Vigilante (Ranger)

The following material was created by Dungeons & Dragons Franchise Creative Director Mike Mearls for his stream Happy Fun Hour, which you can watch live at on Tuesdays at 4:00 EST or via replays on YouTube. This material is provided to facilitate community testing and feedback.


Urban-based ranger

  • Need an urban-based exploration benefit
  • combat abilities – ambush, using cramped quarters
  • Extra movement and acrobatics

Natural Explorer (New Option)

Replace standard benefits with:

  • Gather information – you’re good at finding rumors
  • Find things and people – uncover location of people, black market goods
  • Climb speed (?)

Back Alley Fighting

3rd level

  • Bonus damage from ambush/surprise/hidden
    • 3d8 scale
    • 1/round with restrictions
  • Bonus to initiative
  • Surprise round – also stun?
  • Manacles?
  • Power Word mechanic – current hit points leads to an effect

“Newsboy Legion”

3rd level

  • In any city, benefits to gather info based on contacts you made
  • Make a check to find help
    • safehouse
    • friend who hides you
    • helps without risk

Parkour Ability

7th Level

  • Improved mobility
  • Move on vertical surfaces
  • Climb speed, bonus to jump
  • Ignore some amount of falling damage

Superior Back Alley Fighting

11th Level

  • Use against multiple targets, 1/target
  • “Half damage on a miss” – on a miss, low HP target is still out

Active Defense

15th Level

  • Use a reaction to slip away and perhaps hide



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