Ranger is a class in 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons. There are three ranger subclasses: original ranger, a martial striker,[PHB:103] hunter, a martial and primal controller,[HotFK:149] and scout, a martial and primal striker.[HotFK:175]
The following traits are common to original rangers, hunters, and scouts.
A 1st-level ranger begins with simple melee, military melee, simple ranged, and military ranged weapon proficiencies.
Original rangers, hunters, and scouts are trained in either:
Plus any four skills from the ranger class skill list:
- Acrobatics (Dex)
- Athletics (Str)
- Dungeoneering (Wis)
- Endurance (Con)
- Heal (Wis)
- Nature (Wis)
- Perception (Wis)
- Stealth (Dex)
- Role: Striker
- Power source: Martial
- Key Abilities: Strength, Dexterity, Wisdom
- Build Options: Archer ranger, Two-blade ranger, Beast Master
Characteristics: You combine fast, hard-hitting melee attack power with excellent ranged attack ability, and shift easily from melee to ranged combat. You are moderately resilient in battle, but you prefer hit-and-run attacks or ambushes to prolonged slugging matches. Hit hard, get out; that’s the ranger’s way.
Religion: Rangers favor deities of nature and of the hunt. They often revere Kord, Melora, or the Raven Queen. Evil or chaotic evil rangers usually worship Gruumsh or Zehir.
Races: Elves are ideal archer rangers. Humans, halflings, dragonborn, and eladrin are all sometimes drawn to the wandering life of a two-blade ranger.
Original rangers gain the following class features at 1st level:
- Hunter's Quarry
- One of the following choices:
Rangers receive a beast companion from these categories: bear, boar, cat, lizard, raptor, serpent, spider or wolf. These describe general categories rather than a specific animal - anything beyond statictical details are free to be changed.
Beast Mastery alters the Hunter's Quarry feature - the quarry may be closest to the enemy nearest you or the enemy nearest to your beast companion, although you need to see the enemy in either case. You or your beast companion can deal extra damage from Hunter's Quarry.
Your beast companion is considered a creature and ally, and may be affected by powers.
You may only have one beast companion at a time. You can dismiss a companion at any time, but gaining a new one requires a bit more work. To get a new one, you need to spend a few hours seeking a replacement in an environment where it can be found. In rare cases, the GM may assign an adventure to obtain your replacement.
As part of training, you learned the Raise Beast Companion ritual, and can use it to revive your companion from the dead even if you are otherwise unable to perform rituals.
Your beast companion doesn't normally take actions during combat. It acts on your turn as you direct it, requiring you to spend your actions to instruct the beast to perform some actions:[MP:41]
- Attack (Standard action): Your beast companion makes a melee basic attack against an enemy of your choice.
- Defend (Standard action): Your beast companion (or both of you) go on total defense. If you are adjacent to each other, the bonus to defenses is +3 instead of +2.
- Move (Move Action): Your beat companion or both of you take a move action. These actions need not be the same.
- Opportunity Attack (Immediate Interrupt): When a creature provokes an opportunity attack from your beast companion, you spend an immediate interrupt to command the beast to make the attack.
- Second Wind: When you use your second wind, your beast companion can use second wind as well.
- Other healing: When adjacent to your beast companion, you can spend a minor action and one of your healing surges to heal the beast companion.
- Other actions: You spend the required action, and your beast completes it.
- Independent actions: If you can't command your beast companion (e.g. if your unconscious, dead or absent), the beast can act independently. It may take a standard, move and minor action on each of its turns.
- If you are present in the encounter but incapable of commanding it, it must move as far as it can towards you each round, choosing the safest route possible. Once adjacent to you, the beast companion can act in any manner you wish.
Powers that rely on your beast companion to attack use the beast's attack bonus and use |B| to denote the beast's damage die.
Original rangers who do not choose the Beast Mastery class feature gain the Fighting Style class feature at 1st level, and choose one of the following options. Each option grants a bonus feat, regardless of whether the ranger has met the feat's normal prerequisites, and may have additional effects.
|Fighting style||Bonus feat||Additional effects|
| Archer Fighting Style
| Hunter Fighting Style
|Quick Draw||free action to sheathe weapons, and +4 AC vs. opportunity attacks provoked by ranged attacks|
| Marauder Fighting Style
|Two-Weapon Defense||+1 speed while not using a shield or two-handed weapon|
| Two-Blade Fighting Style
|Toughness||treat one-handed weapons as off-hand|
Main article: Hunter's Quarry
Original rangers receive the Hunter's Quarry class feature.
A ranger with the Hunter's Quarry class feature can, once per turn as a minor action, designate the nearest visible enemy as his or her quarry. This designation lasts until the encounter ends, the quarry is defeated, or the ranger designates a different target. Once per round, the ranger deals 1d6 per tier damage when hitting his or her quarry with an attack.[PHB:104][U:7/2008]
Main article: Prime Shot
If none of your allies are nearer to your target than you are, you receive a +1 bonus to ranged attack rolls against that target.
If you use a standard action that lets you move (such as a charge or the skirmish shot power), and you end that movement at least 2 squares away from where you began that move, you gain a +1 bonus to attack rolls made as part of that standard action.[MP2:32]
Hunters do not gain leveled at-will, encounter, or daily attack powers, and instead receive improvements to their class feature powers.
Hunters gain the following class features at 1st level:
- Archery Style
- Expert Archer
- Disruptive Shot
- Weapon Talent
- Aspects of the Wild (hunter)
- Wilderness Knacks
Hunters gain the Archery Style class feature at 1st level, and choose one of the following options. Each option grants a bonus feat, and may have additional effects.
|Archery style||Bonus feat||Additional effects|
|Bow Hunter[HotFK:155]||Bow Expertise||—|
|Crossbow Hunter[HotFK:155]||Crossbow Expertise||free action to reload crossbows|
Aspects of the Wild (hunter)Edit
Hunters gain the Weapon Talent class feature at 1st level. Hunters with the Weapon Talent class feature gain a +1 bonus to weapon attack rolls.[HotFK:157]
Scouts do not gain leveled at-will, encounter, or daily attack powers, and instead receive improvements to their class feature powers.
Scouts gain the following class features at 1st level:
- Two-Weapon Style
- Dual Weapon Attack
- Attack Finesse
- Power Strike
- Aspects of the Wild (scout)
- Wilderness Knacks
Aspects of the Wild (scout)Edit
Scouts gain the Attack Finesse class feature at 1st level. Scouts with the Attack Finesse class feature can use their Dexterity modifiers instead of their Strength modifiers for both the attack rolls and damage rolls of melee basic attacks.[HotFK:181]
Dual Weapon AttackEdit
Scouts gain dual weapon attack as an at-will power at 1st level. Dual weapon attack is an off-hand melee weapon attack made as a free action once per round, triggered by hitting with a melee basic attack on the scout's turn.[HotFK:181]
Scouts gain the Two-Weapon Style class feature at 1st level, and choose one of the following options.
|Finishing Blade Mastery[HotFK:181]||+1 to weapon attack rolls while wielding a light blade off-hand|
|Spinning Axe Mastery[HotFK:181]||+2 to weapon damage rolls while wielding an axe off-hand|
Heroic Tier feats
- Action Rush
- Agile Hunter
- Agile Running Attack
- Blood Quarry
- Beast Guidance
- Beast Protector
- Beast Training
- Brutal Accuracy
- Constricting Serpent
- Coordinated Opportunity
- Darkfire Targeting
- Defense Throw
- Drow Beast Mastery
- Elven Beast Mastery
- Expert Tracker
- Fearless Seeker
- Feyborn Companion
- Fiendish Companion
- Flank on the Run
- Furious Charge
- Goring Boar
- Group Quarry
- Harrying Raptor
- Hobling Strike
- Human Beast Mastery
- Hunter of WInd and Wave
- Hunter's Arm
- Hunter's Aim
- Lethal Hunter
- Lucky Skirmisher
- Manticore's Fury
- Mauling Bear
- Nimble Companion
- Pouncing Cat
- Precise Hunter
- Predatory Action
- Prime Strike
- Savage Wolf
- Second Shot
- Secure Encampment
- Shifting Companion
- Snapping Lizard
- Staggering Strike
- Swift Footwork
- Thundertusk Companion
- Twilight Training
- Vengeful Beast
- Venomous Spider
Ranger paragon pathsEdit
|Ranger entry feat||Prerequisites||Benefits|
| Two-Blade Warrior
[MP:150] || Str 13
|The character can wield a one-handed weapon in his or her off hand as though it were an off-hand weapon.|
| Warrior of the Wild
[PHB:208] || Str 13 or Dex 13
|The character gains the Hunter's Quarry ranger class feature, but can use it only once per encounter, and it lasts only until the end of the character's next turn.[U:6/2008]|
In addition, each ranger entry feat grants all of the following benefits:
- The character counts as a ranger, in addition to his or her original class, for the purpose of meeting prerequisites for feats, paragon paths, etc.
- The character gains training in one skill from the ranger class skill list.
- The character may take Novice Power, Acolyte Power, and Adept Power feats to exchange powers for ranger powers.
- If the character takes a multiclass encounter, a multiclass utility, and a multiclass daily feat (such as Novice, Acolyte, and Adept Power), the character can paragon multiclass in ranger instead of taking a paragon path. Paragon multiclassed rangers select additional ranger powers instead of paragon path powers, and may take the Courageous Shooter[MP:149] feat to gain the Prime Shot ranger class feature.
A character may be created as a hybrid of ranger and another class other than ranger. The hybrid ranger bonus to defense is either +1 Fortitude or +1 Reflex. A hybrid ranger is trained in one extra skill from the ranger class skill list. The hybrid's ranger class feature is Hunter's Quarry (hybrid), which is the same as Hunter's Quarry except that it deals damage only when hitting the quarry with a ranger class power or ranger paragon path power.
When a hybrid ranger gains the Hybrid Talent feat, he or she chooses one hybrid talent option from either of his or her hybrid classes. The ranger hybrid talent options are:
- Ranger Armor Proficiency
- The hybrid ranger gains armor proficiency with leather and hide armor.
- Ranger Combat Talent
- The hybrid ranger gains one of the following ranger class features: Prime Shot, or Running Attack.
- Ranger Fighting Style
- The hybrid ranger gains one of the following ranger class features: Archer Fighting Style, Beast Mastery (hybrid), Hunter Fighting Style, Marauder Fighting Style, or Two-Blade Fighting Style. Beast Mastery (hybrid) is the same as Beast Mastery except that the hybrid ranger's beast takes a −1 penalty to all attack rolls and defenses.[PHB3:148]