Monday, May 5, 2014

4e Guide to the Guides

Below is a comprehensive list to guides for Wizards of the Coast's 4th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons (4e).  This list is primarily drawn from The_Collective's awesome list over at the Wizards of the Coast Forum. This Guide to the Guides has been cut down a bit, reformatted, and restructured for ease of use.

Classes
Ardent
    Ardent Admiration: An Ardent Handbook, Dedekine

Artificer
    Potent Potables - The Artificer Manual, Zathris

Assassin
    All along the crooked Way: An Assassins Handbook, erleni *
    Look Very Carefully: The Shroud Assassins Handbook, erachima

Avenger
    Righteous Wrath: The Avenger's Handbook(Wiki)/(Forum), kilpatds
    Swift & without Mercy: A Guide to Pursuit Avengers, Auspex7 *

Barbarian
    Appetite for Destruction: The Barbarian's Handbook, lordduskblade

Bard
    Cruel Lullabies: The Bard Handbook, Litigation

Battlemind
    Beyond Bodily Brutality: The Basics of Building Battleminds, Dedekine

Berserker
    Live for the Kill: A Berserker's Handbook, Dragvandil13 *

Blackguard
    Tainted Faith: The Blackguard's Guide, Litigation

Bladesinger
    Masters of Sword and Spell: The Bladesinger's Handbook, AdamClare *

Cavalier
    Holy Riders: The Cavalier's Guide, Litigation

Cleric
    Holy Smoke! A Cleric's Handbook Forum, GelatinousOctahedron
    Exemplars of the Faith: A Cleric Build Handbook, GelatinousOctahedron *
    Miniguide to Bow Clerics, GelatinousOctahedron *
    The White Mage - the healic guide, Nausicaa

Druid
    Call of the Wild - A Druid Handbook (including Sentinel Druid) alien270

Executioner
    Death Incarnate: The Executioner's Guide, Litigation *

Fighter
    Harder than a Rock: The Fighter's Handbook, lordduskblade

Hunter
    Harrying Your Prey, the Easy Way: A Hunter's Handbook, thespaceInvader

Invoker
    The Art of the Covenant: A Guide to Invokers, Cazzeo
    The Whole Duty of Man: A Guide to Invokers (Wiki)

Hexblade
    Blades of Cursed Midnight - A Hexblade's Guide, Lord_Ventnor

Knight
    Death Before Dishonor: A Knight's Guide, lordduskblade

Monk
    The Book of Five Traditions: A Monk Handbook, MwaO

Paladin
    Pillars of Faith (and Facestabs): The Paladin's Handbook, Litigation

Psion
    The Mind's Eye: a Psion Handbook, svendj

Ranger
    Thrill of the Hunt: The Ranger's Handbook, lordduskblade

Rogue
    Han Shot First: A Scoundrel's Guide, RenZhe
    Dagger 101: In depth analysis of Rogue damage, the Dagger and general build advice, langeweile *
    The Silent Death - A Handbook to Sniper Rogues, Faytte *

Runepriest
    That Rune Aimer: A Runepriest's Handbook, rayjeeliwan
    Runepriest Wiki & Discussion Thread, MelloRed *

Scout
    Wherever I May Roam: A Scout's Guide, lordduskblade *
    Two Weapons and a Field Guide: The Scout's Handbook, underground player *

Seeker
    To Strive, To Seek, to Find, and Not to Yield: The Seeker's Handbook, WEContact

Sentinel
    Call of the Wild - A Druid Handbook, alien270

Shaman
    Spirited Away: A Shaman Handbook, GelatinousOctahedron

Slayer
    Kill 'Em All: A Slayer's Guide, lordduskblade *

Sorcerer
    The Demiurge Molecule: A Sorcerer's (And Elementalist's) Handbook -DuelistDelSol

Swordmage
    Masters of Blade Magic: A Swordmage Handbook, Herid_Fel

Thief
    What Is Yours Can Be Mine: A Thief's Handbook, tsuyoshikentsu *

Warden
    A Rock and A Hard Place: A Warden Handbook, AlphaAnt

Warlock
    Walk With Me in Hell: The Warlock's Guide, DuelistDelSol

Warlord
    The Warlord, Or How to Wield a Barbarian One-Handed, Zelink551
    Optimising Basic Attacks in your Party, Erudo *
    Re-roll Optimisation for your Allies, 11235 *

Warpriest
    Master of My Domain: A Miniguide to Warpriests, GelatinousOctahedron *

Wizard
    Archmage's Ascension: The Wizard's Handbook, RuinsFate


Hybrid and Paragon Multiclass
Striker-Striker
    The Lightning Ranger, SongNSilence *
    Deadly Little Miho - A Godslaying Build, MC-DrowBane *
    Diligence over Dexterity: Introducing the Eladrin Eldritch Executioner, psk20 *

Striker-Leader
    Rune of Vengence (Runepriest|Avenger/Hammer of Vengence) *
    Battery: Circle of Destruction, MC-DrowBane *
    Master of the Radiant Way, Elf Cleric of PelorCentered Breath Monk Radiant Fist, GelatinousOctahedron *

Striker-Defender
    Darth Vader, SwordmageDefenderlock, AlphatheGreat *
    A Safe Haven: Optimizing Sigil Carver to be an Ultimate Defender, billyh *
    The Raging Teleporter: Genasi, BarbarianSwordmage, Ghost Blade, Demigod, GelatinousOctahedron *
    Crimson Legion Champion: Hybrid PaladinWarlock, Questing_Knight, Legendary Sovereign, dkay807 *

Striker-Controller
    Kevin Costner, Prince of Thieves: How i intend to steal the Wand of Orcus, MC-DrowBane *
    Harry Callahan: a Seeker|Ranger Controller, OR How to Play a Hunter with Dailies, WEContact *
    The Distant Cousin - Avenger|Seeker/Son of Mercy, ShakaUVM *

Leader-Leader
    Painless: The Damage Reducer. Dwarf, ClericShaman, Compassionate Healer, Demigod, GelatinousOctahedron *

Leader-Defender
    White Raven Crusader (Paladin/Warlord), Litigation *
    Luke Skywalker (Swordmage/Warlord), Windgate *

Leader-Controller
    Violent Pacifist: Githzerai, ClericWizard, Zealous Demagogue, Archmage, GelatinousOctahedron *
    Mike's Netizard (Wizard/Cleric), mdonais *
    Stunning Thunder-glaive Immo-bola-zer (Wizard/Cleric), Valenkosh *

Defender-Defender
    The Inescapeable Fisherman 2.0, SongNSilence *
    Ioun Grey Stone Marker: Half-Elf Tank 3.0 Catch-22, Mommy_was_an_Orc *
    The Man of Steel: a tough but flexible Defender, BaronSengir *
    Slammin Sammy - A defender build (Ftr|SM), Dielzen *

Defender-Controller
    Sir Marks-a-lot: The Penalty-to-hit Imposition Machine (Fighter pmc Wizard), Valenkosh *
    Swordburst Maximus (ultimate catch-22 build) (Swordmage/Wizard), mellored *

General Hybrid Tips
    Miscibility Table: A Hybrid Handbook, Mommy was an Orc
    Miscibility Table: Hybrid Builds, Mommy was an Orc *


Party Roles
Defender
    Ultimate Defenders, AlphatheGreat
    The Art of Defending, mkill
    4e, Defenders and the MMO mentality, Unmaker *
    Defending can be a Two-Person Job - The "Off-Tank", psk20 *
    Night at the Roxbury: Tricks for Multiple Defender Parties, GelatinousOctahedron

Striker
    The Art of Striking, mkill *
    Axioms of Striker Construction, ophite *

Leader
    Indestructible Parties - Ultimate Leaders, saigon
    The Art of Leading, mkill

Controller
    Controlling 101, alien270


Additional Guides
General Discussion
    A Beginner's Primer to CharOp, RuinsFate *
    The Complete Newbie's Non-Rulebook Glossary, Valenkosh *
    The Handbook of Broken (wiki), [Discussion], kilpatds *

General Optimization
    Modularity: A Guide to CO Tricks and Tactics, AlphatheGreat *
    10 Rules of Party Optimization, Rancid Rogue
    This Party is Off the Hook! A Miniguide to Party Optimization, GelatiousOctahedron
    4e Wealth by Level, Kordak *
    The Art of Optimization, Phryxian_lawnmower *
    MONEY, table(s), awaken_D_M_golem *

Combat
    List of Bonuses To Saving Throws, mellored *
    The At-Will to Power: A Guide to At-Will enhancing, Dielzen *
    When Everyone is Super: A Miniguide to Classless Damage Boosts, svendj
    Its Elemental - A Guide to Damage Types, Dielzen *
    Back to Basics - A Guide to Basic Attacks, Fardiz *
    Expanded Crit Range - What it's really worth, mellored *
    BAMF: A Guide To Teleportation, Zathris
    And Stay Down: The Polearm Momentum Handbook, Wazat1 *
    Juggling Implements : A simple guide to implement benefits for casters, Kryx *
    Bag of Blades: A Guide to Off-Hand Properties and Free Action Item-Swapping, LazyNinja *
    Neener Neener: The Attack Penalties Handbook, MonkeyGentleman *
    Phalanx tactics and builds, Mellored *
    Archer's Companion, Dzance *

Creatures
    Saddle Up! - A guide to mounts and mounted combat, RuinsFate
    The Pet Store - A Familiar Keeper's Handbook, Krika

Items
    Weapons of Legacy: A Compendium of Magic Items, Armisael
    Holy Symbols for the Non-Divine, mellored
    Let's Accessorize: The Item Guide, Soulliard
    Ginzu Items: A Guide to Dual Purpose Implements & Weapons, GelatinousOctahedron

Nova
    Iaijutsu - A Guide to Alpha-Striking, langeweile *
    The Big Bang: A Guide to Novas, MC-DrowBane *
    Ways to Gain or Downgrade Actions, mellored *
    Using an encounter power more than once per encounter: A Resource Mini-Guide, ChaosMage *

Stealth
    The_Rules_Of_Hidden_Club: Targeting things you can't see in D&D, LordOfWeasels
    Mr Cellophane: How to be unnoticed, mellored

Skills
    Skill Power: a mini-guide to optimizing skill challenges, Ignis_Fatuus *
    Arcana check optimization, SongNSilence *
    Comprehensive Skill Substitution List, Scandranon-sg *

Class-Independent Power Sources
    How I came to be: An adventurer's guide to backgrounds, Kryx *
    Ordered background list, captpike *
    Broken, Beat and Scarred - A Guide to Spellscars, Zathris *
    Variation on Themes: A Theme Handbook, Mommy_was_an_Orc
    This is who I am: A Guide to Themes, Lord Ventnor *
    Who am I Really?: The Theme Handbook, ls612 *
    Window Shopping in the Astral Sea - Deity Optimization Continued, PestilenceX
    Window Shopping in the Astral Sea - A Deity Optimization Guide, GelatinousOctahedron
    The Eternal Seeker's Guide to the Galaxy, Litigation

Build Collections
    DPR King candidates 3.0, borg285 *
    Elysian Fields, Jugulator007 *
    The Hall of Heroes: A Legendary Collective, MC-DrowBane *
    Stage One - A Collection of Build Concepts, Grey Warden *
    The Complete ShakaUVM Collection, ShakaUVM *

Helpful Resources
    D&DI Compendium (WotC)
    4th Edition Update and Errata (WotC)
    D&D FAQs Archive (WotC)
    Issue Archive (Dragon & Dungeon)
    Excerpt Archive (WotC)
    System Reference Document (WotC)

3 comments:

  1. WotC shut down their forums, and therefore all of the guides there are dead. The internet archive has snapshots of when the guides were alive, thankfully. This site seems to have saved many of them, too: http://www.enworld.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?538-WotC-Emergency-Evacuation-Lifeboat

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    1. Great,e moved over as many as I could find. The ones that I haven't yet found are marked with an asterisk.

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  2. This is great as there are still some 4th ed players. I will add this to my favorites and tell others. Thank you.

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