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    Default [3.5] Swift Hunter...

    The PCs reached sixth level at the end of last week's game session. The Healer took Craft Wondrous Item as his sixth-level feat, so he can start cranking out helpful little things for the party, like goodberry bracelets and everfull mugs. The Warlock's taking Extra Invocation, but is still looking over the list for what to choose.

    I asked the Scout's player if she'd heard of the "Swift Hunter" feat. She said she hadn't, so I showed it to her. I pointed out the benefits of it, and she decided to take a level in Ranger instead of another in Scout, so as to qualify for the feat. She then asked me if she could substitute one of her previous levels in Scout for one in Ranger, and I allowed her to do so. Since she's already archery-focused, she picked the archery combat style.

    After last night's session, she said she'd be taking more levels in ranger when she got the chance, and asked me if it'd be all right to respec her character some more, swapping another old level of Scout for another Ranger level. She's a little enthusiastic about getting an animal companion, and we also pointed out that the Ranger gets spellcasting at the same level (and her character has a good Wisdom score, anyway).

    Any advice for her, build-wise?

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    Wild Cohort, http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/re/20031118a , would help as far as getting a companion without taing as many Ranger levels goes (this would also be improved by all of her character levels). If she can't afford to retrain a feat to get WC, letting her take a Flaw could help.
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    And if she doesn't take Wild Cohort (because she'll be taking enough Ranger levels to boost her a companion a little more, etc.), she could always take Natural Bond (it's in Complete Adventurer or Complete Warrior, don't remember which), which can help negate the penalties to Effective Druid Level as far as companions are concerned.
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    Everythign you ever wanted to know about swift hunters:
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    If you take Undead as a favored enemy, it lets you apply Skirmish damage to them, which you can't usually, and that's really nice.

    (This applies to all those guys who are normally immune to precision damage, but I find that undead pop up more often than most.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by arkol View Post
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    Agreed. Also, if she doesn't mind favoring a buffing 'ranger' then consider the mystic ranger. It's a dragon magazine class variant.

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    Lv   BaB                 F   R   W   Special                                    0th  1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th
    
    1    +1                 +2  +2 	+0   Track, wild empathy                        2                    -
    2    +2                 +3  +3 	+0   1st favored enemy                          2    1                -
    3    +3                 +3  +3 	+1   Combat style                               2    2                -
    4    +4                 +4  +4 	+1   Endurance         	                        3    2    1            -
    5    +5                 +4  +4 	+1               	                        3    2    2            -
    6    +6/+1              +5  +5 	+2                       	                3    3    2    1        -
    7    +7/+2              +5  +5 	+2   Woodland stride, Improve combat style      3    3    2    2        -
    8    +8/+3              +6  +6 	+2   Swift tracker, 2nd favored enemy           4    3    3    2    1    -
    9    +9/+4              +6  +6 	+3   Evasion 	                                4    4 	  3    2    2    
    10   +10/+5             +7  +7 	+3               	                        4    4 	  3    3    2    1
    11   +11/+6/+1          +7  +7 	+3                            	                4    4    4    3    2    2
    12   +12/+7/+2          +8  +8 	+4   Combat style mastery                       4    4    4    3    3 	 2
    13   +13/+8/+3          +8  +8 	+4   Camouflage, 3rd favored enemy              5    4    4    4    3    3
    14   +14/+9/+4          +9  +9 	+4 		                                5    4    4    4    4    3
    15   +15/+10/+5 	+9  +9 	+5                    	                        5    5    4    4    4    3
    16   +16/+11/+6/+1 	+10 +10 +5 		                                5    5    4    4    4    4
    17   +17/+12/+7/+2 	+10 +10 +5   Hide in plain sight 	                5    5 	  5    4    4    4
    18   +18/+13/+8/+3 	+11 +11 +6 		                                5    5    5    4    4    4
    19   +19/+14/+9/+4 	+11 +11 +6 		                                5    5    5    4    4    4
    20   +20/+15/+10/+5 	+12 +12 +6   4th favored enemy	                        5    5 	  5    4    4    4

    The mystic swift hunter paired with the Sword of the Arcane Order feat from Champions of Valor could be pretty nifty.

    Though you may want to look at a few more ranger options, like the urban companion from the cityscape web enhancement.

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    Someone called for a Mystic Ranger+Sword of Arcane Order/Scout/Swift Hunter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Te'Shen View Post
    Agreed. Also, if she doesn't mind favoring a buffing 'ranger' then consider the mystic ranger. It's a dragon magazine class variant.

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    Lv   BaB                 F   R   W   Special                                    0th  1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th
    
    1    +1                 +2  +2 	+0   Track, wild empathy                        2                    -
    2    +2                 +3  +3 	+0   1st favored enemy                          2    1                -
    3    +3                 +3  +3 	+1   Combat style                               2    2                -
    4    +4                 +4  +4 	+1   Endurance         	                        3    2    1            -
    5    +5                 +4  +4 	+1               	                        3    2    2            -
    6    +6/+1              +5  +5 	+2                       	                3    3    2    1        -
    7    +7/+2              +5  +5 	+2   Woodland stride, Improve combat style      3    3    2    2        -
    8    +8/+3              +6  +6 	+2   Swift tracker, 2nd favored enemy           4    3    3    2    1    -
    9    +9/+4              +6  +6 	+3   Evasion 	                                4    4 	  3    2    2    
    10   +10/+5             +7  +7 	+3               	                        4    4 	  3    3    2    1
    11   +11/+6/+1          +7  +7 	+3                            	                4    4    4    3    2    2
    12   +12/+7/+2          +8  +8 	+4   Combat style mastery                       4    4    4    3    3 	 2
    13   +13/+8/+3          +8  +8 	+4   Camouflage, 3rd favored enemy              5    4    4    4    3    3
    14   +14/+9/+4          +9  +9 	+4 		                                5    4    4    4    4    3
    15   +15/+10/+5 	+9  +9 	+5                    	                        5    5    4    4    4    3
    16   +16/+11/+6/+1 	+10 +10 +5 		                                5    5    4    4    4    4
    17   +17/+12/+7/+2 	+10 +10 +5   Hide in plain sight 	                5    5 	  5    4    4    4
    18   +18/+13/+8/+3 	+11 +11 +6 		                                5    5    5    4    4    4
    19   +19/+14/+9/+4 	+11 +11 +6 		                                5    5    5    4    4    4
    20   +20/+15/+10/+5 	+12 +12 +6   4th favored enemy	                        5    5 	  5    4    4    4

    The mystic swift hunter paired with the Sword of the Arcane Order feat from Champions of Valor could be pretty nifty.

    Though you may want to look at a few more ranger options, like the urban companion from the cityscape web enhancement.
    This, this, so much this! If she likes the casting (and honestly, Ranger-casting is AWESOME for Archers with Spell Compendium-spells; just show it to her and she'll love it), Mystic Ranger is Swift Hunter to 10th power or something; it's so good it hurts. Not broken, but comes in quick enough to let the player enjoy and has enough gas to use lots of different spells all day. I love Mystic Ranger in Spell Compendium-games, and Sword of the Arcane Order [Champions of Valor] adds some Arcane spells to your list (generally given to servants of God of Magic though; it's an FR feat for Mystra).

    It loses AC though, but as it's pretty weak anyways, that's not bad: She can pick Wild Cohort and end up with a superior companion that way, especially if you allow for Natural Bond to mitigate the adjustment to the boosts. So yah, seconding this. I'll bet she'd love to have a companion already.
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    Thanks, everyone! I'll show her Wild Cohort and Mystic Ranger when I get a chance.

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    Improved skirmish, and...

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    Yeah, Improved Skirmish and Greater Manyshot are near must-haves for Scout archers. It's one of the few ways to get reliable decent damage output from archery.
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    If you really want things to get out of hand, give her a Splitting bow. Twice the attacks and twice the Skirmish.
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