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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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Are 5e Rangers competitive with other core classes?

Rangers have a lot of flavor and interesting utility spells and abilities. However, it's not clear from a quick reading of the class whether they are mechanically competitive. Their Beast Master ...
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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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In the Unearthed Arcana ranger, can “humanoid” (in general) be your Favored Enemy?

Just some clarification: when choosing a favoured enemy (using the Unearthed Arcana rules), can a ranger choose "Humanoid" in general, so use the bonus for all humanoids? I have read it this way (...
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Can a Ranger select two humanoid races as their favored enemies at 6th and 14th levels?

In D&D 5e, the Ranger can choose at first level to have a Favored Enemy of a single broad type (i.e. fiends, giants, aberrations, etc.) or of two different specific humanoids (such as orcs and ...
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How does the Ranger's Extra Attack feature work with Two-Weapon Fighting?

I think I know the answer to this one but I'm double checking. At the 5th level the Ranger gets Extra Attack, which lets them attack a second time during the Attack action. If they are fighting with ...
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Ranger spells when using sharpshooter archetype

In the source of the ranger archetype (dandwiki) it says this: At 3rd level your path focuses your magic. Moving forwards you gain the spells at the levels specificied. Once you gain access to the ...
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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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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. A Ranger's spellcasting ability is described thusly: By the time you reach 2nd level, you have ...
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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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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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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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Do you need a Ranger's Feral Senses to have positional awareness of invisibile creatures?

In D&D 5e, the description of hiding (PHB p177) says an invisible creature needs to stay quiet and otherwise avoid leaving signs of its passing, while the "invisible" condition (p291) says the ...
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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 ...
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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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How does the UA Revised Ranger's “Greater Favored Enemy” interact with “Favored Foe” from the UA Class Feature Variants?

If a Revised Ranger chooses to use the Favored Foe variant from the most recent Unearthed Arcana, they replace their original Favored Enemy feature. How does this interact with their existing Greater ...
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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 ...
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If a Ranger chooses “fey” as their Favored Enemy, what languages can they choose from?

The ranger's Favored Enemy feature description says: When you gain this feature, you also learn one language of your choice that is spoken by your favored enemies, if they speak one at all I am ...
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Does the Sky Stalker Ranger lose Favored Terrain for Level 2 or not?

In the Ranger Archetype Tableon the d20 site, it shows that a Sky Stalker ranger loses Level 2 Favored Terrain. On the Sky Stalker class page it does not state that it does, however it does state that ...
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What are the biggest changes between UA Ranger and PHB Ranger?

As a new player to D&D, I don't really know what significant changes have been made to the Ranger through Unearthed Arcana. What makes the class different from the PHB version and how does this ...
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How does the Gloom Stalker ranger's Umbral Sight feature interact with this silent magic dagger?

I'm currently playing a ranger in a 5e module, and have gained a magic dagger that doesn’t make noise when it hits or cuts something. The dagger is The Gloom Stalker ranger's Umbral Sight ...
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How many times does a Mature Animal Companion attack per encounter without orders?

The Mature Animal Companion feat for Rangers (CRB p173) is really ambigious: If you have the Hunt Prey action, your animal companion assaults the prey even without your orders. During an encounter, ...
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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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Monster Slayer Ranger vs Enervation

If a Monster Slayer Ranger has Enervation cast on her, chooses to use her Slayer's counter ability, deals damage, breaks the spellcaster's concentration, does she still take the 2d8 damage from ...
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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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Does the ranger's UA Primal Awareness variant class feature allow you to cast each spell once per long rest, or only one of them?

The Unearthed Arcana - Class Feature Variants article introduces Primal Awareness, a new variant feature for the ranger that replaces the original 3rd-level feature, Primeval Awareness. This feature ...
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Where can I find my Animal Companion's AC?

For familiars, it is quite easy to find that they have your AC. How can I find the AC of my Animal Companion?
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What can a Revised Ranger with a Wisdom score of 10 do at level 20?

I have a UA revised ranger with a Wisdom score of 10. Technically he's a UA Revised Ranger, but I don't think it matters for this question. I used point buy to create the character, and pumped all ...
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Does the “Fade Away” UA ranger variant feature grant the effect of the Greater Invisibility spell?

The new UA: Class Feature Variants introduces a number of variant features that enhance or replace existing class features. One such feature, Fade Away, replaces the base ranger's 10th-level Hide in ...
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How does the Ranger's Primeval Awareness feature work when multiclassed into another class with the Spellcasting 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 [...] However, the ...
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How many attacks can a 3rd-level Hunter ranger using two-weapon fighting make in one turn?

Does a 3rd-level Ranger with the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style and Hunter (Horde Breaker) archetype get 3 or 4 attacks in a turn? The two-weapon fighting rule (PHB pg. 195) says: When you ...
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Can you use an unarmed strike with the Hunter Ranger's Horde Breaker feature?

The Hunter Ranger's Horde Breaker feature states: Once on each of your turns when you make a weapon attack, you can make another attack with the same weapon against a different creature that is ...
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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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Prime shot allies mechanic

I am currently playing a ranger and am wondering about Prime shot's closer than allies rule. If I can't see my allies, they can't see the target etc, how/what decides if allies are closer or not? Or, ...
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How do my spells work when multi-classing Ranger and Druid?

I've been reading through posts online and the multi-classing rules over the last couple of hours. And good lord, either I'm an idiot (highly likely) or this stuff is tough. Anyway: In a campaign I'm ...
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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 a Melee spell attack count as a Weapon attack?

I'm relatively new to D&D and I've been thinking through on some builds when I thought about something I strangely hadn't thought of for a while; Ranger, specifically Horizon walker, Planar ...
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What is the best favored enemy type for a revised ranger in the Dungeon of the Mad Mage adventure?

I’m working with a DM’s approval to help a player choose a favored enemy for a UA revised ranger without spoiling the player on Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. In this agreement, I’m doing to ...
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Can a Horizon Walker ranger use the Distant Strike feature to teleport out of the Forcecage spell?

Distant Strike is a Horizon Walker ranger feature which states (XGtE, p. 43): At 11th level, you gain the ability to pass between the planes in a blink of an eye. When you use the Attack action, ...
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Can the Lightning Arrow and Conjure Barrage spells be combined in this way?

In the game I DM for, one player is playing a ranger. The player asked me if he would be able to cast the lightning arrow spell, then use the arrow as ammunition for the conjure barrage spell. The ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible to fool an animal companion?

Is it possible to fool an animal companion impersonating its owner? For example, if a druid is fighting with his party and its animal companion - let's say a wolf - would its opponent be able to get ...
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Beast Bond Duration

A Gloom Stalker Ranger cast Beast Bond. Does it end in 10 minutes, and the beast just leaves? Or does it take 10 minutes of concentration to establish the Bond and gain a companion? Beast Bond ...
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Do half-elves or half-orcs count as humans for the ranger's Favored Enemy class feature?

I am using the D&D Beyond character builder to create a ranger. If I pick humanoids, it does not list half-elves or half-orc in the dropdown, but it does list humans, elves and orcs: I see three ...
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Rules on “Pets on shoulder”

Are there specific rules that determine what happens if, let's say, my pet eagle lands on my shoulder in-combat? Does it get an AC bonus? Do I move slower? Do we move together? Or should I talk to ...
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Does the resistance granted by the Horizon Walker ranger's Spectral Defense feature last for the entire turn it's activated?

The Horizon Walker ranger archetype from Xanathar's Guide to Everything gains the Spectral Defense class feature at 15th level (p. 43): At 15th level, your ability to move between planes enables ...
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Can a Horizon Walker ranger teleport before making their additional attack with the Distant Strike feature?

The Horizon Walker ranger subclass from Xanathar's Guide to Everything gains the Distant Strike feature at 11th level (p. 43): At 11th level, you gain the ability to pass between the planes in the ...