The Complete Ranger Build – Neverwinter Mod 16 Undermountain

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. 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.

Ranger Warden Guide Index

Basic Ranger Warden Info

Best Ranger Warden Races

  1. Metallic Ancestry Dragonborn – 3% + Healing – +2 to Any two stats – 1500 Crit – 3% Increased Damage
  2. Dragonborn – 3% HP + Healing – +2 to Any two stats – 1500 Crit – 3% Increased Damage
  3. Wood Elf: 1% Critical Chance. +2 Dex and Wis. 10% Resistance to Slow
  4. Drow: Darkfire (Defense Reduction Proc). +2 Dex and +2 Wis or Cha. Trance (Heal quicker at camps)
  5. 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

Offensive Stats:

Armor Penetration (Caps at 68k) > Critical Strike (Caps at 68k) > Accuracy (Caps at 68k) Combat Advantage (Caps at 118k) > Power (No Cap)

Defensive Stats:

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 build
Warden is the current recommended Paragon path for Rangers.

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

  • Focused
  • Storm’s Recovery
  • Blade Hurricane
  • Skirmisher’s Gambit
  • Enhanced Conductivity

Ranger Warden Boons

You should always choose boons based on what stats you currently need. Therefor a selection of several viable boons is available to you for each tier.

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.

Master Boons

  • Blood Lust 3/3

Guild Boons

  • 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:

Offhand Modifications:


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

Primary Artifact

Wyvern-Venom Coated Knives (Best in Slot)

Secondary Artifacts

Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.

Arcturia’s Music Box – Staff of Flowers – Shard of Orcus’ Ward (For set)

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.

Offence Enchantments

Radiant Enchantment

Defence Enchantments

Radiant Enchantment

Armor Enchantments

Barkshield Enchantment

Weapon Enchantments

Vorpal Enchantment

Overload Enchantments

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

Armor Reinforcement Kits

Power 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.

Summoned Companion

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.

Companion Powers

There is a lot of viable Companion powers to choose from. Generally, choose powers for the stats you are needing. This section will be updated further.

Companion Choices

  • Deepcrow Hatchling
  • Kenku Archer
  • Ghost
  • Mercenary
  • Neverember Guard Archer
  • Minstrel

Companion Equipment

Bold / Fierce / Heroic of the Companion

of Adorable Licks / Bites

Companion Runestones

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

Insignia Type

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.

  • chris
    May 17, 2019

    So I see the option for warden when will you come out with the option for hunter?

  • Kerare
    June 8, 2019

    seems more a copy of old builds, outdated companion list and again no option for a actual hunter (bow) build

  • Bootjacker
    June 10, 2019

    Definitely looking for a bow build. If I wanted CQC, I’d use a rogue.

  • BluePhoeniX
    June 13, 2019

    Huh??? Alabaster Great sword and sword knot ??? LOL..A Hunter using this weapons..

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2019

    so im pretty new to the game and i was wondering why Charisma? something like Strength seems better in my eyes

  • John Bennett
    June 24, 2019

    Just check the auction house for the staff of flowers and music box. 3 million AD + for each. It will take forever to raise 6 million AD for me

  • MissTaken ID
    June 24, 2019

    Seems like a hastily slapped together “mod 16” build….

  • Leyenda
    June 29, 2019

    I don’t find options for bows… Maybe it is not the best DPS but it is funny and I like it. I have the Demon Lords’ Immortality set but I don’t see the advantages to have the full set…

    Thanks for the guide

  • Justin Mays
    June 30, 2019

    People are gonna complain about a CQC BUILD like sorry the range build is garbage lmao

  • July 15, 2019

    Lol I find all the people bitching about this build funny. Yes the build is similar to the barb because you are playing qcq with this build and almost all that gear boosts melee by 3% damage! And the demon lord set boosts damage up to 20% based on missing health. By far a better build then any of the others I have seen! Lol and it’s funny this build out dps a rogue ???

  • NekoSingh
    July 22, 2019

    With using an augment companion, why would you use the Protector’s Camaraderie insignia bonus? Doesn’t that only trigger on your companion attacking?

  • Fatalsolution
    July 30, 2019

    I am just curious as to why you would put you points into CHA and not DEX or INT? DEX gives you crit sev and movement speed and INT would give you boosts to your Lightning dmg. Just looking for insight on this.

  • Ranger Dumoss
    August 7, 2019

    Need to add Enhancement Utility slots = dark enchantment = Companion Influence %

  • August 30, 2019

    Hey moutherfucking piece of shit, stop deleting my posts you asshole

  • Fivel
    September 12, 2019

    Thank you looks like a good build to me!

  • MashMyTots
    September 16, 2019

    Im currently using this build, granted with some of my own tweaks. Im sitting at 21.6k il and i top the charts by millions in almost every dungeon, except the occasional 24k cws. Anyone that says this build is not good has either not tried it or are content with not doing any dmg at all.

  • Philip
    September 16, 2019

    This article is for a melee Warden build.
    About that, I think the Ebony Stained Hide is BiS now. Also maybe the bracers from the primal set? How about the armour that gives you +5% dmg vs foes not facing you? Has anyone tested that? Are Terrored Grips actually better than Fearbringers, when most of the damage is coming from Storm Strike?

    I’ve found that a RANGED Hunter build can be decent when using the following powers:

    at-wills: Rapid Shot + Hunter’s Teamwork
    Encounter: Rapid Volley, Constricting Arrow, Commanding Shot
    Daily: Slasher’s Mark, Disrupting Shot
    Passive: Seeker’s Vengeance, Aspect of the Falcon

    Feats: longshot, critical action, predator, commander in chief, more than disruptive

    Rapid volley is the only power we have to deal with mobs, so that stays.
    I prefer Commanding Shot to Longstrider Shot because, despite the longer casting time, Commanding Shot recharges faster, applies a nice buff/debuf, and is tied to a feat for a small additional benefit.
    I prefer Constricting arrow to Longstrider Shot, and I’ll explain why below.

    The interesting thing about this build is that even though melee encounters deal -50% damage, you can still use them for their utility. Windwalk Strike lets you dash twice across the battlefield. Steel Breeze lets you recover some stamina, which you might have spent dashing around, especially in solo play. Stag Heart (better utility than Longstrider Shot) gives you some temp hp.

    Commanding Shot (long casting time, applies Prey + its own buff/debuff) + Disrupting Shot (additional debuff) + Constricting Arrow + Rapid Volley x5. Then either dodge/utility or use at wills (with the additional Disrupting Shot thrown in when convenient). No reason to use Hunter’s Teamwork beyond the first shot.

    Like in the olden days, mark the most powerful enemy with either Commanding Shot, Constricting Arrow (Prey) or Disrupting Shot, then Rapid Volley.

    Obviously, if you’re playing with powerful people and enemies die fast, you may want to substitute Commanding Shot with Longstrider Shot.

    A note on positioning: when in a party, you need to be close to the action, so that you get the Aspect of the Falcon bonus, and your healer does not go crazy trying to save your bom. Stay just behind the boss, or behind a melee dps who’s behind the boss.

    A final note: this build in not as competitive as the build mentioned in the article above, but at least is a decent ranged build for ranger, which is being sorely missed. Increasing the magnitude of Aimed Shot to like 300 could make a difference here!

  • Damdanakan
    September 18, 2019

    Need Hunter build buddy

  • MashMyTots
    September 19, 2019

    Anyone on xbox, add me @ MashMyTots. Im always online between 5pm-11pm est.

  • tim
    November 25, 2019

    I haven’t really seen any builds out for mod 17. What about TOMM ready?

  • Brad Handley
    December 20, 2019

    I’m new to Neverwinter and am confused. The races recommended seem to be dex races, but recommended abilities is Str and Cha? Am I missing something about the races? Or are the recommended abilities incorrect?

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