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This build is provisionally vetted good pending more votes.

This build has received a provisional rating in the range from 3.75 to < 4.75 and thus qualifies for the lower category of working builds: Good.

This build has been designed for the following use:

Utilize sources of bonus damage and Expertise to spam bow attack skills, all while buffing your team's damage and survivability.

Attributes and Skills

12 + 1 + 2
The energy cost of attack skills, rituals, touch skills and all Ranger skills is reduced by 60%.
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Variable skill slots
  • "I Am the Strongest!" "I Am the Strongest!" – prepare before combat. Lasts indefinitely.
  • Never Rampage Alone Never Rampage Alone – combine with comfort animal. Source of increased attack speed.
  • Comfort Animal Comfort Animal – allows to use never rampage alone as source of increased attack speed. Second center for "Together as One!"'s effects.
  • Ebon Battle Standard of Honor Ebon Battle Standard of Honor – heavy on energy, use tactically instead of permanently. Works particularly well with needling shot.
  • Drunken Master Drunken Master – use with alcohol. Source of increased attack speed if playing without pet.
  • Whirling Defense Whirling Defense – further increased survivability. Allows to perform as a tank for a short while.
  • Asuran Scan Asuran Scan – hard on energy, but a worthwhile tradeoff in areas where you expect to be missing frequently.

Equipment

  • Zealous bow with Strength and Honor.
    • Zealous keeps your energy high through the attack skill spam and it is not likely you will dip below 50% HP with your constant passive healing.
  • Rune of superior vigor.
  • Radiant Insignias.
  • Attunement runes,
    • Starting the fight by using all your buffs can take around 25 energy depending on which skills you use. You need to have enough energy to buff, then go right into your attack skills.

Usage

Before any sizable encounter, use Expert Focus. Activate every damage buff you have, making sure your allies are in range of "TaO!" and/or Ebon Battle Standard of Honor. Start auto attacking a target, weave Sundering/Penetrating Attack in between auto attacks to get your target below half health at which point, spam Needling Shot while constantly maintaining "TaO!" and Expert Focus.

Needling Shot is the work horse for this build when stacked with all the supplemental damage from your other skills. When combined with high Expertise and Expert Focus, the cost of the skill is completely offset by the energy gain from your zealous bow. This makes most all your other skills more or less maintainable.

Counters

  • Heavy energy denial.
  • Dodge stances/blinds etc which can be remedied by Asuran Scan but is hard on your energy pool.

Variants

With a form of battery, or 18+ Expertise, trade Expert Focus for Ignite Arrows and maintain Ebon Battle Standard of Honor during fights. Ebsoh will apply to your attack, and to the preparation. Coupled with Needling Shot spam, you can pump out incredible single target and AoE damage.

See also

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