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

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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 ...
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Calculating damage on a crit with an item's encounter power?

If I crit. while using a Frostbrand's close blast encounter power, do I add in the "crit per plus" of d8 as well? Even though it wasn't used as a melee attack?
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Scales of War Maps

I'm a DM about to start a campaign of Scales of War with my group. I have all of the stuff ready, except for the maps. I purchased a DDI Subscription through Digital River, but when I download the ...
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What's an E class?

I'm familiar with the 4e guide terminology for A and V classes: A classes have one primary stat and two secondaries you can choose between, with the choice determining the way the class plays; V ...
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Does a healing spell provoke an opportunity attack?

I can't find a clear answer for my question.. The PHB said regarding OAs: The opportunity attack action is provoked by an enemy leaving an adjacent square without shifting or teleporting, or by an ...
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Distributing exp during encounters [duplicate]

When I get to distribute exp to party members, should I give the same amount of EXP to everyone or split it by monsters killed/fight contribution?
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Does the Daily Power of a Parrying Weapon have to be used with that weapon?

The power in question: Power (Daily): Immediate Reaction. Use this power when an enemy makes a melee attack against you. Make a melee basic attack against that enemy, with a power bonus on your ...
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How does Benefactor's Armor interact with powers that provide healing over time?

The text on the Encounter power of Benefactors Armor states "Use this power when you use a healing power. Each ally healed by that power gains additional hit points equal to your Charisma modifier." ...
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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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Artificer's Thunder Monger

Does anyone know where I can find either the Thunder Monger stats, or the Gun Smith class for the Artificer? I have checked practically everywhere on player class book guides, and even in equipment ...
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Battle Harness Armor vs Disembodied Hand familiar vs Avalanche Hurler U12

The wording on these is slightly different but I don't know if it's lazy writing or if they're actually meant to do different things. The Battle Harness Armor property reads: “As a free action, you ...
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How does using a ki focus interact with weapon properties and attack powers?

I understand that when you use a ki-focus/ed weapon to make a [Weapon] attack you use the weapons damage dice and other mundane properties(High Crit, Profieciency Bonus, etc.)while using the ki-focus ...
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Can a Swordmage use Spikes of Agony with every use of Aegis of Assault, or only once per encounter?

The Swormage has the 7th level Encounter Power Spikes of Agony. This Encounter has an effect that includes the At-Will Aegis of Assault. When attacking with Aegis of Assault you normally make a melee ...
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Setting up a Dungeon Map

So I don't know if anyone on here has used the 4E Keep on the Shadowfell but when you get to interlude 2 the PCs enter the dungeon, but the map is huge. When we play, I have the characters move over ...
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What was this 4th edition paperback character booklet product I used to use?

Long ago, a friend and I had a 4th edition fillable character sheet. More of a full portfolio, with some twenty-ish pages. I'm pretty sure it was official Wizards merchandise and I've searched on ...
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Missing players don't spend daily resources

Last year, my D&D group attendance was really good. All 6 non-DM players were frequently available on game-day and the campaign progressed quickly. Recently, 3 people with a nearly 100% ...
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What is recharge in 4e? [duplicate]

I am a new dungeon master that is DMing for some of my friends that want to play but are beginners. I am turning an adventure called Khyber’s Quest, 4th edition, into a 5th edition game to play. Can ...
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How does forced movement reduction interact with “destination-oriented” forced movement?

Dwarfs have a forced movement reduction of 1: Stand Your Ground: When an effect forces you to move — through a pull, a push, or a slide — you can move 1 square less than the effect specifies. ...
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Can you shift 0 squares (and still be considered to have shifted)?

The answer to my previous question (Does the Knight's Bladed Step require the shift to gain CA?) was based on the claim that you can shift 0 squares and still be considered to have shifted. ...
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Why did the D&D 4e designers scale everything for 5 players?

There are many questions about changing the scaling on encounters, but I am curious if anyone knows why the designers chose 5 players as the default. FWIW, I would assume that 4e would use a 4 player ...
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Does the Knight's Bladed Step require the shift to gain CA?

Bladed Step, one of the Knight's Weapon Specialization options, has the following text: Benefit: After you use power strike with a heavy blade, you can immediately shift 1 square to a square ...
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Can a Homunculus be given as a gift?

One of my players, at the start of our campaign, wants to have a companion. A Homunculus to be specific. As far as I have read, only a Wizard can create the familiar which I am happy to stick with ...
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Where can I get the manuals and handbooks for D&D 4E inexpensively?

I'm looking for a way to get a hold of the manuals and handbooks for D&D 4th edition, but I don't have any money; and I don't know any sites that will let you download them for free legally. Does ...
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If I have additional damage effects from an attack, do resistances apply again?

I am playing a Ranger in dnd 4e, and have chose ruthless punisher for my paragon path. As per ruthless punisher: "Most Dangerous Prey (11th level): Against any humanoid target designated as your ...
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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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Can a wild-shaped druid turn back to normal form and immediately attack?

Let's say it's my turn, I'm in wild-shape form and I want to turn back to my normal form. Do I then sacrifice my ability to use an attack? If so, can I still do minor actions?
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What's the weapon this dragonborn has?

There's an illustration on page 45 of the Draconomicon for D&D 4e, excerpted in this image: What is the name of the weapon the dragonborn in this picture is holding? I'm looking for a statted ...
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Creature that should defend gods and prevent godhood

I remember that there was a creature, a construct I believe, that was meant to prevent mortals from achieving godhood and defend existing gods against threats. However I couldn't find its name in the ...
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If a power references your Speed, can it be your Flight Speed?

My player has a 4e Pixie Monk and his Daily power says he can shift his speed (which on his sheet says Speed 4 Flight 8) and I'm not sure if the card is specific to Speed or can he use his Flight ...
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Would you allow 4e races and classes into 5e games? [closed]

I have a person in my group that wants to be an insect-like 4e race in my campaign. I don't know if I should allow it, because it may disturb the party balance.
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Does Teleporting free you from restraining chains?

Me and my group are wondering: If someone who can teleport is being held in chains, can he teleport away? Do the chains around him teleport with him, or do they fall to the ground and the character is ...
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How to convert a 4e boss to the 5e system?

I'm soon to be taking the step into my first time as a DM for a group I have played with for some time as a player. I have a few ideas for the adventure I'm going to run, but I find myself stumbling ...
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Is the Dungeon Magazine 4e Adventure List spreadsheet still available?

This link used to go to a spreadsheet with all the 4E adventures published in Dungeon Magazine (and possibly some others, IIRC) during that edition's duration. I remember it listed out each adventure ...
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What are the correct stats for Ice Archon Hailscourge?

There's an inconsistency in Ice Archon Hailscourge's stats in different sources: In D&D Insider, Ice Archon Hailscourge is listed as having slam damage as 3d6+12 Cold damage. It cites multiple ...
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Does the Battle Aspect utility power trigger the Cloak of Translocation's property?

The Battle Aspect utility power reads as follows (PHB3 pag 50): Battle Aspect Battlemind Utility 10 Daily ✦ Polymorph, Psionic, Teleportation Minor Action Personal Effect: Until the ...
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Why did Ed Greenwood and R.A. Salvatore dislike the Spellplague arc?

The Forgotten Realms campaign setting includes an world-changing event called the Spellplague, which provided lore reasons for many of the mechanical changes introduced by Dungeons & Dragons 4e. ...
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Does a natural 20 always succeed on a check or attack?

I ran a season of 4th edition D&D Encounters, and I have the 1st 4th edition boxed set, the Red Box, and a few of the Essentials books, but I'm missing the Rules Compendium. For some reason, I ...
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How to alter monsters for “bounded accuracy”? [closed]

I was wondering if it's feasible to run 4th edition without the continuous inflation of numbers every level, removing the custom of adding half your level to every roll. The biggest change this would ...
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How many times per round does Hero's Beacon affect Tiamat?

In the final encounter of Scales of War, each of Tiamat's heads gets its own initiative (on 45, 40, 35, 30, and 25) and can use one standard and one minor action. (If she wants to move, one head must ...
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Does Sorcerous Blade Channeling allow to use Acid Orb or Dragonfrost as basic melee attack

Sorcerer's Acid Orb and Dragonfrost has the following special text (PHB2, p.138-139): Special: This power can be used as a ranged basic attack. Sorcerous Blade Channeling benefit is (PHB2, p. 189):...
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Heavy Blade Opportunity against two targets

The Heavy Blade Opportunity feat (PHB) lets a character use any of their at-will powers for their opportunity attacks. Opportunity attacks, on the other hand, target the triggering creature. What ...
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Taking 5th Edition D&D Spells into 4th Edition D&D [closed]

Okay, so this is a question I have been thinking of for awhile, and I really want to make it work. Want I'm thinking of is taking roleplay-oriented spells from 5th Edition D&D and putting them ...