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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 this Variant Ranger Feature “Favored Enemy Swap” balanced?

I don't like the ranger and I have been experimenting with new variants for the weaker features. One feature I don't like is Primeval Awareness, allowing you to expend a spell slot to know if certain ...
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How do I gain magic as a Ranger? [closed]

I heard there was a way to give your ranger Magic, not by weapons and armor. Is that true? If so how do I gain it? What level and what types of magic can a ranger get? The book I've been reading for ...
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What language do undead speak?

I really need help with creating my ranger. For my "favored enemy," I chose undead, but I don't know what language they speak (if they speak one at all). Do I just look for a single undead (...
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How does the ranger's Favored Foe optional class feature interact with the Hail of Thorns spell?

Suppose I'm a ranger using the variant rules in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, specifically the Favored Foe optional class feature. I'm concentrating on the Hail of Thorns spell, and I hit a creature ...
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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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For the Swarmkeeper ranger's Gathered Swarm feature, does being moved by the swarm provoke opportunity attacks?

The Swarmkeeper ranger from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 60) has the Gathered Swarm feature, which provides the following benefit: Once on each of your turns, you can cause the swarm to assist ...
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Are Golems “Humanoid” for UA Ranger?

Our game 5e game includes a ranger using the Unearthed Arcana rules. The ranger has chosen Humanoids for their favored enemy, and we are trying to determine if a Forest Golem (or any other Golem) ...
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How can a ranger have the Snare Crafting feat at level 1?

The Snare Crafting skill feat is required to create snares. The only requirement is that the character be trained in Crafting. How can I build a level 1 ranger with Snare Crafting? Typically initial ...
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Is this Tracker ranger subclass balanced (version 2)?

I have recently created a ranger subclass called the tracker, which is made for a group of rangers focused on purging threats (natural and unnatural) from their home. I updated the tracker from the ...
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Ranger in favored terrain with Camouflage

Baring the more powerful forms of senses such as tremorsense and above, this question is concerned about normal vision, lowlight vision, darkvision, and scent. Magical tracking such as locate creature ...
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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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Would it be troublesome to allow a ranger to have a CR 1 beast (or dragon)?

Looking over the CR 1/4 beasts, they seem rather weak. I think it would be more beneficial to allow a ranger to obtain a CR 1 beast. Seeming as rangers receive a beast companion at level 3 (if they ...
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How does turn order work for the Beast Master ranger's alternative class feature Primal Companion?

Tasha's Cauldron of Everything contains an alternative class feature for the Beast Master ranger that replaces the Ranger's Companion feature (PHB, p. 93). The description of the new Primal Companion ...
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Can the attack granted by the Gloom Stalker Ranger's Stalker's Fury be forgone by features such as the Battle Master Fighter's Commander's Strike?

This is inspired by the following two related questions: Can my familiar use the bonus attack from two-weapon fighting to make its own attack? Can you use Commander's Strike to forgo an attack ...
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Can you use Commander's Strike to forgo an attack granted by Horde Breaker?

To be more specific, the character in question is a Ranger using the 'ranger without spells' from the UA article on variant class designs, but the same thing can be done by a fighter-3 (battlemaster)/...
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Is a Gathered Swarm considered to be worn or carried by a Swarmkeeper Ranger?

According to the description of a Ranger's 3rd-level Swarmkeeper feature Gathered Swarm, it indicates: Until you die, the swarm remains in your space, crawling on you or flying and skittering around ...
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Does the ranger's companion get to make death saving throws?

I play the role of a cleric in a game that also has a ranger. This ranger happens to have a wolf as a companion. It happened a couple of times that the wolf fell to 0 hp and was declared dead by the ...
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Can you benefit from Horde Breaker if you attack as part of Booming Blade or Green Flame Blade?

The booming blade and green-flame blade cantrips from the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide both have the particularity of including a single melee weapon attack as part of their casting. Several ...
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Is the Hunter Ranger's extra damage from Colossus Slayer optional?

Can I choose to not use the Ranger's Colossus Slayer feature when I hit an injured target with a bow and arrow? When my DM found out about Colossus Slayer, he started making all my 1s on attack rolls ...
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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 and progressing from there. What is the best combination of my levels, ASI, feats, magic items, etc, ...
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What does the Swarmkeeper mean by “horizontal”?

The Ranger Swarmkeeper Gathered Swarm has 2 ability's that can force horizontal movement. But how do they work? The attack's target must succeed on a Strength saving throw against your spell save DC ...
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Does a Swarmkeeper lose their swarm if they die?

In Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, the Swarmkeeper Ranger's "Gathered Swarm" feature states the following (emphasis added): A swarm of intangible nature spirits has bonded itself to you and ...
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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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Is this homebrew ranger subclass balanced?

I have recently made a homebrew ranger subclass called the tracker, and I was wondering if it is balanced. Tracker First Strike When you choose this subclass, you can quickly get the jump on your ...
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What happens if you cast Giant Insect on a Ranger's Companion?

In the Players Handbook I noticed Giant Insect spell. I was interested in Spider and Scorpion (I will further mention only the Scorpion), since they can be Beastmaster's pets. It looks like ...
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Is this homebrew ranger for D&D 5e overpowered? [closed]

So I was browsing some community homebrews and stumbled upon this one: gmbinder link I liked it because it is less convoluted than others I saw and it reuses some ranger conclaves, but upon detailed ...
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Does wearing a focus keep your hands free?

So the text for the Nature's Mantle in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything states: while wearing the cloak, you can use it as a focus for your druid and ranger spells." Other foci specify "while ...
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Can my Primal Companion roll initiative instead of my character?

In Tasha's Primal Companion feature it doesn't say that the beast doesn't roll initiative, just that it acts during the player's turn. Is that enough to mean that it's the player that has to roll ...
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Can a ranger pick two humanoid races as their favored enemy at level 1, and then two more humanoid races at level 6? [duplicate]

Can a ranger pick two humanoid races as their favored enemy at level 1, and then two more humanoid races at level 6 or level 14? My reading of the Favored Enemy feature is that any time the ranger ...
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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 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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Did the UA “revised” Beastmaster Ranger make it into any official source book? [duplicate]

There was "The Ranger, Revised" pdf in the 2016 playtest material. A Beastmaster Ranger was considered the weakest class by many GMs and players, which apparently caused the need for a "...
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Does Ranger Monster Hunter's Slayer's Counter works on saves to maintain concentration?

From the Sage Advice Compendium: Does a Monster Slayer ranger’s Supernatural Defense feature apply if a creature damages the ranger, thus causing the ranger to make a Constitution saving throw to ...
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Can you use the Ranger Slayer's Prey Twice a turn?

From Xanathar's: Slayer's Prey Starting at 3rd level, you can focus your ire on one foe, increasing the harm you inflict on it. As a bonus action, you designate one creature you can see within 60 ...
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Does the Ranger's Favoured Foe Ability from Tasha's work with Cantrips?

I have an idea for a wisdom based Horizon Walker. I was thinking of taking shillelagh and produce flame from the Druidic Warrior fighting style. Produce flame is purely so that I at least have one ...
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How to build a psionic Ranger?

I would like to build a 13th level NPC Ranger-type, i.e. nature and stealth themed warrior, with psionics instead of spellcasting. Are there a) guidelines to adept spellcasters to psionics b) ...
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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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Does Horde breaker work with crossbows?

I'm curious about the interaction between the crossbow's Loading property and the hunter ranger's Horde Breaker class feature. Specifically, can a hunter ranger wielding a crossbow use the Horde ...
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Is there any RAW guidance on using Primal Beasts from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything outside of combat?

Running a game in which the Ranger character has taken the Beastmaster option from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything. You can find a very similar set of rules in the UA Class Variant Features. They allow ...
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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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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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What to do as a player when ranger animal companion dies

I recently found myself in a situation where my PHB Beastmaster's animal companion was killed. There were no suitable beasts in the vicinity. As we were partway through a dungeon the party was ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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