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iChelly 02-13-2012 12:26 AM

Chelly's Sniping Ranger and Grand Archer Skill Guide - RENA
Hi all~ I'm Chelly! I play German Elsword! I've decided to help out those future sniping ranger/grand archers ~ This guide does not explain any combos or such. This is JUST a Skill guide. I will only explain the uses of each skill and which skill you should take or what not. It's my first post in this forum and I don't really know how to make my guide all pretty with lots of colors and glitters so.. excuse me >_>

Rena SR/GA Skill Guide

By iChelly

Please DO NOT post this guide somewhere else and claim it as your own.

Please give me critics on my guide if you can

Lastly, I hope this guide will help you find the perfect build!

*Note that I will be using the terms PvP and PvE. PvP = Player vs Player. PvE is well.. dungeons*

Rena - Ranger

Siege Mode
Rena will "deploy" at her current spot, making her unable to move. If activated at melee range, she will deal a kick to enemies in front of her. Z will fire 1 arrow, and X will fire 3 arrows. All arrows will knock down enemies
Awesome Active! This will be your main boss killer when you're still a ranger ONLY if they are stoic though, Because this knocks down. This is a starter Active , You can't choose whether to get it or not. *The skill note for this increase the speed of the arrows fired in Siege Mode by 10%*
Back Tumbling Shot
Backflip into the air and shoot arrow(s) 45 degrees downwards. During the backflip, Rena is invulnerable.
Great for dodging attacks! Get it! But unless you have a B slot, You won't have space for this skill when you've advanced to Grand Archer.. Unless you want to sacrifice some kick ass special actives. *The skill note for this reduces cooldown by 1 second*

Special Actives
Rail Stinger(100MP)

Rena charges up an arrow and shoots a powerful arrow at high speeds that can pierce through at least 2 enemies. Awakening Mode pierces through all enemies.
This is your starter 100MP special active. It is a GREAT 100MP skill! Max it! Get the skill note for this too! Heck, This skill without the skill note is even better than sniping ranger's first 100MP skill , Humming Wind. *With the skill note,the stinger can now pierce through 4 enemies (When not in Awakening Mode) and the damage is increased by 15%*
Perfect Storm(200MP)
Rena aims downwards and shoots a tornado onto the ground that can hit multiple enemies from beneath, launching them into the air.
HORRIBLE SKILL. Skip this. There are much better skills you can get when you've advanced to sniping ranger/grand archer. Trust me, The damage for this is SO LOW. Sure, it may look cool and all but... It sucks. The only useful thing about this is the vertical range. It can get those pesky wyverns in Velder/Belder. BUT , even with the vertical range, DO NOT get this skill. Please.
Assault Kick(100MP)
Kick twice, the first stunning the enemy and leaving them open for an attack, the second sending a powerful kick launching the opponent from the ground.
Skip this skill. You won't be needing it because you are going to be a sniping ranger/grand archer. This skill focuses on physical attack, which is the exact opposite of what you are going to focus on. Even if you changed your mind and want to choose combat ranger/wind sneaker, The damage for this skill is HORRIBLE. Rail Stinger is better.

Multiple Stinger (200MP)
Hold your position and let out two 3-way Rail Stingers damaging enemies from any area.
(When in Awakening Mode, the Stingers will penetrate through all enemies)

This is not really a horrible skill.. The damage is well , Not as strong but not so weak either. It's your choice whether to get this skill, I skipped it. So its up to you. *Skill Note Effect : The first shot of the Stingers do not knock down the opponent*

Phoenix Strike(300MP)
With all your energy, let out a fiery Phoenix that travels throughout the map, dealing heavy damage while burning any enemy hit by the bird's trail.
Awesome Skill! This will be your main stage clearer! (Only on stages with straight paths though >_>) Get this skill! It may not work that well on bosses though. So you decide. Do you want a field clearer or .. the next skill, which is a boss skill. *The skill note increase critical chance by 10% and its burning duration by 10 seconds*

Aero Tornado(300MP)
Backflip into the air and shoot a giant wind-sphere 45 degrees downwards that deals heavy damage to any victim inside it.
(When in Awakening Mode, two weaker versions of Rail Stingers will move in a circular pattern around the Wind-sphere 10 times)

GET IT! This is a REALLY GREAT skill for dealing with bosses when you're still a low leveled ranger or sniping ranger. Also, This skill is best used against stoic/frozen enemies.

Magic Accelarator
Increases your magic attack for a certain period of time.
Get it! Since you'll be focusing on magic attack, This is a great skill! It'll make your arrows even more epic!
Shield Accelerator
Increases your Physical and Magical Defense for a certain period of time.
It's up to you whether to get this or not. I didn't get it. But this buff is great for survival though~
Power Accelerator
Increases your physical attack for a certain period of time.
Skip it, You're not focusing on physical attack.

Passives are skills that buff up your character permanently. It cannot be activated like special actives/actives or buffs. It's already added in your character.
Basic Physical Defense Training
Permanently increase your Physical Defense Power.
Get it. It's common sense to get all starter passives.
Basic Magic Defense Training
Permanently increase your Magical Defense Power.
Get it. It's common sense to get all starter passives~ Lalala.
Basic Strength Training
Permanently increase your Physical Offense Power.
Get it. I know you'll be like 'You said we're focusing on magic attack! Why must I add a physical attack passive?' Well,This passive will make your kicks stronger too~! So you can kick ass in both range and melee combat!
Basic Magic Training
Permanently increase your Magical Offense Power.
I'll skin you alive if you don't get this Passive. I've already said lots of times that we're focusing on magic attack. So, Get this passive! It'll make your arrows hurt a little bit more~
Siege Swift/Siege Mode Mastery
Decreases the activation time and Mana cost while increasing the damage of Siege.
Oh my god. I'll skin you alive once more if you don't get this! This slows down Siege Mode's activation time and INCREASES its damage! Max it all the way to level 3!

Rena - Sniping Ranger
The Sniping Ranger's specialty is the long bow. Her aim, even from a great distance always rings true. Her super human speed and a little magic thrown in for good measure gives her the ability to fill the sky with arrows, skewering anything caught in the flurry. While great in a party, she can handle most situations all by herself.

First Class Advancement

- Defeat Willam Phoru (Boss) 2 times at 2-4 on any difficulty.
- Collect 10 drops from the Bats in Banthus Cave on any difficulty.
- Collect 10 drops from the Mickys in 2-3 on any difficulty.
- Speak to Hoffman , the mayor of Elder.
- Eliminate 15 Wisps in 2-1 on any difficulty.
- Wisps that enter Mini Ents also count towards this quest.

- Talk to Lenphad in Elder.
- Collect 2 drops from the Crossbow Soldiers in 2-5 on any difficulty.
- Eliminate 6 Poison Mushus at 2-1 on Normal or above (☆).
- Clear 2-5 on Very Hard (☆☆☆) with at least a B rank.
- Clear 2-4 on Very Hard (☆☆☆) with at least a B rank.
*In NA Elsword, clearing 2-4 and 2-5 on Normal or Hard with a B rank or above will also clear the quest requirements.*

Reflect Kick
Rena performs a stationary somersault. Kicks and lifts, straight up, nearby mobs. The kicking motion can reflect magical projectile attack.
Awesome skill for reflecting those powerful mega electronball from eve or any other projectiles. I didn't get it though. It's up to you~ But I suggest saving up the skill points for something else. *The skill note reduces cooldown by 1 second*
Sets up a trap on ground. Traps monster once stood on. This skill does no damage.
This is a locked skill. It is only useful for PvP. It doesn't do any damage at all . So its ONLY for PvP! You can get it if you want. I skipped it. *The skill note reduces cast time by half, cooldown reduced by 2 seconds, and MP consumption reduced by 20*

Special Actives
Humming Wind(100MP)
Shoot a concentrated magic sphere force into the ground releasing a powerful wind explosion that blows away any enemies within it's radius.
Your first 100MP skill as a sniping ranger. The damage isn't something amazing. Rail Stinger is still better than this skill. Plus, party members would slap your face because this skill scatter the monsters around. So it can be annoying when you are playing in a party and your party members are trying to keep the monsters in one place. If you want this skill, I suggest getting the skill note for it. *The skill note increases range and attack power by 20%*
Guide Arrow(200MP)
Shoots three magical arrows that will chase enemies for of seven seconds or until they hit their target. In Awakening Mode, the arrows will penetrate through enemies once but the damage is reduced.
Get this if you're going to PvP. So you can be a troll and annoy people.This skill is like high mage's magic missile. The arrows stalk your enemies and hit them hard. But it doesn't have much use in dungeon though..I've never used it in dungeons. So its up to you~ *The skill note increases the number of arrows fired by 1 and arrows move 30% faster*
Wind Ward(LOCKED/200MP)
Rena casts a wind vortex in front of her that sucks in nearby enemies, trapping them in its center until it dissipates. *Can be use in midair*
I love this skill! Its really useful in PvP too for catching runners. In dungeons, You can gather monsters with it. Though, The suction is not as powerful as Eve's black hole. Get it! You have you buy the skill from the cash shop or do the mission though, since this is a locked skill.
Crazy Shot(300MP)
Charge and shoot a concentrated magic spark that will detonate itself dealing magic damage continuously within a large radius and knocks enemies down.
Disco ball pew pew! This is an awesome skill for small bosses and PvP. Doesn't have much use on bigger bosses though. Get it only AFTER you've gotten the next skill, Gungnir.
Rena fires a powerful shot into the air which casts eight large spears of doom to rain down on the field around her.
Please delete your Rena if you skipped this skill. No, I'm not kidding. I'll climb in your window and slap you in the face too. THIS IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST SKILL IN THE ENTIRE GAME. It will be your main boss killer when you've advanced to sniping ranger! THE DAMAGE IS INSANE. GET THIS SKILL ASAP. I CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH. Even if you have to do a quest which trolls you on the drop rate, DO IT. THIS SKILL IS WHAT MAKES SNIPING RANGER/GRAND ARCHERS SHINE.

iChelly 02-13-2012 12:27 AM

Magic Adrenaline
Greatly increase your Magical Attack power for a short period of time.
Get this buff if you want your Gungnir to be even more hax than it already is >_>
Power Adrenaline
Greatly increase your Physical Attack power for a short period of time.
Skip it. You don't need a physical attack buff with all that hax magical attack based skills.

Intermediate Magic Training
Increase your character's Magical Attack power.
GET IT! Your arrows are already epic by now.. Why not make it even more epic? =D
Intermediate Strength Training
Increase your character's Physical Attack power.
Skip it. I don't need to say why, Because It obviously increases your physical attack power. You only need the Intermediate Magic Training. Plus, Skill Points are really tight when you've advanced to sniping ranger.

Gentle Arrow
Decreases the chance of knock-down by general arrow attacks.
I will slap you twice if you don't get this passive. This will make people CRY SO BAD in PvP. You can use the XX , XX , XX and repeat combo and they won't knock down that easily! Which means you can attack them more! GET IT!
Enhanced Bowstring/Arrow Mastery
Alters the damage of normal arrow attacks and the number of hits.
Alot of people think that getting it to level 3 is enough. Because at level 4, The damage of your normal arrows decreases instead of increasing and the MP gain is decreased too. BUT, The arrows PIERCES through one enemy after level 4. Please max this passive. Even though you may get back less MP per arrow, remember that you'll be getting MP for each hit. Get the enemy bunched up for best results. Plus, It's so useful in Team PvP! Imagine you have two enemies running towards you, Your arrows will pierce through the first one and hit the second one too! Its a win win situation!
Increases the distance that arrows travel.
A really great passive! It increases the range of your arrows! Get it.

iChelly 02-13-2012 12:27 AM

Rena - Grand Archer
Taking her archery to a higher level, Rena has the ability to use grand arrows, which greatly refines her powers using the bow. Through this method, she can achieve higher accuracy and power, such as the integration of elements in her arrows. Sniping Rangers who came up to a certain level as a sniper begin to train and increase their ability to have a broader movement. When they set a target, they weaken the target, make them unable to move, and then fire a deadly strike. These sniping rangers have also found a way to draw in more mana due to a friendlier relationship with the nature. These specialists, who are capable of crippling their opponents, are called the Grand Archers.

Second Job Advancement (A.K.A 3rd Job)
At Lv35, Sniping Ranger can advance into Grand Archer. The second class advancement quest is obtained from Ariel, the event NPC located in every town.
- Speak with Allegro in Feita.
- Collect 5 drops from the Gullito Necromancers in the Feita dungeons.
(3x-3 Very Hard ☆☆☆, longest path is recommended)
- Collect 20 drops from the Mana Eaters in 3x-3 on Very Hard mode. (☆☆☆)
- Defeat Amethyst (Boss) 5 times in 3x-3 on any difficulty.
- Speak with Noel in Velder
- Collect 20 drops from the Dark Elves (including Chloe) in the Velder dungeons, Chloe's (Boss) summons no longer work.
Note: 5-1 Very Hard ☆☆☆ is recommended. The drop rates for this are completely random. Heck, I ran hope bridge 5 times last time and didn't get a single drop. So, Goodluck.

Stigma Snipe
Step backwards and fire an arrow forward. The enemy it hits will have decreased speed, will recieve additional damage from any hits, and will take higher damage from criticals.
A great skill to debuff your oponents. Get it if you want to do some extra damage with your specials. Though, I would only recommend this skill if you have a B slot. You won't have space for this skill with all the other epic skills out there.

Special Actives
Freezing Arrow(100MP)
Shoot an arrow that moves straight forward at high speeds, freezing the enemy on contact.
Get it! This is an upgraded version of Rail Stinger! Rail Stinger is already THAT epic, This is even better! Although Rail Stinger with the skill note has higher damage than this skill.. BUT, In awakening mode, Freezing Arrow beats Rail Stinger even with the note.

Aero Strafe(200MP)
Jump backwards high into the air and then shoot arrow down at a 45 degree angle which explodes upon impact with the ground or an enemy.
I don't know much about this skill. I can't help you here. But I won't be getting it because I don't have a B slot >_>. Yes, you need a B slot for this skill too. Since you'll have Freezing Arrow, Wind Ward, Gungnir, Crazy Shot,Rail Stinger... Buffs and lots of other things @_@

Inducing Nature
Increases the speed at which Rena gains MP while standing still.
YOU BETTER GET THIS PASSIVE. At level 3, It makes Rena's MP regain THE SIMILAR TO AISHA'S. THAT IS HELLA FAST. You can just slack in a safe corner in PvP and charge up your MP when you have the speed of aisha's MP charging.
Vibration Shot(LOCKED)
Rena's arrows are able to cause wind vibrations, inflicting damage to nearby enemies, maximum 3 targets .
This passive makes up for the damage loss when you add Ehanced Bowstring to level 4/5. I heard the wind vibrations triggers very often too. But it's a locked skill though. Yay more quest. Up to you whether to get it or not.

End of Skill Guide

Thank you to everyone who read this guide! Please leave a comment and tell me what you think about the guide~ I'll add in some details in the future if theres something I wanna fix. Once again, I'm Chelly.

iChelly 02-13-2012 12:48 AM

Accepting comments now~ :D

Kenzor 02-14-2012 03:24 AM

Not really trying sound like an ass but, this is basically what your guide looks like:

VERY VAGUE skill description.

and basically, that's it.

and really, anything you've posted on this guide can be found, in a better form here:


Kudaranai 02-14-2012 11:44 AM

I still think it's better than nothing though. I'm sure it can help some people, especially newer players who might wonder if they should get x or y skill. But to those that have been playing Elsword for a while probably won't find this useful. Plus, the OP didn't claim this as in-depth guide anyway. Are there rooms for improvement? Sure. But it's not like this is a waste of space or anything.

We all gotta start somewhere!

Shunjou 02-14-2012 06:07 PM

I'd have to say that this is a nice visual guide for beginners.

My opinions on certain skills:

Phoenix strike- a VERY good map clearer (especially for those speed runs), and it curves throughout the whole map. (Yes, it curves along edges) I personally got this over Aero Tornado, in which I just use the XX loop/Gungnir/other skills for damage.

Entangle- As you have mentioned, this is 95% PvP oriented. However, it is useful in Altera's secret dungeon against the Type-H boss. By predicting its path, you can place down a trap, freeze him, then proceed to skill chain with your party to deal major damage on him.

Aero Strafe- This is a skill made for pure damage against mobs. However, this skill has tremendous multipliers in PvP, giving Grand Archers a nice skill in their arsenal to make up for lower DPS than other classes whether or not they have decent equipment.

Vibration Shot- In my opinion, one of the best passives. It gives you a lot more DPS with your arrow combos, which you will use constantly in dungeons.

BoredomKillz 02-14-2012 08:06 PM

just to note some things about what you said

Multiple Stinger: you say to get this if you want, but you say to skip assault kick because it sucks (which i agree lol). however, assault kick is a prerequisite to multiple stinger so its kinda hard to skip it if you want this

Aero Tornado: while it is good for earlier levels, i personally think its better to skip it and save the 5 points for other skills. why? well you already said siege is a great boss skill (which it really is) and later on you say gungnir is far better. so ya i really see it as a waste of points if you have better alternatives, also lack of a B slot means itll just sit there forever cause theres something better to take the slot

Aero Strafe: i think this is a good alternative skill to have on a skill slot in place of wind wall. tbh i dont find wind wall all that useful unless in select situations. having another damage dealing skill to spam is always good

Vibration Shot: as Shunjou said, its a really good passive. any GA should get this skill without hesitation /o/

also note that i dont play my GA and enjoy my WS far more 8D;;;

oh and one more thing. i might suggest reorganizing this a bit different. you have it as buffs, passives, actives, and special actives. while this isnt really bad i just think that it can become fairly confusing since you need different amounts of SP invested to get the skills. might be easier for beginners if it was organized by rows instead (all the skills that require 5 SP invest to learn in one group then all the skills that need 10 SP invest to learn and so on). just a suggestion

iChelly 02-15-2012 03:26 AM


Originally Posted by Kenzor (Post 1678967)
Not really trying sound like an ass but, this is basically what your guide looks like:

VERY VAGUE skill description.

and basically, that's it.

and really, anything you've posted on this guide can be found, in a better form here:


I'm sorry ; u ;
It's my first time posting a guide. Heck, its my first post about elsword LOL.
And I did say that I would only be explaining skills and not other stuff.. so its not really in-depth.. Thanks for the comment though.

@To the rest that commented - Thank you, I'll take note of some stuff and add in some of your suggestions if you allow me to ^-^"

StarfruitStorm 02-26-2012 05:01 PM

A rather nice guide. Not the best, but good.
*remembers about Void Princess guide I barely started*

excelsior 07-06-2012 04:37 AM

heyyyyy chheelllllyyyyy.....!!!!

Originally Posted by iChelly (Post 1678554)
Accepting comments now~ :D

whattt chellly u make a GA guide???!!! why dont u tell mee??!!:py16:

anyway this is Crys, still remember me?:py15:

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