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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Does the UA revised ranger's companion keep its skill bonuses?

In the September 2016 Unearthed Arcana The Ranger, Revised, it says: Your companion uses your proficiency bonus rather than its own. The ape, for example, has a +5 bonus to Athletics and +3 to ...
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How do you grant a ranger his animal companion within the story?

I'm a first time DM in D&D 3.5e. My ranger player just earned level 4 and gets his animal companion. How do you grant this to him within the context of the story? Does an animal just magically ...
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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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Are the arrows from Swift Quiver usable for normal attacks, too?

The swift quiver spell (PHB, p. 279) makes more non-magical ammunition as it is being used, but is confusing as to when it makes them: On each of your turns until the spell ends, you can use a ...
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How many times can the effect of Hail of Thorns be activated?

In a previous question I asked how many times a ranger can attack if he has horde breaker and extra attack. Now, if he is using a bow and the Hail of Thorns spell is active, can it be activated once ...
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Can you grapple/shove with the Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack?

The Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack feature states: You can use your action to make a melee attack against any number of creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate attack roll for each target....
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How can I improve the survivability of the Beast Master's animal companion?

I am brand spanking new to D&D. I have picked a Beast Master Ranger as my first class and I'm having serious issues with the survivability of the animal companion. I picked a Panther as my pet. I ...
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How does the Ranger's Extra Attack 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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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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How does true polymorph interact with class feature companions? [closed]

How does true polymorph work with the companion from the rangers beast master and warlocks pact of the chain class options? Beast Master Can it be true polymorphed into a large CR 1/4 creature? Can ...
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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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Can a Gloom Stalker Ranger choose to be seen in darkness?

In XGE, the Gloom Stalker level 3 feature "Umbral Sight" states that a Gloom Stalker is invisible to any creature that relies on darkvision to see you in the darkness. (p. 42, XGE) That sounds like ...
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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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Does the Horizon Walker ranger's Portal Lore feature detect portals that are currently inactive?

The Horizon Walker Ranger subclass gains Portal Lore ability (quoted from UA; I don't have Xanthar's Guide to compare the feature): Portal Lore At 3rd level, you gain the ability to detect the ...
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How do I resolve the attack of a Ranger's Animal Companion when they are acting independently?

If a Ranger's Animal Companion independently attacks a target that the Ranger is not also attacking, how do you resolve its success and damage? I am assuming that Animal Companions don't have moves ...
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Can a Ranger's Fighting Style be a prerequisite for the feat Two-Weapon Defense?

My Player's Handbook, in French, as well as this other source, describes Combat Style (two-weapon fighting) as follows: Si le rôdeur choisit le combat à deux armes, il peut se battre comme s'il ...
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How do the Assassinate feature and the Revised Ranger's first turn advantage operate differently, if they do?

Although the Rogue/Assassin's Assassinate feature and the UA Revised Ranger's Natural Explorer both grant advantage on certain attack rolls early in combat, the wording of the condition that grants ...
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Is there any way for a ranger to be able to cast the Protection from Evil spell?

I'm working on a build, and wondering if I can get early entry to Prestige Paladin via Ranger. One of the requirements is the ability to cast protection from evil, so I was wondering if there's a way ...
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Can I choose the range of Primeval Awareness in my favored terrain?

The Primeval Awareness feature for Rangers states: you can use your action and expend one ranger spell slot to focus your awareness on the region around you. For 1 minute per level of the spell ...
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Does a Ranger's replacement beast companion have size and CR limits?

I have a level 4 Beast Master Ranger whose animal companion died. I was quite devastated that I couldn't summon a new one and instead I had to find a new one that isn't hostile towards me. My party ...
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When a Ranger Beastmaster uses Share Spells, whose concentration matters?

How does spell concentration interact with the Beastmaster's Share Spells Ability? If I'm concentrating on a spell that I am sharing with my companion, does it have its own concentration on that spell,...
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Do druid levels stack with Unearthed Arcana ranger variant for wild shape?

I had to make a weird build to get what I needed for my character: The character has levels in both druid and the simple variant ranger that trades some ranger class features for a modified version of ...
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Can the Revised Ranger's Beast Companion be an independent mount?

...another question about the Revised Ranger again. The mounted combat rules say that you can either control a mount, making it move on your turn--- but its action can only be Dash, Disengage, or ...
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Does Colossus Slayer depends on HP before or after the hit?

Colossus Slayer. Your tenacity can wear down the most potent foes. When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, the creature takes an extra 1d8 damage if it's below its hit point maximum. You ...
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Can my Beast Master ranger's baboon animal companion use her Wand of Magic Missiles?

I am playing a Beast Master ranger. My baboon animal companion* obeys commands as best as it can. Can it use a wand of magic missiles? The baboon has hands, and the wand does not require attunement ...
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How does Monk damage combine with other sources?

Are the following damage calculations correct for a L17 Monk/3 Ranger (20 Dex) with Dueling, Horde Breaker, and wielding a monk weapon: Standard attack: 3d10 + 4 (from dueling) + 15 (Dex mod) + [to ...
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Does a ranger have to repeat the order for his companion to attack every round

The ranger has to use an action to tell his animal companion to attack Once they give that command do they have to repeat it every round? If so why wouldn't they just get a guard dog that would do ...
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Do Warlord powers which affect an attack apply both attacks of Twin Strike?

There is a warlord with Resourceful Presence in a 4e D&D game I'm DM'ing. Resourceful Presence says: Ally who sees you and spends an action point to attack gets damage bonus (1/2 level + Int ...
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What spells are on the ranger spell list and not the druid spell list?

As I have requested in this question, what spells are on the ranger spell list and not on the druid spell list? I am most interested in source books as opposed to adventure books, such as the PHB, ...
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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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Can a multiclass Beastmaster/Wizard benefit from using Speak with Animals to cast Suggestion on their own animal companion?

As a Beastmaster 3 / Wizard 3, I want to use Speak with Animals to enable my using the Suggestion spell on my beast companion, for the purpose of issuing to her a two-sentence set of "marching orders"....
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Need help working on my level 4 Ranger's Animal Companion in 3.5

So I am working on setting up my level 4 Ranger's Animal Companion in 3.5. Just got her fox. Most of it is done. My DM is having me use the Dog as the stats and stuff my fox is based off of. The only ...
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Combining Ranger archetypes: guide/urban ranger

I want to take two ranger archetypes: Guide and Urban Ranger from the APG. How does the Favored Community and Favored Terrain work together? Can any of those bonuses, say the initiative, stack? Let'...
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Responding to Opportunity Attacks with Snarling Wolf Stance

I have a 5th Level Ranger/Psion playing in a Dungeons and Dragons 4e Eberron campaign. The other day, we had a situation come up in a fight and I want to see if we handled it right. I had Snarling ...
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Dipping in these ranger archetypes mechanically permissible?

The Trapper gains very useful abilities while losing access to spells that he wouldn't have access to anyways for many levels to come. Essentially [unless you don't want to deprive the party rogue of ...
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How to level Unearthed Arcana Ranger Animal Companion?

I am having Some trouble getting my head around levelling the new Unearthed Arcana Ranger animal companion. If someone could break it down it would be really helpful. If there are any simple step-by ...
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Can you use a melee spell attack with the Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack?

The Hunter Ranger's Whirlwind Attack feature states: You can use your action to make a melee attack against any number of creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate attack roll for each target....
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Ranger Share Spells Ability with Animal Companion

Share spells: Beginning at 15th level, when you cast a spell targeting yourself, you can also affect your beast companion with the spell if the beast is within 30 feet of you. Does "Share Spells" ...