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Questions tagged [dnd-4e]

For questions about Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition, published in 2008. This tag also covers the D&D Essentials line.

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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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4e D&D XP penalty on point of death [closed]

I recently introduced me son to D&D 4e. There is only the two of us, so I'm expecting death to occur more frequently. I want to implement a house rule that upon death (especially if we get a TPK ...
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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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Is there official wording on whether a Hunter's Quarry affects or is affected by “marks”?

I thought I read somewhere that Hunter's Quarry worked like a mark, but I can't find this in the rules. I've just recently started DMing 4e again and can't remember where I picked that up. It may ...
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Can summoned creatures wield magic weapons?

Can a Pit Fiend summon from an Infernal Hexblade's Greater Summon Warlock's Ally pick up (or be given) a magic sword and use it (without proficiency) as a basic attack, like characters from any class ...
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How should I budget encounter XP for a single PC?

In the photo I've shared, it starts the XP budget for a party of 4 PCs. At 1st level, the budget is 400. For 5 PCs it's 500. And 600 XP for 6 PCs. So I guess it's safe to assume that I can divide the ...
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Can characters stand in corner squares of a round room?

Can a character stand in any partial squares of a large round room, on the perimeter? And if so, do they have to squeeze for all of the squares that are not complete? Rules Compendium states that a ...
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How to convert “EPIC” 4E Solo monsters to 5E? [closed]

I've been scouring the web to find a good example of converting D&D 4E EPIC monsters (level 20-35+ in 4E) to equivalent 5E versions. I did see a couple of threads here and they help with how to ...
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Should Leomund's Tiny Hut keep enemies out?

Leomund's Tiny Hut (or just Tiny Hut) appears across multiple editions, with slight changes. For reference, here's the 4e spell, as seen in Dragon 405: You create an opaque, unmoving sphere of ...
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If a monster “cannot attack you” does that prevent it from using burst attacks that would include you?

I have a scenario that occurred in our recent game. The Cleric used the 17th level encounter power Enthrall which states on hit: Until the end of your next turn, the target is immobilized and ...
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As a Bladesinger, can I get the arcane keyword on my basic attacks?

I'm starting a Bladesinger character. Is there any way to add the arcane keyword to a weapon so that I may use the White Lotus feats with my basic attacks?
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What changed between DMG and DMG 2?

I slept on 4th edition almost entirely. There's a 5e round-table discussion from last year hosted by Koebel, in which not only is the DMG 2 described as much better -- which is something I've heard ...
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How jealous is Lolth?

I’m making a drow, and part of his backstory is that he learns to worship another goddess; the platinum dragon Bahamut. You have to be L/G to worship him, but Lolth is still a part of drow life, so ...
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Importing 4e-ish Warlock Focuses into 3.5e/Pathfinder [closed]

I'm playing a D&D 3.X/Pathfinder/Heavy Homebrew game playing a Warlock-esque character, and was wondering if there was a 'easy' way of 'importing' focuses from 4th edition. Secondarily, I know ...
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Looking to optimize multiple melee attacks

I'm trying to find 2 classes to hybrid into that maximize the attack-shift-attack-shift-attack style powers. I already have the fighter powers of Tempest Dance and Storm of Blows, but what other class ...
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Is there a way to force my enemy to attack me?

When I was creating a character for 4e D&D game using online sources I accidentally found a class that I really liked - Knight. My problem is that it was a class from 3.5; in 4e it has very ...
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Creating a Character that uses Weapons larger than its Size Category, other than playing Bugbear

I played a campaign where one of the casters was able to make his weapon to hit as if it is two sizes bigger than it really is using some spell so I wanted to create non-caster who will be able to do ...
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Is there such a thing as a ranged unarmed attack?

So I haven't had much time to create a character for playing D&D and thought I'd try my luck using a character generator for 4e, so I had something to tinker with before game. Mind you I am a ...
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How do multiple racial power replacement feats interact in D&D4e?

If a character has two feats which both replace their racial power with another power, which one takes effect? For example, the Wizard's Wrath feat (Dragon 381) states: You ignore bloodied enemies’ ...
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How do I avoid being and feeling useless as a player new to D&D combat?

I tried playing D&D 4th edition a few years ago. While I enjoyed it, this particular thing put me off. I didn't know about this SE at the time, so I couldn't ask this. Events in this question are ...
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Does invisibility end for opportunity attack for Assassin's “Vanish” or “Slayer's Escape” power?

In DND 4e, does the invisibility effect of an Assassin's "Vanish" or "Slayer's Escape" power end if the assassin makes an opportunity attack before the start of their turn? Most other powers I've ...
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Does “Ability modifier damage” always include all bonuses?

We all know that a character's damage bonus gets enhanced by many kinds of bonuses — item bonus, feat bonus, power bonus, enhancement bonus, etc. Once all is said and done, a higher-level character's ...
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Which is more official, Dragon/Dungeon magazine or the Compendium?

If there is a discrepancy between the original source when it is Dragon or Dungeon magazine and the Compendium, which version of the content should be considered the most official? When answering How ...
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How many attacks does Path of the Blade (from Dragon 381) involve?

The 17th level rogue encounter power Path of the Blade (from Dragon 381) states the following: Effect: You can shift a number of squares equal to 2 + your Charisma modifier. Two times during this ...
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Can Hellish Rebuke be cast twice with an Action Point for twice the damage?

4e’s Hellish Rebuke: 1d6 + Constitution modifier fire damage. The first time you take damage before the end of your next turn, the target takes an extra 1d6 + Constitution modifier fire damage. ...
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Feat apply order (one increased radiant damage, other changes damage type)

If one feat increases radiant damage (e.g. Superior Implement Training and using a Astral Implement which increases radiant damage by 2) and another feat converts the damage type of a power from ...
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What real-world size is a “square”?

Does 4E D&D specify what the real-world size of a battlemap "square" is? Reference/citation desired.
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What are some fungus or rot-based spells? [closed]

I'm homebrewing a sort of rot druid for a campaign, and need some help finding spells that fit the motif.
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Why would an Avenger go Half-Elf to take Twin Strike?

I've been reading about D&D 4e character optimization and half-elves taking the Ranger's Twin Strike as their power. As I read Twin Strike, it requires two melee weapons (or a ranged one) which ...
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Streetwise substituting Arcana, History and Religion?

I have recently run into a conundrum. Recently we have started playing DnD4e. While researching and building our PCs I stumbled upon a modifier that allowed me to substitute a Streetwise check for a ...
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Are the maps in the The Slaying Stone created using an existing tileset?

In the published adventure HS1 - The Slaying Stone, there are a number of encounter maps containing corridors, furniture, rubble and the like. Were these maps constructed with the expectation that the ...
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Can a Weaponmaster retrain their Weapon Talent?

Our party's Weaponmaster has been using a single handed weapon since level 1 and took the "one-handed" option. They have since found a Two-handed weapon. Is it possible to "retrain" the talent?
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How do you handle multiple Quarry as a Ranger?

A ranger having the Battlefield Archer PP can use this power: Battlefield Experience (11th level): You can designate more than one creature as your quarry at a time, up to a number equal to your ...
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How do multi-attack powers interact with the Hunting Party power?

Recently, the Ranger in my group started to use this power : Hunting Party / Ranger Utility 10 Daily ✦ martial, stance Minor Action Personal Effect: Until the stance ends, each time you ...
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Dealing with troublesome kind of player (actor maybe)

I'd like to ask for some advice/solution to the problem that I have as a DM with one of the players. We're bunch of friends for years, but our first (ever) role-play campaign has started some months ...
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What are the defenses of a Shaman's spirit companion?

The Shaman's Call Spirit Companion feature in Player's Handbook 2 (page 120) says the following about the Shaman's spirit companion: The spirit can be targeted by a melee or ranged attacks, ...
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How can I increase my shield bonus?

I am playing a Fighter using a heavy shield, and looking at feats like Encouraging Shield and Stout Shield. They're nice in that they stack with Improved Defenses, but the lack of scaling makes them ...
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Does Mental Arsenal improve Reflex defense?

The Iron Soul Monastic Tradition in Psionic Power includes Mental Arsenal: Mental Arsenal: While wielding a weapon other than one in the unarmed weapon group, you gain a +1 shield bonus to AC. ...
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What does “dislike the result” mean in Memory of a Thousand Lifetimes?

Pardon if this is a basic question; there are only 5 threads on this forum regarding the ability in mind, and none of them actually explain how it works. Looking through the PHB2, I see the Deva ...
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Leaving threatened range with Opportunistic Withdrawal

The Opportunistic Withdrawal talent from D&D 4e PHB3 says: While you are adjacent to an enemy granting combat advantage to you your movement doesn't provoke opportunity Attacks from that enemy. ...
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Broom of Flying questions

Is this item considered a mount? Is the character considered to be mounted when using it? Can he be knocked off of it? Teleported off? If he teleports, does the broom come along?
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Psionically Augmented Power and a High Crit weapon - how do they work together?

I'm playing an Ardent and I have psionic points to augment my at-will powers. My weapon is a Falchion, a high crit weapon. If I augment for example "Psionic Shield" with 2 psionic points and then roll ...
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Is it possible to use Fey step to bypass locks?

In D&D 4e Eladrin get an ability called fey step which allows them to teleport 5 squares per encounter. Would an Eladrin be able to peek through a keyhole and bypass a door by teleporting?
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Hospitaller Paladin's Healing Font: What does [ts] mean?

In my Player's Handbook for DnD 4e, the Hospitaller Paladin's Healing Font daily power has the following effect: Effect: Until the end of this encounter, when you attack on your turn and hit at ...