Core Collapse wrote:So I've recently picked up my ranger again and I have a few questions.
1. Strength or Dexterity?
2. Based on no. 1, what skills should I use?
3. What bow should I use? I have the meteoric bow, but can easily afford adamant.
I am currently using a level 100 ice quiver, and a Wyldgrove Ammy of the Sun, and can afford anything else when it comes to gear.
Really all depends on what point of the game you're at and whats available to you.
If you're lvling, and don't want to worry about energy consumption issues. Go Strength. You don't need all the extra dex to hit mobs if youre sticking to 1-4 stars (i usually stick to 1-3 stars) and alot of their skills excluding 1 or 2 are buffs, so you won't be using much energy compared to any other class.
Your primary skills would be Sharp Shot, Sharpen Weapons, Steady Aim, Rapid Shot, and Light Heal. Now, if you wanted you could Add bolas but I dont fight many enemies that require a bolas to kill, so i dont. Now some may ask "wheres double shot?" You can certainly replace sharp shot with double shot in this lvling build and that would allow points to be placed elsewhere as you level as you wouldnt need to max until the end game. I personally don't use double as sharp shot has instacast, and is a faster recharge so you can go from mob to mob to mob faster. And at later levels were evasion becomes higher, say in the Otherworld and Carrowmore, you should probably replace sharp shot with double shot.
Now, if you're bossing, and can handle the energy consumption that comes with it, go Dex, Bosses have exceptionally high defense, and you won't consistently land autos without an exceptional amount of dex. A Dex build is still more of a caster, but any bit of DPS you can put in, including autos will help.
Your Primary Skills in a Dex Build will be Longshot, Double Shot, Steady Aim, Sharpen Weapons, and Rapid Shot. If you haste while bossing, Replace Rapid with either Entangle, Bolas, or Sharpshot, but Sharpshot will be evaded often at this stage so that would be my last choice.
Gear is dependent on build as well, Dex youre going to want to go for skill damage increases or recast times, attack, and bow ability, Str youre going to want to go for damage increases, bow ability, and Strength.
Ranger is probably one of the most lenient classes with builds you can create, so you could certainly do a hybrid of these two builds.