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Rangers can use the Skirmish Strike to Step and Strike. Most enemies however don't do you a favor and stand just 5 feet away after you killed one of their friends.

What is the lowest investment for a Ranger to get such an action without homebrew?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Melee Rangers frequently have this issue: no enemy in reach (mostly because the adjacent one just died), so you need one action to Stride, one to Hunt Prey, one to Command your Animal, and one to actually deal damage... oh wait! I consider this a design error, ranged Rangers and melee Fighters do not have this problem. \$\endgroup\$ – András Nov 30 '19 at 20:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ @indigochild switching target leaves Barbarians, melee Fighters and archer Rangers with two remaining actions, but melee Rangers have only one. This makes them close to unviable. \$\endgroup\$ – András Dec 1 '19 at 7:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ Well I wasn't looking to start a debate. I don't see the weakness that you seem to. On paper, a ranged build probably does beat it by a small amount numerically, but I don't consider it statistically relevant. I was only intending to suggest that maybe you just don't go with that build (or do and accept that your damage will sometimes not be the highest at the table). \$\endgroup\$ – Ifusaso Dec 3 '19 at 15:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Ifusaso some people did not see the weakness of Monks in DnD 3.5. It doesn't mean it wasn't there. \$\endgroup\$ – András Dec 3 '19 at 19:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ @András I feel you on the target switching as a ranger, but in single target melee rangers do really shine. In the situation you described it would be better to just attack yourself instead of commanding your animal, pet attacks just do not hit as hard as the ranger themselves will. also by the time fighters and rogues get the capability to stride and step (with limitations) your hunt prey makes commanding your pet a free action. I don't think this limitation at lower levels makes this class/play-style close to not being viable (especially when compared to 3.5's monk) \$\endgroup\$ – CaptianObvious Dec 4 '19 at 12:45
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You can Stride and Strike, but only indirectly

If you ride your Animal Companion, you can use one action (Command an Animal) to get close to the next enemy, and then attack it.

Until 6th level, this only works with a Horse, all other animal companions are too small to be ridden.
Then, with the Mature Animal Companion feat other animals become Medium, so a small Ranger can ride anything.
Medium Rangers need need to wait until level 10, the Incredible Companion feat (and pick Savage) to get a large mount.

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This option is not available to Rangers

The Fighter's Spring Attack and the Rogue's Spring from the Shadows allow you to stride and strike with one action, but these are not available to Rangers.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Good catch, I guess my search skills failed me. It may be worth noting that both of those Feats are 12th level, for some indication of the value weighted to that benefit. \$\endgroup\$ – Ifusaso Dec 3 '19 at 13:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ It is unfortunate that the class that needs it most does not get it. \$\endgroup\$ – András Dec 3 '19 at 19:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ @András Please do note the requirements of these feats: The fighter is required to be adjacent to a (not slain) foe in order to stride to and strike another enemy, while the rouge feat do require you to be hidden from your foe, before you can stride and strike. These instances are quite situational and unless other feats would allow the fighter or rogue to get into position and strike with a single action, your point in the OP discussion, that ranger also needs this could be invalid. \$\endgroup\$ – Kasper Thystrup Karstensen Dec 4 '19 at 9:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KasperThystrupKarstensen, you are right, the melee Ranger needs better, because unlike any other build in the game, he needs to spend 2 actions to change targets. \$\endgroup\$ – András Dec 4 '19 at 9:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh yeah Spring Attack is a Press, so you have to have already attacked. Although the target could be knocked out by your first (or second if you were already next to them) Strike. \$\endgroup\$ – Ifusaso Dec 4 '19 at 13:35
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There is currently no method to Stride and Strike as one Action.

No class has the capability to Stride and Strike as one ActionFor Rangers, there is currently no method to Stride and Strike as one Action, although the precedent does exist beginning around level 12; there is no spell that allows this either (although Quickening effects such as Haste may give a bonus Action that you could do one or the other with).

Fighters and Barbarians have the level 1 Feat Sudden Charge which costs 2 Actions to perform 2 Strides and a Strike. If this appeals to you, it is available through their Class Archetypes. This would cost 2 Class Feats (one requiring level 2 and the other level 4); they are the respective Dedication and Basic (Rage/Maneuver) Feats.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ You might want to add that "for Rangers [t]here is currently no method to Stride and Strike as one Action." \$\endgroup\$ – András Dec 4 '19 at 9:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah that's a good point. I wasn't looking to "take back" the answer from Strill, but I was going to leave it up because I do feel like my answer adds something for others coming to look at the question. \$\endgroup\$ – Ifusaso Dec 4 '19 at 13:36

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