A ranger has their ranged attack increased by +5, and always has a ranged attack even without Archery skill or items.
In the Equilibris mod, the ranger has their ranged attack increased by +10 instead of 5.
The bonus isn't worth much, particularly in longer games, where stat increases are plentiful. But the combination of Scouting and Combat can be dangerous, allowing the hero to make deadly, stealthed sneak attacks, if they leave the creatures at home.
|Heroes of Might and Magic IV classes|
|Standard hero classes||Knight - Death Knight - Lord - Thief - Archer - Barbarian - Priest - Necromancer - Mage - Sorcerer - Druid|
|Advanced classes||Archmage - Assassin - Bard - Battle mage - Beast lord - Beastmaster - Cardinal - Crusader - Dark Lord - Dark Priest - Demonologist - Enchanter - Field marshal - Fire diviner - Fireguard - General - Guildmaster - Heretic - Illusionist - Lich - Lord commander - Monk - Ninja - Paladin - Prophet - Pyromancer - Ranger - Reaver - Seer - Shadow mage - Summoner - Warden - Warlock - Warlord - Witch king - Wizard - Wizard King|