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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 does Share Spells work with animal companions for continuous effects?

Right okay so here's a question I'm hoping someone can provide clarity to under the D&D 3.5 rule set. I've used the PHB, DMG and the 3.0 Rules of the Game Animals Part 4 to research an answer ...
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Can the Haste spell grant both a Beast Master ranger and their animal companion extra attacks?

Backstory: I’m currently working on a level 20 character build for a one shot I’m doing, I want to play a level 15 Beast Master Ranger/ level 5 Divine Soul Sorcerer. By doing such I’m giving Myself ...
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Can a Beast Master ranger change beast companions?

Can a Beast Master ranger change beasts? Let's say I have a hawk, but I see a nice panther. Can I simply perform the 8 hour bonding with the panther and say goodbye to my hawk? The manual describes ...
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Does the Stirge blood drain allow it to flank as well?

I am playing a Beast Master ranger with a stirge animal companion. I know that once a stirge is attached to an enemy, it doesn't need to use its action or anything; Blood Drain's damage is passive/...
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How many spell slots should a Fighter 11/Ranger 9 have?

I've been DM for like 2-3 months and one player who's playing a Fighter (arcane archer) wants to multiclass into Ranger. Arcane Archer is not a spellcaster so assuming he will go Fighter 11/Ranger 9 ...
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Is there any way for a ranger to be able to cast the Protection from Evil spell?

I'm working on a build, and wondering if I can get early entry to Prestige Paladin via Ranger. One of the requirements is the ability to cast protection from evil, so I was wondering if there's a way ...
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Is a pteranodon too powerful as a beast companion for a beast master?

I’ve just started to play D&D with a few of my friends and we're unsure if a beast master having a pteranodon as their beast companion would be unbalanced. I’m playing as a flying character (an ...
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Does the ranger's Archery Fighting Style apply to the monk's Deflect Missiles feature, for a multiclassed monk/ranger?

I'm considering a multi-class of Monk and Ranger, and have been trying to decide which Fighting Style I'd like to pick. Two-Weapon Fighting and Defense are useless for a Monk, as they won't be ...
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How much information should the DM give a ranger PC who uses Favored Enemy?

I'm playing a Ranger in a 5e story. I've encountered several creatures that are on my Favored Enemy list and asked my DM for information about them. The DM seemed unsure about what information to give ...
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Can a Ranger uncanny dodge a blizzard? [duplicate]

A while ago, I DMed a battle royale one shot for my players. I gave my players level 20 characters and let them fight each other till there was one person standing. Near the end of this game a ...
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Can a Gloom Stalker ranger benefit from the Stalker's Flurry feature with a ranged weapon?

The description of the Gloom Stalker ranger's 11th-level Stalker's Flurry feature (XGtE, p. 42) says: At 11th level, you learn to attack with such unexpected speed that you can turn a miss into ...
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How powerful is the invisibility granted by the Gloom Stalker ranger's Umbral Sight feature?

The Gloom Stalker ranger's Umbral Sight feature, which is granted when a ranger chooses the Gloom Stalker archetype at level 3, states: You are also adept at evading creatures that rely on ...
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Is this Silencer homebrew ranger archetype balanced against the other ranger archetypes?

I'm planning a new campaign setting which treats most magic use as a significant cultural taboo, unless used by trained and certified practitioners. Use of magic by untrained individuals is seen as ...
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Does the Crossbow Expert feat's extra crossbow attack work with the reaction attack from a Hunter ranger's Giant Killer feature?

I'm planning on making a Goblin Ranger (Hunter subclass). I was reading over the Hunter ranger's Giant Killer option at 3rd level: When a Large or larger creature within 5 feet of you hits or ...
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Does the ranger's Primeval Awareness feature let them know what different creature types are in the radius, if there are multiple types?

Does the Ranger's Primeval Awareness feature let the ranger know the specific different creature types if there is more then one creature type in range? Or is it simply a "yes/no" answer that lumps ...
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How can I improve the survivability of the Beast Master's animal companion?

I am brand spanking new to D&D. I have picked a Beast Master Ranger as my first class and I'm having serious issues with the survivability of the animal companion. I picked a Panther as my pet. I ...
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Can a Beast Master upgrade their companion with new powers or choose new forms for them at higher levels? [duplicate]

I am brand spanking new to D&D. I heard I picked a class that every experienced player is disappointed with. I picked a Panther as my pet. I see a lot of lists with the original pets you can ...
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Do any of the books contain (magic) items for animal companions?

Context An 11th level PC in a game that I DM is a ranger6/rogue3/warlock2. He noticed that his animal companion, a black panther, could use a little boost to her defenses, as she goes down frequently....
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For the ranger's Natural Explorer feature, which favored terrain are caves and dungeons classified under?

As a side question to mdrichey's post PHB Ranger Natural Explorer: Does Underdark terrain type mean any underground terrain? I would like to get a bit more clarification: If my character was raised ...
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Does Swift Quiver end early if you run out of arrows after being cast?

The 5th level ranger spell swift quiver (PHB, pp. 279-280) says (bold italics emphasis mine): Components: V, S, M (a quiver containing at least one piece of ammunition) You transmute your ...
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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 ...