Questions tagged [ranger]

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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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 andprogressing from there. What is the best combination of my levels, ASI, feats, magic items, etc, with ...
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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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Does the Gloom Stalker ranger's Dread Ambusher feature apply only when the party actually engages in combat, or when initiative is rolled?

The Gloom Stalker ranger's Dread Ambusher feature says, in part (XGtE, p. 42; emphasis mine): At the start of your first turn of each combat, your walking speed increases by 10 feet, which lasts ...
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Are Gloom Stalker Rangers better than the normal ranger subtypes that appear in the players handbook? [closed]

I am joining a campaign with some friends and they suggested that I should play a Gloom Stalker Ranger. I rarely get a chance to use things from anything other than the players handbook so I want to ...
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How does the Monster Slayer ranger feature Hunter's Sense feature work with a target that has an illusion on it?

How does the Monster Slayer ranger feature Hunter's Sense feature (XGtE, p. 43) work with a target that has an illusion on it? Would the Monster Slayer ranger receive information about the creature's ...
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Mounted creature vs. the Giant Killer feature from the Hunter ranger?

Does a mounted creature count as "large or larger", if it attacks a Hunter ranger with Giant Killer, but the mounted creature is normally medium without the mount (such as a human on a horse)...
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Can I build my level 6 Ranger so that his bow shots never miss? [closed]

Is it possible for me to make my Human ranger like Hawkeye, to where (1) I never miss and (2) I can use my Sharpshooter ability every shot. I'm currently a level 6 ranger. I want it so that the only ...
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Would these adjustments to the ranger archetype Beast Master to help the animal companion be more useful make it too powerful?

I recently playtested a Beast Master ranger from level 1 to level 20 (I was playtesting a new homebrew archetype, which was my primary reason for doing so; the Beast Master ranger was just one of the ...
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Animal Companions hiding, searching, and readying an action

The PHB has this to say about Animal Companions: The beast obeys your commands as best as it can. It takes its turn on your initiative. On your turn, you can verbally command the beast where to move (...
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Can you use the Distant Strike from Horizon Walker to get in melee range and attack?

Suppose a Horizon Walker Ranger is not in melee range and has used all their movement. Can a they make a melee attack, and use their Distant Strike ability before the attack, get to melee range and ...
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How does the Gloom Stalker ranger's Dread Ambusher feature interact with Surprise?

In D&D 5e, if a Gloom Stalker Ranger uses their Dread Ambusher feature's secondary attack on a creature during a surprise round (whether on the same target or a different one), is that creature ...
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Can I use Hunter’s Mark, Zephyr Strike and Dread Ambusher in the same round?

I have a 3rd level gloom stalker and I have an idea. I have doubts that this will will work according to RAW and I just want to make sure. A little background. Five highway bandits in a wooded area ...
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Can a Hunter ranger, can the Horde Breaker feature target a creature within 5 feet of any target attacked that turn, or only the most recent target?

I play a Hunter ranger using longbow attacks in a D&D 5e game. I'm trying to understand how the Horde Breaker feature works. Say there are two targets within 5 feet of each other in one area (...
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Is this Homebrew cantrip balanced? Nature’s bounty [closed]

I made a home brew spell and I want your opinion on how powerful it is Nature’s bounty 1d4 healing Casting time: 1 action Range: touch Duration: instantaneous Components: v s Classes that ...
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Does the Hunter ranger's Colossus Slayer feature work with an opportunity attack?

The Hunter ranger can choose the Colossus Slayer option for their 3rd-level Hunter's Prey feature. Suppose that on my turn, my Hunter ranger hits my opponent and gets to use Colossus Slayer. Then on ...
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Is this homebrew Snapping Turtle balanced as an animal companion for the UA Revised Ranger (Beast Conclave)?

The player of the ranger in my group asked me the other day if I could make her a snapping turtle for an animal companion (she is using the UA Revised Ranger, Beast Conclave). After looking in the ...
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Would allowing Primeval Awareness to specify numbers and directions make the feature unbalanced?

The 3rd level class feature of the ranger, Primeval Awareness, says: Beginning at 3rd level, you can use your action and expend one ranger spell slot to focus your awareness on the region around ...
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Can I move Hunter's Mark to a new target while in Wild Shape?

Following up on: Are the attacks of a Wild Shaped druid considered weapon attacks?, and Can you move the Hunter's Mark spell on the same turn that the affected creature dies? Context My druid/...
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When did Rangers make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions?

My curiosity continues after asking When did Druids make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions? Also, see about Artificers. This series of question is based on the ...
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Does Evasion work against Elemental Adept'ed spells?

I really think its a silly question, but does evasion from a ranger reduce damage from a spell (Dex save), cast from a caster with Elemental adept?
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From an optimization perspective, why use the Prestige Ranger?

Unearthed Arcana, and therefore the SRD, contains rules for Prestigious Character Classes. Namely, the Prestige Bard, the Prestige Paladin, and the Prestige Ranger. I have seen the first two crop up ...
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Can the Fey Wanderer Ranger be targeted by a creature affected by its Misty Presence?

Wizards of the Coast recently (in February 2020) released a new set of subclasses for playtesting in Unearthed Arcana: Subclasses, Part 3. Described in this document is the Fey Wanderer ranger's 15th-...
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Why is the PHB Ranger considered underpowered?

It seems that both the community and Wizards of the Coast are largely in agreement that the PHB Ranger class is underpowered compared to the other classes. What exactly makes it underpowered compared ...
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Would this Owlbear Cub be balanced as a Beast Master Ranger's Companion?

The players in my campaign just hit third level and the Ranger is planning on taking the Beast Master path. She wanted a baby Owlbear as her companion, but of course there are 2 hurdles. There aren't ...
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At what level does a Horizon Walker Ranger's Ethereal Step cast the Etherealness spell? [duplicate]

The Ethereal Step conclave ability of a Horizon Walker Ranger is described as such: At 7th level, you learn to step through the Ethereal Plane. As a bonus action on your turn, you can cast the ...
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Calculating HP for UA beast master animal companion

I am a very new DM in DnD 5e, and one of my players is a ranger. As I was browsing through posts here and there we decided to use the UA, as everyone is saying the RAW ranger is lackluster. She ...
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What sort of action is it to designate a creature as prey?

The Hunt Prey feat gives a Ranger bonuses against a creature, they seem to be able to re-designate a target endlessly it seems within the same day: You can have only one creature designated as your ...
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How much damage can a level 8 ranger deal in a typical combat encounter?

I want to know the damage (as well as how such a thing would be worked out - show your working please - I want to learn how to do this by myself for the future, since I'm also interested in Tiers 3 ...
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Is this homebrew Dragon Rider ranger archetype balanced?

Firstly, this was inspired by these recent questions: Is this homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes? Is this Revised Dragon Rider homebrew class balanced ...
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How does Hail of Thorns interact with with magic ammunition or enchantments?

How does Hail of Thorns interact with with magic ammunition or enchantments. For example with an arrow of slaying, acid arrow, and flame arrow spell? Would the effects of these enchantments be ...
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With the Horizon Walker ranger's Distant Strike feature, can you teleport prior to a bonus-action attack?

At 11th level, the Horizon Walker Ranger gets the Distant Strike feature, which states: At 11th level, you gain the ability to pass between the planes in the blink of an eye. When you take the ...
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Is Two-Weapon Fighting the only way for a Horizon Walker ranger to use the Distant Strike feature to attack two different creatures?

It says under the description for Distant Strike: At 11th level, you gain the ability to pass between the planes in a blink of an eye. When you use the Attack action, you can teleport up to 10 feet ...
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Does a Gloom Stalker making ranged attacks while in darkness have advantage on every attack?

I am trying a Gloom Stalker ranger for the first time. The Umbral Sight feature (XGtE, p. 42) states: While in darkness, you are invisible to any creature that relies on darkvision to see you in that ...
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Would the Slow spell block a Hunter ranger from using Volley or Whirlwind Attack?

The Slow spell includes this rule for any creature affected by it: Regardless of the creature's abilities or magic items, it can't make more than one melee or ranged attack during its turn. A Ranger ...

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