14 months ago, an Unearthed Arcana supplement was published that discussed how the ranger described in the Player's Handbook was under powered. These rules reimagined the ranger's abilities, and suggested that an official version would be released later.

Finally, we come to implementation. If this iteration of the ranger, or a future revision of it, grades high enough, our plan is to present it as a revised ranger in a future D&D sourcebook.

Does that Sourcebook exist yet? If not, have the devs given an update or told us their intentions?

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    \$\begingroup\$ As of mid-2018, Crawford made it clear what their current thinking on the UA revised ranger was. You might want to review my answer and then consider whether those clarifications make it worth accepting as the most up-to-date answer. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Feb 10 at 7:23

Jeremy Crawford actually addressed this in a podcast on 2017-11-27. I'll link it here (start at 35:44), but here are the main points:

  • It wasn't in Xanathar's, but they announced in advance that it wouldn't be in it
  • They are still working on revised Ranger. It's not like it's fate was sunk by low satisfaction or something.
  • Putting out a "redo" on a core class is something they haven't done before, and it has some complications


  • Discerning between the PHB Ranger and the UA Ranger was causing confusion
  • Most people still play the PHB Ranger
  • Many people love the PHB Ranger
  • Looking carefully at the Revised Ranger feedback, the dissatisfaction with Ranger was mostly with Beastmaster. They are considering whether they want to "mess around with things around the broken thing" rather than "fixing the broken thing".

One quote at the end of the segment (41:52) sums up the status of Revised Ranger:

We're still looking at how to proceed. It's most likely with the Ranger going to be a much more targeted revision, and it will be optional. Like basically "here's a swap-out, like you take this Beastmaster thing and use this other thing in its place".

So, basically, they're still looking at it, something is definitely coming, but it might be a while as they're still figuring out how to proceed. He also says that whatever comes next will have further playtesting with UAs and multiple ways of gathering feedback. With that in mind, I'm expecting it will be a while. I'd highly recommend listening to at least that segment of the podcast. It really gives you some good insight into the status of Revised Ranger, and the reasoning behind their decisions.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Another reference was the Mike Mearls Reddit AMA, where he claimed they hope to have it out sometime early 2018 (which is likely march-may). \$\endgroup\$ – Baergren Jan 2 '18 at 17:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Baergren do you have a link for that? I'd be very interested to read more. \$\endgroup\$ – Dacromir Jan 3 '18 at 10:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ Can't actually get a link as the sites blocked where I am currently. It was in r/dndnext around 14days ago. There was some conflicting responses on timing of release but they hope Revised Ranger and Artificer will be out within the first half of the year. \$\endgroup\$ – Baergren Jan 3 '18 at 14:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ A link to that response in the AMA (though the info's outdated now). This answer may need to be updated to address the latest status of the revised ranger: dead, other than maybe as alternative class features. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Feb 9 at 19:55

It won't be released as a fully revised class, only maybe as a set of alternative class features

I believe that 5e rules designer Jeremy Crawford originally indicated sometime in late 2017 that the UA revised ranger would not be published in its current form. I'm not sure if it was mentioned on Twitter or in Twitch streams or elsewhere originally, but I don't think it was definitively stated at the time.

However, Jeremy Crawford did eventually make it clear in this Twitter exchange that any work on the UA revised ranger as a wholesale revision of the class was no longer occurring, and that at best it was a "possibility" that some alternative class features for the ranger would be released.

Crawford: If a year or more has passed since something appeared in Unearthed Arcana and that thing hasn't appeared in a D&D book, that thing is unlikely to become official. If it beats the odds and moves forward, you're likely to see it in UA again in a revised form. (27 Jul 2018)

Crawford: Regarding the revised ranger, I mentioned back in 2017 that we have no plans to release an alternative version of a class. That plan hasn’t changed. There is one ranger: the one in the Player’s Handbook. (28 Jul 2018)

Q: Are you still considering alternate versions of some of the class and Beast Master features, like you mentioned in the 11/27/2017 Dragon Talk episode? https://youtu.be/-vE28Saqcow (28 Jul 2018)

Crawford: Alternate features for multiple classes are still a possibility, but we want to do more research before we invest time in them. We don’t want our design to chase phantoms but real desires held by a large number of players. (28 Jul 2018)

Another user (a non-native English speaker) shared a screenshot of an August 2017 tweet in which Crawford had stated:

Crawford: Before the revised ranger becomes official, it needs further refinement. After that, we'll get it into your hands!

The user pointed out the contradiction with this tweet. In response, Crawford pointed out an October 2017 tweet of his own, which clarifies:

Crawford: In the end, there will be 1 ranger: the PH ranger. It will get alternative features. The official game won't have 2 versions of a class

Q: So a published version of the UA Ranger will be published as an 'alternate rule' for the Ranger? (10 Oct 2017)

Crawford: You'll be able to take feature X in place of feature Y. It won't be a whole different class. (10 Oct 2017)

In short: the revised ranger won't be published as a whole separate class. At most, it'll be a set of alternate class features, allowing players to swap out a particular PHB ranger feature for an alternate one - but the designers plan to do more research before they actually decide to do that.


Not as of 2017.

Xanathar's Guide to Everything adds the Gloom Stalker archetype, which appeared in the most recent revised ranger article under the name Deep Stalker. It also publishes the Horizon Walker and Monster Slayer archetypes, which appeared in separate UA articles.

However, that book doesn't add the revised ranger class, nor is it announced to appear in any currently announced future book, as of 2017.

Mike Mearls, asked on Twitter, has not ruled out the possibility of a future backwards-compatible revised edition of the core rulebooks. Such a book would almost certainly include a revised edition of the ranger.


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