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Questions tagged [ranger]

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

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How can I give a Ranger advantage on a check due to Favored Enemy without spoiling the story for the player?

The Scenario I am the DM for a group who have just entered a town that was attacked by cloud giants a few days before their arrival. The players and characters don't know this though, so part of the ...
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Dungeon World: can a Druid multi-class through Ranger to Wizard?

Can my Druid in Dungeon World, through use of the Hunters Brother move and Stalkers Sister move, take the following two Ranger moves: Animal Companion and Special Trick. We are accepting as a given ...
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What is the max HP of a level 5 ranger with a Constitution modifier of +2? [closed]

What’s a level 5 ranger's max hit points with a Constitution modifier of +2? Is it hit die plus modifier? So (10+2)*5 Lvl 1 = 12 Lvl 2 = 24 Lvl 3 = 36 Lvl 4 = 48 Lvl 5 = 60 Seems high.
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Would the benefits of an aarakocra ranger's Natural Explorer feature apply when they are flying over their favoured terrain?

In a group I currently run, there is an Aarakocra ranger that likes to fly a lot. It's been fun overcoming some of the challenges this can bring to the table, but I have something coming up that I'm ...
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Can a Beast Conclave Ranger (UA) multiclassed w/Wizard benefit from using Speak with Animals to cast Suggestion on their own beast?

Similar to this question about the PHB Beastmaster, I want to know if, as a 3rd level Beast Conclave (Revised Ranger on UA) multiclassed as Wizard 3, I could cast Speak with Animals to enable my using ...
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What is the evidence, if any, that the Ranger Beast Master archetype is comparatively underpowered?

I have seen various claims that the Ranger's Beast Master Archetype is underpowered, compared to other ranger archetypes and/or classes. I have searched for some factual analysis that would support ...
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Can a multiclass Beastmaster/Wizard benefit from using Speak with Animals to cast Suggestion on their own animal companion?

As a Beastmaster 3 / Wizard 3, I want to use Speak with Animals to enable my using the Suggestion spell on my beast companion, for the purpose of issuing to her a two-sentence set of "marching orders"....
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Is the ranged attack bonus +27 for a maxed out 20th level archery-styled Hunter with applicable RAW magic items?

Background: I’m DM’ing a quintet of players whom I let accumulate a bit too much AC-boosting stuff and so are very hard to hit with weapon attacks (at 12th level they’re all near AC 25, and one has a ...
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Do druid levels stack with Unearthed Arcana ranger variant for wild shape?

I had to make a weird build to get what I needed for my character: The character has levels in both druid and the simple variant ranger that trades some ranger class features for a modified version of ...
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Does the DC for the effect of a Beast Master ranger's animal companion's attack ever increase?

A similar question has been asked for Pathfinder, but I could not find any specific rules for 5e. As an example, we have a Beast Master ranger with a wolf companion. The wolf has an added effect on ...
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Does the Gloom Stalker ranger's Dread Ambusher feature grant a separate attack?

I'm currently playing a game in which I am running a Gloom Stalker ranger with the dual fighting. The Dread Ambusher feature gives me an additional attack with 1d8 damage. At this point I have my ...
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Does the Hunter ranger's Stand Against the Tide feature require the new target to be within reach of the first enemy?

The Hunter ranger's 15th-level feature, Superior Hunter's Defense, lets them choose one of three features to gain at that level. One of these options, Stand Against the Tide, says: When a hostile ...
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Is there official wording on whether a Hunter's Quarry affects or is affected by “marks”?

I thought I read somewhere that Hunter's Quarry worked like a mark, but I can't find this in the rules. I've just recently started DMing 4e again and can't remember where I picked that up. It may ...
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Can a druid trade an existing animal companion for a feat or something?

A player wants a druid or ranger alternative class feature or special ability that would allow his PC to dismiss his animal companion to get something else of similar value. The player would really ...
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Is this “Gelatinous Noob” ranger's animal companion balanced?

A while back I was struck with the idea of making a Beast Master ranger who has for their "animal" companion a miniature Gelatinous Cube. I set out to create the stats for said cube. Ignoring anything ...
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Is an ability score improvement better than crossbow expert in combination with extra attack? [duplicate]

i am making a level 5 ranger with 16 dex, a normal longbow shot would be: 1d8 + 3 (dex) * 2(extra attack) I was wondering if my level 4 trait should be crossbow expert or a ASI. with crossbow ...
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Can a Ranger bond with a beast that’s secretly an Angel in disguise?

In my game there’s a Ranger who is a demigod and doesn’t know it (my homebrew, but shouldn’t affect the question I have). He has a pet “lizard” who is actually a polymorphed Deva in disguise that his ...
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Can a character befriend an animal by repeatedly using Wild Empathy?

I know this question has been answered for pathfinder, but I did not find the crucial rule cited there in 3.5, i.e. the change lasting 1d4 hours ot that it can be used only once per day. A PC ranger ...
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Can I learn multiple fighting styles? [duplicate]

I just got a level in Fighter and I want to pick the archery fighting style. I'm already a level 4 Ranger with the dueling fighting style. Can I have two different fighting styles at once even ...
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How can a Beast Master ranger's animal companion overcome resistance to non-magical attacks?

The 5e Beast Master ranger's animal companion has a rather significant drawback in some mid- or high-level campaigns. Because animal companions never gain the magical attack feature and due to the ...
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What counts as an attack for the Attack action of a Beast Master ranger's animal companion?

Monsters have attacks listed among their actions. From the Basic Rules: The most common actions that a monster will take in combat are melee and ranged attacks. [...] Any damage dealt or other ...
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Can a Beast Master command their stirge companion to use Blood Drain and then Dodge on subsequent turns, dealing damage due to blood loss?

I'm trying to optimize the damage done by a ranged Beast Master ranger, and was thinking of choosing the Stirge as a companion. Blood Drain. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, 5 (1d4 + 3) piercing ...
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Does the Hunter ranger's Stand Against the Tide feature require a re-roll of the missed attack?

At 15th level, the Hunter ranger archetype of Ranger can choose the following feature: Stand Against the Tide. When a hostile creature misses you with a melee attack, you can use your reaction to ...
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What Enchantment wizard spells would synergize well with a Beast Master ranger's animal companion? [closed]

I'm just getting into my first character, and planning on eventually multiclassing Beast Master ranger and Enchantment wizard. What enchantment wizard spells would synergize well with a Beast Master'...
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Does the UA alternative ranger's Ambuscade affect his possible surprise on the opponent?

This question is about this UA alternative ranger. Ambuscade, by its meaning, is basically an ambush. If two characters, Alice and Bob, are interacting peacefully, and Alice suddenly attacks Bob, Bob ...
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What does “can't become lost” mean?

The Natural Explorer trait from the UA Revised Ranger provides the following benefit (among others) when traveling for an hour or more: Your group can't become lost except by magical means. The ...
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Can my AL halfling ranger have a pteranodon animal companion?

Is it Adventurers League legal for a halfling ranger to use the Pteranodon as an animal companion in Eberron where halflings routinely ride dinosaurs?
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Does a Ranger's animal companion level up when multiclassing?

I'm currently playing a level 4 ranger and I'm thinking about multi-classing. I want to know if my animal companion gains a level when I take a level that isn't in Ranger? Thank you for helping.
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Does Supernatural Defense assist your saving throws to maintain concentration?

Supernatural Defense, the level 7 Monster Slayer ranger feature (XGtE, p. 43), states that, if the target of your Slayer's Prey forces you to make a saving throw, you may add 1d6 to your roll. If you ...
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At third-level, are rangers allowed to select a drake as their animal companion?

I wasn't able to find anything about this in 5th Edition. A drake seems that it would exceed the 1/4 challenge rating stated in the PHB. In this specific campaign, our Dungeon Master allows anything ...
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Would a Ranger’s Favored-Enemy feature apply to a Druid using Wildshape?

If a Ranger has dragons and humanoids chosen as their favored enemies, would they be able to benefit from this feature if tracking a druid (humanoid) while in Wild Shape (beast)?
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Is it possible to use the Hunter ranger's Volley ability with the Hail of Thorns spell?

The Hunter ranger's Volley ability says: You can use your action to make a ranged attack against any number of creatures within 10 feet of a point you can see within your weapon’s range. You must ...
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How long can the UA Primeval Guardian ranger stay in guardian form, and how much temp HP can they have from the Guardian Soul feature?

So I was just looking through some class ideas when I came across the Primeval Guardian Ranger archetype. Guardian Soul states that you assume a guardian form until you end it or are incapacitated. ...
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When making a Wild Empathy check, do any of the bonuses from Diplomacy apply?

When making a Wild Empathy check, do any of the bonuses from Diplomacy apply? Ranks, skill focus, traits, etc. The ability says: This ability functions just like a Diplomacy check to improve the ...
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Does the Primeval Guardian ranger's reach increase stack with the Mystic's Giant Growth discipline and a reach weapon?

Say I am a 4th level Primeval Guardian Ranger, and 4th level Mystic. The Glaive has the Reach property, which increases its reach by 5 feet. The Primeval Guardian ranger gets the Guardian Soul ...
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As a Beast Conclave revised ranger, how do I calculate my ape companion's statistics?

I'm trying to do the maths on the statistics for an ape companion for the UA revised ranger beastmaster. However, I'm a little confused with its +5 to both attacks. Is that based on Strength + Prof? I ...
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Can a level 1 Ranger cast spells from Ranger spell scrolls?

From what I know, you can use a Spell Scroll if the spell is on your class's list. Rangers gain the Spellcasting feature at second level (getting spell slots to cast 1st-level spells at that point), ...
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How to calculate a revised ranger's animal companion's skill bonuses?

The Beast Conclave revised ranger (from Unearthed Arcana: Revised Ranger) gains an animal companion. The Companion's Bond feature description states: Your companion uses your proficiency bonus ...
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For the purposes of the ranger's Natural Explorer feature, what terrain type is Wave Echo Cave from Lost Mine of Phandelver?

This is a follow-up to this question. The ranger's Natural Explorer feature states: You are particularly familiar with one type of natural environment and are adept at traveling and surviving in ...
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Would giving PHB Ranger archetypes extra “spells known” unbalance them?

There are two ranger archetypes in the PHB; the Hunter and the Beastmaster. There are three ranger archetypes in Xanathar's Guide to Everything; the Gloom Stalker, Horizon Walker and Monster Slayer. ...
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PHB Ranger Natural Explorer: Does Underdark terrain type mean any underground terrain?

For the Player's Handbook Ranger (not Unearthed Arcana Revised Ranger), does the Natural Explorer terrain type of "Underdark" really mean any underground terrain, such as an underground cave? Of the ...
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My Ranger missed picking a “favored enemy language” when I started. Is it fair for me to pick one now that I'm in the midst of a campaign?

As someone new to D&D, when I was making my first character (a forest gnome ranger) I struggled a bit through the character creation process, following some YouTube tutorials, etc. When I was ...
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When can a Ranger get a component pouch (or material components) outside of starting equipment?

I'll start by staying I'm brand new to D&D. I just made my first character and started my first campaign last week. I am playing 5e with a forest gnome ranger based on the specs in the PHB. We are ...
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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 ...