D&D 5e

Unearthed Arcana – Rogue & Ranger Archetypes, Artificer Survey

This week in the latest Unearthed Arcana we get new playtest Ranger and Rogue options and a request for feedback on the Artificer Class.

New Playtest Options

New playtest Ranger and Rogue options in the latest Unearthed Arcana PDF

For the Ranger class we get:

  • the Horizon Walker
  • the Primeval Guardian

For the Rogue class we get the Scout, last seen as a playtest option for the Fighter class in the UA: Kits of Old.

Artificer Survey

WotC is already asking us for feedback on their Artificer class in the following survey.

Read the Full Article | Download the PDF


  • I haven’t had a chance yet, but I’d like to compare the two scouts.

    Hopefully Brandes is able to get a full analysis of this week’s UA up tomorrow… but they just added a new member to the family – so we might not see anything this week (or for a bit).

    • It’s posted now. =)

    • MTi

      Brandes must be cradling the newborn in one hand and typing with the other.

    • Only some of the time. The rest of the time, my saintly wife is holding him or he’s asleep. (At five days old, he sleeps almost as much as our cats.)

  • Ish

    I find it interesting that in almost every edition since the Ranger class made it debut, we’ve had some kind of “magicless ranger” variant knocking around. Either in a supplemental book or in a never-quite-ready-for-prime-time Dragon magazine article or website content.

  • Wyvern

    “For the Ranger class we get:
    the Horizon Walker (works with Player’s Handbook Ranger)
    the Primeval Guardian (works with Player’s Handbook Ranger)
    Unearthed Arcana Ranger”

    I think you misinterpreted what they wrote. The introduction to the article says “The ranger receives two Ranger Archetype options: the Horizon Walker and the Primeval Guardian, both of which work with the Player’s Handbook ranger *and* the Unearthed Arcana ranger. [emphasis added]” The Unearthed Arcana ranger is not reprinted in this article.

    • Thanks. I just cleaned it up. That’s what I get for typing and reading the PDF at the same time. I did misread and then didn’t clean it up once I did a detailed read.

  • I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of all these builds being thrown out there by class. I’d prefer to see themed PDFs like the Eberron and Waterborne editions. I’m sure they’ll be collected up eventually, but just harder to place them for me when presented like this.

    • Pretty sure the uniting theme of all of this is “okay so we’re working on a book that will be the Player’s Handbook 2 but not named that, so we want to playtest that content.” Like all Player’s Handbook 2s that D&D has released (the 1e Unearthed Arcana, and the 3.5 and 4e PH2s), there’s not likely to be a through-line theme any more than the core Player’s Handbook has one. I’m still trying to sift through the incredible tonal and aesthetic differences along class lines.

    • For your average fantasy game, some of these are pretty throw away for sure. I hope we get something more than a PHB2 this fall. I like how Volo provides a mix of lore and monster stats, and I would have been happy with a simple Monster Manual 2.

    • MTi

      Perkins et al have made clear that we are not going to see a PHB2, like we did in previous editions, it is not even going to be called Player’s Handbook. It is going to be one of these hybrid books they issue now, just like SCAG and VGtM. So it is not going to be just player options thrown inside, it is going to have lore and lots of it.

      On the other hand, I like the fact that they are actively showing interest in other settings other than FR. We had Artificer (Eberron), Horizon Walker (Planescape), Mystic (Eberron or Dark Sun) so this makes me optimistic about WotC finally issuing new modules in new (for 5e) settings. For one, it will be really funny if they ultimately launch these classes for FR as well.

    • It’s not like FR hasn’t always been the kitchen-sinkiest of kitchen sinks. Psionics gets awkwardly shoehorned in at a rate of once per edition, artificers should be well-represented among the Lantanna gnomes, and so forth. =)