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The Best Gunner/Hunter DPS Build for PSO2

The Best Gunner/Hunter DPS Build for PSO2

Optimal and well-rounded setup for the Gunner DPS character in Phantasy Star Online 2 second only to Gunner/Fighter in terms of raw numbers

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Guide notes
May 29, 2020
-Build created


1. Introduction

Gunner is a very aggressive Ranged Class (think Fighter with firearms) that is very fun to play, extremely dynamic and engaging, but also hard to master. Despite its "Ranged" designation, the Class focuses on point-blank range combat and relies on dodges as well as high mobility to avoid incoming damage. Gunner's damage output is very respectable and, thanks to the Chain Trigger Skill, it is one of the most bursty Phantasy Star Online 2 Classes, especially in a well-designed group.

To boost our Gunner's DPS even further, and give him some much-needed survivability, we have chosen the Hunter as our Sub Class. This Sub Class choice makes our Gunner build a great choice for all players who want to try Gunner for the first time, as it makes the class a bit more forgiving without gimping its capabilities. 

Important note:  This build idea adopts a lot from the JP version of the game and might be slightly reworked as we get to do more thorough testing for the PC version. Nevertheless, it will provide a very solid base for beginners who want to delve down the path of the Gunner, and help you understand the basic playstyle and principles of this Class.


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2. General Information and playstyle

This is an extremely versatile Build focused on relentless offense with a much-needed bit of survivability attached. One of the most important things you have to remember while using it is: Never. Stop. Moving. Gunner is designed for dynamic gameplay; Utilize your Dive Roll to its fullest and take advantage of the fact that you can keep attacking while using it, thanks to the Dive Roll Shot. Also, always try to lock your Chain Trigger to a weak point; this might be quite difficult at times, but it is one of those things that differentiate a great Gunner from a good one. 

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3. Build's PROS & CONS

  • Very high damage output
  • Solid Burst Damage
  • Great mobility
  • Ability to dodge incoming damage
  • Engaging, aggressive gameplay
  • APM-intensive gameplay can be quite intimidating for new players; high skill ceiling with a somewhat steep learning curve
  • Very short attack range for a Ranged-type Class (with Twin Machine Guns) makes you vulnerable 


4. Skill Trees

Our recommended setup was made for a level 75 Characters (the current cap on the English/North American server) with the Gunner main class and Hunter sub-class. As for the Gunner's side of things, the build is focused on maximizing Damage and Mobility, which supports the Class's dynamic playstyle. It is important to note, that you should allocate as few points as possible (which means 0) to "Ranged Power Up" Skills, as they provide a flat bonus that does not scale well into the late game (three points have to be allocated into Ranged Power Up 1, to start things off, however); don't fall into the flat damage bonus trap. As for our Subclass, Hunter, it is built to increase damage output and survivability. The complete Skill Trees look as follows: 

Gunner Skill Tree
Core Gunner Skills:
Dive Roll Dive Roll - Greatly increases your mobility by allowing you to quickly jump-dive in any direction. Also great for dodging enemy attacks. 
Dive Roll Shot Dive Roll Shot - Allows you to attack during your Dive Rolls. This is one of the most important Gunner skills; you want to Dive Roll as much as possible to stay mobile, and this skill allows you to keep up your DPS while doing it. 
Perfect Recovery Perfect Recovery - Extremely important skill; it allows you to get up instantly after getting knocked down. The usefulness of this skill just cannot be overexaggerated. 
Twin Machine Guns Mastery Twin Machine Guns Mastery - Increases your PP recovery and grants you a Critical Damage Bonus when you have Twin Machine Guns equipped. This greatly increases your power level when you have Twin MGs equipped. 
Showtime Showtime - This, combined with the Showtime Star will allow you to greatly boost your resource generation, you don't really need it maxed-out, however. 
Chain Trigger Chain Trigger - Starts an Attack Chain when you strike an enemy with a normal attack following Skill Activation. This skill, as well as all skills that derive from it, are this build's main selling point. Chain Trigger should be used as often as possible. 
Hunter Skill Tree
Core Hunter Skills:
Perfect Attack Bonus Perfect Attack Bonus (1 & 2) - This gives your non-Technique perfect attacks a very solid damage boost. Must-have for an offensive-focussed character. 
Fury Stance Fury Stance - Increases your Damage Dealt and Damage Received. It is important to rise it to 10/10 as rank 10 mitigates damage taken increase, leaving just damage bonus. A large portion of this build's damage output comes from this skill. Fury Stance 1 & 2 improve your gains from this even further. 
Critical Fury Critical Fury - You want to use Fury Stance at all times, which makes this skill a must-have. It boosts your critical hit rate by 25% extra when maxed out. 
Auto-Mate Half Auto-Mate Half - Your character will automatically use a "-mate' item when your Health falls below half. If you don't have lightning-fast reflexes, this will make your life much, much easier. It will also allow you to play more aggressively without looking after your HP total as much. 
Hunter Physique Hunter Physique - Reduces damage taken and prevents you from being knocked down while active. A very powerful defensive cooldown, when maxed out, it has a whopping 50% uptime. 


5. Recommended Gear

Forward Stylish Roll this allows you to roll forward when using the Dive Roll. With this ring, you will be able to chase down your enemies with aggressive rolls. 
HP Restore Grants you the HP Restore skill while equipped. This will increase your survivability and allow you to play even more aggressively. 
Saiki Houyoko+Saiki Sou+Saiki Shoke
Saiki Set
One of the most powerful Sets in the game. It gives you +60 across all offensive stats (S-Atk, R-Atk, and T-Atk) as well as 80 Dexterity and 25 PP. As for Affixes, Soul3/Attack3/HP3orPP3/Fever should be good enough.


Ranged Attack This build relies purely on Ranged Attacks so you need to use the R-ATK Type Mag and evolve it accordingly

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If you have any other build requests please let us know in the comments section below. We are going to continue our work on PSO2 characters to create various builds for most of the available Character combinations. We will appreciate your feedback so that we can improve our content to be more suitable for beginners but also the more advanced players. 


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