Dragon Nest T4 Sniper PvE and PvP Skill Build by perfecti

Date: Oct 22 2012 01:02:19 Views: Comment: loading...

Even though Eyedentity can't get their act together and release all of the lv60 skill content right away, I've decided to post up this thread. I'll update it later when I'll inevitably change my build with the release of new skills.

At first I thought about making a general Bow Master thread but that would be way too much for my lazy ass, but I have an Artillery so I have an idea how this class works and I can answer some questions.

First of all - BM is damn hard to play, so don't feel discouraged when you'll get wrecked to hell and back in PVE and especially in PVP. As it's for me - with experience comes enjoyment, you might love the class when you'll get comfortable enough with skills and whatnot.

Second of all - currently Artillery is better than Sniper in like every way, so going Sniper you're kinda crippling yourself, but hey, it's not T3 anymore and BM is amazing, and it's not that horrible to be the weaker sister.

Well, here's my current PvE build:
Archer

Quick rundown on skills:


Twin Shot
Does decent damage and has quickest CD, so feel free to spam this to no end. I'm using a costume with +1 to this skill, that's why it's lv21 in my build.


Piecing Shot
While in T4 it’s not nearly as bad as it was before, I don’t really feel like using this skill at all - mediocre damage, medium range and slow casting time without any kind of superarmor = skipped.


Willow Spin Kick
If you’re into PVP this one might be useful for close range “get off me” card, but as most archer skills it doesn’t have any armor so you’ll get stuffed a lot. Might’ve been useful for combos.. shame BM doesn’t have any combos. Skipped.


Multi Shot
Personally, I don’t really like this skill even though it was greatly improved since T3, range is still not good and it might’ve been great for PVP but developer decided that 14 sec CD is only good for PVE and left PVP cooldown at astounding 28 seconds.. but there’s nowhere else to put SP so there goes.


Owl's Insight
Pretty much maximum crit for your party for a short duration = needs to be maxed out no questions asked (unless your party consists of people with crit cap but that’s pretty rare). Use it at the right moments and bosses will go down much quicker.


Owl's Rage
Free skill, another crit boost for your party. Don’t forget to re-buff it once every 3 minutes and your party will thank you. Or maybe not, if they’re jerks, but you still have to do it.

Bow Master


Charged Shot
Sniper’s first EX skill(and I’m not talking about regular version here, cause it sucks plain and simple). While the damage aren’t that good for a “charge” skill(like Ele’s FB, or GM’s gigant duck) imo skill has more utility due to it’s tremendous range and it’s actually wider than it looks.  It also has decent superarmor which is pretty important for PVP, though it’s still BM’s armor which means you _might_ withstand one weak skill from a warrior.. or you might not.
(Skill is glitched in CN(pretty sure in KR as well, dunno about other versions) for like a year already and sometimes it does 1/10 of it’s actual damage, but it doesn’t happen that often, we can live with this).


Aerial Chain Shot
Sniper’s second EX(regular version is nice as well, but it doesn’t have that good of an AOE, while EX version is pretty amazing at hitting everywhere). I don’t really like that you need to get basically on top of the boss to get full damage, the damage itself is so good it can’t be neglected. I recommend getting skill accessory for this one, cause it’ll get the skill to lv16, boosting the damage by whooping 18%.
(This one’s glitched as well(yeah, eyedentity is on the roll with BM), in a way that if you continue with right-click, you might stuck in a landing animation indefinitely. Ways to get out - a) not use additional attack and just land, b) use “/escape”, or “reset position” command from the menu, c) get hit with something heavy which will knock you down).


Siege Stance
While I don’t have this skill in my current build, I’m planning on getting it to lv11 when EX will come out. As it’s now - skill should be used exclusively under our new speed boost and the damage is nice, but all that time BM just standing there can be used to dish out damage with all the other skills. And I’m pretty sure we’ll be losing DPS using Siege Stance under time acceleration from Force User..


Arrow Shower
Another stationary skill, which I don’t really like cause while the damage is not bad, it’s pretty much impossible to hit fast moving targets like some lv60 bosses with all the hits. I’ll wait for them to either boost the damage through the roof, or for EX version at lv70.. In the meantime - skipped.


Extension Arrow
Great DPS on paper, but kinda weird at using, cause this skill just loves to do only impact damage and not expansion damage, it hates uneven terrain and can just not do any damage.. (as I’ve stated before - eyedentity is amazing at screwing BM over).


Swift Shot
Another close range skill, doesn’t hit grounded targets(that’s very unfortunate actually, especially in PVP) but has invulnerable frames, which is exactly what it should be used for in PVP.


Rapid Shot
I wish we could pick an EX from Artillery tree, cause that would be the one I’d get. But since it’s impossible and we’re left with inferior-mediocre range-slow casting skill, I left it at 1 as prerequisite. Though it has nice superarmor so this skill has it’s uses in PVP.


Guided Arrow
Infamous PVP skill that tracks it’s target. In PVE though, the damage is not that good and(yup, once again) skill sometimes goes into the floor behind your back.. just cause. To avoid this you have to actually aim at your target (orange scope) and then press the button, which is sometimes kinda difficult. But hey, you picked one of the hardest classes to play, so man up.


Bulls Eye
Our amazing debuff, which boosts party’s damage by a whole 25%, or 30% if you can get a skill accessory. Maxed for both PVP and PVE.


Spirit Excellation
While I don’t like self buffs, I like free damage, so yeah, maxed. Can be skipped in PVP build though, cause the damage boost isn’t that big and you might get killed for casting it in a wrong time.


Sylph's Aid
From mostly useless skill to an amazing self buff in one quick patch. Boosts your casting and moving speed, solving one of the biggest problems BM has in PVP - lack of mobility(but of course very useful for PVE as well). I’ve been crying for more movement options since like the first week I started going PVP and now BAM, better than I could’ve hoped for.


Fake Shot
Useful in PVP for flinching your target(lv1, no more), skipped in PVE.


Triangle Shot
Approximately 1.5 seconds of invincibility with the ability to continue into Aerial Chain Shot, which allows us to stay airborne for like 3 seconds or so. Shame ACS doesn’t have invul, would’ve been pretty great.


Stunning Shot
Amazing in PVP(lv1 is enough), skipper in PVE.


Ankle Shot
One of my favorite skills - quick casting time, good damage, binds target. In PVP other than Stunning Shot this is your only hope to make attacker stop, for you to dish out some good damage. Very useful.


Bow Mastery
9.1% damage boost and 2m range passive, maxed for free damage. (Most people prefer Long Bows to Crossbows, but if you're using one, just max Crossbow Mastery)


Pinpoint Shot
Physical Ultimate. Damage is not that amazing, but great range and quick casting time. Never been that big of a fan of Ultimates cause 125sec CD aren’t exactly screaming DPS and given the choice I’d rather put those 3 SP eslewhere, but yeah, gotta take this.


Revolutionary Ballista
Magic Ultimate. Again, damage aren’t great, but very quick casting time(might actually be fastest Ultimate to cast in a whole game) and nice AOE.

Sniper


Critical Break
Passive damage boost for your critical hits. While it doesn’t seem much on paper, it stacks and in the long run boosts Sniper’s DPS quite significantly.


Ambush Point
In PVE draws aggro in a pretty huge area, then explodes. All in all pretty useful skill, DPS is quite low but we aren’t taking it for damage so Lv1 is enough. It also adds nice control in PVP(it even draws aggro from Alfredo and Ducks but for like half a second) when people sometimes afraid to get close to you when you're standing near the flower(and that's what you should be doing), and I can't believe how much people actually eating the explosion, seems like no one knows when it's going to pop.
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My current stats(no buffs and I don't have Suffix II on anything yet):

Crests:

I'm changing them from time to time to test stuff out, but that's my current setup.
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While I pretty much stopped going PVP since the release of EX skills, cause for some reason it LAGs so hard for me I can't even move around, which is really a shame since I was hoping to wreck house with ACS EX and whatnot, but yeah.. I'll be trying to find a way to fix LAG, but in the meantime, here's the build I've been testing and was pretty successful with it(well actually most of the time I've been using my PVE build and was successful, but this one was fun and a lot better than pure PVE one).

PVP build:

Additional notes about PVP - you want as many attacking skills as you can possibly get, that's why I took magic arrow - it flinches and has quick CD, in PVP it's not about the damage, it's about control and making your opponent waste their CD's. Though it doesn't really work in Ladder since there's a shortage of MP and spamming skills might leave you with just normal attack, so for Ladder just run away and spam Guided Arrow, as pathetic as this tactic sounds.. it actually works. Or just roll an Artillery and kill everyone with Rapid Shot EX+Guided Shot, since yeah, Artillery is where the PVP is at.
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And here's my current PVP stats, firmly heading to those 2:1 K/D ratio.

phew, feel free to point out errors(cause it's like 6am here atm and i'm sure i could've missed something) and ask questions.
as the thread title states, i'm open for suggestions and would like to get a discussion going.

Credits to: perfecti.

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