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The Complete Hunter Ranger Guide

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Welcome to our Hunter Ranger Guide, updated for Ravenloft, mod 14. 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

  1. Basic Hunter Ranger Info
  2. Hunter Ranger Gear & Enchantments
  3. Hunter Ranger Companions & Mounts
  4. Hunter Ranger Boons
  5. Hunter Ranger Paragon Paths & Powers

 

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 100%)  > 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:

  • Woodlords Raid / Assault (Best in Slot) >The Seer’s Hood > Other 540 ilvl from Ravenloft

Armor:

  •  Hag’s Rags (Best in Slot) > Woodlord’s Raid / Assault Jerkin > Knotted Garb’s

Arms:

  • Terrored Grips (Best in Slot) > Eyestalk Wrappers

Feet:

  • Heel’s of Fury (Best in Slot) >  Lycan Boots of the Pack

Primary & Secondary:

  • Primal Weapons

Neck & Waist:

  • Company Duelist Cloak & Twined Rope of Dexterity

Rings:

  • +5 Rings > Beaded Assault Ring – Bronzewood Raid Ring

Shirt & Pants:

  • Upper Primal Paints + Lower Primal Paints

Artifacts:

  • Primary Artifact: Wheel of Elements / Soul Sight Crystal
  • 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 Companions & Mounts

 

The Best Companion for Hunter Ranger:

  • Summoned Companion: Chultan Tiger > 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 :

3x Tyrant’s Terror, x1 Shamanic Grance, 1x Beasts Burden, 1x Overgrown, 2x Lingering Curse

Ravenloft :

Hardened Bones, Blood Lust

 

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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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Satsan
    Jan 25, 2018

    wich is better? Stormwarden or Pathfinder

  • Reply
    Jetta
    Apr 07, 2018

    Fire Archon is not a BIS companion, it is only marginally better than the water Archon. half the fight it does nothing, it’s power only kick sin second half of the fight and with the speed the second half goes due to Orcus sets etc. results in a 80% down time on Fire Archon

  • Reply
    Stephen
    Jul 14, 2018

    Pretty new player to the game and followed this guide for the most part( still lacking some items as RNGesus is a pita some times) and have consistently topped the dps damage charts on epic raids even after being told HRs are bad builds. All in all i am comfortable with what i have so far.

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