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Job Base(s): Novice
Job Type: First
Race: Human
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.

Job Changing

Once you are Job Level 10, head to the Archer Guild (pay_arche 145, 164) in the Archer Village north of Payon and talk to the Archer Guildsman (payon_in02 64, 71). He changes your job to Archer and rewards you with a Novice Composite Bow [3], and 1 Fire Arrow, Silver Arrow, and Normal Quiver.

Alternatively, after attaining Job Level 10, advance to an Archer class at Criatura Academy (izlude 125, 257 or 130, 257) in Izlude.


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

For builds using a bow's long range as a leveling tactic, refer to Sniping Maps for some map suggestions on leveling.


  • 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.
  • 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 faster (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, as it increases MaxHP and resistance to the common stun status. Pure PvM builds do not often invest in VIT.
  • INT increases MaxSP, SP recovery, and MATK, and reduces cast delay. It is useful for archers planning on using many active skills, though most builds do not have much room for a large amount of INT. INT also contributes to Falcon damage and trap 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 hit, and it improves bow and trap damage.
  • LUK is useful if the Archer intends to change into a Hunter. LUK increases the automatic use of a Falcon's Blitz Beat. INT also contributes to Falcon damage by increasing its ATK, but Falconers should prioritize it after AGI and LUK. These stats should also not be invested for Falconry until the player is a level 75+ Hunter. LUK also contributes greatly to CRIT, which deals 140% of your regular damage and never misses. To a lesser degree, you also gain ATK, MATK, hit, flee, and Perfect Dodge from LUK.

Skill Build

Standard Build for Archers


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. Keep an eye out for Slotted Ribbons, Mantles, Boots, and Mufflers, which are all very common and very inexpensive on the market. Otherwise, start off by hunting Mandragoras and collecting Stems, which are common drops that sell for a comparatively large amount of zeny to other players. Later, you can move on to hunting Floras for Maneater Blossom, which again sell for large amounts of zeny and drop quite frequently from an immobile monster.

With Budget

Buy Wise Goggles or any Wise headgear. The +80 SP helps with Double Strafe, Arrow Shower, and Improve Concentration. Use upgraded composite bows as soon as you become an archer. At level 18 Archers are able to wield Cross Bows. If you obtain a Cross Bow [3], you have the choice to overupgrade and add cards. Then, switch to Arbalests or Gakkungs as soon as possible (level 33 or whenever funds are available). If you have a decent amount of money, you should be able to find plenty of Gakkungs and Arbalest bows with 2 slots on the market. Ballistas are similarly high level and tend to be overlooked.

For armor and other accessories, look for Tights [1], Bow Thimbles (slotted or unslotted), and Nimble Clips. Any gear that increases DEX tends to fit archers well. However, if you're planning on a build with high ASPD, you may want to look for AGI boosting gear as well.

Quest Equipments

Free equipments for starters without funding support.

Item(s) Required Level Subtype Effect(s) Obtain From
18730.png Criatura Academy Hat [1]
1 Headgear Def + 2, Max HP + 15, Max SP + 5 Izlude Criatura Academy
2301.png Cotton Shirt
0 Armor Def + 10
1243.png Novice Main Gauche
0 Dagger Atk 45

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 250% 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 Charge Arrow
Shoot a target to inflict 150% damage and push it back 6 cells. 1 Offensive 35 Charge Arrow 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


Equip Attack Speed From Novice
Bare Handed 156 0
Shield -9 +1
Dagger -15 0
Bow -10 N/A
ASPD Potions Usable
645.png Concentration
656.png Awakening
657.png Berserk

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