Baldur’s Gate 3: Ranger Guide

Baldur's Gate 3: Ranger Guide

The Ranger of Baldur’s Gate 3 is not your typical class. It’s a unique blend of magic and combat, perfect for players who like to adapt to any situation. And let me tell you, they do it with style. This is one of the edgiest classes in Dungeons & Dragons, so get ready to unleash your inner badass.

With the Ranger, you have the option to choose from different subclasses that add some serious flair to your gameplay. You can have a beastly companion by your side, or specialize in taking down one specific creature. The Ranger may not have the highest combat potential, but trust me, you’ll never get bored playing this class. And in Baldur’s Gate, combat is only half the battle.

Ranger Overview

Ranger

“Far from the bustle of cities and towns, past the hedges that shelter the most distant farms from the terrors of the wild, amid the dense-packed trees of trackless forests and across wide and empty plains, rangers keep their unending watch.”

The Ranger class is a strange combination of melee and magic. They’re specialists when it comes to certain enemies, but when it comes to standard combat, they’re a jack-of-all-trades. They may not excel in any one thing, but that’s what makes them so interesting to play.

Rangers are rich with opportunities for roleplaying and unique problem-solving. Sure, they may fall behind in combat potential compared to other classes, but they make up for it with a horde of feats to collect. This allows for even greater customization and unique interactions with certain creatures.

Ranger Leveling Up:

Level Proficiency Bonus Feats Spells Known Spells Slots per Spell Level
1 2 Favored Enemy, Natural Explorer
2 2 Fighting Style, Spellcasting 2 2
3 2 Ranger Conclave (Subclass) 3 3
4 2 Ability Score Improvement or Choice of Feat 3 3
5 3 Extra Attack, 2nd Level Spellcasting 4 4 (2nd Level)

Skills, Proficiencies, and Starting Equipment

Ranger Equipment

Rangers are physically-built characters with a strong emphasis on combat. They are proficient in light armor, medium armor, shields, and both simple and martial weapons. The skills they choose are practical and useful in any situation.

  • Saving Throws: Strength and Dexterity
  • Skills (Choose 3): Athletics, Animal Handling, Insight, Investigation, Nature, Perception, Stealth, and Survival
  • Starting Equipment:
    • Shortbow
    • Shortsword
    • Arrow of Ice
    • Leather Armor

Rangers are all about being aware of the world around them. They excel at survival skills and have a good eye for detail. Plus, the starting equipment load for a Ranger is fairly average, but with the unique addition of an Arrow of Ice.

Feats

Ranger Feats

The Ranger’s feats have been revamped to make them even better and more reliable in combat. They offer a wide range of choices, making the Ranger one of the most customizable classes in the game. No two Rangers are exactly alike.

One thing to note is that most Ranger skills are passive, meaning they don’t cost you valuable actions during your turn. This allows for amazing synergy and seamless gameplay.

Feats for Rangers:

  • Favored Enemy: Choose one creature type and gain bonuses based on your choice. Options range from being a skilled bounty hunter to a sanctified stalker.
  • Natural Explorer: Choose one terrain and gain specific benefits based on your choice. From being a beast tamer in the forest to a wasteland wanderer with resistance to fire, there are plenty of options to customize your character.
  • Fighting Style: Choose a fighting style that suits your playstyle. Options include archery, defense, dueling, and two-weapon fighting.
  • Extra Attack: At 5th level, you gain the ability to make two attacks on one turn.

Spells

Ranger Spells

Rangers have a limited selection of spells, drawing from the Druid spellcasting class. Their spells are fueled by Wisdom, making Wisdom their spellcasting ability. Rangers don’t have access to cantrips unless acquired through a feat or other means.

Ranger spells are regained after a long rest, just like Druid spells. With their selection of spells, Rangers have a variety of tools at their disposal for different situations.

Subclass: Beast Master

Beast Master

The Beast Master subclass is all about having a loyal companion by your side. At 3rd level, you gain the ability to summon a companion beast, and at 5th level, you can further enhance your bond with the feat “Companion Bond.”

As a Beast Master, you can choose from different beasts to summon as your companion, each with their own unique abilities. From a bear with powerful claws to a raven that can blind enemies, your companion adds another layer of strategy to your gameplay.

Beast Master Companions:

Animal HP AC Speed Actions
Bear 19 11 12m
Boar 11 11 12m
Raven 13 12 12m
Spider 10 14 12m
Wolf 11 13 12m

Subclass: Hunter

Hunter

The Hunter subclass is perfect for those who want a more combat-focused Ranger. It offers a wide range of feats for further customization. Compared to other subclasses, the Hunter is a more well-rounded option, making it a great choice for players who don’t want to specialize too much.

As a Hunter, you get to choose one of the following features for “Hunter’s Prey” when you become a Hunter:

  • Colossus Slayer: Deal extra damage to non-maximum health targets.
  • Giant Killer: Counterattack when attacked by Large or bigger creatures.
  • Horde Breaker: Strike two nearby creatures with one attack.

Subclass: Gloom Stalker

Gloom Stalker

The Gloom Stalker subclass is perfect for those who love all things dark and specialize in ambush-style combat. It’s a niche subclass that offers unique magic options and interesting feat mechanics. If you’re an underworld dweller, this subclass is a perfect fit for you.

And there you have it, a complete guide to the Ranger class in Baldur’s Gate 3. Embrace the magic, wield your weapons, and unleash your inner edge. The world of Dungeons & Dragons is yours to conquer!