Bow Druid - WIP

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ixvid_ wrote:
iamq1803 wrote:I attempted a Bow Druid 2 months ago, and I found all his bow skills to be very good in crowded areas but very poor at strong single targets :( Don't know how to improve it.


Same here ... I only depend right now on a strong merc and use nova shot at very close range for maximum efficiency. BTW what kind of bow are you guys using through terror/early destruction? I am usimg HIVE runeworld in recurve bow (6).


My usual progression is
Salamander's Breath
Salamander's Breath
Viper Bow (6)

Two-Hand Damage: (23-27) to (32-40)
Required Strength: 98
Required Level: 9
(Druid Only)
Current Strength Damage Bonus: (76/256 per Strength)%
100% Chance to cast level 6 Fire Splash when you Kill an Enemy
5% Chance to cast level 5 Rune of Fire on Striking
25% Faster Hit Recovery
+(24 to 46)% Enhanced damage
Adds (7 to 9)-(9 to 13) damage
(4 to 5)% Chance of Crushing Blow
Fire Resist +(31 to 40)%
Socketed (2)

Two-Hand Damage: (39-47) to (54-64)
Required Strength: 143
Required Level: 18
(Druid Only)
Current Strength Damage Bonus: (76/256 per Strength)%
100% Chance to cast level 12 Fire Splash when you Kill an Enemy
10% Chance to cast level 6 Rune of Fire on Striking
35% Faster Hit Recovery
+(47 to 69)% Enhanced damage
Adds (9 to 12)-(13 to 17) damage
(6 to 7)% Chance of Crushing Blow
Fire Resist +(41 to 50)%
Socketed (3)

Two-Hand Damage: (59-67) to (81-92)
Required Strength: 205
Required Level: 29
(Druid Only)
Current Strength Damage Bonus: (76/256 per Strength)%
100% Chance to cast level 18 Fire Splash when you Kill an Enemy
15% Chance to cast level 7 Rune of Fire on Striking
45% Faster Hit Recovery
+(69 to 92)% Enhanced damage
Adds (12 to 14)-(17 to 20) damage
(8 to 9)% Chance of Crushing Blow
Fire Resist +(51 to 60)%
Socketed (4)

Two-Hand Damage: (85-96) to (115-128)
Required Strength: 289
Required Level: 38
(Druid Only)
Current Strength Damage Bonus: (76/256 per Strength)%
100% Chance to cast level 24 Fire Splash when you Kill an Enemy
20% Chance to cast level 8 Rune of Fire on Striking
55% Faster Hit Recovery
+(92 to 114)% Enhanced damage
Adds (14 to 17)-(21 to 24) damage
(10 to 11)% Chance of Crushing Blow
Fire Resist +(61 to 70)%
Socketed (4)

Two-Hand Damage: (115-128) to (153-170)
Required Strength: 401
Required Level: 48
(Druid Only)
Current Strength Damage Bonus: (76/256 per Strength)%
100% Chance to cast level 30 Fire Splash when you Kill an Enemy
25% Chance to cast level 9 Rune of Fire on Striking
65% Faster Hit Recovery
+(115 to 137)% Enhanced damage
Adds (17 to 19)-(24 to 28) damage
(12 to 13)% Chance of Crushing Blow
Fire Resist +(71 to 80)%
Socketed (5)

Two-Hand Damage: (154-170) to (204-224)
Required Strength: 553
Required Level: 55
(Druid Only)
Current Strength Damage Bonus: (76/256 per Strength)%
100% Chance to cast level 36 Fire Splash when you Kill an Enemy
30% Chance to cast level 10 Rune of Fire on Striking
75% Faster Hit Recovery
+(138 to 160)% Enhanced damage
Adds (19 to 22)-(28 to 32) damage
(14 to 15)% Chance of Crushing Blow
Fire Resist +(81 to 90)%
Socketed (6)

into
Cernunnos
Cernunnos
Druid Bows

'Yul'
Runeword Level: 100
25% Chance to cast level 5 Arrow on Striking
+(144 to 171)% Enhanced damage
+(76 to 100) to Maximum Damage
+(41 to 50)% Bonus to Summoned Minion Damage
+205 Defense vs. Melee
(11 to 20)% Reanimate as: Stone Clan
+(51 to 75) Life after each Kill
, if you get a Taha rune later on then
Raudna
Raudna
Druid Bows

'Taha'
Runeword Level: 100
50% Chance to cast level 56 Death Blossom when you Kill an Enemy
25% Chance to cast level 7 Arrow on Striking
+(3 to 5) to Druid Skill Levels
+(172 to 200)% Enhanced damage
+(86 to 110) to Maximum Damage
17% Chance of Crushing Blow
Requirements -20%
, until you get access to SUs.
Mr. Painless
Mr. Painless
Recurve Bow (Sacred)

Two-Hand Damage: (215-236) to (357-380)
Required Strength: 632
Required Level: 100
(Druid Only)
Current Strength Damage Bonus: (76/256 per Strength)%
25% Chance to cast level 31 Punisher on Striking
+4 to Druid Skill Levels
+(16 to 20)% Bonus Elemental Damage to Mark of the Wild
40% Increased Attack Speed
+(144 to 171)% Enhanced damage
Adds 25-150 damage
Slows Target by (21 to 25)%
+100 to Strength
Damage Reduced by 10%
Socketed (6)

and
Azgar's Mark
Azgar's Mark
Viper Bow (Sacred)

Two-Hand Damage: (250-271) to (302-324)
Required Strength: 606
Required Level: 100
(Druid Only)
Current Strength Damage Bonus: (76/256 per Strength)%
1% Chance to cast level 52 Meteor Shower when you Kill an Enemy
50% Chance to cast level 4 Arrow on Striking
+(2 to 4) to Druid Skill Levels
+(51 to 100)% Bonus Damage to Mark of the Wild
+(144 to 171)% Enhanced damage
Adds 63-100 damage
(51 to 100)% Duration Bonus to Mark of the Wild
(6 to 11)% Life stolen per Hit
(11 to 15)% Chance of Open Wounds
Replenish Life +50
Socketed (6)

would be the top choices.
Pub
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Muilpeer wrote:
Pub wrote:Oh boy, I remember somebody telling me to try bow druid. Laughing ghost with TU Viper bow has to be the funnest leveling experience ever.


Does it work well? :mrgreen:


It takes a bit of time to grind the shards for gear to play untwinked but once you assemble the pieces and spam strength, you just erase everything. The single target is still lacking though but once you hit a pack of stuff at once, holy shit @ the proc chain.
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Sasquatch
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Tested like 90% of bows and druid bows in this game for hours in dcow while leveling to 121, and in my experience the best (dont have mr painless though) is suprisingly SSU composite bow Gjallarhorn. Boy its a beast, the stormblat proc do the job and it have nice range like almost a screen. Outclasses azgars mark easily. Best in clearspeed and safety beacause something comes for you survived the proc chains?- stormblast to the face.
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Yup, many decent choices out there :-D As for my previous build
Mr. Painless
Mr. Painless
Recurve Bow (Sacred)

Two-Hand Damage: (215-236) to (357-380)
Required Strength: 632
Required Level: 100
(Druid Only)
Current Strength Damage Bonus: (76/256 per Strength)%
25% Chance to cast level 31 Punisher on Striking
+4 to Druid Skill Levels
+(16 to 20)% Bonus Elemental Damage to Mark of the Wild
40% Increased Attack Speed
+(144 to 171)% Enhanced damage
Adds 25-150 damage
Slows Target by (21 to 25)%
+100 to Strength
Damage Reduced by 10%
Socketed (6)

was still the best :-D
Btw, any good suggestion for strong single target?
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Hey! I am definitely still working on this guide. I just got done moving and am still unpacking boxes and etc. I will be finishing this guide, and it will be top notch. :)

P.S. Why do you think the guy with 27 posts cares about a forum badge?
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Crowned
Lava Lord
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Great guide so far, that's why I chose to play along with this. Hope MO's are coming soon!
Bow druid was one of my first Median Builds, so I am looking forward of getting further than Black Road this time. :)

Some additions:
1. 1 pt into Poison Flash increases your speed by a ton. Underground Passage is a pain in the ass untwinked.
2. Single target dps is lacking (using Salamander) - Nova shot used to be my goto, but now I have to rely on wolf reanimates and my ranger merc. Same Problem werewolves have atm. Trying to keep my AR up top with MO's and Amethysts.
3. I have 5k defense with my Jitan's Kamon (5) filled with Ith runes and it will probably stay that way until I get my class charm. Is there something I can do besides TCD ED MO's without sacrificing too much damage?
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@Loremaster you can modify the last mentioned user (Betianu Alin) to romanN1. It's actually me xD. Btw if you need further suggestions on the guide feel free to pm me ;).
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I am guessing we wont be getting any updates on this? I am playing a bow druid for the first time, and am looking for help.
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DreamTeam
Edyrem
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adam, how's it going so far? What level is your new bow druid?
I started a rat druid last night. It's challenging and fun at the same time.
About to hit level 45 as I save Anya in act 5. I've been soloing the entire time.

I'm thinking of dipping my toes into any random public game to check it out.
But I am nervous playing with others as I'm a major newbie learning the game.

The level 1 challenge is causing me a lot of stress. I don't know if I can do it.
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Just ask questions and other people will help you out.
p/s: Bow Druid is always my favourite farming char.