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The Buddy System: Combat Tactics for Beast Masters
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The Buddy System: Combat Tactics for Beast Masters


In Live to Tell the Tale: Combat Tactics for Player Characters, Keith Ammann helps fifth edition D&D players get the most out of their characters' abilities and survive the roughest encounters their Dungeon Masters throw at them.

Some PCs, though, need a little more.

The Buddy System is an in-depth guide for Beast Master rangers, clearly laying out what you can (and can't) do with your Ranger's Companion at each level according to Player's Handbook rules. Does it make sense to command your companion to Help? Is it feasible for a Beast Master to specialize in two-weapon fighting? The Buddy System answers these and other questions, and also includes a comparison chart listing every possible companion from the Monster Manual and Volo's Guide to Monsters. Some prospective companions may be better than you think!

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Declan F July 30, 2021 2:46 pm UTC
I'm rather disappointed you didn't point out the potential for gnome and halfling rangers to use Pteranodon or Vulture companions as flying mounts.
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Ronaldo M June 08, 2021 2:05 am UTC
Excelent tips! Could you say a few words for the UA: Revised Ranger, since it changes so much of the action economy?
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Oliver S January 08, 2021 3:46 am UTC
In the Tasha's section, you say that you can use your bonus action to cast a spell, but favored foe monopolizes concentration. While this is true, as you pointed out in your articles about Duergar your concentration only ends when you cast a spell that requires concentration, not an ability. This means that you could cast a bonus action concentration spell before you use favored foe (such as hunter's mark) and still concentrate on both abilities.
You also say that favored foe never deals damage on your first hit, but in Tasha's it specifically says "Including when you mark it", so my interpretation is that the damage does increase the turn you mark it.
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Keith A January 08, 2021 4:00 am UTC
That was incorrect. A PC can benefit from only one spell or ability that requires concentration at a time. See, e.g.,
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Oliver S January 08, 2021 4:00 pm UTC
Thanks for the update.
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Nod H November 20, 2020 7:56 am UTC
Does this include the new Tasha's content?
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Joseph O November 20, 2020 9:18 pm UTC
No, but I'm sure information from this book can still apply to the subclass as a whole.
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Keith A November 21, 2020 4:00 pm UTC
Sorry to correct you, but yes, there is a section on Tasha's at the end of the text, before the reference tables. See the fifth page of the preview.
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