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Lostac

[Guide] PvE Sniper - Casual and End Game/ET

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Been Wanting to make a sniper? Is your sniper useless in DS? Want to bring it for end game PVE? Or maybe even just be the best form of a casual Sniper?
Read Ahead!

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Snipers play around different builds, the most common build you'll probably see people use is your standard Double Strafe or Auto Attack build. This is certainly fine and I understand the comfort of playing it. However, if you're bringing this to a community event, Devil Square, for example, you have to be in your best form specially if you insist on playing Sniper (which is a good class when played right, by the way). This is crucial because DS gets harder the more people join in. You don't want to shame your Sniper as being a bad class to use in DS, right?


1. The Chill/Casual Build - Auto Attack/Double Strafe/Sharp Shooting [190 ASPD, 30-50 Crit Rate, 160 Dex]

Spoiler

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Extra Buffs/Items for stats above:
Awakening Potion

Pros:
1. No Food needed, you'll only need Awakening Potions for this, everything else is optional (Abrasive, +10 Dex, etc).
2. You can auto attack in comfort with this build, you have no food duration running and can watch netflix/whatever while grinding.
3. This build works with Double Strafing and Sharp Shooting, of course, I default this build in fact when I have nothing serious to do.
4. You can use this build to kill lower tier MVPs, or farm things like Diabolus Ring.
5. Build is very versatile, you can easily change a lot of things here.

Cons:
1. Not advisable to use on end game content.
2. You don't have immunity with stun which will be the reason you'll probably die to the most.
3. Low HP, Low defense, Low Resistance. Big skills like Pulse Strike, Hell's Judgement will obviously destroy you.

Gear Recommendations:

Top Headgear: RWC Gold Dragonhelm [Phylla], Apple of Archer, Ulle's Cap [Phylla, Dolomedes], Little Feather Hat [Phylla, Dolomedes]
Middle Headgear: Hawk Eyes, Black Devil's Mask, Robo Eye, Binoculars, Sunglasses [Phylla]
Bottom Headgear: Father's White Moustache, Gangster Scarf

Armor: Sniping Suit or Dragon Vest [Porcellio, Earth Deleter]
Porcellio is good for all around, use other cards like Marc or Pasana when necessary. 

Option 1 Weapon: +5(or higher) Orc Archer Bow, Endowed with Aspersio from a Priest or Fire/Earth/Water/Wind from a Sage.
Ammunition: Steel Arrow

Option 2 Weapon: +10 Composite Bow [2x Elemental, 2x Racial], [4x AK], [3x AK+Racial/Elemental/Paper]
Optional Card for better Damage with Sharp Shooting: The Paper Card
Ammunition: Elemental Arrows

Option 3 Weapon: +5(or higher) Burning Bow, Freezing Bow, Gale Bow, Earthen Bow
Ammunition: Respective Elemental Arrow

Other Options for Weapons: Nepenthes Bow (Level 4, 2 slots 105 ATK), Falken Blitz, Ixion Wings, Dragon Wing, Double Bound

Garment: Rider Insignia or Dragon Manteau [Baphomet Jr], [Green Maiden] or [Dragon Tail]
Green Maiden Card is very good if you have high upgrade on your garment.

Shoes: Shackles, Sprint Shoes or Black Leather Boots [Matyr or Male Thief Bug]

Accessories, No Slot:  Bakonawa Tatto, Medal of HonorBloodied Shackle Ball
Accessories, Slotted: Bow Thimble, Linen GloveBradium Brooch  [Zerom, Gold Scaraba, or Kukre]



2. End Game / DS / ET Sniper - Sharp Shooting/Double Strafe [190 ASPD, 50+ Crit Rate, 160 Dex, 97 Vit]

Spoiler

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Extra Buffs/Items for stats above:
Awakening Potion
+10 Agi, Dex, Vit and Luk Foods
Abrasive

Pros:
1. Using the +10 Stat Foods and Abrasives from Gold Rush will allow you to have the stats above, meaning stun immunity while having high ASPD and Crit.
2. Builds around Resistances, with enough buffs and support for ET you can survive Hell's Judgement, Pulse Strike and EQ depending on the situation.
3. This build mainly focuses on Sharp Shooting down high tier bosses with Fortune's Kiss and Bragi's Poem.
4. You can easily finish ET with several Sharp Shoot snipers with similar build to this.
5. The build is already immune to stun, you can switch in Marc, Evil Druid and Nightmare for headgear on some bosses for full resistance.

Cons:
1. This is a very expensive build, using Abrasive, +10 stat foods except STR and INT.
2. High HP doesn't offer that much outside of Endless Tower and Devil Square since you'll be able to abuse the healer

Gear Recommendations:

Top Headgear: RWC Gold Dragonhelm, Apple of Archer, Ulle's Cap, Little Feather Hat [Phylla, Dolomedes, Nightmare]
Middle Headgear: Hawk Eyes, Black Devil's Mask, Robo Eye, Binoculars, Sunglasses [Phylla, Nightmare]
Bottom Headgear: Father's White Moustache, Gangster Scarf

Armor: Sniping Suit or Dragon Vest [Porcellio, Evil Druid, Marc] 

Option 1 Weapon: +5(or higher) Orc Archer Bow, Endowed with Aspersio from a Priest or Fire/Earth/Water/Wind from a Sage or Converters.
Ammunition: Steel Arrow

Option 2 Weapon: +10 Composite Bow [2x Elemental, 2x Racial], [4x AK], [3x AK+Racial/Elemental/Paper]
Optional Card for better Damage with Sharp Shooting: The Paper Card
Ammunition: Elemental Arrows

Garment: Rider Insignia or Dragon Manteau [Raydric], [Noxious], [Baphomet Jr], [Green Maiden] or [Dragon Tail]
Raydric works very nicely with this build, it will allow you to survive heavy boss nukes and you'll likely to have Idun's Apple as well.

Shoes: Sprint Shoes or Black Leather Boots [Matyr] or [Green Ferus]

Accessories, No Slot:  Bakonawa Tatto, Medal of Honor
Accessories, Slotted: Bow Thimble, Linen GloveBradium Brooch  [Zerom, Gold Scaraba, or Kukre]
Bakonawa Tattoo or Medal of Honor IMO is better than the slotted options, but you could always go for these if you can't afford Bakonawa or Medal.

 

3. FA Sniper - Falcon Assault [175-190 ASPD, 150 Dex, 97 Vit, Rest Int]

Spoiler

 

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Extra Buffs/Items for stats above:
Awakening Potion
+7 Agi, Dex, Int and Vit Foods
Assassin Cross of Sunset

Pros:
1. +7 Stat Battleground foods are very cheap and usable in Devil Square, which what this build is good for
2. Does very good damage even with weak gear.
3. Falcon Assault has a long cast range and ignores DEF.
4. Dagger+Shield gives you options to be tanky.
5. Depending on your available gears/consumables, you can have stun immunity and 190 ASPD.
6. You may put more AGI instead of VIT if you don't need high HP or stun resistance.
7. If you are undergeared, you will still do good damage so long as you have INT, 150 DEX and ASPD.

Cons:
1. Loses what Sharp Shooting does in terms of AOE power, both ignore DEF, though.
2. Does not care about weapon damage modifiers
3. Forced Neutral damage type - ignore ghost monsters unless frozen/stoned
5. Needs both Bragi and Sunset to be able to deal high DPS

Gear Recommendations:

Top Headgear: RWC Gold Dragonhelm, Apple of Archer, Ulle's Cap, Eye of Juno, Crown of Deceit [Phylla, Elder Willow, Isilla] or Defensive Headgears (Beret, etc)
Middle Headgear: Black Devil's MaskBinoculars, Sunglasses [Phylla, Elder Willow, Isilla]
Bottom Headgear: Well-Chewed Pencil, Rainbow Scarf

Armor: Sniping Suit or Dragon Vest [Baby Desert Wolf, Evil Druid, Marc, Peco Peco, Banshee Master, Waste Stove] 

Option 1 Offensive Weapon : Bazerald
Option 2 Offensive Weapon: Knife [4x Cecil Damon, 4x Drops] or Unarmed
Option 3 Defensive Weapons: Knife [4x Fabre], Combat Knife, Exorciser, Fortune Sword
Option 4 Status/Utility Bow: Composite Bow/Bow [Plankton/Magnolia/Marina/Savage Babe] or [Cecil Damon]
Cecil Damon to go with a Hylozoist accessory to transform DS boss. You may also use any high damage bow with Immaterial Arrow to go against Ghosts.

Shield: Thorny Shield [Thara/Khalitzburg/Alice/Horn] or Valkyrie Shield [Thara/Khalitzburg/Alice/Horn]
Use thorny only when you're pairing it with Bison Horn, otherwise use Valkyrie Shield. Bradium Shield and Stone Buckler are also good alternatives.

Garment: Diabolus Manteau, Nydhorgg's Shadow GarbRider Insignia or Dragon Manteau [Raydric, Noxious, Aliot]
Raydric works very nicely with this build, it will allow you to survive heavy boss nukes and you'll likely to have Idun's Apple as well.

Shoes: Variant Shoes, Diabolus Boots, Sprint Shoes or Black Leather Boots [Matyr, Green Ferus, Ice Titan]

Accessories, No Slot:  Bakonawa Tatto, Glorius Popularized Ring, Earring, Vesper Core 01
Accessories, Slotted: Bison Horn, Linen GloveBradium Brooch, Bradium Earring, Earring[1], Orleans's Gloves  [Zerom, Gold Scaraba, or Kukre]
Bakonawa Tattoo is used here for attack speed only.

Tips for DS and in General

Spoiler

 

Ankle Snare is a good trap skill

You can always use Ankle Snare on harder content. Stalling melee monster threats gives you and your team a great advantage, specially in Devil Square. One way to pre-set a lot of traps inside is to leave one monster alive before the next round starts and place as many as you can near your stack's vision range.

Orc Archer Bow is a nice default Bow

Mainly because it's a Level 3 Weapon with good base damage and Steel Arrow combination effect. This suddenly becomes a Universal Bow good for all situations. You may need to bring converters, however. One easy way to deal with Salamanders is using Small Bottle, these are dropped by Aqua Elementals and converts your weapon to Water for a short period, enough to deal with starting Salamander Spawn or other fire monsters like Ifrit.

If you can, make both Bragi and Fortune's Kiss buffers.

This will allow you to hunt anything with Sharp Shooting, including Thor Power leech and other rare item farming. You can easily reach 100 crit rate with high LUK Fortune's Kiss. Bragi is there for obvious reasons, just make sure your Clown has high INT and Level 10 Musical Lessons.

Having multiple carded +10 Composite Bows can be handy

If you find yourself having to deal with a few specific monster several times, it's good to make a specific bow for them.
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For Devil's Square, it is nice to have an extra attack speed accessory (like Linen Glove or Bradium Brooch) to put in a Hylozoist Card.

You're able to transform DS Boss fast with auto attack. Just make sure you actually have the card equipped, and maybe inform your party members that you are equipped with it so they'll understand.

You can always switch to a shield when you see Hell's Judgement being casted, or other heavy skills like Earthquake.

If building for DS, remember that Alice Card only harms you against DS Boss. I recommend using a Khalitzburg card instead.

You may use Berserk Pitcher from a Biochemist for more ASPD.

I find this very nice for Falcon Assault builds.

Learn to use @restockmanage, the stat foods you eat and SP pots you drain will be painful to manually restock.

Check this page for details: http://forum.woonro.com/index.php?/topic/8-restock/

Hunter Card set [Anolian, Cruiser, Merman, Dragon Tail, Alligator] is a nice card set, but locks you into useless cards in some slots.

The set itself may hurt you once you need to switch into Evil Druid, Marc, etc.

Credits

Rate My Server for item stats/details, you can view RMS via the link if you need information!

WoonRO for some of the custom/modified for pre-renewal items that made some builds fun & possible.

Edited by Lostac

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