superior Implement, would override it's previous effect. For example, I'm looking to use a Quickbeam staff (with the effects of being ...
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Can the direction of a pull change in the middle of forced movement?

Must the direction of a pull remain the same for the entire pull, or can the direction the target is pulled in change mid-movement? One example: Say I use an ability to pull a target two squares, but ...
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How do I prepare a permanent magic circle for the Linked Portal ritual?

In a previous question I asked about how to best gain components for Rituals in a world where magic is not as common. In our last session we completely conquered a fort and decided to lay claim to ...
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How to gather ritual components in a low-treasure campaign

In the campaign I play in, my character is the only magic user (Sorcerer). I just reached level 6 and decided it would be a good idea to take the ritual caster feat, to be able to help out the party. ...
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How would a character use object projection to perform thievery?

I can imagine some fun uses for the wilder cantrip object projection, but a major one was the ability to steal things. I have a few scenario's that might be encountered, and I'd like to know how they ...
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Which is best for a 4e Hexblade, wands or rods?

I'm running a fey Hexblade in a 4e game and have been thinking of taking the Wand or Rod expertise feat. Since Rods tend to rely on cursing powers I don't have, and wands seem to rely on wizards ...
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Is there an fire version of Wintertouched in D&D 4e?

I found the Wintertouched feat in D&D 4e, which grants you combat advantage against foes that are weak to cold. I'm wondering though, is there a version that gives you combat advantage if a foe is ...
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demigod interaction with dragon breath

In regards to the demigod (phb) epic paragon path lvl 30 feature... Simple Question If I am playing a dragonborn fighter and the only encounter attack power I have left is my dragonbreath racial, am ...
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Draw maps while playing rather than beforehand?

I use a huge Chessex wet-erase battle mat to draw maps from published adventures on and I'm currently running The Lost Mines of Karak Lode. It's, by far, the largest map I've had my party play. It's ...
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DnD 4th edition, teleport and charging

Can the movement from a teleport power be used as the movement in a charge if you teleport two or more squares?
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Odd class combination - mitigate losses?

I am playing (for story reasons) a Minotaur Battlemind/Monk hybrid. The Minotaur racials seem to play nicely with the Monk class, but the Monk/Battlemind abilities seem to contradict each other (one ...
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What books should I start D&D 4e with? [duplicate]

I am starting to play D&D and have bought the Players Handbook, the Monsters Manual and the DM guide! Now, with what did you started playing? Where do you find all of the pertinent information to ...
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Is the Dark Light ritual an invisibility cloak?

You create a source of dim light that allows you and those around you to see without your being seen because of your light source. Does the "without your being seen" part mean that the players ...
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How many Encounter Powers can I use during an Encounter?

So, I have a lvl. 1 cleric! I have 1 Encounter power + the power of my deity + Healing Word. But how do encounter powers work? Either you can only use ONE power from the whole 'encounter' category ...
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What is a good way to handle a merchant / snake oil salesman PC?

I recently started running a 4e game where a character is playing an unaligned merchant bard who is also a bit of a snake oil salesman. What is a good way to play up the merchant / snake oil salesman ...
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What benefits or powers does a cleric gain from choosing a deity?

Is there any benefit from choosing a god? What are they? Do they change per level? Is it available to use at all times? Do they involve rituals? What are the prerequisites?
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Which ability modifiers apply to which Defenses?

I'm creating a level 1 character. When I got to the 'filling out the character sheet' part I really didn't understand what modifiers there were for Defenses or how they were applied. I am new to ...
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Declaring an interrupt during a multitarget attack

Suppose I have an immediate interrupt power that triggers when I am hit, and the effect is to push the creature out of range, invalidating the attack. Example: A monster attacks with a close burst ...
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Is the Rapier a Superior or Military weapon?

I keep seeing the Gritty Sergeant and Noble Bred for War backgrounds mentioned as ways to gain proficiency with rapier. However rapier is listed in PHB as a superior weapon, and GS/NBfW grant ...
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Do items that trigger off of “x basic attack” work with powers “used as” basic attacks?

For instance, I'm building a Level 4 Seeker (Ranged Arcane Archer-esque class) who has an At Will attack (Biting Swarm) that can be used "as a" ranged basic attack. I also have a couple of items that ...
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How much of a large's creature's space must be above a pit before they fall?

Scenario: The party encounters large skeletons. The combat map has a lot of squares marked as (possibly) bottomless pits. Each skeleton takes up four squares. If they are forced towards the edge, how ...
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Resolving triggers arising during a move action

I recently designed a Centered Breath Monk, lvl16 that, according to the current build, has an event that triggers when I am missed by a melee attack: Ghostwalker, Of Two Worlds (11th level) ...
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Resolving simultaneous triggers

I have a general concepts (see title) that I would like to run by the rules experts. I recently designed a Centered Breath Monk, lvl16 that, according to the current build, has two events that trigger ...
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Does a Half-Orcs furious assault affect non damaging attacks?

A question came up in todays session. If a Half-Orc uses an attack power that doesn't do any damage (for example, Song Of Discord, Bard 5) can they still apply the damage granted from their Furious ...
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Are the powers listed only in the Red Box available to use or deliberately removed?

I don't see Poised Strike and Stone Blood in any books other than the 4e Red Box. I believe there are quite a few others (listed below). Why weren't these added into the 4e PHB or other 'essentials' ...
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How Does Forced Movement Work With Corners?

How does forced movement (in this specific case, a push) interact with corners? I have a situation that is as follows: A uses a power that has a push 1. By how I'm interpreting the rules, B cannot ...
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How should a DM recover from major player plot derailment? [duplicate]

Raj Got Stuck in the Crystal I’m a relatively new DM, and I ran into an issue with my group recently that I think I could have handled better. For our campaign, I designed a world where the continent ...
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Can eladrin be affected by the 'sleep' spell?

As eladrin/drow have the "trance" ability, making them not need to sleep to rest, but instead enter a meditative state, are they affected by any kind of spell that induces sleep?
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Newbie starting first D&D campaign

My friends want to play D&D and they expect me to be the GM; since none of us has ever played before, their wanting to keep playing or not pretty much depends on me. I have bought the Player's ...
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Are there any magic items to crash a wall?

My character is a Level 4 Barbarian. And simply put, he doesn't like hidden doors. I wonder if there is some Alchemist Fire, or Magical Pickaxe or Disintegrating Hand Grenade to make a good big hole ...
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How can I fix the Slaying Stone's premise?

I'd like to know how people have fixed the Slaying Stone premise hole: You have to go find a stone in a town overrun with orcs, goblins and a dragon, but: It only works near Gorizbadd It ...
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When a power makes a zone, what squares does it affect?

Some powers create zones, and most of them just say it, "zone", but what exactly is it? I mean, whats the size? For they just mention the range of where I can put the "core" of the zone!
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Can I use more than one implement at once?

If I'm a Cleric with the Student of Artifice feat, and I have a staff and a holy symbol, will my powers with the implement keyword receive both enhancements?
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What would the effect be of zeroing your exp after every level?

Inspired by this question, what would the effect of setting your exp to zero after levelling be? Obviously, each level would take longer. Would there be any other effects? Note: As BESW points out, ...
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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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Trying to understand stacking defense bonuses from Racial / Feat / Items in DND4e?

I am a relatively new player to DND (4e). I've tried to look this information up and have found tidbits but I am still unclear. This is a multi-part question though the core of it is understanding if ...
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What kind of penalty does moving over furniture incur?

In a previous encounter I filled a room with a bunch of chairs and tables with the intent of players run around or over them to escape a difficult creature. I wasn't sure what the penalties were so I ...
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How can I optimize this Slayer?

I am Creating a 5th level Charge Happy Slayer. Should I choose to do an extra 1d8+3 damage on each charge or knock the enemy prone on every attack? Our party is Cleric, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue & ...