Archers think that wearing lots of heavy metal and shooting lots of heavy metal with other pieces of heavy metal attached to it is the way to properly use a bow... Other Archers will simply give up on pulling strings to use their superior accuracy and marksman knowledge to shamelessly shoot with firearms... But real Archers know that the proper way is to keep a firm hold on the thrill of the hunt, and respectively, their bows.
Those are known as
Rangers, proficient bow-using marksmen who fight with an unmatched skill, performing unnatural features like graciously leaping and flipping across the battlefield to escape from danger, or accurately sniping targets with their bows from a great distance, while precisely hitting the mark with no sweat. They also know how to use the nature and the environment in their own favor, through the use of runes and special arrows.
Many unique status effects that require no infliction check.
Two healing spells that can flip and turn the tides of a lost combat in a blink! (Or cast?)
High capability of triggering Evasion or Evading attacks after using specific skills, which further improves their Hit-And-Run style.
They have a better version of Immobilize with their Annorun + Frigid Arrow combo, which will reduce the enemy's Evade to 0 as well as inflict Immobilize, both with one single status effect.
Very large range if not the largest by default when they are properly set up.
They can simply opt to cripple down the enemy, run, and wear them down while staying out of range, which is really (and finally) unique of them.
Some of the skills or spells, mostly the healings, require your target/yourself to be standing by a 'plant field object', or they cannot be used.
Annorum has a lengthy cooldown of 3 rounds, so a smart use might define the real outcome of combat based on your choices and the situation you are in.
They benefit a lot from Light Armor, but not so can be said about the other classes, which makes them quite unique, and lack synergy with other classes.
The class doesn't have reliable AoE skills or spells, and are more focused on single target punishment.
Win a fight while having a bow equipped on your main hand, light armor on your torso, and the archer class at Level 20.
Flip Shot, Retreat Flight, Twin Shot, Forest Fiend, Frigid Arrow, Wind Runner, Thunder Bolt, Cherry Blossom, Ghost Arrow, Pressure Fletch, Deos Danzai, Agile Androcobra, Sonic Arrow
Annorum, Forest Walk, Rain Trap
Beast Hunter, Agile Protection, Acrobatic Shooting, Nest of Nests