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    Is getting an animal companion worth it or would it be better to just get the alternative class feature?

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    Quote Originally Posted by asphen fox View Post
    Is getting an animal companion worth it or would it be better to just get the alternative class feature?
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    Ranger... I've had enough of casters already...

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    I'd say it probably is, but it depends on the exact variant. Your AC won't be that useful, so you can probably find a better feature. If you are multiclassed with Rogue, the flanking variant can be much better than having a pet dog.
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    The distracting attack alternate class feature is awesome. If you still want a companion, the wild cohort feat is better for a ranger than their own companion.

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    I'm going for Swift Hunter so I'm a Scout 3/ Ranger 2 right now.... If I take the solitary hunter variant... My favored enemy bonus applies to my Attack Rolls too... Is that a good thing? My character hates undead and constructs so I have a +4 against undead and a +2 on constructs.... Taking Swift Hunter lets me apply my Skirmish on my damage against them... Is that good? We're in a mainly undead campaign anyways...

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    Oh you are taking swift hunter. I recommend taking a two level dip into stalker of kharash to get favored enemy(evil) that greatly improves your skirmish range than taking more favored enemies from ranger/scout. that said, take the cityscape variant for animal companions where you get a familiar. Now alertness(a stalker prepreq) is free.
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    Cityscape? Stalker of Kharash? Where can I see those stuff? I have no idea where to find those things..

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    the class feature is here: http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/we/20070228a

    stalker of kharash is in boed but since its a two level dip, you can use crystalkeep.
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    So... Favored enemy: Evil can also increase? I can place the rest of my Favored enemy bonus gained on later levels on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by asphen fox View Post
    So... Favored enemy: Evil can also increase? I can place the rest of my Favored enemy bonus gained on later levels on it?

    Nope, but it stacks with other types. Say you have a +2 vs. undead, and +3 vs. evil undead, +4 vs. elementals and +5 vs. evil elementals, +6 vs. constructs and +7 vs evil constructs. The last two favored enemies come too late in your career so getting favored enemy: plant and favored enemy: ooze won't be as useful as favored enemy: evil because you can then skirmish evil plants and evil oozes.
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    Ah.. ok... thanks. Guys.. I'll probably take the dip then. I like the detect evil feature a lot.

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