Death from Afar - Guide to the Ranger Class
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Hey everyone, today I will going over the ranger class, one of the three advanced class options you can choose after you reached level 20 in C9.
The ranger class is a ranged based class that specialize in attacks using bows. Here are a list of things this guide will cover
- Abilities overview
- Comprehensive abilities discussion
- Point allocation up to level 50
- Gameplay discussion and videos!
|Ability name||Type||Req level||Upgrades|
|Aimed Shot||Action||20||23, 36, 39, 32, 35, 38, 41, 44, 47, 50 w/ 7 SP per upgrade|
|Lighting Shot||Action||20||23, 36, 39, 32, 35, 38, 41, 44, 47, 50 w/ 5 SP per upgrade|
|Fast Arrow||Passive||20||25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 w/ 6 SP per upgrade|
|Aim stance||Action||22||27, 32, 37, 42, 47 w/ 5 SP per upgrade|
|Freezing Shot||Action||25||28, 31, 34, 37, 40, 43, 46, 49 w/ 6 SP per upgrade|
|Grenade Shot||Command||27||30, 33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48 w/ 6 SP per upgrade|
|Power Drill Shot||Action||28||31, 34, 37, 40, 43, 46, 49 w/ 6 SP per upgrade|
|Moving Aim||Passive||28||32, 36, 40, 44, 48 w/ 3 SP per upgrade|
|First Aid||Action||30||34, 38, 42, 46, 50 w/ 4 SP per upgrade|
|Precise Aim||Action||32||36, 40, 44, 48 w/ 5 SP per upgrade|
|Arrow Shower||Action||35||38, 41, 44, 47, 50 w/ 7 SP per upgrade|
|Attack Mastery II||Passive||35||37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49 w/ 5 SP per upgrade|
|Bow Tactician II||Command||35||37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49 w/ 6 SP per upgrade|
|Replay Shot I||Command||35|
|Action||45||48 w/ 7 SP per upgrade|
Comprehensive abilities discussion
Aimed shot: This ability, available at level 20, is one of the best ranger abilities that does an insane amount of damage and can knock your target(s) back. It can be also used with Replay Shot I to enable you to use two aimed shots back to back for maximum damage. The only downside to this ability is the long cooldown time (1 minute). It also takes 2 skillstones to use. Definitely max rank this - it is good for both single target and versus multiple mobs.
Lightning Shot: This is will be used as one of your two standard primary attacks other than the basic bow shot. It has a low cooldown (10 seconds) and can deal some nice damage to small group of enemies. Has a very short wind up animation.
Aim Evade: This skill is quite useful and doesn't cost much SP at all. What it allow you to do essentially is to dodge enemy attacks while you have a skill readied for firing. This is very nice in situations where you have a large swarm of mobs which can interrupt your attacks if they get too close. Press shift + movement key when you have a skill readied for firing. This skill has no upgrades.
Fast Arrow: This is a passive skill that speed up the time it takes to prepare your arrow attacks/abilities. With the bow, when you press an ability, there is a small delay while the ability is prepared before you can aim and shoot. This skill essentially reduces the preparation time by 35% at the max rank and is definitely one to max rank.
Aim Stance: This is stance for the ranger where you crouch down and immobilzed but can use some of your most powerful attacks at a faster rate with enhanced damage. This is ideal in group situations where you don't have a lot of mobs beating on you as you are cannot move while this ability is active and can take quite a lot of damage from nearby mobs if they have you surrounded. I do not find this stance too useful in soloing situations.
Bomber Shot, Freezing Shot, Aimed Shot and Speed Chain Shot can be used in this stance.
Freezing Shot: This is an ability I like to pair up with Bomber shot. They are both on a 20 second cooldown - freezing shot can freeze the mobs in its path, giving you time to get off another attack or move away. It is very effective against small to medium sized group of enemies but you will find it lacking for large groups.
Grenade Shot: This is useful ability for knocking enemies down and away from you so that you can fire out another ability. The max rank doesn't do a lot of extra damage so you can simply purchase the first rank if you are short on SP points.
Power Drill Shot: This is the other primary attack abilities I use along with Lightning Shot for small to medium group of enemies and also on boss fights. It has a short cooldown as well - only 12 seconds and does decent damage. I recommend max ranking this as well.
Moving Aim: Moving aim does exactly what you think it does - it give you a movement speed bonus while aiming for targets with your various skills. I don't find it too useful for PvE except for boss fights as mobs have a predictable pathing and if you jog a far away from them you really need to move around while aiming. Max rank give you +30 movement speed.
First Aid: First aid is a tiny self heal that also give you a small cooldown reduction for your skills. The HP restoration is very small - only 15 HP per second at min rank for 30 seconds and 20 HP per second at max rank for 40 seconds. Max rank will grant you 8% reduction in skill cooldowns- which still doesn't worth the SP investment in upgrading. I would get the minimum rank at least for a small heal and cooldown reduction.
Precise Aim: Precise aim is pretty nifty. It give you increased ranged on your skills and increase your critical chance for 60 seconds. What is more, the cooldown on this ability is only 80 seconds and doesn't cost any skillstones to cast. Technically you can maintain this on yourself about 3/4 of the time. Can't say no to that! It is one of those abilities I would upgrade to max rank but if you are short on SP at least get the min rank!
Jump Multishot: Fairly useless ability - Multishot doesn't do a lot of damage so I didn't even bother to learn it, much less using multishot while jumping.
Arrow Shower: This is your mega AoE ability - it is pretty awesome but too bad you only get it at level 35! Max rank it!
Dashing aim: Allow you to dash to avoid attacks while aiming your shots/skills and it only costs 3 SP points - kind of a no brainer!
Attack Mastery II and Bow Tactician II: Both are passives that increase your damage - attack mastery II affects your basic melee attack (left mouse click) and bow tactician II increases your basic bow attack (right mouse click). I do find myself using these two a lot of finish off enemies so these skills are something you might consider. The benefits on upgrading Bow Tactician II isn't that big so if you are short on spare SP points then consider picking up the minimal rank. You will need rank 1 of Bow Tactician II for Replay Shot, which is very useful!
Replay Shot: This is one of my favourite abilities and it works on skills you commonly use: Bomber Shot, Freezing Shot, Multi-Sot, Lightning Shot, Aimed Shot, and Power Drilled Shot. Basically, it allow you to use two of the same skills back to back immediately after each other. All you need to do is to right click after you release a shot and it will automatically trigger. Aimed shot didn't work too well with replay shot for me personally as the large knockback from aimed shot make the 2nd aimed shot much weaker but all the other abilities worked out great.
Aimed Piercing: Makes your Aimed Shot pierces through enemy's armor - useful for boss fights but does come at a hefty cost - 15 SP.
Speed Chain Shot: This ability allows you to fire off 5 powerful shots in rapid succession, handy in pretty much all environments - even boss fights!
The upgrade to max rank (rank 2), doesn't provide too much extra benefits so can be skipped.
Beware that when used against enemies that are not knocked back, they can still beat on you while you are firing off these 5 shots.
Point Allocation up to level 50
The pre-level 20 abilities I recommend picking up and max rank are Bomber Shot, Charged Arrow, Bow Tactician, and Critical Increase. Max HP increase and Max Mp increase are nice abilities but there is no need to max them - I generally do pick up a few points in Max MP increase as the ranger doesn't have any other talents that reduce MP usage or help regen MP.
Multishot is pretty useful at low levels but the damage doesn't scale as well at high ranks compared to other abilities. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a quick spammable ability in addition to Lighting Shot, this might be one to keep.
In terms of post 20 skills, definitely max rank Lightning Shot, Freezing Shot, Power Drill shot, Arrow Shower, Precise Aim, Aimed Shot, Dashing Aim, and Fast Arrow.
Useful abilities to pick up but not necessarily max rank are, Speed Chain Shot, Grenade Shot and Bow Tactician II, and Moving Aim.
Some abilities you may or may not find useful depending on your playstyle are Aim Stance, First Aid, Aim Piercing, Attack Mastery I and II, and Physical Mastery I.
Here is my personal point allocation at 50 - which may or may not work for you.
The three attacks I most frequently use are Multi-Shot, Lighting Shot and Power Drill Shot. Both of them have short cooldowns, making their frequent usage optimal. Power Drill Shot does consume a skillstone per usage. Freezing Shot and Bomber Shot are my next used abilities - especially against small group or enemies or to "soften" up a bigger group of enemies before I send in some more powerful attacks. Grenade shot is nice to use to knock some enemies back to give you some room while preparing for another ability.
Aimed Shot and Speed Chain Shot are my heavy hitters - used against a large group of enemies for maximum damage or used on boss fights when I get a good opportunity. Both of them consume 2-3 skillstones.
Arrow Shower is my mega AoE ability - reserved for large pack of enemies or some rare occasions on some boss fights where I need to deal with the adds quickly.
Of the two basic attacks you can activate with your left (melee) and right (bow) mouse buttons, I like to use them to finish off enemies that are still standing, especially the Charged Arrow which you can charge up by holding down the right mouse button.
For the Replay Shot ability, I like to pair it up with Power Drill Shot but other abilities will work out decently as well (except maybe Aimed Shot).
Precise aim is something I activate whenever it is off its cooldown - the additional range and critical chance are nice to have. First Aid is situational - nice in some fights where you need to regen some health on the move and don't want to waste the HP potions.
Here are some compiled gameplay videos of my showing you some of the abilities/gameplay style of a ranger at level 50, enjoy!
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