Ranger - Basic Ranger

The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great

Focused on: Strike damage

Designed for: Open WorldOpen World General and Open World Core

Overview

A basic but effective open world ranger build that F2P players can access. The Longbow Beastmaster is surprisingly powerful for a Core class and performs very well in event farming and casual solo open world.


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Skill Bar

Wolf
Jungle Stalker
Longbow
Sword/Axe
Utility


Weapon Variants

  • Greatsword - can replace Longbow
  • Axe (mainhand) - higher burst but lower DPS than Sword.
  • Warhorn - boons


Pet Variants

High damage pets
Good mix of damage and crowd control
Good on-demand crowd control
Tanky pets
  • Drakes such as Marsh Drake Marsh Drake provide the best mix of damage and tankiness, but bears and devourers are also very tanky pets.


Skill Variants

  • - stunbreak for you and allies, and personal barrier and protection.
  • - condition cleanse.
  • - extra damage in static fights, can be considered in group play.
  • - extra defense in static fights, can be considered in group play.
  • - extra defense.
  • - extra toughness and a panic button.
  • - alternative stun break and extra dodge.


Specializations

Variants
  • - more consistent crit chance / buffs allies
  • - if running .
  • - better utility.
  • can enable an alternative playstile where you run 2 longbows and use this trait to cast every weapon swap. This playstyle is very vulnerable to projectile block/reflect and lacks mobility, but can be very fun.


Equipment

Ascended gear is not required; exotic with the same stats will work fine.

Head
Berserker
Shoulders
Berserker
Chest
Berserker
Hands
Berserker
Legs
Berserker
Feet
Berserker
Backpiece
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Amulet
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Longbow
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Sword
Berserker
Axe
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6


  • Knight Knight - defensive trinkets
  • - Defense
  • - budget dps
  • , - budget DPS (replaces )


Consumables

Food
  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions. Budget versions of these foods exist and are acceptable.
  • - farming
  • , - DPS
  • - defense
Utility
  • (and variants) - farming
  • , - dps


Usage

Damage

Use big skills like , , and while using and your pet's abilities to maintain uptime on .


Defense

  • can be used to disengage with stealth.
  • Against dangerous enemies, send a tanky pet in first with Attack My Target so they tank for you.
  • If having trouble surviving, you can run or .
  • Remember to always dodge and sidestep attacks if possible.

Crowd Control

  • Your pet’s F2 skill
  • (as a last resort)


Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 votes.
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5 stars
Mathiasxii gave this build 5 stars • June 2021
I always thought this to be THE build to live the longbow ranger experience (more than with Soulbeast), even past the HoT/PoF expansion. All three trait lines synergise extremely well and everything is set up for you to send your pet up front in combat while you transform your enemies into porcupines for extremely far. The farther you are, the more you are rewarded boon and damage wise! Once the enemy is weak, you can then launch yourself on the enemies with you greatsword to finish them off. It takes a lot of practice to enjoy such build as you need to be cautious about field positionning, movement, and timing, but it feels great to always have a sight of the battlefield. The only downside is that it tends to perform poorly in tight spaces as you are squishy (as expected for a long range class). 4 is your best friend!
5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars • March 2021
one of the best core builds in the game for general open world since ranger pets are so good at distracting mobs, and ranger's moderate damage means it can easily burst down threats.

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