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Job Type: First
Changes At: Payon
Number of Skills: 5
Total Skill Points: 50
Total Quest Skills: 2
Job Bonuses
+3 +3 +1 +2 +7 +2


Archers are experts at long-range combat with Bows and Arrows. Their range gives them several advantages, which includes:

  • The ability to change the element of their weapon quickly by changing their arrow type. This makes Archers able to exploit elemental advantages easily.
  • Accuracy and damage is increased by the same stat (DEX), allowing all attacks to connect and deal a lot of damage.
  • Range enables archers to defeat stationary or slow-moving opponents that are stronger than they are without being hit.

Drawbacks of the Archer class include:

  • Low VIT limits their ability to survive when they are caught up in melee situations.
  • Require Arrows for every attack with a Bow. Running out of arrows in a firefight can make an Archer useless.

Jobchange Guide

Base Level: None
Job Level: 10
Item(s) (Consumed): Varies
Item(s): Bow ,Arrows
Quest Reward(s): Jobchange to Archer

1. Head to the Archer Guild (pay_arche 145, 164) in the Archer Village north of Payon.

2. Talk to the Archer Guildsman (payon_in02 64,71). You will be told to collect different type of Trunks for a minimum of 25 points. There are 4 types of Trunks:

Trunk Type Point Value
Trunk 1 Point
Barren Trunk 2 Points
Solid Trunk 3 Points
Fine-grained Trunk 5 Points
  • Note: Trunks can be obtained by the monster Willow, found near Payon on some maps (a good start is one east of Payon). Beware of Elder Willows, as they look similar but are strong at this point. Time can be saved by leveling off of Willow from 10/8 to 12/10 or so because the Trunks are needed anyway.

3. After enough Trunks are brought back, the player will have their job changed to an Archer.


See Hunter Builds, Dancer Builds or Bard Builds for build strategies.

Starting Build

  • STR: 1
  • AGI: 9
  • VIT: 1
  • INT: 9
  • DEX: 9
  • LUK: 1


  • STR: The only normal reason to up STR on an Archer is to extend the Weight Limit, allowing for more Potions and Arrows to be carried. Archers should leave this at 1, but they may find it useful/other uses for it once they become a second class. The other reason to get STR is for a Beast Strafing build which requires to be Soul Linked.
  • AGI: Archers aspiring to be PvM Bards or Dancers, or who will become Hunters will find AGI to nearly as/more important than DEX. AGI increases ASPD, allowing the Archer to attack more often (and before the enemy can close into melee range) and deal more damage over-time. It also enables Archers to Flee an adversary and more easily evade their attacks.
  • VIT is reasonable for players who wish to PvP or take part in the War of Emperium. Pure PvM builds do not often invest in VIT.
  • INT is also intended for Archers, usually only those who will become Bards or Dancers, rushing for level 99 to rebirth as it allows constant Double Strafe spamming. INT is used for the Bard skill Magic Strings for reducing skill delay. INT contributes to Falcon damage (for hunters).
  • DEX: Begin with these stats on a Novice for most types of Archers. As an Archer, the most important stat will be DEX. It increases ASPD a little, reduces cast time, increases accuracy, and it improves bow damage greatly.
  • LUK is useful if the Archer intends to change into a Hunter. LUK increases Falcon attack rate. INT also contributes to Falcon damage by increasing its ATK, but Falconers should prioritized it after AGI and LUK, not substituting any of these stats for INT. These stats should also not be invested for Falconry until the player is a level 75+ Hunter.

Skill Build

Build for High Damage

  • Double Strafe 1 (Lvl 2)
  • Owl's Eye 10 (Lvl 12) (Max)
  • Vulture's Eye 5 (Lvl 17)
  • Double Strafe 10 (Lvl 26) (Max)
  • Vulture's Eye 10 (Lvl 31) (Max)
  • Improve Concentration 10 (Lvl 41) (Max)


  • Arrow Shower 9 (Lvl 50)

This build is to make alot of damage with not so high range at the begining.

Build for Sniping

  • Double Strafe 1 (Lvl 2)
  • Owl's Eye 3 (Lvl 5)
  • Vulture's Eye 10 (Lvl 15) (Max)
  • Owl's Eye 10 (Lvl 22) (Max)
  • Double Strafe 10 (Lvl 31) (Max)
  • Improve Concentration 10 (Lvl 41) (Max)


  • Arrow Shower 9 (Lvl 50)

Build for Sniping. You can add 1 point to arrow shower in 2nd Job if u want to max it.


From Scratch

If as a Novice you begun with a lot of DEX, switch to a bow as soon as possible. Initially the startup fee will be high because you will have to buy arrows, but this fee decreases overtime. Any kind of upgrade that increases ATK or DEX is good for an archer.

With Budget

Wise Goggles or any Wise headgear. The +80 SP helps with Double Strafe. At level 18 Archers are able to wield Cross Bows. These should be carded and upgraded. Carded Composite Bows [4] will not deal as much damage at this point as Cross Bows, but they will be more useful later on if the player will eventually have 130+ DEX. Gakkung Bows are also effective for low DEX Archers or if no cards are being used.

Class Data


For second class skills see Hunter Skills, Dancer Skills, or Bard Skills.

Skill Description Levels Type
Arrow Shower.png Arrow Shower
Deal up to 125% damage to targets in a 5*5 area around target. 10 Offensive
Double Strafe.png Double Strafe
Deal up to 380% damage to a single target. 10 Offensive
Improve Concentration.png Improve Concentration
Increase DEX and AGI by up to 12% for a duration. Uncovers hidden enemies in a 3*3 area when activated. 10 Supportive
Owl's Eye.png Owl's Eye
Increases DEX by up to 10. 10 Passive
Vulture's Eye.png Vulture's Eye
Increases range and HIT when using bows. 10 Passive

Quest Skills

Skill Description Levels Type Job Level
Arrow Crafting.png Arrow Crafting
Create arrows from various items. 1 Active 30 Arrow Crafting Quest
Arrow Repel.png Arrow Repel
Shoot a target to inflict 150% damage and push it back 6 cells. 1 Offensive 35 Arrow Repel Quest

Job Bonuses

Job Bonus
Stat\Amount +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6 +7
STR 6 38 40
AGI 26 33 49
VIT 46
INT 10 47
DEX 2 14 18 30 36 42 50
LUK 22 44


External Links

Skills Arrow Crafting • Arrow Repel • Arrow Shower • Double Strafe • Improve Concentration • Owl's Eye • Vulture's Eye
Quests Archer Job Change Guide • Archer Skill Quests • Archer Training Quest
Weapons Arrows • Bow
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