Notes and Whatnot on UA: The Ranger, Revised

So, I never actually got around to seeing the revised ranger in play until recently.  With that, here’s a few concept I propose for fixing a couple of (what I perceive to be) bugs.

UA Revised Ranger – Proposed House Rules List

  • Natural Explorer. This MUST tie to a type of environment.  At Level 1, choose two environment types.  At levels 6, 11 and 16, choose another.  Benefits are granted in that environment.  Meanwhile, the Advantage to attack enemies only works for ONE ATTACK while in that environment.
  • Natural Explorer (ALTERNATE). Add proficiency bonus to initiative checks while in your terrain.  1/Short Rest gain advantage on an attack against a favored enemy.
  • Beast Conclave – Companion’s Bond. Companion only gains proficiency in Strength and Dexterity saving throws, not proficiency in ALL saving throws.  Alternatively, choose two saving throws instead.
  • Deep Stalker Conclave – Underdark Scout. You do not get the extra attack on your first turn.  Possibly grant 1d6 sneak attack damage instead.

IMAGE CREDIT: Sojourn by Todd Lockwood, copyright 2015.  Drizz’t Do’urden is copyright of Wizards of the Coast and R.A. Salvatore.

On The Hunt: Alternate Favored Enemy

I enjoy the ranger’s new take on favored enemy, but still want the flavor of older versions.  So, I propose this house rule for variant favored enemies.  While I ready myself for the week ahead, here’s a home rule to alter the Ranger in a way that’s more thematic while keeping them balanced against other classes through a situational bonus.

Alternate Favored Enemy – You gain advantage against a target that falls under your favored enemy list. After making this attack, this target cannot be selected for at least 24 hours. You may designate a favored enemy target as many times as your Wisdom modifier before taking a Short Rest or Long Rest.

To give credit where credit is due, this was a mix of my own idea (found in my House Rules page on the original tumblr site, as well as Samuel from the Homebrew D&D 5th Edition facebook group.)  Image is from Witcher III: Wild Hunt