Help With Godly Bow Zon

Phex

Diabloii.Net Member
Help With Godly Bow Zon

Hey everyone this is my first time making a bow zon.. well a zon all together

so fair i have gathered my gear is (lvl 75)
1x Zon Torch
1x P Faith GMB
1x WF with 40% ED + 15 IAS
1x Gore Rider
1x Nosferatu's
2x BK
1x Sandlers gloves
1x Dream
1x Fort
1x Cats eye
2x 251 sc psn
2x 100 sc psn
1x 50 sc psn

Skill layout
20x strafe
10x Crit
10x Pierce
10x Dodge
10x Avoid
10x Evade
10x Valk

Stats
str: enought for gear (110)
dex: all in
vit 100
eng: base

Ok problem.... i only deal about 1k-4k (doesn't matter what bow) and low res

Question how can i increase my bow damage? and Also what would be the best gear for a bow merc (p.s. i am a strafer)

My thought on best gear for me plus merc gear (I could be wrong and please tell me)

Me
1x Vamp (for leech and DR)
1x Fort
1x WF
1x Nosferatu's
2x BK
1x Gore Rider
1x Drac
1x Cat's eye

Merc
1x Dream
1x Fort
1x Faith (what bow can a merc use? It can't use a GMB... so what can it use)
 

zalt

Diabloii.Net Member
I would strongly recommend Multishot over strafe as you r main skill, they are good for different areas but multi is far better overall imo. There is no need to put 10 in avoid, evade and dodge. Just get them to around 50% chance for each with +skills included.
 

doraemon

Diabloii.Net Member
zalt said:
I would strongly recommend Multishot over strafe as you r main skill, they are good for different areas but multi is far better overall imo. .
the OP wanted more damage, MS will give even less damage

as someone proposed earlier. ditch the BK's, since it looks like you aren't poor in any way, go for a dexed dual leech ring and a 20dex ravenfrost.

another reason you aren't dealing that much damage is because you are using act1 merc. alot of the bowazons like myself go for a might + pride act 2.
 

Leohappy

Diabloii.Net Member
doraemon said:
the OP wanted more damage, MS will give even less damage
this is definitely not true
try doing a CS run with strafe and then another with multi

you'll immediately notice ms is MUCH MUCH more powerful :grin:
strafe shines when there are small packs (up to 5) and single creatures, but as soon as you're targetting a larger group ms will leave strafe in a cloud of dust

of course, this is the case with faith bows, which usally shoot at insane speeds

a classical wf / buri based zon prolly does make considerably better use of strafe, but that's basically offtopic here

and btw, it has been mathematically proven (can't find the topic though) that act1 faith merc+wfzon actually does more dmg than faithzon+might merc using conc; at least at lvls higher than 90 and a dexazon (maximum dexterity build)
so either way it works, although most go for the act2 merc
 

smeer

Diabloii.Net Member
doraemon said:
the OP wanted more damage, MS will give even less damage

as someone proposed earlier. ditch the BK's, since it looks like you aren't poor in any way, go for a dexed dual leech ring and a 20dex ravenfrost.

another reason you aren't dealing that much damage is because you are using act1 merc. alot of the bowazons like myself go for a might + pride act 2.
Act2 might merc with pride is very good, but also very expensive, but that seems to be no problem for you looking at your item list. A very good alternative though and much much cheaper is reapers toll. In most situations it is equal to pride in some it's even better (PIs)
 

doraemon

Diabloii.Net Member
smeer said:
Act2 might merc with pride is very good, but also very expensive, but that seems to be no problem for you looking at your item list. A very good alternative though and much much cheaper is reapers toll. In most situations it is equal to pride in some it's even better (PIs)
yup reapers are probably the second best, insane damage for such an inexpensive weapon, and the decepify is godly wen handing PI's.

Leohappy said:
this is definitely not true
i know what you mean. :shocked: but just focusing on pure dmg. strafe is more.

in regards to faith + wf combo, ur probably right, never tried though. people prefer act 2 merc because of the tankage...most zons are glass built. 1 extra tank = 100% more survivability.
 

ubermoose

Diabloii.Net Member
I actually prefer war travs to gores.

The 10% extra ds doesnt add to your already quite high crit chance, instead it is treated as a seperate roll, making it even less useful. And with high ed items, forti/120-45 etc.. the +10-25 damage on wts really gives a damage boost.

This might not be true for booses where the cb and ow will be quite important, but for killing normal monsters with your current setup, they will probably be dead before ow has run its course anyway.
 

mnrick

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MS v. Strafe

I am at level 90, and pretty much can solo everything, so I put my last SP into Strafe (Level 13 with mods). I have to say it is a different experience. Fun fun fun. I use an A1 merc with BOTD bow. She never dies and gets some good kills (though she doesn't always follow me).

I also have a level 33 Valk for a tank. One thing that helps with crowds is I use a Delerium helm. One shot and pretty much nothing is attacking me. Not the best PVP build, but I can rock through the CS in about 5 minutes.
 

Leohappy

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ubermoose said:
the +10-25 damage on wts really gives a damage boost.
indeed it does, as it's basically treated as being added to base damage of the bow

kindof like maxdmg charms, which on my zon add 60 to max dmg for a single 3max dmgsc-so if you use 10x 3max scs you improve your maxdmg by a stunning 600pts! (this may not look like much compared to other classes, but you have to remember the bowzons dmg - particularly multishot - is spread over many targets)
 
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