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#1 Jan 05 2004 at 1:49 AM Rating: Decent
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First of all this is not just another "what is better" question of ignorance. I only want an expierienced ranger's opinion, not another guess.

Im lvling up as a thief.. planning on being a ranger right when I hit 30. Im using a lot of range ( thief's only range is archery ) but I wanna be a marksman ranger. I plan on lvling archery till 30 then when I hit 30 as a ranger I wanna lvl up marks. Is lvling both skills, archery and marks, worth the trouble? Should I just keep on with archery or kick the thief when I get some cash skills and be a warrior for some crossbow action?
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#2 Jan 05 2004 at 10:31 AM Rating: Decent
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i'm not high lvl by any means but I would imagine that getting both up would be expensive as ****, arrows themselves I never really maxxed even using the bow for every pull as I was leveling up as a warrior, but would probably be much easier as a ranger but the cost of ammunition would be high, but it's best to be done as a ranger due to the fact that any other class would just miss alot more anyhow.
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#3 Jan 06 2004 at 10:47 AM Rating: Decent
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Make stone arrows they are cheap to make and need no real crafting skills.
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#4 Jan 12 2004 at 9:43 PM Rating: Default
If your leveling marksman for xbow, please stop this is the worst damage dealer. True delay is low, but Bows and Guns are much better.
#5 Jan 21 2004 at 2:06 AM Rating: Default
I believe that lvling ur xbow will help for gun
#6 Jan 21 2004 at 7:20 AM Rating: Default
Im doin the same thing as the original poster, and I just bought a self bow and i just keep buying bone arrows at 3 gil a peice. Even with little skill I can just shoot flyers and easily hit them for skill ups.

As for marksmanship goes yes you can use a xbow for that skill later on, but i dont know if its worth it at lower levels much less an xbow even available for use at certain levels. I will check it out.
#7 Jan 21 2004 at 12:14 PM Rating: Decent
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By no means am I an "experienced" Ranger, but here's some thoughts:

Keep in mind that Marksmanship is horribly expensive. You may think that the Crossbow Bolts are affordable now, but you won't be saying the same when you're paying 100g per shot for Bullets and other ammo. It's simply a matter of how much gil you're willing to spend. I've tried to level Marksmanship, but it's such a gil-hog, and I stopped at 20 or so. My Archery is now over 100. =(

I'm an Elvaan Ranger and try to keep a diverse supply of arrows when I'm fighting. At L34, I'll carry large quantities of Iron Arrows, but I'll also keep Bone and Old Arrows with me. While engaged in a fight (currently fighting Bats in Garlaige with no real AoE), I'll use the cheapest arrows when I'm firing away, but I'll switch to Iron before I use Barrage or a WS. I'm sure I'll be the same way when I start crafting Silver Arrows or buying elemental arrows. I can't use this same technique with Marksmanship, as Bullets don't like being fired from Crossbows, and somehow Bolts just won't fit into Guns.
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#8 Jan 21 2004 at 1:53 PM Rating: Decent
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as Bullets don't like being fired from Crossbows, and somehow Bolts just won't fit into Guns.

#9 Jan 21 2004 at 4:39 PM Rating: Decent
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As far as Marksmanship goes, let's assume that <LV50, we're talking about crossbows only. Prior to Silver Bullets, guns are simply a money pit; damage to cost ratio is not remotely worthwhile.

Crossbows are generally faster than bows, but one major drawback is that you'll be using the lowbie ammo (Crossbow Bolt/Bronze Bolt, 10DMG/192 delay) probably until you get into the 40s. (Mythril Bolt, the first bolt you can put in cases, has LV40 req'ment.) There's also not very much selection in crossbows.

Since you're leveling Archery now, I'd recommend buying a crossbow when you switch, and using that until LV10 or so, then switch back to bows. Every 5 levels or so, grab a crossbow and go skill up until you hit the cap.
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#10 Jan 23 2004 at 11:30 AM Rating: Decent
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I find it very easy to carry a crossbow + bolts and a bow + quivers. When I ding levels, I switch to the crossbow and use it exclusively until that skill is capped. I then switch back to the bow. I've actually found damage to be quite good with the crossbow, especially considering its speed and the weapon skills are exactly the same except for the name.

This has worked well up to now although I've only levelled my ranger to 18 so far. If you keep it up, your skill will cap after only a few mobs. If you let it lag, it's a real pain to get it back up again as you will be missing the mobs a lot and not contributing to the party. I have no idea if I will be using guns when at higher level but at least I will be ready for it.

When fighting mobs for XP, I always use only the best equipment available for my level + food buffs, etc. I guess this isn't necessary. I just get a huge ego boost when I'm hitting for dramatic damage and always feel that the party deserves the best I can do. I use cheaper material only when gil farming or when carrying a bow for my warrior or thief to use for pulling.

Related to this, I am also levelling up my thief at the same time. This way, my dagger skill is always maxed for the ranger (not that this is too important). Also, thief is a gas to play!

As far as prelevelling your bow or marksmanship, I wouldn't worry about it. Once you take the job, you will have no trouble capping the skills.
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