[RPG] What classes excel in ranged combat


I've just started out playing DnD. I want to pick a class that plays well with long-range, and was wondering whether other classes besides ranger can fill in that role effectively.

Are there are any core classes that can "substitute" for the ranger as a long range combatant?

Best Answer

Be a cleric with Zen Archery

This allows you to use Wisdom for your ranged attacks. Wisdom is also very important for your casting. By being a Zen Archery* Cleric, you get the best of both worlds - ranged attacks and full spell-casting, both using the same ability.

And if you take the Elf Domain, you even get the feat Point Blank Shot for free.

* find the Zen Archery feat in Complete Warrior, page 106