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Use the sample Pathfinder optimized archers below as a build or guide for your very own optimized archer.
Early Mourning (E-Mo) – If this Optimized Ninja / Fighter Archer Build snap shot battlefield controller catches you flat-footed (with his +15 initiative and stealth) we are talking five sneak attack arrows, from 50 feet away, each with very strong average potential damage per shot. Even without Sneak Attack he hits his enemies for strong damage per arrow and can coated his arrows with poison and/or enchant them with his Gravity Bow wand. Outside of combat he is a scout and Tri-fecta negotiator (bluffer, diplomat, and intimidator). Ease of Play (10 out of 10); Niche Effectiveness (9 out of 10); Weaknesses (Will Save, so kill the caster first).
Double Bingo –This Optimized Inquisitor Archer Build can shoot five (judgment, bane and/or spell enchanted) very damaging arrows to the chest followed by a full attack from a pouncing supped-up tiger is… very, very, very unfair. While his accuracy and damage can be exceptional, you will have to play him with thought to reap the full potential (cast pre-combat spells, I.D. creature, select judgments for particular fight, activate bane if needed, stay back or charge tiger into battle, fight mounted or separate from tiger, etc…). With that said, an average experienced gamer should get the hang of it. Outside of combat Double Bingo is a decent intimidator and knowledge buff. Ease of Play (6 out of 10); Niche Effectiveness (10 out of 10); Weaknesses (Reflex Saves).
Presto Flingo – This Optimized Eldritch Knight / Arcane Archer Build is as close to full caster and full BAB fighter as you can get. The Wizard God part of him allows him to control the battlefield with area spells. The fighter archer part of him makes him a damaging multi-shooter. The arcane archer part of him lets Presto Fling combine his area spells with an arrow attack and enchant his bow. Other spells just make him a more powerful archer. Outside of combat, depending on how prepared he is and the spells he knows, he can do almost anything wizards can do. That means just about anything. Read his strategy section. PRESTO FLINGO IS NICE! Ease of Play (8 out of 10) – mainly because even poor play can’t mess him up; Niche Effectiveness (10 out of 10); Weaknesses (Reflex Saves)
Zen Gee – This Optimized Zen Archer Build uses Qinggong Archetype to create a killer with great attack, AC, Saves, escapability and survivability. Ease of Play (10 out of 10); Niche Effectiveness (10 out of 10); Weaknesses (none)
Boa Jangles – This Optimized Bard (Arcane Duelist) Archer Build has so many options that he is really like playing three different characters in one. Some days he might just want to buff himself and enchant his bow and shoot deadly arrows. Other days he might just buff the party and stay out of combat by bumping his AC and/or going invisible. Other days he might just battlefield control the enemy with area spells. He might scout, disguise, intimidate, heal, charm, dominate and/or entertain. He is pretty good at everything. He enjoys most dancing and dodging while shooting the bow, thus, his name. Ease of Play (6 out of 10); Niche Effectiveness (10 out of 10); Weaknesses (Reflex Saves)
Goodwill Hunting – This Optimized Paladin (Divine Hunter) Archer Build is a critical specialist who uses a shocking burst bow that he can further enchant to be a flaming burst bow. When he hits with critical arrows, and he will, the damage is ravaging. Even when he hits normally, it’s very painful. If you are an evil boss, add smite on top of everything already mentioned. Did I mention that he has spells that can make his attacks even more deadly and himself more elusive? Did I mention he can use wands? He heals and is a leader outside of battle. Ease of Play (9 out of 10); Niche Effectiveness (10 out of 10); Weaknesses (none)
Salem Puritan - This Optimized Barbarian Archer Build is a multi-attacking, snap shooting, spellcaster destroyer and disrupter who laughs at touch attacks and spell / supernatural saves. His damage reduction, hit points, and range attacking makes his survivability high. Reckless abandon and deadly aim make him accurate and damaging. He is skillful enough to tag along as protection for scouts. Ease of Play (10 out of 10); Niche Effectiveness (10 out of 10); Weaknesses (none)
Youra Hoo Watt – This Optimized Fighter Archer Build is a multi-attacking and snap shooting damager who confuses her party members with how skillful she is. Her ability to scout, lead and use wands on top of dishing out tremendous damage makes her on exciting fighter to play. Ease of Play (10 out of 10); Niche Effectiveness (10 out of 10); Weaknesses (Will Saves).
Hit & Miss – This Optimized Rogue Archer Build is a multi-attacking, long range sneak attacking, damaging, elsuive, skill monkey and wand & scroll user. At his zenith, he can disarm almost anyone almost effortlessly. Ease of Play (10 out of 10); Niche Effectiveness (10 out of 10); Weaknesses (Will Saves).
A-Team – This Optimized Ranger Archer Build is a multi-attacking, overruning, tripping, attack of oppurtunity, spell casting, scouting nightmare. I pity the fool!Ease of Play (9 out of 10); Niche Effectiveness (10 out of 10); Weaknesses (Will Saves).