Play a Ranger in AOC

Edited by Grimm, MsBarbs, Eng, Anonymous

Hi, you are watching VisiHow, today's video is a player request from the "Age of Conan" (AOC) online game. This video is going to show a new or fresh level 80 ranger character, who does not have the best equipment, how they can effectively kill monsters and survive attacks from monsters in the harder parts of the game. This will let you take down one monster at a time or allow you to take down, relatively easily, two monsters at the same time. Once you have your equipment on, and you get a little bit better equipment, you will be able to take down three monsters and sometimes more.

Let's start with this monster in front of us. This is a level 84 'diseased night runner'. There is a very specific way we are going to attack it, we are going to put down a firetrap, a leg hold trap, then we are going to back up behind those two traps. We are going to use a lower attack bonus, which would trigger our mesmerize shot (mez shot) which will stun the monster for eight seconds. We do not need the full eight seconds, but the mez shot is very important for things that we will do later when we have more than one monster and we need to incapacitate one. Then we are going to prime our next attack with an advantage that advantage is a fire attack. The fire attack will do approximately an extra thousand damage.

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    In addition to that, if we take a quick look at our feats, you can see your feat tree by pressing 'n', you can see that you have 'rending strikes'.
    What this is going to do is after using any advantage the Rangers attack will inflict bleeding wounds on their target. Investing points increases damage dealt by this attack.
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    So we have five points here, that is 100% extra damage, that means we are going to get our thousand points of damage from here.
    The damage over time effects this as well and because we have the lower attack bonus, which is 35% hindered movement, is actually going to be increase to about 60-65% which is going to slow that monster down. He is going to hit our firetrap, he's going to hit our leg trap and he's going to be Stuck there. By then we would have been able to do an upper and a lower attack, and use our bleeding puncture shot, which is going to do damage over time. If he is still alive, we will have had time to get one more upper or lower attack off and use our linebreaker attack. This will knock him back, and if that still doesn't kill him, then we will be able to do another attack. So let's get started.
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    The first thing we do is sneak up a little bit with the character.
    This is far enough.
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    Then we set down our firetrap.
    We will then wait for our timer to finish ticking.
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    We set down our leg hold trap.
    Back up a bit more so that we will not be in range.
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    Then we will want to hide from the monster and start attacking ( Lower attack, prime the shot, take the shot, upper attack, lower attack given, the bleeding shot, upper attack, lower attack, and Linebreaker) .
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    As you can see, he died before linebreaker triggered.
    We barely were hit, and that is how you effectively take out creatures with the abilities. Now let's go ahead and try that again on another monster so you can see how it works.
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    We are in position on another level 84 monster.
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    Let's go ahead and target that guy.
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    We are going to do the same thing as before, set our firetrap, back up a little bit, set our leg hold trap, and back up a little bit.
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    We are going to hide and then use our mesmerizing shot.
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    We are going to prime our next attack, we are going to use our snare attack, the upper shot, the lower shot, extra damage, and upper shot, a lower shot, line breaker, and upper shot, a lower shot, and he is dead.
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    There you go, that is two monsters taken out and each with almost no damage to us.
    Very little damage at all taken and we killed them before they reached us. Now let me show you how to do that where you will take a little damage, but you are going to be taking out two monsters at once. One minute while I re-position the character.
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    Perhaps the most important part of effectively playing a ranger at the higher levels is being able to maximize your damage and your ability to survive.
    That means taking out as many monsters as possible, as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Also sometimes it means switching from your crossbow, or your bow and arrow, to your sword and shield.
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    Let's go ahead and follow our standard procedure.
    We are going to put down our firetrap.
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    back up a little bit and put down our leg hold trap.
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    We are going to switch to our targets that we are going to mez and make sure our second target is in line.
    Okay he is not. So, let's go ahead and hide. I'm going to try this even though I suspect it is going to bring more than one monster.
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    Let's use linebreaker now get these guys out of the way they should knock everyone over.
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    Fire this guy back with a knock-back attack these are extra shots use our stun job a leg hold trap backup gets more shooting let's get this guy out of the way here he keeps coming after us.
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    all right he's dead and they're both dead there you go, 1300 health left, three monsters killed very quickly and I didn't even switch to 'melee'.
    Which honestly I should have.
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    What we are going to do now is show you some of the tricks that you can use with the melee attacks.
    Your sword attack, 'deft stabs', is instant. You can use up and down to increase the damage, but it is just a quick attack. Many times I will just tap it, I do not even use up or down. If I just need a little damage to finish something off.
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    You have your shield hit, 'Shield bash', which is very important.
    This is because the upper attack knocks back a monster, and if you have upper and lower Primed you knock it back and it has a snare.
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    Then of course your 'cripple attack' is particularly useful.
    It roots them. You can get an eight-second root, which is just great for a Ranger. What I like to do is hide. I set my traps like I normally do, I hide, I open up with my mez shot. I apply an advantage to that. I root, just as I snare normally, and I get my two shots off. After I put another shot into it, I plan to be using my knock-back attack. If I am saving traps or whatever, I know instinctively that when I am going to use a knock-back attack it is always an upper attack.
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    So let us show you how that works.
    Sneak up to the guy.
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    Lay down a firetrap and backup a few steps.
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    Lay down a leg hold trap and backup a few steps more so that he cannot reach us.
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    Hide and make sure we have the correct monster targeted.
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    There's our mez shot, fired Vantage attack up down and bang...
    and well I'm sorry folks he died before I could use it.
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    All right let's just go melee on another guy And show you how that works.
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    Get close enough for him to get to us.Get our firetrap set up.
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    What I like to do is to start with a knock-back trap.
    That way I have a leg hold trap if I have to runaway.
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    Run up and get the monster to notice you at which point he will attack.
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    He catches on fire, and then we do an upper, a knockback, an upper, a lower, and add in a fire attack, root, and deft stab.
    Just like that, it is a little messier as you can see we have a little bit less health left than we did, but it is a very effective tactic and the knockback attack and the root are both just fantastic. I use them constantly.
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    Let's go ahead and discuss what makes this character work.
    I'm going to press 'H' and hide while I show you. You are going to want to press 'n' to bring up your feats.
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    This speed set is specifically geared towards fighting on your own.
    The first set in each column doesn't matter as you have to take it. However, on the left side of the 'waylayer' tree we have the concussive blast, which is a bomb that gives a two second delay.
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    Then we have the scatter shots, which increases the column in which we do extra damage.
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    You don't need these first two melee abilities.
    As we are switching Back-and-forth the little extra they give us like the reduction in time etc. Are basically a waste of time. However, the third one is great to have as it knocks things back pretty far and they sit there for a second.
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    The second ones are the 'furtive attacks' that reduce hate.
    we absolutely do not need that.
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    The 'evasive action' we use that all the time, that is a 30% Evade chance increase For 10 seconds.
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    The same thing with the 'improved evasive action' it is great to have.
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    We do not need to have 'Quick shots' it is for reducing the reuse time on most combos.
    Again, we are switching back and forth between attacks so we just do not need that. You have not seen me need that at all.
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    These over here all damaging things and we want those.
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    This is an advantage that causes damage, almost 1000 points we want that.
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    This advantage is not that great, it is team thing, and I am not in a team.
    We do not need it.
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    This again increases our damage.
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    This increases the cool down of our traps lets us lay down more traps.
    If we have to run away they are very important.
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    This is fantastic after using an advantage it automatically does damage, we discussed this earlier and you are going to want to have that.
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    This is useless.
    But it gets us to linebreaker which is that great combo that I have been using.
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    This great combo hits the target and knocks them back flipping so it is a great ability.
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    Up here, you want the increased range
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    Don't even consider this.
    It is waste of time and it is nothing that you absolutely cannot already get.
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    This is great it increases your damage when anything is trapped.
    Since you have things trapped all the time you will get an increase each time.
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    Not worried about this stamina, vigor, and recovery are not really an issue when you are solo.
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    Don't worry about this.
    You are solo so everything is going to hate you.
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    You need to take this one; it is great, because you get that combo that gives you the shield thing.
    If you don't take this you don't get the shield combo.
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    More damage absolutely we will take that.
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    This is an advantage, and you want to have two advantages.
    That way when you use one and it goes on a 45 second cool down, the other will be available, and it may have a 20-25 second cool down. This way you can use both of them in longer attack sequence, which is helpful. Or if you are moving from target-to-target you can change them.
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    Our trap we do want to increase the leg hold time length.
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    Extra damage, we want it.
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    Extra damage, we want it.
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    This allows you to trap more than one foe.
    This is great if when swarmed by a group of monsters, you can trap a set of them, run away, and then trap any that are still following you seconds later. The concussive bomb is also great in that situation because it just stuns everything.
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    One thing I sometimes do, is drop off some of my clever trapping, and rapid trapping because you do not use much of those and I put those points into 'fancy footwork'.
    That is because you get a 73-point increase to your critical damage. It basically works out to a 10% increase if you have this ability triggered and since you are using evasive action pretty regularly this ability will often trigger and that lets you get extra damage from criticals.
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    Anyway, that is everything thank you for watching VisiHow and hopefully we have been able to help you with this tutorial.
    If you need Additional help or anything else just let us know in the comments section. Do please give us a like, a share, or whatever else. In addition, let us know if you need some more videos as I will be happy to make them. I do like playing the game and any excuse is great. Thanks and have a great day.
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