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Ranger Variant (Animal Companion Focused)


This is a variant on both the Ranger class in the Player's Handbook and the Unearthed Arcana's Revised Ranger. It removes Favored Enemy as the class specific mechanic and replace is with Animal Companion. It also removes spellcasting as a class mechanic, instead moving it to an archetype in the vein of Eldritch Knight and Arcane Trickster. Finally, we moved the Ranger away from being a secondary fighter by removing a bunch of mechanics we think should be reserved for the Fighter class. Instead, we pushed the Ranger closer to a Striker role with the addtion of the Mark Quarry ability, which is modeled on the Rogue's Sneak Attack.

You can read our blog post for a full breakdown of our thinking in revising the Ranger:

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By Sean Landis, William Klemt
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Matt F March 05, 2019 1:59 am UTC
I know I’m a little late here.... I just started playing this variant in my new D&D group. Is there any chance of you making a file of this variant for the “Fight Club 5” app?
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March 06, 2019 2:34 am UTC
Wow, I'm really happy that someone is actually using our variant, especially this long after the initial post! Thanks so much for giving it a try, you have made my week!

As for your question, I'm not actually sure what the Fight Club 5 app is. But I can look into porting it over.
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Matt F March 06, 2019 5:14 pm UTC
Check it out if you can. Or better yet, see if you can get the guys over at D&D Beyond to add it to their site. All of my party members use D&D Beyond and I can’t because this is the Ranger version I am using.
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Matt F March 10, 2019 2:12 pm UTC
Also I have a question about the build.
“The beast loses any multiattack action it has, but does benefit from your Adaptable Explorer feature while it is with you.”

What is the Adaptable Explorer feature? I don’t see it listed anywhere in the file.
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March 10, 2019 7:46 pm UTC
Nice catch! That is a mistake. It should say Trailblazer: “The beast loses any multiattack action it has, but does benefit from your Trailblazer feature while it is with you.”

Trailblazer was called Adaptable Explorer in an earlier draft, looks like we missed that reference (need to Find & Replace better next time).
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George D August 27, 2018 10:43 am UTC
I like it a lot. Re: Jonathan E's comment below, I'm not sure I agree. As I read it, both the Ranger and the Companion have 'a turn' but it is on same initiative count. For Coordinated Attack to work properly though, it might be more appropriate to specify that the the advantage is granted as long as it makes the attack before the *END* of your next turn.
Also, I struggle a bit with reducing the ranger skill proficiencies from three to two. IMO, skills that are non-negotiable for all rangers are: 1) Perception, 2) Stealth, 3)Survival, 4) Animal Handling and 5)Nature. Furthermore, Investigation is highly desirable, followed by Insight and Acrobatics if possible. Your reduction from 3 to 2 proficiencies granted by the class puts a lot of pressure on the pathway to getting at least my core five, and makes any of the others very problematic. This could be easily solved by granting the Ranger proficiency in Animal Handling as part of the 'Call Beast Companion' feature. Otherwise to get all five plus investigation...See more
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March 06, 2019 2:40 am UTC
I know this is a late reply, but thanks so much for trying out our variant! I think you are right that reduction from 3 to 2 skill proficiencies might have been too much, though I do like your solution of just giving Animal Handling automatically. It makes sense with the class feature.

I have not made a character sheet with this abilities, but if it's still something you (or anyone else) is interested in, I can give it a shot!
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Jonathan E May 26, 2017 1:45 am UTC
The companion must have its own initiative to make Coordinated Attack work; as written, you share initiative and therefore only one of you can attack per round, the same problem of the old Beastmaster. Beast Conclave from the UA fixed this by giving your beast its own initiative.
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