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BDO Sniper Mode is a new addition to the Hunting Life Skill. Sniper rifles and the sniper UI was added 9-4-2019, with the Life Mastery patch.

BDO Sniper Highlights:

  • requires a special sniper rifle (Currently available from quest, manufacture, or Marketplace.)
  • level 30+ only
  • dependent upon an invisible Sniper accuracy stat. Misses are very common, at least for low Hunting Mastery players, like me.
  • loot can make you shout for joy or cry. (Highly RNG for me.)
  • Sniper mode requires patience and time to learn
  • flat terrain and positioning of your character is very important
  • timing and aiming shots is crucial for a successful shot
  • weird movement quirks that are probably more endearing to the Life Skill crowd than players who thrive on fast pace combat and quick goody acquisition. *points finger* 

Sniper Mode in an MMORPG?

It’s a little strange, but I’m all for it! I had allot of fun practicing sniper mode with my +5 Sniper Rifle. I think it’s one of those game mechanics you will either love, because you have the time, patience, and determination, or you will hate it and never do it again.

Patience is a must, because misses are common, even when you are certain it should have hit. (The mob is standing still and the cross hair was red!) 

Accuracy is improved by a higher Hunting Mastery. I tested with Hunting Mastery 160, which really isn’t that high. Anyone know how often a Guru level Hunter might miss?

Besides Accuracy, a few other important factors can make you miss allot of snipes.

 

BDO Sniper Rifles

There are currently 2 Sniper Rifles you can obtain in BDO.

Almost anyone can get started sniper hunting. You don’t even need any levels of Hunting Life Skill.

Using Sniper Rifles is a bit tricky. You have to remember to press your space bar to kneel. Only then can you click your right mouse button to enter into Sniper Mode.

 

 Icon Sniper Rifle Sniper Rifle Notes
[Hunting] Practice Sniper Rifle

Requires level 30

Sniper Rifle Quest Line:

icon – A Struggle with the Seagull
icon – Shoot the Birds in the Sky

[Hunting] Sniper Rifle

Requires level 30

Requires Hunting Apprentice 10 or

Hunting Master 50+

Processing > Manufacture:
icon20 – Steel
icon 1 – Log
icon 1 – Fine Hard Hide

[Hunting] Practice Sniper Rifle

– Official Description:

A sniper rifle that can be used if you are at least Lv. 30, regardless of hunting level.

It’s used to hunt wild animals.
It has a range of 100 m. Shooting the head will cause more damage.

※ How to Use
– After equipping the rifle, press Space and sit down and press RMB to switch to sniper mode.

– If you press LMB while in sniper mode, you will be able to aim more precisely. While maintaining LMB , you will hold your breath. When your breath is exhausted, you will be kicked out of sniper mode.

– While maintaining LMB , if your aim is on a target, the aim icon will turn red. Release LMB to fire.

– If the aim icon is not red, even if you shoot the target will not be damaged, as the target is out of range.

– Maintaining LMB will make the aiming icon shrink, and once all the circles of the icon merge the accuracy will be at maximum.

– A minigame will take place to reload the rifle. Once the color of the bullet becomes white, the minigame will stop and you’ll go back to sniper mode.

– You’ll switch to sniper mode after a certain time has passed even if you fail the minigame.

– During the reload minigame, the location of your bullet will be displayed on bottom left. A red aim icon will show up in sniper mode.

– Chance of hitting a bullet within the red aim icon increases with higher hunting mastery.

Item Effect
Hunting Damage +1350

Practice Sniper Rifle Quest at Chuck Laurie’s

At level 30, you can go to Chuck Laurie and pick up the short quest chain to obtain your Practice Sniper Rifle.

The hunter will ask you to run to the <Blacksmith> in Velia. You will have to run back and then shoot the seagulls flying over Chuck’s head.

Chuck Laurie is located south of Olvia, in the Balenos Mountains.

Blue Grade Sniper Rifle

– Official Description:

A sniper rifle that can be used if you are at least Lv. 30 and either Hunting Apprentice 10 or Hunting Mastery 50.

It’s used to hunt wild animals.
It has a range of 100 m. Shooting the head will cause more damage.

※ How to Use
– After equipping the rifle, press Space and sit down and press RMB to switch to sniper mode.

– If you press LMB while in sniper mode, you will be able to aim more precisely. While maintaining LMB , you will hold your breath. When your breath is exhausted, you will be kicked out of sniper mode.

– While maintaining LMB , if your aim is on a target, the aim icon will turn red. Release LMB to fire.

– If the aim icon is not red, even if you shoot the target will not be damaged, as the target is out of range.

– Maintaining LMB will decrease the aiming icon will become smaller, and once all the circles of the icon merge the accuracy will be at maximum.

– A minigame will take place to reload the rifle. Once the color of the bullet becomes white, the minigame will stop and you’ll go back to sniper mode.

– You’ll switch to sniper mode after a certain time has passed even if you fail the minigame.

– During the reload minigame, the location of your bullet will be displayed on bottom left. A red aim icon will show up in sniper mode.

– Chance of hitting a bullet within the red aim icon increases with higher hunting mastery.

It can be enhanced with a Black Stone (Weapon).

Item Effect
Hunting Damage +1050

Sniper Rifle Recipe

Processing (L) > Manufacture:
icon20 – Steel
icon 1 – Log
icon 1 – Fine Hard Hide

Sniping Distance Tips

Make sure you are within 100 meters, but not too close. This will take some practice to get right. 

Before you go into Sniper Mode, look at your mini map. Make sure the mob’s icon is within the round circle.

  • Mini map circle is about 100 meters
  • Going beyond the halfway point between you and the circle on the mini map causes the Sensitive mob to run away and disappear.
  • A big yellow exclamation mark over the Sensitive mob’s head tells you that you got too close and now the mob will disappear. Fortunately, respawn is quick if you move back out of the area.
  • When you are looking through the scope, you can’t view your mini map, which lets you know how far your “Sensitive” mob ran after shooting it.

ALERT: Frightened mobs will completely disappear, no matter how much Health they have! You can even loose when they have a sliver of Health left, if they decide to come running right at you! *POOF* goes the mob it took you a minute to whittle down… *cries*

Basic Sniping Mechanics

  1. Press space bar to crouch
  2. Press RMB to look through the scope
  3. Free Scope movement to find your Sensitive mob
  4. Hold LMB and place cross hairs over the mob’s head, trying to keep steady. (It does tend to waver and have a mind of its own sometimes.)
  5. Yellow breath meter will appear, giving you a time limit
  6. Scope movement is restricted during LMB press
  7. The cross hairs will go from green to red if the mob is anywhere near your cross hairs.
  8. The cross hairs will go from wide to narrow
  9. Don’t release the LMB until the cross hair is at its smallest and red. (Best Accuracy)
  10. Releasing LMB on blue cross hairs misses every time
  11. Pass the reload mini game to get back to Scope Mode. Press Space bar when the fast bullet is over the small yellow bar to proceed. Very tricky!
  12. Enter Scope Mode again. Find your target again to finish the job or right click to exit scope mode if you need to move your character.

Note: You CAN’T exit the reload mini game until you win the game or wait until the time expires.

 

Sniper Rifle Cross Hair Training

Learning when to fire is very important. Never fire when the color is not red. You may fire when the cross hair is red and open wide, but your Accuracy isn’t as good. Aim for a head shot on a small, red cross hair.

Head shots are difficult because the cross hairs like to move weirdly on you and the target is much smaller.

A critical head shot one shots a Sensitive Giant Elk every time with a +5 Sniper Rifle.

If you choose the easier body shots, then you will have to whittle down the health, unless you have a very good Sniper Rifle.

BDO Sniper Rifle cross hair with no target

BDO Sniper Rifle cross hair with nearby target

BDO Sniper Rifle cross hair with full Accuracy. Fire away!

Cross Hair Weirdness

Cross Hairs can get really buggy on you. You can be within range and they might still not turn any shade of red known to man! They seem mighty wiggly when you want them to be steady. I’m assuming higher levels of Hunting Mastery will cause the cross hairs to not move so much, but I can’t be sure.

What Every Sniper Should Know

 

Hills = Bad

Sensitive Mobs run after you hit them and it’s not a Critical one shot.

Frequently, they like to run down a hill!

Before choosing a hunting spot, look for a very flat place, without hills they can run down. Rocks, trees, and tall grasses are your real enemy! 

 

Can you spot the Sensitive Giant Elk in the photo? 🙂

Boys Will Be Boys

Expect other players to interfere with your Sniper hunting. The only location right now is in a busy place where wild horses also spawn.

Someone passing by stopped to jump in front of my aiming once. Literally jumped up and down in front of me to prevent a good shot. LOL!

Another time someone different just ran up to the Elk and scared them all off.

Expect griefers to frequent the easy spots.

 

Sniper Zones

The only Sensitve animals in BDO are located east of Western Guard Camp.

Patch Notes stated they will be adding more Sniper areas.

Sniper Hunting Loot

Sniper Hunting has an increased chance of obtaining Enhancement materials, according to Patch Notes. This was apparent to me. Sometimes I would get really awesome rolls that are similar to the double rolls you get from the Hedgehog.

Example Normal Loot from Sensitive Giant Elk:

Sniper Critical or Double Loot?

These were without Hedgehog being out.

I was able to make a kill every 2 to 3 minutes, after a learning session, where I kept messing up and scaring the deer. I also made some stupid mistakes, like not reading the full directions on the Sniper Rifle! LOL! I think timing will improve with even more practice.

+5 Gathering with good tools will help speed up the whole process. I had 0 Gathering Ranks at the time of this test, with a very suspicious looking rusty butcher knife from Gran Gran.

NOTE: Magic/Lucky Tools have no impact on gathering a Wild or Sensitive mob, unless you count gathering time.

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BDO Sniper Mode Patch Notes

Patch notes are copied from the offical news page.

  •  Snipe system was also added with Hunting Mastery.
    • The new snipe system uses the newly added Sniper Rifle to hunt monsters from a great distance and target their weak spots.
  • Sensitive Giant Elk was added to the Fleme Hills of Balenos for hunting with sniper rifles.
    • Sensitive Giant Elks run away and hide when you get too close to them, so you must snipe them from a long distance.
    • New sniper exclusive monsters will continue to be added.
    • You will receive different results depending on the equipment power, Hunting Mastery, and your skill playing the minigame to load and aim the sniper rifle.
  • Added [Hunting] Practice Sniper Rifle and [Hunting] Sniper Rifle
    • You can use sniper rifles just like existing hunting matchlocks by using RMB while sitting.
    • Your character must be at least level 30 to be able to use these rifles. Also, [Hunting] Practice Sniper Rifle does not require a hunting level to equip, but [Hunting] Sniper Rifle requires Hunting Apprentice 10 or Hunting Master 50+ to equip.
    • [Hunting] Practice Sniper Rifle cannot be enhanced, while [Hunting] Sniper Rifle can be enhanced using Black Stones (Weapon).
    • [Hunting] Sniper Rifle can be crafted through Manufacture. 

Item Name

Required Crafting Materials

[Hunting] Sniper Rifle

Steel x20, Log x1, Pure Iron Crystal x3, Fine Hard Hide x1

  • You can equip [Hunting] Practice Sniper Rifle and [Hunting] Sniper Rifle depending on your Hunting skill level or Mastery. You can use the new snipe system by equipping a sniper rifle.
  • Sniped monsters have a higher chance to give enhancement materials when butchered.

 

  •  The following new quest was added.
    • Quest: “A Struggle with the Seagull”
    • This quest can be completed once per Family.
    • There is no prerequisite condition to receive this quest. Interact with Chuck Laurie at Balenos Mountains to accept this quest.
    • You can receive [Hunting] Practice Sniper Rifle upon completing the quest.

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