Walkthroughs of Neverwinter Nights - Ranger Character Guide
Neverwinter Nights - Ranger Character Guide Walkthroughs
Neverwinter Nights - Ranger Character Guide
Neverwinter Nights Ranger Character Guide v1.0 (14-Nov-2003)
by Michael "Cironir" Vondung, firstname.lastname@example.org
0.0 TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the Ranger class and its pros and cons in NWN.
1.1 Why play a Ranger?
1.2 Ranger Types
A discussion of the various classes from a Ranger's point of view.
3.0 ABILITY SCORES
Which attributes are important for Rangers, and which can be neglected?
3.1 Starting and Final Attributes
Rangers do not have many skill points, so spend the few wisely.
4.1 Recommended Skills
4.2 So-and-So Skills
4.3 Almost Useless Skills
The right choice of feats shapes and forms your Ranger character.
5.1 Feats that Rangers get automatically
5.2 General Feats
5.3 Type-specfic Feats
A few levels from another class might improve your Ranger, if you insist.
6,1 Notes on Multiclassing
6.2 Multiclassing Combinations
7.0 ANIMAL COMPANIONS
In this section you meet the Ranger's faithful pets.
7.1 Thoughts on Animal Companions
7.2 Introduction of the Animal Companions
7.3 Which Animal Companion to Pick?
Here you learn everything about the Ranger's magical abilities.
8.1 Thoughts on Ranger Spells
8.2 Spell Slots and Memorizing
8.3 Ranger Spells in Detail
Brief discussion of what to wear and look for.
9.1 Stuff for Archers
9.2 Stuff for Assassins
9.3 Stuff for Battle Rangers
Helpful advice and additional information for playing a Ranger.
10.1 Tips for Rangers
10.2 Information on Dual-Wielding
Everything else that needs to be said or didn't fit anywhere else.
11.1 Copyright Notice
11.2 Credits and Thanks
11,3 Revision History
11.4 Ranger Guide Locations
Occasionally NWN players voice the opinion that Rangers are amongst the worst
classes, and that dual-weapon fighting is far worse than the weapon/shield
style, and thus the Ranger's free feats are not an actual advantage. The
purpose of this Guide is to introduce the reader to all aspects of the Ranger
character and make suggestions on how to play a Ranger efficiently. Even though
there are plenty of references to the Official Campaign (the module that ships
with the stock game), most of what is said here applies to player-created
modules as well. The author has put an effort into verifying the accuracy of
the provided information. As always with Guides, there can be no guarantee that
everything said in this document is correct or the best possible approach. It
is hoped that this Ranger Guide will provide answers to common questions, and
rouse some interest in this often overlooked class.
I apologise for the penetrant use of British spelling throughout this guide. :)
My thanks goes to the authors of the excellent Rogue and Monk Character Guides
at GameFAQs, whose base structure was the example for this document.
If you have comments, corrections or questions, feel free to contact me via e-
mail at email@example.com. As time permits, this guide will be updated with
current information and additional material.
1.1 WHY PLAY A RANGER?
Rangers are a versatile class. Now, what exactly does "versatile" mean? In case
of NWN this means that Rangers are flexible characters that can deal
competently with a wide range of situations that they are confronted with. They
do not possess the arsenal of spells that Clerics or Druids feature, and they
do not get as many feats as Fighters, but with their favoured enemies, an
Animal Companion and their unique combination of class skills, they make
welcome additions to all parties, and are equally attractive to the dedicated
solo-hunter. Below is a list of pro and cons of Rangers:
- Rangers get an Animal Companion.
- Rangers have a d10 hit die, like Fighters.
- Rangers receive feats for two-weapon fighting for free.
- Rangers get four circles of spells.
- Rangers can cast spells with armour on.
- Rangers are proficient with martial weapons.
- Rangers can choose favoured enemies.
- Rangers do not get weapon specialization.
- Rangers' two-weapon fighting feats work only with light armour.
- Rangers do not get their Animal Companion before level 6.
- Rangers' Animal Companions are weaker than those of Druids.
- Rangers get only a few useful spells.
- Rangers get their spells relatively late (1st level at level 6),
1.2 RANGER TYPES
As with all characters, you can "customize" your Ranger's focus and shape her
or him in a way to fit your playing style or the role that you have in mind for
your character. This section of the Ranger Guide introduces the three "base
types" of Rangers:
Disciplined, experienced killer, cold and always focused on his prey, the
Assassin rarely misses his mark. Unlike a Rogue, he can face crowds as well as
individual targets, and thanks to the Ranger's d10 hit die, he has sufficient
hit points to go toe to toe with even strong opponents. The dexterous combat
artist usually wields two sharp blades, but doesn't hesitate to switch to a
shield and weapon combination, and even carries a longbow for situations where
he prefers to hang back. Flexibility is the key to success, as is his keen
knowledge of weapons, armour and foes. He actively uses the terrain, that he
evaluates in mere moments, to his advantage and never runs unprepared into
unfamiliar situations. Never does he wear anything heavier than light armour,
mortally afraid of losing his best advantages: speed and quickness. This is the
Ranger type that this guide recommends, and that the author views as ultimate
Ranger. Humans are the best choice for an Assassin.
Equipped with a mighty long bow, the light-armoured Archer is a silent hunter,
roaming the woods, ready to pluck arrows into any enemy that might cross his
narrow path. Many players, even those not familiar with DnD, associate this
type of character with Rangers. As you'll see later, bows are not actually the
best and certainly not the only way to play a Ranger. Archers are solid
characters, plenty of fun and quite a force solo or in multiplayer. They are
arguably the second best bow-users after a multi classed Fighter/Rogue. Elves
make great Archers because of their racial DEX bonus.
This Ranger type prefers heavy armour and a heavy-hitting weapon. He does not
care about stealth or strategy (and wouldn't be good at it due to the skill
penalties from the heavy armour), he focuses on killing an opponent fast and
without much talk. Dead enemies don't hurt you, after all. In many ways, this
is your typical fanatic, out to kill the creatures he loathes mercilessly.
While this Ranger type is efficient and can be lots of fun, a Fighter or even a
crazed Cleric might be a better choice for this kind of character. However, the
Animal Companion (that can be healed without spells, unlike a summoned pet)
makes this a unique build. Dwarves make good Battle Rangers.
There are other character builds for Rangers that are not covered in the
current version of this Ranger guide. An example would be a Zookeeper that uses
a shield/weapon combination and relies on an Animal Companion and "picked up"
In NWN, not all races are equally suited for the various classes. In this
section, we'll look at the alternatives and try to find out which races work
well with the Ranger class.
They are the average, common inhabitants of the realm. They don't sport any
sweeping advantages, but don't suffer any significant penalties either. Their
benefits are an extra skill point per level (four at creation), allowing the
player to pick up an additional skill. They also receive a bonus feat when the
character is born. Humans are probably the best class for the Assassin type of
Rangers. All Rangers get the martial weapons proficiency feat (which includes
rapiers and longbows), so this advantage usually typical of elves is countered.
Assassin Rangers, who fight close up with opponents, require the additional
feat that humans get to pick up the knockdown feats later on.
Elves are dexterous and resistant to mind affecting spells, yet fragile when it
comes to physical attacks. They make ideal archers as they can start with high
dexterity. If Rangers didn't get martial weapon profiency as class bonus, elves
would be the perfect choice for even the Assassin type. However, they still do
make the best archers, by far. So, if you are going to play a ranged Ranger
(oh, the wit!), then you should be an elf.
Interestingly enough, Dwarves are not only a viable option for the Battle
Ranger, but the arguably best choice -- thanks to their hardiness and the STR
bonus. The Charisma blow is not necessarily a problem (none if you aren't going
to play the Official Campaign). They are not suited for Archer or Assassin
builds. But if you play a Battle Ranger, you'll love the plenty of useful
racial bonuses that Dwarves offer: resistance against poison, various spells, a
+4 AC bonus against Giants, and more. Only consider them if you are interested
in a Battle Ranger
A hybrid of humans and elves, these handsome fellows offer some advantages of
their elven relatives, without suffering their disadvantages. But since they do
not get the human benefits (extra skill point and feat), they are only an
average choice for a Ranger. Unless you wish to roleplay an half-elf, you
should go with a human or an elf.
Gnomes are small, sturdy creatures with a talent for the arcane arts. Although
the +2 CON racial bonus is welcome for all Ranger types, the -2 STR penalty is
a clear drawback. More importantly, Gnomes are small-sized creatures, which
means that medium weapons (such as rapiers) are large weapons to them and must
be wielded with two hands, and large weapons (such as longbows) cannot be used
by small-sized creatures at all. Although a Kukri/dagger combination would be
quite interesting to play, Gnomes just make better Wizards than Rangers.
Halflings are the traditional rogues of the realm (not necessarily the best
choice in all cases, but old habits die hard). The bonus to Move Silently
benefits a Ranger as well as the DEX bonus, however, like Gnomes, Halflings are
small-sized creatures. The concerns about weapon size in regard to the size of
Gnomes (see above) apply to Halflings as well. With some imagination I could
see a PvP oriented, enchanted Kukri/dagger wielding Assassin-Ranger, but
really, a Rogue is probably the better choice here.
Much of what was said about the Dwarf applies to the Half-Orc as well. The INT
and CHA penalty means that your ugly Half-Orc would not only be incredibly
uncharming, but he'd also be just a bit brighter than a rock. In NWN terms this
means that you'd sacrifice a skill, which is not a great idea -- there are
already not enough skill points for enough flexibility. Half-Orcs make much
better Fighters and Barbarians.
The distribution of the ability/stat points at character creation determines
the future of your character. The importance of carefully planning your
character before you start playing her or him can't be stressed enough. If you
blunder here, you'll suffer disadvantages later on, and there's not much you
can do about it at that point. In this section, we are going to look at the
significance of the various attributes for Rangers.
Your strength determines how much weight you can carry, how much extra damage
your weapons do and is the base for your attack rolls. That said, there's an
exception: The attack roll for ranged weapon is based on DEX, and if you get
the Weapon Finesse feat *and* use a "finessable" weapon (we'll cover this in
detail later), strength has no impact on your attack roll whatsoever. For
Battle Rangers, STR is the most important attribute. You want at least 16 here
when you create the character, and pump all five extra attribute points into
STR. Archers and Assassins can neglect STR, but only to some degree. Assassins,
who usually use two blades and occasionally fall back on a longbow variant,
should go with a 14 here. The off-hand weapon gets a STR bonus of 0.5, so 12
STR would give you no bonus at all, and 14 gives you +1. In addition, the
requirement for the Cleave feat is 13, so you don't have any choice anyway. Get
14 STR if you play an Assassin. Archers need to make up their mind what's more
important to them: accuracy or an added bonus. The choice here is between 10
and 14, so 12 might be the happy medium.
Dexterity is important for reflex saves, accuracy of ranged weapons, and the
attack roll if you are a finesse fighter (which you are, if you play an
Assassin). It's also important if you wear light armour (you will, as Archer
and Assassin). Several of your skills are DEX-based also. Now, if you are a
heavy-armour wearing Battle Ranger, you can neglect dexterity. 12 DEX is what
you want, and then ignore it for the rest of the game. Your reflex saves will
be lower, so take that into account when you buy equipment. Archers and
Assassins need DEX. No, not only need, but without the hint of a doubt MUST
have DEX. Start an Assassin with 16 DEX, and consider an 18 if you are an elven
Archer (which you probably should be) and can squeeze it in. Assassins don't
really need more than 16 here, and can't afford it anyway. Archers and
Assassins both put all of their additional five attribute points into DEX.
Constitution does two things for you: It gives you hitpoints and it is the base
for the calculation of your fortitude saving throws. Every character desires
high CON, but obviously not all can squeeze enough points into it. Archers
should start their character with 12 CON and leave it there (you can consider a
10 here, but I don't recommend it), and Battle Rangers and Assassins want a 14
here. Dwarven Battle Rangers should get a CON of 16. Assassins are happy with
Skill points are important, but not crucial. So, you can afford to be of
average intelligence. I know, it's a bit awkward to play a not overly bright
character, and it can really conflict with roleplaying aspects, but regardless
of the Ranger type you play, an INT of 10 is sufficient. I wouldn't go lower,
however. Just put 10 points here and be happy with it.
Ranger spells are of divine nature and thus based on WIS. The saving throw that
is rolled against mind-affecting spells is based on this very attribute. And
who doesn't find it incredibly annoying to be dazed? You need 11 WIS to be able
to cast any of your spells (the first level) and +1 for every additional level.
Rangers have four spell levels, so what you want here is 14. If you think you
can go with less, play a Barbarian or Fighter. Your spells are not great, far
from it, but if you don't care about them at all, you miss the point of playing
a Ranger. So, put 14 here and leave it at that. More points would give you
additional spell slots (plus better will saves), but it's not needed or
recommended. We'll get back to this in the Spells section.
One of the other class guides said, "You don't need Charisma if you can kill
people.". This is more bluntly expressed than I'd put it, but it's accurate. If
it helps you to justify the very low 8 in CHA, just imagine that your Ranger
character is an outdoors person. She or he doesn't interact often with other
civilized and communicative individuals, so her or his social skills are poorly
developed. One thing, however: The Official Campaign makes heavy use of the
Persuade skill, and that one is based on CHA: The good news is that you don't
*need* to persuade anyone to win the game, and there are, at this point in
time, extremely few player-created modules where Persuade has an impact at all.
Furthermore, you won't have enough points to get the Persuade skill, which, to
make it worse, isn't even a class skill for Rangers. So forget about being
charming and just be deadly, mhmm?
3.1 STARTING AND FINAL ATTRIBUTES
Here's a summary of the explanations above, broken down into the three Ranger
types that this guide introduces.
Creation: 14 STR, 16 DEX, 14 CON, 14 WIS, 10 INT, 8 CHA
At Lvl20: 14 STR, 21 DEX, 14 CON, 14 WIS, 10 INT, 8 CHA (unmodified)
Creation: 14 STR, 18 DEX, 12 CON, 14 WIS, 10 INT, 8 CHA
At Lvl20: 12 STR, 23 DEX, 12 CON, 14 WIS, 10 INT, 8 CHA (unmodified)
If you are tempted to go with lower WIS, you might be happier with a Fighter
than with a Ranger. You aren't going to get a lot of spells, but they do help
and give you more options. If you absolutely do not wish to use any of the
Ranger spells, a 10 WIS will be sufficient. Assassins would put the spare
points into STR or DEX, Archers into CON or STR, and Battle Rangers into STR.
But try to stick to the Ranger theme, it's a roleplaying game after all. Plus,
casting the long-lasting Cat's Grace (a Ranger spell) gives you 1-4 DEX.
Rangers with an INT of 10 get 16 skill points at character creation, and 4
skill points per level up. Humans get an extra four points at creation and one
extra point at level up. If you follow my recommendations, you can choose four
or five skills. This is fairly average, but at least you do better than Clerics
who get to pick two or three skills (unless they dump points in INT). In this
section of the guide, we are going to look at the available skills and discuss
if, and to what degree, they are suited for our Ranger builds. We'll start with
the set of skills that are recommended for Rangers.
4,1 RECOMMENDED SKILLS
Ironically enough, the first skill I recommend for Battle Rangers and Assassins
is not a class skill. I do wish this was a class skill, but we'll have to live
with it being a 2-points-for-1 type of skill. Why get Discipline? Simple:
Because it's highly annoying and sometimes deadly to get knocked down by
opponents. Nobody wants to lie helplessly in the dirt while a foe is happily
sticking sharp blades into their body, and getting bashed with a blunt weapon
isn't any more pleasant. Though you will never have more than a mediocre skill
level in Discipline, it will still help, especially since you get a small bonus
from STR. Archers can skip this.
HIDE (DEX) / MOVE SILENTLY (DEX)
I'm discussing these two skills together as there is no point in getting either
one without the other. Archers and Assassins (especially the latter) often
depend on being in the right position when they launch an attack, and there are
situations when it is necessary to get to a specific foe before its friends
swarm you. Enemy mages are good examples for such "must knock out first"
enemies. High dexterity of the aforementioned types directly benefits the
character's ability to move around undetected, and get out of tough situations
(or in the middle of them). Battle Rangers, who wear heavy armour, can skip
these two skills. Everyone else: get them.
This skill has been discussed to death on various message boards and in other
guides. I'll make it quick and simple say: It's a must-have skill. Okay, now
you ask, "Why?". Okay, the deal is this: In the Official Campaign, you can
easily rest almost whenever you want, and if you need to be cured from poison
or diseases, you can use the Stone of Recall to get back to the temple.
However, it's still fairly annoying, costs some gold, and it's a bit of a game-
stopper when you are on a roll. Healing kits drop frequently and are cheaper
than heal potions. Your decent WIS attribute benefits your Healing skill, so
you do heal quite a few HPs. Another aspect is that in many NWN persistent
worlds (PWs) and multiplayer adventures, the resting frequency is limited
and/or there are no Stone of Recalls. All in all, there's no good reason not to
get Healing. What are you waiting for?
SET TRAPS (DEX)
Are you surprised to see this skill listed here? Rangers are, besides Rogues,
the only other class that have Set Traps as a class skill. Granted, in the
Official Campaign, there is no real need for this skill (amazing how many
skills are not very needed in the OC, isn't it?), but it's a lot of fun and
gives you an alternate option to soften up (or blast into eternity) crowds. It
requires strategy and a bit of testing before you get the routine down, but if
you're like me and interested in a versatile playstyle, Set Traps is a welcome
addition to your character. As a Ranger, you'll find traps fairly often. Unlike
Rogues, you cannot easily disable and "recycle" traps laid by the game or other
players. Battle Rangers can skip this skill if they insist, but for Archers and
Assassins it is almost a must. All right, not a must, but why would you want to
skip a perfectly cool and almost unique skill?
4.2 SO-AND-SO SKILLS
ANIMAL EMPATHY (CHA)
I'm sure you have wondered why this skill is not listed in the recommended
section. The reason for this is that Animal Empathy isn't overly useful. You
are not a zookeeper (leave that profession to Druids), and if you ever need
reinforcement, you can call your Animal Companion and summon an additional
helper. For roleplaying purposes, this skill is definitely worth looking into,
and I would even go so far to mildly recommend it for Archers. Battle Rangers
and Assassins most certainly don't need it. In fact, for Assassins it's even a
hindrance to have any "helpers" if you want to move around unnoticed. Hard to
do if your pets attract hordes of hostile critters, isn't it? Plus, and this
should crush most of your hopes, this skill is based on Charisma. And you have
the charisma of a loaf of bread, remember? I'll say, though, that it is more
useful if you play in Persistant Worlds that have large wilderness (or other)
areas with many animals. In such places you can simply "pick up" an animal
helper whenever you need one.
Every NPC vendor will be happy to identify your mysterious loot for a small fee
of 100 gold. Lore is a "nice skill", and that's it. It helps to be able to
identify objects "on the fly", especially if your strength is low (it's not
likely to be) and you play without a Stone of Recall or rejoice in dungeon
crawls. However, you don't have the skill points for it (unless you are a
Battle Ranger) and if you run out of room, just use magic bags of holding. Lore
is an option for Battle Rangers that have spare skill points.
This skills helps you to "spot" hidden creatures, and -- to some degree -- look
behind closed doors. It's nifty and useful in modules where creatures tend to
go invisible on you, or for adventures where the DM is awfully creative to your
disadvantage. In the Official Campaign, this skill is utterly useless. Not a
bad skill, but not really necessary, either. You get a bonus from WIS if you
OPEN LOCKS (DEX)
Rangers are not Rogues, even though they have some aspects in common (both can
set traps, both often rely on their ability to move unseen in the shadows).
Archers and Assassins have very high DEX (and can cast Cat's Grace to further
increase it), so even though Open Locks is not a class skill, it is an
acceptable choice -- thanks to the DEX bonus. Then again, many locks can be
DISARM TRAPS (DEX)
While you can place traps competently, disarming them is not a class skill. Of
course, that doesn't make much sense, since in order to build a trap, you need
the same knowledge that's required to make them unusable. Alas, I didn't make
the rules. If you decide to get this skill anyway, you get a bonus from your
high DEX (if you are an Assassin or an Archer) and can expect to be able to
disable most floor traps that you encounter (examine them first!). Traps on
doors and containers can be a different issue, however. Note that you'll need
Search for Disarm Traps to make much sense, and you are slowly running out of
If you want to find traps on your own, to either avoid or disarm them, you need
this skill to find them. It is actually a class skill (surprise, surprise), but
INT based, and your Ranger just isn't going to be the brightest adventurer in
the woods, so you get no bonus here. If you are going to pick up Disarm Traps,
this skill is worth considering, otherwise don't bother.
4.3 ALMOST USELSS SKILLS
All skills that are not listed above, Simple, eh? Actually, I don't really like
the word "useless", because there are also situations or original character
builds where unusual skills can have a use and even be the focus of a
character's life. Average Persuade can be helpful on the Official Campaign,
Spellcraft might be useful for the passive bonus to saving throws against
spells, Parry might improve your defence, but drags battles into length and
just isn't overly helpful. But all in all, the skills that fall in this
category are "special interest" choices -- and if you go with them, I assume
that you know what you do.
A Ranger's strength lies in the right choice of weapons and strategies, the
tactical skill of the player and the intimate knowledge of foes and
environments. The feats add special abilities to the character, and a good
player puts thought in the wise selection of these attributes. In this section
of the guide, we'll look at the Ranger-specific feats first, and then discuss
recommended feats for the various Ranger builds. The end of this section forms
a list of general feats that may be worth considering, depending on your
preferences and your playstyle.
5.1 FEATS THAT RANGERS GET AUTOMATICALLY
TRACKLESS STEP (LEVEL 1)
This feat is gained by all Rangers at the first Ranger level, usually at
character creation. It gives the Ranger a +4 bonus to Hide and Move Silently
when sneaking around in outdoor/wooded areas. It's particularly nice for
Assassins and Archers, who make use of these two skills nearly in all phases of
an adventure. Rangers share this feat with Druids, who gain it at level 3.
DUAL-WIELD (LEVEL 1)
This is the very feat that is the reason for plenty of players thinking that
dual-weapon fighting with Rangers is not worthwhile. It is widely assumed that
Rangers get the feats Ambidexterity and Two-Weapon Fighting feats for free, but
that's only half the truth. Yes, Dual-Wield consists of these two feats,
however, they are "light versions", and only work if you wear light armour. If
you wear medium or heavy armour, you lose their benefits instantly. If you
played another class and picked Ambidexterity and Two-Weapon Fighting, you'd be
able to use them even when wearing heavier armour, but the Ranger-specific
Dual-Wield feat only works with light armour. The Dual-Wield benefits are only
of use to the Assassin: Ambidexterity reduces the attack roll penalty for the
off-hand weapon by 4, and Two-Weapon Fighting reduces the attack roll penalty
for both hands by 2 each.
WEAPON PROFIENCY MARTIAL (LEVEL 1)
Rangers get this feat for free at level 1, and it grants you access to the
following weapons: Battleaxe, greatsword, halberd, handaxe, heavy flail, light
flail, light hammer, longbow, longsword, rapier, scimitar, short sword,
shortbow, throwing axe and warhammer. Take note that both long bow and rapier
fall in this category, giving you the freedom to choose another race besides
Elf for an Assassin or Archer build, should you decide so. The rapier in
particular is of special interest to Assassins, as it is "finessable" without
being a "light" weapon.
WEAPON PROFIENCY SIMPLE (LEVEL 1)
This feat allows you to equip simple weapons, including: dagger, mace, club,
sickle, spear, morningstar, quarterstaff, light crossbow, dart, sling and heavy
crossbow. Some of these weapons are "finessable", the dagger and short sword in
particular, and are suited off-hand weapons for Assassins.
ARMOUR PROFIENCY LIGHT / MEDIUM (LEVEL 1)
Both feats are default for Rangers, and are gained at level 1. Light armour is
a must for Assassins, and makes a good choice for Archers also. Battle Rangers
don't get enough protection from light and medium armour (due to their
relatively low dex) and will need to get the heavy armour feat.
SHIELD PROFIENCY (LEVEL 1)
Like most combat-oriented classes, Rangers receive the Shield feat for free. It
allows you to equip a shield. Not useful for Archers, but handy for Battle
Rangers and Assassins, who sometimes face situations where a shield/weapon
combination is more desirable than dual weapons or a large heavy-hitter. Such
situation include scenarios where you *need* defence (AC from shield) more
than damage potential. It is certainly true that a dead enemy can't hit you,
but you also need to stay alive in order to kill something.
ANIMAL COMPANION (LEVEL 6)
At level 6, Rangers finally get their animal companion. We'll discuss the
various types a bit later, but as with many other aspects of playing and
creating a character, the choice of your pet depends on your preferences and
your style. In contradiction to the misleading display of stats for animal
companions when you select them (as of 1.26, the displayed information do not
reflect the actual statistics of the companion), the pets are weaker than the
identically named critters of Druids, and they are also less powerful than the
familiars of wizards and sorcerers. As rule of thumb, the highest level Ranger
companion is the Dire Wolf, and it is always two levels below your own, You can
summon your pet once every gaming day, and it'll stay with you until you level
up or it gets killed. There is more information on animal companions further
down in this guide.
IMPROVED TWO-WEAPON FIGHTNING (LEVEL 9)
To the best of my knowledge, this is the "regular" version of this feat, and
not a "light version". Rangers receive it for free at the 9th level. It gives
you a second attack for your off-hand weapon, but at a -5 penalty. Since
Assassins are going to have a fairly high attack roll, you have a fair chance
to land that extra attack, if you are following my advice and play a finesse
assassin (more on this later). Battle Rangers and Archers have no use for this
FAVOURED ENEMY (LEVELS 1, 5, 10, 15, 20)
At levels 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20, Rangers can select a "favoured enemy". Those are
foes that the Ranger is specially trained for. In DnD and NWN terms this means
that you get a +1 damage (per every five levels) bonus against your favoured
enemies. Here's an example: Let's say you pick Undeads as your first favoured
enemy at level 1. If you face a skeleton, you'll do one point extra damage to
it. At level 5 you get to choose another favoured enemy, and you choose humans.
Now you'll do +2 extra damage to undeads and humans. So, every five levels,
your extra damage to each of your favoured enemies increases by one point. At
level 20, you'll do extra damage of 5 points to all of your five favoured
enemies. In addition you get a +1 bonus (per every five levels) to Listen, Spot
and Taunt checks against your favoured enemies, which is increasing exactly
like the damage bonus. (An attack roll bonus instead would have been far
nicer!) Which you choose here is really up to you, and highly depends on where
or what module you play. For the Official Campaign, I'd recommend Humans,
Undead, Giants, Dragons and Elementals, in this order. The fifth choice
especially is really up to you.
5.2 GENERAL FEATS
In this section I'll briefly introduce and discuss feats that are not gained
automatically by Rangers. If you do not find the feat that you are looking for,
please search for it in the previous section where the automatically gained
Ranger feats are listed. If you still can't find it, it's likely to be specific
for another class, such as EXTRA TURNING, which is only available to Clerics
This feat gives your character a +2 to the Listen and Spot skills. Neat, but
far from being needed.
ARMOUR PROFIENCY HEAVY
Needed for Battle Rangers who put points in STR rather than DEX. Assassins or
Archers do not need this feat.
This is actually a good feat for especially Assassins. If you land an attack of
this kind on the target's legs, the opponent is slowed by 20% and his DEX is
reduced by 2. If you hit the arms, the opponent suffers a -2 penalty on his
attack rolls. Knockdown does a better job, however, so this feat can be
skipped, unless you are partial to it.
This feat removes the -4 to Concentration penalty for casting when too close to
an attacker. You are not going to cast your few spells in the middle of battle,
so there is really no need to get this feat (not to mention that you don't have
the Concentration skill!).
An excellent feat for Battle Rangers and Assassins. Even more so for the
latter. It you slay an enemy in melee combat and there's another within range,
you get a free attack that is automatically performed. This does not work with
ranged weapons such as bows.
Helps to avoid getting hit by arrows and bolts, however, IMPROVED UNARMED
STRIKE is a pre-requisite for this feat. The good news is that you need neither
If you have this feat, you can try to disarm an opponent in the middle of the
fight. There are two problems with this: First, attempting this provokes
attacks of opportunity, and second, it requires an INT of 13, which you do not
It's a good feat. An excellent one, in fact, and clearly every Ranger build
would benefit from the +1 to your AC against attacks from your current target.
However, it has a DEX requirement of 13, and so it's not an option for low-DEX
Battle Rangers. Archers get it anyway since it is a pre-requisite for MOBILITY.
Assassins are already hard pressed for feats.
You are not a spellcaster (really, you are not!).
You are still not a mage.
This is a nice feat, giving you a +2 your Fortitude saving throws (CON based).
Dwarven Battle Rangers have no real need for this feat, and well, the others
wouldn't mind it, but there are better feats to pick.
A wonderful feat that doubles your chance to get in a critical hit with the
weapon of your choice. It's a must-have feat for all Ranger builds. Get it as
soon as it becomes available!
See DISARM, no need for this feat.
Same as KNOCKDOWN (see there), but your IMPROVED KNOCKDOWN attacks are
performed as if your character was a size larger (letting you knockdown even
larger monster). Highly recommended feat for Assassins and Battle Rangers.
See PARRY, no need for this feat for most builds.
The only reason the Assassin and Battle Ranger take POWERATTACK is because it
is a pre-requisite for the insanely useful CLEAVE feat. It also helps with
bashing chests open in the early game. There is no need to take IMPROVED
POWERATTACK, though it might work with the Battle Ranger.
IMPROVED UNARMED STRIKE
You aren't going to fight without weapon, so this feat is not needed for any
This feat is quite nice. It increases your Will saving throws by 2. Will saves
shouldn't be your weakest point since you have decent WIS. Elven Rangers
definitely don't need this feat because of their racial bonuses.
Great feat for Assassins and Battle Rangers. This combat action is performed
with a -4 penalty to your attack roll, but if successful, you literally knock
down your opponent, who not only cannot hit back while being knocked down, but
also suffers a -4 penalty to their AC, See also IMPROVED KNOCKDOWN.
This feat gives you a +2 bonus to your Reflex saving throws. Archers and
Assassins have high DEX and thus above average reflexes. It's a nice feat for
Battle Rangers, but they still have better feats to choose from.
No, you really don't need any of the meta-magic feats.
This feat gives you a +4 AC dodge bonus against attacks of opportunities. It's
particularly useful for Archers as they tend to move around a lot more than the
other Ranger types, and thus provoke more attacks of opportunity. It is not
absolutely required, but I recommend it. Assassins and especially Battle
Rangers can skip it.
POINT BLANK SHOT
A sweet feat for Archers, and possibly Assassins who plan on using their bow a
lot (not recommended). Not only does it negate the -4 penalty to the attack
roll if a target is within melee range (in other words, right in front of you),
it also gives a +1 bonus to attack and damage(!) if a target is within 15 feet
of the character. This feat is a must for Archers. Useless for Battle Rangers.
Useful for Assassins and Battle Rangers early in the game, mostly to bash
chests. It gives a -5 penalty to the attack roll, but adds +5 damage if the
character does hit. For low-damage weapons this feat is the only way to destroy
chests that have higher damage reduction. The reason why Assassins and Battle
Rangers take this feat, however, is because it is a pre-requisite for CLEAVE.
Only for full-time spell casters.
This feat gives the character an extra ranged attack (bow, crossbow, sling) per
round, though at the cost of a -2 penalty to the attack roll. At medium/high
levels, this is not very bad, so Archers can and should make heavy use of this
feat. If this feat didn't have POINT BLANK SHOT as pre-requisite, it would be
quite handy for Assassins also.
This feat gives a +3 bonus to a skill of your choice. This is "neat", but feat
slots are way too precious to spend one of them for this feat. (Ironically
enough, if you use the "recommended" button when playing a Ranger, the game
will use this feat on the Animal Empathy skill.)
For mages that wish to give certain spells more punch. Useless for Rangers.
Useless for Rangers.
Like all Metamagic feats, this one is useless for Rangers.
This feat is awesome for Monks, who not only get it for free, but can also use
it more often than other characters. It does look good on the paper, but Battle
Rangers don't have the required 13 DEX, and Assassins simply don't have room
for this feat. KNOCKDOWN and IMPROVED KNOCKDOWN get the job done.
This feat gives your character one extra hitpoint per level. If you get it at
level 9, you'd still get an extra HP for all previous levels, too. Every
character wants this feat, but often there's not always room for it. If you are
ever out of ideas for feats to get, pick up this one. You can't go wrong with
Rangers get a "light" version of this feat at level 1, as part of the DUAL
WIELD feat. Don't pick this one up.
This is the "key feat" for Assassins. In fact, it's the very feat that the
Assassin Ranger build depends on. This is what it does: If your character uses
a "finessable" weapon (such as the rapier), the attack roll is based on DEX
instead of STR. Normally, the attack is determined by STR. So, if you use a
rapier and wear light armour (or another "finessable" weapon), the attack roll
(accuracy) and AC (protection) is based on DEX. In addition, DEX is used to
calculate the attack for ranged weapons, which means Assassins can easily fall
back on their bow if need arises. Note that only the following weapons work
with this feat: rapier, shortsword, dagger, handaxe, kama, kukri, light
crossbow, light hammer, mace, shruiken, sickle, sling and throwing axe.
Assassins must have this feat, and Archers can consider it for backup purposes
if they desire this.
This feat gives you a +1 attack bonus when using the weapon of your choice. All
Ranger builds benefit from it, and especially Assassins as it helps to "make
up" a little for the attack roll penalty for using two weapons. Rangers with
very high DEX can afford to go without this feat, though it really doesn't hurt
to have it. Battle Rangers should strongly consider taking the feat.
WEAPON PROFIENCY EXOTIC
If your character has this feat, she can use the following weapons: dire mace,
double axe, kama, katana, kukri, scythe, shuriken and the two-bladed sword. If
katanas were finessable, this feat would be a requirement for Assassins. But
since it isn't, there is no real need to take this additional feat. If you play
a small-sized Assassin (who cannot dual wield the medium-classed rapier), it's
worth considering to pick up this feat and use two kukris. The double-weapons
would be awesome for a Battle Ranger, but you just aren't likely to have many
spare feats, unless you are willing to sacrifice other feats or take Fighter
levels (in this case you should seriously think about using a double-weapon).
This feat is not available to Rangers, as it is restricted to the Fighter
class. However, it's listed here because this is the feat that makes multi-
classing with Fighter an interesting option. If picked up this feat (if you
also get Fighter levels, check the Multiclassing section for more details), you
get a +2 damage bonus for the weapon of your choice. This is a significant
boost, regardless of the type of Ranger you are playing.
5.3 TYPE-SPECIFIC FEATS
This section lists recommended feats for the various Ranger builds. These are
suggestions, and you are encouraged to consider swapping individual feats for
possible choices from the general feats list (further down). Feats in brackets
are optional, whereas the other feats are highly recommended for the particular
build. All recommended feats are covered in the general feat list also.
Feats: WEAPON FINESSE, POWER ATTACK, CLEAVE, KNOCKDOWN, IMPROVED KNOCKDOWN,
IMPROVED CRITICAL (RAPIER), WEAPON FOCUS (RAPIER), (TOUGHNESS). If you wonder
why I listed eight feats, remember that I recommend to use humans for
Assassins, because of this very extra feat. You can customize a little, if you
wish. POWER ATTACK is a pre-requisite for CLEAVE, so it's either both or none.
CLEAVE is incredibly useful when fighting more than one foe, for the extra
attack it gives you when you slay one of the enemies. KNOCKDOWN and IMPROVED
KNOCKDOWN are not everyone's cup of tea, however, I have always found them
incredibly useful, simply because enemies that lay helplessly on the ground
will not hit you (and are easier to hit). If you don't like this "move", you
could get another IMPROVE CRITICAL and WEAPON FOCUS for your off-hand weapon (I
actually recommend to use two rapiers at higher levels. Take a look at the
strategy section of this guide for more information). Getting one or two of the
saving throws feats is also worth considering, if you find yourself lacking in
these areas. Magic feats are of no interest for Assassins, or any other Ranger
builds. WEAPON FINESSE is *critical* for this build! If you have it, then the
attack roll for certain weapons (such as the rapier) will be based on DEX
instead of STR. THIS feat is what makes you a truly skilled Assassin. It is a
requirement for this build! TOUGHNESS is optional and you can get another feat
instead, DODGE for example.
Feats: POINT BLANK SHOT, RAPID SHOT, IMPROVED CRITICAL (LONGBOW), WEAPON FOCUS
(LONGBOW), MOBILITY, DODGE, (TOUGHNESS). The last feat is not crucial and
depends on your playstyle. Other options here would be WEAPON FINESSE, to give
you a backup weapon (Rapier) if you fight in tight quarters and find your bow
too cumbersome. GREATER FORTITUDE is also a worthwhile feat for higher level
characters. Do not bother with any magical feats as you only have very few
spells and they are not worth being empowered, extended or maximized -- and you
will only very rarely find yourself casting in the middle of combat, If you
multiclass with Fighter, getting the WEAPON SPECIALIZATION feat for longbows is
a must. MOBILITY (which has DODGE as pre-requisite) is useful to you because as
ranged attacker, you'll find yourself often trying to get out of the middle of
mobs, which frequently provokes attacks of opportunity (against you). As the
Rogue guide expresses it, "don't get married to a spot".
Feats: ARMOR PROFIENCY HEAVY, POWER ATTACK, CLEAVE, KNOCKDOWN, IMPROVED
KNOCKDOOWN, IMPROVED CRITICAL, WEAPON FOCUS. It can be argued wether the
seventh feat should be replaced for TOUGHNESS, however, I feel that WEAPON
FOCUS is the better choice. The other six feats are more or less required for a
Battle Ranger, giving you all essential abilities to deal with most foes that
you'll encounter on your adventures. Choose the IMPROVED CRITICAL and WEAPON
FOCUS for the weapon of your choice. Unless you are set on playing a pure
Ranger, you are strongly encouraged to take a few FIGHTER levels for the extra
feats and especially WEAPON SPECIALIZATION, for which you'd need WEAPON FOCUS.
When planning the content for the Ranger guide, this section was the one that I
dreaded the most. The reason for this is that I am one of those players who
enjoy playing "pure" characters, even though it is not always the best route to
take. In this version of the guide, I will cover the various multiclassing
options for Rangers. If you have gathered positive (or even negative)
experience with multiclassing ranger combinations, please drop me an e-mail.
I'll be happy to include your experiences in future releases of the guide, and
give full credit.
5.1 NOTES ON MULTICLASSING
Unless your character is human or you multiclass with a class that is favoured
by your character's race, you are going to face an XP penalty. Dwarves have
Fighter as their favoured class, and Elves favour the Wizard class. Rangers
gain an additional favoured enemy every fifth level and the level of their
Animal Companion increases with each Ranger level. Other than these, Rangers
get the IMPROVED TWO-WEAPON-FIGHTING feat at their 9th level. There are no
"real" benefits of playing a level 20 Ranger, such as damage reduction as Monks
get at that level. So, multiclassing is a definite option. *grinds his teeth*
5.2 MULTICLASSING COMBINATIONS
Below follows a discussion of multiclassing options for Rangers with other
classes. The "compatibility" list is in alphabetical order.
Multiclassing your Ranger with Barbarian does not give you any real benefits.
The small movement increase of 10% makes no huge difference, and while the
increasingly improving UNCANNY feat that Barbarians get would be quite handy,
it is far from being a "must-have" feat. This is particularly true for
Assassins and Archers who already have decent reflex saving throws. The
Barbarian's damage reduction, though not impressive, is more attractive, but it
takes entirely too many Barbarian levels to get this.
Bard spells, while "better" than the Ranger's spell assortment, are based on
Charisma. All three Ranger builds that are featured in this guide have a CHA of
8, meaning that you won't get to use any of the Bard spells. Bards have the
Discipline skill as class skill, which is a definite plus. Every player likes
to have a Bard around, because her music improves saving throws, damage, AC,
attack rolls and even hitpoints, but few actually want to play a Bard. If you
took three Bard levels, you could sing the Bard song three times per day, each
song lasting for six rounds. The benefits from this, while under the influence
of the song, would be +1 to attack roll, +2 to damage, +1 will saves, +1 to
fortitude saves for yourself and your allies. The duration is not very long,
keep this in mind. If this option sounds good to you (it might, if you are an
Archer), don't forget to put points in the Perform skill.
The Cleric is one of the better multiclassing options for Rangers. Like
Rangers, they use divine magic (based on WIS), and get plenty of low level
spells, some of which are attractive. With your 14 WIS, that I recommend for
all Ranger builds, you could cast spells from the first four Cleric spell
levels. For this you'd need to take seven Cleric levels, and would be rewarded
with six cantrip spells, four first level spells, three second level spells,
two third level spells and one fourth level spell. The Cleric's TURN ÙNDEAD
ability is not very useful for a Ranger because it is Charisma based. And you
are not very charming! If you enjoy casting spells or if there's a Cleric
Domain whose benefits you'd like to reap (decent are the domains Animal,
Healing, Strength and War) then this is worth considering.
The Druids are the brothers of Rangers. They share a special feat, some spells
and the Animal Companion with Rangers. Their spells are also based on WIS, and
can be cast without failure while wearing armour. Druid is not a bad
multiclassing option, and the Druid feat NATURE sense, that gives you a +2
bonus to attack rolls when fighting in wilderness areas, is attractive.
WOODLAND STRIDE, gained at the second Druid level, that makes the character
immune to entangling and grease spells or effects, is also nice to have. The
Ranger's 14 WIS allow to cast spells of the four lowest Druid spell levels, if
you take seven levels of Druid. You'd then be able to memorize six cantrip
spells, four first level spells, three second level spells, two third level
spells and one fourth level spell. If you were to get seven Druid levels (it's
either two or seven, nothing else makes much sense), you'd also gain the RESIST
NATURE'S LURE feat (+2 bonus to saving throws against fear) and the ability to
shift into an animal form (the shapes improve with Druid levels, so you'd be
fairly weak later on). You cannot have two Animal Companions. Note that Rangers
must have a neutral alignment in order to gain Druid levels.
Multiclassing with Fighter is the only option I'd personally consider, and for
no other reason than the extra feats this would bring. In fact, it's an
excellent idea to get a few Fighter levels, and unless you are not a "must-
play-pure-characters-no-matter-what" player like me, then you should strongly
consider multiclassing with Fighter. It is a good idea for all three Ranger
types that this guide features, and especially for the Battle Ranger because
Fighters gain heavy armour profiency, so this would mean one feat less that you
need to pick. What all Ranger types are after is the WEAPON SPECIALIZATION feat
that gives you a +2 damage bonus for your chosen weapon. This is a massive
bonus, in particular for Assassins whose weapons do relatively little base
damage. How many Fighter levels you should take mainly depends on how many
extra feats you want. If you take one Fighter level, you gain the heavy armour
feat plus an extra one. Note that you can only take WEAPON SPECIALIZATION if
you already have WEAPON FOCUS for the same weapon, and +4 attack (so don't
multiclass at second level, wait until you have a +4 attack). For every two
Fighter levels, you gain an extra feat from the combat feats list. This in
addition of the feats all characters get at the appropriate levels. Fighters
only get two skill points (at 10 INT) per level, which is one of the two
drawbacks of multiclassing with Fighter. The second disadvantage is that your
Animal Companion's level depends on your Ranger level, not on your character
level. So if you are a 19/1 Ranger/Fighter, your dire wolf will be only level
17. A level 20 Ranger's dire wolf would be level 18. Anyway, Battle Rangers
really should take at least one Fighter level, and Archers and Assassins should
at least ponder the idea.
Multiclassing with Monks would bring the EVASION feat (level 1) and PURITY OF
BODY (basically immunity to diseases). All other interesting Monk-specific
feats are either gained at higher Monk levels or only work with kamas or fists.
Monks also get CLEAVE at level 1, and KNOCKDOWN as well as IMPROVED KNOCKDOWN
at level 6. Assassins who can handle being lawful, would actually benefit from
one Monk level: This would give them the handy EVASION feat and CLEAVE for
free, without having to take POWER ATTACK as CLEAVE prerequisite. That would
free up two feat slots for the Assassin, which is an interesting advantage and
worth considering And if an Assassin were to get six Monk levels, they'd also
get the two knockdown feats for free. Monks only have a d8 hit die, so that's
two hitpoints less for every Monk level (but with one Monk level you'd save two
feats, one of which you could use for TOUGHNESS, which would more than make up
for the two sacrificed hitpoints).
Paladins don't multiclass all that well, and the only reason you, as Ranger,
should consider multiclassing with Paladin is because of the immunity to
diseases which the Paladin gains at the first level and the immunity to all
fear spells and effects. The Charisma bonus to all saving throws wouldn't help
you since your Ranger character's CHA score is lower than ten (makes me wonder
whether you'd get a penalty!).
This is an interesting multiclassing option for Rangers, especially Assassins.
At first level, Rogues gain the increasingly improving SNEAK ATTACK feat. If
you successfully attack an opponent that does not see you (if you are hidden or
stealthing), is flat-footed (attack of opportunity) or is engaged with another
creature and has turned their back to you, you perform a sneak attack that adds
extra damage to your attack. At the first Rogue level this is 1d6 and increases
by another 1d6 every two levels (2d6 with three Rogue levels). Sneak attacks
greatly benefit fighting with two weapons, and if you play an Assassin who
makes heavy use of hide/move silently, a few Rogue levels would increase your
damage output (and add another fun activity). UNCANNY DODGE I (retaining DEX
bonus to AC even when caught flat-footed) at the third Rogue level is also
useful. Rogues have a small hit die (d6), so you don't want too many Rogue
levels, even if the sneak attacks are desirable.
Even if I stress my imagination, I cannot see how a Ranger/Sorcerer could
possibly work. The spells of Sorcerers are based on Charisma, the by far least
important attribute for Rangers, and they get no feats that Rangers don't get
or even want. The Familiar is nice and you can actually have an Animal
Companion *and* a Familiar at the same time, but a weak Familiar just wouldn't
make a difference.
What I said about multiclassing with the Sorcerer applies to this option also.
The Ranger types that this guide features only have 10 INT, and that means you
wouldn't be able to cast any Wizard spells at all. The spell levels available
to a character depend on the "real" points in the INT attribute. INT bonuses
from items only affect the number of spell slots, but not the available spell
This section is concerned with the Animal Companion of the Ranger. I'll share
some general ideas on the topic and then introduce each of the available pets
including their relevant statistics to you.
7.1 THOUGHTS ON ANIMAL COMPANIONS
While Druids, Sorcerers and Wizards get their pet at the first level, the
Ranger is joined by her or his Animal Companion at level 6. This means that a
young Ranger is left to her or his own devices when starting out. But this
isn't a huge problem, since all builds of Rangers are capable of holding their
own. New Archers will probably miss the pet the most, since they benefit from a
"tank", but honestly, it's do-able solo. Anyway, an Animal Companion is a nice
addition, although I think that you should always make sure that you can take
care of your own and do not overly rely on pets, summons, henchmen or even
other players. If all else fails (and it often will), you are going to be
alone, and unless you know how to deal with these not-so-rare situations, you
will face defeat.
The real downside of an Animal Companion, especially for Archers and Assassins,
is that they tend to trigger nearby monsters -- and that you can't sneak around
if everything spots your clearly visible pet. On the flipside, it's kind of
"cool" to have a loyal helper that deals some damage and, more importantly,
soaks up damage. Every point of damage that your pet takes is one point less
damage that you might have taken if you were on your own. In the end, it's a
trade-off. You do not "have" to have your companion "out" at all times, so try
to play by ear and see how well you do on your own, and fall back on your pet
when you need help. As always, the route you choose depends on your personal
preferences and experiences.
Note that NWN (current version as of writing this guide is 1.26) displays
incorrect attributes and levels for companions in the selection screen. The
actual levels, attributes and hitpoints are lower than what you see in the menu
where you can select your companion. I do not know if the display is incorrect
(I believe so) or if the Animal Companions are spawned with too low levels,
stats and hitpoints. Perhaps future versions of NWN will address this problem.
7.2 INTRODUCTION OF THE ANIMAL COMPANIONS
You can only have one Animal Companion at a time, and are given the choice to
select one every time you level up. You cannot change the type of animal
between two level-ups, so choose wisely. Below you find a brief description of
each of the available companions. Included are the relevant statistics for each
pet when your Ranger character is at level 6 (when you can first summon them),
level 12 (when things often get tougher) and level 20 (when you will need to
decide which pet you wish to use for the rest of your Ranger adventures). The
stats are based on the actual numbers of the spawned animals, not on the
different information in the selection screen. "clvl" is the "character level"
of your character, "lvl" is the level the Animal Companion will be at. "AB" is
He makes a cute pet, but unfortunately, he is too fragile and does almost no
damage. The badger is generally five levels lower than your character. At its
highest level, the badger has a spot skill of 6, which isn't particularly
helpful when you are going to be level 20.
Stats at clvl 06 -- Lvl: 01, AC: 16, HP: 08, Dmg: 1-2/-1, AB: none
Stats at clvl 12 -- Lvl: 07, AC: 16, HP: 45, Dmg: 1-2/-1, AB: +4
Stats at clvl 20 -- Lvl: 15, AC: 16, HP: 97, Dmg: 1-2/-1, AB: +10/+5/+0
Of all the Animal Companions, the wolf is certainly the most "in character"
choice, since he fits so well in the "forest theme" that is traditionally
associated with a Ranger. In NWN, he's not really a good choice, if you don't
take the cute, furry look into account. The wolf is generally four levels below
your own. His best skills at his highest level (16) are hide and move silently
(10 and 11), but he does not use these.
Stats at clvl 06 -- Lvl: 02, AC: 13, HP: 11, Dmg: 1-3/+1, AB: +2
Stats at clvl 12 -- Lvl: 08, AC: 16, HP: 44, Dmg: 1-3/+1, AB: +7/+2
Stats at clvl 20 -- Lvl: 16, AC: 20, HP: 88, Dmg: 1-3/+1, AB: +13/+8/+3
The big teddy is an inhabitant of the woods, but can be trained to be a loyal
pet. In NWN, the brown bear is always two levels lower than your Ranger
character's. He gains the Discipline skill which will be at 10 when the bear
hits his maximum skill of 18. This is actually useful since he'll be able to
resist at least some knockdown attacks.
Stats at clvl 06 -- Lvl: 04, AC: 16, HP: 34, Dmg: 1-3/+3, AB: +6
Stats at clvl 12 -- Lvl: 10, AC: 16, HP: 85, Dmg: 1-3/+6, AB: +13/+8
Stats at clvl 20 -- Lvl: 18, AC: 16, HP: 153, Dmg: 1-3/+13, AB: +23/+18/+13
Known to many players as the first useful summon at low levels, the boar makes
an average animal companion (though better than the summoned variant). The
boar's level is always three levels below your Ranger's level. Noteworthy
skills are Discipline and Spot, both around 10. Discipline is a generally
useful skill, for pets and player characters alike.
Stats at clvl 06 -- Lvl: 03, AC: 16, HP: 19, Dmg: 1-3/+1, AB: +3
Stats at clvl 12 -- Lvl: 09, AC: 16, HP: 58, Dmg: 1-3/+4, AB: +10/+5
Stats at clvl 20 -- Lvl: 17, AC: 16, HP: 110, Dmg: 1-3/+8, AB: +20/+15/+10
A pretty cool looking pet is the Hawk, He flies above you, keeping a keen eye
on the surroundings. The hawk's level is always five levels lower than your
own. The pet gains the Disarm and Mobility feats, but Disarm is not used by the
bird. With a Search skill of only 2, he does not find but the easiest traps.
Stats at clvl 06 -- Lvl: 01, AC: 20, HP: 09, Dmg: 1-2, AB: +3
Stats at clvl 12 -- Lvl: 07, AC: 20, HP: 36, Dmg: 1-2, AB: +8
Stats at clvl 20 -- Lvl: 15, AC: 20, HP: 72, Dmg, 1-2, AB: +14/+9/+4
A sleek, dark panther by your side, the dream of many a Ranger. The big cat is
always three levels below your character. Absolutely noteworthy is that the
Panther gains the sneak attack feat, which means that his sneak attack at his
highest level (17) will be 9d6. This is 9-54 points of extra damage when the
panther gets a sneak attack in. He also gains the Uncanny Dodge V feat, helping
his already good reflex saves when he steps into a trap (which he won't see,
with a negative Search skill of -4). His Hiding/Move Silently skills are at 13,
but he does not use them actively.
Stats at clvl 06 -- Lvl: 03, AC: 15, HP: 16, Dmg: 1-3/+3, AB: +6
Stats at clvl 12 -- Lvl: 09, AC: 15, HP: 49, Dmg: 1-3/+3, AB: +10/+5
Stats at clvl 13 -- Lvl: 17, AC: 15, HP: 93, Dmg: 1-3/+3, AB: +16/+11/+6
Usually an enemy of dungeon-crawling Rangers, the giant spider can also become
a faithful companion of your character. She is five levels lower than your
Ranger character. As trade-off for the relatively low hitpoints, the giant
spider gains spell immunity and immunity to mind-affecting spells. She also has
the Darkvision feat, though this is of no importance.
Stats at clvl 06 -- Lvl: 01, AC: 15, HP: 04, Dmg: 1-3/+2, AB: +2
Stats at clvl 12 -- Lvl: 07, AC: 15, HP: 31, Dmg: 1-3/+2, AB: +7
Stats at clvl 20 -- Lvl: 15, AC: 15, HP: 67, Dmg: 1-3/+2, AB: +13/+8/+3
The more savage version of the cuddly wolf is not as cute looking, but he's
stronger and dishes out more damage. The dire wolf is always two levels lower
than your Ranger chara