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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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Does Draji Palatial Practice require a hit?

Does Draji Palatial Practice (4e) apply regardless of whether the attack hits or misses? The phrasing is "when you use", not "when you hit". From Dark Sun Campaign Setting, page ...
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How does Pathfinder 2e compare with D&D 4e?

I am one of those rare players that strongly prefers 4th edition D&D to all other editions. I love the lack of ambiguity in combat rules, I love playing on a grid, I love the balance between ...
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Superior Will vs Auras that daze/stun, or: Order of Operations for Start of Turn effects

Monsters that have auras often have text that says "If a creature starts their turn within the aura, then {something happens}." In this case, the monster's aura dazes or stuns anyone who ...
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How can I introduce twists to a heist when the dice always succeed?

I think it's pretty well known that the best heists are those where the party gathers information, makes plans, gets their gear together, and then in the middle of executing the plan something happens ...
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Which D&D board game is best for beginners and can I create custom hero? [closed]

as the question says, I am considering buying the D&D board game. I can't decide which game to buy, but I've narrowed it down to The Legend of Drizzt, Wrath of Ashardalon, Temple of Elemental Evil,...
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When did the Dungeons and Dragons Insider exist?

Back in 2010, 4th Edition D&D was the main deal in D&D-land, and Wizards of the Coast did offer the Dungeons and Dragons Insider service, which was (on the stack) described as: [...] the ...
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What magic items would best make a (corrupt) city guard competitive with Paragon tier heroes?

The Problem Assuming that the guards in and of themselves are not worthy of being Paragon-tier, what magic items would best justify giving them Paragon-tier stats, narratively? I want to convey the ...
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Ways to count as bloodied earlier [duplicate]

Are there any feats, items, even powers that will make it so that you count as bloodied being over 1/2 HP? I ask because I have a couple of characters who have abilities that would be useful to have ...
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Does the feat Unnatural Mantle keep this servitor in the fight?

The cleric prayer Servitude in Death has as its effect The first time the target dies before the end of the encounter, it rises at the start of its next turn as an undead creature allied with you and ...
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What's the order of operations when multiple game elements check that a monster's dropped to 0 hp?

I'm considering for my PC the epic destiny Keeper of the Everflow, in part, because of the level 30 epic destiny feature turning the wheel that, among others, grants the following ability: When you ...
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Does multi-classing provides weapon proficiency of the guest class?

As a Wizard, multi-classing into Fighter (through Multi-class Feat), would the Fighter multi-class provide the weapon proficiencies that the Fighter otherwise gains from its class? I found no evidence ...
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What happens when a race skill and a class skill is the same?

In D&D 4th edition, the PC of class Assassin gets training in Stealth, race Shade gets training in Stealth (Heroes of Shadow, page 121, "Practiced Sneak: You have training in Stealth.")....
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How to handle when a player wants to frequently rebuild her existing character?

I'm a DM. One of my players like to frequently reimagine/develop her character in D&D 4th edition as follows: Change the ability scores (swap them) between levels to better optimize the character ...
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Does the Duergar race have racial feats available in D&D 4th edition?

Duergar has been introduced as a PC race in Monster's Manual 3 if I'm correct. I have found no sight of additional Duergar rules if any other book for D&D 4th edition. I was wondering if Duergar ...
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Does the Ninth Legion Style contradict itself?

The Ninth Legion Style provides benefits to a setup, wherein one hand there is a pick or spear, the other hand, there is a shield. The Lesser Style is sound with this approach. However, the Greater ...
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How to handle when a player wants the DM to hard-bend the story for his/her epic idea of outcome?

I'm a DM. My level 11 player, at the first stepping stone of a Paragon Tier, started to fantasize, moreover, insist on a particular outcome for him for level 21 (Epic Tier). In short: he wants to die ...
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Does "Dying" mean being "Bloodied" at the same time, technically? [duplicate]

In D&D 4th Edition, one can only get to a state of Dying after getting Bloodied first. If - for example - I have a Feat which gives me the ability A to do something as a Minor/Move/Standard action ...
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Does a horse come with the wagon or need to be purchased separately?

In the Player's Handbook, you're given the option to buy a cart/wagon. Do you need to buy a horse as well or does it come with a horse?
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Was Summon Succubus errataed at some point?

The Summon Succubus spell for Wizard, printed in Dragon 385, seems to have some issues that my group is trying to figure out. Specifically, we've found two versions of the Intrinsic Nature, and they ...
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Where can I find info on World Axis (4e) Sorrowsworn and Nightwalkers?

To the best of my knowledge, in 4th edition, Sorrowsworn were defined as powerful psychopomps who maintain the preservation of the cycle of death and rebirth, and/or as Exarches of the Raven Queen, ...
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D&D 4e Wayfarer's Step

Been playing a wizard in 4e. We are approaching lvl 11, so I have been looking into different PPs (Paragon Paths) and found the Arcane Wayfarer. My question is, does the Teleport 2 from Wayfarer's ...
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Slaying the Target Outright

In Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition's Player's Handbook I. on page 288 states: Under "Coup De Grace," there is the rule "Slaying the Target Outright": "If you deal damage ...
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Are the Kobold Dragonshields ability scores typos?

The Kobold Dragonshield from the 4e Monster Manual has a bunch of ability scores that do not match the ability modifiers. For example, their Strength, is 14 (+3). Should it be 16(+3), or 14(+2)? Every ...
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How to make monsters stat blocks?

Is there a way that I can turn a character sheet into a monster stat block? I am trying to make some monsters, but there are sections for class and paragon path that are obviously meant for a PC. I ...
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Warlord Bravura Presence and multi-target attacks

What are the rules for when the ally of a warlord with Bravura Presence uses their action point for a multi-roll or multi-target attack, e.g. Twin Strike or Winged Horde? When an ally who can see you ...
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Are terrain tiles for immurement magic items available?

Regarding immurements, a class of consumable magic item which transforms a 4×4 square area into a specified sort of terrain, the Adventurer's Vault 2 says (p. 89): Players can find printable maps for ...
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For areas of effect, what is the difference between "each creature in blast" and "each creature in area"?

What is the difference between "each creature in blast" and "each creature in area"? I noticed that the dragon breath power said "all creatures in area", and was curious ...
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Where can I find the other Channel Divinity options for Clerics that are hinted at in the PHB?

For a Cleric, the PHB shows two Channel Divinity powers: Turn Undead and Divine Fortune. However, it says there are other Channel Divinity powers, but I can't find out what these are. What are those ...
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General questions on channeling magic through daggers in 4e

When a sorcerer uses an a dagger to channel a power with the implement key word, what bonus does the dagger give them? The phb 2 says you don't add the proficiency, but it also says you are proficient ...
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What is the in-universe explanation for why succubi, who were demons, became devils?

The Forgotten Realms wiki page on succubi tell us (specifically in footnote 1) that in 1e, 2e and 3.Xe1, succubi were chaotic evil demons, but then were retconned to be lawful evil2 devils in 4e and ...
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Can a Dragonborn Sorcerer have their Dragonbreath spell in addition to another encounter spell?

At first level, you would usually have only one encounter spell. Can you, as a sorcerer, have your "Dragonbreath" spell in addition to another encounter spell?
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Can I pick a power from my multiclass with Reserve Maneuver?

Reserve Maneuver (PHB2, p191): Benefit: Choose an encounter attack power from your class. The power must be your level or lower and one that you don't already have. When you regain the use of your ...
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Can a hybrid character replace his only encounter attack power belonging to one of his classes?

Assume a Paladin|Swordmage with Cha and Con dumping Int, or a Driud|Runepriest with Wis and Con dumping Str. As the relevant ability is very low, it would make sense not to pick any power from the ...
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Is there a "Shadowdark" or similar in the Shadowfell like how there's a Feydark in the Feywild?

The Material Plane (or Prime Material Plane) has an underground realm known as the Underdark. There are planes in 5e that were introduced in 4e, the Feywild and the Shadowfell, that are reflections of ...
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Who picks the type of the Basic Attack when this power is used?

Charm of Misplaced Wrath (Heroes of Fallen Lands, p. 206) reads: The target makes a basic attack against a creature of your choice as a free action. The basic attack gains a +2 power bonus to the ...
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Do I have to hold the Power Jewel to use it?

Power Jewel (Advendurers Vault, p176): Power ♦ Daily (Minor Action) This power allows you to regain the use of an encounter power of 1st or 3rd level. Do I have to get it from my backpack before ...
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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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