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The Complete Hunter Ranger Guide

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Welcome to our Hunter Ranger Guide, updated for Swords of Chult, mod 12b. In this guide, we will give you tips and info on how to play the Hunter Ranger class.

The Hunter Ranger is a melee & ranged DPS class, with a lot of crowd control abilities as well. The Hunter Ranger is one of the top preforming DPS classes in Neverwinter.

This Hunter Ranger guide is meant as a general guideline. To get the most out of your character, tailor him or her to your playstyle. The Neverwinter Reddit is a good place to start if you want to learn more about your class. More builds and further info can also be found at MMOMinds.

Hunter Ranger Guide Index

Basic Hunter Ranger Info

Best Races as a Hunter Ranger :

  1. Wood Elf: +2 Dex, +2 Wis. Elven Accuracy (1% extra crit chance). Wild Step (10% resistance to Slow)
  2. Dragonborn: +2 to any stats. Dragon Heritage (5% extra healing from spells and abilities). Dragonborn Fury (3% extra power and crit).
  3. Drow: +2 Dex, +2 Wis / Cha. Darkfire (Defense reduction proc). Trance (Heal quicker at camps)
  4. Half-Orc : +2 Dex, +2 Str / +2 Con. Furious Assault (5% more crit severity). Swift Charge (10% increased run speed when you enter combat).

Hunter Ranger Attribute Priority:

  • Dexterity > Wisdom > Strenght

Hunter Ranger Stat Priority:

For stats in Neverwinter, aim to hit the hard/soft cap of your primary stat, then secondary and so forth. Try not to waste stats by going over the caps, and instead start gearing towards another stat.

  •  Crit (Caps at 100%) >Armor Penetration (Cap Resistance Ignored at 85%)  > Power

Hunter Ranger Gear & Enchantments

If you are new to Neverwinter and need to know how to get better gear and increase your item level, check out our Gearing Up Guide. If you want to plan out your character and see what items are available the Neverwinter Character Simulator is a great tool.

Head:

  • Rex Corona (Best in Slot) > Manticore Raid / Assault Hood > Guise of the Wolf Clan > Vivified Trailblazer’s Raid Hood > Dragon Loyalist’s Visage

Armor:

  •  Rex Amiculum (Best in Slot) > Primal Raid Kafe> Huntsman Assault Coat / Manticore Raid Coat > Vivified Trailblazer’s Raid Coat > Executioner’s Black Attire

Arms:

  • Primal Assault Gwanitis (Best in Slot) > Manticore Raid Bracers > Vivified Trailblazer’s Raid Brazers

Feet:

  • Boots of the Alpha (Best in Slot) >  Manticore Raid Gaiters > Vivified Trailblazer’s Raid Gaiters

Primary & Secondary:

  • Brightsilver (Best in slot if rest of party is also Masterwork II set) > Trailblazer’s > Aboleth > Wootz+Teak

Neck & Waist:

  • Company Duelist Cloak & Twined Rope of Dexterity

Rings:

  • Primal Restoration Ring > Chult Hunt Rings > Greater Ostorian Ring of Dod

Shirt & Pants:

  • Shirt & Pants of the Chultan Merchant

Artifacts:

  • Primary Artifact: Wheel of Elements
  • Secondary Artifacts: Eye of the Giant – Sigil of the Controller – Fragmented Key of Stars

Hunter Ranger Enchantments :

When getting enchantments, always get the ones with the stats you are lacking in with your gear, boons, etc in mind. For example, if you’ve capped Crit with your gear and boons, don’t get azure enchantments for your offense slots.

Armor Enchantments :

  • Negation Enchantment

Weapon Enchantments :

  • Lightning Enchantment

Offense Enchantments :

  • Radiant Enchantments

Defense Enchantments :

  • Dark Enchantments

Utility Enchantments: Dragon’s Hoard x2 + QuartmasterX2 + 1 Fey Blessing / Dark Enchantments.

Overload Enchantments :

  • Various Marks from Stronghold Vendor > Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing > Black / Red Dragon Glyph

Armor Reinforcement Kits :

  • Power Armor Kit – Armor Penetration Armor Kit – Critical Strike Armor Kit

Jewelry Reinforcement Kits: Action Point Gain Jewel

Hunter Ranger Enchantments :

When getting enchantments, always get the ones with the stats you are lacking in with your gear, boons, etc in mind. For example, if you’ve capped Crit with your gear and boons, don’t get azure enchantments for your offense slots.

Armor Enchantments :

  • Negation Enchantment

Weapon Enchantments :

  • Dread Enchantment

Offense Enchantments :

  • Radiant Enchantments

Defense Enchantments :

  • Dark Enchantments

Utility Enchantments: Dragon’s Hoard x2 + QuartmasterX2 + 1 Fey Blessing / Dark Enchantments.

Overload Enchantments :

  • Various Marks from Stronghold Vendor > Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing > Black / Red Dragon Glyph

Armor Reinforcement Kits :

  • Power Armor Kit – Armor Penetration Armor Kit – Critical Strike Armor Kit

Jewelry Reinforcement Kits: Action Point Gain Jewel

Hunter Ranger Companions & Mounts

The Best Companion for Hunter Ranger:

  • Summoned Companion: Sellsword. Active Companions: Air Archon, Fire Archon, Siege Master, Erinyes of Belial / Tamed Velociraptor (if rest of party is using one)

Companion Gear:

For the companion gear from Illusionist’s Gambit, the +4 rings are actually better than the +5 as they have two offensive/defensive enchantment slots and the +5 has an overload slot.

  • Bold/Heroic Gear of the Companion

Companion Runestones: Bonding Runestones

The Best Hunter Ranger Mounts:

When choosing a Legendary Mount for the Mount Powers, look for a mount that has both a useful equip and combat power. The best choices for a first legendary mount as a Great Weapon Fighter is a Warpainted / Commander Tyrannosaur.

What other mounts you use is not that important. What is important is to get the right insignia bonuses, and many different mounts can offer the various bonuses. To find out what mount has the bonus you want, check out our Insignia Bonus Guide.

All classes and specs should consider using Wanderer’s Fortune before you have refined all your gear and enchantments, for extra refinement every day.

The Best Hunter Ranger Insignia Bonuses :

  • Assassin’s Covenant – Protector’s Camaraderie –  Artificer’s Persuasion – Gladiators Guile – Cavalry’s Warning – Magistrate’s Patience

Insignia Type :

  • Dominance – Prosperity – Skill

Hunter Ranger Mount Powers :

  • Mount Equip Power: Dominant Force (4000 power) – Fierce Predator (2000 Power + 2000 Armor Pen) Mount Combat Power: Commander / Warpainted Tyrannosaurus Rex’em

Hunter Ranger Boons

Guild:

Power, Defense

Elemental Evil :

Wave of Force, Heart of Stone, Searing Aggression, Wall of Wind

Sharandar :

Dark Fey Hunter, Fey Precision, Elven Haste, Elven Ferocity, Elvish Fury

Dread Ring :

Reliquary Keeper’s Strenght, Evoker’s Thirst, Forbidden Piercing, Shadowtouch, Rampaging Madness

Icewind Dale :

Encroaching Tactics, Refreshing Chill, Sleet Skills, Cool Resolve, Winter’s Bounty

Underdark :

Primordial Might, Primordial Focus, Drow Ambush Tactics, Dwarven Footing, Abyssal Strikes

Tyranny of Dragons :

Dragon’s Claws, Dragon’s Gaze, Draconic Armorbreaker, Dragon’s Greed, Dragon’s Fury x2, Dragon’s Thirst x1

The Maze Engine :

Abyssal Siphoning,  Demonic Influence, Demonic Swiftness, Baphomet’s Might

Storm King’s Thunder :

Cold Hearted,  Survival Instincts, Chill Determination, Vengeful Heat, Chill of Winter

The Cloaked Ascendancy :

Aura of Despair, Fiery Frency, Soothing Zephyr, Aberrant Power

Jungles of Chult :

Tyrant’s Terror, Lingering Curse

Hunter Ranger Paragon Paths & Powers

pathfinder build

Pathfinder

Pathfinder Combat Powers:

At-Wills: Split Shot & Hunter’s Teamwork/Careful Attack

Class Features: Aspect of the Serpent & Aspect of the Pack

Daily: Seismic Shoot & Forest Ghost

Encounter: Hindering Shot, Cordon of Arrows, Constricting Arrow

Pathfinder Feats:

Hunter Ranger Pathfinder Build

 

stormwarden build

Stormwarden

Stormwarden Combat Powers:

At-Wills: Split Shot & Hunter’s Teamwork / Electric Shot

Class Features: Aspect of the Serpent & Aspect of the Pack

Daily: Seismic Shoot & Forest Ghost

Encounter: Hindering Shot, Cordon of Arrows, Constricting Arrow

Stormwarden Feats:

Same as Pathfinder.

 

 

If you have any questions or suggestions about our Hunter Ranger Guide, please leave a comment below!


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    Satsan
    Jan 25, 2018

    wich is better? Stormwarden or Pathfinder

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