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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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 ...
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If a target is slowed and prone, can he still take the crawl action?

I am playing a ranger and I have both Hobbling Strike and World Serpent's Grasp. Say I use Twin Strike and both attacks hit. On the first hit I choose to forego Hunters Quarry to slow the target and ...
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Can a character sneak up on another character who has blindsight?

Can a character sneak up on another character who has blindsight? Can I just make a stealth check to hide from blindsight?
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Other than taking the Adamant Arrow Style feat, how can I use powers in place of a ranged basic attack?

I am playing Ranger in D&D 4e and I built myself around Flying Steel and other attacks that let you make a ranged basic attack when (trigger). I want to know if there is a way that I could use ...
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Can I gain the bonuses from Clever/Rapid Shot when I make a ranged basic attack?

Consider the level 5 ranger daily power Flying Steel: Flying Steel ... Effect: Until the end of the encounter, if the target ends its turn without cover from you, you can make a ranged basic ...
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How to handle characters that are created for comedy, but are self-sabotaging, and difficult to DM? [closed]

I am about to begin a DnD4e campaign with 4 close friends. I am concerned with some of the players' character concepts. I define the problems with these characters as self-sabotaging, though there ...
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Can a Shroud of Protection/Revival be removed by anyone?

When you place the shroud of protection over an adjacent dying creature, [effect]. This effect lasts until the creature regains consciousness or dies, or until the shroud is removed (a standard action)...
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Caveats in 4e Lite [closed]

I'm planning to use the 4e Lite houserule set for my next game. If anyone here has used it, are there any hidden problems you've encountered while playing? More specifically, I want to know if it ...
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Do class features count against the number of powers you can choose at 1st level?

I have been researching my question for a week now and, simple a question though it may be, I keep reading answers that are pulling me in different directions, so I finally decided to just ask. Here ...
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Does Flame Spiral's Effect damage change elements from Lightning/Frost Weapon?

Flame Spiral's effect line says Until the start of your next turn, any enemy that enters a square adjacent to you or starts its turn there takes 1d6 fire damage. An enemy can take this damage only ...
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How to regenerate Action Points?

What are some commonly used ways to regenerate action points? Off the top of my head, I know of Symbol of Victory's Property Sidhe Lord's U2, Sidhe Bargain Ghost of the Past's U10, Time Jaunt Are ...
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How much XP is an NPC built as a PC worth for encounter budgeting?

I'm running a session with a party of five level 2 characters: a paladin, bladesinger, thief, cleric and psion. The session is going to play on a religious rivalry and so I've made a level 3 paladin (...
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Can evil beings be found in the Feywild, and good ones in the Shadowfell?

The Feywild and Shadowfell are planes parallel to the Prime material plane. Though they are usually depicted as good and evil planes respectively, is there evil that resides in the Feywild, or good ...
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Does the werewolf character theme have a basic attack?

Does the werewolf character theme have a basic attack other than the secondary attack encounter power? We have a player whose PC is using this theme and we couldn't find any information of what its ...
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Where in the PHB is the information on the different regions dwarves come from? [closed]

I thought I saw somewhere in the 4e Player's Handbook the different regions the dwarves live in, but now I can't find it. (I would like to use a dice to randomly select my region to help build my ...
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Can a dwarf use great swords and longswords? [closed]

I'm preparing to play my first game of D&D and I want to play a dwarf fighter. The Players Handbook says they are small but heavy and can carry a lot. Is a dwarf fighter able to use a heavy blade, ...
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How can I play D&D as a 13 year old [closed]

I'm 13 years old, home schooled, and by standard definition, a geek. I've spent tons of money on D&D 4e and want to play really badly. Is there anyway I can do this? I see my friends once a week, ...
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Saving throws stacking bonus

I have multiple questions about stacking bonuses on the same roll which ends more than a condition. 1) Feat bonus + Item bonus, different conditions of the same roll: Focused Mind and Armor of ...
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Magical creatures appearing in a non-magical world [closed]

We have been playing in a "Game of Thrones"-like world where there is no way to learn magical abilities and people disregard its existence completely. But, I would like to insert some plot elements ...
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Are monsters subject to normal equipment rules?

Do monsters have unlimited ammunition, or do you need to keep track of each and every minion? Similary, do they have to spend a minor action to stow/draw their weapons?
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Untamed Berserker Style and Cleave hitting a solo enemy

I just had a quick question, which they touch on in this EN World thread but I'd just like a second opinion. Can I gain the temp HP from Untamed Berserker Style and Cleave if there's only one enemy ...
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Can Polearm Gamble and Combat Agility be used together?

So I just hit paragon with my hybrid paladin/fighter polearm fighter, and I took the hybrid feat again, and picked Combat Agility. I have rushing cleats on and have the Polearm Momentum feat as well ...
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Is there a physical description of the Keepers in Gloomwrought?

I was reading through The Shadowfell: Gloomwrought and Beyond and the book speaks largely of a race called Keepers who are essentially caretakers of the city that have been around as long as the city ...
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Wis/Int classes with strong AoE stunning powers?

Context: I'm planning on playing a Deva Wis/Int Wizard who takes Soul of the World at Epic and grabs Royal Command of Asmodeus via Past Life Tiefling, and I was wondering, what class would have the ...
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Does Staff of Sleep and Charm's property work offhand?

I was looking at a few threads in the archived WoTC boards for tips for building a wizard, and one thing that seems to get mentioned a lot is off-handing a Staff of Sleep and Charm. I know it adds a ...
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How much ammo does an area burst weapon attack use?

While I was perusing a CharOp guide for the Seeker class, I saw a suggestion of a Hybrid Seeker|Executioner build. While my first thought was to the use the Seeker at-will powers that count as basic ...
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Options for Mass-Cursing for a Warlock?

I know of Tyrannical Threat that can curse everyone in a Close Burst, but are there any other powers that let you curse everyone in an area like that?
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Using Protecting Strike to grant temporary hitpoints outside of an encounter?

Outside of combat, does the following work... Call your Spirit Companion and gather everyone around it Use Protecting Strike on the spirit companion itself (since it is in range of "melee spririt 1" ...
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How can I get working wings for a Paladin Warforged in heroic tier?

I have a level 2 Paladin Warforged, and want to give him wings. His early life/background is Divine Companionship and he worships Pelor. His theme is Ironwrought. He is a tank build. The DM is ...
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How Effective is my House Rule for DM-Chosen Epic Destinies?

For a while I have been disenchanted with the whole process Epic Destinies. If something is your destiny, it doesn't really feel right for a player to be able to choose it. I do recognize the ...
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D&D 4th edition - area/line of effects

I have just recently picked up the D&D 4th edition rulebooks and I’m a little confused about certain aspects of the rules regarding how to combine the rules regarding line of sight, cover, and ...
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How do Invulnerabilities Interact with Multiple Damage Types? [duplicate]

If an attack does, say, 10 Radiant and Fire Damage and the target has 5 Fire invulnerability? Do they take no damage, or half damage? I see that this question covers resistances, however, I wasn't ...
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Does Vampire's “Hidden Power” trigger on “Blood Drinker” and base power

Hidden Power says: You gain a bonus to the damage rolls of your vampire powers and vampire paragon path powers. The bonus equals your Charisma modifier. So, let's say you're a level one vampire. ...
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Does a Dominated creature provoke attacks of opportunity?

If I Dominate a creature, can I make that creature use an at-will ranged attack that would provoke opportunity attacks? Does the creature have to use that attack even if it was smart enough to realize ...
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Does having two sources of damage in one attack count as two damage rolls?

For instance, if an attack power allows you to do "2d8+3 plus 1d6 fire damage", and you're under the effects of a power which gives you "+4 to all damage rolls", would the +4 be added to both the ...

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