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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Are the ranger subclasses from Xanathar's Guide to Everything compatible with the UA revised ranger?

My games use the UA revised ranger (from Unearthed Arcana: The Ranger, Revised) instead of the PHB version of the class. The question did not previously come to mind, because until now my players ...
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Does Natural Explorer's double proficiency apply to perception checks while keeping watch?

The Natural Explorer class feature is sort of vague about what skill checks count When you make an Intelligence or Wisdom check related to your favored terrain, your proficiency bonus is doubled if ...
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How does the Hunter ranger's Horde Breaker feature interact with the Mounted Combatant feat's ability to redirect an attack to the rider?

Roger is a Hunter ranger that has chosen the Horde Breaker option for the Hunter's Prey class feature (Player's Handbook, p. 93): Once on each of your turns when you make a weapon attack, you can ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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