Questions tagged [dnd-4e]

For questions about the 4th edition of Dungeons & Dragons, published in 2008. This tag also covers the D&D Essentials line that debuted in September 2010.

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Where can I find more information on the Gloaming Court/Gloaming Fey?

Recently I have stumbled upon some lore that refers to the "Maiden of the Moon", who is apparently one of the "Gloaming Court". There seems to be very little information out there ...
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Which hybrid classes give alternative ways to calculate AC?

In D&D 4e some hybrid classes provide alternative ways to calculate AC. I know about Hybrid Runepriests (Serene Blade) using Wisdom. What other class-ability combinations are there?
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Grappling strike fighter power with brawler style - attack roll bonus

I (the DM) have a player with a level 11 fighter (brawler style). She uses the power "Grappling strike" (Martial Power 2 p7) with a bastard sword (+2), and we disagree on bonuses to attack ...
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Does gaining immunity to a condition apply immediately to a current condition?

What happens when a creature gains immunity to a condition while it currently has that condition? (For a list of conditions see Rules Compendium 229–35.) For example, the level 6 battlemind daily ...
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Can I take a Skill Power before level 10 with a hybrid character?

Hybrid Characters, Gaining Additional Powers (PHB3 p135): [...] However, if you have at least two powers in the same category (at-will attack, encounter attack, daily attack, or utility), at least ...
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Can a PC take a utility skill power before level 6?

Having just reached level 4, I want my battlemind PC that's just taken the feat Hero of the Faith (Divine Power 144)—picking the skill Streetwise—to retrain his level 2 battlemind utility power ...
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What counts as “end your movement”?

The Pack Master PP (Dragon 364) gets this as the 11th level feature: When you end your movement 2 squares from an enemy, you can shift 1 square as a free action. If I need to approach an enemy ...
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How to omit non-adjacent ally from a close attack?

I want to use Burning Spray while flanking, without hurting the ally I flank with. Warcaster Tactics (feat for Hobgoblins from Dragon 419) lets you omit an adjacent square from a close attack, but the ...
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Can I make a creature target itself with a Melee Basic Attack?

Hypnotism (Heroes of Fallen Lands p205): Hit: [...] The target uses a free action to make a melee basic attack against a creature of your choice[...] Friendly Fire (Dragon 384): Effect: The ...
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Heavy thrown implement for Invoker

I have this idea of a hybrid Fighter|Invoker, using Cleave and Deft Hurler to throw Divine Bolts. Deft Hurler (Dr 368) lets you use a ranged basic attack after Cleave: Cleave: You can forgo dealing ...
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What is the allure of Ensnaring Swordmages?

I know this is bordering on off-topic for this site. However, many of the old class guides started with a section explaining why you would pick each subclass, which gave a quite good answer for these ...
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How to increase the burst size of Swordmage Aegis?

I think I saw a feat somewhere years ago that increased the distance I could use my Swordmage Aegis at, but I can't find it. What is it called? Or was is a Paragon Path?
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How does lodestone lure work if the attacker's moved away from the target?

The level 3 battlemind discipline lodestone lure, an at-will attack power, has the following entry: Hit: Constitution modifier damage, and you must pull the target 1 square. Until the end of your ...
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How can my heroic tier PC contribute more during skill challenges?

My character isn't much use during skill challenges, and the campaign has seen, like, 25% of encounters be skill challenges. I'd like my character to contribute more during skill challenges, whether ...
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How can I get the Defend the Line power if I'm not a Knight?

If I am not a Knight, how can I get Defend the Line (Fighter Utility)? Human bonus at will power does not help, as it is not a 1st-level power, and not an attack power.
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Does hurling a thrown weapon change the weapon's category for determining proficiency?

On Weapon Categories says, "A melee weapon with the heavy thrown or the light thrown property counts as a ranged weapon when thrown" (Player's Handbook 215). (Similar text is absent from the Rules ...
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Does a charger's movement end when the charger's movement puts the charger adjacent to the target?

In last week's Dungeons & Dragons 4e ersatz Sword Art Online campaign, the barbarian PC charged a target. When the barbarian's movement took him adjacent to the target of the charge, the target ...
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What named creatures or beings would fit thematically as patrons of a Dark Pact warlock?

What named creatures or beings would fit thematically as patrons of a Dark Pact warlock? By "named", I mean a being that exists in some lore (primarily but not necessarily limited to Forgotten Realms ...
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How can I drop hints that a seemingly innocuous gnome village is secretly evil?

In the D&D 4e game I run, I am planning on soon having my players go to the Feywild on an adventure. Something I'd like to try to pull off during this is to have a subversion of expectations. ...
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What are some possible repercussions of using story-based leveling rather than experience points?

I am the DM for a D&D 4e game. Recently, I stopped keeping track of XP, on the assumption that I could just give my players a level every time they finished a major quest. In my mind, this had a ...
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Which 4e monster books used the new monster math?

After Monster Manual 3, 4e had new monster math that updated the game. However, there are a number of other books with monsters, including in things like Dragon magazine, where I can't tell if it's ...
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Is this alternative to Telekinetic Throw balanced?

I'm in a game of D&D 4th Edition. While I am not the GM, an interesting situation came up. A player tried to use Telekinetic Grasp (Dark Sun Campaign power, pretty similar to Mage Hand) to attack ...
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How to make combat with a lot of NPCs more interesting and more manageable?

I am a DM for a D&D 4e campaign. During a recent encounter, my players took some NPC allies along with them. I allowed this, because there were only two PCs on that particular adventure, and I ...
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How can I find the whereabouts of a specific person?

I am playing in D&D 4e campaign, and in this campaign my character is looking for a specific individual. My PC knows this individual (they were/are married) very well, and has a part of the target'...
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How do I prevent my players from abusing long rests?

I am a DM for a D&D 4e game. My players (especially the wizard) like to take an extended rest after every single encounter, because he resorts to using his daily powers in every single encounter (...
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What adds up to the damage of a high crit weapon?

I'm seeking for the swarm intelligence of this forum because I couldn't find rules for it: I have a high crit weapon (scimitar) which is magically enhanced (+1) and for which I have a weapon ...
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Bilethorn weapons

In 4th edition dungeons and dragons, when you use the daily power of a Bilethorn Weapon (Adventurer's Vault, p, 64), does it repeat the damage dealt by sources like sneak attack and poison, or just ...
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How can I provide the most challenging combats allowed by official 4E rules?

I'm am planning on running a 4E campaign for a fully optimized group of five players. I would prefer to use officially published material and tweak where needed. These players love to be challenged (i....
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Prime shot allies mechanic

I am currently playing a ranger and am wondering about Prime shot's closer than allies rule. If I can't see my allies, they can't see the target etc, how/what decides if allies are closer or not? Or, ...
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Two-Weapon Fighting and Double Weapons

The rules regarding the Two-Weapon Fighting feats in D&D 4th Edition seem pretty clear, but I'm still not sure how they apply to double weapons. The Adventurer's Vault states "wielding a double ...
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What tier are the D&D 4E classes?

I have a group of players asking me to run a 4e campaign. I've GM'd 4E once and played a couple characters up to level 17. My limited understanding is that the tiers still exist in 4e, but are ...
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Are there monsters who have attacks that can reduce ability scores?

In D&D 4e are there monsters who have attacks that can reduce ability scores? In previous versions Wights used to lower your CON or STR score, other monsters could lower INT/WIS, are there any ...
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Why do some classes start with fewer trained skills?

Looking at Pre-Essentials 4th Edition classes, it seems like they map out like this: Three trained skills: Defenders: Battlemind, Fighter Striker: Barbarian Four trained skills (one max be fixed — ...
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Is there a 4e magic item or ritual with effects similar to the Magic Jar spell of most other D&D versions?

Magic Jar spell allows possession of another body in most versions of D&D. Is there a magic item or ritual that allows possession in 4e? I tried searching but the only information I could find ...
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Am I misreading the effect-cancelling part of Warforged Juggernaut's Crag of Steel power, or is it meant to be extremely limited?

Warforged Juggernaut's Level 20 Daily Power is Crag of Steel; a stance that gives you a bunch of stuff, but the part of the power I'm interested in here is: "Until the stance ends, you gain resist ...
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How to introduce a new PC into the party after character death?

In the D&D 4e campaign that I am running, there has recently been lots of character death. The death itself is not the problem, because the players seem perfectly fine generating new characters (I ...
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How do I handle a player who wants to burn everything down?

In my most recent adventure, the party was attacking a wooden goblin fort when the dragonborn PC had the bright idea to use his fiery breath to burn it down. I thought that it was a clever idea and ...
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Are there canon rules about mutations caused by the spellplague (as we can see it in the MMORPG Neverwinter)?

In the MMORPG Neverwinter, we have some low level area and quests where we can fight creatures that, as we learn rapidly, are people that have mutated because of the spellplague. I have searched for ...
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How can I make a fight more than just a bunch of numbers?

There was an encounter in my most recent D&D 4e adventure in which the players fought several (16) minion skeletons. Because all of the skeletons were minions, the encounter was not difficult, but ...
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Will letting my players take enemy weapons cause balance issues?

My players are very much of the "kill a monster and take their stuff" mentality. They have acquired a veritable collection of daggers, javelins, short swords, and so on, from all the monsters they've ...
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My players like to search everything. What do they find?

I am currently running a D&D 4e campaign. Every time my players defeat/subdue the monsters in a room, they decide to search the room. However, I never have anything interesting for them to find. I ...
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Is a Shardmind able to speak?

Is a Shardmind (from Player's Handbook 3) able to speak? Nothing in their traits says they can't, but they have no mouth (in the arts of the book), and well, they have telepathy to backup.
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What playable races were cut between 4e and 5e?

I'm just starting out with D&D, and while I haven't played yet, I'm in love with all the things in the PHB. But I am a sucker for self-torture/more content, and I was wondering what got left ...
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What are the official paragon paths of the Avenger class?

What are the official, WotC-published paragon paths of the Avenger class, and which resources are they found in? Paths that have the avenger class or its features as prerequisites. Including Dungeon ...
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Can the “Two-Fisted Shooter” rogue feat give a Small creature the ability to use a crossbow?

Can the "Two-Fisted Shooter" rogue feat give a Small creature the ability to use a crossbow? You can treat the hand crossbow as an off-hand weapon, and you can reload it one-handed
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What is the name of this “living planet” creature?

I remember from back when I played 4th edition more, that there exists within the lore some sort of Abberation creature that was described as being "a living planet, from the Far Realm". It's ...
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How does the Flying Dagger Swarm's aura work?

The Flying Dagger Swarm (dungeon magazine #195, pag 18) aura states: Aura 1 - any enemy that starts his turn in the aura takes ongoing 5 damage (save ends). If that enemy is already taking untyped ...
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Were power cards ever released for the Martial Power 2 book?

I've looked online, on Amazon. Did Dungeons and Dragons create power cards for the Martial Power 2 book? I know they did for the first Martial Power they came out with. I've seen cards for classes ...
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What happens if I use Vampire Slam as an opportunity attack to push a creature out of the range of its attack?

The power in question, Vampire Slam, is: Vampire Slam (Vampire Attack 1) At-Will ✦ Implement, Shadow Standard Action Melee 1 Target: One creature Attack: Dexterity vs. Reflex Hit: ...
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When do attack powers that do multiple repeat attacks in the power actually “resolve”?

I have a polearm Eladrin fighter that is all about multiple attacks, so I have powers like Tempest Dance and Serpent Dance Strike. I just leveled to EPIC and I found 2 feats that I'd like to take, but ...

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