Play a Ranger in Baldur’s Gate 3: Here’s Why!

Play a Ranger in Baldur's Gate 3: Here's Why!

Baldur’s Gate 3: Unleash Your Inner Ranger

Attention, fans of the Baldur’s Gate 3 franchise! The long-awaited release dates are finally within sight, and it’s time to start theorycrafting your character builds. Let’s dive into the incredible world of ranger class, where you can rain death upon your enemies from a safe distance. But that’s not all – the ranger offers a plethora of combat and role-playing advantages, depending on your chosen subclass and favored enemy.

In true Dungeons and Dragons fashion, Baldur’s Gate 3 draws heavily from its tabletop RPG roots. This time, turn-based combat takes center stage, replacing the real-time battles of the previous installments. The ranger class, echoing its DnD 5th Edition counterpart, relies on Dexterity as its primary combat stat, along with weapon and armor proficiencies. By selecting the right race and subclass, you can further enhance these skills and overcome any obstacles that come your way.

Meet the Ranger: A Wild Blend of Nature and Roguishness

According to the game’s official flavor texts, rangers possess an uncanny bond with nature, making them exceptional trackers and scouts. Think of them as nature-loving druids from Dungeons and Dragons, but with a flair for combat that rivals even the stealthy rogues. This is evident in the proficiencies, traits, class passives, and favored enemies the ranger possesses. Take the Bounty Hunter favored enemy, for example – perfect for those who relish the thrill of stalking their prey, complete with an investigation proficiency.

To further hone their mastery of tracking, rangers can acquire the Urban Tracker trait, granting access to disguises and thieves’ tools. With bow in hand, the archery class passive guarantees that your arrow finds its mark, hitting hard with each shot. Just like its DnD 5e counterpart, the ranger can choose a subclass upon reaching level 3, unlocking various tracks and techniques to hunt down and exterminate their quarry.

Hunter Subclass Features

Feature Description
Colossus Slayer Deals extra damage when the target is below their hit point maximum.
Giant Killer Grants a follow-up melee attack every time a large or larger creature attacks the player.
Horde Breaker Lets the ranger target and attack two creatures at once if they’re standing close.

Beast Master Subclass Features

Feature Description
Summon Companion The player gains a beast companion (bear, boar, giant spider, raven, or wolf) to assist in combat and roleplaying situations.

Gloom Stalker Subclass Features

Feature Description
Umbral Sight Grants darkvision up to 60 feet, which can increase by 30 feet if the player already has this feature from their race.
Iron Mind Grants proficiency in Wisdom, Intelligence, or Charisma saving throws.
Gloom Stalker Magic Lets the player learn an additional spell.
Stalker’s Flurry Gives the player the ability to turn a miss into another weapon attack.
Dread Ambusher Grants bonuses to initiative, walking speed, and weapon attacks during the player’s first turn in combat.

Roleplaying Your Ranger: The Custom Adventure Begins

While Baldur’s Gate 3 may not provide an origin character for the ranger class, fear not! The custom route allows you to unleash your creativity and personalize your ranger from top to bottom. Choose their race, appearance, background, and even their starting weapon – it’s an adventure tailor-made just for you.

Of course, no adventure is complete without companions by your side. The game offers the chance to recruit a variety of origin characters for your journey. Need a stalwart wall of defense? Look no further than Lae’Zel, who will shield you from even the fiercest assaults. If stealth and tracking are your priorities, the vampire rogue Astarion or the lovable ranger Minsc might be your perfect partners. With a party size of up to four characters, you can mix and match companions to find the perfect balance of protection and stat buffs, allowing you to rain down devastation from a distance.

Mark your calendars, fellow gamers! Baldur’s Gate 3 will be released on August 3, 2023, for PC, followed by September 6, 2023, for PS5. Get ready to embark on an epic adventure filled with humor, danger, and countless opportunities to unleash your inner ranger!

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