Character Building

Ranger Class Builder: Level One

In this post, I’m going to walk you through building a ranger character for your Dungeons & Dragons game. They can be perceptive as heck! Your favorite Lord of the Rings characters were likely rangers – Aragorn and Legolas!

First and foremost, we will go over proficiencies and starter equipment.

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First, Choose Three Skills You Want Your Character to be Proficient in:

Remember that your proficiencies are like extra points in a set area. It simply boosts your variety of skills a bit. 


Animal Handling







Then, Understand Your Pre-Determined Proficiencies.

It might help you choose the most effective starter gear to know that, as a druid, you’re automatically proficient in the following:


  • Light & Medium Armor
  • Shields


  • Simple Weapons
  •  Martial Weapons

Savings Throws

  • Strength
  • Dexterity

Now, You Can Choose Your Starter Equipment!

By now you’ve finished marking down your proficiencies on your character sheet.  Now it’s time to get your complimentary starter equipment ready.

Choose One:

Scale Mail

Leather Armor

Choose One:

Two Shortswords

Two Simple Melee Weapons

Simple melee weapons are clubs, daggers, great-clubs, hand-axes, javelins, light hammers, maces, quarter-staffs, sickles, and spears. Scimitars seem a bit expensive, at 25 gold pieces, so that is a good choice. Because starter equipment is FREEEEE.

Choose One:

A Dungeoneer's Pack

An Explorer's Pack

You Also Get Both of These Items:

A Longbow

A Quiver with 20 Arrows

An explorer’s pack holds the following: a backpack, 50 feet of hemp rope, 10 torches, 10 days of rations, a tinderbox, a mess kit, a bedroll, and a waterskin. If you’re into meta-gaming, you can use this printable backpack page to keep track of your items as well as their size and weight.

Level One Stats:

Your level one proficiency bonus for a ranger is +2.

Favored Enemy: You can choose a certain type of enemy to have the extensive ability in studying, tracking, hunting, or communicating with. You can choose between a set of monsters or two races of humanoid. You have an advantage on your Wisdom check of the favorite enemies. You also have intelligence checks and recall. 

Now you’re ready to start your adventure! Enjoy!

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