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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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 ...
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Can half-Elves interbreed with half-Orcs?

Can half-elves and half-Orcs interbreed with each other and who will be born in this case?
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Questions related to the wizard's "Arcane Implement Mastery" and the "Staff of Defense"

In D&D 4e Player's Handbook 1, at page 157, there's a section about "Arcane Implement Mastery" for the wizard. It says the following: You specialize in the use of one kind of implement ...
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Are the official D&D Podcasts archived somewhere?

Back in september 2006, D&D launched an official podcast that was at that time distributed via Apple Podcasts. However, the way to subscribe to those — an RSS feed via the Wizards webpage — no ...
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How do we transition from D&D 4e's world to D&D 5e's world?

My group started in late Dec 14th with D&D 4e, in the Points of Light. My players have expressed an interest in making the switch to 5e. D&D 5e is set in Forgotten Realms, a completely new and ...
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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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Where can I find the various D&D 4e web articles? (If they even still exist.)

Back in 2014, Wizards redesigned their website. A whole lot of links broke, but we figured out various archive URLs to still access the same content: How can I continue to access Wizards of the Coast&#...
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Is there something in the lore that prevents my tiefling from having this skin color?

I'm planning on painting a portrait of my tiefling, so I want to confirm the color I imagine for his skin is possible in the reality dnd 4 is in. The "base" of his skin would be a pale ...
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Plane shifter Hole of Oblivion (patent pending)

A Warlock who takes the Planeshifter paragon path can use an ability at level 12 called Quick Portal. At 15, that same Warlock could learn Create Teleportation Circle and say create a teleportation ...
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Thri-Kreen 4-arm Combo?

So I looked around for feats that would allow a Thri-Kreen to legally use their middle arms because: "The middle set of limbs is small but dexterous, and the thri kreen use them for fine ...
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Thri-Kreen Chameleon Chitin

I have a question based on the wording of the Thri-Kreen power Chameleon Chitin: Effect: You make a Stealth check. If you have any cover or concealment, you gain a +5 power bonus to this check. You ...
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Can a thri-kreen count a wrist razor as a "melee" weapon for thri-kreen shooter while using a superior crossbow?

So bear with me, I'm trying to build a character around a specific, obscure racial feat. Thri-Kreen Shooter allows a Thri-Kreen character to wield a hand crossbow in their lower arms if they are ...
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Since Thri-Kreen Claws lack the weapon/implement keyword, do no feats or proficiency bonuses apply?

I just realized that Thri-Kreen Claws does not specify whether it is a weapon or implement attack. It simply lacks the keyword. Does it mean it is none of them and therefore no feats and proficiency ...
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Where would Teleportation Circles be in Forgotten Realms?

Long range teleportation in D&D 4e seems to work by teleportation circles Linked Portal Reverse Portal Planar Portal However the book says nothing about where these portals might appear. Where ...
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Can D&D Fourth Edition be played effectively in a non-gamist manner?

I'd like to ask a question that's been brewing for a while. A lot of the answers and comments on this site seem to be from people who play 4e and are insistent that the right way/only way/best way to ...
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Can Alchemy-produced items be purchased like regular potions and items?

I'm looking through the Adventurer's Vault, and there's an Alchemy section which lists items that can be produced by someone with the Alchemist feat, and lists the price of item recipes as well as the ...
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How compatible are D&D 4E core and essentials in terms of hybrid characters?

I know that in terms of actually running a campaign that they can go side by side very well, with one side doing some things honestly better than the other like the monster vault... However, a person ...
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How are monster’s skills calculated?

For example, I’m looking at the Goblin Hex Hurler found in the Monster Vault. Its skills are Stealth +10, Thievery +10. The Monster Vault states: The skills section of a monster’s statistics block ...
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Do weapon proficiencies affect ONLY basic attacks, or also martial attack powers? [duplicate]

So in D&D 4e, let's say I want to play as a paladin. The paladin's weapon proficiencies are: "Simple melee, military melee, simple ranged". So if I use, say, a longsword in order to ...
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Can the melee attack of Skald's Armour be further than the actual melee range?

Can the melee attack of Skald's Armour be further than the melee range? In the case where I have creature A, one square to my north and creature B, one square to my south, i.e. the range between the ...
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What and where was the Cloak Tower?

What I Want to Know In the Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition Neverwinter Campaign Setting (NCS), there is a building called Cloak Tower. The NCS says this about Cloak Tower: The tower takes its ...
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Are the cards in the Three Dragon Ante decks the same?

So I want to get Three Dragon Ante, but I Im going to use it in Third ruleset, I just want to make sure the easier to find 4th Edition Deck could be used with the 3rd Ed rules.
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Which is the “poison pill” provision in the D&D 4e GSL?

History of the GSL In 2008, Wizards of the Coast published D&D 4th edition using the Game System Licence, aka "4e GSL" or short "GSL", though there was a d20 GSL too, not tied ...
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When did Wizards of the Coast purge the 4th Edition content from its website?

It is a fact that Wizards of the Coast did at some point remove all content for 4th edition D&D from its site when 5th Edition had come around. Since then, there is no mention of 4th edition on ...
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Can you use a Sustain action on the same turn you cast it?

Many spells in DnD 4e take a Standard action to cast, and then have a Sustain Minor for additional effects (e.g. Crown of Madness, Bigby's Icy Grasp). Is it possible to cast the spell as a Standard ...
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Do magic users always have lower attack bonuses than martial characters?

I'm new to DnD 4e, and my party is creating characters right now. We've noticed that weapon users seem to have attack bonuses in the range of 5-7 (3-4 from ability, and 2-3 from weapon proficiency). ...
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What is my "fell might"?

I'm looking at the Scornful Denial feat and it tells me that "when you regain your fell might, you can make a saving throw against an effect that a save can end." What is my fell might? The ...
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Does a Dragonborn Dragon Magic Sorcerer pierce their own damage resistance when taking damage from Nusemnee's Atonement?

An oft discussed optimization trick in the 4th edition era was the use of Nusemnee's Atonement on a Dragonborn Dragon Magic Sorcerer in order to recharge your breath weapon with the use of the Ancient ...
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What could attract the attention of hostile creatures? [closed]

So in my game of D&D 4e, the PCs are going to travel through the woods and the swamps, and an idea I have for this section, is that there's a type of creature in there that is more agressive than ...
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Does a weapon thrown with Giantkind Gloves gain weapon benefits?

Giantkind Gloves possess the following power: Power    (Standard Action) Strength + 2 vs. AC; ranged 6/12; you throw an object 30 lb. or less; 2d6 + Strength modifier damage.     Level 14: Strength + ...
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How to properly boost monster damage?

So here's the situation: In D&D 4e, I have began to reduce monster's HP by a lot (at least by half or even more than that). The reason for this, is that I realized the combat encounters can take ...
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Will this Ritual Caster house rule break the game?

The House Rule The prerequisite for the Ritual Caster feat changes to “Trained in Arcana, Heal, Nature, or Religion”. In order to master a ritual, a player must be trained in the relevant skill (e.g. ...
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What Paragon-Tier modules can I use to showcase the Underdark? [closed]

My group is going through the Underdark top to bottom to get to Menzoberranzan. I'm looking for recommendations for Underdark themed modules - starting with near-the-surface (no- or lite-Drow) dungeon ...
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Is there any support in D&D for Were-humans?

In many D&D settings, the character of a human who can shapeshift into an animal is a standard archetype. Druids, Vampires, and Werebeasts are pretty common. However, does any support exist for a ...
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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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What kind of bonuses add up?

I'm trying to plan my character ahead of time. I've read that some bonuses add up and some do not (so you chose the highest). I'm not clear on what it depends on. Is it origin (racial/class/feat/power ...
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Difficulty of Skill Challenge [closed]

I have read the other posts about this but they do not give me the info I want. My party is level 2 and they have done a few SC so far, however they always seem to be unbalanced on way or the other. ...
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What Should I Roll to See if a Character Remembers a Face?

Motivation I'm planning an adventure where a character runs into someone he's seen once. Because of the nature of the encounter, the NPC will remember the PC, but the PC might not remember the NPC. ...
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Do follow-up attacks granted by daily powers count as daily powers for feats?

Some feats affect daily powers, and some daily powers grant extra attacks. For example, Dazing Fist (Psionic Power) is a feat that says: When you hit an enemy with a daily attack power, you also daze ...
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Does Hordemaster epic destiny perk trigger once per ally or once overall?

I want to understand exactly how Dark Sun's "Hordemaster" Level 30 feature works (Dark Sun Campaign Setting, page 100). Horde Attack (30th level): Once per encounter, when you or an ally ...
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Why are the recommended DCs grouped by 3's?

In the 4th edition DMGs (DMG p42, DMG2 p80), recommended DCs for easy, moderate, and hard situations are provided in tables. What's interesting is that the levels in the left-hand column are grouped ...
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How does the Monk's unarmed strike interact with powers requiring two weapons?

I was looking up the Monk's Unarmed Strike for another answer, and was wondering: If a power, such as Twin Strike, requires you to be wielding two weapons, are you effectively wielding two unarmed ...
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When did the Dungeons and Dragons Insider service 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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How can I design fun combat encounters for a party traveling down a river on a raft?

So in my adventure, it is possible that my players will travel down a river, on a raft. The river itself is haunted and they will come across enemies. I already have ideas for some specific enemies ...
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What will happen with DDI subscriptions and online content for 4e?

With a new edition of D&D releasing next year (5e) what will happen to the online content for 4e? Will wizards continue to offer subscription services for 4th edition support, make those ...
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Can this Pact Hag power make the target move?

So in D&D 4e, Monster Manual 3, there's the Pact Hag (p.108). One of their attacks is the Compelling staff. The description says this: "Hit: 1d6 + 5 damage, and the target makes a melee basic ...
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Is D&D 4e supposed to have really easy skill checks?

I have been using the D&D Insider character builder recently to help my group streamline leveling up and keep their powers better organized. I noticed that a carefully statted-out character at ...
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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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How to implement the "show, don't tell" rule if it involves a "gotcha moment"?

First, sorry for the paranoia, but I want to make sure my players don't read this, so if you play with Gavarin and Lhasang, please don't read further, heavy spoilers involved. TL;DR: Is it OK to have ...
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Does 4e become imbalanced when I allow any character to use any Paragon Path/Epic Destiny?

I will soon be running a D&D 4e campaign set in a homebrewed universe. Races and classes are getting re-skinned into whatever concept the players want, so long as they remain the same mechanically....

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