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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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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Last-minute system-related second thoughts before starting a game

I'm looking at starting a game with a bunch of friends. Between us, we have very little RPG experience; one of the party has played a little before (Pathfinder, I think) and I played a handful of ...
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Creating a campaign everyone can DM in?

So I have a group of players I'm playing D&D 4e with. Two of them are hardcore gaming nerds, my brother and his friend. His friend actually has a job but it's not intensive, my brother on the ...
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What rules govern group skill checks?

A number of published adventures mention rolling a "group stealth check" and other group checks where, theoretically, a proportion of the players try to beat the DC. Are there formal rules for this, ...
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Does teleportation require line of sight?

In D&D 4e, teleportation is very common. Does it require line of sight? Example: An Eladrin wizard is being attacked with his back to the wall. On the other side of the wall is the room he came ...
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What can a player do to force down a flying creature?

Dakeyras' answer in this thread got me thinking about how a player would/could counter an enemy that used hovering flight to its full advantage. What specific items/powers/etc. can a character use to ...
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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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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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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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Is there an online interactive character sheet for Dungeons & Dragons 4E?

Is there an interactive web-based character sheet for Dungeons & Dragons 4E like there is for Gamma World? I'm not looking for a character builder. Mod note: Several of these answers refer to ...
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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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How do you deal with metagaming based on die results?

I ran into this problem in a session I had earlier today. My characters were going through a dungeon and after a fairly lengthy fight with a person who lived there, they decided they would question ...
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Item slots for mounts

Are there restrictions for how many items a mount can carry? There is only 1 slot on the character builder for mounts. I don't understand why I can't have an enchanted saddle, and shoes. They're on ...
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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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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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How do I scout with a bat familiar?

My gaming group in a few encounters will be hitting level 14. I plan on taking the arcane familiar feat, and choosing the bat familiar. My plan is to have the bat passive inside my cloak to gain the ...
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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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What named creatures or beings would fit thematically as patrons of a Dark Pact warlock?

What named creatures or beings would fit thematically as patrons of a Dark Pact warlock? By "named", I mean a being that exists in some lore (primarily but not necessarily limited to Forgotten Realms ...
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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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How does off-hand spellcasting with two implements work?

With the Dual Implement Spellcaster feat, you can add the off-hand implement's enhancement bonus to damage rolls. 1) What if you cast a spell with the off-hand implement? Do you get nothing from the ...
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What changed in Eberron between 3.5e and 4e?

Both in terms of setting fluff and game mechanics, what are the differences between the original D&D 3.5 version of Eberron and its D&D 4th edition version?
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What is the best way to determine Overland Speed?

I'm running an adventure that centers around a race, and I want to use the overland speed between scenes as a scoring mechanism. What is the best way to determine overland speed in D&D 4e? The ...
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Readying an action before combat

Suppose the party suspects that combat is imminent, and some of the PCs ready actions (attack nearest hostile creature, attack first thing that moves). Then combat erupts. Some of the PCs are ...
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How can you use a healing surge during battle?

In the PHB it says: Even in a heated battle, you can heal. You can heal yourself by using your second wind (see page 291), an ally can use the Heal skill (see page 185) on you, and an ally can use ...
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Artificer with a Defender-y bent

I’m interested in building an artificer who has a defender-y bent; still an artificer, still a leader, but with a minor in defending. I’m fine with sacrificing some Leadership for Defense; I ...
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What to do when I accidentally kill the whole party?

So, my players' PCs were fighting 11 fifth-level orcs. They are five 5th-level characters in D&D 4e. It ended in an unexpected TPK. Thing is, their bard was new (he was put in place of their ...
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Handling a dragon lair's treasure consistently with treasure parcels

It's my first time as the DM of a D&D campaign and I'm planning an encounter against a dragon in his lair. Since dragons hoard large amount of treasure, I would like to know how you deal with all ...
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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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What happens when a large creature stops squeezing in a space that they had to use squeeze to enter?

This is a follow up question relating to What are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing a player to play a large creature? So far, everything for the player playing the large Minotaur has ...
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How can I convert D&D 4e adventures and settings to 5e?

At my public library, I have ready access to resource books from older editions of D&D (only 5e are in heavy demand). Most of the books at the library are 4e. I am interested in converting some of ...
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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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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 do temporary hitpoints represent, and how to roleplay them?

I know what temporary HP do: they provide a buffer, while leaving the original state of the character intact (if you receive temp HP while bloodied, you don't stop being bloodied, for example). What ...
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Festival Mini Games [closed]

My D&D party will be going to a town with a festival in it. Generally during festivals there may be some games that are going on, kind of like small carnival type games or "mini games", ones that ...
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Are there any rules or guidelines out there for in-game gambling in D&D 4e?

Several years ago, when most of my group were still newcomers and unadapted to 4e, I asked my Dungeon Master which Skills to use in gambling situations for money, and how they should be used. He did ...
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How can I speed up combat with a large number of enemies?

I'm DMing for a campaign where the player characters will sometimes face small squads of creatures, most recently six ground troops and two archers helping out. In this setting, these creatures ...
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How can I move a one-ton gem out of Undermountain?

Looking for some ideas on a particular conundrum my party is faced with. We're in the depths of a dungeon in Undermountain and have come across a literally one-ton gem. We're all 9th level and are a ...
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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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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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How should I stat very powerful artifacts that the party acquires too early?

A few weeks ago I started DMing a campaign that involves five divine artifacts that all of the gods' powers are filtered through. I planned on the paragon level quest being collecting these in order ...
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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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How can I handle critical failure without slowing down the action?

In my last session, my group had in a single encounter over 8 botches, I lost count in fact! At first, I was statistically amazed at how our ranger botched 4 rounds in a row (in-game interpretation ...
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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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