So planning on going to the archer class? Whether we just enjoy the fun-est of shooting arrows, or just having a longer range then mage (and more hp to boot) just be aware, then nothing comes easy.
And so that's why this guide is here! This is the absolutely newb friendly beginner's guide to the archer class, minus the hunter/ranger class, mainly because i haven't played both of them yet.
First go to control panel>keyboard
Under the "SPEED" tab slide the character delay slider bars (both of em) to the maximum right. (aka short and fastest)
THIS IS VITAL TO PWN AS AN ARCHER!
Basic gameplay,aka, level 1~3 playing style
pressing x shoots a red colored small beam, which is dragonica's representation of an arrow.
You already have the skill Rising Arrow. the default hotkey for this skill is "A". when used, a small very very small delay then, you shoot an arrow at an enemy's feet. This is your launcher skill. sends mob into the air, then when they fall to the ground they end up being "knocked down".
Personally, i call this pop shot.
(it looks like you shoot the arrow at an enemy's feet no matter how far the enemy is from you, so it has a cool animation?)
grab and leave the following skills at lv 1 for now.
grab the skill anti air shot as fast as possible. This unlocks a new button. Pressing "Z" allows you to shoot once in the air, holding "Z" allows you to shoot many times
Personally, i call this Z arrow
grab the skill shootdown for fun and kicks. Using shootdown is mainly for fun or when you feel like not dashing away, or if you want to get combos. Sometimes, shootdown will launch monsters up a little, ending them in being "knocked down".
Grab the skill relaunch assign it to whatever button you want, it's ultra handy everywhere, anywhere, and is your best friend next to rising arrow and anti air shot... if your going hunter though, you can practically skip this, rangers need this more though.
So first off, you need to know that archers can't stun mobs, sure they can launch em in the air, but i don't call that stun. This means that YOU SUCK IN MOB CONTROL. See more then 10 enemy's after you? Run back and shoot, repeat until they die. Don't like it? well, train till your a hunter/ranger then. So don't be foolish and keep on shooting while the entire mob is walking towards you, Just RUN AWAY!!!
Next you'll note that rising arrow's "Mob affected" range is not really that big, often missing the 2nd mob near the first one, which will then walk up and attack you. What i suggest you do, and my favorite playing style, in this situations, is to Z arrow the first mob, until the 2nd mob comes near me, dash back a little, Pop arrow the 2nd mob, WAIT FOR IT TO FALL WITHOUT Z ARROWING IT, then use relaunch and z arrow both of the mobs.
Very handy, quite effective, a moralizing attack style, and it's nice to see your combo count increasing by 2.
Let's list em out. and i'll give my personal advice for em.
Very handy, it says that mobs will reach max height at lv 4, so get it to lv 4,
the only thing you gain at lv 5 is an extra mob to launch (which usually never happens) and extra damage.
short: GET LV 4!
rising arrow's big brother, Ultra handy, you'll use this a lot even at 2nd jobs. MAX IT.
why max it when you can only launch 4 monsters you ask? This is because dragonica's a PARTY BASED game, so your party mates can help launch monsters for you to attack, also giving you the cool ability to kill steal easily! Isn't that cool?
Just joking :P kill steal doesn't affect teammates, the exp is distributed evenly. You can KS everyone else though.
Needed to unlock multishot and relaunch, just get it.
It's a ok move... if you master it you can land all 3 arrows on the boss, or knock down mobs on the floor. Not so usefull IMO, but if you master it...............
short: just grab it -_-
AH here's where it gets very interesting! the mean sister to rising arrow, it allows you to pop "knocked down" mobs right back in the air! allowing big bro z arrow to be useful again while rising arrow cry.
at lv 1, You are able to relaunch 2 mobs
But at lv 5, you are able to relaunch 6 mobs. and like rising arrow, max height at lv 4.
soo... what to do.. what to do...... What i recommend is.. leaving it at lv 1, or getting it to lv 2, or just skipping it.
Why? Because SP is very important is this game.... and you won't use relaunch a lot... because (like rising arrow) the range suck.... also, since your "relaunching" the mob is practically half dead, so you won't need a lot of height. If your going hunter, keep it at lv 1 or simply ignore it if you want.
Short: RECOMMENDED LV 2 or LV 1 or IGNORE, UP TO YOU
lv 1, 3 arrows
lv 2, 3 arrows
lv 3, 5 arrows
lv 4, 5 arrows
lv 5, 7 arrows of pure pawnage!
Grab this skill, max this skill! It's your only awesome damage dealing skill to bosses.
I dub this, the shotgun
Many people will say to not use this skill because it consumes SP, and it pales in comparison with 2nd job, but seriously... that's 2nd job! Your now playing a 1st job, and you want to enjoy playing as a 1st job! So grab this skill!
Short: MAX FOR TEH 7 ARROWS OF PWNAGE!
shorter range.... uses mp... has a long COOLDOWN?????
why did dragonica deside to copy maple.... and make it worst?
skill is worthless, pales in comparison to shotgun, and would only be cool if you can use it as often as your normal attacks.
The other skills
moonwalk (not to be confused and as cool as theif's moonwalk) moonwalk shot, Bow mastery, Rapid step
These are my personal views, and if it doesn't suit you, fine by me
I did not use moonwalk and moonwalk shot, because just dashing back and then shooting forward does the same thing -_-
bow mastery vs rapid step........
There's a huge change in how bow mastery works now... let me give you the breif down.
bow master, 15sp per level, lv 1 =10 att, lv 2= 30, lv 3 =50, lv 4= 70 lv 5=90
Rapid step, 20 sp per level, adds 10 movement speed per level.
................ So take your pick, huge damage or speed.
Playing style lv 19
By now you should have been familiar with your archer, pop shooting, z arrowing mobs are second nature with the occasional relaunch or two for stronger upgraded mobs.
you never use other skills, except when you are fighting a boss, where you go upclose (real upclose) and personal, with your multishot, and jumping around like a rabbit either
A) using shoot down to hit boss
B) jump then dashing away from boss to use normal attacks
Your confident with your archer and you feel like you can solo farrel (with 10 feathers + eternal hp pot) Congrats, your a master archer!
Conclusion, credits, what's next?
I love the archer class, i don't know why. I just feel that if i'm in a world with war without guns, i would pick up the bow and arrow instead of swords. Also the reason why i hate cabal.
Anyway, i wish to thank the makers of dragonica, IAHgames for hosting dragonica, MMOGames for encouraging me to type stuff out (because i'm normally to lazy to type guides out) and you for reading.
So now you have a choice...
hunter, the bow user, with wolf spirits, wood spike rain, acid arrow, the nuclear missile from god skill and the mighty chicken head
ranger, the crossbow user, With huge damage per second, grenades, bazookas, a machine gun and a tank summon, that attacks enemies near it and doesn't move.
Your pick, they are very similar, it's just a matter of personal preference. but..... this is my opinion alright?
choose hunter if you like pvp more then pve, or your just a nature person, who likes pheonixes and wolfs and the classic archer skills in other mmos.
choose ranger if you like pve more then pvp, or just a modern person, who likes guns tanks, grenades, RPGS, stuff like that.