D&D 5e: Tiefling Ranger Guide
D&D 5e: Tiefling Ranger Guide
Do you want to play a character who enjoys outdoor activities as you do? Do you want a character that can embody your skills in camping, foraging, and hiking? If you do, you’ll enjoy playing as a Ranger in D&D.
You can even amp up the fantasy factor by playing as a Tiefling. These are humanoid creatures that look devilish in more ways than one. Keep reading below for a guide on the Tiefling Ranger.
The Tiefling race can be found in the Player’s Handbook. Click here to pick up your own copy of The Player’s Handbook!
The Ranger class can be found in the Player’s Handbook OR an updated version can be found in Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything. Click here to pick up your own copy of the Player’s Handbook OR click here to pick up your own copy of Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything!
How to Make a Tiefling Ranger
Rangers often use ranged weapons as their fighting style. Because they’re also experts in navigating certain terrains, they also have to be light-footed. Thus, your highest ability score should go to Dexterity. However, if you take the dueling or two-weapon fighting style, make Strength your highest ability score to aid you in melee combat. Wisdom should be the second-highest score as this is your spellcasting ability.
The Ranger class presents various archetypes (or subclasses). These include the Hunter and Beast Master. If you want to keep a loyal beast at your side, choose the Beast Master subclass. If you want an option that’s simpler and more efficient at martial combat, be a Hunter.
At the start of the game, choose a favored enemy and favored terrain. Try to incorporate your choices in your backstory, which we’ll discuss further down below.
How to Play a Tiefling Ranger
Rangers excel at hunting down their favored enemy. When you happen to engage in combat with a creature that is also your favored enemy, you gain a huge advantage. You’re at an even bigger advantage when you happen to meet your favored enemy in your favored terrain.
Use your primeval awareness to sniff out the scent of a dragon, aberration, elemental, or other types of creatures. From there, you can set up traps and ambushes or avoid said creatures.
Tieflings have an innate ability to cast certain cantrips and spells. These include thaumaturgy, hellish rebuke, and darkness. Use these inherent spells with your spellcasting whenever you find yourself tangled in a battle.
Speaking of spellcasting, here are the top spells every ranger should start with:
- Hunter’s Mark
- Pass Without Trace
- Spike Growth
How to Roleplay as a Tiefling Ranger
When deciding on a backstory for your Tiefling Ranger, pick a background that fits the character. If you want a background that will maximize your character’s potential in the game, pick the outlander background. Feel free to choose other backgrounds if that’s not what you prefer, remember this is your character, not mine.
Here’s a tip in roleplaying a ranger: incorporate outdoor-related knowledge that you know. For example, if you’re a florist or have an interest in plants you can use this knowledge to expand your character’s knowledge and add to his/her personality. You can also add an accent to your character to better get into his or her frame of mind.
Another tip is to roleplay your character with his/her stats in mind. As a Tiefling, your high Charisma is your best weapon for survival in social settings. Use your words to haggle prices or avoid confrontation with bandits.