- "Break out of your shell. Attack without doubt, and you will understand."
- —Dissidia and Dissidia 012, Marksman Lore
- See also: Archer (Job).
Rangers are mostly known for their ability to equip various ranged weapons to attack, primarily bows. Their most consistent special ability is called Barrage or Rapid Fire. With this ability, the Ranger can attack multiple times (generally, but not always, four times) in a single turn. They also have the ability Aim, which increases their damage and ensures a successful hit.
In some games Rangers can cast some basic White Magic. Because they wield bows, Rangers are adept at fighting flying and bird-type enemies, which take additional damage from arrows and have their high evasion nullified by the Ranger's high Accuracy. Rangers overlap somewhat with Archers, but are more physically oriented while Archers rely on status attacks. The Archer class is mostly exclusive to games set in Ivalice, while with the exception of Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift, Rangers do not appear.
- Main article: Ranger (Final Fantasy III)
The Ranger Job is received from the Fire Crystal. In the NES release they cast White Magic, while in the DS release they have the ability to attack four times.
Rosa Joanna Farrell is officially classified as a White Mage. However, she has the Aim ability, and in the DS release of the game is the only character who can equip Bows, both attributes of a Ranger.
- Main article: Ranger (Final Fantasy V)
Final Fantasy X does not officially have a Job system. However, Wakka fights using long-ranged Blitzballs, which are effective against flying enemies, and can use his Overdrive to attack multiple enemies and imbue his attacks with status and elemental properties. His section of the Sphere Grid also contains the Aim ability.
- Main article: Ranger (Final Fantasy XI)
The Ranger is an advanced class adept with all ranged weapons, including bows, crossbows, and guns, as well as throwing weapons. They gain many bonuses to Accuracy and several special abilities that power up their ranged attacks.
Fran is given the Hunter class in this game, and her abilities focus on inflicting status ailments and attacking from a distance with Barrage.
- Main article: Hunter (Tactics Advance)
The Hunter is a Hume Job that wield greatbows and possess many powerful long-ranged attacks, with a focus on felling monsters. It also has the ability Capture, which is vital for using the Morpher Job. The Hunter job is unlocked by mastering two Archer abilities.
The Ranger class is a Job exclusive to seeqs. They use Knives and Bows, and specialize in setting traps for enemies.
The returning Hunter is available for Humans once they master three Archer abilities, but Gria may become Hunters without this prerequisite. Hunters can now equip knifes, but learn no abilities from them.
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- Main article: Ranger (The 4 Heroes of Light)
The Ranger Crown job enhances one's skill with bows.
- Main article: Hunter (Bravely Default)
The Hunter job will be present in this game.
- Main article: Ranger (Dimensions)
The Mysterious Old Man is a Ranger, wielding a longbow. Ranger is also a job class the Dark Warriors can use.
The Ranger appears in the form of a Job Card in the Duel Colosseum. When selected, the Ranger Job Card will cause enemies to hold more medals as a reward. The Ranger Job Card's effect stacks, yielding even more medals after defeating enemies with multiple Rangers in effect.
The Ranger job card reappears in the new Labyrinth mode, and again increases the amount of medals won from a battle.
- Main article: Ranger (Airborne Brigade)
Ranger is a job in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade, obtained by defeating the boss of Area 7 of the Monastery Mountains. They specialize in Agility attacks, and can bring out more power when wielding bows and guns.
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- "Sadly, this lone hunter and bowman has many animal companions, but very few actual friends."
The Ranger is a character available to the party, he uses the Sharpshot ability during battle. Unlocks at level 2.
Rangers are featured commonly in many works of fiction, and are very prevalent in roleplaying games featuring classes. They are often recognized as protectors of nature, punishing those who abuse plants and animals. In real life, a "ranger" is recognized as a "keeper, guardian, or soldier who travels a region to protect the area and enforce the law"; typically in wild areas.