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Class with martial prowess and skills in the wilderness. May have an animal companion depending on the game system.

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Does the Primeval Guardian ranger's Guardian Soul feature increase your reach twice?

I'm making a Fighter/Ranger who wields a glaive and who will have Guardian Soul, a 3rd-level feature of the Primeval Guardian ranger subclass (from Unearthed Arcana: Ranger & Rogue), part of which ...
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How does the Beast Master Ranger's Extra Attack work?

According to the PHB, the Beast Master's companion acts on your initiative but can't attack, dash, disengage, dodge, or help unless you consume your action to command it to do so. That said, there is ...
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What about the ranger keeps making it weak?

This question was inspired by the first answer of this question which notes that in 5e the ranger is acknowledged as (one of) the weakest class(es). I don't play 5e but I used to play 3/3.5e and ...
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What are the impacts of changing a Ranger's spellcasting ability?

Background As a follow up to this question: What are the impacts of allowing Rangers to cast Arcane spells? If we assume that my DM is fine with letting the Ranger use the Wizard spell list instead ...
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If Beast Master Rangers could use bonus actions to attack with their companion, what problems would occur?

If a clause was added to Beast Master Rangers to allow them to spend a bonus action to have their companion to make a single attack after the ranger makes their own Attack action, what would the ...
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What are the impacts of allowing Rangers to cast Arcane spells?

Background Rangers have the spellcasting class feature. It allows the Ranger to cast a small number of spells from the Ranger spell list, which has a lot in common with the Druid spell list (much ...
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Animal companions for rangers getting a mule or donkey instead of pony or horse

I am in a pathfinder group and the entire group is new to the game, we are using just the core rulebook. I have a ranger and as I won't be able to get boon companion - any pet can easily be a ...
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If I cast Hail of Thorns and then Conjure Volley, would the effect of Hail of Thorns apply to the duplicate arrows created by Conjure Volley?

The description of hail of thorns (1 minute duration, 1 bonus action casting time) says: The next time you hit a creature with a ranged weapon attack before the spell ends, this spell creates a ...
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How does a Gloom Stalker's Dread Ambusher's timing interact with Extra Attack?

This is a follow-up to this question. The Gloom Stalker Ranger from Xanathar's Guide to Everything gets the Dread Ambusher feature at level 3, which says (pg. 42): At the start of your first turn ...
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Precise Shot and Improved precise shot

If I have the Improved Precise Shot feat through the Ranger's Archery Combat Style, but don't have Precise Shot, do I still incur the -4 penalty to ranged attacks for firing into melee?
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How does a Gloom Stalker's Dread Ambusher interact with Extra Attack?

The Gloom Stalker Ranger from Xanathar's Guide to Everything gets the Dread Ambusher feature at level 3, which says (pg. 42): At the start of your first turn of each combat, you walking speed ...
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Can a Beast Master ranger's Animal Companion do extra damage from the Hunter's Mark spell?

My Beast Master Ranger player is looking to use his hunter's mark bonus on his animal companion's attack action. Is the hunter's mark damage bonus strictly only for the ranger's attacks, or since the ...
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If a Ranger chooses “fey” as their Favored Enemy, what languages can they choose from?

The ranger's Favored Enemy feature description says: When you gain this feature, you also learn one language of your choice that is spoken by your favored enemies, if they speak one at all I am ...
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Does the Horde Breaker feature work on the attack granted by Haste?

The haste spell, as well as the Potion of Speed which mimics it, grants an additional attack on each of the creature's turns. The wording says "one weapon attack only", but... There's a 3rd-level ...
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Does a Ranger’s Favored Enemy bonus apply against an Undead version of that creature?

One of my players is playing a Ranger (Monk 7/Ranger 2) who has Orcs as her favored enemy. I plan on throwing an Orc Revenant at her and the party. Would her favored enemy ability activate when ...
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Can you benefit from Horde Breaker if you attack as part of Booming Blade or Green Flame Blade?

The booming blade and green-flame blade cantrips from the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide both have the particularity of including a single melee weapon attack as part of their casting. Several ...
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Who should know/inform the Ranger's Favored Enemy?

Rangers have a number of bonuses against their Favored Enemy, which include Attack bonuses. The ranger in the game I am DMing, for example, has chosen Aberrations. In combat, the party is attacked by ...
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How do you handle multiple Quarry as a Ranger?

A ranger having the Battlefield Archer PP can use this power: Battlefield Experience (11th level): You can designate more than one creature as your quarry at a time, up to a number equal to your ...
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Does Telepathy allow me to control a Ranger's Companion mount?

I'm trying to get as much use out of the Halfling Ranger/Pteranodon strategy as I can, so I'm trying to use it as an independent mount while also being able to give it commands. I'm playing this ...
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Can Xanathar Ranger subclasses replace their archetype spells on level up?

Xanathar's ranger subclasses are the only subclasses in the game that give free spells to a learned-spell caster (besides Divine Soul Sorcerer's Affinity spell). As rangers can replace a spell that ...
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House rules for a new player's Ranger character; are they balanced?

I've managed to convince my GF to try out a simple campaign. She is new to tabletop gaming. Knowing her, I decided to have her play a ranger with a pet (she loves her dog, a lot). I designed some ...
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Can a Ranger who took God Amidst The Wastes take advanced Cleric moves?

By the direct reading of the move it would seem that it's limited only to commune and cast a spell moves, but I am not completely sure.
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Can I choose the range of Primeval Awareness in my favored terrain?

The Primeval Awareness feature for Rangers states: you can use your action and expend one ranger spell slot to focus your awareness on the region around you. For 1 minute per level of the spell ...
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How does Lightning Arrow benefit from a critical hit?

When I cast Lightning Arrow and roll a critical hit, does the target take 8d8 lightning damage? And does the splash damage to creatures within 10 feet of the target change to 4d8?
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Does the Flame Arrows spell work on magical ammunition?

I am making a ranger NPC for a session and I have never played with a high level bow user before. In D&D 5e, does a +3 longbow with+3 Arrows and the ranger spell flame arrows, stack at once for ...
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How can I tell what a beast is proficient in for the Beast Master?

With the following statement in D&D 5e's Player Handbook > Chapter 3 > Ranger > Ranger Archetypes > Beast Master Add your proficiency bonus to the beast’s AC, attack rolls, and damage rolls, as ...
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Spectator Spell Reflection for Hail of Thorns?

A Spectator (a lesser Beholder, described on Monster Manual p. 30) can use its reaction to use its Spell Reflection ability: Spell Reflection. If the spectator makes a successful saving throw ...
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Animal handling vs persuasion while using speak with animals?

So this is a standard player misunderstanding. Ranger learned speak with animals, wanted to use it as flavour and to aid in the befriending of a beast, (giant poisonous snake). When it came to the ...
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How to build a psionic Ranger?

I would like to build a 13th level NPC Ranger-type, i.e. nature and stealth themed warrior, with psionics instead of spellcasting. Are there a) guidelines to adept spellcasters to psionics b) ...
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How can I persuade/bribe animals to do simple tasks?

As a Beast Conclave Ranger, how can I persuade animals to gather (simple) information, spy on somebody, or do simple tasks? What spells or skills could I use? I would like options that don't rely ...
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Is this how Natural Explorer works for long distance travel?

The ranger's Natural Explorer feature allows the ranger and his entire party to ignore difficult terrain when traveling more than an hour. The size of party isn't a factor, nor is whether the party is ...
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What are the biggest changes between UA Ranger and PHB Ranger?

As a new player to D&D, I don't really know what significant changes have been made to the Ranger through Unearthed Arcana. What makes the class different from the PHB version and how does this ...
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What favored terrain would be the most optimal for Storm King's Thunder (NW Faerun)?

I've gone taken a gander at some maps of NW Faerun and I am not sure exactly which terrain would be useful. My players and I are doing session zero in a couple days and my ranger player has asked me ...
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How should I resolve the ranger's companion being sent off on a solo mission?

In our last session Diana, the party's ranger ordered her cougar companion to perform a task on its own (completely related to the companion's trainings). The first one was completely safe in terms ...
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Would it be troublesome to allow a ranger to have a CR 1 beast (or dragon)?

Looking over the CR 1/4 beasts, they seem rather weak. I think it would be more beneficial to allow a ranger to obtain a CR 1 beast. Seeming as rangers receive a beast companion at level 3 (if they ...
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Does the ranger's companion get to make death saving throws?

I play the role of a cleric in a game that also has a ranger. This ranger happens to have a wolf as a companion. It happened a couple of time that the wolf fell to 0 hp and was declare dead by the DM. ...
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How do I RP a ranger obtaining a beast companion? [duplicate]

How exactly does a ranger befriend a beast companion and how should I introduce one when they reach the level where they get one?
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Will it pose problems if I allow my Dragonborn ranger to have a pseudodragon beast companion?

It's my first time DMing and my naive friend was asking to get a dragon as his beast companion. I immediately shut him down and redirected him to the proper place in the PHB to find CR 1/4 beasts. ...
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Revised Ranger, Beast Conclave - Blood Hawk

Ok, I'm dumb, I've read like dozens of topics and I still don't get it. Your animal companion has abilities and game statistics determined in part by your level. Your companion uses your proficiency ...
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Can you ready action a Ranger Hunter's volley class ability?

Straight forward question, I think. Can you ready action a volley? (Ranger Hunger archetype, 11th level class ability). I'm pretty sure the answer is "yes" but may be unaware of conflicts. Here's ...
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Can a Gloom Stalker Ranger choose to be seen in darkness?

In XGE, the Gloom Stalker level 3 feature "Umbral Sight" states that a Gloom Stalker is invisible to any creature that relies on darkvision to see you in the darkness. (p. 42, XGE) That sounds like ...
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I need help choosing a 1st level wizard cantrip [closed]

I have a 6th level Ranger right now, and I'm multiclassing into Wizard next level. I have already decided on everything else for the Wizard, including level 2 of it going School Of Transmutation for ...
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What can a Ranger with 10 WIS do at level 20?

I have a ranger with 10 WIS. Technically he's a Revised Ranger but I don't think it matters for this question. I was doing some level advancement planning and read ahead to his Level 20 ability, Foe ...
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How do I resolve the attack of a Ranger's Animal Companion when they are acting independently?

If a Ranger's Animal Companion independently attacks a target that the Ranger is not also attacking, how do you resolve its success and damage? I am assuming that Animal Companions don't have moves ...
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How do goblins work for a ranger's favored enemy?

PHB, p91: Choose a type of favored enemy: aberrations, beasts, celestials, constructs, dragons, elementals, fey, fiends, giants, monstrosities, oozes, plants, or undead. Alternatively, you can ...
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Have the developers given a reason why the ranger has fewer spells than caster archetypes for non-casting classes?

I was just curious why the Designers have the ranger class (a half spell-caster) had less spells known than spell archetypes ie. Arcane Trickster and Eldritch Knight. Both Arcane Trickster and ...
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Would commanding a Ranger's companion pony to dash be an action? [duplicate]

Recently I started leveling up in Ranger class, and I looked into the Beast master Ranger archetype and something bothered me. If a character decides to have a Pony as a Companion, would commanding ...
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Ranger Beast Master's attack bonus

The Ranger companion says to add your proficiency bonus to the animals attack roll. Does this replace the animals proficiency bonus or add to it? Ie does a 5th level ranger flying snake get +9 bonus ...
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What are the restrictions on the use of Slayer's Prey?

In the recent Xanather's Guide to Everything, there are some subclasses/archetypes added for Rangers, among them the Monster Slayer, which gives some specific assistances. Hunter's Sense At 3rd ...
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If I have additional damage effects from an attack, do resistances apply again?

I am playing a Ranger in dnd 4e, and have chose ruthless punisher for my paragon path. As per ruthless punisher: "Most Dangerous Prey (11th level): Against any humanoid target designated as your ...