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|Rembrandt (1606–1669) Title The Polish Rider.|
For those who relish the thrill of the hunt, there are only predators and prey. Be they scouts, trackers, or bounty hunters, rangers share much in common: unique mastery of specialized weapons, skill at stalking even the most elusive game, and the expertise to defeat a wide range of quarries. Knowledgeable, patient, and skilled hunters, these rangers hound man, beast, and monster alike, gaining insight into the way of the predator, skill in varied environments, and ever more lethal martial prowess. While some track man-eating creatures to protect the frontier, others pursue more cunning game—even fugitives among their own people.
Role: Ranger are deft skirmishers, either in melee or at range, capable of skillfully dancing in and out of battle. Their abilities allow them to deal significant harm to specific types of foes, but their skills are valuable against all manner of enemies.
Hit Die: d10
Starting Wealth: 5d6 × 10 gp (average 175 gp.) In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gp or less.
The ranger's class skills
(and the key ability for each skill) are Climb (Strength), Concentration (Constitution), Craft
(Intelligence), Handle Animal (Charisma), Heal
(Wisdom), Hide (Dexterity), Jump
(Strength), Knowledge (dungeoneering)
(Intelligence), Knowledge (geography)
(Intelligence), Knowledge (nature) (Intelligence), Listen
(Wisdom), Move Silently (Dexterity), Profession
(Wisdom), Ride (Dexterity), Search
(Intelligence), Spot (Wisdom), Survival
(Wisdom), Swim (Strength), and Use
Skill Points at 1st
Level (6 + Intelligence modifier) x?4.
Skill Points at Each Additional Level 6 + Intelligence modifier.
|-Spells per Day-|
|Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special||1st||2nd||3rd||4th|
|1st||+1||+2||+2||+0||1st favored enemy, Track, wild empathy||-||-||-||-|
|5th||+5||+4||+4||+1||2nd favored enemy||0||-||-||-|
|6th||+6/+1||+5||+5||+2||Improved combat style||1||-||-||-|
|10th||+10/+5||+7||+7||+3||3rd favored enemy||1||1||-||-|
|11th||+11/+6/+1||+7||+7||+3||Combat style mastery||1||1||0||-|
|15th||+15/+10/+5||+9||+9||+5||4th favored enemy||2||1||1||1|
|17th||+17/+12/+7/+2||+10||+10||+5||Hide in plain sight||2||2||2||1|
|20th||+20/+15/+10/+5||+12||+12||+6||5th favored enemy||3||3||3||3|
All of the following are class features of the ranger.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A ranger is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, and with light
armor and shields (except tower shields).
Favored Enemy (Ex): At 1st level, a ranger may select a type of creature from among those given
on Table: Ranger Favored Enemies. The ranger gains a +2 bonus on Bluff, Listen, Sense
Motive, Spot, and Survival checks when using these skills against creatures
of this type. Likewise, he gets a +2 bonus on weapon damage rolls against such
At 5th level
and every five levels thereafter (10th, 15th, and 20th level), the ranger may
select an additional favored enemy from those given on the table. In addition,
at each such interval, the bonus against any one favored enemy (including the
one just selected, if so desired) increases by 2.
If the ranger chooses humanoids or outsiders as a favored enemy, he must also choose an associated subtype, as indicated on the table. If a specific creature falls into more than one category of favored enemy, the ranger's bonuses do not stack; he simply uses whichever bonus is higher.
|Ranger Favored Enemies|
|Type (Subtype)||Type (Subtype)|
|Humanoid (aquatic)||outsider (evil)|
|Humanoid (dwarf)||outsider (fire)|
|Humanoid (elf)||outsider (good)|
|Humanoid (goblinoid)||outsider (lawful)|
|Humanoid (Gnoll)||outsider (native)|
|Humanoid (gnome)||outsider (water)|
ranger gains Track as a bonus feat.
Wild Empathy (Ex): A ranger can improve
the attitude of an animal. This ability functions just like a Diplomacy check
to improve the attitude of a person. The ranger rolls 1d20 and adds his ranger
level and his Charisma bonus to determine the wild empathy check result. The
typical domestic animal has a starting attitude of indifferent, while wild animals
are usually unfriendly.
To use wild empathy, the
ranger and the animal must be able to study each other, which means that they
must be within 30 feet of one another under normal visibility conditions. Generally,
influencing an animal in this way takes 1 minute, but, as with influencing people,
it might take more or less time.
The ranger can also use
this ability to influence a magical
beast with an Intelligence score of 1 or
2, but he takes a -4 penalty on the check.
Combat Style (Ex): At 2nd level, a ranger
must select one of two combat styles to pursue: archery or two-weapon combat.
This choice affects the character's class features but does not restrict his
selection of feats or special abilities in any way.
If the ranger selects archery,
he is treated as having the Rapid Shot feat, even if he does not have the normal
prerequisites for that feat.
If the ranger selects two-weapon combat, he is treated as having the Two-Weapon Fighting feat, even if he does not have the normal prerequisites for that feat.
benefits of the ranger's chosen style apply only when he wears light or no armor.
He loses all benefits of his combat style when wearing medium or heavy armor.
ranger gains Endurance as a bonus feat at 3rd level.
Animal Companion (Ex): At 4th level, a ranger gains an animal companion selected from the following list: badger, camel, dire rat, dog, riding dog, eagle, hawk, horse (light or heavy), owl, pony, snake (Small or Medium viper), or wolf. If the campaign takes place wholly or partly in an aquatic environment, the following creatures may be added to the ranger's list of options: crocodile, porpoise, Medium shark, and squid.
This animal is a loyal
companion that accompanies the ranger on his adventures as appropriate for its
This ability functions like the druid ability of the same name, except that the ranger's effective druid level is one-half his ranger level. A ranger may select from the alternative lists of animal companions just as a druid can, though again his effective druid level is half his ranger level. Like a druid, a ranger cannot select an alternative animal if the choice would reduce his effective druid level below 1st.
| Diana the Huntress, after 1526 Giampietrino (Giovanni
Pietro Rizzoli) (Italian, Milanese, active by ca. 1495, died 1549) Oil
on wood Date after 1526 Giampietrino
Beginning at 4th level, a ranger gains the ability to cast a small number of divine
spells, which are drawn from the ranger spell list. A ranger must choose and prepare
his spells in advance (see below).
prepare or cast a spell, a ranger must have a Wisdom score equal to at least 10
+ the spell level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a ranger's
spell is 10 + the spell level + the ranger's Wisdom modifier.
Like other spellcasters,
a ranger can cast only a certain number of spells of each spell level per day.
His base daily spell allotment is given on Table: The Ranger. In addition, he
receives bonus spells per day if he has a high Wisdom score. When Table: The Ranger indicates that the ranger gets 0 spells per day
of a given spell level, he gains only the bonus spells he would be entitled
to based on his Wisdom score for that
spell level. The ranger does not have access to any domain spells or granted
powers, as a cleric does.
A ranger prepares and casts
spells the way a cleric does, though he cannot lose a prepared spell to cast
a cure spell in its place. A ranger may prepare and cast any spell on the ranger
spell list, provided that he can cast spells of that level, but he must choose
which spells to prepare during his daily meditation.
3rd level, a ranger has no caster level. At 4th level and higher, his caster level
is one-half his ranger level.
Improved Combat Style
(Ex): At 6th level, a ranger's aptitude in his chosen combat style (archery
or two-weapon combat) improves. If he selected archery at 2nd level, he is treated
as having the Manyshot feat, even if he does not have the normal prerequisites
for that feat.
If the ranger selected
two-weapon combat at 2nd level, he is treated as having the Improved
Two-Weapon Fighting feat, even if he does not have the normal prerequisites
for that feat.
As before, the benefits
of the ranger's chosen style apply only when he wears light or no armor. He
loses all benefits of his combat style when wearing medium or heavy armor.
Woodland Stride (Ex): Starting at 7th
level, a ranger may move through any sort of undergrowth (such as natural thorns,
briars, overgrown areas, and similar terrain) at his normal speed and without
taking damage or suffering any other impairment.
thorns, briars, and overgrown areas that are enchanted or magically manipulated
to impede motion still affect him.
Swift Tracker (Ex): Beginning at 8th
level, a ranger can move at his normal speed while following tracks without
taking the normal -5 penalty. He takes only a -10 penalty (instead of the normal
-20) when moving at up to twice normal speed while tracking.
Evasion (Ex): At
9th level, a ranger can avoid even magical and unusual attacks with great agility.
If he makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally
deals half damage on a successful save, he instead takes no damage. Evasion
can be used only if the ranger is wearing light armor or no armor. A helpless
ranger does not gain the benefit of evasion.
Combat Style Mastery
(Ex): At 11th level, a ranger's aptitude in his chosen combat style (archery
or two-weapon combat) improves again. If he selected archery at 2nd level, he
is treated as having the Improved
Precise Shot feat, even if he does not have
the normal prerequisites for that feat.
If the ranger selected
two-weapon combat at 2nd level, he is treated as having the Greater Two-Weapon Fighting feat, even if he does not have the normal prerequisites for that feat.
before, the benefits of the ranger's chosen style apply only when he wears light
or no armor. He loses all benefits of his combat style when wearing medium or
Camouflage (Ex): A ranger of 13th
level or higher can use the Hide skill in any sort of natural terrain, even
if the terrain doesn't grant cover or concealment.
Hide in Plain Sight (Ex): While in any sort of natural terrain, a ranger of 17th level or higher can use the Hide skill even while being observed.
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