Class with martial prowess and skills in the wilderness. May have an animal companion depending on the game system.

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Is my player's level 2 Ranger overpowered?

I have a ranger in the group I GM for that seems overpowered. He's a level 2 human with DEX 19 (Base 17, with the +2 Human Bonus), which gives a base +4 to hit. Factoring in his base attack bonus of ...
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My ranger has tamed an absurd number of Animal Companions with Handle Animal

One of my players is a ranger and she is really, really into animals so every time I design an encounter with an animal as an enemy she automatically tries to tame it and make it a companion. As a ...
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How do paladin and ranger class levels add up for multiclass spellcasting?

From page 164 of the phb: Spell Slots. You determine your available spell slots by adding together all your levels in the bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, and wizard classes, half your levels ...
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Building a non-standard based Animal Companion

I'm trying to create an animal companion (first time ever!) in Pathfinder. The GM has said I can have a hedgehog at level 4, even though it's not on the standard list. My problem is that I can't ...
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How does true polymorph interact with class feature companions?

How does true polymorph work with the companion from the rangers beast master and warlocks pact of the chain class options? Beast Master Can it be true polymorphed into a large CR 1/4 creature? Can ...
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Can a ranger make their animal companion into a familiar?

If I capture a creature/wild beast and train to be my companion - as the ranger class - is it possible within the rules of 5th edition d&d to give my new companion abilities that a familiar has, ...
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When a Ranger Beastmaster uses Share Spells, whose concentration matters?

How does spell concentration interact with the Beastmaster's Share Spells Ability? If I'm concentrating on a spell that I am sharing with my companion, does it have its own concentration on that ...
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How do you grant a ranger his animal companion within the story?

I'm a first time DM in D&D 3.5e. My ranger player just earned level 4 and gets his animal companion. How do you grant this to him within the context of the story? Does an animal just magically ...
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What is the maximum HP of a Ranger's animal companion?

Creating a ranger in 5e the feature says "Its hit point maximum equals its normal maximum..." If I have a panther, for example, does that mean it would have 13 hp (the health in the stat block) or 24 ...
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How do I use a Roc as an animal companion?

I'm a ranger and have gotten my first animal companion, a Roc. I'm having a bit of trouble using it. Flying I would assume that flying is to a Roc as walking is to a human. But my GM keeps telling ...
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Does a ranger have to repeat the order for his companion to attack every round

The ranger has to use an action to tell his animal companion to attack Once they give that command do they have to repeat it every round? If so why wouldn't they just get a guard dog that would do ...
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Would the Ranger be overpowered if their Animal Companion kept attacking once ordered?

For an Animal Companion to attack, the Ranger has to use his action to command it. I am looking to see some math on just why this restriction is in place. Is the ranger way over-powered if the animal ...
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A Ranger build that is close to Tier 3 classes

As the title suggests, I am looking for a Ranger dual wielder build that can compete with Tier 3 classes. Our party is quite imbalanced as it is composed of a Druid, a Wizard, a Dread Necro, a ...
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Does a Ranger's replacement beast companion have size and CR limits?

I have a level 4 Beast Master Ranger whose animal companion died. I was quite devastated that I couldn't summon a new one and instead I had to find a new one that isn't hostile towards me. My party ...
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Is the alignment conflict in the Ranger/Druid multiclass combination evidence of an error?

In 2nd Edition D&D, it mentions in the Player's Handbook that Half-Elves can multiclass as Ranger/Druid. This is a contradiction with the alignment rules, stating that a Ranger must be Good and a ...
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Does a monster's damage resistance also affect ancillary damage triggered by initial attack?

I finally decided to test-drive a Ranger and had the following question about Damage Resistances: If a monster is resistant to piercing (as an example), and I hit him with a heavy crossbow bolt, ...
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How does Monk damage combine with other sources?

Are the following damage calculations correct for a L17 Monk/3 Ranger (20 Dex) with Dueling, Horde Breaker, and wielding a monk weapon: Standard attack: 3d10 + 4 (from dueling) + 15 (Dex mod) + [to ...
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Can a level 4 Ranger take a Giant Owl companion?

At level four, can a ranger's animal companion be a giant owl, or just a regular owl?
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Do spells with a range of “Self” target the caster?

New to D&D, and thought about creating a Beast Master. I was wondering if spells with a range of "Self" would count you as the "target" of the spell. There's some debate in my group, as unlike ...
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Is a ranger's favored enemy damage bonus precision damage?

The Player's Handbook on the ranger's extraordinary ability favored enemy says At 1st level, a ranger may select a type of creature from among those given on Table 3–14: Ranger Favored Enemies. ...
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What does 'before effects are applied' mean in the Foe Slayer description?

I'm playing a ranger in my current campaign and I'm confused about one thing in the foe slayer description. It says that the extra to hit or damage bonus from my Wisdom modifier can be designated ...
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Can a Ranger refuse to hate their favored enemy?

In our group, we have a certain ranger that isn't too bad at roleplay (given that their background is hermit and they are naturally antisocial), and is a good and valuable player. This player is a ...
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Is there a list of companions that a Beastmaster Ranger has access to?

I'm new to D&D and I'm building a Ranger Beastmaster. Is there a full list of companions that I can use? That way I know which ones are at my disposal.
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Are 5e Rangers competitive with other core classes?

Rangers have a lot of flavor and interesting utility spells and abilities. However, it's not clear from a quick reading of the class whether they are mechanically competitive. Their Beast Master ...
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If I multiclass from ranger into Druid, can I still wear metal armor?

In the proficiencies of Druid, it says Druids will not wear armor made of metal, however, if I was originally a ranger, can I still wear my metal armor or do I have to remove it?
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Handling the Ranger's proficiency bonus with multi-component Beast Companion attacks

In D&D 5e. the Ranger's beast companion has a lot of special benefits, one of which is: Add your proficiency bonus to the beast's AC, attack rolls, and damage rolls, as well as to any saving ...
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Ranger Share Spells Ability with Animal Companion

Share spells: Beginning at 15th level, when you cast a spell targeting yourself, you can also affect your beast companion with the spell if the beast is within 30 feet of you. Does "Share Spells" ...
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Limitations on Ranger: Falconer archetype animal companion?

So I was thinking of taking a two level dip into this class and the archetype appealed to me as flavorful. Falconer archetype page At 1st level, a falconer earns the trust and companionship of a ...
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First levels of a Wildshape Mystic Ranger/Master of Many Forms

I'm looking for advice on how to play the first levels of a character I'm building. The character is a Wild Shape Mystic Ranger/Master of Many Forms, so in particular I need tips on what to do the ...
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What spell list available to a level 2 ranger is most useful against undead?

In the campaign I am currently participating in I play a level 2 ranger. The GM has informed us through an NPC that we will be heading into a large expanse of ghost, skeleton, and Barrow Wight ...
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Ranger/druid spells per day vs. spells known

The spells per day is in the chart for the class. The caster level is easy to figure out. But how many spells do I know? The same numbers as are in the chart? I though I read that I gained two spells ...
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How does a Beastmaster Ranger acquire his Animal Companion?

There seems to be very little in the PHB about how a Beastmaster Ranger is supposed to acquire his animal companion. Initially we have: Choose a beast that is no larger than Medium and that has ...
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Does the Favored Enemy feature count when using INT skills?

The Ranger's Favored Enemy feature gives Advantage to Intelligence checks when trying to remember information about your enemy. Does that count when making an Intelligence (History) check, for ...
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Does a Hunter Ranger's Colossus Slayer feature affect ranged attacks?

Creating a nemesis group for my current party. Figured Id go with a WarForged Fighter, Wood Elf Ranger, and a human blue mage sorcerer at +1 the parties level. Was going to make the ranger a hunter ...
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Is there a way for a ranger's pet to deal magic/ranged damage?

We've got a ranged beastmaster ranger with a raptor pet that has been re-fluffed as a phoenix. Said ranger is really keen for his pet to be doing lots of attacks, so we've houseruled Twin Strike to be ...
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How many times can Hail of Thorns be used per turn?

In a previous question I asked how many times could a ranger attack if he has hoard breaker and extra attack. Now, if he is using a bow and the Hail of Thorns spell is active, can it be activated once ...
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Can a Ranger's Fighting Style be a prerequisite for the feat Two-Weapon Defense?

My Player's Handbook, in French, as well as this other source, describes Combat Style (two-weapon fighting) as follows: Si le rôdeur choisit le combat à deux armes, il peut se battre comme s'il ...
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How do some of the Hunter Abilities interact with Extra Attack for Rangers?

While there's several feats that could also interact with the following, I don't want this to become a ramble, so I'll stick to specifically how the Ranger and Hunter specialisation abilities interact ...
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How can I create a D&D 4e Ranger that never misses ranged attacks?

I have a level 12 human ranger who relies mostly on ranged attacks. However I find his attack bonus to be too low. What are the best options to boost my chances of hitting ranged attacks? I was using ...
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Does a Ranger's Companion get proficiency bonuses twice on its skills?

A Ranger's Companion (PH p.93) enjoys the following bonuses relative to a typical member of its species: Add your proficiency bonus to the beast's AC, attack rolls, and damage rolls, as well as to ...
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How many attacks does a dual-wielding Ranger get with Horde Breaker and Extra Attack? [closed]

One of my players has a Ranger with Horde Breaker and Extra Attack (gained at level 5). How many attacks can he do if he is equipped with two swords, in the presence of two enemies? What if he uses a ...
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How can I optimize my ranger?

I'm a beginner at Pathfinder and looking for advice on character progression. (This is kind of related to Feats for a TWF Ranger?). I'm playing a level 2 half-elf ranger on a forum, and characters ...
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Do you need a Ranger's Feral Senses to have positional awareness of invisibile creatures?

In D&D 5e, the description of hiding (PHB p177) says an invisible creature needs to stay quiet and otherwise avoid leaving signs of its passing, while the "invisible" condition (p291) says the ...
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Simple and Martial Weapons - is that melee only, or both melee and ranged?

In DnD 5e the Ranger get simple and martial weapon proficiencies. Do these include RANGED weapons of those types, or only melee? I had assumed only melee, but then there's no way they can be ...
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Need help working on my level 4 Ranger's Animal Companion in 3.5

So I am working on setting up my level 4 Ranger's Animal Companion in 3.5. Just got her fox. Most of it is done. My DM is having me use the Dog as the stats and stuff my fox is based off of. The only ...
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Can a Gnome Ranger use his Animal Companion as a Mount?

We have a new player in our group and having hit 3rd level on his forest gnome ranger he is wondering if his character is small enough / light enough to ride a panther animal companion as a mount?
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What is the cost of Dash, Disengage, and Dodge for a mounted Ranger's Companion?

I'm trying to parse out mounted combat as a ranger with a ranger's companion. From Controlling a Mount (PHB pg. 198): You can control a mount only if it has been trained to accept a rider. ... It ...
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How would a ranger know he's being followed?

Not long ago I was reading a novel from a popular DND author where a ranger concludes that they're not being followed, but shadowed. This got me thinking... What telltales would a ...
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Favored Enemy vs unidentified target

In my next session, there's a good chance that the players will interact with a Kobold Ranger that has been following them around. It might even come to combat. However my players, being aware that ...
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Does Hunter's Mark provide bonus damage to both main hand and off hand attacks?

Once the Ranger has marked a creature with Hunter's Mark, does she get to apply the extra 1d6 damage dice to both her main attack action and bonus off-hand attack? The spell says: Until the ...