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Guinea Anubis
2007-10-08, 07:03 AM
What would be a good +2 race for a ranger?

2007-10-08, 07:10 AM
Drow? Just don't do TWF. :smallwink:

Why the +2 LA?

Guinea Anubis
2007-10-08, 07:15 AM
Why the +2 LA?

My friend is playing in a game where they can have a +2 LA and asked me for help. I never play Rangers so i thought I would ask here.

2007-10-08, 07:18 AM
What sort of ranger, TWF or Archery? Also, Drow are not especially good for a ranger.

2007-10-08, 07:20 AM
I was gonna say gnoll but I checked that they are actually +3(+1 LA, +2 HD)

2007-10-08, 07:21 AM
What sort of ranger, TWF or Archery? Also, Drow are not especially good for a ranger.

That was a drizzt joke, actually.

Keld Denar
2007-10-08, 07:31 AM
Isn't 1/2 Ogre a +2 race? You could duel wield large weapons or shoot a big bow. Probably not that big of an advantage. If you go archery, make sure you get a large composite bow to take advantage of the high str you will probably have. 2d6+8 arrows? Yes Ma'am!

And its ok if he goes 2WF drow. Lots of drow 2WF, in fact, I think MOST drow males who become fighters tend to 2WF purely from a literature standpoint. Just don't duel wield scimitars. Don't be that guy. Don't even think about it.

Lord Lorac Silvanos
2007-10-08, 07:39 AM
That was a drizzt joke, actually.

Drizzt who? :smallamused:

Mr. Friendly
2007-10-08, 07:57 AM
It's pretty tough to find an LA 2 race without racial HD. Depending on how many racial HD you are willing to take, you have a lot of choices.

For what it's worth thoughm here is an LA 2 race with no racial HD:

Phrenic template (psionic)

It gives you +2 INT (good for skills) +2 WIS (good for save DCs and bonus spells) and +4 CHA (good for the DCs of the SLAs that come with the tempate and for talking to animals)

Another nice feature beyond the Power Resistance and SLAs is the stats let you use your mental stats as more of a dump stat(s), allowing you to focus more on physical stats. If you play a Phrenic Orc then you are getting +4 STR and +2 CHA with no minuses.

2007-10-08, 08:15 AM
Githzerai (monster manual page 129) have +6 Dex and +2 Wis so you'll be really accurate with bows and your spells will be quite good

The also have spell resistance, psionics (daze, feather fall and shatter 3 times per day), +4 armour bonus when conscious

Their only drawbacks are -2 INT and they don't get common as a Automatic language

2007-10-08, 08:19 AM
For a melee ranger, there is

Draconic Goliath
+6 Str, -2 Dex, +4 Con, +2 Int, +2 Cha (I think. It might have less Int bonus)
Minor save bonuses, a few claw attacks, and Powerful Build.

There is also Phrenic Dragonborn Water Orc, which is what Mr. Friendly said above, but better: +4 Str, -2 Dex, +4 Con, +2 Cha. You get the TWF feats via the ranger combat style if you're going.

For a archery ranger, there is
Shadow Whisper Gnome
Ridiculous Hide Modifiers, total concealment in anything that isn't daytime (you can become the MitD!). Silence as a racial SLA, -2 Str, +2 Dex, +2 Con, -2 Cha.

Kurald Galain
2007-10-08, 08:22 AM
Drizzt who? :smallamused:

The news said there was going to be an 80% chance of afternoon drizz'ls! (http://www.nuklearpower.com/daily.php?date=030422)

2007-10-08, 08:50 AM
Thri Kreen - Multi Weapon Fighting

Oh no RHD... you dont know what your missing

2007-10-08, 09:31 AM
What about centaurs? I would've thought that'd be the obvious choice... We had one for a bit. Got taken down by posies.

2007-10-08, 10:01 AM
Got taken down by posies.

...is this a D&D monster I don't know? Because if a Centaur was taken down by flowers...I have to know this story.

2007-10-08, 11:47 AM
Githzerai are good. They get some decent SLAs, Dex and Wis bonuses and and AC bonus.

Also, Fey'ri are pretty decent too. They get alter self as an SLA, +2 Dex, +2 Int and some other SLAs of your choice (from a list). The downside is the -2 Con.

2007-10-08, 02:15 PM
so I'm the friend Anubis was talking about and just decided to get off my but and make an account here so i could post ^_^
thanks for the input.. and I'm afraid Anubis didn't give all the details the campaign we are in is allowed up to a +5 the other +3 is coming for a Lycanthrope template I'm adding as well... so thanks to your help i will be running a Githzerai Lycnathrope Ranger.

Thanks again everyone


2007-10-08, 02:26 PM
If you can swing it, the Winged Template in Savage Species is mighty good. +4 Dex, +2 Wis, manueverability based on Dex, and Flight Speed equals Land Speed+20.

Insectile template isn't bad either. +4 Dex, +2 Wis, Darkvision, Tremorsense, Climb Speed, Wide Vision (Cannot be Flanked, +4 Spot), and some natural Armor.

Reptilian template isn't half-bad. +2 Str, +2 Con, +2 Wis, and a mess of other stuff, including natural weapons. Not too sure on the rest, but it's pretty cool.

Tor the Fallen
2007-10-08, 03:59 PM
If you don't mind a -2 penalty to all your mental stats, the mineral warrior template is LA1, gives you some good stat boosts, a burrow speed, fortification, and 8 DR.

A goliath mineral warrior lycan would be a beast.

2007-10-08, 09:30 PM
*coughcough Feral Mineral Warrior Dire Werebadger (or issit Werebadger Lord) coughcough*

2007-10-08, 10:07 PM
Varag has racial levels... they make awesome rangers... two racial levels is _like_ a plus two. :P

2007-10-08, 10:15 PM
If you can swing it, the Winged Template in Savage Species is mighty good. +4 Dex, +2 Wis, manueverability based on Dex, and Flight Speed equals Land Speed+20.

The Half-Fey template is better. Flight = Double land speed, Charm Person at will, several other SLAs, and immunity to enchantment. Only LA +2.

2007-10-09, 12:49 AM

Wait, what?

2007-10-09, 01:22 AM
Wait, what?

Half Vampire Human maybe