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

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Can a creature teleport any distance vertically?

Last night, our D&D 4e group encountered a creature standing on top of a 40ft high ledge. Our ranger used an ability that shifted him off the ledge and he fell to the floor below. The creature ...
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Need help, clarification on rules for escaping/destroying magic bola

I'm looking for some help with understanding what options an opponent has when I hit them with my bola. My ranger has taken the Bola Training [Multiclass Bola] feat, so I can forego damage and choose ...
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Do Immediate Reactions that trigger on hit trigger before or after you take damage?

I've seen a lot of different opinions on the topic, so I'm not really sure how it goes anymore. If you have an immediate reaction on hit, do you take the damage before you react? Some say yes, ...
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A player takes half a standard action, what am I supposed to do?

I've got a problem with how to define half a standard action. The hold portal ritual takes 1 standard action to cast. This is so the player can use it in combat. Now this player wants to create a ...
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Building a New Character

After talking more with the guy whom I've been building a new character for, I've come to understand that some of the information I posted in my first question was... inaccurate. What he wants is a ...
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Is there a class in D&D 3.5e similar to the 4e warden?

I've fallen in love with the idea of a goliath warden. I want to use things like minor shapeshifting, nature powers, and martial skill to murder monsters and take their stuff, but I want to do that in ...
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Building a striker [closed]

Okay, so I'm building a striker for one of my fellow players (the player is extremely new to DnD but is quite picky about what he actually wants to do). Basically out of a team of 4 players, we have ...
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What house-rules would be appropriate for a D&D Ironman game?

In a game I'm planning on running, I'm planning to run it in an "Ironman" fashion, reminiscent of Nethack and the Diablo options. I have established that: there will be no possibility of ...
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Do bonuses to damage rolls apply to each attack in a round?

In D&D 4e, if you don't move, you can attack twice per turn. My question is pretty simple: if I attack twice, do I add my bonus twice (which seems logical, since it's two separate attacks), or ...
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Should I scale the difficulty after the party recruits a boss?

A year ago or so, I was DMing a DnD4e campaign in which the leader of the players' party (Sariel) managed to convince a powerful (6 levels higher) adversary (Pieter) to join them temporarily; their ...
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Is there a way for a ranger's pet to deal magic/ranged damage?

We've got a ranged beastmaster ranger with a raptor pet that has been re-fluffed as a phoenix. Said ranger is really keen for his pet to be doing lots of attacks, so we've houseruled Twin Strike to be ...
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What are the limitations on powers usable with Unleash Spell Power?

The Spell Commander Paragon Path, described in Dragon Magazine 381 and available to Artificers, has the level 16 feature named Unleash Spell Power, which has the following text: Unleash Spell ...
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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 an evil character worship a good deity?

I am making a bard character, that will be a complete diva, throwing glitter everywhere, hitting on anything that moves, I poured an insane amount of points into charisma, and have chosen the most ...
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What is the XP budget per encounter for a two-person party?

I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons for a while now as a player. I've recently started up a new game that I am DMing. I am going to run the Kobold Hall adventure for starters. The problem I have ...
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Is my DM a killjoy, or am I just a whining player?

I've been playing D&D 4E with a group of colleagues from work for about a year or so now. Whilst some of us were seasoned role players, and others had never played before at all - none of us had ...
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Why can't my monk use the Frost Unarmed Attack +1?

I use the official D&D character creator and I currently have a monk who uses the monk unarmed strike attack. I gave him the Primordial Adept theme and I want him to be able to constantly deal ...
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Can I create a Warlock that can Sneak Attack with Eldritch Blast?

Starting a DnD 4e game where I'm making a Halfling Warlock. I've given him a background where he used to be part of a Thieves' Guild and I thought I could perhaps flavour him as an ex-assassin. I've ...
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DnD 4E list of poisons

Ok, so I've researched it quite thoroughly, and although there are a few venoms, and a few potions that can be used that way (The Goodnight Tincture), aside from those listed in Adventurer's vault and ...
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How can I recreate an “ambush in the night” scenario?

The "ambush in the night" is a staple of adventure fiction: Arrows fly through the night, but the heroes can't see who is shooting. I'm interested in recreating such a scenario in D&D 4e, but the ...
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How does petrify affect Shardminds in 4E D&D?

I need to know if Shardminds can be affected by any form of petrifaction in 4E D&D. Does it not work because they're already made of crystals? Does it work by changing them into regular stone? Or, ...
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Could you use a 4th Edition character in a 5th Edition adventure, just for level 1?

For a one shot session, I'm DMing a 5th Edition Level 1 adventure, but our regular sessions are 4th Edition. The group is a mix of some new players and experienced players. The new players will be ...
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How do I deal with absent players missing out on levels or XP?

If a player is absent and nobody chooses to play this absent character and instead I let it vanish for a while with a suitable reason or excuse, does this missing player gain levels and XP with the ...
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Does the climbing distance include an extra square for the horizontal move?

Does the climbing distance include an extra square for a horizontal move? An example to clarify ... Character is at the bottom of a 15' vertical cliff, no special effects, so each square of climbing ...
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Are the cards in the Three Dragon Ante decks the same?

So I want to get Three Dragon Ante, but I Im going to use it in Third ruleset, I just want to make sure the easier to find 4th Edition Deck could be used with the 3rd Ed rules.
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Forced teleportation of traps?

Recently I was DM and the wizard decided to use "hammerfall step" to teleport a trap into a pit where it couldn't do anything. The trap was fixed to the floor so it could not be pushed, but could it ...
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When an Essentials Vampire bites a random NPC, what happens? [closed]

Firstly, some backstory: The party has recently released a large group of prisoners from a fortress orbiting Baator, and escaped with the freed prisoners on an Astral Ship of some sort. As is ...
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Can druids take multiple animals companions?

I was wondering this while DMing my little bro with the red box set as he was fighting the white dragonling. With my sentinel druid, would I be able to tame multiple creatures and possibly even use ...
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Earthreaver Stompers (Boots) Daily Power Target Clarification

To the point: Does the Daily Power given from the Earthreaver Stompers (AV) attack each creature in the burst, each enemy in the burst, or one creature in the burst? "Power (Daily): Standard Action. ...
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How much experience should a PC be worth?

Long story short, I'm about to betray my party (by trying to kill them). I'm playing this betrayer on behalf of the GM. Assuming they defeat me, how much experience should they get? I am a level 14 ...
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Does White Lotus Dueling Expertise apply to basic melee attacks?

I have a Skald (bard) that just hit level 2. I wanted to pick up White Lotus Dueling Expertise, but when I add it in the character builder, I don't see a change in my my melee basic attack accuracy. ...
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Battlemind using at-will ability for opportunity attacks

I'm playing a Level 4 Half-Elf Harrier Battlemind. I'm pretty happy with him all up, tanky, hard to hit, doesn't do a huge amount of damage, but can fairly reliably hit his targets. My biggest ...
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Evolving a region from war torn to merchant hub

Currently in my planning for my campaign I have a desert region that would make for a great way to travel, except tribes of Monkeys are at war. One side quest I have planned out has the players end ...
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Does anyone have random encounter tables for 4th edition D&D?

One of the big things missing from 4e for my style of play is a good set of random encounter tables. Has anyone worked up a set of tables like you find in 1e (i.e., covers a variety of dungeon levels ...
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What is the easiest way to determine what kind of adventure my group will enjoy? [closed]

I am first time DM and I have to run one game for 5 people whose gaming habits I don't really know (except that they are gamers and/or bookworms and excited to try - good candidates). DnD 4e and yes, ...
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How to deal with a DM that doesn't listen to or cooperate with his co-DMs?

We are a group of five who rotates DMing with each quest. We have one DM who only does what he wants when he's DM, with no regard for other players, other DMs, or the rules, which forces the next DM ...
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How to balance a custom Shadow Skip power?

Background In a campaign I'm DMing, I like to give special treats to each character, often after a spectacular feat they managed to pull; as a result of this, the Warlord has a talking demonslayer ...
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Why do undead have darkvision in 4E?

I just recently noted that essentially all of the undead (maybe actually all?) in fourth edition have darkvision. I was going to reveal some information to my party by having one of their associates ...
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Dealing with extreme luck

As a DM for 4th edition, I have a rather interesting bunch of players, but 4 of them that show up at my table tend to have extreme luck. 'W' and 'J' both have bad luck--there are nights where they ...
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What paragon path should I choose for my Kobold Ensnaring Swordmage?

I've got a Kobold Ensnaring Swordmage (currently L9) in an ongoing War of the Burning Sky campaign, and I am slightly stumped on paragon path choices. Yes I'm aware that Swordmage is a janky class ...
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Does reducing a roll change a critical?

This came up in our game last night. An enemy attacks and rolls a critical hit. The target uses the Luckbender paragon power "Even the Odds" and reduces the roll by the d6 roll. Is the result still ...
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Does D&D 4e have a Lizardfolk as a playable, PC race?

There are many entries in the Monster Manual for Lizardfolk, but I have yet to find a good piece of literature describing how to play them as a player race. If necessary I will create it from scratch, ...
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How can a charging thief take advantage of the druid's wild shape feats that grant charge bonuses?

A D&D 4e thief with "Surprising Charge" (+1[W] damage on a charge against someone with CA) and "Cunning Stalker" (grants CA on any isolated enemy) does astonishing amounts of damage on a charge. ...
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Which of the gods in Points of Light were completely new in that setting?

Points of Light features a relatively small number of gods for a D&D setting. Most of them are either gods used in multiple settings (Bahamut, Moradin, Gruumsh, Corellon, Lolth), a fair deal from ...
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How do weapon properties apply to double weapons?

The mechanics of wielding a double weapon is described in the Adventurer's Vault on page 10: Wielding a double weapon is like wielding a weapon in each hand. The first die given in the damage ...
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The source of granted ongoing damage

If I use Furious Smash with Cruel Cut Style, am I the source of the ongoing damage that I'm granting my ally's attack? I was considering taking Disciple of Torment so that while the ongoing damage ...
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Are enemies aware of Hunter's Quarry, Bravo prey, etc?

If a ranger is hidden and quarries an enemy, is the enemy aware of it? Is the ranger's position revealed? Are the rules the same for a Bravo's prey? I'm sure there are other effects out there too, ...
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Where can I find player available rituals for creating undead?

I like to DM D&D 4e and recently acquired Open Grave, a rules supplement on undead. But there are no rituals for creating combat-capable undead (they are all listed as "non-combatants"). Is there ...
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What are the major differences between Pathfinder and D&D 4e?

I'm really only familiar with D&D 4e. Could someone give me a rundown of the major things that would be different if I were to DM Pathfinder? (I gather it is more similar to 3.5e, but I only know ...
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What are the differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4th edition?

I have a small group of players who don't play often and we've been playing D&D 3.5. I wanted to know if there are any significant differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4e? Do they use a ...