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

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Encounter powers, magic item powers and immediate reactions

Been fooling around with my artificer character, who has Eldritch Fusillade Expertise, which among other things states the following: "Draw or stow a wand and load crossbow as free action." Now a ...
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What damage bonuses apply to Come and Get It?

The text of the power of Come and Get It reads: You pull the target up to 2 squares, but only if it can end the pull adjacent to you. If the target is adjacent to you after the pull, it takes 1[W] ...
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Sorcerous Blade Channeling Feat Trigger?

If a creature had an effect trigger when they were hit with a melee attack and the sorcerer used acid orb using the sorcerous blade channeling feat, would the creature's ability trigger?
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Why doesn't Immobilized grant Combat Advantage?

In the list of effects, it seems immobilized is one of the few that doesn't grant combat advantage. I'm curious about the reasoning behind this. You're restricted to a small area and the Rules ...
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Christmas Themed Campaign

I Watched the Big Bang Theory s06e11 The Santa Simulation. And I wondered whether there are actually Christmas Campaigns, I searched a little but I have no clue which adventures are fun to play. Has ...
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How do I optimize an Earthstrength Warden with some houserules and minimal books?

Some friends and I are starting a new campaign where we agreed to use Player's Handbook 1 & 2 only. Unfortunately, all of us have little to no experience, and, although I don't want to boast, I'm ...
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Can a hexblade's pact weapon count towards a set bonus?

A hexblade's pact weapon gains "your implement's enhancement bonus, critical hit effect, properties and powers" when conjured from an implement held in the off hand. If "belonging to an item set" ...
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Adjusting Combat Balance

My Problem My players all seem to have +5 defenses and attacks over the monsters, in addition to the health and more deadly abilities... and they're in appropriate gear for their level (+2 gear at ...
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Does Arcane Reach work through walls

Arcane reach simply says that the origin square of a close blast or burst is two squares away from you--it does not specify line of sight or effect. The clost blast/burst determines line of effect ...
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Are there rules for drowning in 4e?

I'm new to the game and while playing, I forced a dazed direwolf into the water, where the DM said it drowned. Now, I was wondering if there is a specific rule for this, or this was the DM making a ...
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Dilettante with Sorcerer at-will Dragonfrost or Acid Orb as basic attack

So, a ranged basic attack is specifically described as something that can be done at-will. Dilettante lets you gain an at-will of another class but treated as an encounter. How does that work with ...
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When giving out magic item treasure, do I replace or supplement what characters have?

I read over the Treasure parcel section of the DMG guide, and it's clear on HOW to hand out magic items, when, and how many per level, etc. What I'm trying to understand is whether or not I should be ...
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Is an Illusory Wall solid until revealed in DnD 4e?

This post on nat1blogging (that I stumbled upon randomly) details a tricky method for trapping characters with a high perception. I'll just sum it up here (TL;DR), please read the original in case ...
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How do Psion At-Will Powers work?

Where can I find the list of Psion Powers? I know where the At-Wills, Encounters, etc. are, but where are the powers upon which I can spend power points? I'm a fairly green DM, and this is my first ...
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How do movement restrictions on a rider affect its mounted movement?

I would like to know what kind of movement rules, if any, apply between mount and rider when they suffer from different conditions. For example, if the rider is slowed and the mount is not, can the ...
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Can a thri-kreen count a wrist razor as a “melee” weapon for thri-kreen shooter while using a superior crossbow?

So bear with me, I'm trying to build a character around a specific, obscure racial feat. Thri-Kreen Shooter allows a Thri-Kreen character to wield a hand crossbow in their lower arms if they are ...
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Insubstantial with Resistances

So there's an assassin in my group who uses Shade Form to go insubstantial. He also has resist 10 to cold from an item he attained. My question is this: What comes first in terms of resistance, the ...
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Howl of Fury provoking opportunity attacks?

Curious if a barbarian's Howl of Fury provokes opportunity attacks, as it does not specify CLOSE blast. I think it's reasonable to assume it does not?
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Teleporting Grabbed Allies

I have a guy in my group who seems hellbent that if he grabs an ally, he can teleport with them. Couldn't find anything in the PHB so I'm asking if anyone has any hard evidence against this. Really ...
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A good 2nd level DDI-subscription adventure for a family with little kids?

I have a game group of myself (DM + a support cleric (N)PC), my wife and 2 boys. The kids are very young for dnd (10 and 6) but they are getting right into it and we're having a really good time ... ...
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Does Light create a point source light or does it make the whole target glow?

I recently came into a situation (in a DnD 4E game) where a player, knowing an invisible creature was somewhere nearby, wanted to take the light spell off of his staff and cast it on a handful of ...
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Should players be allowed to act outside their characters' boundaries when it suits them?

Some of my players tend to forget that they're not their character when we play, which sometimes results in characters doing things they usually would never do. As the DM, I've been pretty lenient ...
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What counts as entering the zone of Grasping Shadows? [duplicate]

The Wizard Spell Grasping Shadows says in its description: Effect: The burst creates a zone or writhing shadows that last until the end of your next turn. Each creature that enters the zone takes ...
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How much would it cost to hire mercenaries for a couple days?

My team has been tasked with defending a high value target on a lightning rail train. They're fairly certain that the train will be hit hard and are considering hiring mercenaries to flesh out the ...
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Will changing an artifact sword to another weapon type impact game balance much?

I have an ongoing campaign, that started with a vampire-paladin who is now a blackguard — he fallen to the dark side, thanks to Nightbringer. Then he lost the sword: he wanted to control ...
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4e Essentials with the Kids - options for sourcing Essentials?

I have managed to get my boys (6 and 10) into D&D Essentials and we're working through the starter pack. It's been a bit of a shock to discover that the rest of it is seemingly out of print. The ...
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Movement and sight [duplicate]

A character has a light source on himself, in an otherwise dark area. She ventures in an enemy-ridden area, revealing the position and nature of some enemies as she moves. How is this ruled? Should ...
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Is there an organized list of the published D&D Dungeon and Dragon magazine adventures?

I have access to both Dungeon and Dragon Magazines through my D&D Insider subscription, but WOTC only lists their articles in the database by title. What would really help is if it a list exists ...
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Do I add an enchantment bonus to sneak attack damage?

I was looking over the Sneak Attack entries in D&D 4th Edition, as I am playing a rogue in a Planescape campaign. Anywho, I was wondering if a Short Sword +2 would add it's enhancement bonus to ...
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Ways to regain Oath of Enmity with a multiclass Avenger?

The 2 multiclass Avenger feats, Disciple of Divine Wrath from PHB 2 and Hero of Faith from Divine Power, contain the following text: Once per encounter, you can use the avenger’s oath of enmity ...
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Can my Cleric with the Primordial Adept theme use his holy symbol for theme powers?

The Primordial Adept theme, which gives rod proficiency and has Implement-keyword powers, mentions no restrictions or caveats to its powers' implement use. Do only rods work for Primordial Adept ...
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How does using a warhorse as a beast companion work?

I'm creating a Human Ranger Beast Master (D&D 4e) and I would like to have a Warhorse beast companion and use it as a mount. And I have several questions concerning this: If I buy a warhorse and ...
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How far does trap searching extend?

How far does trap searching (Passive or Active) extend? I.E If PCs enter a 30x30 room, and the perception beats the DC of a trap on the other side of the room do they see it?
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Does liquid count as ground? [duplicate]

Is there any consensus as to whether a Tenser's Floating Disk floats over water? What counts as ground? asks a related question, but the water thing isn't asked nor answered there. So, would you ...
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Antithesis for an elf ranger? [closed]

In the campaign I'm currently playing in, the DM is having us make anti-characters for us to fight. I'm a walking stereotype (ELf Ranger) and so the DM said my anti has to be a dwarf. What class ...
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How do I make an effective level 4 Revenant Avenger? [closed]

I am joining a D&D 4E campaign soon. the DM helped me set up my character. He is an avenger revenant (half-elf/assassin) with isolating oath of enmity. Melee weapon is a challenge seeking scythe ...
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What methods can I use to get fuller class features than the multiclass feats provide?

I have been looking at some multiclass feats from the players handbook and noticed that many of them allow you to gain a a class feature as an encounter power (Such as Warrior of the Wild, Sneak of ...
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Does the DM Kit Work With the Core Books?

I am looking to start playing dungeons and dragons and was wondering if I can use the Dungeon masters kit with the 4th Edition players handbook and the monster manual and can I play with one set of ...
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Which background and theme fits a Razerclaw Shifter Ranger (Archer) [closed]

Our DM declared that as of Lv11 we will be allowed to choose a BG and Theme - as long as it matches our (still to be written) background story. I am a LV10 Razorclaw DEX Ranger heading towards the ...
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Blacksmithing and repair in D&D 4e?

This is my first time as a DM of D&D 4e. I have a character playing a paladin with a blacksmithing background. This player has played a years-long campaign with other friends. He's been looking ...
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Which is a good leather armour for a level 3 striker in 4e?

I'm currently looking for a good leather armour for a 4e rogue and was wondering which was best. Currently I am torn between these two but I am open for all others: Bestial Armour +1 level 3 ...
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How should a DM act with the Avenger's Avenging Echo power?

There has been a small discussion in my D&D group about two powers of the Avenger class. The two powers have similar attacks. Bond of Retribution Hit: 1[W] + Wisdom modifier damage. The ...
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Help with Defender Aura at-will power

I'm not sure we are using the defender aura correctly. While in the aura, any enemy takes a -2 penalty to attack rolls when it makes an attack that does not include among its targets either you or ...
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How do magic weapons affect attack and damage rolls for weapon or implement powers?

I've pored over the PHBs, the Rules Compendium, and similar questions at this site and other forums and I'm still confused about how magical weapons enhancements/properties interact with character ...
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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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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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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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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?