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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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Staff of Knives

Staff of Knives - Level 2+ This steel-gray wooden staff transforms into a steel-hard wooden dagger on command. Lvl 2 [+1] 510gp Lvl 7 [+2] 2,600gp Lvl 12 [+3] 13,000gp Lvl 17 [+4] 65,000gp Lvl 22 [+5]...
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When a Wizard learns a non-spell power, do they learn two?

Playing my first campaign of 4e, I discovered Skill Powers in the Player's Handbook 3. Per the PHB 3: Whenever you reach a level that grants you a utility power from your class, you can choose a ...
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What Exactly is the Attack Modifier?

I am new to D&D and have been searching for what attack modifier is referring to. IS it the strength modifier (for fighter +4)? I am using the Starter Kit. 4e
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Fighting Fury: weapon vs. implement usage. One, both or neither?

I want to create a Monk and like the Fighting Fury Utility power, but cannot figure out which attacks it would work with. Which keywords does it apply to? Implement, Weapon, another keyword? I want to ...
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Does a character need to be close to the ritual caster for Shadow Walk and Phantom Steed to work?

Player A is a ritual caster and casts these two rituals. He then jumps on one of the steeds and rides off in one direction. Player B jumps on another steed and rides in the opposite direction. ...
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Monk Dragon's tail vs. Duergar Stand Your Ground - Does SYG Apply?

The move element of Dragon's Tail is: Move : Swap places with target Duergar have Stand your Ground: Stand Your Ground: When an effect forces you to move — through a pull, a push, or a slide — you ...
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Shadowrun-esque 4e campaign advice [closed]

I am planning on starting a new 4e campaign. I was thinking that I would like to do a campaign that follows more of a Shadowrun style experience. My thought is that the entire campaign will take ...
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How many times can this power attack one target?

One of my players wants to use this homebrew class, but we're unclear on how to read one of its powers: Rotating Turret Gunslinger Attack 1 Enemies close in from all sides. You make them regret that ...
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Damage from both Guardian Blades and Fire Shield, or just one of the two?

I was wondering if an enemy who attacks me with a melee attack takes damage from both Guardian Blades and Fire Shield, or just one of the two? Can either/both be combined with the errata-ed Infernal ...
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How does Herbal Poultice work?

When I take the level 3 Herbal Poultice Item, how does it work? It's a potion which does the following: Use before you or an ally takes a short rest. The target of the herbal poultice regains an ...
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Chameleon + Cloud of Darkness

My question is about the interaction between the Rogue Utility Chameleon (below and PHB 120) and the Drow racial Cloud of Darkness. Chameleon (Rogue Utility 6) You blend into your surroundings. At-...
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Why does Infernal Wrath's burst 10 target 1 enemy?

I went over the updates on Wizards of the Coast and discovered that the Infernal Wrath power has changed from what it was in the Player's Handbook. There's one part that confuses me: Infernal ...
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Twilight Assassin daily power understanding

The assassin's level 5 daily power Twilight Assassin(DDI) is also a conjuration power. I had to look at the conjuration rules to make sure I understand what is going on here. The questions I have ...
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Players who want to duel each other

I know 4e doesn't have rules for it nor is really designed for this to happen, but does anyone know of a good way to handle PCs that would like to duel, during our downtime between story arcs? Also, ...
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Cutting open a Bag of Holding

What happens to the items in a bag of holding if you slice it open? We had an instance where a player character placed a bag of holding over an enemies head and sliced it open.
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Does a Monk use Dex on basic melee attacks

Does the monk's unarmed strike use Dexterity or Strength when making Opportunity Attacks? Our DM swears up and down that it goes off of Strength, but everything we read says that all of a monk's ...
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Where do I go from the Red box?

Me and my group just finished the essentials red box, and are looking at moving to the full 4e game. I'm doing some preliminary reading of the books and one thing is confusing me a little. The ...
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Builder lacks artifacts concordance improvement?

I'm facing a problem with the artifacts concordance of the D&D4 character builder. I wasn't able to find a way to level up the concordance. The +5 sword nightbringer at the top concordance level ...
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How does the Sorcerer's Draconic Power feature work?

I want to make a Sorcerer with the Dragon Magic feature, but I need to know if the + Strength Modifier is in addition to the + Charisma Modifier to the damage or instead of it. Thanks.
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How can a Paladin create an Army of Undead?

I'm a Dungeon Master in D&D 4e. We've played since the first adventure. Now my players are level 21 and plots are very deep. A character started with a Vriloka paladin, his father killed his ...
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How do vampire (monsters) take sunlight damage?

This isn't a question about the vampire class - it's about vampire monsters, e.g. Master Vampire or Elder Vampire Spawn. In both of those monsters, it says they are damaged by direct sunlight: ...
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Fighter (Essentials) Weapon Talent

Is the Weapon Talent / Fighter Talent feature that Knights & Slayers get the same feature as Fighter Talents Battlerage Vigor, Tempest Style, Arena Training, etc. that Weaponmasters get? If so ...
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How Much XP is an NPC worth?

I'm trying to add an NPC (as explained on pages 186-188 of the DMG) to a DnD 4e encounter, and I'm having trouble finding any information on how much XP to subtract from the XP budget for the ...
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How does the Magic Staff (from the Handbook) work?

The Magic Staff in the Weapons and Equipment chapter of the 4e handbook sounds like something I'd want as a Lv. 6 Wizard, but I'm unclear as to how exactly it's bonuses are applied and what to. Here's ...
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Agile Opportunist & Cunning Bard combo

How does the Combo Agile Opportunist and Cunning Bard work? Some people say you can only get opportunity attacks when an enemy triggers the OA. So you can't slide your ally with power/skill x and let ...
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Is there a feat to use Dex or Con instead of Str in melee (4e)?

I have searched, and found some similar questions, but not this exact one. Is there a feat (or other way, I guess) to use Dex or Con instead of Str when making melee attacks? The only time I ever ...
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confusion/question for attack power description in character builder

I'm confused as to the description of some of the attack powers for my players' characters. I'm using Wizards character builder for this so im referring to their attack power cards they include in ...
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Can I hide using Cunning Sneak with Wilderness Skirmisher?

The cunning sneak feature allows a creature to make a hidden check if they have any concealment or any cover. The wilderness skirmisher feat enables them to gain partial cover against ranged attacks ...
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Shadowfell and the Prime Material plane

Is the Shadowfell a possible link from the Prime material plane to the demi plane of dread (Ravenloft)? If so... are creatures (if lucky enough) able to enter the prime material plane and terrorize ...
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How do I build a devoted cleric with the WotC builder?

I'm trying to build a new character using the Wizards of the Coast character builder — a devoted cleric. I've previously built a warpriest cleric with no trouble, but devoted cleric is simply not ...
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What kinds of enchantments can be put onto orbs?

I've searched everywhere online and can't find the answers I'm looking for about Magic Orbs for my Wizard character for D&D - 4th Ed., so I'll ask them here. What kinds of enchantments can be ...
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Any suggestions for feats/options to forgo damage dice for other benefits?

I'm in a campaign with a reasonably permissive and flexible GM. Currently, I'm trying to put together an enlightened and charismatic bodhisattva type character who charms everything with his voice, ...
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How do I read the Attack line on power cards in D&D 4e?

I've just recently started playing D&D 4e through the Red Box, and I am confused about how to fill in the power cards. So, take Nimbus of Holy Shielding for instance. I understand the Target and ...
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How can established settings contact each other, and are there rules about it?

I've actually had some of my questions answered browsing through the forums; however, I wanted to address some issues that may come of my conclusions! First off, I haven't DM'd since the first ...
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What information a DM should have at hand when in an encounter?

I am currently playing D&D 4th edition and will be DMing soon. The party consists of 7 characters (mine included, even though I am a DM). I will be running a quest that I created myself and ...
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Perception Check for an Ambush

I'm a new DM, but I've been playing DnD for a little while now. As of right now I'm running pre-made campaigns until I get the hang of DMing enough to make my own. Right now we're running Keep on the ...
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Turning a PC into an NPC

I can't recall if there are rules or guidelines when converting a player character into a monster with an XP value and proper abilities so they are not over-powered. If someone could tell me if they ...
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Master of Flame (Paragon Path) and Flaming Weapon

Master of Flame paragon path has a level 12 Utility Power called Burning Transformation. Burning Transformation - You transform into a creature of fire until the end of the encounter. While in this ...
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How do transfers of ownership affect artifact concordance?

My adventuring party recently completed Gardmore Abbey and has possession of of the Deck of Many Things. The starting concordance score included a bonus for having reassembled the Deck, which was ...
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Reaving Ammunition & spending a move action

Reaving ammunition states: When you hit an enemy with an attack using this ammunition, that enemy also takes ongoing 5 damage until it spends a move action (without moving) to end the ongoing ...
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Persistent Threat and Rain of Steel

Are you able to make opportunity attacks if you're dazed and have the feat Persistent Threat? Persistent Threat - While you are dazed, you can still flank enemies, and you can take an opportunity ...
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Does Thunder Hooves Rage damage stack with itself?

Can a barbarian move back and forth through an enemy space to stack Thunder Hooves damage? Thunder Hooves Rage Daily Standard Action      Melee Weapon Target: One ...
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Certain Justice and Superior Will

What happens if you have Superior Will and succeed on a Saving Throw (in the start of your turn) against the Dazed condition from Certain Justice (the 11th power from the Champion of Order paragon ...
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How can I tune encounter difficulty appropriately in D&D Essentials?

Two of my friends and I recently played our very first game of D&D using the Essentials kit. I DM'd, getting them through the Red Box create-your-own character story. It was all good fun, they ...
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What typed-damage builds (item & feat) exist for ki-focus implements in 4e?

The problem at hand I'm fairly proficient with the usual pathways for getting frost or fire or radiant damage combos/optimization going with regular weapons or using holy symbols, but I am new at ...
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Does the half-level modifier contribute to a push?

I have a level 9 Swordmage and I just got Forceful Dismissal. One question I had about it was the push part: "push the target a number of squares equal to your Strength modifier." Does that strength ...
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A game where death is permanent?

I'm running a D&D 4e campaign where the underlying story arc features Orcus and his followers. It starts with a run-in with a Cult of Orcus, and gradually escalates with the party finding that the ...
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When can a Barbarian go into a Rage?

How exactly does Barbarian rage work in 4E? Is there a prerequisite they have to meet to be able to rage, for example only after using certain powers, or can they rage whenever they want to?
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How to create an only skill challange quest?

First time playing D&D, first time DMing and first time creating a quest. The plot is simple: the players arrive at a town, they hear about a treasure and off they go to collect their riches... (...
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What are the equipment implications of my Arcane Implement Mastery choice?

I'm currently creating a Half-Elf Wizard. All Wizards have the Arcane Implement Mastery class feature, but I don't understand how it works. Does the character automatically get a staff of defense (if ...
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