Welcome to our Ranger Guide, updated for mod 16: Undermountain and Level 80. In this guide, we will give you tips and info on how to play the Ranger class, previously called the Hunter Ranger.
The Ranger is a melee & ranged DPS class, with a lot of crowd control abilities as well.
This build is a Melee Warden build as this is the best DPS build for Rangers currently. We will be posting a ranged based build later, along with updating this one continously.
This Ranger guide is meant as a general guideline. To get the most out of your character, tailor him or her to your playstyle.
Ranger Warden Guide Index
Basic Ranger Warden Info
Best Ranger Warden Races
- Metallic Ancestry Dragonborn – 3% + Healing – +2 to Any two stats – 1500 Crit – 3% Increased Damage
- Dragonborn – 3% HP + Healing – +2 to Any two stats – 1500 Crit – 3% Increased Damage
- Wood Elf: 1% Critical Chance. +2 Dex and Wis. 10% Resistance to Slow
- Drow: Darkfire (Defense Reduction Proc). +2 Dex and +2 Wis or Cha. Trance (Heal quicker at camps)
- Half-Orc – 5% Crit Severity – +2 Dex and +2 Con or Str – 10% Movement Speed for 3 sec when entering combat
Ranger Warden Ability Score Priority
Put all your available Ability Scores into Strength and Charisma.
Ranger Warden Stat / Rating Priority
Armor Penetration (Caps at 68k) > Critical Strike (Caps at 68k) > Accuracy (Caps at 68k) Combat Advantage (Caps at 118k) > Power (No Cap)
Defense (Caps at 68k) > Deflection (Caps at 68k) > Critical Avoidance (Caps at 73k) > Awareness (Caps at 78k) > HP (No Cap)
Ranger Warden Paragon Path & Powers
Ranger Warden Combat Powers
At-Will Powers: Storm Strike- Clear the Ground
Encounter Powers: Hindering Strike – Marauder’s Rush – Boar Charge
Daily Powers: Call of the Storm & Forest Ghost
Class Features: Blade Storm & Seeker’s Vengeance
Ranger Warden Feats
- Storm’s Recovery
- Blade Hurricane
- Skirmisher’s Gambit
- Enhanced Conductivity
Ranger Warden Boons
You should always choose
Tier 1 Boons
- Recruit’s Training – 250 Power
- Critical Strike – 250 Crit
- Cultist Bulwark – 1000 HP
Tier 2 Boons
- Squire’s Training – 250 Power
- Armor Penetration – 250 Armor Penetration
- Demonic Bulwark – 1000 HP
- Demonic Mastery – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. demons.
Tier 3 Boons
- Knight’s Training – 250 Power
- Combat Advantage – 250 Combat Advantage
- Dino Bulwark – 1000 HP
Tier 4 Boons
- Captain’s Training – 250 Power
- Accuracy – 250 Accuracy
- Necrotic Bulwark – 1000 HP
- Necrotic Mastery – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. undead.
Tier 5 Boons (Choose 2)
- Focused Precision – 1% Crit Severity per rank
- Call of Power – 1% Action Point gain per rank
- Quick Turnaround – 1% Recovery Speed per rank.
- Blood Lust 3/3
- Offense – Power
- Defense – Hit Points
Ranger Warden Weapons & Gear
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.
The best way to gear up in Neverwinter is by making a lot of Astral Diamonds, check out our Astral Diamond Guide to learn all the secrets of AD farming.
If you want to plan out your character and see what items are available the Neverwinter Character Simulator is a great tool.
Protégé’s / of the Spy’s Guild (Best in Slot)
Fured Kuino of the Bear (Best in Slot)
Terrored Grips (Best in Slot)
Heels of Fury (Best in Slot)
Alabaster Longbow / Blades
Main Hand Modification:
Ring of the Shadowstalker +4/+5 (Best in Slot)
Neck & Waist
Orcus Set (Demogorgon’s Girdle of Might, Baphomet’s Infernal Talisman)
Ebony Stained Shirt (Best in Slot)
Protégé’s Pants / Trousers of the Spy’s Guild
Ranger Warden Artifacts
Wyvern-Venom Coated Knives (Best in Slot)
Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.
Ranger Warden 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. If you still need to refine your enchantments, see our Refinement Guide for tips on how to farm refinement.
Various Marks from Stronghold Vendor > Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing > Black / Red Dragon Glyph
Armor Reinforcement Kits
Jewelry Reinforcement Kits
Combat Advantage Jewel
Ranger Warden Consumables & Buffs
Consider to get VIP for the Power of VIP HP buff if you aren’t already. Also always stand in campfires to get the +1 ability campfire buff.
Get one from each of the rows below:
- Empowered Chain of Scales (Best in Slot) > Adorable Pocket Pet > Tymora’s Lucky Coin
- Wild Storm Elixir > Elixir of Fate
- Squash Soup > Watermelot Sorbet
Ranger Warden Companions
Companions changed a lot in mod 16, so the information below is not yet complete.
Bulette Pup or Quasit
You will want to maximise your Bolster by having more of the same type of companion as your summoned companion, up to 15% Bolster.
There is a lot of viable
- Deepcrow Hatchling
- Kenku Archer
- Neverember Guard Archer
Bold / Fierce / Heroic of the Companion
of Adorable Licks / Bites
Enigmatic – Arcane – Profane – Empowered – Recondite
Ranger Warden 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 Ranger is a Swarm or a Tenser’s Floating Disk.
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.
Ranger Mount Insignia Bonuses
Barbarian’s Revelry – Protector’s Camaraderie – Artificer’s Persuasion – Gladiator’s Guile – Cavalry’s Warning
Aggression – Brutality – Mastery – Dominance – Skill
Ranger Mount Powers
Mount Equip Power:
2000 or 4000 Power / Critical Strike / Armor Penetration / Accuracy
Mount Combat Power:
Bat Swarm (Swarm) (Best in Slot) > Tenser’s Transformation
If you have any questions or suggestions about our Neverwinter Ranger guide, please leave a comment below! More info about the Ranger class can be found at The Neverwinter Reddit. More builds and further info can also be found at MMOMinds.