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BDO Archer Guide (Black Desert Online 2019)

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BDO Archer
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BDO Archer
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This BDO Archer Guide is a basic introduction to Black Desert Online's newest class. Archer was released 12th December 2018 in Black Desert Online on the NA server.

Archer Highlights:

I have been having allot of fun experimenting with my leaping and bounding master bowman. This heavy hitting, long range fighter wields a small Crossbow and a massive Greatbow as weapons. His greatest strength is his long range. This is a big bonus for players who love this type of snipe from afar class. But don't expect a fancy foot Archer to take a punch well!


HAPPY Archer Creation!!




This BDO Archer Guide is a simple overview to highlight strengths and weaknesses. After reading this guide, you should have a better understanding of the Archer and if you would like to learn more.

First Impressions:
My first impressions playing the Archer have been good. This is the most fun I've had in a long time. His movement is fluid and just beautiful to watch as he jumps from pack to pack and shoots down distant mobs by the multitudes! I love his gap closing abilities. He does have quirks, but they aren't serious enough for me to stop playing him. The hill bug is annoying, especially if you hunt in areas with steps or uneven ground. It forces you to scope the area to determine if there are hills in your battle rotations.


BDO Archer Tier List & Rankings

--------- via Character Creation Stat Map ---------

The Archer in BDO is gender locked as a male only class. Below you will find a list of the ranks visible during Character Creation. For player opinion on the Archer, please visit Archer Discord or the Official BDO Archer forums.

Archer
Archer Class
Archer Tiers
● Control: ★★★☆
● Defense: ★☆☆☆
● Combo: ★★☆☆
● Evasion: ★★☆☆
● Attack: ★★★☆
Archer Class Stat Graph
Character Creation Key: Class Tier Stats Explained:


BDO Archer Weapons

The Archer wields a Crossbow for his main hand weapon and a Greatbow for his Awakening weapon. You will receive a Greatbow right away and have access to a limited number of Awakened skills. Unlike the Ranger, the Archer's Awakened abilities includes many long range skills. The Archer is the only class that makes some Awakened skills available from low level. Similar to the Awakened quest line of other classes, Archers must run through a short series of quests to attain Ascension. Don't worry. It's not bad. The worst part is running to Kamasylvia to complete it.

The Archer Ascension quest line is available at level 56 from the Black Spirit. (It's under the Suggestions quest tab for Black Spirit, starting with the quest "Archer Ascension - Lost Purpose") Completing this quest chain allows Archers to train up previously locked Awakening skills. (Righteous Smite, Watcher, Piercing Light, Ravenous Talon, and Flow: Light's Trail). Ascended Archers will also be able to train Absolute skills for their Crossbow.

BDO Archer Icon Archer Weapon Archer Subweapon Awakening Weapon Default Look Archer Skill Example
Archer
Archer Class Icon
Crossbow
Ra'ghon
Greatbow

Archer Skills

The Archer has a great set of skills that makes him highly mobile and powerful. I will just list a few of the ones that are considered core skills to train up. Most of the Archer skills below are ones you will want to train up ASAP. They have the most punch. I also threw in one of my favorite defensive/gap closing skills. He has a nice set of other defensive/gap closing skills, and I'll add the others later as I have time. The Super Armor ones include Piercing Cry (LMB after certain skills) and Glide (Shift + A/W/D). Zephyr Leap (Shift S) is equally beneficial with a Forward Guard. These 3 movement skills will keep your Archer moving while he waits for cool downs, but they eat up Stamina quickly.


BDO Archer Skill: Arrow Explosion

Arrow Explosion: (Shift + F or Shift after Zephyr Leap)
Arrow Explosion has to be my favorite Archer skill. It makes me feel like I'm tossing a grenade, and within milliseconds almost everything dies. It's a quick cast and instant satisfaction. Too bad it has a cool down of 11 to 17 seconds!

It's a little tricky to get the hang of this skill at first because it only detonates at a set range. Throwing this while a mob is close to you will toss the explosive arrow right past the mob and not damage it.

Archer Skill Highlight:

View Arrow Explosion on bddatabase.net

Note: At this time, Arrow Explosion doesn't work consistently on hills 40+ degrees.



BDO Archer Skill: Bolt of Radiance

Bolt of Radiance: (Shift + RMB)
This Archer skill is another heavy hitting AOE long range attack and a must have!

Archer Skill Highlight:

View Archer Skills on bddatabase.net


BDO Archer Skill: Meteor Dive

Meteor Dive: (SPACE in certain situations or ↓ + SPACE for backward attack)
This Archer skill isn't a heavy hitter, but it works great when you get surrounded in the middle of a pack of mobs. Not to mention, it's just fun tumbling over everyone's head!

Archer Skill Highlight:

View Archer Skills on bddatabase.net


BDO Archer Skill: Radiant Explosion

Radiant Explosion: (Shift + LMB)
This Archer skill does good damage and is versatile, allowing you to use it in both Crossbow and Greatbow stance. Knocks almost everyone to the ground.

Archer Skill Highlight:

View Archer Skills on bddatabase.net


BDO Archer Skill: Luthraghon's Call

Luthraghon's Call: (Shift + RMB, Hold RMB to charge)
Luthraghon's Call is a heavy hitting Archer skill. You can charge the skill to access a sniper shot giving more damage. Cancel the first animation of drawing the bow back by using Glide, etc. before it.

Archer Skill Highlight:

View Archer Skills on bddatabase.net



Player Made Archer Videos and Guides

It's helpful to me to see videos and guides from other players about BDO's Archer. Here are a few of the treasures I've stumbled upon so far. Know of any more?

BDOBloo:
BDOBloo has been busy playing the Archer and has several videos in his Youtube channel, like the one below.

 

General Mors:
General Mors has posted a detailed Archer guide on Google Docs. This guide is loaded with Archer tips and tricks, many of which helped me. I've pestered this poor upstanding General to let me post it here so that my evil plan unfolds! Until he relents, here is a sneak peek at a few of the combos. And a direct link to the guide on Google Docs. He also has a Youtube channel, featuring various Archer combos and cancels. Both are worth checking out!

Winged Strike > Radiant Explosion > Glissade (first two hits only) > Uproot (both hits) > Flow: Light’s Trail

Archer Combo 1
1 2 3 4 5
Winged Strike (Forward)
BDO Archer Skill: Winged Strike
↑ + LMB
Radiant Explosion
BDO Archer Skill: Radiant Explosion
Shift + LMB
Glissade
BDO Archer Skill: Glissade
↑ + RMB
Hold RMB for continuous attacks
Uproot
BDO Archer Skill: Uproot
↓ + F
Hold ↓ + F for consecutive attacks
Flow: Light's Trail
BDO Archer Skill: Flow: Light's Trail
F

Winged Strike > Radiant Explosion > Ravenous Talon (first two hits) > Uproot (both hits) > Flow: Light’s Trail

Archer Combo 1
1 2 3 4 5
Winged Strike (Forward)
BDO Archer Skill: Winged Strike
↑ + LMB
Radiant Explosion
BDO Archer Skill: Radiant Explosion
Shift + LMB
Ravenous Talon
BDO Archer Skill: Ravenous Talon
↑ + E
↑ + E for continuous attacks
Uproot
BDO Archer Skill: Uproot
↓ + F
Hold ↓ + F for consecutive attacks
Flow: Light's Trail
BDO Archer Skill: Flow: Light's Trail
F

Winged Strike > Wrath of Nature (or Bolt of Radiance) > Ascending Spirit > (optional Vine Cutter) > Earth Shatter

Archer Combo 1
1 2 3 4 5
Winged Strike (Forward)
BDO Archer Skill: Winged Strike
↑ + LMB
Wrath of Nature
BDO Archer Skill: Wrath of Nature
Shift + Q
Ascending Spirit
BDO Archer Skill: Ascending Spirit
↓ + F
Vine Cutter
BDO Archer Skill: Vine Cutter
F after Ascending Spirit
Earth Shatter
BDO Archer Skill: Earth Shatter
Shift + E

BDO Archer Combos (Official)

Beginner Archer: level 5+
This is a very easy combo that begins and ends in the Crossbow stance.

Beginner Archer Combo 1
1 2 3 4
Spirit Arrow
BDO Archer Skill: Spirit Arrow
LMB
Spirit Arrow
BDO Archer Skill: Spirit Arrow
LMB
Gaping Darkness
BDO Archer Skill: Gaping Darkness
RMB
Earth Kick
BDO Archer Skill: Earth Kick
F

 

Beginner Archer: level 25+
Another easy combo. This one starts and ends with the Greatbow stance.

Beginner Archer Combo 2
1 2 3 4
Greatbow Training
BDO Archer Skill: Greatbow Training
LMB
Light's Path
BDO Archer Skill: Light's Path
RMB
Radiant Explosion
BDO Archer Skill: Radiant Explosion
Shift + LMB
Full Bloom
BDO Archer Skill: Full Bloom
Shfit + E

 

Skilled Archer: level 40+
This Archer combo can't be attempted until later levels because it requires the Spear of Slyvia skill. It starts with the Crossbow stance and moves fluidly into Greatbow stance.

Skilled Archer Combo 3
1 2 3 4 5 6
Ascending Spirit
BDO Archer Skill: Ascending Spirit
↓ + F
Vine Cutter
BDO Archer Skill: Vine Cutter
F after Ascending Spirit
Radiant Explosion
BDO Archer Skill: Radiant Explosion
Shift + LMB
Winged Strike (Forward)
BDO Archer Skill: Winged Strike
↑ + LMB
Spear of Slyvia
BDO Archer Skill: Spear of Slyvia
Shift + Q
Covering Fire
BDO Archer Skill: Covering Fire
←/→ + F

 

Master Archer: level 30+
This Archer combo is a tricky one that starts and ends with Crossbow stance. Good luck!.

Master Archer Combo 4
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Volant Kick
BDO Archer Skill: Volant Kick
↑ + F
Purging Shot
BDO Archer Skill: Purging Shot
F
Covering Fire
BDO Archer Skill: Covering Fire
←/→ + F
Radiant Explosion
BDO Archer Skill: Radiant Explosion
Shift + LMB
Gaping Darkness
BDO Archer Skill: Gaping Darkness
↑ + RMB
Flow: Shadow Hack
BDO Archer Skill: Flow: Shadow Hack
RMB
Flow: Verdure Clout
BDO Archer Skill: Flow: Verdure Clout
Hold RMB
Wrath of Nature
BDO Archer Skill: Wrath of Nature
Shift + Q

 

Veteran Archer: level 25+
This monster Archer combo doesn't even fit on the page and is best left to the nimble fingered to try. LOL! Don't know if I'll master this one any time soon. :)

Archer Skill Combo: "Veteran Archer Combo 5"
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Radiant Explosion
BDO Archer Skill: Radiant Explosion
Shift + LMB
Full Bloom
BDO Archer Skill: Full Bloom
Shfit + E
Covering Fire
BDO Archer Skill: Covering Fire
←/→ + F
Earth Shatter
BDO Archer Skill: Earth Shatter
Shift + E
Winged Strike (Forward)
BDO Archer Skill: Winged Strike
↑ + LMB
Meteor Dive
BDO Archer Skill: Meteor Dive
SPACE
Zephyr Leap
BDO Archer Skill: Flow: Zephyr Leap
Shift + ↓
Arrow Explosion
BDO Archer Skill: Arrow Explosion
Shift
Winged Strike (Forward)
BDO Archer Skill: Winged Strike
↑ + LMB then C
Glide (Forward)
BDO Archer Skill: Glide
Shift + ↑
or ↑ + ↑
Luthraghon's Call
BDO Archer Skill: Luthraghon's Call
Shift + RMB
Hold RMB to charge


BDO Archer Patch Notes History (Official)

Patch Notes - January 9th 2019

 

Patch Notes - 16th January 2019

 

Patch Notes - 23rd January 2019

Patch Notes - January 30th 2019

Patch Notes - February 8th 2019

Fixed the issue where only the 5th hit would be activated for the Storm of Light IV (Absolute) when the Storm of Light skill was locked.

Patch Notes - February 13th 2019

None

Patch Notes - 20th February 2019

Patch Notes - 6th March 2019

BDO Archer Description & Video (Official)

Archer: The Archer, one of the sentinels of the sacred tree Kamasylve, uses his crossbow for his stylish ranged attack and skill combos. Unlike other classes, the Archer class will start off with access to both the main weapon (Crossbow) and awakening weapon (Greatbow). The Archer uses his Crossbow for his stylish ranged attack and skill combos. In addition, the Archer has an assortment of magic skills at his disposal that assist him in combat by upsetting the opponents’ balance, and wreak havoc by unleashing a flurry of arrows with his Crossbow from afar. He is never flustered nor disoriented even in the thick of the battle. The Archer can easily escape without breaking a sweat, even when he is outnumbered by countless foes.



Archer Lore (Official)

The following Archer Lore and images were taken from the official website https://www.blackdesertonline.com/archer


Year 235 of the Elionian Calendar

The sacred tree Kamasylve was burning in flames due to the greed of one Vedir. This catastrophe caused the sisters to turn their backs on each other. After a bitter struggle, the most extreme faction, the Ahib, placed a powerful sealing spell at the root of the tree on the night they decided to leave Grána. This is how Kamasylvia lost contact with the Watchers of the Roots.

The Ahib left once they sealed the path to the fortress for the Roots of Kamasylve. On the other end of the path lived the untold brothers of Kamasylvia, the sons of the Goddess.
They were masters of the bow and built the fortress to protect the roots of Kamasylve from the dark spirits that would come invading through the path. This was the purpose given to them by their Goddess. The sons of the Goddess called themselves the ‘Luthraghon’ and the fortress was called ‘Adùir’.

The voice of the Goddess that echoed through the roots was what gave solace to the Luthraghon and also the source of their strength. Then one day, no one could hear her voice. They also lost contact with their sisters soon after. All this happened after the day Kamasylve burnt in flames, but the Luthraghon had no way of knowing. When this happened, an elder that had protected Adùir since the beginning stepped up and reassured the Luthraghon. He told them something must have happened to their sisters, but they must rely on their sisters even more during times like these and continue to protect the fortress.

Much time had passed, then one early dawn, a horde of dark spirits that covered the entire horizon in black came rushing towards the fortress. The Luthraghon began to fall as they were unable to defend against the overwhelming power and numbers. But then, something baffling happened. While the endless waves of attacks came flooding in, a rift stretched out from the center of Adùir all the way up to roots in the sky. A “different light” came in through the cracks of the rift. The dark spirits started to approach to the rift as if they were mesmerized by the light and shattered when they came in contact.

A young Luthraghon witnessed this while the scene in front of him was filled with the blood of his fallen comrades. He thought “hope” was on the other side of the rift. He broke through the battlefield that was soaked in black and red and headed for the rift. Then the elder stood in his way and exclaimed at him with a voice of a hissing serpent.

“You fool! How dare you look back when the will of our Mother is in front of you and covered in blood! Return to your comrades immediately and defend the frontlines!”

In that instant, the young Luthraghon was torn by a dilemma.
I am the arrow that shatters the darkness, the eyes that greets the dawn, and the trumpet that announces the rising of the sun.
I am the Watcher of the Roots that has pledged his life and honor to the walls of Adùir and the protector of this realm.
I have never doubted this once from the moment I was born, and have lived like this with my comrades for the entirety of my life.
However, what am I trying to do now? My fellow comrades are bleeding and falling right in front of my eyes at this very moment.


Then suddenly, light came bursting forth from the rift and entered into the young Luthraghon. This was the last of the energy remaining from the Goddess.
The moment he was wrapped by the warm energy in the midst of the chaotic battle, he instinctively knew that he was no longer tied down by logic or old obligations.
This is what he told the elder in disbelief as he reached for the rift.


“Step aside elder. Our Mother’s will is beyond this rift.”

Archer Ascension Lore (Official)

 

Hello, Adventurers!

Archer has arrived last week and wields both the Crossbow and Greatbow using stylish skills. This allows him to be versatile on the battlefield.

Here, we will continue from the previous story where the young Luthragon followed the Mother’s will and reached for the rift. Not even the elder was able to stop him.

Let’s see what happens to him and the stronger skills he gains through the Ascension Quests.

 


It was a night when a white moon lighted up the Kamasylvian skies. A young Luthraghon stood in front of the goddess' sacred tree, Kamasylve.

 

The Luthraghon stood underneath the moonlight, looking as he if he didn’t know what to do. He stood there, feeling the wind against his face. As he looked at the fluttering leaves of Kamasylve, he idly wondered whether the answer he was looking for, the answer about his destiny, was written on one of the leaves.

 

Then, his mind was racing with too many thoughts. The thoughts made the young Luthraghon very confused, and the feeling of confusion felt almost suffocating.

 

He thought about how he was born to protect the roots of Kamasylve. The Luthraghon came to this realm looking to find out more about his greater purpose in life, but everything he had seen so far seemed all too foreign. When he remembered that those who tried to keep his brothers and him locked up in the other realm were his own sisters, he trembled with rage for the first time in his life.

 

He was still lost in his thoughts when he heard a rustle and felt someone else's presence. The figure vanished leaving behind black smoke, but he knew exactly who it was. It was one of his Vedir sisters, the one who tried to stop the Luthraghons from ever leaving Adùir.

 

The Luthraghon dashed through the forest, chasing after the trail of black smoke. Taking a deep breath, he drew his Greatbow. The arrow was released with a thundering roar, and as it ripped through the wind it created a gust in its path.


The Luthraghon was confident that his arrow hit the Vedir and started looking for her body. However, the only thing he could find was his arrow. There were no traces of the Vedir to be found.

 

As he pulled out his arrow from the tree, he heard a voice:

 

"Did you think you could hit me with that sluggish arrow?"

"You should've remained in Adùir, protecting your root..."

"You don't belong here, Watcher."

 

The Luthraghon quickly turned towards the voice, only to see a powerful spellbound Kriegsmesser embedded in the ground. Then, a dark energy erupted from the ground knocking back the Luthraghon, leaving him with excruciating pain. He felt as if his body was being shredded into pieces, but even in such pain, he used all that was left in him to stab the Vedir with the arrow in his hands...

 

In the aftermath of the explosion, the Luthraghon looked around as the dust settled around him, but the Vedir was long gone. He lamented:


"Mother, I am doubtful that I will be able to fulfill the purpose that you have bestowed upon me."

 

Feeling bitter and resentful, he reached for his fallen arrow, which was now broken. His body felt numb from all his blood loss. It was then that a brilliant light entered his body, and he felt a warmth surrounding his body.

 

Then, he saw a white Sylvian Wolf appearing between the trees.


The Sylvian Wolf walked up close and paced around the Luthraghon. It was the first time he saw such a wolf, but the wolf felt familiar to him somehow.

 

The Luthraghon soon realized why the wolf felt familiar. He could feel his Greatbow resonate as the wolf came closer and closer.

 

As he reached out to the wolf, it let out a long howl and dispersed into light, becoming one with the Luthraghon. Then, he heard a voice.

 

"This is my answer to you. Your destiny is in your hands.
Walk the path you believe in,
and that is how you will
fulfil your purpose."

 

Gripping his Greatbow, he started walking purposefully, with no hesitation left in him.

 

'This is the path that I choose to take, so this is my destiny.'

 


 

Archer Skill Ascension

Archer can use the main weapon and awakening weapon from the start, unlike any other class. However, he couldn’t learn all the skills.

Skill ascension will make his Greatbow skills even more powerful and allow him to learn additional skills. This is the moment when Archer becomes a true Luthraghon.

 

Righteous Smite Righteous Smite

Shoots an arrow infused with the power of light. It moves slowly, but has enough power to decimate anything once it explodes upon impact.

 

BDO Archer Watcher Watcher

Strengthens the Greatbow with the energy of light for 30 sec.

 

Piercing Light Piercing Light

With steady aim, gathers the energy of light to deliver a powerful arrow strong enough to split light itself.

 

Ravenous Talon Ravenous Talon

Hits with the Greatbow before stabbing the enemy.

 

Flow: Light's Trail Flow: Light's Trail

Carefully takes aim after certain skills to deliver a finishing blow.

 

Archer Screenshots (Official)

The following Archer Screenshots and images were taken from the official website https://www.blackdesertonline.com/archer

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