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If that's the way they want to roleplay their character than why not let them? Why does it matter to you (or anyone else) if they don't "hate" their Favoured Enemy? The PHB says: you have significant experience studying, tracking, hunting, and even talking to a certain type of enemy (pg. 91). Nothing in there says anything about them having to hate ...


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Yes, if your DM thinks a panther has the right anatomy. The gnome is Small (PHB 37) and the panther Medium (PHB 308). The relevant rule says: A willing creature that is at least one size larger than you and that has an appropriate anatomy can serve as a mount (PHB 198) Your ranger's animal companion is certainly willing. It does depend on whether your ...


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In the PHB pg 164 it gives you the multiclass table for what proficiencies you gain once you place 1 level into Druid (or any other class). Note on this table it also reminds you that Druids will NOT wear any armor or use any shields made of metal, just like it does in the Druid section earlier in the book. Thus your answer becomes: No, you may not wear ...


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Firstly, the Ranger proficiencies say "Simple weapons, martial weapons". If you look at the Weapons table, you can see that each category has both melee and ranged weapons in it. The Ranger has every weapon in both categories, regardless of whether it is melee or ranged. Secondly, the Fighter proficiencies use exactly the same wording as the Ranger ...


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You trigger the effect of this spell once. The next time you hit a creature with a ranged weapon attack before the spell ends, this spell creates a rain of thorns that sprouts from your ranged weapon or ammunition. Just as the spell text says, this will trigger the next time you hit a creature with a weapon attack. Not every time you hit a creature ...


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Yes See pp. 173-174 of the PHB, specifically the delineation of the "three main rolls of the game--the ability check, the saving throw, and the attack roll" and the following description of skills: Each ability covers a broad range of capabilities, including skills that a character or a monster can be proficient in. [Emphasis added.] Any History check ...


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The 3rd level ability allows a Beast Master Ranger to "Choose a beast that is no larger than medium and has a challenge rating of 1/4 or lower" and "If the beast dies, you can obtain another one ..." "Another one" means the same type of beast as the first i.e. no larger than Medium with CR 1/4 or less. As an aside: the Beast Master Ranger is a relatively ...


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They can cast any spells on the appropriate spell list, they do not have a specific number of spells known. Ranger A ranger may prepare and cast any spell on the ranger spell list, provided that he can cast spells of that level, but he must choose which spells to prepare during his daily meditation. Druid A druid may prepare and cast any spell on ...


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Yes. The colossus slayer description uses the general term "weapon", and from the Weapons section in the PHB (page 146), melee and ranged weapons are considered weapons: Every weapon is classified as either melee or ranged. A melee weapon is used to attack a target within 5 feet of you, whereas a ranged weapon is used to attack a target at a distance. ...


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So, first up, we need to make something clear: The (capital A) Attack action is a specific action defined on page 192 of the PHB. It lets you make a (lowercase a) attack, or multiple (lowercase a) attacks if you have the Extra Attack class feature. Volley is a specific action that lets you make as many (lowercase a) attacks as there are creatures within 10 ...


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The ranger’s class feature grants Two-Weapon Fighting, and meets that prereq Two-Weapon Defense requires two things: the Two-Weapon Fighting feat, and Dexterity 15. Taking the English translation as authoritative (since the original authors were working in English), the ranger class allows you to get the Two-Weapon Fighting feat as a bonus feat, that is, ...


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The primary source on Favored Enemy is either Player’s Handbook in the ranger class description, or Rules Compendium if you buy its assertion of primacy. The descriptions in the Invisibility description in Dungeon Master’s Guide, Improved Manyshot in Epic Level Handbook, or even darkness, despite also being in the Player’s Handbook, are definitely not the ...


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From Weapon Proficiency on p.146 The two categories are simple and martial. All weapons are one or the other. While there may well be "exotic" weapons (e.g. three-handed throwing petrol bombs) - this is not something that has a game effect. All weapons can also be used in melee (even bows). See the 1st paragraph at the top of p.147. If you use a ...


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A dual wielding melee ranger may take up to 4 attacks, a ranged ranger or a ranger who is single wielding may take up to 3 attacks. Horde breaker allows you to make an extra free attack when there is an enemy within 5' of an enemy you attack weather you are making a melee or ranged attack. Extra attack allows you to take an extra attack as part of your ...


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Yes, that's what it says and that's what it does. If it didn't, it would have no effect at all.


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D&D 5th edition is not a keyword-driven game; quite the opposite: the designers deliberately avoided writing using keywords where possible in favour of describing the rules in what they dubbed “natural language.”* Lacking the word target is therefore not significant. What is significant is if the spell literally doesn't target you, in the normal meaning ...


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Yes, because the damage is "bonus damage." Let's take a look at Colossus Slayer and Hunter's Mark, the ancillary damage-dealers in question: Colossus Slayer: Your tenacity can wear down the most potent foes. When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, the creature takes an extra 1d8 damage if it’s below its hit point maximum. You can deal this ...


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Usually, a "damage roll" is considered as "all the dice rolls and damage bonuses that the attack describes". In a simple case, you'd simply do the 1 + 3d4 first and then add the proficiency bonus that corresponds to your level. At first level, that's (1 + 3d4) + 2 . However, in case of resistances, things get a little complicated. If the target is resistant ...


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You're still proficient in metal armor and may wear it. The negative consequences are: It weakens your druidic connection to nature and thus abilities reliant on it. Your Wild Shape ability can't meld large chunks of metal into your new body, so you can't use it while in metal armor. Your druid is passionate about naturalism — it's literally his ...


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Your DM has the right of it. The way it is worded is designed to make it clear that the player can choose when to apply the benefit. The only limitation is that the player must make the decision to apply the modifier before the DM tells you if it would be a hit/miss or the effect of the damage dealt.


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The answer to your first question is that you're...kinda overthinking it. Every animal the Ranger can have as an animal companion has a statblock with numbers calculated for you. The proficiency bonus is added to those numbers. You don't actually need to know or care about the proficiency bonus of the animal, because it's not something players are assumed to ...


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You'll find on the Weapons Table that both Simple Weapons and Martial Weapons contain both melee and ranged categories. Thus, as long as a proficiency does not specify one or the other (for example, "simple melee weapons"), then you would gain proficiency in both melee and ranged weapons of that type. Both the Fighter and the Ranger class descriptions list ...


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Sensory cues; Rangers are usually known for acute senses, so there's a lot of things they could detect. They could catch a glimpse of whomever is following them or hear the noises they make. The sense of smell isn't to be underestimated either; many real-life predators approach their target from below the wind to not give themselves away. Knowledge on ...


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The Rules As Written seem pretty clear. "Self" is a range, not a target. The section on Range (PH 202) says that a spell can target a creature, an object, or a point in space. Then it says that some spells "affect only you. These spells have a range of self." Notably, the word "target" is omitted in the description of the range of self. Minor additional ...


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Through Ranger's Animal Companion class feature grants him the said companion, he lags behind Druid in its efficiency: This ability functions like the druid ability of the same name, except that the ranger’s effective druid level is one-half his ranger level. A ranger may select from the alternative lists of animal companions just as a druid can, ...


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From the proficiency section as you pointed out: Druids will not wear armor or use shields made of metal. My interpretation of this statement has always been that it's not that druids can't wear armor, they just won't. So if you choose to wear metal armor, you're choosing not to follow all the tenets that make druids druidic, and thus choosing not to ...


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Option 2 I don’t like much at all. If you are going to attack with simple weapons, Intuitive Attack is the way to go (and then the Strength is largely wasted, even before getting Wild Shape), and if not, well, then you can’t go with Option 2. So that’s out. Option 1 and Option 3 are more competitive. Being able to attack physically prior to Wild Shape is ...


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I would think that being quadrapedal without any spines or physical anatomy stopping someone from mounting it would count as "appropriate anatomy." I mean while having a longer, more flexable spine without as much support as some animals that can be ridden might not make it an ideal mount, it is plausable. Other than not having a mane to hold onto; maybe it ...


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You can say you're a duelist without being a duelist It's entirely possible that it's the idea of a duelist that's appealing not the what the prestige class duelist actually does. You might be imagining Captain Blood, Robin Hood, or the Dread Pirate Roberts (or Prince Humperdinck who's probably actually a ranger).1 Maybe the character you're imagining when ...


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Rangers can only choose a beast type monster that is no larger than Medium in size and has a Challenge Rating of 1/4 or lower. Page 317, Appendix A of the Monster Manual covers at least 90% of the beasts that have been statted for 5e. Although it's not a comprehensive list of the Ranger's animal companion options, it's really not that hard to sort out what ...



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