here is my really newbie-like question: How to target with a bow?
The experience: When i play solo its works as charm, since game automaticly choose some target in wide arc and all i have to do is left click.
However while teamplay it starting messing, since the game choose others players (no point to shoot at them), so i tried to manualy hold right click and target enemy which is rather fun (like FPS). However maybe its a hotkey to "choose next enemy" so i can just click hotkey and left click.
Double left click is not so cool, since there is a mob of teammates, and enemy dies fast.
I do not have yet Precise shot which can be essensial.
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...been a long time, but still directing new "i wanna shoot stuff" peepz here.
Unfortunately, you need elite gear to be above average+ as an AA. However, when you do get the right gear, you become pretty damn impressive and pretty much completely self sufficient.
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but did any of you consider, that there are ppl who just enjoy shooting stuff way more than slicing it apart?
i've been a ranger in every mmo i played, and what OP wrote pretty much applies to my experiences of playing a ranger who pretty much holds onto his bow as much as the situation allows.
So far, on lvl4 i didn't really have many reasons to go meelee anyway, but i don't mind doing so, i'm carrying the weapons anyways.
i read alot of stuff about AAs on this forum, to get the right idea for a build and to get a bit hang of what awaits me, and all i've learned is that there is a handfull of Archers who play an Archer, and a bunch of ppl who just run around with bows.
This resulting into everyobdy hating AAs and just dismissing them from any group, instead of trying to teach them how to do it right from the start.
SO you got into this state: hate for AAs, they can't get into a party, therefore they learn only how to solo, when the accidentaly get into a party, they do only thing they know - solo kite stuff, goto 10
how about, next time, you veterans go through TR or just leveling up a new toon, pick some random new rangers into groups and explain them how to do stuff right?
it says everywhere that this game has a very mature community, if thats true, i think the Archers will easily adapt to the right way of group play, so they can enjoy the game with everybody else.
yeah you probably wont be able to speed run to top lvls so fast, but your reward will be a properly played AAs in the endgame.
on a side note
my experience as ranger from playing other games:
archer is the person, who stays at range from the main fight and therefore has a good overview of whats happening. he isn't the guy who has to deals most dmg,
he isn't the guy who has to heal everybody.
he is the helping hand, he snipes a caster that nobody sees comming, cos they are killing the boss, he throws in some small heal if needed... you might not think much of it, and in the end, it might not even make the difference in surviving, but it can definitely make fights go smoother and less hectic without ppl even noticing..
the skills i'm bringing with me from other games:
1. kill enemy casters, rangers first
2. pull agro away from my own casters, healers
3. don't run around like an idiot(unless you are the last alive)
4. don't stand near the casters, so they wont get hit by aoe when you agro something (no idea how much this applies in ddo, not that far yet)
my guess is, this is pretty much how an archer should behave also here, and this isn't really hard to pull off, if you know you should do that
(well that turned out to be a pretty long rant for somebody who knows nearly nothing about this game, and i hope i didn't make an complete ass of my self right from the start of my career here)
This thread began as a serious discussion about the Pure Ranger AA, and there has been a wide variety of responses, mostly very good and more than a few -very educational.
Ive compiled quite a few builds myself, the Kensai II and III being very versatile (II wins) however, my luv will always be the Pure Ranger and have found through extensive gameplay that the PR ranks right up there when you consider Favored Enemies and put points and great consideration into it, not to mention the little bucket of spellz. Here's to you few and proud who lead the way, proving by example that the PR is still a stong asset to any group.
And here's also hoping that with the new enhancements (pushed back, grrrrrrrrr) will come better imbuing, better Multishot, and better overall equalization.
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