Ranger - Core Power Ranger

The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great

Focused on: Strike damage

Designed for: Open WorldOpen World General and Open World Core

This build was last updated on September 21, 2023 and is up to date for the November 28, 2023 patch.


A basic but effective open world ranger build that F2P players can access. Although pets don't really do much damage, they help the ranger by tanking and some can also disable the enemy. This build features good burst damage and from long range.

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Brown Bear

Weapon Variants

  • Greatsword - can replace longbow for less burst but better sustained damage.
  • Sword - has two leaps and about the same damage as axe, but in melee range.

Skill Variants

The suggested skills aim to create windows of burst damage through , but other skills can be considered:

Healing skill

is your best heal skill because of its short cooldown, good heal, and lets you and your pet share your boons with the other.

  • - can be considered for fights where you need a lot of condition cleanse.

Utility skill

deals great damage and chills the enemy for great synergy with . You should almost never replace it.
is a great stun break that also gives you a bit of barrier. It also breaks stun on nearby allies. Can be replaced by other skills if needed, though we recommend you always keep one stun break.
is an offensive stun break, the quickness generation can improve your burst. Can be replaced by other skills if needed.

  • - Might Might generation in static fights, can be considered in group play.
  • - extra defense.
  • - alternative stun break and extra dodge.
  • - can be used with offensive pets for single target burst.
  • - AoE condition cleanse.
  • - extra toughness and a panic button.
  • - if you need more CC.
  • - Aegis Aegis and Protection Protection generation in static fights, can be considered in group play.

Elite skill

provides a good mix of offensive and deffensive boons. Other options can be considered.

  • - AoE Immobilize Immobilize.
  • - AoE revive when playing in a group.

Pet Variants

  • The choice of pet doesn't matter much because core game pets don't deal much damage. We suggest using a feline since they have the highest damage, especially Lynx Lynx with its Beast skill (F2) . For your other pet, you can use a tanky pet such as Brown Bear Brown Bear or a pet to inflict crowd control such as Boar Boar which has crowd control on its skills, and its Beast skill creates a bundle weapon for you to pick up and inflict more CC. If you have access to expansions, use Jacaranda Jacaranda for its high damage and survivability. Below are some other alternatives.
High damage pets
Good mix of damage and crowd control
Good on-demand crowd control
Tanky pets
  • Drakes such as Marsh Drake Marsh Drake provide the best mix of damage and tankiness, but bears, porcines, and devourers are also very tanky pets.


  • - works great if you swap pets often.
  • - if you are going to camp longbow, but you will do less damage.
  • - when not running Frost Trap and/or more dodges are needed.
  • - works great if using a sword.
  • - can enable an alternative playstyle where you run 2 longbows and use this trait to cast every weapon swap. This playstyle is very vulnerable to projectile block/reflect and lacks mobility, but can be very fun.
  • - if not running many Command skills.
  • Note that you will use even when not wielding a greatsword, since it provides much-needed Fury.


Ascended gear is not required; exotic with the same stats will work fine.


  • and are interchangeable.
  • Other relics include , , , or .
  • For defense, equip the highest tier Jade Core you can afford. Use defensive food, traits, or skills if required. If necessary, use Knight Knight trinkets.


Budget consumables are acceptable for use in open world.


  • Prioritize Steak Ascended food.
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  • Prioritize Steak Ascended food.
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  • (and variants)



  • Thanks to ++ you will start fights with great burst damage.
  • Aim to use your damage skills while the enemy is disabled or has its movement impaired to benefit from .
    • Your damage skills are and on longbow, and all axe skills on axe-axe. Cast in melee range for maximum damage.
    • The following skills are great for enabling Predator's Onslaught: , , and .
  • Longbow works great for starting fights with Barrager and Rapid Fire, but has very low sustained damage. Swap to axe-axe after Barrage and Rapid fire to deal more damage. Axe also works great against groups of enemies since all its attacks strike in an AoE or bounce.
  • When possible, attack from behind or the rear to enable .


  • can be used to disengage with stealth.
  • Against dangerous enemies, send a tanky pet in first with Attack My Target (F1) so they tank for you.
  • Remember to always dodge and sidestep attacks if possible.
  • can be used to reflect dangerous projectiles.
  • maintains permanent Weakness Weakness on your enemy.
  • Swap your pet when their health gets low to prevent them from getting downed. If your pet gets downed, Swap Pet's cooldown is greatly increased.
  • to block attacks if wielding a greatsword.

Crowd Control

  • if wielding a greatsword
  • Counterattack Kick if wielding a greatsword
  • Some pets also have crowd control on their Beast skill (F2)
  • Soft crowd control such as Chill Chill or Cripple Cripple from , , and .


This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 4 votes.
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5 stars
Igornoia gave this build 5 stars • September 2023
A satisfying build to play. Super accessible and doesn't lose much to other base game berserk builds. I recommend!
4 stars
Warming Hearth gave this build 4 stars • April 2023
Super easy to play. The pet is relatively tanky and your weapons are ranged so the build is also very safe. Perhaps a little boring because of how simple it is to play. Its main downside is its low damage after the initial burst. Pets are also very dumb and do super low damage. If you have access to Path of Fire, definitely use Juvenile Jacaranda.
5 stars
Mathiasxii gave this build 5 stars • June 2021
I always thought this to be THE build to live the longbow ranger experience (more than with Soulbeast), even past the HoT/PoF expansion. All three trait lines synergise extremely well and everything is set up for you to send your pet up front in combat while you transform your enemies into porcupines for extremely far. The farther you are, the more you are rewarded boon and damage wise! Once the enemy is weak, you can then launch yourself on the enemies with you greatsword to finish them off. It takes a lot of practice to enjoy such build as you need to be cautious about field positionning, movement, and timing, but it feels great to always have a sight of the battlefield. The only downside is that it tends to perform poorly in tight spaces as you are squishy (as expected for a long range class). 4 is your best friend!
5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars • March 2021
one of the best core builds in the game for general open world since ranger pets are so good at distracting mobs, and ranger's moderate damage means it can easily burst down threats.


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