This guide is for returning/new players or players having trouble doing Solo Challenge Mode farming or Hunting Grounds farming using an Archer Build with very little investment. Using this build will allow you to earn silver with very little gear and attribute investment until you earn enough silver to gear more efficient builds that require higher investments to be viable.
With the upcoming Wings of Vaivora Daily Attendance Event this makes it easier for Returning/New players with the Newbie and Returning Savior Attendance Rewards, on the 12th Day of attendance at April 12th, you will receive a Savior Support box containing a Masinios Weapon Box. This box will allow you choose the most important piece of making this low investment build, the driving piece in fact.
Weapon of choice
Now the driving factor, the Masinios Crossbow, with properties of DEX 57, Lightning Property Attack 297, Quarrel Shooter Skills +2, Additional non-property attack of 3,000.
The Archer build is built around this weapon. What additional non-property attack of 3,00 means is majority of the skills in this build will allow you to proc an extra 3,000 damage ignoring defense, paired with Wugushi, a 3,000 EXTRA damage per poison tick will be applied. With Quarrel Shooter Skills +2, you gain +2 to every skill that you have acquired in the tree and you will gain an additional additional 50% block rate to the skill Block and Shoot making the Skill level 7 with a total of 150% increased block rate without attributes. With max attributes and Skill Gem Red Meduja, the total amount of increased block rate amounts to 235%. But, of course is unnecessary for our current venture. Now, why is block so important? It gives us the ability to survive during solo farming and hunting grounds to net the max Silver and drops with low gear investment giving us 50% extra damage after blocking for 5 seconds and 50% Physical Damage Reduction when blocking. The 50% extra damage increase helps Wugushi dot poison even if it has already been cast.
Skills and Class
The Archer build will contain Wugushi>Quarrel Shooter>Falconer along with this build.
About Core Skills
The Core of this build are Wugushi Jincan Gu, Quarrel Shooters Scatter Caltrops as well as Block and Shoot, and Falconers Aiming which ties all damage done into one. Only downfall of this build is you don’t have many skills that affect flying monsters. But of course we won’t be farming where there’s many flying monsters. Wugushi Jincan Gu paired with Falconer Aiming has almost unparalleled AOE, and damage is dependent on the amount amount of monsters affected with Jincan debuff, more monsters more damage plus extra 3,000 per bug explosion, and more LAG. More on lag later.
Where to farm
Spell Tome Town
Upon reaching level 350 and discovering Spell Tome Town or porting there it’s time to start the easy low investment in gear and weapon farming. This map is the best and only place you should Solo Challenge Mode farm with this build.
370 Hunting Grounds located in Mochia Forest is another perfect place to farm. Even under geared you are able to comfortably defeat and survive here with block reduction damage.
Tips and Strategies
Spell Tome tips
Bring 2x armor pieces, you will get hit a lot.This map is glitched and upon casting Quarrel Shooters Scatter Caltrops, the duration of the skill stays on the map doing CONTINUOUS DAMAGE, paired with Falcons Aiming everyone gets a piece. It is very important that you always stay in this
before monsters re-spawn to prevent them from spawning in the area above which will make it harder. In this area always face to the right of the screen while using Falconer Attack skills, facing left will cause the skill not to attack at all and cause roost to bug the Falcon. If you are taking too much damage, use Pavise Skill to knock the enemies backwards.
Timing the skills of Jincan gu, and Caltrops with aiming is very important in the higher stages. Caltrops annihilates all the spawning ground monsters but is ineffective against the flying monsters that spawn so try to pair it with Jincan gu. If Jincan Gu is unavailable, but Caltrops is damaging monsters, time the use of skills of Falconer and Wugushi’s Wide Miasma when the ground monsters are about to die. Doing so will damage the flying mimics, but if unattended will cause delay’s.
Challenge mode 6+
Once you have higher defense equipment, you can try for Challenge Mode Stage 6 solo. This is where the lag comes into play. Upon starting the challenge, cast Aiming, then Jincan gu, and the scatter caltrops. The upcoming lag will prevent the monsters from attacking you and damaging your character too much. Jump to the moving platform on top to avoid enemy damage. When you see the monsters about to die, jump down at stay within original positions. Not doing so will cause the monsters to spawn in many different positions. Rinse and repeat while timing your core skills.
With a Masinios Xbow non trans, I was able to solo during Challenge Mode stage 7, with the bar 3/4 full with 3 minutes remaining. While very hard to do so, it is achievable to solo Challenge Mode Stage 7 with this build and map. The reason to try for higher stages is to maximize the amount of silver attainable if you are unable to purchase Challenge-mode Vouchers.
Always bring a gem with you and enhance your gems with loot after completing stage 4 or 5, you might become too heavy and unable to jump to safety when trying for higher stages.
Here in Baubas Cave is another good place to farm for silver, materials and equipment drops. Majority of the monsters here are all ground type and all your skills will affect them. Before farming here, deposit all your silver, blessed shards, and gems. Word of advice here is to keybind Warpstone as an escape before dying. DYING here will cause you many penalties, such losing all your hard earned silver and blessed shards.
Save Plate Primus gears you earn from doing challenges to gear your character for End Game content. Leather armor does not help our build as we have many skills that do not crit. Stats to go for are Con and Str and Block.
Videos in Action
Level 350 Gear
In the video i am going to provide I am using a level 350 crossbow with no enhancements, later in the stages of 3 and so forth, my damage has begun to fall off since i am not using a Masinios Xbow, which procs additional 3k damage per Jincan bug explosion. In stage 5 I decide to show my Velcoffer with Masinios xbow ichor to show how it should go with a Masinios weapon. The main skills to use are Block and Shoot for buff, Aiming>Jincan Gu>Scatter Caltrops. Scatter Caltrops will last for 20 Seconds. With a Masinios Crossbow weapon, the Challenge can be completed in 15 minutes or less.
Velcoffer Crossbow Masinios Ichor
Challenge Mode Stage 7
Baubas Cave 350 gear
Strength and Weakness
High Survivability in Solo Play.
Low Investment farming build
End Game Capable with decent Primus Armor and Masinios Xbow
AoE is unparalleled, good for Uphill defense and Earth Tower
Overall fun build to use if you like seeing damage numbers
Subpar damage compared to other builds
Wugushi Poison does not crit
Quarrel Shooter is very underwhelming in terms damage output, QS needs a Buff please!
More efficient farming builds are out there
This guide is meant for low investment high profit, and is used to earn silver to gear more efficient builds. As well as making Quarrel Shooter a more popular choice, so the DEVS can work on buffing this class with more Damage skills.
If you have any questions, you can message me in NA: Klaipeda server Team Name: Locy