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The Ranger is an Advanced Vocation in Dragon's Dogma. It costs 1,000 Discipline Points to switch to this vocation.


"A strider whose exceptional bow skills make them a deadly threat from afar."

Ranger use many of the same techniques as Striders, but they utilize Longbows rather than Shortbows. Longbows deal more damage than Shortbows, especially at range, but they also take longer to load and the character moves more slowly with the bow drawn; additionally Longbows debilitate a little quicker than Shortbows when using Special Arrows.

Though Rangers are at their most deadly from afar, they are also able to defend themselves in melee with Daggers; however they lack any exclusive dagger skills, and have less options than Striders. All of a Ranger's offensive power comes from Strength - they do not use Magick.

For armor Rangers generally are best suited to Light Armor Sets, or similar non-set components - a trade off between defense and mobility is required. Custom arm armor leaves one hand unrestricted for easy use of the bow. A Ranger's armor requirements may be slightly less than the Strider's due to them fighting more at range, and less in melee.

Rangers have very high stamina and strength growth to the disadvantage of Defense and all magick values - this matches their skill set which is focused on long range attacks, including 'sniping' shots. Their set of Dagger Skills are inferior to that of a Strider, though they can still make an effective climbing attacker, and need not fear close melee.

Skills and Augments[]

Skills in bold are unique to the Ranger.
Skills in italics can only be obtained via Skill Rings and Bands found in Dark Arisen.

Core Skills[]

Weapon Skill Rank DP Description
Daggers Carve Already learned - Continuous attacks with a dagger.
Daggers Two Step Already learned - A two-level stabbing strike straight forward.
Daggers Vault Already learned - Executes a jump to a higher location.
Daggers Roundelay 1 600 An advanced form of Two-Step that appends a whirling slash to victims.
Daggers Engrave 1 800 An advanced form of a Carve that includes kicks after a flurry of dagger blows to strike at a broader range.
Daggers Double Vault 5 1800 An advanced form of Vault that kicks at the air to propel the user in a second leap.
Daggers Forward Roll 5 2200 Curls forward into a tumble effective as an evasive maneuver.
Longbow Loose Already learned - Fires equipped bow. Can execute while moving.
Longbow Quick-Loose 2 600 Require less time to nock the next arrow.

Dagger Skills[]

Skill Rank DP Description
Scarlet Kisses Already learned - Concentrates a flurry of slashes on a single point, easily shredding foes with meager endurance.
Biting Wind 1 200 Dashes past the target with blades extended, delivering slashes that can be followed with further attacks on contacs.
Toss and Trigger 3 700 Steps in with blade strike that sends the target aloft. Additional button presses throw and detonate a store of powder.
Cutting Wind 4 900 An advanced form of Biting Wind. Slashes past the target, appending more strikes to the onslaught upon connecting with foe.
Dazzle Hold 4 900 Casts a firework explosive into the fray that stuns nearby foes.
Reset 4 900 Returns the user to a neutral stance, eliminating openings caused by other actions.
Advanced Trigger 5 1,200 An advanced form of Toss and Trigger that both strengthens the upward slash and broadens the subsequent blast.
Dazzle Blast 7 2,000 An advanced form of Dazzle Hold that tosses an explosive crafted to stun foes within a broader radius.
Hundred Kisses 7 2,000 An advanced form of Scarlet Kisses that focuses a quick flurry of slashes on a single point, allowing for more strikes.
Instant Reset 7 2,000 An advanced form of Reset employable even while under attack that returns the user to a neutral stance, eliminating openings caused by other actions.
Shearing Wind Requires Daggerist's Ring/Band - An advanced form of Cutting Wind that increase the attack range, the amount of strikes, and the speed of dash.
Thousand Kisses Requires Daggerist's Band - An advanced form of Hundred Kisses that heightens the speed and number of slashes in the flurry.

Longbow Skills[]

Skill Rank DP Description
Dire Arrow Already Learned - Focuses the user's gathered strength into a single, devastating shot that grows in power as it is charged.
Heptad Shot 1 300 Looses seven arrows along a broad sweep.
Deathly Arrow 3 800 An advanced form of a Dire Arrow that increases the attack power with the amount of time spent preparing.
Foot Binder 3 800 Pins the target to the nearest wall for a time with a well-placed arrow. Quite effective in cramped quarters.
Sixfold Arrow 3 800 Fires six arrows in rapid succession.
Meteor Shot 4 1,250 Looses an exceptionally fast arrow, so that one may strike before foes notice. Requires considerable Stamina.
Endecad Shot 4 1,250 An advanced form of Heptad Shot that fires eleven arrows instead of seven.
Body Binder 5 1,700 An advanced form of Foot Binder that binds the target for a longer period of time.
Flying Din 5 1,700 Fires an arrow that produces a deafening blare on impact, stunning the target, through it deals nearly no damage.
Tenfold Flurry 5 1,700 An advanced form of Sixfold Arrow that fires ten arrows instead of six.
Whirling Arrow 6 2,500 Looses a spinning arrow that delivers a barrage of hits to an area. Especially effective with Poison or Oil Arrows.
Comet Shot 7 3,300 An advanced form of Meteor Shot that lets the user adjust the arrow's range, making it easier to strike faraway foes.
Fearful Din 7 3,300 An advanced form of Flying Din that produces an even louder noise.
Invasive Arrow 7 3,300 Looses an arrow that deals paltry damage, but delivers a toxin to weaken the Defenses of whatever body part it hits.
Spiral Arrow 8 4,500 An advanced form of Whirling Arrow that appends still more strikes to the barrage.
Crippling Arrow 9 6,000 An advanced form of Invasive Arrow that weakens the target area for a longer period of time.
Gamble Draw 9 6,500 Exhausts the entirety of the user's Stamina to fire a seeking shot which the user may steer for a time.
Great Gamble 9 9,000 An advanced form of Gamble Draw that boasts still greater power and can be steered for a greater length of time.
Reaper's Arrow Requires Ranger's Ring/Band - An advanced form of Deathly Arrow that can be charged an additional level to loose an even mightier arrow.
Secure Binder Requires Ranger's Ring/Band - An advanced form of Body Binder that knocks its target farther back and pins the target for a longer period of time.
Corkscrew Arrow Requires Ranger's Ring/Band - An advanced form of Spiral Arrow that shortens the charging time and adds still more strikes to the barrage.


Augment Notes Rank Discipline Points
Extends the limit of your Health
Increases your Health by 100. 2 700
Radiance causes your lantern to illuminate a wider area
Causes your lantern to illuminate an area that is 20% wider. 2 700
Increases the potency of curatives you use
Health and Stamina gain from curatives is increased by 20%. (Doesn't directly benefit Group Curatives) 6 3,500
Increases cumulative damage to foes you debilitate with non-Archmagick attacks
Description is misleading; actually increases the chance to inflict a non-elemental debilitation. (Doesn't work with throwing items). 6 3,500
Causes your arrows to fly further
Affects bows, longbows, and magick bows. Doesn't improve damage at long range. 6 3,500
Keeps your arrows from flying off mark when you loose them whilst in motion
Reduces arrow spread when shooting whilst moving or strafing. 8 7,000
Prevents mighty winds from hampering your mobility
Prevents stagger and knockdown from most wind buffets from creatures. (Doesn't improve movement in the Windworn Valley). 8 7,000

Stat Growth[]

HP Stamina Attack Defense Magick Attack Magick Defense
Lvl 10+ 21 30 4 2 3 2
Lvl 100+ 5 15 2 1 0 1


Distance Damage Relative
Damage *
0-8m Moderate 89%
9-25m High 100%
26-33m Low 74%
34-90m Very Low 59%
* Figures are approximate
  • To get maximum damage output from the Longbow, shoot mid-range from the target. Unlike the shortbows of the Strider and Assassin vocations, the Ranger's longbow diminishes in strength at close range.
    • When facing enemies with good defense the choice of optimum range may magnify the differences in damage, with only arrows at the most optimum doing significant damage.
    • Most offensive longbow skills have a distance-damage relationship.
  • Giving a Great Gamble pawn Mushroom Potage will make that Ranger a stamina battery for the entire party since the pawn will instantly use a curative to refresh its stamina once the shot is made.
  • Dire Arrow and Deathly Arrow require timed release at the moment of readiness for maximum effect.


The Equipment of the Ranger in the Change Vocation Menu is:

Great Gamble is useful when taking Screenshots of large areas at distance.

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