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Old 03-10-2010, 06:16 AM   #1
Kakero
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Default Archer dps

Is it just me or is it that Archer dps is just plain bad compare to melee dps or mage?

My archer is Leliana and I can't seem to see her kill any foes by herself. Heck even my pc (sword and board tank) can kill enemies. Not to mention she used up those bolts/arrows very fast.

Any tip on how to build a solid archer dps?
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:02 AM   #2
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dexterity dexterity and more dexterity ---> I am using her myself - but I don't use for pure dps - try using the suppressing fire - its really handy and scattershot is simply imba in order to hamper enemies.

I guess my point is that its better to look at archery as a support function - I normally use it to interrupt spellcasters though - in that regard it simply rocks as I can then close the distance with my assasin and knife the mages robes into something that Zirocs kitty toyed with!
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:34 AM   #3
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Yup, I pump her dexterity but still I'm not satisfied with her performance.

For 4 man party I don't think I have rooms for free loader. If that character can't perform off she goes waiting at the camp.
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Old 03-10-2010, 03:48 PM   #4
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Scattershot is one of the most useful things with multiple enemies. Arrow of slaying can do 150+ damage - my rogue PC did 372 damage with an arrow of slaying on one memorable occasion.
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:06 PM   #5
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Arrow of slaying is not infinite no? One of my biggest QQ about archery is that they used up those ammos very fast.

I did invest Leliana's point into scattershot. I set her tactic to use that skill when the she/pc is surrounded by 3 enemies. But the damage isn't noticeable.

Either that or it's because Morrigan just simply kill every enemies super fast with her aoe spells (Fireball+Tempest+Blizzard). LOL
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:34 AM   #6
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Remember you don't HAVE to equip arrows - I normally save my arrows for Boss fights - or just sell them for the gold they generate is preeeetty good.
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:27 AM   #7
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Hi folks, it's been a while!

I have found Leliana to be one of the heaviest hitters in my party this playthrough. Currently at level 21.

First Specialization: Bard
Second Spec: Ranger

Strength: 20 (to wear the best light armour)
Dexterity: 35 (to get all the Archery talent trees + Evasion + best bows)
Willpower: enough to have Song of Courage + summoned beast and have some stamina left for a couple of tricks during battle
Cunning: max this out (make sure to take the Lethality rogue talent as early as possible, yes it works with ranged weapons).
Ignore the other stats.

Looking at her Heroic Accomplishments stats, her highest damage dealt was 549, which beats everyone else several times over. That's just with default ammo, I'm saving special ammo for when she really needs it.

Arrow of Slaying is a talent not a special ammo, yes it has a long cooldown, but used at the right moment it can be deadly. Scattershot doesn't do a great deal of damage to the main target, but is useful because it can briefly stun a clustered group of enemies - fling this into a group of distant archers to take the heat off your front line fighters. Add in the bard talents and a summoned animal to help, and Leliana is a force to be reckoned with.
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:28 AM   #8
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level 21? - isn't the game capped at 20?
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:48 AM   #9
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Level 25, I think.
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:53 AM   #10
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Yep, the level cap is 25
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