ALL AROUND RANGER MVP HUNTING GUIDE
This will be my first attempt at making a guide here. Even though the title says that this is for MVP Hunting, you can also use this for other PvE stuff like doing Caspen Dungeon and Bossnia. I'm not really a pro at this class considering I am mostly a casual gamer, but I'm doing this in the hope of helping other fellow newbie Ranger users. I might even have errors in the way I describe things, so if you see one, feel free to correct me.
It is highly recommended that you are already a Rank B or above Hero. But if not, this is still doable to some degree. However, once you start getting your higher tier weapons and better equipment, your damage will improve by a lot.
This guide will probably sum up my entire experience so far in playing the Ranger class. Let's begin.
STR - 270 (For carrying a lot of stuff)
AGI - 130 (Just put enough here so your ASPD won't get decreased due to being hit by Decrease AGI)
VIT - 300 (For survivability)
INT - 110 (Just enough for your SP pool)
DEX - 500 (Your main stat, so max it)
LUK - 300 (For times when you're bored and just go with normal attacks. Also for proccing Blitz Beat or Wug Strike 100% of the time)
ITEM: Desert Prince Cap / Danzos' Bandage / Creed Helm (Or any upper headgear that gives the same or effect)
OBTAIN LOCATION: You can get the Desert Prince Cap and the Danzo's Bandage from the Vote4Points Shop (@warp caspen 147 210) for 20 and 100 Vote Tokens respectively. You can get the Creed Helm from the DreamerRO Market (@go 49 or @go market) for 15 DreamerRO Tokens.
CARD: Kiel D-01
USAGE: The headgear's' effect of giving you a chance to convert a percentage of your damage dealt into Health is invaluable. Most of the time, this will save you from bring any healing items. The skill delay reduction is needed in using Sharpshooting since it has a bit of a skill delay.
ITEM 1: Antique Demon Wings / Baron Dragon Wings / Bloody Angel Wings / Flaming Fire Wings (Or any wing that gives at least 25% Skill Delay Reduction)
OBTAIN LOCATION: You can get the Antique Demon Wings and Baron Dragon Wings from the Vote4Points Shop (@warp caspen 147 210) for 120 Vote Tokens each. You can get the Bloody Angel Wings and Flaming Fire Wings at the Daily Quest NPC (@warp caspen 180 185) for 8 dRO Tokens each.
CARD: Kiel D-01
USAGE: The skill delay reduction is needed in using Sharpshooting since it has a bit of a skill delay.
ITEM 2: Shaira Wings / Red Fluffy Wings (Or any wing that an anti-strip effect)
You can get the Shaira Wings from the Vote4Points Shop (@warp caspen 147 210) for 120 Vote Tokens. You can get the Red Fluffy Wings at the Daily Quest NPC (@warp caspen 180 185) for 8 dRO Tokens.
CARD: Kiel D-01
USAGE: Some bosses have the nasty habit of stripping your equipment (ex. Moonlight Flower) and using this wing will prevent that. The skill delay reduction is needed in using Sharpshooting since it has a bit of a skill delay.
ITEM: Melody Ring (Or any lower headgear that gives the same or effect)
OBTAIN LOCATION: You can get the Melody Ring from the Vote4Points Shop (@warp caspen 147 210) for 120 Vote Tokens.
CARD: Orc Hero or Glorifed Orc Hero
USAGE: This will serve as your resist item. Since getting stunned, silenced, or frozen some of the most annoying things that can happen when you're hunting MVPs. You can just ignore the knock back effect of Storm Gust since you can just continue using skills or auto-attacks at range.
ITEM: Death Ballista / Gastraphetes / Quincy Cross
OBTAIN LOCATION: You can get the Death Ballista from the Daily Quest NPC (caspen 180 185) for 2 dRO Quest Tokens. Alternatively, you can get it by exchanging a Death Weapon Coupon at the Achievement Manager. Most of the time veteran players will just be handing out Death Weapon Coupons to newbies, however you can also buy it from the vending area (@go vend) for around 1b zeny. You can get a Gastraphetes Bow as a reward for the Rank B Hero Weapon Quest. You can get a Quincy Cross Bow as a reward for your first Elite Weapon.
CARD: Use two sets of bows. One for non-thanable MVPs (or your all-purpose bow) and the other for thanable ones (meaning, using a Thanatos Card will hurt them more)
BOW 1: 2x Turtle General Card, 1 Randgris Card, 1 Fused Dracula Card
BOW 2: 2x Abysmal Knight Card, 1 Randgris Card, 1 Thanatos Card
USAGE: As explained above, use the appropriate bow for each boss. The purpose of the Randgris Card is that some MVPs can break your weapon and you don't want to return to town to repair only to go back and find out that it has teleported or been killed by another player, or you're inside an instance with an inescapable cooldown once you exit it in any way and you have to wait for it. The Fused Dracula is there (aside from increasing your damage) to act as a fail-safe in case your Upper Headgear gets broken.
ITEM: Valkyrie Shield
OBTAIN LOCATION: You can a Valkyrie Shield from a Valkyrie mob at Odin Temple (@warp odin_tem03). You can also get it from the Death Match Manager NPC (@warp casp_auct02 34 28) for 250 DM Points.
CARDS: Alice, Thara Frog
USAGE: Using a Valkyrie Shield equipped with an Alice Card will reduce the damage from Boss Monsters by 40%. When facing Lighthalzen Dungeon Bosses (ex. Lord Knight Seyren), you might want to switch to a Thara Frog Card equipped Valkyrie Shield since their summons will hurt quite a bit.
ITEM: White Wing Suit
OBTAIN LOCATION: You can get a White Wing Suit from Anubis (@warp in_sphinx4).
CARDS: Tao Gunka, Gloom Under Night, Ktullanux, Evil Druid
USAGE: You will be bringing several White Wing Suits with the attached cards above. Your primary armor will be the one with the Tao Gunka Card. Just switch Gloom Under Night or Ktullanux depending on the element/race of the MVP since using these will greatly increase your damage output. Use Evil Druid to avoid getting massively damaged by Pharaoh or the MVPs in the Epsilon Room of the MVP Warper in case you're going to go hunt some Baphomet Dolls. As part of the White Wing Set, using the complete set will grant you +2 ASPD, Arrow Storm Damage +50%, Long Range Physical Attack +30%, and a chance of auto casting Level 3 Double Strafe when dealing long range physical attacks.
ITEM: White Wing Manteau
OBTAIN LOCATION: You can get this from the Guardian of Power NPC (@warp mora 153 96) at Mora Vilalge for 10 Mora Coins. You can get Mora Coins by doing the various Quests there. You can unlock the Daily Quests by completing first the Wandering Guardian Quest.
CARD: This item has no slot.
USAGE: As part of the White Wing Set, using the complete set will grant you +2 ASPD, Arrow Storm Damage +50%, Long Range Physical Attack +30%, and a chance of auto casting Level 3 Double Strafe when dealing long range physical attacks.
ITEM: White Wing Shoes
OBTAIN LOCATION: You can get this from the Guardian of Power NPC (@warp mora 153 96) at Mora Village for 10 Mora Coins. You can get Mora Coins by doing the various Quests there. You can unlock the Daily Quests by completing first the Wandering Guardian Quest.
CARD: Fused Edgga or Amon Ra
USAGE: To avoid getting locked in a spot due to sustaining a lot of hits, getting the Endure effect of the Fused Edgga is a life-saver. Use the Fused one since the normal Edgga Card will reduce your HP by 25%. Alternatively, you can also use an Amon Ra Card for defensive purposes. As part of the White Wing Set, using the complete set will grant you +2 ASPD, Arrow Storm Damage +50%, Long Range Physical Attack +30%, and a chance of auto casting Level 3 Double Strafe when dealing long range physical attacks.
ITEM: White Wing Brooch
OBTAIN LOCATION: You can get a White Wing Brooch from Gold Acidus (@warp abyss_03) or Blue Acidus (@warp abyss_02).
CARD: This item has no slot.
USAGE: It has a good effect of increasing your long range physical attacks by 3%. As part of the White Wing Set, using the complete set will grant you +2 ASPD, Arrow Storm Damage +50%, Long Range Physical Attack +30%, and a chance of auto casting Level 3 Double Strafe when dealing long range physical attacks.
ITEM: Aluminium Gloves
OBTAIN LOCATION: You can get this item from Forging, DreamerRO Market (@go 49 or @go market) for 7 DreamerRO Tokens. Alternatively, you can just buy this from other players for around 3b to 4b zeny.
CARD: Gold Scaraba
USAGE: The 5% skill delay reduction is a nice thing to have aside from its stat bonuses. The card will also give you a +200 to your ATK.
Bring all elemental arrows with the highest damage per element. You can get these from the Projectile Dealer NPC (@warp ayo_in01 26 91) at the Zeny Mall (@go 48). Since arrows are not consumed at all, you only need to bring enough so that your skills will work. You only need ten of each arrow.
Arrow of Wind (Wind), Crystal Arrow (Water) , Fire Arrow (Fire), Stone Arrow (Earth), Holy Arrow (Holy), Arrow of Shadow (Shadow), Immaterial Arrow (Ghost), Rusty Arrow (Poison), and Oridecon Arrow (Neutral).
A good stat increasing pet is invaluable. You can start off by getting the Custom Pets from the Pet Hunter NPC (@warp casp_in01 60 191) using Golden Pet Coins. You can get Golden Pet Coins from the Vote4Points Shop (@warp caspen 147 210) for 20 Vote Tokens. Depending on the Pet you want from the Pet Hunter NPC, it can cost you 1 to 2 Golden Pet Coins. These pets give +30 to STR, INT, and DEX. For other pets that give better effects and stats, you can purchase them from the DreamerRO Market (@go 49 or @go market) Pet Eggs NPC or from other players, whichever is cheaper. To have an idea of the pets that you might want to get, you can refer to this custom pet guide for Dreamer RO.
ITEMS AND CONSUMABLES TO BRING
Mastela Fruit or Yggdrasil Berries - Primarily use Mastela Fruit since it has little to no cooldown between usage and this will save you more often than not. Use Berries for times when you can't use Mastela like in the Caspen Dungeon. You can get these from the All-Purpose Tool Dealer in Caspen (@warp caspen 156 193) or at the Zeny Mall (@go 48). You can also farm for these items inside Bossnia, at the Death Field (@warp izlu2dun), or in the Royal Chamber.
Aloevera - Using this item will cast Provoke on yourself, thus slightly increasing your damage. You can farm this item from Sky Petite (@warp gef_fild08) and Earth Petite (@warp gef_fild06).
LV10 Blessing Scroll - An extra +30 to your STR, INT, and DEX is a good thing to have. You can get this from the All-Purpose Tool Dealer in Caspen (@warp caspen 156 193) or at the Zeny Mall (@go 48), or farm it from Smuck (@warp izlu2dun).
Guarana Candy - An alternative to buying LV10 Agility Scrolls. It casts LV 5 Increase AGI on yourself. Using this item will also cancel the effects of Decrease AGI on you. You can get this item by doing the Guarana Quest.
Panacea - Your all around solution to status effects. You'll be mostly using this when you're blinded, poisoned, and cursed. You can get this from the All-Purpose Tool Dealer in Caspen (@warp caspen 156 193) or at the Zeny Mall (@go 48).
Falcon Flute - A nifty item to have. Instead of going back to the Main NPC when you've switched out your Falcon for your Warg, you can just use this to instantly call back your Falcon anytime, anywhere. You can get this item from the Falcon Flute Trader NPC (@warp hu_in01 386 307) in the Hunter's Guild in Hugel. Just remember that you cannot have both Falcon and Warg out at the same time since you can only use one summon at a time.
Double Strafe - Your bread and butter skill. When gaining your Quincy Cross weapon, your damage with this skill will significantly increase due to the weapon's effect.
Sharpshooting - I did mention earlier about having skill delay reduction to use this skill at its optimal level. This skill is useful when you're dealing with an MVP or a lot of MVPs that have tons of summoned mobs around them. Use this skill for dealing good damage and clearing out the summons at the same time.
Arrow Storm - Your nuke skill. With the damage boost from the White Wing Set, this skill will deal massive amounts of damage when paired correctly with the right arrow and damage increasing armor.
Improve Concentration, True Sight, Fear Breeze, and Wind Walk - Your primary buff skills.
Unlimit, and Full Throttle - Since these skills have a long cooldown time, you're mainly going to use these when you want to finish off an MVP quickly or deal significant amounts of damage before anyone else could steal your loot priority.
Sensitive Keen - A good alternative to Detect. Especially good when mobs or MVPs are hiding. Using this skill will get them out of hiding status even without targeting. Of course, you'll need your Warg summoned to use this.
SOME TACTICS WHEN FACING MVPs
Don't rely too much on the healing effect of your upper headgear. This will greatly apply if you're just auto attacking an MVP and AFK for a bit. The MVP might damage you more than you could heal yourself and you'll just die. Of course, if you're already familiar with an MVP's damage, you could just do this without worry.
If you notice that you're missing your auto attacks or skills, most likely, the boss has Pneuma activated. When this happens, keep moving to another spot so that the MVP won't be standing on its Pneuma.
If you're planning on just normal attacking, it's best that you summon your Warg to greatly boost your damage.
Remember and familiarize each MVP's race and what element it is weak against and if Thanatos Card works on them. Doing so with greatly boost your damage and will trivialize annoying MVPs that heal a lot like Mistress, Doppelganger, and Moonlight Flower.
Of course, it would be self-explanatory that most of the items recommended here can be bought from other players and there's no need to actually do the quests for them, except for your Hero Weapons, which are a must.
The White Wing Set pieces can be enchanted by the Artifact Researcher (@warp mora 147 98) at Mora Village using Mora Coins. However, the stats these enchants give are not that much compared to other enchanting NPCs.
I have personally hunted MVPs with these items, completed Endless Tower solo, done 3k Caspen Dungeon kills, farmed at Bossnia, and more. As a testament to my improvements from before having these items, I cannot even kill Valkyrie Randgris. Now, she's just a piece of cake.
Upgrade levels for your equipment will depend on you. If you have the extra zeny and patience, you can go ahead and upgrade your items to the max and get the best enchants for them.
Utilize shortcut keys so you wont have to keep on clicking on your skill bars. You'll become more efficient this way.
Placement of skills and consumables can vary from person to person. I, personally, put my offensive skills and some consumables on the first skill bar, buffs on the second, arrows on the third, and the rest of the consumables and items on the fourth.
Experience is always the best teacher.
I hope this guide will be able to help my fellow newbie Rangers out there. Thank you for reading.