In Elden Ring, building a bow-focused build that lets you clear all content and deals even massive damage is actually possible. With the crafting mechanic introduced, this allows players to craft their choice of an arrow to suit all types of situations. There’s also the fact that some of these arrows actually have unique effects other than just dealing damage to your targets.
Now if you want to try out this fun yet really strong build, then read the guide below.
Bow Build Guide in Elden Ring
There are a handful of bow weapons in the game. However, for the purposes of this guide, we’re going to stick with two main bow build variants. The first variant focuses more on status buildups as quickly as possible while the second variant focuses on dealing massive physical damage to your target.
The first variant uses the Black Bow, which is a longbow that functions like a shortbow but with, of course, a higher base damage. What makes it amazing for a bow build is that it comes with the Barrage ash of war which allows you to fire several shots in rapid succession.
This makes it really good for inflicting status effects as you can easily fill the buildup meter with just a few shots. For status effects, you can either go for Bloodbone arrow for blood loss buildup, Coldbone arrow for frost, Poisonbone arrow for poison, Rotbone arrow for scarlet rot, and Sleepbone arrow or Trina’s arrow for sleep.
Personally, I would recommend going for either sleep, blood loss, or frost buildup if you’re going to use this bow. If you want this bow, you can get it from a corpse northeast of the Avenue Balcony site of grace in Leyndell.
The second variant uses the Pulley Bow which has a passive effect that increases the range of your arrows. This means you can snipe foes from a greater distance than you would with a standard bow. What makes it particularly good is its Mighty Shot ash of war which allows you to charge it for a small FP cost to deal devastating damage to your target.
To get this bow, you’ll want to head over to a tower located north of the Gelmir Hero’s Gravesite of grace.
To maximize your damage, you’ll want to equip the Shard of Alexander to boost the damage of its ash of war. Then, you’ll also need the Arrow’s Sting talisman to boost the attack power of your arrows and bolts. Next is the Blue Dancer charm, which raises your attack power the lower your equipment load is.
Since you’ll be staying out of your enemy’s reach, you don’t have to worry too much about equipping heavy armor to survive. In fact, you can go as light as possible to benefit from the attack boost and a more agile movement.
The last talisman you’ll want to use to complete the build is the Ritual Sword talisman which increases your attack power while at full HP. You’ll want to make sure that you have full HP at all times in order to benefit from this talisman. As for buffs, you’ll want to use the Flame, Grant Me Strength incantation for a boost to your attack power.
As for the arrow to use, that actually depends on the enemy you’re fighting. If you’re up against an enemy that’s weak to frost, then equipping the coldbone arrow is ideal. Meanwhile, if you just want to focus on pure physical damage, then some great options like the Stormwing bone arrows and the standard arrows are enough.
ALSO READ: Darkest Dungeon: How to Lock Quirks
Dark And Darker: Complete Rogue Guide
Want to get better at using Rogue? read this guide!
Being stealthy against an enemy is not an easy task because you need patience and virtue in such length where you need to wait for an enemy to approach and make sure you’re not seen, sneak behind them past them and kill them. Of course, not all the time you can use your sneaky skills by escaping and trying to make sure not to be seen by the enemy. Today we’re going to discuss about one of the character classes in the Dark and Darker game called the “Rogue.”
Rogue Class Overview
The cunning class in Dark And Darker is the rogue. With a dagger in hand and being confined to the shadows, you’re less likely to engage an adversary in direct combat than you are to prowl the shadows and wait for an ambush.
Though that is up for debate, it’s a ton of fun and our choice for one of the greatest solo classes in the game.
The rogue class is swift and cunning and has the capacity to become completely invisible. The Rogue is for you if sneaking around in the shadows and slashing foes in the back sounds like fun. But be careful—if you’re discovered, you’ll suffer soon as a rogue.
- Extremely quick, the game’s fastest base class.
- Several different Damage Over Time debuffs that can be applied to adversaries.
- can become entirely undetectable
- Mosquito and dragonfly bites will kill you (and lots of other things)
- Least amount of health for any class
Rogue Solo Performance
Rogue can be a little challenging to play at first in Dark And Darker’s Goblin Cave solo queue. That’s as a result of the Goblins and other adversaries dealing enormous damage and taking a beating.
However, Rogue can excel in this situation if you use your advantages and focus on other single players. Fighters and their shields, wizard fireballs, and a barbarian axe to the head are all things to be aware of.
The Rogue’s advantages and skills are listed below:
- Ambush – After emerging from stealth, the first attack causes 50% more damage.
- Backstab – 30% more damage is dealt when an adversary is attacked in the back.
- Creep – Walking and crouching make your steps considerably quieter.
- Dagger Expert – Daggers deal an additional 5% physical damage.
- Hidden Pockets – On your tool belt, potions are invisible.
- Lockpick Expert – You can pick locks without having a lockpick.
- Poisoned Weapon – Your attacks inflict a poison debuff for 4s, this stacks up to 5 times
- Stealth – While hiding, you can move 10 steps crouching or walking and stay in stealth
- Trap Detection – Highlights traps nearby, allows you to disable traps
- Hide – Turns you completely invisible – ends when you move/completely another action
- Rupture – Your next attack causes bleed, deals 20 physical damage over the course of five seconds.
- Smoke Bomb – Creates a smoke diversion (big cloud of grey smoke) for 7 and a half seconds
- Weakpoint Attack – Your next attack deals 50% extra damage and reduces enemy defense for 50% for a short period
Starter Rogue Perks & Abilities
Poisoned Weapon is one of the greatest (if not the best) passive talents for the rogue and should be chosen for a beginner’s build.
When it comes to skills, we believe that Weakpoint Attack and Rupture are the most dependable and efficient at doing what Rogues do best: eliminating adversaries in the dark.
Although Hide and Smoke Bomb are sometimes useful, we still believe sheer damage to be the better option.
Max Level Rogue Build
You can choose from four perks once you’ve reached level 20 and began to consider the ideal build for the Rogue.
Here is an example of a possible Rogue build:
Rupture and Weakpoint Attack will continue to be the primary Rogue skills we use.
We’ve added Poisoned Weapon, Backstab, Trap Detection, and Creep to our list of perk abilities. This is why:
- Poisoned Weapon – This is unquestionably one of the best Rogue passives, as was previously said. Doing every attack constant, ticking poison damage? Do they stack? Perfect!
- Backstab – Excellent choice because if you hit your opponent in the back, you will consistently do damage. Thanks to the rogue’s quick movements, you can change positions throughout battles to hit the enemy’s back repeatedly.
- Trap Detection – Lockpick and Traps were evenly matched for this. In a group, you might wish to take Lockpick, but if you’re playing alone, Trap Detection is a great skill to have.
- Creep – In Dark And Darker, sound and footsteps rule. Creep makes you even more stealthy and, presumably, allows you to sneak up on an enemy.
Best Rogue Equipment to Watch Out For
Rogues have very few options for equipment because they can only use daggers, occasionally a rapier, and can only wear cloth or leather armor.
- Wearing a Gambeson or the Rogue set (also known as the Marauder costume) is an option.
- Rapiers come later; daggers are your first pick and what you begin with. Although slower, rapiers have a little bit superior range and damage.
- It’s a good idea to use gear with increased movement speed. This works well for your class.
- Also excellent is gear with +1 Attributes.
- In comparison to your starting White gear, any Green or Blue gear is a significant improvement.
Rogue Gameplay Tips
- Due to their cunning abilities to enter, loot, kill a few enemies, and then flee, rogues are considered one of the strongest single classes in the game.
- With the Rogue, you won’t be chopping off heads and swinging through foes. It’s quite challenging to PvP with this class against other players. Run is your best option.
- As a rogue, you have little sustain, therefore take HP pots or Bandages and keep the locations of Health Shrines in mind.
- Pick your battles carefully. In the dark, with backstabs, or with poison tick damage, play to your strengths.
ALSO READ: Dark And Darker: Complete Wizard Guide