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

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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Half-elf dilettante using implement powers

Can a half-elf from a class that does not use any implements use his dilettante racial trait to choose an at-will power with the implement keyword? At higher levels, would that allow him to use an ...
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Where is the information for Vampire hybrids?

Where do I find information for making a vampire hybrid character? I own both HoS and the PHB3 but I can't seem to find any information on creating a vampire hybrid. Am I simply overlooking something ...
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Can an Archlich keep using Blood Mage features without any blood in their body?

Can a PC wizard become a Blood Mage at paragon path, and later become an archlich at epic path? Since undead don't have blood, is it possible for a lich to keep blood mage path features?
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Is there a way to play as an actual Arcane Archer in D&D 4e?

If I want to play as an Arcane Character that infuses his arrows with magical power, how do I do it according to the RAW in a way that I'll feel the closest from the old Arcane Archer prestige class' ...
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Does Cunning Stalker work if you're not adjacent to your target?

There is a feat on page 312 of Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms called Cunning Stalker. It says: You gain combat advantage against enemies that have no creatures adjacent to them other than you. ...
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Embedding and attaching double weapons to Warforged, specifically spiked chain

Regarding embedding and attaching weapons as warforged components, p. 114 of the Eberron Player's guide Weapons can be embedded or attached components. Two-handed weapons cannot be attached or ...
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Dual wielding with a Double Weapon and an Off Hand weapon

Is it possible to dual wield with a double weapon and a off-hand weapon? For example, I'm wanting to use a double-sword in my main hand and, in my off hand, a handaxe.
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Warlock's Shadow Legion

Shadow Legion[DDI] (Heroes of Shadow p75) creates a conjuration for each enemy in the area of effect, which each make an attack against the enemy it was created for. Great, that all makes sense. ...
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How can I recreate King Leoric as a solo monster for a level 7 party of five?

I'd like to create a monster for my players to fight in an upcoming adventure. The Skeleton King They'll be fighting the skeleton of a decades-dead king in his throne room, with the goal of ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of oldschool D&D combat initiative?

Old D&D and D&D3E/4E treat initiative and combat order differently like so: D&D 3.5 / 4E: All participants roll individual initiative, once only at the start of combat. Each player takes ...
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What should a DM do if a player wants to do something impossible?

If a player wants to do something a little out of the ordinary such as punching down a wall with his bare fists, what should I do? Do I make a DC for it? Do I make it so that no matter how much he ...
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White Lotus Riposte and AOE at-will attacks

If i for example hit 3 enemies with Cloud of Daggers on my turn ( and i have White Lotus Riposte feat ), and on their turn all 3 of them attack me, will each of them take damage from at-will ability ...
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What do the letters and numbers after an adventure name mean? (H1, P2)

This may arguably be a two-fold question, but as far as I understand it, the whole coding system that WOTC adopted for the 4th edition is intrinsically connected with the worlds that were created ...
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Does bonus damage gained from magic item enhancements and implement properties stack?

My level 10 Wizard has 2 + Int mod(+6) base damage for Magic Missile. If I add to that a Dragon-tooth wand of cold +2, will my Magic Missile damage become 11? [2 + Int mod(+6) + 2 enhancement bonus + ...
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How does the aftereffect work for the Spectral Tendrils trap?

There's a trap defined in the Dungeon Master Guide on page 91 called Spectral Tendrils. The Hit line of the trap's attack says: Hit: 2d10 + 6 necrotic damage and dazed until the end of the ...
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How much does a potion weigh?

I'm considering having my players find a big cache of alchemical items as part of an upcoming adventure. I feel like dozens of bottles of liquid should weigh something, but I don't see a weight listed ...
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Can a power's effects be triggered by the power itself?

Specifically, can a sorcerer with the Arcane Admixture Lightning (Flame Spiral) and Mark of Storm feats trigger Flame Spiral's damage through the slide granted by hitting with Flame Spiral? I'm not ...
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Does Overwhelming Impact replace all instances of slow, or just from one source?

So I'm levelling up a Knight for a friend, who's very Hammer Lock-down and I was looking at taking Overwhelming Impact. The basic question is if he's slowing opponents via both Defend the Line and ...
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Can a psionic at-will from Half-Elf Polymath be augmented?

At-wills you get from racial traits can't be augmented. So a Half-Elf's dilettante power can't be augmented, even if it's psionic. But a half-elf who takes the Half-Elf Polymath Paragon Path (Dragon ...
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How to Make the Math Easier?

I run an open-ended 4th Edition D&D group, for middle and high school players. One of our players struggles with math, from adding skill/attack modifiers to calculating damage and subtracting HP. ...
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How can you create one PC that is more than one “person”?

Someone in my group wants to roleplay a sort of Brandon Stark/Hodor or Master Blaster situation. How could we accomplish this? I thought maybe a beastmaster ranger with a humanoid "beast companion" ...