Do you have to Push?

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If i use a power that has added to it you can push x targets x squares. 
DO i have to do it? 
Only if the power specifically says you 'must' push them.  Otherwise, forced movement is completely optional; X squares, fewer than X squares, or not at all.
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For example chaos sorcorers have a class feature that forces you to push when you roll a 1.
The swordmage power Lightning lure says it dose no damage if you can't pull the target adjacent. 
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Only if the power specifically says you 'must' push them.  Otherwise, forced movement is completely optional; X squares, fewer than X squares, or not at all.


And if the power specifies both a distance to push and a destination, you can push that distance (or less) to put the target in the specified destination... or you can not push at all. But you can't push to a position that doesn't qualify for the destination.

Also, you don't have to push in a straight line; you just have to make sure that every square of forced movement qualifies as a push.

All of this applies to pulls and slides as well.

(This is why they've been going through and fixing the cases where a power grants a slide of unspecified distance to a destination. Per RAW, with such a power you can slide the target completely around the battle area three or four times and then to the destination. This has been abused on occasion. So they've been adding distance restrictions.)

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