Considering how much we’ve been enjoying our D&D campaign, we decided that this month’s debate will pit our characters’ classes against one another. We’re still fairly new to D&D and this is obviously just our personal opinions, but today I’m trying to convince Rachel that she should give the Ranger class a try instead of sticking to her magic class of Sorcerer. I mean, for one thing, Rangers can have animal companions when they level up. How cool is that?
While it’s true a ranger has the ability to tame animals as companions, sorcerers can have the skill to be proficient in intimidation as well as persuasion. Sorcerers don’t need an animal to do the lip-curling for them. Speaking of skills, sorcerers can also be deceptive and have more insight than the rest of their party members allowing them to be more sly and also have more knowledge than everyone else at times.
I can counter the skills that lean towards Sorcerers with the skills that benefit Rangers more — dexterity and wisdom are the more popular abilities, and skills such as stealth, survival, and persuasion, as well. Granted, all of those skills and abilities are dependent on how one builds their character, so these can be moot points. Something that I really like about Rangers is their Fighting Style that they gain at 2nd level. Gaining a specialty when it comes to fighting is fantastic, be it giving bonuses to hit points such as Archery or attack like with Dueling.
Okay, but hear me out… Magic. Sorcerers have magic so not only can they fight with regular weapons, but they have an arsenal at their fingertips – or staff, or whatever they use for magic. If we’re comparing levels, Sorcerers gain a lot at their second level as well such as flexible casting and sorcery points allowing them to use even more magic.
To go with magic, Rangers can also learn a decent arsenal of spells. Not as much as Sorcerers, no, but Rangers can be magically inclined. Their spells can be more nature-focused, helping out with the environment the party finds them in or dissuading creatures from attacking them. Even if Rangers couldn’t use any magic, they tend to have more strength to back up their regular attacks. Magic can’t solve every problem, but an arrow can cause a decent amount of damage in most situations.
Magic can help with a lot of situations depending on the spells you know. Sure, rangers are typically stronger when it comes to physical attacks, but that also depends on your dice roll when you create and level up your character. Speaking of magic, it comes from a dragon bloodline. I’m part dragon, so there.
That’s your best shot? Admittedly, being part dragon is pretty cool, and it was honestly one of the backgrounds I was thinking of when we first created our characters. Yet, dragons can easily be the Ranger’s favored enemy, allowing the Ranger more knowledge against those with dragon blood. As a Ranger also grows in level, so does her attacks and speed. There will be times when Rangers gain extra attacks and roll bonuses to ensure that their hits will be true.
I’m ignoring you. Being part dragon with magic is cool. Therefore, sorcerers beat rangers. The end.