Ranger Conclave: Warden Conclave

Rangers of the Warden Conclave follow an ancient tradition rooted in powerful druidic magic. These rangers learn to become one with nature, allowing them to channel the aspects of plants in order to overcome their foes.

These rangers are primarily in the Eldeen Reaches and Shadow Marches, fitting in very well with the Wardens of the Wood and the Green Singers. They venture out only rarely, as they consider it their sacred duty to protect the druidic groves and ancient trees that saw the earliest days of the world.

Guardian Magic

Starting at 3rd level, you learn an additional spell when you reach certain levels in this class, as shown in the Primeval Guardian Spells table. The spell counts as a ranger spell for you, and it doesn’t count against the number of ranger spells you know.

Warden Conclave Spells
Ranger Level Spells
3rd beast bond or entangle
5th barkskin or enhance ability
9th conjure animals or speal with plants
13th conjure woodland beings or giant insect
17th awaken or insect plauge

Guardian Soul

Starting at 3rd level, you gain the ability to temporarily grow and take on the appearance of a treelike person, covered with leaves and bark. As a bonus action, you assume this guardian form, which lasts until you end it as a bonus action or until you are incapacitated.

You undergo the following changes while in your guardian form:

  • Your size becomes Large, unless you were larger.
  • Any speed you have becomes 5 feet, unless the speed was lower.
  • Your reach increases by 5 feet.
  • You gain a number of temporary hit points at the start of each of your turns. The number equals half your ranger level. When the form ends, you lose any temporary hit points you have from it.
  • Your armor class becomes 16 regardless of what kind of armor you are wearing.

At 11th level your guardian soul changes as follows.

  • Your size becomes huge, unless you are larger.
  • Your reach increases by 10 feet.
  • You gain resistance to bludgeoning and piercing damage.

Piercing Thorns

At 3rd level, your command of primal magic allows you to enhance your attacks with thorns. Once during each of your turns, you can deal an additional 1d6 piercing damage to one creature you hit with a weapon attack.

Extra Attack

Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn.

Ancient Fortitude

At 7th level, you gain the endurance of the ancient forests. Your hit point maximum and current hit points increase by 2 per ranger level then you assume your guardian form. This increase lasts until you leave the form; your hit point maximum then returns to normal, but your current hit points remain the same, unless they must decrease to abide by your hit point maximum.

This feature can be used once per short rest.

Rooted Defense

At 11th level, you gain the ability to twist and turn the ground beneath you. While you are in your guardian form, the ground within 30 feet of you is difficult terrain for your enemies.

Guardian Aura

Starting at 15th level, your guardian form emanates a magical aura that fortifies your injured allies. When any ally starts their turn within 30 feet of your guardian form, that ally regains a number of hit points equal to half your ranger level. This aura has no effect on a creature that has half or more of its hit points, and it has no effect on undead and constructs.

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This originally appeared in the Wizards Unearthed Arcana: Ranger & Rogue.

One thought on “Archetype: Warden Conclave

  1. I have a question about the Guardian soul Armor class feature. It says that your AC becomes 16, but how does it interact with things like a shield’s bonus AC, the dual wielder feat, the defense fighting style, or the warforged passive AC bonus? Does it work like barkskin in the sense that you AC cannot be lower than 16 but could be higher, or does it lower your AC if its already above 16?

    Also, what made you choose to not have this AC scale? The size increases to huge at LVL 11 for example so why not have the AC gain any kind of bonuses at higher LVLs as well?

    Otherwise I really like the changes you’ve made. Kudos

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