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Ranger Playahs: How do you choose favored enemies?

Dave G

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I recently had to bring a 4th level Ranger into a campaign where my paladin died. We just leveled up and I'm faced with the task of choosing a 2nd favored enemy. I'm playing an aquatic elf with his first favored enemy set as Sahuagin, since they're a critical part of this campaign. Now I don't know what to choose for another one... I can't really choose "Sharks" and choosing "Thayans" seems kind of cheap too.

Any thoughts? How do you go about picking your enemies?
 
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Skarp Hedin

First Post
I don't play a ranger, just because I'm the DM.. but there's one in my group.

As far as I can tell, he picked his 2 favored enemies in the following manner:

1) I hate goblins. So does my PC.
2) I think the DM will make us fight undead.. so I hate undead.

So there you go. Whim, I guess.

He's 10th level now (though only 5 levels of ranger), and his goblins choice is still consistently useful, though the undead choice is sort of hit or miss.
 


diaglo

Adventurer
i'm a greedy little halfling. i chose dragons. next i'm going undead. since they have the most loot in their tombs/hoards
 

RC Hagy

Explorer
More from a DM standpoint...

What are your most common enemies outside the Sahugin and sharks (sorry dumb question, but..)?

Ask your DM if they are planning on introducing anything new and if they will let you 'hold' your bonus for your second FE until an appropriate enemy shows up.
Or if you are feeling lucky ask to put the bonus into your main enemy to be swapped out at a later time.

Otherwise, between Thayans and sharks I would go with sharks.
You never know what size, shape or magical manipulation your DM will pull from behind his curtain using the Sahuagin as his emissaries... :eek:


RCH
Vermont
 

Crothian

First Post
At first level it was based off of character history, so I went with giants. At 5th level I based it off what we foiught the most, so it was undead. If I make it to tenth level it will be dragons since I'm having a lot of dealings with them.
 

Dave G

First Post
My only problem about using my history, is that my character's story begins with him discovering his dead wife. Dead at the hands of the sahuagin. His trail led him to a divine agent who helped train him to become a ranger. The back story ends right before last session, with him taking on a sahuagin scouting patrol. So now we're still underwater, still fighting Sahuagin and I've got to choose something... Maybe I can ask my DM to let me save it for a session or two, so I'll have an opportunity to face something different.

[edit: RC Hagy posted while I was posting :D]
 
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Ridley's Cohort

First Post
Dave G said:
My only problem about using my history, is that my character's story begins with him discovering his dead wife. Dead at the hands of the sahuagin. His trail led him to a divine agent who helped train him to become a ranger. The back story ends right before last session, with him taking on a sahuagin scouting patrol. So now we're still underwater, still fighting Sahuagin and I've got to choose something... Maybe I can ask my DM to let me save it for a session or two, so I'll have an opportunity to face something different.

[edit: RC Hagy posted while I was posting :D]

Chose humans. Humans are always causing trouble. It also have some wonderful, unnerving RP potential.
 

Voadam

Legend
Why won't you choose animals for the sharks, aren't they used as attack beasts by sahugin? You said you were trained to fight sahugin generally, so a little training focused on their beasties is appropriate. Seems approrpriate to me. This will also cover any animals their evil druids summon as well.
 


Dave G

First Post
Voadam said:
Why won't you choose animals for the sharks, aren't they used as attack beasts by sahugin? You said you were trained to fight sahugin generally, so a little training focused on their beasties is appropriate. Seems approrpriate to me. This will also cover any animals their evil druids summon as well.

So I don't have to pick a particular kind of animal, I can choose the whole group? That might be good, because it would help against the Thayan summoners as well! Thanks!
 

greymarch

First Post
In D&D 3.5, the ranger favored enemy bonus is no longer a precision-based bonus, so it will work against creatures that normally cannot be affected by a critical hit (undead, constructs, plant creatures, elementals, etc..)

This means that picking undead as your favored enemy is definitely the way to go. There are more undead type creatures in D&D than any other subtype.

In D&D 3.5 you can also pick humans even if you are not evil, so alot of rangers will choose this option. My DM hardly ever uses humans though, so I didnt pick it.

Giants are always a popular choice, especially if you plan on being level 9 to 16 for quite a while.

In D&D 3.5, outsider-evil is now an option. This covers all kinds of creatures, including devils, demons, yugoloths, and other assorted fiends.

If I was creating a 20th level ranger for D&D 3.5, here are the favored enemies I would want the most:

1. Undead
2. Magical beasts
3. Aberrations
4. Evil-outsiders
5. Giants

About 70% of all creatures fall into the above five categories.
 
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RC Hagy

Explorer
Hhhmmmmm...

Dave G said:
My only problem about using my history, is that my character's story begins with him discovering his dead wife. Dead at the hands of the sahuagin. His trail led him to a divine agent who helped train him to become a ranger. The back story ends right before last session, with him taking on a sahuagin scouting patrol. So now we're still underwater, still fighting Sahuagin and I've got to choose something... Maybe I can ask my DM to let me save it for a session or two, so I'll have an opportunity to face something different.

[edit: RC Hagy posted while I was posting :D]


Quite supernatural...

http://enworld.cyberstreet.com/showthread.php?threadid=56538
 

Angcuru

First Post
ALWAYS choose human and undead at some point: they're the bread&butter obstacles of almost any world.

I currently have a very high-level NPC ranger IMG, whom is sorta like 'my character' in the world, but he doesn't meddle around much. He sorta just sits back and enjoys his peace and quite with his wife, as he's seen enough bloodshed and had enough pain to last several lifetimes, even for an elf.

I chose his Favored Enemies based on his current situation, choosing enemies whom he fights often or/and has deep grudges against.

Here's his list in chronological order:
Vermin
Human
Undead
Drow
Magical Beasts
Constructs
Elementals
Giants
Dragons

He has an especially deep hatred of vampires and evil dragons, since they caused him so much emotional pain and distress that he nearly killed himself.
 
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