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    Default Ranger/Druid - Animal companion?

    If someone takes 4 levels in ranger and 1 in druid, do they have 2 animal companions, or do the 4 levels in ranger count as 2 effective druid levels, therefore just give access to a better one from the druid?
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    Default Re: Ranger/Druid - Animal companion?

    The 4 levels in ranger count as 2 effective druid levels.
    Quote Originally Posted by srd or 3.5 phb pg36
    The druids class levels stack with levels of any other class that are entitled to an animal companion for the purpose of determining the companion's abilities and the alternative lists available to the character

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    Default Re: Ranger/Druid - Animal companion?

    For multiple animal companions, Beastmaster PRC from CAdv.

    It's also a good one level dip for characters focused into their Animal Companion.
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    Default Re: Ranger/Druid - Animal companion?

    5 levels druid + 1 level Beastmaster and you have an animal companion of effective druid level 9. Sad the rest of the stuff is worthless.

    But Ranger4/Druid one gets you an companion of druidlevel 3. Nothing more nothing less.

    By the way after the beastmaster dip go into the Beast Heart Adept PrC it gives you monsters as animal companions (3 of them) with better progression as the beastmaster.
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    Default Re: Ranger/Druid - Animal companion?

    You might want to consider the feat Natural Bond from CAdv p114
    Add three to your Effective Druid level (not to exceed your Character level) for determining your Animal Companion’s bonuses.

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    Default Re: Ranger/Druid - Animal companion?

    Quote Originally Posted by nedz View Post
    You might want to consider the feat Natural Bond from CAdv p114
    Add three to your Effective Druid level (not to exceed your Character level) for determining your Animal Companion’s bonuses.
    It's worse, the real wording is: Not to exceed your Druid level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duskranger View Post
    It's worse, the real wording is: Not to exceed your Druid level.
    no, it caps the total effective druid level granted by the feat to your character level; otherwise the feat wouldn't work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duskranger View Post
    It's worse, the real wording is: Not to exceed your Druid level.
    Oh, How is this feat ment to work at all then ?
    Last edited by nedz; 2010-07-11 at 10:14 AM.

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    Default Re: Ranger/Druid - Animal companion?

    I misread it luckily. the question in that case is can it be used on all the companions you can get from the Beastmaster PrC Beastmaster.

    To make the weaker companions stronger.
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    lol,
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    Default Re: Ranger/Druid - Animal companion?

    I believe it only works on one companion if you have many.

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    Default Re: Ranger/Druid - Animal companion?

    Nedz, but still you can make your second companion stronger than he is. The first gets druid level =druidlevel+beastmasterlvl+3 (this is your druidcompanion)

    The second = beastmaster level -3 strange enough.

    That alone would be a reason to never take any more than a 1 level dip in that class,
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    Default Re: Ranger/Druid - Animal companion?

    Yes, you can use Natural Bond and Beastmaster to have a higher lever alternative Druid Animal Companion.

    For an example
    6 lev Druid, 1st level Beast master + Natural Bond
    + Effective Druid lev of 13, but the natural bond bonus only works so long as your effective Druid level for bonuses is no more than 7th.

    So the PC could have a Animal Companion with a -6 effective Druid penalty, and get bonuses as a 7th level Druid.

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    Default Re: Ranger/Druid - Animal companion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen_E View Post
    Yes, you can use Natural Bond and Beastmaster to have a higher lever alternative Druid Animal Companion.

    For an example
    6 lev Druid, 1st level Beast master + Natural Bond
    + Effective Druid lev of 13, but the natural bond bonus only works so long as your effective Druid level for bonuses is no more than 7th.

    So the PC could have a Animal Companion with a -6 effective Druid penalty, and get bonuses as a 7th level Druid.

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    Thanks and good to know.
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