A character can spend an action point to gain an additional standard action once per encounter. A character starts with one action point. To regain an action point a character must reach a milestone or take an extended rest.
Earning action points
- You start with 1 action point.(Monsters usually have no action points.)
- You gain 1 action point when you reach a milestone.
- After you take an extended rest, you lose any unspent action points, but you start fresh with 1 action point.
Most often, you spend an action point to take an extra action during your turn.
Spend an action point
You can spend an action point as a free action.
- During Your Turn: You can spend an action point only during your turn, but never during a surprise round.
- Gain an Extra Action: You gain an extra action this turn. You decide if the action is a standard action, a move action, or a minor action.
- Once per Encounter: After you spend an action point, you must take a short rest before you can spend another. (Some monsters can spend more than 1 action point per encounter, but are restricted to one per turn.)
If you spend an action point to take an extra action and are within sight of an allied warlord, the warlord’s Commanding Presence grants you a benefit.
Instead of taking an extra action when you spend an action point, you can use a paragon path feature or a feat that requires an action point. Whatever you use an action point for, you can spend only 1 per encounter.
- Unearthed Arcana: Combat Options, Dragon Magazine #425, page 39. The small section gives suggestions on additional features concerning action points beyond simply taking an extra action.