I am a D&D 5e newbie and I decided to play as a Ranger. My DM recommended the Hunter archetype over the Beastmaster but said I could still have a wolf as a pet.

But in combat, the DM said I would still be required to lose a turn in order to command my wolf to attack. Even in the next round, I would still be required to lose a turn to tell the wolf to attack, even if it is fighting the same foe.

For me this rule does not make much sense. Rationally speaking once an animal is attacking an enemy, why do I need to lose my turn to keep telling it to attack? The wolf should know at that point what its master wants from it, it doesn't need to be told again and again.

This post suggests that if this rule is not in place then it makes the Ranger class too powerful. While this answer seems to suggest a DM could make a "house rule" which allows the animal companion to attack on its own, with only the initial attack requiring the Ranger to lose a turn.

What are your thoughts on animal companions being allowed to attack without their master losing a turn?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I know I house rule it as a bonus action for the Ranger so that it's in effect, dual wielding (albeit slightly more powerful). This question is going to get closed because you're asking for opinions though. Stack doesn't really do opinions. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 14:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ As an aside.... the D&D team of Wizards of the Coast ARE aware of the mass unhappiness with Beastmaster and will have a new, legal, official Beastmaster Ranger rework published in the next month or so. \$\endgroup\$
    – Airatome
    Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 14:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ Unfortunately, a request for input isn't really the kind of thing the site handles well and, instead, such requests are better suited to a forum. However, it sounds like your experiences might serve as the basis for an answer to this question that you already linked to. That is, rather than asking for more information, you could supply others with more information based on your experiences. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 14:47


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