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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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Is D&D Beyond correct in showing my ranger's attack bonus being higher than his Dex mod + bonus from Archery Fighting Style?

In a campaign I am joining, I am playing an Owlin Ranger. Since we're starting at level 3, my subclass is Gloom Stalker. Every time I create this character, D&D Beyond keeps saying I have an ...
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Is dual wielding as a ranger a good idea? Will it interfere with spells? [duplicate]

I'm making a ranger and I want him to be a dual wielder. But bc both my hands are occupied does that mean I can't cast any spells with m or s components without using an action to put away my sword ...
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Does the ranger feature Land's Stride negate the movement debuff from the centaur's Equine Build trait?

The second part of the centaur's Equine Build racial trait says (MP:MotM, p. 9): In addition, any climb that requires hands and feet is especially difficult for you because of your equine legs. When ...
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Does a ranger with the Land's Stride feature ignore damage from the Spike Growth spell?

I was running a combat for a ranger character, and the player claimed Land's Stride allowed them to not take the 2d4 damage per 5 feet of movement from the Spike Growth spell. Is this accurate?
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In 5e If a Ranger takes "Constructs" as a favored enemy, does that include Warforged? [duplicate]

Simple questions for "Rules as Written" that came up in our newest Eberron campaign. If a Ranger takes "Constructs" as a favored enemy, does that include Warforged?
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Can a Gloom Stalker ranger continuously use Dread Ambusher if they knock-out or eliminate enemy after enemy, as long as it happens in one turn?

In D&D 5e, if a gloom stalker (ranger) is infiltrating somewhere while in stealth. Would it be possible for them to attack one enemy, potentially eliminate them, re-enter stealth and proceed to do ...
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If a level 7 Beast Master Ranger equips their Primal Companion with chainmail barding what is the new AC?

If a level 7 Beast Master Ranger were to give their Beast of the Land Primal Companion barding armor, what is the new Armor Class? For example let's use chainmail barding. It seems that the new AC ...
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How to encourage melee combat when ranged is a stronger option

I'm playing in a 5E campaign based on the Grim Hollow guide. My character is Level 3 Rogue Assassin multiclassed with Level 3 Ranger Gloom Stalker, with all future levels going into Rogue. I had ...
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Need balancing advice and contructive criticism for Ranger Subclass 5e

Ranger: Pact Keeper Some rangers stand as a gateway between humanity and the chaotic presence of the feywild, and some fey stand with them. You’ve made a pact with an organization upholding safety for ...
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Timing of Foe Slayer and Favored Foe (Tasha’s)

Favored Foe is used on hit, and works with Foe Slayer. Does the Ranger need to hit normally first, (without using Foe Slayer), and then on future attacks they can use Foe Slayer? Or, can the Ranger ...
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Can Hunter's Horde Breaker be used against the same (huge) targer?

So I know that Horde Breaker descriptions clearly says different creature that is in within 5 feet of the original target But I am wondering what happens if you fight a giant creature, say Tiamat, ...
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Redundancy in Tasha's Beast Master Conclave?

The optional rules in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything for the Beast Master Ranger's "Primal Companion" state: In combat, the beast acts during your turn. It can move and use its reaction on ...
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Beastmaster. Timing of the fight. Command, attack action of the beast and bonus action

I am generally wondering if the beastmaster can use his bonus action before his companion attacks but after the action command is given. (PHB p93) Why do I want to know this? There is the feat "...
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Do Ranger Beast Master Primal Companions use Strength or Wisdom for Attacks?

The general rule of melee weapon attacks is, that you use STR unless otherwise specified. The Spell attack modifier of a Ranger is based on Wisdom. The Primal Companions from TCoE use the Ranger's ...
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Does the Drakewarden's Drake have to increase in size at lv7 and lv15?

So, I'm playing a Drakewarden Ranger and at lv7, the drake grows in size. The rules state the following: In addition, while your drake is summoned, you and the drake gain the following benefits: ...
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Does Guiding Bolt reveal a Gloom Stalker ranger in darkness?

The Guiding Bolt says: A flash of light streaks toward a creature of your choice within range. Make a ranged spell attack against the target. On a hit, the target takes 4d6 radiant damage, and the ...
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Should a forest ranger's travel pace in Chult's jungle be faster?

My players recently started the Tomb of Annihilation adventure. In Chapter 2, under the heading "Tracking Miles" (p. 38), it says: Instead of tracking movement by hexes, you can keep track ...
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What is the estimated DPR for a hunter ranger?

I was wondering what the average amount of a damage per round by a human ranger with the Hunter subclass should be at each level? The answer should not include bonuses with magic items and should be ...
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For the Horizon Walker ranger's Distant Strike feature, can you teleport, then move, then attack? Or must the attack immediately follow the teleport?

I have yet to find clarification on when exactly the teleportation from the Horizon Walker ranger's Distant Strike feature must occur relative to the actual attack. The description of the feature says ...
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What is the status bonus to damage when a ranger with Gravity Weapon active uses Power Attack?

As title. Power Attack says "you deal an extra die of weapon damage". Gravity Weapon states that the first Strike each round gains a "status bonus to damage equal to twice the number of ...
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Is my Ranger doing more damage than they should?

My character is a level 5 ranger and can do on average 50 or so damage per round. I have the Venomous Bow and and some basic bane toxin. The bow has the following relevant traits: Poison Generation. ...
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Is Gloom Stalker overpowered?

Sharpshooter is considerered to be among the most overpowered feats in D&D 5e. Its gross damage boost is even more disgusting when one has a consistent source for Advantage. Gloom Stalker has the ...
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How do the multiple attack rolls of Whirlwind Attack work with Lunging Attack's bonus to the attack's damage roll?

At 11th level the Ranger subclass Hunter can get Whirlwind Attack: You can use your action to make a melee attack against any number of creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate attack roll for ...
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Can the Gloom Stalker Ranger's Stalker's Flurry feature be used with the Attack action from the Haste spell?

The haste spell states: Choose a willing creature [...] it gains an additional action on each of its turns. That action can be used only to take the Attack (one weapon attack only) [...] action. ...
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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 Flurry 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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