Aqua-chan wrote:Any archer that splits between Ranger and Bard is going to be struggling with stamina as it stands. Between your firing modes and sustained summons, it's a wonder there's any stamina left for activated powers at all.
I haven`t had the chance to try my ranger in solo, but i can say a few things about the stamina management:
First of all, get a bow with rapid aim, that way, you can ignore rapid shot and only use suppressing fire and the pet as sustained abilities for a 'measly' 110 stamina
I have no idea how much stamina or willpower i had, but apparently i always had enough stamina to make a full rotation of all my abilities(except arrow of slaying, since i wasn`t using it much because i didn`t like the cost+penalty it gave, + it took too long to actually shoot it, and by the time i was done shooting it, sten or the dwarf would already finish the guy i was gunning for)
On a side note, i used arrow of slaying for the achievement, and i was pretty much dealing 300+ damage almost all the time (and my arrows would hit their targets too, however on the alpha darkspawns i was barely hitting 200, no idea why, because with normal attacks my damage wasn`t reduced THAT much). Keep in mind that while 500 damage may not be much, i was doing that damage on rapid shot mode, which reduces your damage in favor of speed, if i would have used the aim mode, i`m pretty sure i would`ve hit a lot higher(i didn`t have a rapid aim bow at that time).
About the pets, i`m pretty satisfied with the spider, i have all 4 talents from the ranger specialization, and the spider`s web is quite powerful (it lasts quite a lot), its damage is decent, and i usually have a tank to take the damage, so i don`t know how tough it is, although from what i`ve noticed out of the few times it was getting hit, the guys who were bashing on the spider were barely scratching him, so i`m guessing he`d be a viable tank vs packs of normal monsters (monsters with white names and even some with yellow).
Then again, i`m playing the game on normal difficulty, so maybe that`s why i`m getting different results here...
And about the second specialization, i just took bard for the willpower bonus, as the archer can always use more stamina(note that i didn`t take any bard talents because i knew i couldn`t support them. Anyways, i have 25 base willpower +4 from gear and spec, so 29 in total and as i said earlier, i`m not having stamina problems at all (maybe it`s because of the set bonus which reduces the stamina cost of abilities)
I think i missed something in this post, but i`ll edit it if i remember what else i wanted to say =))