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

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How do I balance an encounter for my party?

I'm currently DMing some games in the D&D 4e Adventure Series. We started with H1, Keep on the Shadowfell, and we're just about to start H2, Thunderspide labyrinth. I have six players who are all ...
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Can an enemy creature who is grabbed and prone escape?

A PC in my campaign has an enemy grabbed and prone and is attempting to drown them. It's the enemy's turn. Can the enemy escape while grabbed? If so can he shift while prone if he succeeds on an ...
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Does Screaming Bow's daily power affect the triggering attack?

My DM is saying that the power on Screaming Bow which gives vulnerable 5 thunder does not apply to the attack which allows the power to activate. Is this the case? For reference: Power (daily): ...
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Line of Sight and Teleport (e.g. Clairvoyance with Fey Step)

In D&D 4e teleport actions need line of sight to destination place. Seer's Clairvoyance gives a vision of place where I have no line of sight. Can I after use of Clairvoyance teleport, e.g. using ...
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Can a Shardmind use Warforged Components?

In the Eberron Player's Guide there is a section called Warforged Components, containing components that are said to be for the Warforged. However, the items themselves say: Requirement: You must ...
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How do you present plot hooks to string together premade adventures?

I am about to run my first adventure as a GM. I have never GM'd or participated in table top role playing before so I am following premade adventures (in this case starting with the 4e Redbox ...
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How can I view Paragon Tier feats in the Character Builder?

I'm DMing a 4E campaign for my friends who have never played any D&D game before. So far they're loving it. We're using the old character builder that WOTC released a while back, that you run from ...
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To what extent is reskinning acceptable?

At what point does reskinning become gamebreaking? If a player desperately wants to swap out a Force keyword for Fire, is that going to destroy the combat system? I know there's a precedent for it ...
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How do Treasure Parcels work?

I'm quite new to Dungeons and Dragons 4e, and am currently DMing a game with some friends of mine using the Dungeon Master's Guide. I'm a little stuck however with the treasure parcel system. There ...
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How many people can help treat a disease?

Related to some of the other disease-based questions here, I have one that's not covered: how many people can attempt to treat disease on a player using their Heal skill? My reading of the rules ...
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Forced Movement: Can a Halfling really pull a Dragon?

One of my PCs is a Druid with "Thorn Whip". In our last session, he used it on a wall-mounted magic Turret Trap. Since the Power says "Pull the Target 2 squares", I ruled that he just ripped it out of ...
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Ranged accuracy

I have a player in my group that is playing a hybrid ranged rogue/executioner.The campaign has many options for the perma-hidden build he has. He wants to make the character more accurate, he now has ...
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Problem with Raise Dead? [duplicate]

My four players have decided on the following plan: once a week, they all cut off three pieces of their hair and give it the others. This way, if another character is ever killed, they can pull out ...
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Can mount slot items like Impenetrable Barding be used with figurines of power?

I imagine a mount slot item as something the mount carries/wears. When you use the Figurines such as the ebony fly they tend to be of use in just one or two combats--with a standard action they grow ...
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Alternatives to Pass-Fail skill challenges in D&D 4e

Non-Combat encounters should be fun, not frustrating! I'm a veteran (AD&D) DM running D&D 4e, and my first-time players really enjoy the game I'm running for them. Though, the skill-challenge ...
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Does the attack roll bonus of Escalating Assault apply to Virtuous Strike

So in a Swordmage/Paladin hybrid scenario: If during an encounter Escalating Assault were to trigger a MBA and I decide to replace the MBA with a Virtuous Strike, do I recieve the bonus of Escalating ...
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Is there a world map for the core campaign setting for DnD 4e?

This question derives from: "Is there a core campaign setting for DnD 4e?". The answers provided there were excellent and extremely helpful. Even more so when I saw that the board game Conquest of ...
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I'm looking for advice on Wizard status effect powers. Anyone have good advice?

After studying up on the wizards forums and reading the class 'handbooks' there (as well as getting pummeled to near death in the last few combat encounters in my group), I've begun to consider using ...
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Do you need to be a certain level to enchant a certain level of magical item?

I have a question about the wording in the Adventurers vault where it talks about enchanting items, The ritual caster must still be high enough level to create the final item... The level it ...
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As a DM, how to save a creature from being killed by players and not be cheap?

If you put a creature you want to use at a later date in an encounter, how could I save that creature near the end of the battle without sounding cheaty. E.g. The evil mage has only 1 hit point left ...
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Does Pervasive Light stack with Painful Oath?

I've got a question about painful oath + pervasive light. Painful Oath says "The first time you hit..., you deal extra radiant and necrotic damage" Pervasive Light says "When you hit a target that ...
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Do reading spectacles allow one to understand all languages, not just read them?

A member of my party I DM for has Reading Spectacles, whose text is simple: You can read any language (the spectacles do not grant the ability to speak or write a language). I would like to ...
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What's the reach of swarm creatures?

Can a swarm attack an adjacent creature, or must they occupy the same space as a creature to attack them? Let's consider the regular "Swarm of Teeth" attack of a Rat Swarm for an example: is its reach ...
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Twin Strike and keywords from frost weapon and radiant weapon (and dual implement feat)

I would like to know if when I'm dual wielding an frost weapon and a radiant weapon the keywords cold and radiant gets applied to both attacks, or say if you make the first attack with the frost ...
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What do I need to keep running D&D after finishing the Red Box?

I recently got the Red Box (Essential 4e Starter Kit or whatever it's called) and have played through the adventure with some friends. I have no idea what I need now – specifically, what books ...
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Stealth and Sneak Attack Rogue in combat

I have a rogue in my party who likes to constantly use stealth in combat after he makes an attack, in order to get the CA required for the sneak attack dice. He justifies this by standing far away and ...
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How does Vulnerability interact with multiple instances of bonus damage?

Suppose I have vulnerable 5 fire on a monster and I hit it with a basic melee attack. This melee attack comes with an extra 3 fire damage from Swordmage's Burning Blade, and an extra 1d4 fire damage ...
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What damage types can Diamond Bracers resist?

There is an item called Diamond Bracers from AV1 that has the following Daily power: Item Slot: arms Power(Daily): Minor action. Until the end of the encounter, gain resist 10 against a damage ...
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Does the Assassin take damage when he uses Vanish?

The 4th Edition Assassin class has a Level 6 Utility Power Called Vanish: Encounter - Immediate Reaction Personal Keywords: Shadow, Teleportation Trigger: You are hit by an attack. Effect: ...
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Can Templates be applied to Player Characters?

I know how this works in 3.5/Pathfinder (GM Approval + Level Adjustment) but I can't find anything in any of the Dungeon Master's Guides about applying them to Player Characters. For example, if a PC ...
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Getting ready to start DMing a game; what level/adventures should I start at? [closed]

One of the players is moderately experienced at 4e, but the other players are all new to it, though they've got the want. What adventures are out there that suit my needs, and what level should I ...
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Does Deep Shroud affect the Sorcerer's own attacks?

I was considering using Deep Shroud, but have a question on attacking through the cloud it creates. The Effect reads: "You create a shroud of supernatural shadow around you. Until the end of your next ...
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Lighting in Combat: The Mechanics? [duplicate]

I need to know EXACTLY how lighting affects combat, and if it does at all. It's listed in the DMG as just an explanation of an environmental thing, but how does it work specifically? Does Dim Light ...
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How does a Hunter Beastmaster's Beast Companion level?

How does a Beast Companion level? The only thing I know for sure is that my wolf (Hellhound) gets 8hp per lvl, but what about the other stats like strength, dex, cha, etc.?
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How can a DM run D&D 4e combat as theater of the mind rather than a grid?

I am DMing a new 4e group, and I am interested in approaching the game as a "theater of the mind" style combat rather than the traditional grid format. We are locked into doing D&D 4e because of ...
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Theme, School and Feat damage for Conjurations and Summonings?

Okay, I'm playing a Tiefling Fire-oriented mage with the Infernal Prince theme, Hellfire Blood feat and Pyromancy school Apprentice bonus. With all of that, my fire attacks get +2 atk and +2 dmg. I ...
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How do you scale up a premade adventure's difficulty when you have additional PCs?

I am going to be running the D&D 4e Redbox premade adventure and a couple other premade adventures for 5 PCs. However at the beginning of the explanation for the adventures they say it is for a ...
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What does the lack of a Will defense mean?

There's a module which features an inanimate object without a Will defense. Does a lack of Will defense mean you can't attack the target with a power that goes against Will? Or you can but it ...
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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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How do these items which improve Dragonbreath stack?

What are the cumulative effects of the following? Ring of the Dragonborn Emperor (Adventurer's Vault) Arkhosian Scepter (Player's Handbook Races - Dragonborn) Paragon Path: Ninefold Master lvl 11 ...
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How can i build a character that is blind but has an alternate way of sight? [closed]

I was talking with my DM recently and i thought about building a character that is blind but does not relie on tremor-sense. Could i make a character that is blind but uses say a type of Magical Sight ...
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Do conjurations still appear if you miss?

A question came up in my last gaming session about conjurations. I looked around online, but can't locate a clear answer on this. There's another wizard besides myself in our party and he tried to ...
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Acceptable human rogue monster?

I'm working on an encounter for my game this coming Sunday. The party is made up of five level four characters. I want this encounter to be comprised of a group of "Human Rabble", and maybe a "Human ...
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Can a dragonborn sorcerer designed to recharge her breath choose to fail a save against ongoing damage? [duplicate]

Does a character have to do a saving throw at the end of his turn or can he or she choose to keep an effect active on them? Will my idea below work as intended? I'm looking into making a dragonborn ...
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When determining Line of Effect with multiple targets, can you use multiple corners?

So the PHB seems clear with Line of Effect on 1 target at a time: if you can pick a corner and draw a line to any of your target's corners, it's a valid target. But what about when you're targeting ...
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Power bonus to AC stacking with power bonus to defense

Seems like a 'no' but figured i'd double check. If I have a power bonus to all 'defenses', would a power bonus to just AC stack on top of it?
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Does a Barbarian's Rage End When He Becomes Unconscious?

If a barbarian is raging and he falls unconscious, does the rage end? Is it different if the barbarian dropped to 0 hit points versus due to a spell effect? Are there other conditions that cause ...
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How do the print D&D Rules Compendium and the DDI Compendium compare?

I am new to 4E and am looking for a resource that provides all the rules in one place, instead of having to flip through a handful of books in order to find what I need. I see that Wizards has a print ...
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How are 4e elves different from 3.5e elves?

I was looking into how to roleplay an elf in D&D 4e, when the kind folks in one of the chatrooms on this site informed me that elves in 4e are very different from those in 3.5e, which sparked my ...
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Is there a mass combat system for 4E D&D which has the following features?

Related question that doesn't answer mine because I have slightly different requirements I am interested in a mass combat system for 4E, but before I just roll my own, I want to know if there is a ...