Archer

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Introduction

With a bow in hand and a quiver on his back, the archer strikes at the enemy from afar. In Eorzea, two schools of archery have risen to prominence: that of the longbow sentries of the Elezen military, and that of the shortbow hunters among the Miqo'te. Archers constantly assess the battlefield in order to determine the most advantageous ground from which to loose their arrows, as well as the nature of the shaft, point, and fletching best suited to their foe. It is said that master archers are capable of showering their targets with a veritable deluge of death well before a counterattack can ever be mounted.

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Archer frame icon.png Archer (ARC) is one of six starting DPS classes and the only starting physical ranged DPS. It upgrades to Bard frame icon.png bard at level 30.

General information

Guild

The Archers' Guild is in New Gridania. If you choose archer as your first class, you will start off in the city of Gridania. At level 30, archers must specialize into bard.

Equipment

The archer is a disciple of war and wears armor "of Aiming." They use bows as weapons. The following crafting classes can create items that are useful to the archer:

Hunting Log

See archer hunting log.

Quests

Quest Type Level Quest Giver Unlocks Rewards
Way of the Archer Class quest 1 Athelyna Archer 1 Weathered shortbow icon1.png  Weathered Shortbow
5 Braised pipira icon1.png  Braised Pipira
My First Bow Class quest 1 Luciane
A Matter of Perspective Class quest 5 Luciane 1 Maple shortbow icon1.png  Maple Shortbow
Options:
1 Custom-made tunic icon1.png  Custom-made Tunic
1 Leather eyepatch icon1.png  Leather Eyepatch
1 Fingerless leather gloves icon1.png  Fingerless Leather Gloves
1 Copper gorget icon1.png  Copper Gorget
5 Allagan tin piece icon1.png  Allagan Tin Piece
Training with Leih Class quest 10 Luciane 1 Plumed maple shortbow icon1.png  Plumed Maple Shortbow
Options:
1 Leather jacket icon1.png  Leather Jacket
1 Bronze sallet icon1.png  Bronze Sallet
1 Hempen bracers icon1.png  Hempen Bracers
1 Hard leather caligae icon1.png  Hard Leather Caligae
2 Allagan bronze piece icon1.png  Allagan Bronze Piece
Violators Will Be Shot Class quest 15 Luciane Repelling Shot.png  Repelling Shot 1 Ash shortbow icon1.png  Ash Shortbow
Options:
1 Cotton tabard icon1.png  Cotton Tabard
1 Hunting hat icon1.png  Hunting Hat
1 Fingerless hard leather gloves icon1.png  Fingerless Hard Leather Gloves
1 Hard leather crakows icon1.png  Hard Leather Crakows
3 Allagan bronze piece icon1.png  Allagan Bronze Piece
To Catch a Poacher Class quest 20 Luciane 1 Elm velocity bow icon1.png  Elm Velocity Bow
Options:
1 Goatskin jacket icon1.png  Goatskin Jacket
1 Iron sallet icon1.png  Iron Sallet
1 Goatskin armguards icon1.png  Goatskin Armguards
1 Goatskin leg guards icon1.png  Goatskin Leg Guards
5 Allagan bronze piece icon1.png  Allagan Bronze Piece
Homecoming Class quest 25 Luciane 1 Wrapped elm longbow icon1.png  Wrapped Elm Longbow
Options:
1 Velveteen shirt icon1.png  Velveteen Shirt
1 Altered velveteen bandana icon1.png  Altered Velveteen Bandana
1 Fingerless goatskin gloves icon1.png  Fingerless Goatskin Gloves
1 Goatskin crakows icon1.png  Goatskin Crakows
2 Allagan silver piece icon1.png  Allagan Silver Piece
The One That Got Away Class quest 30 Luciane Windbite.png  Windbite
Archer (New Game+)
Archer (New Game+)
Archer Adventurer Plate
Archer Adventurer Plate
1 Ash cavalry bow icon1.png  Ash Cavalry Bow
Options:
1 Toadskin jacket icon1.png  Toadskin Jacket
1 Steel sallet icon1.png  Steel Sallet
1 Toadskin armguards icon1.png  Toadskin Armguards
1 Toadskin leg guards icon1.png  Toadskin Leg Guards
3 Allagan silver piece icon1.png  Allagan Silver Piece

Actions

PvE actions

Action Acquired Quest requirement Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Heavy Shot.png  Heavy Shot Archer frame icon.png ARC 1 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 160.
Additional Effect: 20% chance of granting Hawk's Eye
Duration: 30s
Straight Shot.png  Straight Shot Archer frame icon.png ARC 2 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 200.
Can only be executed when under the effect of Hawk's Eye
Raging Strikes.png  Raging Strikes Archer frame icon.png ARC 4 Ability Instant 120s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Increases damage dealt by 15%.
Duration: 20s
Venomous Bite.png  Venomous Bite Archer frame icon.png ARC 6 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Venom
Potency: 15
Duration: 45s
Bloodletter.png  Bloodletter Archer frame icon.png ARC 12 Ability Instant 15s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 110.
Maximum Charges: 2
Repelling Shot.png  Repelling Shot Archer frame icon.png ARC 1Quest: Violators Will Be Shot 15 Ability Instant 30s Range icon.png 15y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Jump 10 yalms away from current target.
Cannot be executed while bound.
Quick Nock.png  Quick Nock Archer frame icon.png ARC 18 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 12y
Conal AoE in front of the user 12y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 110 to all enemies in a cone before you.
Additional Effect: 20% chance of granting Hawk's Eye
Duration: 30s
Wide volley2.png  Wide Volley Archer frame icon.png ARC 25 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 25y
Circle AoE around the action target 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 140 to target and enemies near it.
Barrage Potency: 220
Can only be executed while under the effect of Hawk's Eye.
Windbite.png  Windbite Archer frame icon.png ARC 1Quest: The One That Got Away 30 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Deals wind damage with a potency of 60.
Additional Effect: Wind damage over time
Potency: 20
Duration: 45s
Barrage.png  Barrage Archer frame icon.png ARC 38 Ability Instant 120s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Grants Barrage, allowing the use of Straight Shot and Wide Volley. Upon execution, Straight Shot will strike the selected target three times, while Wide Volley's potency will be increased to 220.
Duration: 10s

Limit Breaks

See also: Limit Break
Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Limit break icon1.png  Big Shot Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 1 Limit Break Level 1 2s Instant Range icon.png 25y
Line AoE from the user to the action target 30y
Delivers an attack that deals 54% the damage of Braver to all targets in a straight line.
Limit break icon1.png  Desperado Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 1 Limit Break Level 2 3s Instant Range icon.png 25y
Line AoE from the user to the action target 30y
Delivers an attack that deals 117% the damage of Braver to all targets in a straight line.

Physical Ranged DPS actions

See also: Role actions
Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Leg Graze.png  Leg Graze Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 6 Ability Instant 30s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Inflicts target with Heavy +40%.
Duration: 10s
Second Wind.png  Second Wind Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS
Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS
8 Ability Instant 120s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Instantly restores own HP.
Cure Potency: 800
Foot Graze.png  Foot Graze Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 10 Ability Instant 30s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Binds target.
Duration: 10s
Cancels auto-attack upon execution.
Target unbound if damage taken.
Peloton.png  Peloton Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 20 Ability Instant 5s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 30y
Increases movement speed of self and nearby party members as long as they remain within distance.
Duration: 30s
Effect ends when enmity is generated. Cannot be used in battle.
Head Graze.png  Head Graze Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS 24 Ability Instant 30s Range icon.png 25y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Interrupts the use of a target's action.
Arm's Length.png  Arm's Length Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS
Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS
Tank role.png Tank
32 Ability Instant 120s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Creates a barrier nullifying most knockback and draw-in effects.
Duration: 6s
Additional Effect: Slow +20% when barrier is struck
Duration: 15s

Traits

PvE traits

Trait Acquired Quest requirement Level Effect
Heavier Shot.png  Heavier Shot Archer frame icon.png ARC 2 Adds to Heavy Shot a 20% chance to grant Hawk's Eye.
Duration: 30s
Increased Action Damage (archer).png  Increased Action Damage Archer frame icon.png ARC 20 Increases base action damage by 10%.
Increased Action Damage II (archer).png  Increased Action Damage II Archer frame icon.png ARC 40 Increases base action damage by 20%.

Jobs

The archer must specialize into Bard frame icon.png BRD, a DPS job.

Core mechanics

Archer icon.png

The archer offers a decent single-target damage by upkeeping critical hit buffs.

  • Straight Shot.png  Straight Shot - Delivers an attack with a potency of 200.
  • Venomous Bite.png  Venomous Bite - Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
  • Quick Nock.png  Quick Nock - Delivers an attack with a potency of 110 to all enemies in a cone before you.

Venomous Bite is an action that assists with damage-over-time, while Quick Nock is an option for AoE damage.

Achievements

This class is associated with the following achievements:

Name Points Task Reward Patch
Just talkin' 'bout shafts i icon1.png  Just Talkin' 'bout Shafts I 5 Achieve archer level 10. - 2.0
Just talkin' 'bout shafts ii icon1.png  Just Talkin' 'bout Shafts II 5 Achieve archer level 20. - 2.0
Just talkin' 'bout shafts iii icon1.png  Just Talkin' 'bout Shafts III 5 Achieve archer level 30. - 2.0
Just talkin' 'bout shafts iv icon1.png  Just Talkin' 'bout Shafts IV 5 Achieve archer level 40. - 2.0
Just talkin' 'bout shafts v icon1.png  Just Talkin' 'bout Shafts V 5 Achieve archer level 50. - 2.0
Just talkin' 'bout shafts vi icon1.png  Just Talkin' 'bout Shafts VI 5 Achieve archer level 60. - 3.0
Just talkin' 'bout shafts vii icon1.png  Just Talkin' 'bout Shafts VII 5 Achieve archer level 70. - 4.0
Just talkin' 'bout shafts viii icon1.png  Just Talkin' 'bout Shafts VIII 5 Achieve archer level 80. - 5.0
Just talkin' 'bout shafts ix icon1.png  Just Talkin' 'bout Shafts IX 5 Achieve archer level 90. - 6.0

Notable Archers

Gallery

External links

  • Archer on the official website.