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Ranger Build BG3

The Best Ranger Build for Baldur’s Gate 3, that utilizes the Gloom Stalker Subclass and relies on Stealth to deal massive damage and progress in BG3! The Ranger is a flexible Class that you can play as ranged, melee or defense focused. This Ranger Build is focusing on Archery and will allow you to hit targets from distance. A great option to play a Stealth Archer, thanks to the powerful Gloom Stalker Subclass.

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Ranger Class Mechanics Guide BG3

The Ranger is a flexible Class that allows you to play in a variety of different ways. You can focus on a Ranged or Melee play style or even focus on Defense! Rangers use physical attacks but also unique Spells to deal damage, heal and debuff enemies. Depending on the Subclass you will choose, you can summon Companions, deal massive damage to large enemies or kill enemies with powerful attacks from Stealth. There is no wrong way to build a Ranger in Baldur’s Gate 3, it all depends on your preference and favorite play style.

Best Subclass for Ranger Build in BG3

The Best Subclass for the Ranger Class Build is the Gloom Stalker! Gloom Stalker gives you access to the Dread Ambusher powerful attack that can let you deal massive damage to enemies but also to other actions that make you invisible and increase your initiative. This subclass is the best option if you wish to play as a Stealth Archer in BG3. This will give you a great advantage when fighting enemies but will also assist you remain undetected in other encounters.

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Dread Ambusher

Best Race for Ranger Build in Baldur’s Gate 3

The Best Race for a Stealthy Ranger Build in BG3 is the Lightfoot Halfling or the Deep Gnome! Both Races offer advantage on Stealth Checks with their Naturally Stealthy and Stone Camouflage skills respectively, which make them the best races for the Build! A few more Races you can pick for the Gloom Stalker Ranger Build are:

  • Wood Elf
  • Human
  • Drow

You can pick any of the eleven available Races in BG3 and still have success with the Build! To find out more about all Baldur’s Gate 3 Races and their Sub Races, you can read my Baldur’s Gate 3 Best Race Guide!

Best Abilities for Ranger Gloom Stalker Build BG3

Dexterity is the main Ability for an Archery Ranger in Baldur’s Gate 3. What that means is that the higher Dexterity is, the more effective your Ranger Build will be in BG3! Constitution is also important and will help you stay alive in battle! You can use the recommended abilities setup or adjust them to get high Dexterity and good enough Constitution. For a strong Gloom Stalker Ranger Build you can use the following abilities setup:

  • Strength – 12
  • Dexterity – 17
  • Constitution – 15
  • Intelligence – 8
  • Wisdom – 12
  • Charisma – 10

Best Background for Ranger Gloom Stalker Build BG3

The most important ability for the Gloom Stalker Ranger is Dexterity. To maximize the efficiency of the build you should pick a background that gives access to Skills that rely on Dexterity! The Best Background for this Ranger Build in BG3 is Urchin. Urchin gives access to the Sleight of hand and Stealth Skills, which are both based on Dexterity! Both skills will be important for your Ranger Character. A few more Backgrounds you can pick are:

  • Charlatan
  • Criminal
  • Entertainer

To find more about all available Backgrounds you can read my Baldur’s Gate 3 Backgrounds Guide!

Best Skills for Ranger Build in Baldur’s Gate 3

Skill proficiencies allow you to pursue different paths when picking dialogue option and can help you solve situations in a variety of ways. When you create your character you can pick two more skills to increase your proficiency with them. Stealth, Sleight of Hand, Athletics and Acrobatics are the best skills to have. For the other you can pick any you like from the available skills. You can follow this example or boost the skills of your choice. Skills do not matter in combat but are always nice to have to advance storytelling.

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Ranger Skills

Ranger Build Leveling Guide in Baldur’s Gate 3

Below you can find the Best options for the Ranger Gloom Stalker Build in BG3 for every Level! There are 12 Levels in total and each one unlocks new powerful actions and passives for your Ranger Build!

Level 1 Best options for Ranger Build BG3

Level 1 is basically Character Creation for your Ranger Build in BG3! Pick your Race and other options as shown above. Here you can also pick a Favored Enemy and Natural Explorer option. For Natural Explorer pick Beast Tamer, that allows you to summon a familiar without wasting a Spell Slot. As for Favored Enemy pick Bounty Hunter to gain Proficiency in Investigation. Also creatures you hit with Ensnaring Strike have disadvantage on Saving Throw.

Bounty Hunter

Level 2 Best Options for Ranger Build in Baldur’s Gate 3

At level 2 you unlock your character’s specialization. Pick Archery to focus on Ranged gameplay. Archery gives you a +2 bonus to ranged weapon attacks. You can also pick two spells. Get Ensnaring Strike, a powerful ranged attack that ensnares enemies and Hail of Thorns, that deals AOE damage.

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Ensnaring Strike

Level 3 Best Options for Ranger Gloom Stalker Build BG3

At Level 3 you can choose your Subclass. Gloom Stalker is the best option for the Build that unlocks the following:

  • Dread Ambusher, Superior Darkvision, Dread Ambusher: Hide, Umbral Shroud, Disguise Self Spell at level 3
  • Misty Step Spell at level 5
  • Iron Mind passive at level 7
  • Fear at level 9
  • Stalker’s Flurry passive at level 11

Umbral Shroud makes you invisible if you are obscured and is an excellent action to move around undetected. You can also unlock one more Spell. Take Hunter’s Mark to mark an enemy and deal additional damage to them.

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Hunter’s Mark

Level 4 Best Options for Ranger Build

When you hit level 4 you unlock your first Feat. Feats are powerful passive effects that can enhance your play style or help you alter your build! You can pick 3 Feats for your Ranger Build at levels 4, 8 and 12! Picking Feats is quite important for the effectiveness of your Build in Baldur’s Gate 3. For the first Feat, pick Ability Improvement and add 2 points to Dexterity. Like this your Dexterity score will rise up to 19 if you have followed the above recommendations and your Gloom Stalker Ranger will be more effective.

Level 5 Best Options for Ranger Build

When you hit level 5 you unlock the Extra Attack feature that allows you to attack one more time but also level 2 Spells. You can pick one more spell and the best option is Pass Without Trace. This spell grants +10 bonus to Stealth Checks to you and all nearby companions but requires Concentration to keep it active. At this level you also unlock the Misty Step spell that allows you to move easier around.

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Pass Without Trace

Level 6 Best Options for Ranger Build

At level 6 you can pick another Favored Enemy and Natural Explorer passive. From Favored Enemy get Keeper of the Veil that gives you access to Protection from Evil and Good Spell but also proficiency to Arcana. From Natural Explorer get Urban Tracker to gain proficiency in Sleight of Hands.

Level 7 Best Options for Ranger Build

At level 7 you gain the Iron Mind passive that gives you proficiency in Wisdom and Intelligence Saving Throws but can also pick a new Spell. Pick Silence to deal with spellcasters easier.

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Silence

Level 8 Best Options for Ranger Gloom Stalker Build BG3

At level 8 you unlock the Land’s Stride: Difficult Terrain feature that stops difficult terrain from slowing you down. You also get your second Feat! Pick Sharpshooter. Sharpshooter makes your ranged weapon attacks to not receive penalties from High Ground Rules and Ranged Weapon attacks with weapons you are proficient with have -5 penalty to their Attack Roll but deal an additional 10 damage.

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Sharpshooter Feat

Level 9 Best Options for Ranger Build Baldur’s Gate 3

At level 9 you unlock level 3 spells and the Fear Spell from your Sub class. You can pick one more spell. Get the powerful Lightning Arrow to deal massive damage to multiple enemies.

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Lightning Arrow

Level 10 Best Options for Ranger Build

At level 10 you unlock the Hide in Plain Sight Class Action, that allows you to turn Invisible and get a +10 bonus to Stealth Checks, as long as you stand still. You also get to pick one more passive from Favored Enemy and Natural Explorer. Get Sanctified Stalker from Favored Enemy to gain access to the Sacred Flame Cantrip and the Wasteland Wanderer of your choice to gain resistance to Cold, Fire or Poison Damage!

Level 11 Best Options for Ranger Build Baldur’s Gate 3

When you reach Level 11 you unlock the Stalker’s Fury sub class feature and can pick one more spell. Stalker’s Fury allows you to make a new weapon attack for free when you miss your initial attack. For your new Spell pick Goodberry to add another source of healing to your Build.

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Goodberry

Level 12 Best Options for Ranger Build BG3

Finally at level 12 you get your final Feat. Pick Resilient to add one more point to Dexterity and get it to 20! You also gain proficiency in Dexterity Saving Throws with it.

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Resilient Dexterity

Best Gear for Ranger Build BG3

Below you can find the Best Gear for the Gloom Stalker Build in Baldur’s Gate 3. The Best Weapons and Armor for the Ranger, as well as alternative options that can help you early in the game!

What is the Best Weapon for Ranger in BG3

The Best Weapon for the Gloom Stalker Ranger Build in Baldur’s Gate 3 is Gontr Mael! A Legendary Longbow that offers the following:

  • Promised Victory: On a hit, possibly inflict Guiding Bolt upon the target.
  • Gontr Mael: Glowing: This object shines with a glowing Light in a radius of 6m.
  • Weapon Enchantment +3
  • Celestial Haste
  • Bolt of Celestial Light
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Gontr Mael Bow

You can loot Gontr Mael by defeating the Steel Watch Titan inside the Steel Watch Foundry in Baldur’s Gate, Act 3! Early in the game you can use the Bow of the Banshee! Bow of the Banshee is a rare bow that offers:

  • Blood-Curdling Emission: On a hit possibly inflict Frightened. Gain a bonus to attack and damage against Frightened enemies.
  • Weapon Enchantment +1

Although you do not have to use a melee weapon as well, you can carry around Phalar Aluve to gain its powerful effects from early in the game. The table below shows you the best Gear for the Gloomstalker Ranger Build, as well as good alternative options to use early in BG3!

PieceBestEarly Game
HeadShadow of MenzoberranzanCovert Cowl
CapeShade-Slayer CloakCloak of Protection
ChestHelldusk ArmorAdamantine Scale Mail
GlovesBonespike GlovesGloves of Power
BootsHelldusk BootsBoots of Speed
NecklaceAmulet of Greater HealthSurgeon’s Subjucation Amulet
RingKiller’s SweetheartRing of Mental Inhibition
RingRing of RegenerationRing of Protection
Ranged WeaponGontr MaelBow of the Banshee
Melee WeaponPhalar AluvePhalar Aluve

What is the Best Armor for Ranger in Baldur’s Gate 3

The Shadow of Menzoberranzan is the best Head Armor piece you can wear for the build, that allows you to use the Shrouded in Shadow action and hide yourself. You can get the Shadow of Menzobberanzan as a reward by assisting the Myconid Colony in Act 1. The Shade-Slayer Cloak is the best Cape Armor for the build that you can buy from Sticky Dondo in Act 3 and reduces the number you need to roll a Critical Hit while attacking by 1.

The Helldusk Armor is the best Armor option for Chest! A legendary Heavy Armor that you can loot from Raphael in House of Hope(Act 3). The Armor offers:

  • Helldusk Armor: You are considered Proficient with this armor while wearing it.
  • Infernal Retribution: When you succeed a Saving Throw, the caster receives Burning for 3 turns.
  • Prime Aegis of Fire: You have resistance to Fire damage and cannot be Burned. You take 3 less damage from all sources.
  • Fly level 3 Spell
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Helldusk Armor

Bonespike Gloves are another great armor piece you can wear. Very Rare Gloves that grant Exosceletal Reinforcement, which makes your attacks to ignore resistance to Slashing, Piercing and Bludgeoning damage. The Helldusk Boots is a nice boots option that you can get by looting a gilded chest in Gortash’s room on the top floor of Wyrm’s Rock Fortress. With them you get:

  • Steadfast: You cannot be forcibly moved by a foe’s spells or actions, and you ignore the effects of Difficult Terrain.
  • Infernal Evasion: When you fail a Saving Throw, you may use your reaction to succeed instead.
  • Hellcrawler Class Action

The Amulet of Greater Health is the Best Amulet for the Build, which you can get in the House of Hope and Sets the Wearer’s Constitution to 23. It also grants advantage on Constitution Saving Throws Checks.

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Amulet of Greater Health

Killer’s Sweatheart and Ring of Regeneration are finally the best ring options for the Ranger Gloom Stalker Build in Baldur’s Gate 3! You can get the Killer’s Sweatheart ring by defeating yourself in the Self-Same Trial inside the Gauntlet of Shar(Act 2). The ring grants you the Executioner effect: When you kill a creature, your next Attack Roll will be a Critical Hit. Once spent, this effect refreshes after a Long Rest. You can buy the Ring of Regeneration from Rolan at the Sorcerous Sundries in Act 3 and get Combat Regeneration: At the beginning of your turn, the ring activates and heals you for 1-4 hit points.

There are a few great alternative items that you can get early and will help you advance your game until you can get one of the Best Armor pieces above.

  • Covert Cowl reduces the number you need to roll a Critical Hit while attacking by 1 while obscured and you can get it from a meenlock creature in the Last Light Inn Cellar(Act 2).
  • Cloak of Protection offers a +1 to Armor Class and Saving Throw and is a nice Cape Armor that you can get from Quartermaster Talli(loot or buy) in the Last Light Inn in Act 2.
  • Adamantine Scale Mail is an excellent Medium Armor that you can craft at the Adamantine Forge. It reduces incoming damage, sends enemies reeling and attackers cannot land Critical Hits on the wearer.
  • Gloves of Power inflicts penalties to enemies hit and grants Sleight of Hand +1. You can loot it from Za’Krug in front of the Grove in Act 1.
  • Boots of Speed grant you a burst of speed and make it difficult for enemies to land attacks of opportunity. You can get them from Thulla in the Myconid Colony(Act 1).
  • Surgeon’s Subjucation Amulet allows you to paralyze an enemy and you can get it from Malus Thorm at the House of Healing(Act 2).
  • Ring of Mental Inhibition affects with Mental Fatigue foes for 2 turns when they fail a Saving Throw against one of your spells or actions and you can get it from a locked chest in the Ruined Battlefield, in Shadow Lands(Act 2).
  • Ring of Protection grants +1 to Armor Class and Saving Throw and you can get it as a reward from Mol for stealing the Druids’ Idol(Act 1).
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Adamantine Scale Mail

Ranger Gloom Stalker Build Gameplay Tips in BG3

The Ranger is a versatile Class that you can play in different ways. This Build is focusing on Ranged Stealth Damage to deal massive damage to enemies early in the fight. Hide yourself from enemies and fire your spells! Ensnaring Strike will deal damage and ensnare enemies, immobilizing them! Hail of Thorns can deal great AOE damage to multiple enemies and is great against groups. With Hunter’s Mark you can mark a target and deal even more damage to them. Hunter’s Mark though requires concentration to keep it active. Use Silence(another Concentration Spell) against casters to disable them and help your party to kill them faster. Lightning Arrow is a powerful Spell that deals massive Lightning damage to multiple enemies. Finally Goodberry can offer some emergency healing when in need!

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