1. The Class
2. The Pros/Cons
4. Job quests
5. Leveling tips
6. Common/rare items most Snipers use.
8. Questions & Answers.
This guide is the result of many-many-many years of playing RO as an hunter and then as sniper (when i went to un-officials), as such, i’ve spent quite some time making it/correcting it and i keep updating it with the new things i find out/or people tells me (you learn something every day, even after years of playing).
This said, if you want to put my guide on your forum/site or any other kind of public thing, you can feel free to do it, as long as you give me credit for it and send me an e-mail with a link to the site/forum (firstname.lastname@example.org), i won’t call S.W.A.T. if you steal my guide of course… But still… Why would you have to steal other’s doing to get praised for something you never did?
*END OF THE NOTE (Time to get started…)*
1. The Class -
Hunter/sniper is a very eintertaining job to play with if you get used to it, it doesn’t have high hp, but long ranged attacks and traps makes it a dangerous enemy in pvp and pvm.
I’d say hunter has the most survivability over most classes pvm.
Also, when you turn sniper you will get the powerful Falcon Assault and True Sight skills, with them you can oneshot most classes (even trans if not well-equipped).
Job Bonus Status Points At JLV 50(Hunter):
Job Bonus Status Points At JLV 70(Sniper):
2. The Pros/Cons -
They have great survivability if played well, can kill MVPs even at early levels (I was killing Atroce as level 70-80 hunter).
Ankle Snare is your best friend for pvm and pvp (versus melee), it can stop MVPs and mini-bosses (for half time but still works..), after ankle snare comes Shockwave Trap, your best friend for pvp against magic users, 2-3 of those and you can kill any monk/priest/crusader.
LOTS, and i repeat.. LOTS of possible builds and variety, we could say snipers has got a build for every situation…
Very poor hp, a level 90 sniper with 1 vit only gets about 5k hp, cannot do much other than trapping the emperium room in woe due to long range redux, it tends to die easily in pvp if you use any build different than FA (with bow you can’t use shields..).
For a list of Hunter/Sniper skills, visit http://ratemyserver.net/skill_sim.php?jid=4012
4. Job Quests
For information about Archer/Hunter job quests, visit http://ratemyserver.net/quest_db.php?type=60000
5. Leveling Tips -
First 10 levels as novice aren’t hard, just stick to novice grounds untill you are job lvl 10, use your novice potions and you’ll be just fine.
You can now turn archer, do the quest and get ready to go to payon dungeon!
Inside payon dungeon, kill the skeletons and zombies with silver arrows, when you get level 10 double strafing, you can start off killing Poporings and other stuff.
Focus on maxing dex for now and keep leveling in payon dungeon or you can get fire arrows and try Floras in Prontera Field, untill you are about lvl 40, now get your fire arrows (you can buy them at sunken ship dungeon) and go to either Einbroch or louyang (i prefer Einbroch since less ppl go there and Geograpers can’t move, also, there are no mantis around, but if you get bored you can move from a place to the other one.)
Go 1 map north of einbroch or 1 map south of louyang.
Kill everything in sight untill you are high enough to become hunter, do the quest and go back to geographers! xD
Yeah, this will be boring, but worth it…
(TIP: If in your server there is a warp to ice dungeon, you can go there and kill muscipulars, they’r better than geos since they die faster and give just a little less exp, but bring flywings for gryphons and galliones!)
Once you turn hunter, you stick to geographers/muscipulars a little more, untill you get ankle snare, once you get that skill, you can go everywhere you want without help! :)
You can go nifflheim, Glast Heim prison, Clock Tower, Sphinx level 4, Abbey, Rachel dungeon.. everywhere you like and you get good exp.
I exped at Geos till level 97 (yeah 97..) and i’ve found out that they are best exp, since you can kill them in almost no time, and they give good exp (about 0.04% per kill).
*NECESSARY NOTE: When i exped to geos till level 97 the geos map was BUGGED, geos kept spawning in the bottom right corner, since the bug is now fixed you might want to go for Anubises.*
*UPDATE*: For higher level monsters you might want to go to Anubises untill they give you decent exp and you have maxed your job level, then you can go to Odin temple and/or Thanatos higher floors (Traps are a must).
Then i went to Thor dungeon with party.
(With a priest and both of you using Pasana + Fire elemental resist potion it shouldn’t be a problem, if you have assumptio the potion is not required.)
*UPDATE*: Best gear for Thor Dungeon- (You can solo in there with this gear at an high enough level).
Ulle’s Cap – Nightmare Card
Panties – Pasana Card
Undershirt – Jakk Card
Burning Bow – No Card
Broochx2 – Kukre Card
Binoculars/Sunglasses – Nightmare card
Fricco’s Shoes/Boots – Iron Fist Card
Once you reborn, repeat all the process..
MISC. TIPS -
When you get ankle snare, always try to fight slow monsters, so you have time to trap, and if they are fast, make a column/line of traps, so as soon as 1 disappear, they get trapped again, rinse and repeat..
(I kill most quick minibosses this way, just recently killed thanatos minions alone with this trick.)
Arrow Shower trapping -
When you place a trap, if you arrow shower on it, it will move!
This can turn quite usefull in pvp if you learn how to do it well (I AM DA TRAP MASTA!).
*NECESSARY NOTE: In WoE you can not knockback other players nor be knockbacked, this applies to traps too, so you can not move traps in WoE*
You are fighting a priest, he pneuma, what do you do now? “Eww! i’m screwed!”
You simply put a shockwave or a land mine between you and him, arrow shower between you and the trap, and the trap will go toward the priest hitting him!
I killed countless pneuma users this way.
Mine Stacking – “OMG?”
This is an application of the Arrow Shower Trapping trick, it is mostly used with land mines.
Because of the formulas/Modifiers, Land Mines results in the strongest damaging-traps of your skill set.
Let’s get to the interesting part…
Moving a trap is simple, but, what if you move a trap, place another trap where the other was, and arrow shower it ON TOP of the other one?? “W00tz! They stack!”
Exactly, this way, you can oneshot everything and i mean EVERYTHING! Even Game Masters (If they have legit equips of course..).
After stacking enough mines (Max is about 20-25 be4 they start to turn back to traps), you can move them all at once, that means you can move about 20 traps under some1 and… “BOOM!”
*NOTE: Counting that every Land Mine does roughly 2k dmg (with the right build/equip), 2k*20 = 40k dmg!!!
*SECONDARY STACKING TRICKS*
If you are facing some melee character in pvp (Whitesmiths or berserk lord knights are a good example.), and they have little to none vit but they have high agi (After some testing it looks like agi REDUCES ankle snare trapping time, need confirmation on this one.)
You can do the following trick:
Ankle snare the opponent (let’s make it a whitesmith), the whitesmith won’t be able to hit you if you’r not in range, but he will soon get out of the trap, if he has very little vit, you can do this: Ankle snare -> SANDMAN TRAP him to make him sleep (The chance and duration of sleep is reduced by vit/luk), then pile up in this order: -> 5-6 land mines and 1 Sandman trap.
This way the opponent will get the big damage from land mines (taking our previous example: 2k*5 = 10k dmg) and if he’s still alive he will be put directly back to sleep!!
6. Common/rare items most snipers use -
It greatly depends on your build, so i’ll put everything in the builds section.
7. Builds – *UPDATED*
As i said be4, sniper has a lot of possible builds and applications of each build, but here are the main ones with theyr stats at level 99:
This build can easily reach 190 aspd with the right equip, you choose whether to go for agi or dex equip, but i’d go dex geared over agi for more dmg.
Head – Apple of Archer (^.^) or if you want agi, ulle’s hat with nightmare card in it/Sunglasses with nightmare card for agi, sunglasses with elder willow for dex (the card gives int).
Body – Panties for agi, tight/odin’s blessing with marc/pasana/swordfish/peco card
Rudra Bow if you have the will/money to get it, Else a gakkung bow with anything in it is just fine. Composite bow with 2 hydra and 2 skeleton worker cards for pvp (NOT 3 hydra/1 skel worker).
Undershirt for agi, Falcon muffler/slotted garment or anything for dex.
Fricco Shoes (aka Freya’s Shoes) for agi, anything for dex.
Accessories – Brooches with kukre cards for agi or Vesper Cores, gloves with zerom cards for dex.
Falconer Build -
Quite powerful indeed, do not understimate it’s power, it has low aspd but falcon does huge damage and attacks quite often.
It’s downside is, due to low vit/agi, it doesn’t dodge at all and have very poor hp (at lvl 99 6100 hp), so you most likely will use traps a lot, or have a priest to support you, still, this kind of sniper can be deadly vs mobs, another downside is it won’t damage ghost at all…
Head – Apple of Archer or ulle’s hat with Elder willow card/Binoculars/Sunglasses with elder willow.
Body – Tight/odin’s blessing with rocker/marc/pasana/peco card
Weapon – Rudra Bow if you have the will/money to get it, Else a gakkung bow with anything in it is just fine, you won’t use bow much anyways.
Garment – Anything is good. (Something for hp boost is good)
Shoes – Just anything. (Something for hp boost is good)
Accessories – Gloves with zerom cards or Earrings.
This is the classic “DS Spammer”, this build takes full advantage of double strafe, it has good hp and good aspd, but doesn’t exceed in neither of the 2.
Can deal a lot of damage in a short span of time. Good for MVPing and pvp.
Same gear as AGI/DEX build focused on dex.
Falcon Assault – (aka FA Build)
This is the build most used in pvp, It focuses on using the FA skill to one-twoshot the enemy, it is the strongest skill you will get as sniper, the build has very good hp and damage output, but lacks in flee/aspd and tactics.
Due to low aspd, the only thing you will be doing with this build is FA, and that is all. (aka “noob FA spammers” how many times have you heard these words?)
Head – Beret/Feather Beret/Binoculars/slotted sunglasses wih some good card (kiel? xD)
Body – Goibne’s Armor/Sniping Suit/Peco odin’s blessing, marc/ed/pasana/swordfish.
Weapon – Main Gauche with 4 fabre cards/bazerald and guard[1/valky shield] with Thara Frog/Horn Card.
Garment – Muffler with raydric/noxious card/deviling(if u have that much luck..)/survivor’s manteau(or if you want the best a wool scarf with the above cards).
Shoes – Vidars/matyr/green ferus boots/ or for the top: Tidal shoes with General Egnigem Cenia Card (MVP)
Accessories – Expert Rings/2 gloves or 2 rosary with alligator cards/zerom cards.
SharpShooting Sniper – (aka SS)
A very interesting build not many snipers use, it is good for mobbing, that mean you’ll have a priest gather 20-30 mobs in nifflheim and kill them all in few shots, the problem is it uses bow, so it’s not very effective in pvp (no shield..).
Anyways, you shouldn’t understimate this build, it ignores def since it uses crits, is almost spammable and has aoe. (usually hits for 3-4k dmg in pvp, i once killed 4 ppl at once with it…).
Head – Apple of Archer/Beret/Binoculars
Body – Goibne’s Armor/Peco armor, marc/ed/pasana.
Weapon – Gakkung or pvp bow with multiple race/element cards (example: +dmg on medium/big monsters and + dmg to fire and demi-human monsters). (Composite bow)
Garment – Muffler with raydric/noxious card.
Shoes – Vidars/boots with matyr/green ferus.
Accessories – Gloves with Zerom cards.
Ramzah’s Build -
DEX ranging from 60 to 80 (Depends on the current level, goal is to have at least 250-270 hit)
Just a variant of the hybrid build, this is the build i like the most, with this build you should teorically have 190 aspd and use your falcon enough often to deal some good damage with it (even tho not as much as a pure falconer). With this one build you can FA (You should have enogh dex to do so.), you can DS quickly (tho damage won’t be as high as a pure agi dex), you have some “decent” hp, your falcon should attack pretty often.
The only thing to note with this build is, it’s nothing special when you are alone, but if you have a priest buffing you… (Agi, bless, gloria, that’s all you need) You’ll be a real beast!
Head – Ulle’s Hat with nightmare card, If your server has the quest: Slotted sunglasses with nightmare card.
Body – Panties (lol?)
Weapon -Any bow will do, but considering your lack of dex, go for higher dmg bows (gakkung, hunter bow, rudra.), you won’t really need cards, unless you have a shecil or doppel card, if that’s the case, try to enchant slot a hunter bow.
Garment – Undershirt, if you can slot it, put a bapho jr card in it.
Shoes – Fricco Shoes
Accessories – Brooches with kukre cards in them.
As you may have noticed, the biggest problem will be the ulle and the equipment slotting and you might still not like this hybrid build since it requires buffing to get to unleash it’s maximum power.
8. Questions & Answers -
Q. The Guide is well written, but why the hell do you need agi as a Sharp Shooter?
A. Mainly for survival, you might want at least some basic flee to avoid being hit-locked by aggressive monsters.
Q. Also, you don’t crit with SS. Ever seen a skill in RO critting the enemy?
A. Sharp Shooting is one of the few skills that does crit on enemies, i’ve tested it, believe me it does, just like Shadow Strike for Ninjas. (http://ratemyserver.net/index.php?page=skill_db&sk_name=shadow+slash& sk_search=Search)
Q. Isn’t Triple Bloody Boned (3x Hydra, Skel Worker) better than Double Bloody Double Boned?
A. No it isn’t due to the formula used to calculate damage with cards. (Reference: http://forums.roempire.com/showthread.php?t=68867)
Let me clarify this: Triple Bloody Boned Composite Bow gives 184% atk bonus and +5 atk, while Double Bloody Double Boned gives 182% bonus atk and +10 atk.
Knowing this we can assume the damage doesn’t really change much BUT, having lower dex means having less atk, thus that +10 atk from the second bow can be better than the first one and viceversa.
It depends on the build you refer to.
Ramzah’s build doesn’t have really much dex compared to an AGI/DEX build, so it’s better to get a double bloody/double boned compo bow.
Q. Since int works by multiples of 6 for sp regen, u could lower it to 18 which would let u put vit up to 6.
A. That’s just the base stats without the modifier, fact is that at max jlvl an hunter gets +4 int bonus, thus getting a total 24 int. :)
Q. Do u have stats for a sniper who just use trap as the main attack?
A. Just go max INT/DEX and add the leftovers to vit. That’s all you need.
Q. Very great guide, I didnt notice that land mines deal damage very high lol and how about the claymore trap isnt it useful too ?
A. Thanks! ^^, to answer your question…
Claymore Trap: [DEX/2+75] * [1+INT/100] * SkillLV damage
Land Mine: [DEX + 75] * [1 + INT/100] * SkillLV damage <– Definitely Better
Q. Is it true u can kill GMS with the stacking?
A. If they don’t use hax equip, yes. :)
Q. I would like a detailed explanation of how you managed to solo Atroce at such a low level because I would love to attempt it.
A. I wouldn’t reccomend it… It is true you can do it but it’s REALLY BORING anyways here’s how it’s done in short:
1- Find Atroce.
2- Start spamming DS from as far as possible.
3- If Atroce teleports go back to 1- else use a fly wing as soon as it gets close to you (keep in mind it might be closer than you think when spamming DS).
4- Go back to where you found Atroce and go back to 2-
5- Rinse and repeat till it’s dead, a priest with lex eatherna halves the required time.
If you find any mistake/error, or have any tip/suggestion feel free to post and i’ll be happy to add it.
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