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My ranger has tamed an absurd number of Animal Companions with Handle Animal

Yeah, Handle Animal is Borked You've accidentally run into something that Optimizers have intentionally used to break world optimization records. Handle Animal has no real limit except the DCs ...
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Is my Ranger doing more damage than they should?

You are doing wildly too much damage. A ranger's damage shouldn't be out of line with the other characters. While some classes and weapon choices hit harder than others, it shouldn't be more than 20% ...
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My ranger has tamed an absurd number of Animal Companions with Handle Animal

There are a few things you're probably glossing over that should be making this circus-collecting way harder than it has been. First, influencing an animal using Wild Empathy requires a whole minute ...
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At third-level, are rangers allowed to select a drake as their animal companion?

Not as an "animal companion," because Drakes aren't Beasts Drakes, though animal like in appearance and behavior, have the creature type of dragon, not beast. And the Ranger's Companion ...
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How can I give a Ranger advantage on a check due to Favored Enemy without spoiling the story for the player?

You make the advantage roll in secret In situations where I don't want players to know they have advantage/disadvantage for any reason I simply roll a d20 for them myself and work out the results. ...
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Can a Ranger refuse to hate their favored enemy?

If that's the way they want to roleplay their character than why not let them? Why does it matter to you (or anyone else) if they don't "hate" their Favoured Enemy? The PHB says: you have ...
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How can a ranger's Hail of Thorns ever do 6d10 damage?

The 6d10 maximum damage is not relevant for an usual ranger, but is brought into play when casting the spell at higher levels than five, which can happen... By being a Bard The Bard has spell slots ...
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Who should know/inform the Ranger's Favored Enemy?

In my games, a Ranger would be presumed to recognize the type of a creature who was their Favored Enemy, and I would inform them immediately of the creature type, and of their bonuses. The only ...
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Must a Ranger's spellcasting focus be druidic, or can it be arcane (or even holy)?

Rangers Don't Get Foci All classes that use a focus have a "Spellcasting Focus" subheading to their Spellcasting (or Warlock) feature: Wizard (arcane focus) Warlock (arcane focus) Sorcerer (...
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Is my Ranger doing more damage than they should?

D&D Wiki is notorious for overpowered fan-created content. D&D Wiki (dandwiki.com) is infamous for fan-created game content with two major issues: it is often wildly overpowered, and it is ...
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My Ranger missed picking a "favored enemy language" when I started. Is it fair for me to pick one now that I'm in the midst of a campaign?

No answer we can give you will help you deal with the real yardstick of “what’s fair” you will need to clear: your DM. Settling this kind of thing is their job anyway, and bypassing them risks making ...
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Does a Ranger’s Favored Enemy bonus apply against an Undead version of that creature?

No, it wouldn't Favored Enemy states: Choose a type of favored enemy: aberrations, beasts, celestials, constructs, dragons, elementals, fey, fiends, giants, monstrosities, oozes, plants, or undead. ...
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How many times can the effect of Hail of Thorns be activated?

You trigger the effect of this spell once. The next time you hit a creature with a ranged weapon attack before the spell ends, this spell creates a rain of thorns that sprouts from your ranged ...
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What does "can't become lost" mean?

What the Ranger feature talks about is also mentioned in the Navigate activity from p. 183 in the PHB: Navigate. The character can try to prevent the group from becoming lost, making a Wisdom (...
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Can a Gnome Ranger use his Animal Companion as a Mount?

Yes, if your DM thinks a panther has the right anatomy. The gnome is Small (PHB 37) and the panther Medium (PHB 308). The relevant rule says: A willing creature that is at least one size larger than ...
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If I multiclass from ranger into Druid, can I still wear metal armor?

In the PHB pg 164 it gives you the multiclass table for what proficiencies you gain once you place 1 level into Druid (or any other class). Note on this table it also reminds you that Druids will NOT ...
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Can a level 1 Ranger cast spells from Ranger spell scrolls?

Yes, but the Ranger must pass an ability check to cast the spell Spell Scroll A spell scroll bears the words of a single spell, written in a mystical cipher. If the spell is on your class’s spell ...
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What are the biggest changes between UA Ranger and PHB Ranger?

This article does an excellent job of describing in detail the changes between the stock ranger and the UA Ranger Revised, but I'll summarise for the Stack. Generally the Ranger is made more mobile, ...
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House rules for a new player's Ranger character; are they balanced?

Your house rules are slightly weaker to the already published Unearthed Arcana: Revised Ranger Beast Master, except for rule 2, which isn't game breaking anyway. This 'Rule 2' is already covered in ...
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How can I help our ranger feel special about her beast companion?

Since someone answered what the DM should do and how he should think about the ranger's animal companion VS other, normal, beasts, let me tell you what I would do as a player since that's the actual ...
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Does the Crossbow Expert feat's extra crossbow attack work with the reaction attack from a Hunter ranger's Giant Killer feature?

No, for at least two reasons. Crossbow Expert (PHB, p. 165) is very specific about when you can make an attack with your hand crossbow: When you use the Attack action and attack with a one-handed ...
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Is my player's level 2 Ranger overpowered?

A barbarian could trivially have a higher attack bonus. A fighter could too, but probably won't because there are better things he can do with his feats. And both will do more damage when they do hit. ...
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How can I give a Ranger advantage on a check due to Favored Enemy without spoiling the story for the player?

This is precisely what the passive versions of skills are for The recommendations for when to use passive checks are: Such a check can represent the average result for a task done repeatedly, such ...
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Can a Beast Master ranger choose a swarm as an animal companion?

No, you can not choose a swarm as an animal companion The simplest argument is that the Ranger must choose a beast, singular, not a swarm of beasts, plural. Rules designer Jeremy Crawford even ...
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At third-level, are rangers allowed to select a drake as their animal companion?

The lowest-CR drake on D&DBeyond has CR = ½ A ranger's companion must have CR ≤ ¼. So no, you cannot (currently) have a drake as your animal companion. To do so would require ...
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Can a Horizon Walker ranger use the Distant Strike feature to teleport out of the Forcecage spell?

Yes, but you need to make a Charisma saving throw Distant Strike states that you: gain the ability to pass between the planes in a blink of an eye. When you use the Attack action, you can teleport ...
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Can a Ranger select two humanoid races as their favored enemies at 6th and 14th levels?

In this case I would consider the term "Favored Enemy" (from the phrase "one additional favored enemy") as referring to the class feature itself, with the text: Choose a type of favored enemy: ...
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Why is the PHB Ranger considered underpowered?

WOTC acknowledged in the preface of Unearthed Arcana: Revised Ranger that the Ranger Archetype beast master has been unpopular to play as it is underpowered. Many players want to play rangers, but ...
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Are 5e Rangers competitive with other core classes?

Beastmaster is a bit of a trap The Hunter Archetype incorporates both the Hordebreaker and Giantslayer archetypes from the playtest into itself, letting players pick and choose their features as they ...
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