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

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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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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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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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Do Half-elves count as Humans for the Favored Enemy class feature?

I have Favored Enemy (Humans). Do half-elves count as humans too?
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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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Foxes for druids and rangers

I’m starting a new D&D5 campaign. One of my players loves foxes, so I would like to provide them as an option for wild shape and animal companions, along with a giant variant. Unfortunately, the ...
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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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About to start first campaign. Question re: Treantmonk's Guide to Rangers

I decided to select the Ranger class for my first campaign. I used Treantmonk's Guide to Rangers (switch hitter) for my first build. I added Beastmaster and Skirmisher to supplement my expected play ...
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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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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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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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How can I mitigate the power of Spitting Cobra Stance?

The Ranger has an encounter power called Spitting Cobra Stance that seems grossly over-powered—in one group I play in, the Ranger will enter Spitting Cobra Stance at the beginning of combat, and ...
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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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Can the ranger choose powers from the scout or hunter list?

I would like to create a ranger with some Scout or Hunter powers, but I don't know if it's possible. Furthermore, when reading the Scout description, at first level I find a column with the class ...
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Can a Ranger learn spells outside the Ranger spell list?

I'm playing a Ranger in a Pathfinder campaign. I've been looking over the spell lists, and I'm a bit miffed as to just what spells a Ranger can use - is it limited to only using the Ranger spells ...
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Does the Ranger's Companion synergize with the Ranger?

The Ranger Beast Master subclass gets an animal companion under the ranger companion ability, which for free can move about the battle field, or using the Ranger's action can make an attack. Being a ...
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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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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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How many times can a stormwarden's Blade Storm trigger?

Stormwarden: Blade Storm (11th level): As long as you are armed with a melee weapon and are capable of making an opportunity attack, one adjacent enemy (your choice) takes damage equal to your ...
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How can I give orders to summoned animals?

What ways are available to give orders to animals summoned through the Summon Nature's Ally spells? I know that Speak With Animals is available, but especially in combat I may not have an additional ...
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Is there a feat for melee characters equivalent to Dual Implement Spellcaster in D&D 4e?

Dual Implement Spellcaster lets you add the bonus from an off-hand implement to an attack using your main hand implement. I am making a Human Marauder Ranger and I would love to be able to add an ...
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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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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 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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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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How do I narrate a Called Shot to the head?

The Ranger has a starting move of Called Shot. When you attack a defenseless or surprised enemy at range, you can choose to deal your damage or name your target and roll + DEX. Head. *10+: ...
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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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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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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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How Does Skilled Companion Work in Dungeons and Dragons 4e

My hybrid Psion/Ranger is about to reach level 6, and I need to pick a level 6 Ranger Utility. I'm considering picking the level 2 Utility Crucial Advice, but I'm also looking at the level 6 Utility ...
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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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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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Does a scout get the bonus from aspect of the lurking spider on both attacks?

The scout stance "Aspect of the Lurking Spider" gives a +2 damage bonus when you have combat advantage. While you have combat advantage against an enemy, you gain a +2 power bonus to damage rolls ...
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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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Rangers making attacks with different melee weapons?

I'm somewhat confused by the Ranger class attack powers from the Player's Handbook. Many powers require the player to wield two melee weapons. What's bothering me is the damage: the book says the ...
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How does using a warhorse as a beast companion work?

I'm creating a Human Ranger Beast Master (D&D 4e) and I would like to have a Warhorse beast companion and use it as a mount. And I have several questions concerning this: If I buy a warhorse and ...
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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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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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How much control does a Ranger have over what triggers “disruptive strike” and how it is used?

4e Rangers have access to an Encounter Power called Disruptive Strike. The power is triggered by an enemy attacking the PC or an ally of the PC. The power gives a -5 penalty on the attack roll of the ...
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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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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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Armor and ranger-variant barbarians?

When using this Unearthed Arcana variant, does the barbarian lose combat style mastery if they don medium armor? Does UA expand on this any more than the few lines offered in the SRD? Gain ...
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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 You Calculate the Average Damage for Twin Strike?

I'm looking for a formula that can calculate the average damage of a power. Specifically, the Ranger at-will power Twin Strike. This is a bit more complicated, since it's two attacks. Furthermore, ...
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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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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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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 do beastmasters' companions work?

I am playing D&D for the first time, and working on being a GM at that. We had our first session today, and it was very fun and went very well. However, one of my players chose a beastmaster, and ...
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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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Should a Ranger be able to trigger their companion's bonus/reaction actions and how?

By RAW, the Beast Master Ranger can command their companion to move with no action and to Attack or take other actions by using their own action. What about reactions, such as opportunity attacks, and ...