I just started playing this game 3 days ago on the trial and I realized archers are very effective with the bow at a long distance but in close combat agansit monsters i struggled because I only have 2 attacks that do close damage. Am i too low of a level to dos eriously damage in combat close up or are archers only effective at long distance's, Plus how do you current archers on the server rack up in PVP it's harder or easier to get kills and which class is easier to target from one another,
I just need some archers to fill me in thanks!
Well I am not the best archer but I don't completely fail either. With Archers our range affects our damage. The closer we are the more damage we deal, for example at 13m or less we are dealing 100% damage but at 14 - 16 (just throwing numbers) we only deal say 80% damage.
So ideally an archer wants to be around 10-13m away from the target (on BAMs this may get you killed until you have learned the BAMs mechanics enough to anticipate what they are going to do)
Also I can tell you that at low levels you are a turret and are not very mobile while doing damage (especially with our charge shots). This gets better once you get charge level 2 as then you can move at half speed while charging.
As for PvP I don't really do PvP so I can't give you any advice, I do know that it depends heavily on what you are fighting and the skill level (and gear) of your opponent.
If you have any questions feel free to pst me in game or shoot me an ingame mail (or here on the forums) and I'll answer what I can. Also be sure to hit up the class forums and check out the archer threads , there is tons of info from much better archers than I.
Hope to see ya around :)
Low level PVP - use traps effectively and learn the attacks of other players when dueling; trap + attack/dodge + backstep is a great method to put distance between you and your attacker when you can get the trap to work
HIgh level PVP - couldn't tell you, never tried it against archers or with an archer
Things to remember:
Max damage range is 10m
Ideal (damage + safety) range is 13m (lvl 20-30 BAM AoEs are about 15m max)
Your backstep (dodge) move does not provide any damage protection and only moves your character backwards from the direction you're facing. If the BAM is charging, turn and dodge or strafe out of the path if you have that option.