Ranger - Basic Ranger

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

Focused on: Strike damageDefenseDps.

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A basic but effective 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.

Skill Bar

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Weapon Variants

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

Pet Variants

Skill Variants

  • - stunbreak
  • - condition cleanse
  • - extra damage in static fights
  • - extra defense in static fights
  • - extra toughness and a panic button
  • - alternative stun break and extra dodge.


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  • - more consistent crit chance / buffs allies
  • - if running .
  • - better utility.


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

Standard Equipment

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Superior Rune of the Scholar
  • Marauder stat icon.png Marauder - a ~40% health increase, but ~10% DPS loss
  • Knight stat icon.png Knight's , Soldier stat icon.png Soldier - mix with other gear to increase defense
  • - budget DPS
  • - strong defense while in a group or against trash mobs



  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
  • , , - general farming


This food assists with more difficult content, such as bosses or bounties. Ascended versions of these are available and should be used when possible.
  • - permanent Fury Fury when farming trash or with a zerg
  • - extreme sustain when farming trash or with a zerg
  • - a huge boost to damage whenf arming trash or in a zerg
  • , - DPS food
  • , - Defense and Might Might
  • - Lifesteal
  • , , - Damage Reduction Food
  • , - Damage



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


  • can be used to disengage with stealth.
  • One tactic for dealing with dangerous enemies is to bring Juvenile Brown Bear Juvenile Brown Bear or another tanky pet
  • 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)
Build rating - 5 stars
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2 Ratings
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.