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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How Can I Play a Fighter Dual-Wielding Shields?

I'm rolling my very first D&D character. I'm trying to play a tank-type role in my group as a Dwarf Fighter. While looking through some forums I came across an image of an African warrior wielding ...
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Is there a 4e ritual or effect similar to Silence in 3.5 and 5e?

Silence in 4e is a ritual and described as a "ward against eavesdropping" that stops noise from escaping an area, whereas the other versions stop noise from being produced and can be used to stop ...
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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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What parts of D&D 5e's design heritage come from D&D 4e?

What are the significant elements that D&D 5e's design has kept from the design of D&D 4e (and which were unique to the 4th edition of D&D)? What parts of D&D 5e's heritage are from D&...
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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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How many feats/skills/powers can a player retrain on gaining a level?

Every time your character gains a level, you can retrain. To do so, change one of the following: a feat, a power, or a trained skill. You can make only one change per level. I believe that means one ...
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If I retrain the feat Skill Training, do I then lose training in that skill?

Let's say at level 2, I choose to learn the feat Skill Training and add a +5 training bonus to Dungeoneering. Then at level 11, I retrain it with a Paragon level feat. Do I then lose the training ...
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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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Retrain languages in the 4e character builder?

Is it possible to retrain languages? How does one do this in the 4e Character Builder?
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Can I retrain a multiclass feat?

Can I retrain a multiclass feat? Furthermore can I retrain into a different multiclass feat?
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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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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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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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Is it possible to hire someone to train you in skills or armor/weapon proficiencies?

As the title suggests, I am wondering if it is actually within the rules of the game for your character to hire someone for skill/armor/weapon training/proficiency. Is this possible, or can you only ...
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What happens when a grabbed target of Avalanche Stomp is teleported?

Avalanche Stomp is a power of the Stone Titan (all quotes are from the DDI Compendium): Close burst 3; +21 vs Fortitude; 3d10+7 damage, and the target is grabbed by earth and stone. The stone titan ...
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How much food is considered substantial?

Our group put it to a vote and 2 of 3 voted yes we want to keep track of food. I must implement it and I want to do it in the best way possible. I've always been familiar with 3 weeks without food ...
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How does the Shardmind race interact with the Self-Forged Paragon Path?

After reading up on Eberron for 4e, I stumbled upon something unusual. The Self-Forged Paragon Path requires your character to lop off one of their arms and replace it with a mechanical arm, ...
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Does D&D 4e have a Lizardfolk as a playable, PC race?

There are many entries in the Monster Manual for Lizardfolk, but I have yet to find a good piece of literature describing how to play them as a player race. If necessary I will create it from scratch, ...
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Is there a Ravenloft Campaign Setting for 4E that ISN'T the board game?

I've searched far and wide for a 4E Ravenloft setting. I played it once in 3.5's "Return to Castle Ravenloft" and fell in love with Barovia and the setting (even though Strahd was a total pushover in ...
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Is my house rule for Eladrin Armor too powerful?

Eladrin Armor, found on page 230 of the PHB has the following as one of it's properties This armor has no speed or skill check penalties Now, it's clearly not RAW, but I have a hard time not ...
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Should I scale the difficulty after the party recruits a boss?

A year ago or so, I was DMing a DnD4e campaign in which the leader of the players' party (Sariel) managed to convince a powerful (6 levels higher) adversary (Pieter) to join them temporarily; their ...
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How to be a Centaur PC?

I just started D&D, bought my version 4 manuals and I'm now at my stage in character creation. The problem: I was wondering if playing as a centaur would be possible? What forms of skills and ...
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How do I run a game for a larger group?

I am currently running a Dungeons and Dragons 4 campaign for a group of 9 players. Whittling the group down to a more manageable size is not really an option since they are all family. When we do ...
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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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Can you buy and use an accurate weapon without having the superior weapon feat for it?

I would like to buy a level 3 accurate Rhythm Blade dagger, right now. At level 4 I plan to take the feat, Superior Implement (accurate dagger). The D&D Insider character builder is allowing me ...
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What alternative system best handles the mundane skills and knowledge that were removed from the D&D 4e's skill list?

I decided that my urban campaign setting for 4E would be better off if characters had some "mundane skills and knowledge." One solution is adding the Knowledge, Craft, and Profession skills back in ...
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How to deal with a DM that doesn't listen to or cooperate with his co-DMs?

We are a group of five who rotates DMing with each quest. We have one DM who only does what he wants when he's DM, with no regard for other players, other DMs, or the rules, which forces the next DM ...
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Knocking out NPCs

Alright, so I'm thinking up a stealth based mission that involves sneaking into a guarded manor and stealing an artifact. Needless to say, it would be best if this was a quiet affair. I have most of ...
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What are the major differences between D&D 4e and 5e?

What are the major differences between D&D 4e and 5e? I have been playing 4e for about a year, and I have been considering selling my books to get 5e. What are the major differences, and is there ...
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What is the name of the default D&D 4E world containing the Nentir Vale?

The 4E Essentials rules compendium describes the Nentir Vale as a region of the Dungeons and Dragons world, but it does not mention the name of the world. Does it have a name?
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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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Does Create a Diversion to Hide come with all the Rules of Hidden Club, or bypass them?

In D&D 4e, characters have a couple of straightforward ways to become Hidden through their skills. The first is to use the Stealth skill. This is a check usually made at the end of a move. Using ...
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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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Are there “Good” goblins?

Plain and simple: Are there "good" goblins? Every goblin I've seen is always evil aligned in the DnD 4e Monster Manuals. I know this could apply to other RPGs but as DnD is what I'm familiar with, ...
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What are the positives and negatives of this house rule for flanking?

I am currently considering house ruling flanking to be: If two or more enemies are adjacent to you, you are considered flanked. I do this because I want to break up the conga line of death that ...
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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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Can the rogue feat “Two-Fisted Shooter” allow you to shoot a crossbow twice?

The rogue feat "Two-Fisted Shooter" (Martial Power, p.140) says: You can treat the hand crossbow as an off-hand weapon, and you can reload it one-handed as a free action. When you score a critical ...
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How to discourage players from roleplaying out of their alignment when using a 3.5e alignment system in a 4e game?

My GM would like to implement the 3.5e grid-based alignment system in his 4th edition game. He would also like to implement better penalties for not playing within your alignment. I understand that ...
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How much errata is there in D&D 4e?

I got the initial 3 core rule books when they were first released. From reading various questions and answers here, there is errata for the core rules and seem that some involves more than just ...
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What is a good way to handle a merchant / snake oil salesman PC?

I recently started running a 4e game where a character is playing an unaligned merchant bard who is also a bit of a snake oil salesman. What is a good way to play up the merchant / snake oil salesman ...
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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 do you kidnap a PC?

Here's where my group is currently at: We are reaching the end of a campaign and we are going to be switching GM's. I have been playing a (secretly) evil Psion who has plans to betray the party ...
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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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What is an example of an optimized Ranger/Cleric build?

I am totally new to D&D 4E. I have read that Ranger|Cleric is generally better than Ranger. Can someone give me an example build for Ranger|Cleric that goes up to level 30? No house rules. All ...
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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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What class pairs well with a fighter in 4e?

We're getting ever closer to our 4e game and have begun to hash out backgrounds. Much like in Fire Emblem (yes I do pretty much decide all of what I want to do based on video games) I really want my ...
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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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What is the difference between “No Action” and “Free Action”?

What is the difference between No Action, e.g. the Monk's Centered Flurry of Blows [ddi], and the more common Free Action?
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How to fix this scenario for D&D Encounters?

I just finished running a D&D Encounters season 3 ep 11 session, and I'm dissatisfied with how it ended; I want to fix it next week with a bit of retroactive play before moving on to the finale. ...