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For questions about the ranger, a class or archetype appearing in a number of different RPGs that has both martial prowess and skills in the wilderness. Rangers may have an animal companion, depending on the game system.

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I am looking for some feedback on my first homebrewed magic item "Aurel‘s Adaptive Crossbow"

I am running my first campaign since a little over half a year now and the ranger in the group still has a basic heavy crossbow at this point (almost level 5). Which is why I want to present them with ...
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Can the extra 1d8 damage of the Gloom Stalker's Dread Ambusher feature be added to the first successful attack of the turn? [duplicate]

The Gloom Stalker Ranger from Xanathar's Guide to Everything (pg. 42) has the Dread Ambusher: At the start of your first turn of each combat, you walking speed increases by 10 feet, which lasts until ...
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Can a charmed Beast Master ranger's Primal Companion attack the charmer?

If a Beast Master ranger has a Primal Companion, and the ranger is charmed, can the charmed ranger instruct their Primal Companion to attack the charmer? I ask this because the Primal Companion ...
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Is my modified version of the Primeval Awareness feature more useful for the ranger than the original feature?

The description of the ranger's Primeval Awareness feature says: Beginning at 3rd level, you can use your action and expend one ranger spell slot to focus your awareness on the region around you. For ...
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Tasha's Beastmaster & communicating

I've been looking over the recent changes to the Ranger's Beastmaster in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and I'm trying to figure out the best way for the beast to communicate with the ranger. The ...
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How does a Ranger/Fighter multiclass having Extra Attack (2) interact with their Beastmaster companion?

At levels 5, 11, and 20, the Fighter Class gains extra attacks. Can I dedicate a number of attacks to my companion(s) if I had them use one of my attacks? Example: At level 11 Fighter and Level 5 ...
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How do I gain magic as a Ranger? [closed]

I heard there was a way to give your ranger Magic, not by weapons and armor. Is that true? If so how do I gain it? What level and what types of magic can a ranger get? The book I've been reading for ...
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What language do undead speak?

I really need help with creating my ranger. For my "favored enemy," I chose undead, but I don't know what language they speak (if they speak one at all). Do I just look for a single undead (...
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How does the ranger's Favored Foe optional class feature interact with the Hail of Thorns spell?

Suppose I'm a ranger using the variant rules in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, specifically the Favored Foe optional class feature. I'm concentrating on the Hail of Thorns spell, and I hit a creature ...
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Is this Variant Ranger Feature "Favored Enemy Swap" balanced?

I don't like the ranger and I have been experimenting with new variants for the weaker features. One feature I don't like is Primeval Awareness, allowing you to expend a spell slot to know if certain ...
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For the Swarmkeeper ranger's Gathered Swarm feature, does being moved by the swarm provoke opportunity attacks?

The Swarmkeeper ranger from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 60) has the Gathered Swarm feature, which provides the following benefit: Once on each of your turns, you can cause the swarm to assist ...
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Are Golems “Humanoid” for UA Ranger?

Our game 5e game includes a ranger using the Unearthed Arcana rules. The ranger has chosen Humanoids for their favored enemy, and we are trying to determine if a Forest Golem (or any other Golem) ...
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Ranger in favored terrain with Camouflage

Baring the more powerful forms of senses such as tremorsense and above, this question is concerned about normal vision, lowlight vision, darkvision, and scent. Magical tracking such as locate creature ...
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How does turn order work for the Beast Master ranger's alternative class feature Primal Companion?

Tasha's Cauldron of Everything contains an alternative class feature for the Beast Master ranger that replaces the Ranger's Companion feature (PHB, p. 93). The description of the new Primal Companion ...
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Can the attack granted by the Gloom Stalker Ranger's Stalker's Fury be forgone by features such as the Battle Master Fighter's Commander's Strike?

This is inspired by the following two related questions: Can my familiar use the bonus attack from two-weapon fighting to make its own attack? Can you use Commander's Strike to forgo an attack ...
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Is a Gathered Swarm considered to be worn or carried by a Swarmkeeper Ranger?

According to the description of a Ranger's 3rd-level Swarmkeeper feature Gathered Swarm, it indicates: Until you die, the swarm remains in your space, crawling on you or flying and skittering around ...
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How does the ranger's DPR stack up against other martial classes?

Early dissatisfaction with the ranger led to many attempts at revision. A widespread belief that the class was underpowered often met with the counterclaim that of the original two subclasses, one (...
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Is this Tracker ranger subclass balanced (version 2)?

I have recently created a ranger subclass called the tracker, which is made for a group of rangers focused on purging threats (natural and unnatural) from their home. I updated the tracker from the ...
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Does a Swarmkeeper lose their swarm if they die?

In Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, the Swarmkeeper Ranger's "Gathered Swarm" feature states the following (emphasis added): A swarm of intangible nature spirits has bonded itself to you and ...
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What does the Swarmkeeper mean by "horizontal"?

The Ranger Swarmkeeper Gathered Swarm has 2 ability's that can force horizontal movement. But how do they work? The attack's target must succeed on a Strength saving throw against your spell save DC ...
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Is this homebrew ranger subclass balanced?

I have recently made a homebrew ranger subclass called the tracker, and I was wondering if it is balanced. Tracker First Strike When you choose this subclass, you can quickly get the jump on your ...
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Is this homebrew ranger for D&D 5e overpowered? [closed]

So I was browsing some community homebrews and stumbled upon this one: gmbinder link I liked it because it is less convoluted than others I saw and it reuses some ranger conclaves, but upon detailed ...
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Does wearing a focus keep your hands free?

So the text for the Nature's Mantle in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything states: while wearing the cloak, you can use it as a focus for your druid and ranger spells." Other foci specify "while ...
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Can my Primal Companion roll initiative instead of my character?

In Tasha's Primal Companion feature it doesn't say that the beast doesn't roll initiative, just that it acts during the player's turn. Is that enough to mean that it's the player that has to roll ...
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Can a ranger pick two humanoid races as their favored enemy at level 1, and then two more humanoid races at level 6? [duplicate]

Can a ranger pick two humanoid races as their favored enemy at level 1, and then two more humanoid races at level 6 or level 14? My reading of the Favored Enemy feature is that any time the ranger ...
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Does Ranger Monster Hunter's Slayer's Counter works on saves to maintain concentration?

From the Sage Advice Compendium: Does a Monster Slayer ranger’s Supernatural Defense feature apply if a creature damages the ranger, thus causing the ranger to make a Constitution saving throw to ...
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Did the UA "revised" Beastmaster Ranger make it into any official source book? [duplicate]

There was "The Ranger, Revised" pdf in the 2016 playtest material. A Beastmaster Ranger was considered the weakest class by many GMs and players, which apparently caused the need for a "...
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Can you use the Ranger Slayer's Prey Twice a turn?

From Xanathar's: Slayer's Prey Starting at 3rd level, you can focus your ire on one foe, increasing the harm you inflict on it. As a bonus action, you designate one creature you can see within 60 ...
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Does the Ranger's Favoured Foe Ability from Tasha's work with Cantrips?

I have an idea for a wisdom based Horizon Walker. I was thinking of taking shillelagh and produce flame from the Druidic Warrior fighting style. Produce flame is purely so that I at least have one ...
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What happens if you cast Giant Insect on a Ranger's Companion?

In the Players Handbook I noticed Giant Insect spell. I was interested in Spider and Scorpion (I will further mention only the Scorpion), since they can be Beastmaster's pets. It looks like ...
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Does Horde breaker work with crossbows?

I'm curious about the interaction between the crossbow's Loading property and the hunter ranger's Horde Breaker class feature. Specifically, can a hunter ranger wielding a crossbow use the Horde ...
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Is there any RAW guidance on using Primal Beasts from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything outside of combat?

Running a game in which the Ranger character has taken the Beastmaster option from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything. You can find a very similar set of rules in the UA Class Variant Features. They allow ...
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How much does this Favored Foe tweak for the Ranger's class feature from TCoE buffs the Rangers when compared to other martial classes?

I want to tweak the Favored Foe optional class feature for the Ranger from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything I'm fairly disappointed with the Favored Foe optional class feature for the Rangers released ...
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Best DPR using the Horizon Walker's teleporting feature?

I am hoping to play a 15th level character in my new campaign. We are starting from that level and progressing from there. What is the best combination of my levels, ASI, feats, magic items, etc, ...
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Can Favored Foe from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything target more than one creature at the same time?

The new Ranger ability, Favored Foe, says: When you hit a creature with an attack roll, you can call on your mystical bond with nature to mark the target as your favored enemy for 1 minute or until ...
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How do favored enemies work as a Hooded Champion ranger?

The Hooded Champion ranger archetype replaces the first instance of favored enemy at level 1. What happens at level 5? Does the ranger get its first favored enemy at +2 or +4? Does the ranger get one ...
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Is the Gloom Stalker's Umbral Sight cancelled out by Devil's Sight?

Most devils have the feature Devil's Sight: Devil's Sight. Magical darkness doesn't impede the [devil's] darkvision. The Gloom Stalker's Umbral Sight says: …You are also adept at evading creatures ...
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Does a hit with a projectile from a ranged weapon count as being "hit with a weapon"?

As stated in the title: is an arrow, bolt, or other object that is generally used as ammunition, count as a weapon when determining bonus effects from other feats/abilities? For example: Dreadful ...
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How does the Mobile feat interact with the Writhing Tide for a Swarmkeeper Ranger? [duplicate]

In the Swarmkeeper section for Rangers in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything there is an ability called Writing Tide (TCoE, p.60), which allows the Ranger to fly. Writhing Tide 7th-level Swarmkeeper ...
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What is the duration of the resistance effect of Swarming Dispersal for a Swarmkeeper Ranger?

In the Ranger section of Tasha's Cauldron of Everything appears a new version of the sub-class Swarmkeeper, which is quite distinct from the UA version. There is a new ability called Swarming ...
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How to order Ranger's beast to attack with TCoE?

In the PHB there is the Ranger subclass "Beast Master" which gives the opportunity to have a beast companion, which obey all orders from the Ranger. The beast attacks only if the ranger ...
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Are the ranger subclasses from Xanathar's Guide to Everything compatible with the UA revised ranger?

My games use the UA revised ranger (from Unearthed Arcana: The Ranger, Revised) instead of the PHB version of the class. The question did not previously come to mind, because until now my players ...
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Does Natural Explorer's double proficiency apply to perception checks while keeping watch?

The Natural Explorer class feature is sort of vague about what skill checks count When you make an Intelligence or Wisdom check related to your favored terrain, your proficiency bonus is doubled if ...
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How does the Hunter ranger's Horde Breaker feature interact with the Mounted Combatant feat's ability to redirect an attack to the rider?

Roger is a Hunter ranger that has chosen the Horde Breaker option for the Hunter's Prey class feature (Player's Handbook, p. 93): Once on each of your turns when you make a weapon attack, you can ...
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How does the Magic Stone cantrip interact with the fighting style Thrown Weapon Fighting?

I am playing a Ranger with the Extra Attack feature and the Thrown Weapon Fighting fighting style. I have a sack (a homebrew item) that lets me draw and throw a magic stone (flavored as a turnip); the ...
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Is my Urban Ranger Class Archetype / Variant balanced?

(Homebrewery Link) Design Considerations I used various Reddit comments, the Pathfinder 1e Ranger Archetype, and the 3.5 UA Archetype as my guides for this class variant. The idea is to use the ...
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Does Action Surge reset the Gloom Stalkers Dread Ambusher Attack?

If a level 2+ Fighter uses an Action surge would they be able to reset the Dread Ambushers free attack when taking an "attack Action" on their first turn of combat? Dread Ambusher (emphasis ...
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If a player casts Hunter's Mark and the target dies and combat ends, is the spell still functioning for a later combat? [duplicate]

I'm a new DM and new to this forum! I'm running a game and one of my players is playing a ranger, we're all still pretty new to the game and ran into a question about how one of her spells, Hunter's ...
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Revised ranger Primeval Awareness and the ethereal plane

If a UA Revised ranger uses Primeval Awareness (pg. 4), are they able to detect enemies in the ethereal plane?
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Does the benefit of the ranger's Natural Explorer feature only activate starting with the second hour of travel in their favored terrain?

The relevant part of the PHB ranger's Natural Explorer feature states (emphasis mine): While traveling for an hour or more in your favored terrain, you gain the following benefits: Difficult terrain ...

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