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 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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Can I combine the monk's Martial Arts feature with the Hunter ranger's Horde Breaker feature?

Can I use the monk's Martial Arts feature on the second attack granted by the Hunter ranger's Horde Breaker feature (i.e., hit the first target with a weapon, use Martial Arts to make an unarmed ...
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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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Must a Ranger's spellcasting focus be druidic, or can it be arcane (or even holy)?

This question was inspired by the question about what constitutes a bardic spellcasting focus. It has been somewhat overcome by Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 57) which explicitly describes a ...
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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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How does a Gloom Stalker's Dread Ambusher's timing interact with Extra Attack?

This is a follow-up to this question. The Gloom Stalker Ranger from Xanathar's Guide to Everything gets the Dread Ambusher feature at level 3, which says (pg. 42): At the start of your first turn ...
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Do spells with a range of “Self” target the caster?

New to D&D, and thought about creating a Beast Master. I was wondering if spells with a range of "Self" would count you as the "target" of the spell. There's some debate in my group, as unlike ...
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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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Can a Beast Master ranger choose a swarm as an animal companion?

The Beast Master ranger's Ranger's Companion feature says: At 3rd level, you gain a beast companion that accompanies you on your adventures and is trained to fight alongside you. Choose a beast ...
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Does the Monster Slayer ranger's Supernatural Defense feature benefit Constitution saving throws you make to maintain concentration?

The Monster Slayer ranger's 7th-level feature, Supernatural Defense (XGtE, p. 43), states: Whenever the target of your Slayer’s Prey forces you to make a saving throw [...], add 1d6 to your roll. If ...
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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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What are the restrictions on the use of Slayer's Prey?

In the recent book Xanathar's Guide to Everything, there are some subclasses/archetypes added for Rangers, among them the Monster Slayer (p. 43), which gives some specific helpful features. Hunter's ...
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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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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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Do parties with rangers dispense with navigation checks while in their favored terrain in Tomb of Annihilation?

In Tomb of Annihilation the prospect of getting lost/turned around in the jungle is written explicitly into the rules: "The Land of Chult" and its "Navigation" section have the party navigator making ...
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What does it mean to become lost?

The DMG (p111-112) suggests that the party's navigator make a Survival check to avoid becoming lost: If the Wisdom (Survival) check succeeds, the party travels in the desired direction without ...
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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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Do the Hunter ranger's Extra Attack, Whirlwind Attack, and/or Horde Breaker features work together?

At level 5, all rangers get the Extra Attack feature: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. At level 3, the Hunter ranger ...
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Can thrown weapons be used for the Hunter ranger's Volley feature?

Can thrown weapons be used for the Hunter ranger's Volley feature? Two people who DM for me say that the Hunter ranger's Volley feature, gained at 11th level, can't be used with thrown weapons, since ...
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What does the Underdark Scout feature of the UA revised ranger's Deep Stalker Conclave do?

In Unearthed Arcana: The Ranger, Revised, the Deep Stalker Conclave subclass has a feature called "Underdark Scout". The description of this feature states: You are also adept at evading ...
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What does 'before effects are applied' mean in the description of the ranger's Foe Slayer feature?

I'm playing a ranger in my current campaign. I'm confused about one thing in the description of the 20th-level feature, Foe Slayer. It says that the extra to-hit or damage bonus from my Wisdom ...
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What is the current status of the UA Revised Ranger?

14 months ago, an Unearthed Arcana supplement was published that discussed how the ranger described in the Player's Handbook was under powered. These rules reimagined the ranger's abilities, and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I help our ranger feel special about her beast companion?

I am not DM, just a player. In our party of newbies we have a (PHB) ranger who just recently got her beast companion (a panther if you're curious). The problem is our party also found a cat with ...
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Does a Beast Master Ranger's animal companion gain more actions when its master becomes incapacitated?

This question comes from discussion in the comments to the question "Can my Beast Master ranger's baboon animal companion use her Wand of Magic Missiles?" The description of the Beast Master ranger's ...
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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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Can a Warlock spell slot be used with the Ranger's Primeval Awareness feature?

The Ranger's Primeval Awareness feature states: Beginning at 3rd level, you can use your action and expend one ranger spell slot to focus your awareness on the region around you [...] In this case ...
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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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Does the additional attack from the Gloom Stalker ranger's Dread Ambusher feature stack with Extra Attack?

The Gloom Stalker Ranger from Xanathar's Guide to Everything gets the Dread Ambusher feature at level 3, which says (pg. 42): At the start of your first turn of each combat, you walking speed ...
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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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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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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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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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