Sunday, April 4, 2010

D&D: The Ranger

The ranger is an archetype that goes through a lot of literature; Aragorn is said to be a ranger, and one of the most popular figures of D&D literature, Drizz't Do'Urden, is a ranger. Ranger come in many types, wielding bows, dual weapons, or traveling with fearsome beast companions. Rangers in 4th Edition are Strikers, and they rely on mobility and light armor to get around the battlefield, do large amounts of damage, and be away before their foes can return the favor. I chose to use the Beastmaster variant of the ranger for this character - so behold Thorn the ranger!

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Thorn, level 1
Longtooth Shifter, Ranger
Fighting Style: Beast Mastery
Beast Companion Type: Raptor

Str 18, Con 12, Dex 12, Int 8, Wis 18, Cha 10.

Str 16, Con 12, Dex 12, Int 8, Wis 16, Cha 10.

AC: 14 Fort: 15 Reflex: 12 Will: 14
HP: 24 Surges: 7 Surge Value: 6

Nature +9, Perception +9, Dungeoneering +9, Athletics +10, Heal +9

Acrobatics, Arcana -1, Bluff, Diplomacy, Endurance +2, History -1, Insight +4, Intimidate, Religion -1, Stealth, Streetwise, Thievery

Level 1: Eldeen Companion

Ranger at-will 1: Predator Strike
Ranger at-will 1: Hunter's Teamwork
Ranger encounter 1: Synchronized Strike
Ranger daily 1: Driving the Quarry

Adventurer's Kit, Hide Armor, Longbow, Longsword
Raise Beast Companion
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Thorn's beast companion is a raptor, and his feat Eldeen Companion means that whenever he uses his racial Shifter ability, both he and his companion beast get the benefits. Predator Strike lets Thorn distract an enemy while his raptor attacks, while Hunter's Teamwork allows Thorn to use companions to gain a benefit against an enemy. Synchronized Strike allows both Thorn and his raptor companion to attack a single foe, and finally, Driving the Quarry allows Thorn to attack an enemy fiercely while his beast companion drives it forward.

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