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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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Creating a Character that uses Weapons larger than its Size Category, other than playing Bugbear

I played a campaign where one of the casters was able to make his weapon to hit as if it is two sizes bigger than it really is using some spell so I wanted to create non-caster who will be able to do ...
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Is there such a thing as a ranged unarmed attack?

So I haven't had much time to create a character for playing D&D and thought I'd try my luck using a character generator for 4e, so I had something to tinker with before game. Mind you I am a ...
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How do multiple racial power replacement feats interact in D&D4e?

If a character has two feats which both replace their racial power with another power, which one takes effect? For example, the Wizard's Wrath feat (Dragon 381) states: You ignore bloodied enemies’ ...
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How do I avoid being and feeling useless as a player new to D&D combat?

I tried playing D&D 4th edition a few years ago. While I enjoyed it, this particular thing put me off. I didn't know about this SE at the time, so I couldn't ask this. Events in this question are ...
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Does invisibility end for opportunity attack for Assassin's "Vanish" or "Slayer's Escape" power?

In DND 4e, does the invisibility effect of an Assassin's "Vanish" or "Slayer's Escape" power end if the assassin makes an opportunity attack before the start of their turn? Most other powers I've ...
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Does "Ability modifier damage" always include all bonuses?

We all know that a character's damage bonus gets enhanced by many kinds of bonuses — item bonus, feat bonus, power bonus, enhancement bonus, etc. Once all is said and done, a higher-level character's ...
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Which is more official, Dragon/Dungeon magazine or the Compendium?

If there is a discrepancy between the original source when it is Dragon or Dungeon magazine and the Compendium, which version of the content should be considered the most official? When answering How ...
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How many attacks does Path of the Blade (from Dragon 381) involve?

The 17th level rogue encounter power Path of the Blade (from Dragon 381) states the following: Effect: You can shift a number of squares equal to 2 + your Charisma modifier. Two times during this ...
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Can Hellish Rebuke be cast twice with an Action Point for twice the damage?

4e’s Hellish Rebuke: 1d6 + Constitution modifier fire damage. The first time you take damage before the end of your next turn, the target takes an extra 1d6 + Constitution modifier fire damage. ...
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Feat apply order (one increased radiant damage, other changes damage type)

If one feat increases radiant damage (e.g. Superior Implement Training and using a Astral Implement which increases radiant damage by 2) and another feat converts the damage type of a power from ...
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What real-world size is a “square”?

Does 4E D&D specify what the real-world size of a battlemap "square" is? Reference/citation desired.
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What are some fungus or rot-based spells? [closed]

I'm homebrewing a sort of rot druid for a campaign, and need some help finding spells that fit the motif.
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Why would an Avenger go Half-Elf to take Twin Strike?

I've been reading about D&D 4e character optimization and half-elves taking the Ranger's Twin Strike as their power. As I read Twin Strike, it requires two melee weapons (or a ranged one) which ...
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Streetwise substituting Arcana, History and Religion?

I have recently run into a conundrum. Recently we have started playing DnD4e. While researching and building our PCs I stumbled upon a modifier that allowed me to substitute a Streetwise check for a ...
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Are the maps in the The Slaying Stone created using an existing tileset?

In the published adventure HS1 - The Slaying Stone, there are a number of encounter maps containing corridors, furniture, rubble and the like. Were these maps constructed with the expectation that the ...
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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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How do you handle multiple Quarry as a Ranger?

A ranger having the Battlefield Archer PP can use this power: Battlefield Experience (11th level): You can designate more than one creature as your quarry at a time, up to a number equal to your ...
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How do multi-attack powers interact with the Hunting Party power?

Recently, the Ranger in my group started to use this power : Hunting Party / Ranger Utility 10 Daily ✦ martial, stance Minor Action Personal Effect: Until the stance ends, each time you ...
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Dealing with troublesome kind of player (actor maybe)

I'd like to ask for some advice/solution to the problem that I have as a DM with one of the players. We're bunch of friends for years, but our first (ever) role-play campaign has started some months ...
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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 feat 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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Does a Broom of Flying work like a mount?

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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Where are the unmarked maps for Scales of War?

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 downloaded 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? [closed]

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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