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 Monster Slayer's Hunter's Sense work with illusions?

Would he receive information about the creature's vulnerabilities based on what it appears to be, would he receive no information about the creature as if it were hidden from Divination magic or would ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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At what level does a Horizon Walker Ranger's Ethereal Step cast the Etherealness spell? [duplicate]

The Ethereal Step conclave ability of a Horizon Walker Ranger is described as such: At 7th level, you learn to step through the Ethereal Plane. As a bonus action on your turn, you can cast the ...
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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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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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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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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 that ...
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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 Ranger ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 You ...
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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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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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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 ...

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