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

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How do we transition from D&D 4e's world to D&D 5e's world?

My group started in late Dec 14th with D&D 4e, in the Points of Light. My players have expressed an interest in making the switch to 5e. D&D 5e is set in Forgotten Realms, a completely new and ...
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What do I consider when populating D&D 4E Dungeons?

Ok guys, tomorrow is gonna be my first dungeon crawl experience with my new group of level 1 players, and after some encounters to let them understand the game, we're finally trying dungeon delving. ...
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Are there any free tools for designing encounters or traps? [on hold]

I'm trying to design a module and I was wondering if there were any free or open source encounter or trap designers for D&D 4e Mostly I just like something that lets me fill in the blanks and ...
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How can I turn the Kobold Hall delve into a full-fledged Adventure? [on hold]

For my first experience as a DM, I'm taking the Kobold Hall adventure included in the first DMG, and repurposing it. The overall idea is to turn it from a 5 encounter delve to a "Level 1 to Level 2 ...
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What to do in the Shadowfell? [on hold]

I have a drow assassin character who has recently been brought to the Shadowfell by the Raven Queen for a short quest involving taking out an upstart Dark One toying with necromancy. It will be a ...
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Can I Apply Sneak Attack Damage Twice in One Attack?

Is there a rule that states sneak attack damage can't be applied more than once per attack? There are several instances of feats and weapon enchants that allow rogues to gain the sneak attack damage ...
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What does “Proficient as: Dagger” mean in Mage's Blade enchantment?

I'm using Mage's Blade enchantment on a rapier. Does this Mage's Rapier now count as a dagger for powers and feats that need a dagger or what does "Proficient as: Dagger" mean?
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How much higher can I make a enemy boss than the party?

I'm looking to introduce an recurring enemy in my new 4e/Ultramodern4 campaign that's an on-going, ruthless opponent. I want this specific opponent to be an exception of the normal 4e pattern of all ...
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Where can I find the various D&D 4e web articles? (If they even still exist.)

Back in 2014, Wizards redesigned their website. A whole lot of links broke, but we figured out various archive URLs to still access the same content: How can I continue to access Wizards of the Coast&#...
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If a mark is applied from another power, can a defender use his marking reaction even if the mark is not applied from his typical marking power?

In my campaign, I am playing a Hybrid Swordmage who is using the Vigilante Character Theme to allow him to apply marks with the Mark of the Vigilante power. This power reads: Effect: You assume a ...
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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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What is the formula for average damage for an Avenger against an Oath target?

I am creating a spreadsheet to compute average damage for my party. One of the issues that I am having is calculating average damage for the target of our Hybrid Avenger-Assassin's Avenger attacks ...
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Stackability of staged Save Ends effects?

Rules Compendium, Page 228: Identical effects that a save can end If a character is subject to identical effects that a save can end, ignore all but one of those effects. For instance if ...
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Readying an action before combat

Suppose the party suspects that combat is imminent, and some of the PCs ready actions (attack nearest hostile creature, attack first thing that moves). Then combat erupts. Some of the PCs are ...
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Can Forceful Drag move Multiple Creatures?

Forceful Drag: You move your speed. For each square you move, you slide a creature grabbed by you 1 square to a square adjacent to you. The creature remains grabbed, and you do not provoke an ...
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Do powers that let me shift as reaction make me negate the triggering attack at all?

I'm playing an Avenger multi-classed Ranger, and I got powers like Snarling Wolf Stance, Vengeful Parry and Fox's Cunning. Can I use the shift granted by those powers to negate the triggering attack ...
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Staff as implement: one hand or two?

Staves count as both an implement and as a weapon (a “weapliment” in common parlance). When used as a weapon, they are treated as quarterstaves, a two-handed weapon, so undoubtedly when used to make ...
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How do I calculate damage for the sorcerer's Dancing Lightning spell

The level 3 encounter sorcerer spell Dancing Lightning deals 2d10 + Charisma modifier lightning damage to the primary target, and each creature adjacent to the target takes thunder damage equal to the ...
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Is there any official Forgotten Realms localization for H1-E3 after H2?

I've once saw official indications about how to set both Keep on the Shadowfell (H1) and Thunderspire Labyrinth (H2) in the Forgotten Realms, specifically on the border between Cormyr and Sembia and ...
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Does a magic weapon's enhancement damage add to at will powers' damage that only use an ability mod for damage?

Does a magic weapon's enhancement damage add to at-will powers' damage that only use an ability mod for damage? EX: A hand crossbow +2 (PC has DEX 18/+4 and Int 18/+4) When used with Preparatory ...
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I think our Two Weapon Fighting house rule is hurting our game, but the DM thinks taking it away would be unfair. How do I convince him?

I have a problem with a House Rule accepted by DM and players who get an advantage out of it. Our barbarian took the feat "Two Weapon Fighting" at lvl 1. He interpreted it as "I use 2 weapons, so I ...
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Can a spectral image speak?

D&D 4th Ed says the mage spell Spectral Image creates a "complex illusion of a creature or object" that can "make sounds". Can a spectral image speak? If so, can the mage control its dialog if ...
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How can I adapt fourthcore to play-by-forum?

Fourthcore adventures have an ingrained time limit that puts pressure on player action and prompts fast, dashy solutions rather than overcautious approaches (or at least has the players chose which ...
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Do powers that can be used as basic attacks trigger effects that happen when you make a basic attack?

If I have one of the Skald's at-will powers such as Bolstering Speech that triggers when I hit with a basic attack through Master of Stories and the half-elf 1/encounter at-will, can I trigger its ...
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Do shield and armor check modifiers stack?

If I wear Hide armor (Check -1) and use a Heavy Shield (Check -2) is my check -2 or -3? In other words, do the checks stack or do I use the highest negative?
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How do you make 4e combat less time consuming? [duplicate]

I have recently started DMing a DnD 4e campaign after a long break from the specific game and both me and my players have been having a lot of fun with it. However one thing that is diminishing our ...
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How do ki foci work?

I have a few questions since I don't fully understand ki foci. If I have, say, an accurate superior ki focus, can you enchant it to be a +1 magic accurate ki focus (+2 to attack rolls and +1 to ...
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Can Wild Talents work through glass?

Powers like Psionic Image, Thought Projection, Far Hearing, Psionic Spark and Telekinetic Grasp. Can a character standing outside a window use these pseudo-cantrips on something/someone inside the ...
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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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Why shouldn't I use fully statted PC characters as NPC antagonists in D&D 4E?

According to the DMG (187), NPCs in 4e seem to be run as a weird sort of template halfway between a monster and a PC - you don't generate an actual character with a full array of powers and feats. Is ...
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How to build an interesting Dungeon that exists to kill the players? [closed]

So, here's the deal. I'm DMing this campaign for a long time using the Brazilian scenario called Tormenta. They have 20 superior gods for the world of Arton. My players are about to get to the epic ...
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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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When do creatures start receiving additional attacks while under Freezing Cloud?

The effect part of the Freezing Cloud spell description reads (PHB, p. 160): Effect: The cloud lasts until the end of your next turn. Any creature that enters the cloud or starts its turn there ...
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Are component costs fixed in D&D 4e?

How do we actually calculate components cost? In the books there is always the name of the ritual, the price in the market, and the component cost. Is this a fixed price? I usually like to have all ...
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Which other feat might I use for double wielding reach?

Starting from the assumptions that Dragon Magazine material was often unbalanced (under- or over-powered) and that adding lots of options always increases the chance of combining powers and feats into ...
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Improvised Ranged attacks in Melee + Belt of the Brawler

Ranged Weapons are capable of being used in Melee, as an Improvised Weapon as per P.268 in the Rules Compendium: ... A ranged weapon cannot be used with a melee power or a close power that has ...
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How do Vorpal weapons and Guild Executioners' Assassin's Action interact?

With assassin's action and vorpal weapons that have xd4 damage dice, would the rolls of 1, 2 or 3 that become 4 damage get rerolled via the vorpal property? Assassin's Action: when you spend an ...
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How many powers do I get as a first level character in D&D 4E?

I can't seem to figure out how many powers I get. Is it one of each type of the level I'm at? I'm starting at level one, so I get one at-will, one encounter, and one daily? The recommended builds ...
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What magic weapon makes damage rolls of 1, 2 or 3 count as 4?

I know I have seen in one of the 4e books, a magic weapon with a property that if you make a damage roll of 1, 2 or 3, those rolls become a 4. I cannot remember what book I had seen it in or what it ...
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Are rulings that only feature in Dragon/Dungeon Magazine 'official'?

A recent answer presented the following ruling from Dragon Magazine 371, page 9 (emphasis added): If you choose multiple heritage feats (or feats that similarly modify at-will powers), you choose ...
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Can a character multiclassed into Bard multiclass into a third or fourth class by taking the Multiclass Mastery feat?

Multiclass Mastery Prerequisites: 21st level, Bard Benefit: Gain two multiclass feats for which you meet the prerequisites. If a character (a wizard, for instance) multiclasses as a bard with ...
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Does the “Incendiary Ring of Fireblazing” make Magic Missile a fire attack?

Does the Incendiary Ring of Fireblazing's ability to turn Basic Attacks into fire attacks change Magic Missile into a fire attack, as you can use it as a Ranged Basic Attack?
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Creating a support Rogue

I'm a DM. For the next planned campaign with my regular group, we've agreed to go for an All-Rogue campaign, that is to say, each player plays a Rogue. No hybrid, no multiclassing. Anything else is ...
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Is Reaper's Challenge really that broken? Did I get it wrong?

I'm DMing a 4e campaign and the PCs are level 19, now, but I have been having trouble with a power. Reaper's Challenge. My group's swordmage saves it through every adventure so he can use it on a ...
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What Feat or Item do I remember that allows making basic melee attacks at range?

I stayed up way too late last night reworking a character. Today I find myself going over some of the things I read. I just remembered a feat (or something) that gives your melee attacks some range, ...
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Strength of character compared to RL [closed]

We recently got into discussion about, what strength our characters actually have. Based on their strength - how much can they lift, what can they break with bare hands, can they break some thin walls ...
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How can I format a Dungeons and Dragons 4e character sheet such that players are more likely to remember (and use) their class features?

In a game I play in, almost all of the players routinely forget to use and apply their class features that do not appear as powers. The players forget their class features and little-used powers due ...
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Why were gnomes left out of the 4e Player's Handbook?

I'm told that two particular races, gnomes and half-orcs were deliberately excluded as player races from D&D's 4th Edition at launch. I understand the certain 'controversy' regarding half-orcs (...
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Does the DC increase of multiple iron spikes stack?

The gear Iron spikes description says: Hammering one of these blunt, wide metal wedges between a door and its frame requires a standard action and adds 5 to the DC of checks to open the door. If ...
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Can an ally make it easier to hit them with an attack?

In a recent session, I found myself using the Psion at-will Dimensional Scramble to reposition my allies in a fight among a bunch of floating platforms. I could hit an ally with the attack and ...