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Default A frank beginner's guide to archer. (moonwalkshot ftw.)

Hello there, I'm Bowpurity. Let's get started.


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.

Starting off
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)


Also you get a skill reset when you job advance, so don't worry! Mess up the skills if you like.

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.

Alright, now you got your basic skills, the next thing you need to note, is the 3 crucial archer skills for now, pop shot (get to lv 4/5) anti air shot (lv 5) multi arrow (lv 5)
details below


Let's list em out. and i'll give my personal advice for em.

Rising arrow
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!

Anti-Air Shot
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.

short: MAX

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.

Why? Because SP is very important is this game.... and you won't use relaunch a lot... because (like rising arrow) the range and "AOE" suck.... also, since your "relaunching" the mob is practically half dead, so you won't need a lot of height.


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!


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.


Moonwalk + moonwalkshot
Never get moonwalk without it's accompanying skill, moonwalk shot.
Moonwalk shot has undergone some massive changes from previous dragonica builds.
Let me list out what it does now.
for 35 sp, you gain........................
While your doing moonwalk, use up 10 mp to shoot an arrow that hits 5 MOBS at 30% dmg +10.
With testing you'll find that you're able to shoot 2 arrows while moonwalking, if your fast.

So what does this mean? Why it means you no longer need to fear if your facing a group of 4 melee mobs and 2 range mobs, Just moonwalk shot all the melee mobs till they die, dash up to the range mob, pop it and kill it.

It also mean that moonwalkshot has become stronger, spammer, more dps-er skill then double shot if done properly.

It works spendidly on bosses, Run up, multishot, moonwalkshot twice (4 arrows) outta there, pop shot, run back in, multi shot.

I suggest..... getting it, it's suprisingly handy.
But for every gain, you need to lose... so what to sacrfice? Either sacrifice some extra damage (from bow mastery) or some extra speed (rapid step).

The buff passives.
bow mastery vs rapid step........
This is 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 huge speed.
Picking huge speed is handy as you can now add in a few hits in your combo count, + able to control your running in pvp and pve.
Damage is handy in being able to kill bosses easier, it is a lot in 1st job, but when you get to 2nd job, i don't recomand getting this.

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
c) moonwalking shooting away
Your confident with your archer and you feel like you can solo farrel (with 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.

Oh yea, before i forget, use your SP reset only at lv 30/25, Trust me, you'll regret if you use it sooner.

Good luck!

Aka cheongzewei

Last edited by cheongzewei; 05-14-2009 at 11:36 PM.