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

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In an even fight, how many rounds does a typical monster need to drop a PC?

Inspired by the closed question: DnD Next Hitpoint Inflation, There have been claims of HP inflation in dnd-next, and there certainly were increased in the absolute value of HP in 4e. In order to ...
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How should I handle Brash Assault?

Brash Assault is a 1st level Warlord at-will power, the Hit line is equivalent to a melee basic attack, but the Effect is more interesting: Effect: The target can make a melee basic attack against ...
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4E Polearm Specialist Build

I'm interested in making a character that specializes in polearms and is more Striker oriented. I'm have a bit of trouble with where to start looking. If a class already has this built-in that would ...
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Are there no more elemental planes in 4th Edition?

I'm thinking of starting a campaign that will have the players travel to one of the traditional elemental planes, such as the Elemental Plane of Water or the Elemental Plane of Air. Do these no longer ...
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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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What's with Battlemind's Iron Fist being so powerful?

I'm a bit confused about this one. Like, almost every melee class have an at-will power that is basically equivalent: Main Stat VS AC 1[W]+Stat modifier + Stat modifier Temp HP on hit. ...
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Is a Greatspear a good choice for a Paladin?

I have been told to build a Dragonborn Paladin and was wondering if the greatspear would be a good choice at level 1. If so, do I need a proficiency feat? The stats for that are: Superior two-handed ...
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What is the expected average damage for an area of effect power?

I have spent quite a bit of time coming up with an average damage document for my party and for several other characters. However, the one thing I have not been able to represent well is the average ...
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Does the Blistering Flourish bonus apply to both hits and effects?

The reason why this question came up was due to the Blistering Flourish power of the Desert Wind monk. It gives the following bonus: Until the end of your next turn, your melee attacks deal extra ...
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Do the core D&D 4th edition rulebooks get updated?

Before I buy any books for 4.0, I would like to know if the physical books (PHB, DMG, MM) have been edited after WotC updated their online definitions. This has been bugging me for a while now. A ...
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Can PCs hide motivations from the DM?

So, one of my PCs is a Lawful Neutral Knight, coming from a small landless noble family. From the beginning of the campaign he told me that he wanted a lord to serve under, and to enhance the ...
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Are damage bonuses for a weapon doubled for 2[W] rolls?

I am a dwarf fighter with a +1 greataxe, and Dwarven Weapon Training (+2 damage). For a 1[W] damage I assume I roll 1d12+3, but for a 2[W] attack do I roll 2d12 and add 6? Any help on this would be ...
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Can a Vampire run when shifting?

I was recently trying to optimise a character for the fastest movement possible in one turn. After looking around, I found this vampire power: Unfettered Hunger Vampire Attack 5 Daily; ...
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What is the maximum (air speed) velocity of a pixie?

Following on from Can a pixie fly higher than their altitude of one? Using a combination of feats and powers what is the maximum movement rate (and thus altitude) a pixie can reach in a single round ...
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Where to find lvl 30 items

I was wondering where I could look up what lvl 30 items look like. I'm not an expert on D&D as i have only just started playing(about 8 months) but I was just curious as to what higher lvl play ...
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Does the shield bonus in Battle Cleric's Lore only affect AC?

The description for Battle Cleric's Lore says "You gain a +2 shield bonus to AC", but shield bonuses are a special type of bonus that boosts AC and Reflex. Is this an exception, or can I boost Reflex ...
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Are there any good Ranged Cleric options in 4e?

Clerics aren't a ranged class by default, but sometimes you need that adaptability, especially if you are pinned down or can't move. I have found some minor ranged Cleric at-wills (Lance of Faith ...
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How can I optimize damage for a ranged ranger from level 1 to 6?

I'm going to start playing with my friends again and they will start a campaign in D&D 4e. The campaign begins at level 1 and I decided that the team needed a ranged striker. the last time I ...
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Improving AC and reflex defences in 4e

I have built a very squishy level 1 leader (dragonborn cleric or warpriest) with 16 AC and 10 reflex and was wondering about the best ways to improve these defences without changing their stats. ...
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Longtooth Shifting as a daily power

So we have a Longtooth Shifter in our game, and some people (GM included) think its encouter power is too strong for an encounter power and should be changed to a daily power. For information, the ...
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How is cold damage with Flurry of Blows and a Cold Implement handled?

I am curious how cold damage is applied to Flurry of Blows. If you're wielding a cold damage implement, make an attack that deals cold damage, then trigger Flurry of Blows, does FoB also deal cold ...
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D&D 4e Stalker's Mist

Im the DM of a group of 40 somethings. The ranger in my group keeps dropping Stalker's Mist, either on my NPC's, or on the group itself. This makes my mobs either into a bunch of pilons, or at the ...
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How do I help a young player fill their character sheet quickly?

I GM a game of D&D with my cousins, who are 10 and 11 years old. This happens: Me: Let's fill your character sheet. Which race do you want? Eleven-year-old: What are the available choices? ...
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How compatible are D&D 4E core and essentials in terms of hybrid characters?

I know that in terms of actually running a campaign that they can go side by side very well, with one side doing some things honestly better than the other like the monster vault...However, a person ...
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Is there software which can serve as a virtual DM?

I want to play D&D but have no one to play it with. Is there a virtual DM that creates the adventure as you play? If not, is anybody good enough at programming to do it?
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How can I speed up combat with a large number of enemies?

I'm DMing for a campaign where the player characters will sometimes face small squads of creatures, most recently six ground troops and two archers helping out. In this setting, these creatures ...
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Do readied actions dissappear when falling unconscious?

Suppose I've readied an action to attack a minion, and then I was damaged below 0hp and fell unconscious. On the next turn I was healed. Do I still have the readied action to hit the minion or did it ...
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Why won't masterplan let me add traits/powers to Creature Templates?

Whenever I try to do so, the program does nothing. I can add powers and traits to monsters, just not to creature templates. Edit: This is in the libraries menu of Masterplan.
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Monk ki-focus mechanics

So I am playing minotaur monk and have profficiency to use execution axe. Now how the whole ki-focus thing works... What I got from the PH3 is that: I can attune myself to a ki-focus and use its ...
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What battle maps do I use for Legacy of the Crystal Shard?

I just bought the Dungeons and Dragons Legacy of the Crystal Shard campaign. What battle maps would I use with that?
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Can a prone or unconscious character with 'Winged Boots' equipped still be safe from crashing?

According to DMG p.47+: A flying creature can crash under certain conditions, e.g. being knocked prone while flying. Crashing itself is descried as falling and taking damage. The item 'Winged Boots' ...
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Does the mark end immediately or can immediate reaction prevent this?

Last game, during an encounter, a player which created a mark took a few to many hits and went below 0 hit-points. The bard used an immediate reaction to bring him back to the action, but for a split ...
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Opportunity attacks during flying on a mount

According to DMG p.47 on the FLY: MOVE ACTION No Opportunity Attacks: A flying creature cannot make opportunity attacks This makes sense to me, so if a character is flying (e.g. using 'Winged ...
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Does a psion need a ranged basic? [closed]

I'm putting together my first psion. The race will be human, and the focus will be telekinesis. While choosing powers, I've keyed on the special feature of the "Kinetic Trawl" power: "You can use this ...
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How to speed up 4e combat

I DM a group of four PC's and even "easy" battles take at least an hour to resolve. Normal encounters take even longer! I want to speed up combat so my players can do more in a session. I've been ...
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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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Rolling math fixes into default progression

I am very new to 4e, trying to wrap my head around it, and to be honest I find it a lot less structured, oddly enough, than 3.5. Because each class is compartmentalized, with little overlap, I find it ...
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Weapon proficiency - Bonus to Attack AND damage?

Rolling a 1st level Dwarf Knight (from Hero of the Fallen Lands). He has a strength of 18 so a str mod of +4. I've calculated the Attack Bonus as (+4 str mod.) + (+3 weap. prof from longsword) = +7 ...
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What Happens When an Assassin Shrouds a Target?

Currently I have a player who has made an assassin. As many assassins do, he loves to hide around in the shadows, and pop out on an unsuspecting enemy and do as much damage as possible before ...
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What happens after level 30?

Most of the forum posts I've read say you retire your character at level 30 but wouldn't that make the level 30 Epic Destiny features useless? There must be something after. Why give us cool new ...
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Can One Use Multiple Magic Items with the Same Power in an Encounter?

After answering this question, another one occurred to me. Let's say I have a dozen Wands of Shield in my inventory. Here's the text for Shield, from the Player's Handbook, pg 161: ...
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What to do in the first session of a campaign?

The first session of my new D&D 4e campaign is coming up pretty soon and I'm not quite sure how to go about the introduction into this new campaign. I have the geography and landmarks and things ...
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Character wealth by level for 4E?

I know that the DMG addresses this slightly on page 143 by stating that a character's wealth is equal to: One magic item of character level +1 One magic item of character level One magic ...
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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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Do attacks against gelatinous cubes hit engulfed players?

I have a question about a situation happened in our last D&D 4th edition session. A gelatinous cube managed to swallow one of us and put us into troubles because almost all of our powers have as ...
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How to optimize this rogue´s knockout combo?

I use a combo with my Rogue to kill the target within one turn. It goes like this: My rogue has Slaying in Action feat (MP II 131) which lets me use my sneak attack again, when I use a action point. ...
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How do I DM the Red Box encounter 4: The Trial?

So I've played this adventure with some friends a few times and tomorrow we are planning to have a big adventure with multiple groups. The only problem I've encountered during the Red Box is this ...
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Looking for a specific group set of magic boots

I recall that one of the books of 4th Edition described two pairs of magic boots, who formed a group set together conferring bonuses to the wearers if both sets are worn. They had something to do with ...
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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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Can you teleport a monster vertically up and thus damage them when they fall?

Can you teleport a monster vertically up and thus do them the D10 per 10' falling damage?