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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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D&D 2E Ranger/Druid Multiclassing Combination - Alignment Conflict

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 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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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 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 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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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Ranger's Focus and Master Hunter

I'm considering the Guide Archetype. Ranger's Focus seems like a slightly more versatile and powerful combination of Favoured Enemy + Quarry with the downside of being much more limited in uses. ...
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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 Warlord powers which affect an attack apply both attacks of Twin Strike?

There is a warlord with Resourceful Presence in a 4e D&D game I'm DM'ing. Resourceful Presence says: Ally who sees you and spends an action point to attack gets damage bonus (1/2 level + Int ...
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Do items like the Iron Armbands of Power modify the damage a Beastmaster Ranger's Animal Companion outputs on a Melee Basic Attack?

Given a Beastmaster ranger (or multiclass feat which grants an animal companion) and, for the sake of argument, a cat companion. Does a character's personal equipment which effects all melee attacks ...
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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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Do NPCs gain feats in certain circumstances?

I'm stating an NPC as a Ranger via the DMG design steps (pages 187-188). It says they gain the Fighting Style class feature and I've chosen Two-Blade Fighting (page 104 of the PHB), which says they ...
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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 ...
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How can I best train my two animal companions for attack and utility? [closed]

I obtained two wolves from my spell-less ranger class using the Additional Animal Companion talent. My ranger is level 4, with all feats (so far) from archery. I want to be more of a ...
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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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Dipping in these ranger archetypes mechanically permissible?

The Trapper gains very useful abilities while losing access to spells that he wouldn't have access to anyways for many levels to come. Essentially [unless you don't want to deprive the party rogue of ...
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Can you stack favored enemy bonuses instead of choosing a new one every 5 levels?

One of my players wants to know if they can stack all the bonuses for one favored enemy instead of picking a new one, basically picking the same enemy type twice in addition to the extra +2 bonus. the ...
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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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Responding to Opportunity Attacks with Snarling Wolf Stance

I have a 5th Level Ranger/Psion playing in a Dungeons and Dragons 4e Eberron campaign. The other day, we had a situation come up in a fight and I want to see if we handled it right. I had Snarling ...
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Does using Disruptive Strike's immediate interrupt with a bow provoke an opportunity attack?

The level 3 Ranger power Disruptive Strike allows you to perform a ranged/melee attack as an immediate interrupt in response to you or an ally being attacked by a creature. I would like help in ...