Hey guys! Did you miss my endless questions? Probably not I had problems getting into the forums.
Well, my half-elf Cleric Dill 6 Ranger/2 Fighter/12 Monk (Dark) Arcane Archer finally hit 20. Woohoo!
And my feeling can best be described as "Is that it?"
I'm thinking I might just have bad ranged gear? I got the impression from other threads that my ranged damage would be really impressive once I got 10k stars and enough wisdom. I can get up to 36 WIS right now with ship buff, and it does "OK". Manyshot on the other hand does good damage, but is on a 2 minute cooldown. I do have Human Vers IV and Fighter Haste, so I can pop those for an increase I guess, but only 5 times between rests. I run in Mountain Stance for the + 1 crit multiplier and better defenses/hp.
I have a Bow of Sinew and a Silver Longbow, because of their increased crit ranges. Silver Longbow has a 1-8 acid gem now, and it seems to do more damage than Bow of Sinew, especially if I use a Blood Stone trinket to even things out. I assume I should be using + 5 slaying arrows? Do those work on "bosses" too? I think with Ram's Might I get + 8 damage from strength. I also have the level 14 Elite quiver of poison for 1-4 extra damage right now. I picked Shiradi as my ED because I've never tried it before, but I wasn't sure what to take within it. I assume "Get Frosty" and that line, and I assume I should also try to get "pin"? I miss the cool stuff from GMOF from my 20 Light Monk, frankly. But I do like Shadow Fade from Dark Monk, for what its worth. (BTW I tried to run across the lake in Vale with Dance and it doesn't seem to work. Is it bugged?)
What's weird is that because I have Grave Wrappings now, + Stunning Fist, and I assume Vorpal Strikes at 21, it seems I can just kill much faster and stay alive better by just running around punching and kicking everything. Is a Monkcher's archery only supposed to be for Orange and Red Names maybe? I can kill a boss quickly with Manyshot + Frosty + 25% damage, but that's frankly about the only time I pull out the bow now, and this just feels wrong with Shiradi as my ED. I feel like I'm paying this guy too much like my Light Monk, who is up to 6d6 or more per first + power attack + spiked gloves + 12% haste from Jorg's collar. My light monk decimates enemies quickly, whereas this Monkcher build just gets by on the trash but is faster on bosses.
Is there a better non-raid, non-crafted bow that I should be going for? I'm not interested in crafting, and the only raid I ever did was the very lowest one. But I do have all the expansions, if there is a quest reward somewhere that I can look for. What am I shooting for in Shiradi before I leave it and go to another one? Like I said, I feel awkward being built to be the best archer, but meleeing everything instead. I also feel like my 23 Arti does a lot more damage at range than this archer build does. For that matter, now that I think about it, my light monk's "Lily Petal" from GMOF does in one shot, with no save, the amount of damage at range that it takes 5+ shots from my archer's bow to do. What gives?
Thanks very much for reading all this, and for your valuable advice.