Updated for Archer Apex patch on October 23 2018


Hi, I’m Aluka from Velika (NA). I’ve been an archer main since the end of SCHM patch and have cleared all content released since then. I play archer because of its high damage while also being one of the safest classes in the game. This is due to archer having one of the highest in combat movement speeds, combined with the ability to reposition while charging your skills.

Archer is a very ping reliant class due to high ping dependency on certain core skills. The role of an archer in a party composition is to do consistent dps in and out of the bosses enrage window.

This guide will cover the basics of archer as well as help min/max your stats and rotations.

1. Gear

Gear rolls

These are the only gear rolls you should use.


Top line:
Increases damage by 9.3% when attacking enraged monsters
Decreases skill cooldowns by 7.2%
Bottom lines:
Increases damage by 9.3% when attacking enraged monsters
Increases damage by 6.9% when attacking from behind
Increases damage by 6% (Take off this line when using a weapon with 3 bottom lines)
Decreases skill cooldowns by 7.2%

Enraged top is generally better because of how much damage you do during enrage with apex, but you can use cdr in parties with low enrage up-time.


Top line:
Increases damage of Radiant Arrow by 10%
Bottom lines:
Decreases damage taken from enraged monsters by 10%
Decreases damage taken from frontal attacks by 6.9%
Decreases damage taken by 6%
Increases max HP by 8% (Take off this line when using a chest with 3 bottom lines)


Increases Crit Factor by 9
Increases Power by 5
Increases Attack Speed by 2.25%


Increases Endurance by 4
Increases Movement Speed by 6%
Replenishes 2% of total MP every 5 seconds

Jewelry and Ideal stats


The ideal way to build your jewelry on archer is to get as close as you can to the crit factor cap of +216 bonus crit for Castanics and +229 bonus crit for other races without going over it. This is around +124/137 before buffs with a mystic and +196/209 with a priest.
These values should give your Radiant Arrow and Thunderbolt 100% crit chance in non-raid dungeons.
Stack all the power you can get after achieving this crit factor.
Note: Building to hit the crit cap is not always needed as for pushing higher dps you may want to stack more power and hope all your skills crit.

When running with a Mystic the ideal jewelry set to use would be:

2x Pumped Entropy/Ethereal Ring (Crit 4 / Power 4)
2x Pumped Entropy/Ethereal Earring (HP 4% / Endur 4)
Pumped Entropy/Etereal Necklace (Power 4)
Any combination of jewelry etchings and crit/power vyrsks to reach your desired crit factor (+124/137)
Switch out pumped jewelry for their carving counterparts until you get enough crit (+196/209) when running with a priest.

Awakened Priest’s power buffs have been combined with healing skills so it isn’t really possible to slay with a priest anymore, run with a mystic if you want to slay.

For Harrowhold crit caps and a more in depth analysis on crit values refer to the Crit Caps section of this guide.


Any Circlet (Crit 8 or Power 4)


Highest tier mask you can get (CDR > Crit/Power > Crit Power)


Empowered/Quatrefoil/Marrow Brooch (Crit 6 / Power 3)
Quickcarve Brooch (Crit 6 / Crit 4) (not optimal)


Best belt you can get (Crit 6 / Power 3)


Increases Crit Factor by 28/24/20/16/12
Power inners work too but you’ll need more crit jewelry which lowers the amount of power you can stack, this is fine if you don’t want to min/max.


Weapon/Glove Etching

2x Energetic
You can use any combination of Energetic or Pumped, but 2x Energetic is recommended for Apex.

Chest/Boot Etching

2x Grounded
Archer takes more damage than most classes so endurance will help you survive more than HP.

Jewelry Etching

Whatever combination of etchings that will let you reach your desired crit factor.

2. Crystals


Archer will use these three crystals in every setup:

1x Focused
1x Spiteful
1x Savage

The last crystal can be switched based on what you’re doing.


1x Pounding


1x Slaying


1x Carving


4x Hardy


Any mix of Keen and Powerful Vyrsks to reach the your desired crit factor.

3. Skills/Glyphs


(Glyphs will be color coded by usefulness as follows)
Mandatory Glyph
Situational Glyph



(Shoot an arrow at a target up to 19m away)

You won’t be using auto attack, all glyphs are useless.

  • Slowing Arrow (5% chance to decrease opponent’s Movement Speed by 50% for 3 seconds)
  • Sapping Arrow (5% chance to stun opponent)
  • Piercing Arrow (10% chance to deal double damage)



Arrow Volley

(Press the skill button once and lock on up to 5 targets within 18m, then press the skill button again or left-click to shoot at all targets)

Decent filler for when most of your other skills are on CD, not worth glyphing though.

  • Multiplicative Arrow Volley (Increases number of lock-on targets by 1)
  • Influential Arrow Volley (Reduces MP cost of Incendiary Trap by 75 for a few seconds)
  • Blazing Arrow Volley (Speeds casting of Penetrating Arrow by 40% for a few seconds)
  • Blazing Arrow Volley (Speeds casting of Stunning Trap by 50% for a few seconds)
  • Persistent Arrow Volley (60% chance to eliminate cooldown)



Radiant Arrow

(Charge up an arrow by holding down the skill button then shoot the arrow up to 18m away by releasing the button. Charges to three levels. Overcharging beyond the third-level charge will damage you. While charging up, you can move at half speed.)

One of your core damage skills, can move while charging.

  • Slick Radiant Arrow (Eliminates slowed movement restrictions) – Lets you reposition better while charging, take this.
  • Sanative Radiant Arrow (Decreases HP consumption by 40%)
  • Longshot Radiant Arrow (Increases range by 5 meters) – Not a great glyph but decent for when you have extra points.
  • Carving Radiant Arrow (Triples the chance to crit) – This glyph lets Radiant Arrow reach 100% crit chance in most of your runs.



Penetrating Arrow

(Charge up an arrow by holding down the skill button, then shoot the arrow at up to 15 targets in a 18m line by releasing the button. Arrow shoots when you release the button. This skill charges up to 3 times. Overcharge after 3rd level charge will damage you. While charging up, you move at half speed.)

Radiant except no crit multipliers and does less damage, still a very good skill when it crits.

  • Empowered Penetrating Arrow (Increases skill damage by 25%) – More damage on one of your main skills.
  • Slick Penetrating Arrow (Eliminates slowed movement restrictions) – Lets you reposition better while charging, take this.
  • Longshot Penetrating Arrow (Increases range by 5 meters)
  • Apex Glyph: Carving Penetrating Arrow (Doubles the chance to crit)
  • – This makes Penetrating Arrow a decent skill again



Rain of Arrows

(Shoot arrows in the sky; they descend 15m away and damage targets in a circle when they land.)

One of your core damage skills. Cast this when you know the boss wont turn during your cast animation. Will hit most bosses while being only 5m away.

  • Energetic Rain of Arrows (Decreases cooldown by 25%) – More uptime on your core skill = more dps.
  • Hastened Rain of Arrows (Speeds casting by 40%) – Speeding up animation means you have less animation lock and results in higher dps.
  • Empowered Rain of Arrows (Increases skill damage by 25%) – More damage on one of your main skills.




(Quickly back up out of harm’s way)

One of your two iframes, can be use to reposition yourself faster if needed.

  • Energetic Backstep (Reduces RE cost by 30) – Lets you backstep more often.



Feign Death

(Deceive monsters by pretending to be dead. This resets all aggro on you. You can feign death for up to 1 min. Ends when you use a skill or take damage.)

Drops all aggro on you, helpful in certain situations.

  • Energetic Feign Death (Decreases cooldown by 20%) – When talents hit NA and EU this skill will become the best iframe in the game.
  • >Regenerating Feign Death (Heals 3% of total HP every 1 second for 10 seconds)



Rapid Fire

(Hold down the skill button to quickly fire up to 7 arrows 18m away. Each successful hit generates 1 stack of Focus.)

One of your core damage skills. VERY PING RELIANT . You’re locked in place when casting this skill so make sure you only use it when you can get it off before having to reposition. Cancelling this skill before using the final tick will result in you losing 30% of the skill’s damage.

  • Persistent Rapid Fire (15% to eliminate cooldown) – Reset chance on a core skill, more useful than it looks due to the ammount of rapidfires you should be using.
  • Spirited Rapid Fire (Increases MP replenishment by 20% per successful hit)
  • Empowered Rapid Fire (Increase skill damage by 20%), – More damage on one of your main skills.



Slow Trap

(Set a trap that briefly slows the victim’s movement speed by 70%. The trap lasts for 15 seconds or until triggered.)


  • Lingering Slow Trap (Increases effect duration by 50%)



Stunning Trap

(Set a trap that briefly stuns the victim, The trap lasts for 20 seconds or until triggered.)

Decent duration stun if you ever need it.

  • Blazing Stunning Trap (Speeds casting of Penetrating Arrow by 30% for a few seconds.)
  • Lingering Stun Trap (Increases effect duration by 25%)



Incendiary Trap

(Set a trap that damages the victim that steps on it and others nearby. The trap lasts for 12 seconds or until triggered.)

Melee damage trap, decent filler if you’re within melee range of the boss.

  • Empowered Incendiary Trap (Increases skill damage by 25%)
  • Powerlinked Incendiary Trap (Increases skill damage of Arrow Volley by 25% for a few seconds.)



Breakaway Bolt

(Shoot an explosive arrow that damages within 4m, then step backward.)

Another iframe and movement skill. Longer cooldown than backstep but the iframe is also slightly longer, helpful when trying to iframe something you’re not used to. Decent dps if it hits the boss.

  • Powerlinked Breakaway Bolt (Increases skill damage of Pen Arrow by 25% for a few seconds.) – Lasts long enough to be used almost every time you breakaway, helps that Penetrating is a good decent skill now.
  • Fleetfooted Breakaway Bolt (30% chance to increase Combat Movement Speed by 10 for 8 seconds)
  • Slowing Breakaway Bolt (100% chance to decrease opponent’s Movement Speed by 40% for 6 seconds.)
  • Energetic Breakaway Bolt (Decreases Cooldown by 25%) – With backstep sharing RE with WindWalk, this is now a more important iframe.



Web Arrow

(Shoot an arrow up to 18m, inflicting damage and slowing the target’s movement speed by 33% for 7 seconds.)

Sightly higher dps than auto attack if you’re completely out of skills to use.

  • Lingering Web Arrow (Increases effect duration by 40%)
  • Fleetfooted Web Arrow (60% chance to increase Combat Movement Speed by 10 for 12 seconds after a successful hit.)



Close Quarters

(Strike a foe in front of you. Press the skill button twice to make a second attack that may stun the foe.)

Another melee stun, can use the first kick to move you slightly forward. Very situational.

  • Empowered Close Quarters (Increases skill damage by 20%)
  • Fleetfooted Close Quarters (Increases Combat Movement Speed by 50 for 3 seconds)
  • Lingering Close Quarters (Increases effect duration by 40%)



Poison Arrow

(Shoot an arrow dripping with lethal poison. The arrow flies 18m, inflicting damage to the target and additionally inflicting 3,128 damage every 2 seconds for 12 seconds. Can be stacked up to 3 times.)

Another filler, bit slower than Restraining Arrow and does a little more damage.

  • Lingering Poison Arrow (Increases effect duration by 40%)
  • Blazing Poison Arrow (Speeds casting of Radiant Arrow by 30% for a few seconds) – Decent glyph for what it does but no time to use this skill after apex.



Restraining Arrow

(Shoots an arrow up to 18m, decreasing the target’s Movement Speed by 50% and Attack Speed by 15% for a short time.)

Filler skill, very fast cast animation.

  • Lingering Restraining Arrow (Increases effect duration by 50%)
  • Sapping Restraining Arrow (20% chance to stun the target for 3 seconds)
  • Energetic Restraining Arrow (Decreases cooldown by 20%) – Not as useful due to apex adding more skills to use as filler.



Sequential Fire (was known as Final Salvo)

(Fire a quick, damaging arrow after casting Radiant Arrow, Penetrating Arrow, or Thunderbolt, which cancels the stagger animation. A successful hit generates 3 stacks of Focus.)

Cancels the recoil on Radiant, Penetrating and Thunderbolt.

  • Blazing Sequential Fire (Speeds casting of Penetrating Arrow by 30% for a few seconds.) – This glyph now stacks with focus to give you 65% total increase charge speed.</li?
  • Energetic Sequential Fire (Decreases cooldown by 35%) – You want this skill off cooldown every time you use a skill with recoil.
  • Persistent Sequential Fire (50% chance to reset cooldown) – Can cancel animations with WindWalk if Sequential doesn’t reset.



Stunning Trap Arrow

(Launch a trap 15m in front of you. The trap lasts for 10 seconds or until triggered. Briefly stuns the target and surrounding enemies.)

Ranged stun if you ever need it.

  • Energetic Stunning Trap Arrow (Decreases cooldown by 30%)




(Launch an arrow up to 22m in front of you. Explodes when skill is activated again. Briefly slows the target and surrounding enemies.)


  • Energetic Snare (Decreases cooldown by 20%)



Incendiary Trap Arrow

(Launch a trap 15m in front of you. The trap lasts for 10 seconds or until triggered. Inflicts explosion damage on the target and surrounding enemies.)

Ranged damage trap. Your best filler, does a ton of damage when it crits.

  • Empowered Incendiary Trap Arrow (Increases skill damage by 35%) – Still a good filler but you won’t be using this as much if at all after apex.




(Shoot a concussion arrow up to 24m away. The shock will cause damage and knock enemies back. It cannot knock back bosses or BAMs.)

Your highest damage skill, use this off cooldown.

  • Hastened Thunderbolt (Speeds casting time by 30%) – Speeding up animation means you have less animation lock and results in higher dps.
  • Empowered Thunderbolt (Increases skill damage by 20%) – More damage on one of your main skills.
  • Carving Thunderbolt (Triples the chance to crit) – This glyph lets Thunderbolt reach 100% crit chance in most of your runs.




(Call on inner reserves to instantly replenish 360 MP. Briefly increases resistance to stun immensely.)

Useless Mana regen skill, could be of use if you’re not using Rapid Fire but mana pots are better.

  • Balancing Tenacity (Doubles balance for 15 seconds)
  • Spirited Tenacity (50% chance to replenish 6% of your total MP every second)
  • Energetic Tenacity (Decreases cooldown by 20%)



Find Weakness

(Your next attack is considered to be an attack from the rear, regardless of your relative position. Effect lasts 8 seconds, or until you hit a target.)
(With apex: When aimed at a monster, increases next Radiant/Penetrating/Thunderbolt damage by 20% when fired from arrow. This arrow will last for 8 seconds if not consumed.)

Skill animation can be cancelled with any of your other skills, use this when you aren’t busy with other skills.




(Charge a short distance (17m) in the direction of movement. Stops when you encounter an enemy. Applies “Huntsman” apex passive.)

Archer dash skill, very useful for when you really gotta move.

  • Energetic Chase (Decreases cooldown by 20%) – If you find yourself sidecritting a lot this can help.


Apex Skills


Wind Walk

(Dash 5m, and shoot an arrow at your target. Increases damage of next Radiant/Penetrating/Thunderbolt by 10%. Cancels all other animations when used.)

This skill won’t move you if there is no directional input when cast. Useful for cancelling the final animation of rapidfire.




(Increase attack speed by 10% for 22 seconds and resets the cooldown of FindWeakness/Radiant/Penetrating/Thunderbolt/RapidFire/SequentialFire and lowers their cooldown by 50% for the duration.)
(While active, increase the attack speed of Radiant/Penetrating/Thunderbolt by 30% and lowers the number of attacks done by Rapid Fire from 7 to 4, while increasing its damage.)

Use this skill during enrage, higher priority than Gust Arrow.



Gust Arrow

(Shoots an empowered arrow that staggers and knocks down all enemies within 40m.)
(This skill has a small iframe while the arrow fires.)

Use this when you’re sure the boss won’t jump or turn randomly. Don’t use during Windsong.


If you’re comfortable with a dungeon you can take off Breakaway cooldown and use powerlink instead.

4. Rotations


10 stacks of focus gives you a buff that gives you 0.4 crit power, 7% crit chance and increases Radiant and Penetrating charge speed. This effect can be stacked while the initial buff is active so try to keep 100% uptime when you can and prioritize keeping your focus if it’s about to fall off.
Every hit of rapidfire gives you 1 stack of focus (7 stacks total) and every hit of sequential gives you 3 stacks, which makes 1 full cast of rapidfire + sequential give you the buff.


  • Penetrating arrow shouldn’t be overcharged unless you need to reposition while charging or if you’d have to resort to low tier fillers otherwise.
  • Overcharge Radiant arrow 4 ticks unless another high damage skill comes off cooldown as you’re charging.


Make sure you always have WindWalk buff before use Radiant/Penetrating/Thunderbolt.
(Priority is from top to bottom)

During Windsong

thunderbolt Thunderbolt – Top DPS skill.

rapid-fire Rapid Fire – Windsong buff for rapidfire makes this skill do more DPS than radiant.

radiant-arrow Radiant Arrow – High dps 100% crit.

pen-arrow Penetrating Arrow – 30% charge speed from Windsong puts this skill above RoA.

rain-of-arrows Rain of Arrows – Probably wont use this skill in Windsong very often.

Without Windsong

thunderbolt Thunderbolt – Top DPS skill.

rain-of-arrows Rain of Arrows – High damage skill.

radiant-arrow Radiant Arrow – High dps 100% crit.

rapid-fire Rapid Fire – Restores RE.

pen-arrow Penetrating Arrow – No guaranteed crit and a somewhat long charge time.

Use fillers such as Explosive Trap and Restraining Arrow after if none of these skill are up.

Starting Rotation

chase > radiant-arrow > seq > rapid-fire > windwalk > thunderbolt > seq > ga > windwalk > windsong

You always want to start off a fight like this to get 10 stacks of focus before you use your main dps skills.

Windsong Rotation

windwalk > windsong

thunderbolt > seq > rapid-fire > windwalk > radiant-arrow > seq > rapid-fire > windwalk > pen-arrow > seq > rapid-fire > windwalk > radiant-arrow > seq > rapid-fire > windwalk
Repeat this until Windsong runs out.


  • Make sure to cancel the recoil of Penetrating, Radiant and Thunderbolt with sequential fire or wind walk.
  • Stay at least 5m from the boss to activate your “Safe Space” passive (5% damage).
  • It’s better to reposition while charging a skill, instead of using backstep or breakaway bolt.
  • Find Weakness lets you back crit with a core skill like Radiant or Thunderbolt if they come off cooldown while you’re not behind the boss.
  • RoA consumes find weakness buff on the last tick of it’s damage, firing another skill before the last tick RoA will stop make it stop backcritting if you’re not behind the boss. You could FW → ROA → RA/Pen and move behind the boss while charging to not lose backtime.
  • You can cancel the animation of Find Weakness with any skill.

5. Crit Caps

Here you’ll see that Castanics and other races are seperated into different catagories, this is because Castanic’s racial passive (1% crit chance from the back) gets multiplied by Radiant and Thunderbolt’s crit glyphs. Giving Castanics about 3% more crit chance over other races.
(Yes this means Castanics are the superior archer race for min/maxing)

Castanic Non Castanic
Boss Normal Punishing Mark Normal Punishing Mark
5Man Dungeon Carving +172 +150 +186 +162
5Man Dungeon No Carving +216 +190 +229 +201
HH Carving +303 +265 +323 +284
HH No Carving +369 +326 +389 +344
  • Punishing Mark is a debuff that can be applied by all Frostmetal and Stormcry weapons when hitting a boss. This debuff lowers the boss’s crit resist by 20.
  • As previously stated, hitting crit cap isn’t needed as you’ll have a fairly high crit chance with around 306 crit rate, which is what most non castanics run. (98.5% crit chance)
  • Carving Crystal is a very big dps loss over using Pounding, but if you can’t seem to hit the cap due to gear restrictions you should build towards the Carving crit cap.
  • In Harrowhold it’s recommended to build for the Punishing Mark crit cap as it’ll have a very high uptime. Around 90% in slaying runs and around 70% in normal runs.
  • Archers placed on “hold” legs in HH should build towards the actual crit cap to guarantee damage instead of wiping a raid due to shields not breaking.
  • While the Punishing Mark debuff has a 20-25% uptime in normal dungeons, its not recommended to account for these values as the uptime is very inconsistent with only 5 players.

If you find that you’re not critting with these values, and you’re sure that it’s not due to food buffs running out or mystics walking out of range please let me know.

6. Future Changes

Talents Soontm.

Thanks everyone for reading my guide, I hope this guide answers all your questions about archer dps. If you have any questions leave a comment down below or message Aluka (TR) in game. ^-^


  1. I do not understand the part of the jewelry I have to get all pumped or one pumped and another carving?

  2. Hi Aluka,amazing guide,,im new player,,just got awakening today,,im still a little bit confuse about the CF,,mine now is 60/+196..is that too high?
    Thank you

  3. I was shit-tier archer now I break 3m thank you Aluka!

  4. “You always want to start off a fight like this to get 10 stacks of focus before you use your main dps skills.”
    why is raidant present at the start of that rotation then?
    i always start with chase- > rf ->windwalk (10 stacks)-> fw (tank should’ve enraged by now) -> tb -> activate windsong and go

  5. Thank youu helped out a lot x

  6. So should I aim for punishing mark cap when doing normal runs like AANM or should i go for normal crit cap?

  7. I can’t get all the glyphs and I have 55 glyph points. I am too short on glyph points. I already got some glyphs from the tokens that cost less glyph points, but I have a question: do i have to farm sabex armory and macellarius catacombs to get glyphs I already have but cost less points?

    • Sabex and MC will get you some glyphs, but the best ones you want to get from other sources. These are mid tier IoD tokens for boxes with a random glyph, high tier IoD for the same boxes or an increased cost for buying a specific glyph, Pilot’s Tokens from flying guardian missions, and guardian legion credits to my knowledge.

    • Also, during the awakening questline, you get an item that increases your max glyph points by five.

  8. shit archer ! shit guide ! uninstall!!

  9. uwuka i luv u uwuwuwuuwuwuwuwu <3 pro archer

  10. aluka u r such pro archer uwuuwuwuwuwu <3333333~~~ y wont u notice me pro archer vwv

  11. Hello, im kinda new on this game, and dont understand for the Crit factor, the numbers you written. i saw +154 ect, where can i see this ingame ? On my archer i got 60 + 237. Is it enough ? thanks

  12. Can i use power inner instead crit? its cheaper and i can adjust crit cap in jewels and etchings

    • As mentioned in the guide, it works just as well, however, using a power inner requires you to use more crit jewelry. When you minmax, you want to use more power jewelry than crit jewelry as it allows you to stack more power. That’s why you use a crit inner, crit greens, and crit etchings until you hit the crit cap. However, this is only really important if you minmax and you can get away with using a power inner just fine if you so please.

  13. Just came back to the game.Got +321 crit now, wanted to change all the extra crit on my gear on stormcry.I have both crit rings and earrings, is this a huge mistake or can i just keep palying without care to replace them with the power jewelry?Got them half way to the max jewelry and it just feels bad to maybe replace them again.

  14. Hi, do you know what would be the best crit factor for pvp (e.g. fraywind)? Thanks

  15. Hello,

    I would like to know if there’s any difference when you’re doing a slaying run other than equipping a slaying crystal over pounding.

    Thank you

  16. Thank you for the excellent guide! And for updating it to the Apex patch. The extra work is very much appreciated.

    I am a bit confused about how to run full power jewelry and still meet the crit cap for non-castanics… Please check my reasoning here:

    So, all keen Vyrsks (+24)
    Crit rolls on rings and belt and circlet and brooch (still a power brooch) (+28)
    Innerwear (+20)
    Gloves (+21)
    Guild (+5)
    TOTAL : +98

    The most I can get from jewelry etchings, as I understand it, +4 each for rings, belt, earrings. So, (+20) more.

    Even if I upgrade to Quatrefoil (for an extra +6 I think) soon, that only leaves me at +124.

    What am I missing? I’m feeling really dumb here, but I can’t get the math to work to run full power. And I’d like to. I’d really like to.

  17. When running with a Mystic the idea jewelry set to use would be:

    2x Pumped Entropy Ring (Crit 4 / Power 4)
    2x Pumped Entropy Earring (HP 4% / Endur 4)
    Pumped Entropy Necklace (Power 4)

    with all pumped set u have 70~ green crit. wtf?)

  18. Question about crits: I’m new to Tera and was wondering how the crit calculations worked. Do you add the base CF + the green number to get the total of 306 CF that you stated in the guide or do I need +306 CF?

  19. since there high crit rate why not use 0.3 times crit dmg on weapon option ? its 30% more crit dmg, dunno it worth and 6% or 6.9% more dmg with easier condition.

    • 0.3 crit power gives around 3.5% more damage on back crits and 6% damage line gives around 4.5% damage, so 6% line is better during crits too. If you’re looking at math from the brawler guide it’s different because tanks have less crit modifiers than back dps.

  20. Should i change my jew if i have a priest on my team ? or just leave it at 60+170 as a castanic ?

  21. So do you think without the awakening stuff happening still, it’s not recommended running with priest as you would need to build more crit for reaching the ideal cap?

  22. I’ve read the guide and the only thing I disagree is placing RoA above RF in the priority list.

    Other thing is the jewelery selection. How much power/crit do you end up with with this setup? I use 2 x old pvp power rings + power necklace + 2 x carving entropy (all pumped etchings jewelery).

    I get +136 crit/+254power (nostrum+sniper’s eye) while also getting the 4% as from the set bonus. If I know I won’t be using a lamb (regular run), I just swap out the power vyrsks for the crit ones, that leaves me with +160/+242 power. I’m really liking the additional attack speed from the set bonus. Any thoughts on this?

    Also, at what point to you think power stacking starts giving diminishing returns? (as in, what + xxx value)
    I think it starts at around +250ish.

    Nice guide!


    • RoA does more damage than RF if only 2/7 hits crit. RF usually ends up with around 40% crit change which means on average 3/7 hits crit. With blue noc RoA will actually cast at the same speed or faster than RF.
      Secondly I’ve put in the jewelry section that using 3 of the old jewelry is fine for the aspd. I personally don’t find a need for it when I’m already popping lamb and rootbeer but it’s perfectly fine to use if you prefer it. I’d recommend getting higher crit than +136 tho, I’ll be adding the archer crit caps into the guide soon and +136 is a bit low for every endgame dungeon as you want +154 before using lamb.
      Lastly there’s diminishing returns, yes, but there’s no better stat to focus on. Power stacking power after reaching crit cap is yields superior damage compared to your other options.

      • While it is true that RoA does more damage per skill cast than RF, there are several reasons I believe RF should still be prioritized over RoA.
        First, RF provides focus stacks. As you have already stated, you overcharge RA to four ticks when you have focus stacks built, as opposed to two ticks without, as those take the same amount of time and will allow RA to be released right when SF comes off cd, assuming the reset didn’t proc because the game said fuck you. As RA is the second highest priority skill, it is important to squeeze out as much damage as possible from this skill.
        Second, RF has a significantly shorter cd than RoA. While this could be used to justify RoA having a higher priority, similar to the case with TB, I suggest the exact opposite. You can use this skill much more often than you can RoA, which is why it makes of so much more of your damage breakdown than RoA. The faster, weaker hits of RF simply provide more DPS than the slow, damaging hits of RoA due to the ability to cast it more often.
        I want to come up with a third reason because the rule of three, but I can’t come up with anything else major.
        Also, this is a kinda minor thing, so you may or may not want to add it to the guide, but there’s an eight second window for a double enraged TB. i.e. you have eight seconds after an enrage starts to cast TB if you want to hit two during that enrage. Just a little thought.

        • DPS is simply damage dealt/time invested into using that skill. And as I stated before RoA is not slower than RF to cast, this means RoA will always result in more damage that RF unless you get really bad rng, but on average RoA will crit about 3.5 every cast, making it do more damage than a 100% crit RF. Yes there could be situations where you may want the focus stacks instead of more damage but in most situations you’d already have your focus buff up.
          As for double TB during enrage, it’s mostly personal preference. If you look at the top archer parses there’s high parses with both TB off CD or holding TB to use 2 every enrage.

  23. You could also note that if FW is used before or during RoA casting, its effect will remain active until the very last tick of damage, so you can pop FW, cast RoA and get a free backcrit of any skill you fire before RoA finishes. Useful if the boss has turned around and you want to get two backcrits ASAP.

    • That’s actually not how the interaction works, RoA just doesn’t consume the find weakness buff but if you use any other skill it will consume the buff and RoA will start front/side critting. This isn’t good for dps because 1. you can either use another skill during RoA and have that backcrit while losing all backcrits on any RoA hits after that skill is used resulting in dps loss or 2. you don’t use any other skills in the duration of RoA and let all of the ticks backcrit, but this also results in a dps loss since you won’t be hitting the boss for a while. I think it’s better to just hold the RoA cooldown until you’re actually behind the boss. The only way you should use this is when you FW then cast RoA from the front/side then actually get to the back before hitting the boss again.

      • I’ve been thinking about this interaction a bit. If you use FW+RoA while in front/at the side of the boss, and start charging either RA or PA, you can still get a few ticks of RoA hit back damage until your charge skill is ready to consume the FW/or until you reposition to the back of the boss.

        I haven’t really tested this per se, just something I use sometimes when playing.

        • Yeah you could, but you’d only wanna charge RA/Pen to the charge levels I’ve listed and this would only result in 3-4 of the RoA ticks hitting back damage, it would be better overall to hold RoA until you’re at the back of the boss

      • Funny, my tests on lv69 IoD BAMs say otherwise, RoA still does backcrits when I pop FW and cast TB on them from the front, oh well.

        • Are you sure it’s not the BAM enraging in the middle of your test? The difference between unenraged backcrit and enraged sidecrit is only 0.56 crit power. I’ve tested this in dungeons multiple times and RoA damage always drops the moment you fire another skill.

  24. Its ok only have 150 bonus crit factor?

    • 154 is just a number that me and some other archers found feels the most consistent for RKEM. 150 would still be fine but you might get that 1 non crit radiant or TB more often. IF you’re doing any other 5 man dungeon 150 would be perfectly fine.

  25. I was beta archer before I read this guide. Now I can finally break 100k dps. Thanks aluka!

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