|August 24, 2021
In longer encounters, sustained damage always beats burst as a fight longer than a couple of minutes is a marathon, not a sprint. On the other hand, burst damage beats sustained DPS in solo content. Thus, one might think that he should focus on one of these, depending on the type of content they enjoy. However, doing so will result in a hyper-specialized build that excels at one thing but is sub-par in all other aspects. This is why we've decided to combine Burst Damage of the Bow with Sustained Damage of the Spear to create an all-purpose PvE build.
Our "Huntsman" Bow/Spear Build focuses on powerful damage over time effects, coupled with high crit chance and a nice cooldown reduction. As a result, it is capable of delivering a deadly mixture of burst and sustained damage. Thanks to a mix of a ranged and a melee weapon, it is also very versatile - you can spend half of the fight in melee and don't lose out. For the best efficiency, we recommend opening with the bow as doing so will apply DoTs and deal high burst damage (aim for the head). Then, switch to the spear to keep the damage up. In longer fights, switch back to the Bow to re-apply DotS and debuffs. Also, if there are multiple enemies present, consider holding on to your Bow's AoE cooldowns - use them after the tank groups up the mobs.
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|Good Burst Damage||Lacks Crowd Control|
|Good Sustain||Bad for Kiting|
|High Crit Chance||Bow Requires Arrows - a minor but rather annoying thing|
|Nice Cooldown Reduction|
|STRENGTH||5 (+0) No points added here|
|DEXTERITY||150 (+0) This is the primary stat for both of your weapons - you should invest most of your points into it. Doing so will maximize your damage output and have a side-effect of making you better at skinning. You should aim to get 5 Dexterity bonuses, which means 250 points in total.|
|INTELLIGENCE||5 (+0) No points added here|
|FOCUS||5 (+0) No points added here|
|CONSTITUTION||50 (+0) With this build, you will spend quite a lot of time in melee and thus you should invest some points into Constitution. Doing so will increase your overall health and make you much more resistant to incoming damage. If you feel like you don't need extra resilience, you can invest these points into Dexterity and get some Constitution from Gear later.|
A fast-firing ranged weapon that offers a deadly mix of Single Target and AoE Damage, while also offering a nice boost to mobility (in the form of active abilities and passives). It has a great burst damage potential and can apply vicious damage over time effects to multiple targets at a time. For this build, we focus on Bow's burst damage and its damage over time effects but take only minimal crowd control.
A fun-to-use melee weapon that offers high reach, and a deadly mix of debuffs, damage over time effects, and sustained damage. It works wonders in the combination with a Bow as both of them use Dexterity as their primary stat and their skills supplement themselves very well. For a melee weapon, Spear is rather difficult to master and will require some practice, but the effects are definitely worth it. For this build, we focus on the Impaler skill tree to maximize sustained damage by reducing cooldowns and boosting up DoTs.
First and foremost, you should try to get 250 total Dexterity points (which means only 50 Constitution). However, this does not mean that you should just spend all your points on Dex and get full Dex gear - If you not only do Expeditions but also play Solo or like to PvP from time to time, consider getting a bit more Constitution. As for Armor Weight, you should use Light/Medium Armor to benefit from the increased damage they provide.
We are obviously going to update this section when the full game is released, and we have more time to get familiar with all the Perks, Gems, and specific attributes of higher rarity equipment. Any changes to this guide will be described on top of the page in Build notes.
This is the initial version of our New World Bow/Spear DPS build. We tried to include all the important information on how to set up a character to run it, while also trying to keep the guide as compact as possible. If we've missed something of importance, please let us know!
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