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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 Gloom Stalker overpowered?

Sharpshooter is considered to be among the most overpowered feats in D&D 5e. Its gross damage boost is even more pronounced when one has a consistent source for Advantage. Gloom Stalker has the ...
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Is there a way to see through fog cloud [duplicate]

I'm trying to make a ranger Kenku who makes fog clouds in fights and then shoots them through the enemys throughout the fog but I don't know how I would go about seeing through the fog.
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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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Can you use a melee spell attack with the Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack?

The Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack feature states: 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 each target. ...
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Does Dragonskin Armor Affect Ranger's Dual Wield?

My Ranger is dual wielding. 2e rules say I forgo the dual wield penalty if I wear studded leather. Where does dragonskin fit into this?
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Optimal Magic Items for Ranged Combat?

I'm a 5e player with a good amount of experience. I am currently playing a revised ranger (and using the optional features from Tasha's because my DM lets me). What magic items/spells/feats could I ...
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Does the Hunter ranger's Colossus Slayer feature work with an opportunity attack?

The Hunter ranger (Player's Handbook, p. 93) 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 ...
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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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How can my Beastmaster ranger use its animal companion as a mount?

My player's Beastmaster ranger has a panther companion that he would like to turn into a riding mount. Is there a way to permanently enlarge the panther to horse-size?
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Can you activate your Extra Attack from the Bonus Action Attack of your primal companion?

As stated in the title, I got curious about the interaction between the Attack action of my beast (which requires my Bonus Action) and the Extra Attack feature. Beginning at 5th level, you can attack ...
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When would a +1 Moon Sickle be superior to the other (Dex-based) melee weapons available to a ranger?

Sickles are d4 weapons without the finesse property. Why would a ranger want to use a +1 sickle (that requires attunement) in melee instead of a shortsword? Note: Jack pointed out in a comment that ...
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What can a ranger 1/paladin 1 do with their spell slots?

Paladins and rangers get their spellcasting at level 2, as they are half-casters. However, a ranger 1/paladin 1 would have the spell slots of a 1st-level full caster. Would this hypothetical character ...
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Is it possible to become 4x Proficient in a skill? [duplicate]

With the ranger’s Deft Explorer trait, you add your proficiency bonus twice in one of your stats that you already have in a stat. If I were to gain expertise in the stat first, and then gain that ...
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Do rangers have any features that would encourage them to fight with Dexterity instead of Strength?

Does the ranger have any class features that would be less powerful if they used Strength (instead of Dexterity) as their primary offensive ability? Obviously, this hypothetical ranger would be bad at ...
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How do paladin and ranger class levels add up for multiclass spellcasting?

From page 164 of the PHB (here is the equivalent section of the Basic Rules): Spell Slots. You determine your available spell slots by adding together all your levels in the bard, cleric, druid, ...
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Multiattack defense vs legendary actions

I have a question about the DnD 5E Ranger Hunter Multiattack Defense feature. Should you or do you get Multiattack Defense against legendary actions? For example, when you get a bite and two claw ...
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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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Foxes for druids and rangers

I’m starting a new D&D5 campaign. One of my players loves foxes, so I would like to provide them as an option for wild shape and animal companions, along with a giant variant. Unfortunately, the ...
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Can you make a spell attack with the Hunter's Giant Killer?

The full Hunter's Prey ability is written as such (Player's Handbook p.93, emphasis mine): Hunter’s Prey At 3rd level, you gain one of the following features of your choice. Colossus Slayer Your ...
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Can you use Favored Foe multiple times on the same creature?

In D&D 5e (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything), if I hit a creature and use the Favored Foe feature to mark it and deal additional damage, would I be able to stop concentrating on the initial mark and ...
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Does a drakewardens companion keep attacking the same creature or must it be told to do so every round?

I have been reading Fizban's Treasury of Dragons and playing Drakewarden. I noticed the wording of the Drake Companion: It can move and use its reaction on its own, but the only action it takes on ...
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Gloom Stalker Ranger's Stalker's Flurry and Rogue's Elusive

Rogue's Elusive states " No attack roll has advantage against you while you aren’t incapacitated." and Stalker's Flurry states "Once on each of your turns when you miss with a weapon ...
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Is the Hunter ranger's Volley feature considered a single attack or multiple attacks?

The Hunter ranger's 11th-level Multiattack feature has two options. One of them is Volley: You can use your action to make a ranged attack against any number of creatures within 10 feet of a point ...
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Can you add enlarge person to the ranger spell list without Sword of the Arcane Order?

I want to be casting enlarge person with my Ranger, but for a variety of reasons Sword of the Arcane Order is awkward (low-Int, feat slots, can't take it 'til level 6, etc.). Can it be done without ...
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Can unarmed strikes be used with Dread Ambusher?

I’m currently playing an unarmed monk. The build is to run as many attacks as I can without going too far into multi-classing fighter (I’ll go two levels in to pick up action surge). I’m considering ...
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Can a creature chose different targets for each attack on a turn using information about the outcome of previous attacks? [duplicate]

A 4th-level ranger with a light melee weapon each hand and the Two Weapon Fighting fighting style can make 2 attacks in a turn (1 with the Attack action for the first hand, 1 as a bonus action for the ...
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How much total damage can a 3rd-level Ranger with 2 shortswords and the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style deal in one round?

How much damage can a 3rd level Ranger with 2 short swords (with Two- Weapon Fighting fighting style) deal in total during a round? The Ranger rolls 2d20 and hits the enemy with both (with no bonus or ...
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How does the Magic Stone cantrip interact with Two-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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When a Beast Master Ranger is incapacitated, who controls the primal companion?

Tasha's Cauldron of Everything's Primal Companion description says: If you are incapacitated, the beast can take any action of its choice, not just Dodge. Since it's a magically summoned primal ...
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A Ranger build that is close to Tier 3 classes

As the title suggests, I am looking for a Ranger dual wielder build that can compete with Tier 3 classes. Our party is quite imbalanced as it is composed of a Druid, a Wizard, a Dread Necro, a ...
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Does the Animal Companion from the Beastmaster Ranger subclass get additional Hit Dice as the ranger gains levels?

We're using the Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition players handbook only. The Ranger's Companion section (PHB p. 93) seems, for the most part, to be pretty clear. The part about hit points states: It's ...
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"Each of your turns" Gathered swarm clarification

I'm trying to figure out if I can do the reaction polearm master and use gathered swarm if I hit I'm just honestly confused by the "each of your turns" part of gathered swarm.
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Is the DC of the Swarmkeeper ranger's Gathered Swarm feature affected by a Moon Sickle?

In the Swarmkeeper ranger's 3rd-level feature Gathered Swarm, one of the possible effects after you hit a creature with an attack on your turn is: The attack’s target must succeed on a Strength ...
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Can a Gloom Stalker Ranger (potentially) make an attack roll five times in one turn via the Attack action?

As the DM, a player at my table is playing a Gloom Stalker Ranger, at level 11. This player was able to make an attack on their first turn of combat while utilising two-weapon fighting, per the PHB ...
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Gathered Swarm damage vs resistance and immunity

Assume we're a Swarmkeeper Ranger who's fighting a werewolf and attacking with a magical weapon. Does the swarm's damage affect the werewolf? More precisely, there are two questions: Is the swarm's ...
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Can Hunter's Horde Breaker be used for two attacks against the same (huge) target?

The Horde Breaker Ranger feature's descriptions clearly says: you can make another attack with the same weapon against a different creature that is in within 5 feet of the original target If you ...
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Does the Monster Slayer Ranger's Hunter's Sense feature reveal conditional resistances and those from traits?

The Monster Slayer Ranger's Hunter's Sense ability gives insight into immunities, resistances and vulnerabilities. The important bit saying this: "At 3rd level, you gain the ability to peer at ...
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How is the Precision edge shared?

A few ranger feats share the hunter's edge benefits, namely Animal Companion and Warden's Boon (and the feats that require it): Ranger: When you Hunt Prey, your animal companion gains the action's ...
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Do spells with a range of "Self" target the caster?

I'm new to D&D, and was thinking about creating a Beast Master ranger. Do spells with a range of "Self" target the caster? There's some debate in my group on this subject. Unlike spells ...
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As a rogue, what are the most reliable ways to gain advantage on attacks?

I am making a very specific Ranger/Rogue multiclass that heavily relies on getting sneak attacks. What are some reliable ways to gain advantage on attacks in combat, especially at early levels?
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How do I deal with an Umbral Sight Ranger's enormous advantages in Curse of Strahd? [closed]

I'm playing the module Curse of Strahd. The Tabaxi Ranger with the Umbral Sight ability causes a lot of problems. Fights take place in dark rooms or at night. Almost all undead have darkvision, but ...
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Does the Horizon Walker ranger's Portal Lore feature detect portals that are currently inactive?

The Horizon Walker Ranger subclass gains a Portal Lore feature (quoted from Unearthed Arcana; I don't have Xanthar's Guide to Everything to compare the feature): Portal Lore At 3rd level, you gain ...
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Does the Ranger's Companion synergize with the Ranger?

The Ranger Beast Master subclass gets an animal companion under the ranger companion ability, which for free can move about the battle field, or using the Ranger's action can make an attack. Being a ...
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Is this companion ability unbalanced?

I have created a bit of a homebrew companion for a Ranger (Beastmaster) PC, using the PHB companion rules. It's a raccoon, based on the Badger stats (with some minor tweaks; like a climb speed instead ...
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Can the Hunter subclass use their Volley feature with a melee weapon?

The Ranger subclass in D&D 5e, Hunter, has an 11th-level feature called Multiattack which allows them to pick Volley or Whirlwind. Volley. You can use your action to make a ranged attack against ...
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How many versions of the Ranger class are there in 5e, and what are the differences between them?

I was considering building a Ranger, and consulted my local game shop DM on the matter. He suggested using one of the revised versions of the ranger class, due to the ranger in the PHB being somewhat ...
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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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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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