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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What is Intelligence vs. Reflex for in a Power when I'm already attacking AC?

If I am already rolling to beat the creature's Armour Class, where does the Intelligence vs. Reflex check come into play, in (let's say) the move Fire Burst?
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How can I avoid metagaming and conflicting narratives when presenting parallel stories to the same players?

If you are one of my Players: "Sam, Harlan, Simon or Matt" please do not ready this. I am having the plan to run a side campaign in my World Custom 4e D&D game (Basically skins to replace the ...
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Can I invent a disease for the sake of my character's backstory?

I'm trying to learn how to play and for my character I am making a backstory to where her mother dies of a disease that slowly takes her energy/food, causing her to grow thinner and thinner till she ...
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How does Drunken Monkey interact with Savage Demise?

A PC (character A) in our game used Drunken Monkey on an enemy (character B). It hit and did the following: Hit: 1d8 + Dexterity modifier damage, and you slide the target 1 square. The target then ...
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Are there any D&D 4e ritual card makers? [closed]

I want to make cards for my D&D group for our ritual spells. Is there a specific tool that anyone knows of that would help me with this? I already used tools like Power2ool and 4e power toolkit, ...
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Where can I find Player's Option Hybrid Classes and Multiclass Feats?

I was thinking of creating PCs with combinations of the PO Classes. Examples: Eladrin Sha'ir/Elementalist - Psion Vrydka Binder/Blackguard - Vampire Halfling Rogue/Executioner Are ...
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Does fighting from higher ground grant combat advantage?

Proving a negative is hard. I have been reading several pages from the Rules Compendium, but information about combat advantage is very scattered. I'm specifically interested in flying, but if it's a ...
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Changing Skirmisher Warlord into an Arcane Int Leader

TL;DR: Want to turn Skirmishing Warlord into INT buff based "Wizard" to fit character theme. No changes besides main ability scores used. Is this a balanced thing to do or will it be OP? So my ...
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Do same trained skills stack?

Do same trained skills stack? For example, if I was an Eladrin Wizard, trained in Arcana, would I get a triple bonus from having three trainings in Arcana?
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Can an Elemental Tempest Genasi switch between any different Manifestations when he uses an action point?

We have a swordmage Genasi running Extra Manifestation and Elemental Tempest. Most of the time she's in fire Genasi form. When she uses an action point, she gains resistance to the damage type of her ...
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Do fiery blood, Elemental Echo and Shocking flame stack?

Only fiery blood says that it adds a +3 feat bonus for fire attacks, but elemental echo and Shocking flame also add damage (provided by feats). I am unsure whther they stack or not. Do they?
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Is the AC for this Genasi swordmage correct?

So we have this character one of my players is bringing to my sessions, and I wanted to check if it works out like he thinks it does (stats are rolled): Genasi Swordmage (PP Elemental Tempest) level ...
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Does WotC have an official contact address for rules questions?

I asked a question but my GM says they need an "official" reply from WotC. Where should I send the question? I can't find a general D&D Q&A "mailbox" or a specific D&D 4e Q&A one.
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How does Concerted Effort scale?

Concerted Effort ... Effect: Until the end of your next turn, each target gains a +1 power bonus to attack rolls. Whenever a target hits with at least one attack during his or her turn, the bonus ...
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Rules for playing tiny characters

I remember reading a couple years ago an article in Dragon about the rules for playing characters smaller than small in D&D 4th edition. The article also came with an adventure for such characters,...
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If the target of Final Rebuke ends the forced move in a square adjacent to a solid obstacle, do they take the extra damage?

The power in question is Final Rebuke, a Paladin level 9 power from Divine Powers: Daily • Divine, Reliable, Weapon Standard Action Melee weapon Target: One creature Attack: Strength vs. ...
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How many squares of light does a mundane lantern light up in 4e?

I'm running a roll20 4th edition game and, having recently purchased dynamic lighting and started designing the first dungeon that the players will explore, run almost immediately into a question - ...
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Where do the Master of Lore and Master of Spells Mage class features come from?

Are there any more class features for a Mage beyond what I'm seeing in Heroes of the Fallen Lands? In there I see: School of Magic Cantrips Magic Missile Spellbook However, I see more listed on ...
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Can a character wear armour that he's not proficient in?

I'm starting a new 4e campaign and I was helping one of the guys in my group, Marc, with his CS (he's new to the game and this is his first character). We got up to choosing his magic items (we're ...
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Does Resist All apply to different damage types from the same or different sources?

Here's the scenario: A PC is infected with the initial stage of Black Boils. A disease which causes small acid filled pustules to form under the skin. The initial stage says "Whenever that target ...
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Is there a Demonomicon of Iggwilv entry on Graz'zt?

In the magazines Dragon and/or Dungeon during the fourth edition of D&D there were occasionally articles on various demons in a series of articles called the Demonomicon of Iggwilv (not to be ...
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Can creatures in the Monster Manuals make melee basic attacks?

Are creatures in the monster manuals (and other official sources) limited only to actions in their stat block, or can they use the options available to characters? If they can, then the Melee Basic ...
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Can you attack Bigby's Icy Grasp

It's all in the question. Is it possible to target Bigby's Icy Grasp. If so, what are it's defenses, hp, etc.? Thanks.
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Can Iron Dragon Charge be used each time, or only once?

Iron Dragon Charge (PHB I) reads: Until the end of the encounter, as an immediate reaction, an ally of your choice within 5 squares of you can charge a target that you charge. Does this imply ...
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How can I best implement a recurring villain when the players are not opposed to killing? [closed]

I am writing up a campaign for D&D4e that I will be playing in a couple of months and, though I do not have the storyline 100% all thought out, I know the general tone I am going for already, and ...
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When starting gameplay at a level higher than level one, how much gold/magic items do you start with?

For a campaign that I have upcoming I am planning on having the characters start on level 3 or 4. I know for a fact that when starting a campaign from level 1 all PCs start with 100 gold, and as there ...
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How are years measured in Nentir Vale campaign setting?

According to what horological system are years marked (like our "AD" and "BC")? In addition, what is the current year on their calendar (assuming a canonical calendar exists)?
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How would a Quickbeam Staff +3 affect a Dragonborn's Close Blast 3 breath attack?

I am currently playing fourth edition Dungeons and Dragons and am a level 19 sorcerer. I have a quickbeam staff but am not sure how it should work. I am dragonborn and using my Dragon Breath as a ...
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How many hours to go from level 1 to 10 in a campaign?

Background: I've DM'd before (3 past campaigns). I started playing D&D 4e when I was 12 or 13, so it holds a special place in my heart. However, school commitments took me away from the game for ...
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Can Avenging Echo trigger multiple times per enemy?

Avenging Echo reads: Any enemy that ends its turn adjacent to you or that hits or misses you takes 5 radiant damage. If an enemy attacks the avenger and ends its turn adjacent, or if an enemy ...
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How to handle a newer player who thinks you can't be a jerk when doing a good deed?

One of my players seems to have the impression that you can't be a jerk if you are doing a good deed. How should I address it? For example, when pursuing one of his character's motivations, earning ...
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How do I describe and portray Vor Rukoth, the evil capitol?

My PCs are going to go to Vor Rukoth, the Turathi Empire Capitol in the Eberron setting. It is a huge city, and everybody there is Evil. I cannot really find out what the behaviour of citizens would ...
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Feats involving Rampage

Besides the Charging Rampage feat (D&D 4e PHB2), are there any other feats involving Rampage (Barbarian class feature)?
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I'm creating my first Warlord and I had a CA question

Since they changed the sneak attack rules to once a turn, I figured I'd throw together a Warlord for our group so the Rogue can attack and do sneak attack more often. My question though, say the ...
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When is ongoing damage suffered and saved against when you gain it from an aura during your turn?

What happens to a PC that gains ongoing damage at the start of their turn? For example, Lolths Brutal Swarm has an aura that means any character starting its turn in the aura is attacked. The attack ...
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Do Mages get the Ritual Casting feat by default?

Trying to figure out whether or not Mages (aka Wizard (Mage)) get the ritual casting class feature. Wizards are introduced in Player Handbook 1 and get the class feature on page 158. Mages are ...
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Why has 5e moved away from “per encounter” language?

In 5th edition, why are no abilities listed as usable "once per encounter" or similar? As far as I am aware, encounter powers were a staple of 4e, meaning that certain abilities and powers could ...
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Is there any way to get two-weapon style for dual weapon attack?

Is there any way possible to get the scout's two-weapon style for the purposes of using dual weapon attack as a class other than scout? Is there any way a ranger or other class can get it through ...
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Simultaneous attacks

Let's suppose there's just one PC and one monster. The monster has a no-action that triggers when he is bloodied. It hits, and the PC dies as a result. The PC has a free action that triggers when he ...
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Architect's Staff additional squares position

How exactly does the property of the Architect Staff (AV pag 103) that adds squares to a zone work? Specifically: Do you have to add the squares adjacent to the zone? Once you added the first one, do ...
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Goliath “Powerful Athlete” feature

My friends and I are playing D&D 4 now, and for the first time someone decided to roll a Goliath character. Now "Powerful Athlete" racial feature states that When you make an Athletics check ...
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What Edition of D&D Would be Best for Children? [closed]

My experience with D&D is not as extensive as most. I used to play 3.5 years ago and have never been in the DM role before. I have six children that are interested in the game that have never ...
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Can I target allies with utility powers without having line of effect to them?

The rules for "Seeing and Targeting" (PHB, p273) specifically mention that You need line of effect to any target you attack and to any space in which you wish to create an effect. However, that ...
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Do I need line of sight to ready an action?

While readying an action, one needs to chose which action he wants to take and (if applicable) on which target. Can I target a generic "the next creature that becomes a valid target" or do I need to ...
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Can a 4e psion gain effective use of Sneak Attack or Stealth?

I'm attempting to build a psion & rogue multiclass or hybrid that focuses on sneaking and misdirection by attacking silently with psychic powers, stealthing, and creating decoys with Shaped ...
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Can you still make opportunity attacks while prone? [duplicate]

Im playing a ranger in DnD 4e and I just wanted to know if you can still make opportunity attacks while prone?
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Can an executioner choose a guild from the original assassin class?

Specifically I'm curious if a hybrid executioner can choose a guild for the original (pre-Essentials) assassin, Bleak Disciple or Night Stalker. The assassin guilds do not come with any at-will ...
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Does Instinctive Flyby require the power to be charged?

The Young Green Dragon has the power instictive flyby: On an initiative of 10 + its initiative check, the dragon can use a free action to use flyby attack. flyby attack: Flyby Attack • Recharge ...
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Can you earn experience from nearly dying?

I have played in multiple campaigns but in no way am I a seasoned Dungeoneer. In a couple of the campaigns we have earned what the DM would call "near death XP": when you fall to or near 0 hp, you ...
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Does when a fighter's mark get applied permit this Tactical Superiority combo?

I read through When does marking occur?, but I'm still not sure that the sequence of events actually happens the way I'm hoping it happens for the following combo to work. I'm a level 16 heavy blade ...