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

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How to balance a custom Shadow Step 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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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" ...
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Can Leader's Intercession trigger my ally's mark?

So a Fighter marks an orc. The orc attacks the Fighter. The Warlord interrupts with Leader's Intercession, which makes him become the target of the orc's attack. This means the orc is making an ...
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Does fear-induced movement count as “moving willingly”?

Several abilities available to monsters or PC's have the trigger "Whenever a creature moves willingly...", for example, "Until the end of your next turn, whenever the target willingly moves to a ...
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How can I create a D&D 4e Ranger that never misses ranged attacks?

I have a level 12 human ranger who relies mostly on ranged attacks. However I find his attack bonus to be too low. What are the best options to boost my chances of hitting ranged attacks? I was using ...
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What are the different ways you can counter shifty enemies?

We're playing a 4e campaign, and last night we came up against some really annoying shift-as-a-reaction enemies. Our melee strikers (Vampire, Avenger) and defender (Warden) had a really hard time ...
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How should I budget for ally/third party NPCs in 4e combats?

I've done a few combats recently where the PCs and their enemies were not the only participants in the fight. I wasn't sure how to budget XP in this case. In the case of an NPC ally to the PCs, I ...
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Can I play D&D 4e solo? [duplicate]

I have played Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition for a long time now, and I am sorry to see it go. I liked the complexity of it, where as 5e is really based on quickly getting through encounters. Is ...
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How do I get started playing Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition by myself?

I've been wanting to start playing D&D for some time, and I was wondering how I could get started by myself with relative ease. I own the first two player handbooks, and a set of dice.
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Where can I play D&D 4E by forum?

I would like to play more Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition besides the campaign I run as a DM. But due to time constraints it would be best if I could find an asynchroneous game played by writing, a ...
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Can you use the Duelist Prowess Attack Power only once during combat in 4e?

The DM is seeing it as since the secondary says daily, it can be used once. I understand that the stance is active until end of combat, stance change, or unconscious. The Stance is a daily power. ...
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How to proceed when characters want to attack the tentacles of a Kraken?

Ok, so this might be a bit complicated. D&D 4th edition might get you in really, really weird situations sometimes and what worries me is not the logic decision behind things but the balance ...
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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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Example implementations of time limits on player actions in combat [closed]

Several questions (like this one) suggest imposing time limits on players to speed up combat. Those suggestions usually lack expertise on the topic. I’m looking for your experience on that matter. ...
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What happens if Fortitude sinks to 0?

I'm currently DMing a campaign (a ready adventure), where a monster can drain Fortitude inposing -2 penalty to it (save ends). The power description says that it's cumulative. The question is: what ...
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Can a Thief use a Trick without moving?

Can a Thief use a Trick power to gain a benefit without actually moving? For example, could they use Thug's Trick to make shifting provoke OAs or Acrobat's Trick to gain a damage bonus without ...
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Can you use an action point while Dazed to take another standard action?

Dazed allows you the use of ONE of your normal actions (standard, move, minor) and the use of free actions. Using an Action Point grants the use of another Standard, move, or minor actions. Can you ...
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How can I be considered bloodied while above half HP?

Is there any consistent way for a character to count as bloodied for bonuses such as Vampire regeneration and Dragonborn attack boosts?
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Reviving penalties

My tiefling wizard died in the middle of the encounter while he had activated Wizard Wrath and Diabolic Transformation, and then used Arcane Rejuvenation to revive himself. My question is will he lose ...
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What are the planes of D&D 4e? Where did they come from, and how are they connected?

I understand that in D&D 4e's default setting there are planes, and I know a bit about them: the material plane is where the people generally are, and there's a "feywild" where the Eladrin and ...
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World Axis Cosmology

I have a few uncertainties concerning World Axis Cosmology. Are all planes alternative universes? (That is, there is no way to travel physically from one to another - only by portals and magic.) Is ...
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Do powers that grant allies melee basic attacks ignore positioning?

Do powers and effects that grant allies basic melee attacks allow those allies to take the attacks regardless of their positioning? In other words, if I attack with a Warlord's Commander's Strike: ...
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Do you need to wield a magic weapon or implement to benefit from its properties?

If a magic weapon or implement has a property that does not explicitly include the word 'wield', does a character need to wield it to gain its benefits, or is simply holding it sufficient? Seems like ...
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What is a good way to introduce D&D 4e at a mini-con?

I've been asked by my library to host an introduction to D&D at the Summer Reading Program Mini-Con. Last year, most of the people were new to the game (as in, "the cover art looked cool", or "I ...
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Can I wield an enchanted spiked shield and magic weapon in the same hand?

The Adventurer's Vault states that the spiked shield: can be enchanted as a magic shield or a magic weapon, but not both. A spiked shield enchanted as a magical weapon does not occupy a ...
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What does 3/6/9 mean for damage?

For instance, divine sanction says the enemy takes damage equal to 3/6/9 + Charisma modifier. How do I determine how much damage that actually does?
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Does a Daily gained from a feat count against my current 3/day limit?

I am playing a tiefling level 9 Rogue and I learned the Diabolic Soul feat that gives me the Diabolic Transformation daily feat power. Right now I can use only 3 daily powers in one day. Will Diabolic ...
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Which are the best sourcebooks for creating D&D 4e Forgotten Realms?

Since D&D Next came out, I figured out I should pick up some 4e books before they become completely unavailable, since my gaming company loves 4e. (Atm I own 3 core books, Neverwinter campaign and ...
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How much does ongoing damage add to the average damage when creating a monster?

GMing D&D 4e, I got used to creating new monsters and it's been quite simple so far with the guidance of the errata and observation of the Monster Manual 3 damage expressions. But here is ...
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Do I also add half my level again if I can add a second attribute to a roll?

Consider a level 4 character with 14 Dex and 16 Int. Normally this character would have an initiative modifier of +4; +2 for Dex, and +2 for half level. If this character takes a feat or gains a magic ...
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Different numbers of PCs to the adventure spec

I'm about to start Keep on the Shadowfell with a party of seven friends (beginners) but the adventure spec says the encounters are built for five PCs. Is there a particular method for changing the ...
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How do zones and line of effect work, and are they adjusted if the zone follows the player (kinda like an aura, but defined as a zone)?

So lets say your situation is like so: ..... .XXX. CXB.. .XXX. ..... Where C is the caster, and B is blocking terrain, and the x's are the squares affected by a 3x3 blast, which forms a zone in the ...
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3d6 vs a d20: What is the effect of a different probability curve?

What is the effect on game play of replacing d20 rolls with 3d6 rolls in a D&D 4e campaign? I started thinking about this after reading this question where the example was given of playing a d20 ...