The Ranger Spellbook for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition is another great addition to your player or DM arsenal. One thing that makes Dungeons & Dragons great is the amount of customization for players to put on their characters. Choosing spells is a part of it and using a the Ranger spell deck is easily one of the more enjoyable ways and less stressful ways of picking spells for this class.
Ranger SpellBook Overview
This deck is one of the smaller decks among the series of spell decks released for 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. You can check out the Arcane Deck Review here. This deck contains 46 laminated cards that contain spells leveling the range 1 to 5. The box says that it’s meant for every spell caster type but this is more geared toward the ranger. The cards because of their laminated surface allow for dry erase markers to be used on them. I find that to be a nice feature to all these spell decks that are a nice to have if marking the cards up fits people’s play styles of if custom rules want to be amended to the spell for a campaign.
It’s because of this lamination however that upon opening for the first time the cards are stuck together in bunches. bending them slightly is enough to break them all up from their bunches. This defect does not hurt the cards in any way so it shouldn’t be worried about. I have opened several of these boxes though and get this experience without fail each time.
The cards themselves have all the needed information on them. the level is on both sides of the card where one side is just the back of the card with the graphic Wizards of the Coast assigned to each class. The front of the card states what type of spell the card actually is.
The title sits on the top of the card for the spell or cantrip. Below the header of the card is all the information needed to complete the spell. The casting time showing if it’s a bonus action or action. the range depicting how far out it can be used or if used on self. The duration shows how long it lasts as well as gives an icon for if the spell is concentration meaning that it can be the only thing used for concentration at one given time. There is also the components section which which abbreviates what components are needed for the spell.
Personally I would have liked if the components were just written out but I can understand the abbreviation in order to make it fit the card. Examples of what these might be are V for visual.
Underneath that is the actual description of the spell. If it takes materials it will list the materials before the spell and then explain what the spell does. Personally, I have never played with the material requirements on spells and I have never met anyone else that does.
Finally underneath that if there is any level adjustments based on the level the spell will be cast from will show the modification to the dice rolled or effect given.
Should You Buy The Ranger SpellBook?
If you are not utilizing the D&D beyond and do not mind writing the spells down yourself from a players handbook, I highly recommend getting this deck for your ranger character. If you are playing as the Dungeon master I would recommend getting the Arcane deck over this one as there are many more spells to keep on hand for monster encounters and boss fights.
Either way this deck will set you back around 6 dollars so it’s a small purchase and I would consider picking it up before your next set of dice.