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Everything needed to know about Bow/Bow in PVE - Updated for Stonethorn

  • JulLeBarge
    Thanks for you advice :)
  • Jowrik
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    SodanTok wrote: »
    Updated for Greymoor, whatever was necessary. My interest in ESO hit record low thanks to last 3 (and upcoming 4th) updates that were so focused on standardization they managed to ruin most of class and skill balance and yet somehow always underperforming stamina ranged setups *fit* their....

    Spot on man. It's been a hard time accepting what direction the game is taking. Performance, balance and class/build uniqueness has hit rock bottom for me.
    Edited by Jowrik on July 5, 2020 11:17PM
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  • rumple9
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    Why would anyone use anything other than Marksman + Hawkeye and Skoria for pvp?
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    rumple9 wrote: »
    Why would anyone use anything other than Marksman + Hawkeye and Skoria for pvp?

    Probably because those are bad sets, but i think you are in wrong thread?


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    Why are they bad sets?
  • SodanTok
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    rumple9 wrote: »
    Why are they bad sets?

    They give less damage than other sets, plain and simple. Skoria isnt even damage set good for stamina user with worthless 1pc and 2pc thats okay only in noCP environment.


  • sindalstar
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    Hey SodanTok

    Any intial build thoughts on sets and skills that Bow dudes should be considering?
  • SodanTok
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    sindalstar wrote: »
    Hey SodanTok

    Any intial build thoughts on sets and skills that Bow dudes should be considering?

    hey, sorry can you be more specific? I went over gear and skills to consider in the main post so need bit more specific question or I would answer the same way as there ^^'


  • sindalstar
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    SodanTok wrote: »
    sindalstar wrote: »
    Hey SodanTok

    Any intial build thoughts on sets and skills that Bow dudes should be considering?

    hey, sorry can you be more specific? I went over gear and skills to consider in the main post so need bit more specific question or I would answer the same way as there ^^'

    Oh, Sorry

    I could have SWORN i added 'for the next dlc patch'
    I meant for the upcoming changes that are happening
  • SodanTok
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    sindalstar wrote: »
    SodanTok wrote: »
    sindalstar wrote: »
    Hey SodanTok

    Any intial build thoughts on sets and skills that Bow dudes should be considering?

    hey, sorry can you be more specific? I went over gear and skills to consider in the main post so need bit more specific question or I would answer the same way as there ^^'

    Oh, Sorry

    I could have SWORN i added 'for the next dlc patch'
    I meant for the upcoming changes that are happening

    That makes more sense :) Shame I cant offer much of an answer as I havent done testing and cant promise I will. One thing is clear that there is no AY coming back again like its for regular stam builds as its still melee locked. In that sense I see only DPS gap getting bigger, which is obvious cause of ranged stam being mostly ignored.

    Basically I dont believe anything will change. Gear like Lokke, Rele, Tzogvin will still be relevant just first two weaker. Improved Acuity or Fanged Snake might offer some alternatives one would have to test and explore.

    Nothing changed to skills as far as I am aware so no changes. Stamsorcs get spammable to use which is pretty good and interesting change but will still be worse than Snipe.


  • Provin915
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    Nice guide. Just turned 50 on my first character. I went as a Nightblade Bow. Should I opt for a second bow or 2H for backbar (PvE)? Also, what gear should I farm first before getting the BiS gear? I'm not CP160 yet..

    Anyone have a up-to-date guide for a stamina Nightblade Bow build?
    Edited by Provin915 on August 24, 2020 9:25AM
  • SodanTok
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    Provin915 wrote: »
    Nice guide. Just turned 50 on my first character. I went as a Nightblade Bow. Should I opt for a second bow or 2H for backbar (PvE)? Also, what gear should I farm first before getting the BiS gear? I'm not CP160 yet..

    Anyone have a up-to-date guide for a stamina Nightblade Bow build?

    All is written in original post including gear alternatives. Its up to you to pick and choose what is easier to get. Set that costs money, set that needs master crafter, set you can get in dungeon and so on....

    Edited by SodanTok on August 24, 2020 11:37AM


  • MudcrabAttack
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    Last night on my Nightblade archer I swapped from Tzogvin to Mechanical Acuity since I had some lying around from a couple years ago and Tzogvin takes several seconds to proc, Acuity is now instant. Then I swapped Vicious Ophedian for Swamp Raider since there's about 2/3 disease and poison damage on average throughout the dungeon runs, and Nightblade has resource return for each kill now. It all worked pretty well.
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    any thoughts on the venomous smite set? i've been getting some solid results with mine, especially on necro. has some nice aoe too.
  • SodanTok
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    Arwyr wrote: »
    any thoughts on the venomous smite set? i've been getting some solid results with mine, especially on necro. has some nice aoe too.

    Not really, its same as most average proc sets. Not really relevant in usage. If considering only strong proc sets Relequen will out DPS it single target and sets like Azureblight for AoE.


  • Provin915
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    Relequen seems to be the BiS gear, but isn't it situational? Does the gear set still outperform other sets if you can't keep up max stacks?

    Can Lokkestiiz be swapped out? You can get Major Slayer from Roaring Opportunist which is a great set for magicka builds right?

    As for monster sets; Velidreth's seems really good, but do you need to be in close-range in order to hit the target? As bow/bow I try to stay long-range. Will Velidreth be useful then? Is Stormfist/Sellistrix better? Or can I completely remove monster sets and get two full gear sets?

    Master Bow/VMA are still BiS right?

    Looking for advice. Want to min-max my NB bow/bow.
  • SodanTok
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    Provin915 wrote: »
    Relequen seems to be the BiS gear, but isn't it situational? Does the gear set still outperform other sets if you can't keep up max stacks?

    Can Lokkestiiz be swapped out? You can get Major Slayer from Roaring Opportunist which is a great set for magicka builds right?

    As for monster sets; Velidreth's seems really good, but do you need to be in close-range in order to hit the target? As bow/bow I try to stay long-range. Will Velidreth be useful then? Is Stormfist/Sellistrix better? Or can I completely remove monster sets and get two full gear sets?

    Master Bow/VMA are still BiS right?

    Looking for advice. Want to min-max my NB bow/bow.

    All sets are situational :) Changes to relequen made it more usable than it was before but when its not there is all the other alternatives I have listed and alternatives I did not even consider. Lokke can also be swapped out of course, again, its situational. RO on healer (or well DD if thats their thing), War Machine/Master Architect in group are the time to swap out of it.
    And again to be replaced by one of alternatives, there is no default set like AY to just pick whenever rele/lokke needs to be swapped but pretty much Tzogwin, Leviathan, NMA are the easy options.

    Monster sets are weak. Only real strong monster set that works with bow in hand is Maarselok. Master Bow should be your go to default weapon unless you need AoE damage or like using Maarselok. If you need some AoE damage then Veli would probably be useful and can hit enemies (not really precise hit) from quite a range. Stromfist or Sellistrix are sets of past, usable only when you really cant get anything better.

    Reason I mention Maarselok or even Velidreth is that long-range is usually temporary state. Being able to DPS long range targets is definitely the main benefit but staying in long range doesnt happen all that often.

    tl;dr use Master/VMA bow with relequen and lokke by default and change anything only if you are trying to minmax for specific situations.


  • Provin915
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    SodanTok wrote: »
    Provin915 wrote: »
    Relequen seems to be the BiS gear, but isn't it situational? Does the gear set still outperform other sets if you can't keep up max stacks?

    Can Lokkestiiz be swapped out? You can get Major Slayer from Roaring Opportunist which is a great set for magicka builds right?

    As for monster sets; Velidreth's seems really good, but do you need to be in close-range in order to hit the target? As bow/bow I try to stay long-range. Will Velidreth be useful then? Is Stormfist/Sellistrix better? Or can I completely remove monster sets and get two full gear sets?

    Master Bow/VMA are still BiS right?

    Looking for advice. Want to min-max my NB bow/bow.

    All sets are situational :) Changes to relequen made it more usable than it was before but when its not there is all the other alternatives I have listed and alternatives I did not even consider. Lokke can also be swapped out of course, again, its situational. RO on healer (or well DD if thats their thing), War Machine/Master Architect in group are the time to swap out of it.
    And again to be replaced by one of alternatives, there is no default set like AY to just pick whenever rele/lokke needs to be swapped but pretty much Tzogwin, Leviathan, NMA are the easy options.

    Monster sets are weak. Only real strong monster set that works with bow in hand is Maarselok. Master Bow should be your go to default weapon unless you need AoE damage or like using Maarselok. If you need some AoE damage then Veli would probably be useful and can hit enemies (not really precise hit) from quite a range. Stromfist or Sellistrix are sets of past, usable only when you really cant get anything better.

    Reason I mention Maarselok or even Velidreth is that long-range is usually temporary state. Being able to DPS long range targets is definitely the main benefit but staying in long range doesnt happen all that often.

    tl;dr use Master/VMA bow with relequen and lokke by default and change anything only if you are trying to minmax for specific situations.

    Ty for the reply man!

    I'll probably stick with Relequen and VO for now. Those seem pretty strong overall. What do you think about Tzogvin? Is the 5-set bonus better than Relequen's 5-set?

    Hmm I barely use bash so I think Maarselok would be wasted on me. I agree on your point I'm not constantly long-range which kinda sucks because it defeats the purpose of the bow-passives and playstyle. If you think monster-sets are weak, what do you think about running full Relequen and Tzogvin set for example? You'd get quite strong bonuses.

    I'll definitely stick with the Master and VMA bow.
  • SodanTok
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    Provin915 wrote: »
    SodanTok wrote: »
    Provin915 wrote: »
    Relequen seems to be the BiS gear, but isn't it situational? Does the gear set still outperform other sets if you can't keep up max stacks?

    Can Lokkestiiz be swapped out? You can get Major Slayer from Roaring Opportunist which is a great set for magicka builds right?

    As for monster sets; Velidreth's seems really good, but do you need to be in close-range in order to hit the target? As bow/bow I try to stay long-range. Will Velidreth be useful then? Is Stormfist/Sellistrix better? Or can I completely remove monster sets and get two full gear sets?

    Master Bow/VMA are still BiS right?

    Looking for advice. Want to min-max my NB bow/bow.

    All sets are situational :) Changes to relequen made it more usable than it was before but when its not there is all the other alternatives I have listed and alternatives I did not even consider. Lokke can also be swapped out of course, again, its situational. RO on healer (or well DD if thats their thing), War Machine/Master Architect in group are the time to swap out of it.
    And again to be replaced by one of alternatives, there is no default set like AY to just pick whenever rele/lokke needs to be swapped but pretty much Tzogwin, Leviathan, NMA are the easy options.

    Monster sets are weak. Only real strong monster set that works with bow in hand is Maarselok. Master Bow should be your go to default weapon unless you need AoE damage or like using Maarselok. If you need some AoE damage then Veli would probably be useful and can hit enemies (not really precise hit) from quite a range. Stromfist or Sellistrix are sets of past, usable only when you really cant get anything better.

    Reason I mention Maarselok or even Velidreth is that long-range is usually temporary state. Being able to DPS long range targets is definitely the main benefit but staying in long range doesnt happen all that often.

    tl;dr use Master/VMA bow with relequen and lokke by default and change anything only if you are trying to minmax for specific situations.

    Ty for the reply man!

    I'll probably stick with Relequen and VO for now. Those seem pretty strong overall. What do you think about Tzogvin? Is the 5-set bonus better than Relequen's 5-set?

    Hmm I barely use bash so I think Maarselok would be wasted on me. I agree on your point I'm not constantly long-range which kinda sucks because it defeats the purpose of the bow-passives and playstyle. If you think monster-sets are weak, what do you think about running full Relequen and Tzogvin set for example? You'd get quite strong bonuses.

    I'll definitely stick with the Master and VMA bow.

    Tzogwin set is strong only if the Minor Force is something you have been missing. Cant really be compared in value to other sets because how Minor Force can be gained elsewhere. Its pretty weak when you can use Barbed Trap and get good Minor Force uptime, but arguably pretty strong when you use it to replace the psijic skilll for Minor Force. Some other set + Lightweight trap for situations where Barbed wouldnt work would probably end up better but having to remorph trap or work around how annoying lightweight trap is, is pain for me to never bother.
    In simple ways, if you stand near enemies to place barbed trap you never use Tzogvin if you cant use barbed trap you generally use tzogvin combined with strongest set for that encounter.

    That should answer you what I think of Rele+Tzog too :D Use when you need tzogvin not just always.
    Edited by SodanTok on September 13, 2020 1:47PM


  • Provin915
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    SodanTok wrote: »
    Provin915 wrote: »
    SodanTok wrote: »
    Provin915 wrote: »
    Relequen seems to be the BiS gear, but isn't it situational? Does the gear set still outperform other sets if you can't keep up max stacks?

    Can Lokkestiiz be swapped out? You can get Major Slayer from Roaring Opportunist which is a great set for magicka builds right?

    As for monster sets; Velidreth's seems really good, but do you need to be in close-range in order to hit the target? As bow/bow I try to stay long-range. Will Velidreth be useful then? Is Stormfist/Sellistrix better? Or can I completely remove monster sets and get two full gear sets?

    Master Bow/VMA are still BiS right?

    Looking for advice. Want to min-max my NB bow/bow.

    All sets are situational :) Changes to relequen made it more usable than it was before but when its not there is all the other alternatives I have listed and alternatives I did not even consider. Lokke can also be swapped out of course, again, its situational. RO on healer (or well DD if thats their thing), War Machine/Master Architect in group are the time to swap out of it.
    And again to be replaced by one of alternatives, there is no default set like AY to just pick whenever rele/lokke needs to be swapped but pretty much Tzogwin, Leviathan, NMA are the easy options.

    Monster sets are weak. Only real strong monster set that works with bow in hand is Maarselok. Master Bow should be your go to default weapon unless you need AoE damage or like using Maarselok. If you need some AoE damage then Veli would probably be useful and can hit enemies (not really precise hit) from quite a range. Stromfist or Sellistrix are sets of past, usable only when you really cant get anything better.

    Reason I mention Maarselok or even Velidreth is that long-range is usually temporary state. Being able to DPS long range targets is definitely the main benefit but staying in long range doesnt happen all that often.

    tl;dr use Master/VMA bow with relequen and lokke by default and change anything only if you are trying to minmax for specific situations.

    Ty for the reply man!

    I'll probably stick with Relequen and VO for now. Those seem pretty strong overall. What do you think about Tzogvin? Is the 5-set bonus better than Relequen's 5-set?

    Hmm I barely use bash so I think Maarselok would be wasted on me. I agree on your point I'm not constantly long-range which kinda sucks because it defeats the purpose of the bow-passives and playstyle. If you think monster-sets are weak, what do you think about running full Relequen and Tzogvin set for example? You'd get quite strong bonuses.

    I'll definitely stick with the Master and VMA bow.

    Tzogwin set is strong only if the Minor Force is something you have been missing. Cant really be compared in value to other sets because how Minor Force can be gained elsewhere. Its pretty weak when you can use Barbed Trap and get good Minor Force uptime, but arguably pretty strong when you use it to replace the psijic skilll for Minor Force. Some other set + Lightweight trap for situations where Barbed wouldnt work would probably end up better but having to remorph trap or work around how annoying lightweight trap is, is pain for me to never bother.
    In simple ways, if you stand near enemies to place barbed trap you never use Tzogvin if you cant use barbed trap you generally use tzogvin combined with strongest set for that encounter.

    That should answer you what I think of Rele+Tzog too :D Use when you need tzogvin not just always.

    Thanks for the reply again mate. I barely use Barbed Trap so I thought I'd get Tzogvin and get Minor Force that way. I slotted Silver Shards so I get the Fighter's Guild passives.

    I agree combination of Relequen and Tzogvin's would be strong overall right? I like the Vicious Ophidian set too. I'm still not sure on the monster sets but for now I'll just farm Velidreth so I atleast have something. Still running with random blue gear :cold_sweat:

  • SodanTok
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    Provin915 wrote: »
    SodanTok wrote: »
    Provin915 wrote: »
    SodanTok wrote: »
    Provin915 wrote: »
    Relequen seems to be the BiS gear, but isn't it situational? Does the gear set still outperform other sets if you can't keep up max stacks?

    Can Lokkestiiz be swapped out? You can get Major Slayer from Roaring Opportunist which is a great set for magicka builds right?

    As for monster sets; Velidreth's seems really good, but do you need to be in close-range in order to hit the target? As bow/bow I try to stay long-range. Will Velidreth be useful then? Is Stormfist/Sellistrix better? Or can I completely remove monster sets and get two full gear sets?

    Master Bow/VMA are still BiS right?

    Looking for advice. Want to min-max my NB bow/bow.

    All sets are situational :) Changes to relequen made it more usable than it was before but when its not there is all the other alternatives I have listed and alternatives I did not even consider. Lokke can also be swapped out of course, again, its situational. RO on healer (or well DD if thats their thing), War Machine/Master Architect in group are the time to swap out of it.
    And again to be replaced by one of alternatives, there is no default set like AY to just pick whenever rele/lokke needs to be swapped but pretty much Tzogwin, Leviathan, NMA are the easy options.

    Monster sets are weak. Only real strong monster set that works with bow in hand is Maarselok. Master Bow should be your go to default weapon unless you need AoE damage or like using Maarselok. If you need some AoE damage then Veli would probably be useful and can hit enemies (not really precise hit) from quite a range. Stromfist or Sellistrix are sets of past, usable only when you really cant get anything better.

    Reason I mention Maarselok or even Velidreth is that long-range is usually temporary state. Being able to DPS long range targets is definitely the main benefit but staying in long range doesnt happen all that often.

    tl;dr use Master/VMA bow with relequen and lokke by default and change anything only if you are trying to minmax for specific situations.

    Ty for the reply man!

    I'll probably stick with Relequen and VO for now. Those seem pretty strong overall. What do you think about Tzogvin? Is the 5-set bonus better than Relequen's 5-set?

    Hmm I barely use bash so I think Maarselok would be wasted on me. I agree on your point I'm not constantly long-range which kinda sucks because it defeats the purpose of the bow-passives and playstyle. If you think monster-sets are weak, what do you think about running full Relequen and Tzogvin set for example? You'd get quite strong bonuses.

    I'll definitely stick with the Master and VMA bow.

    Tzogwin set is strong only if the Minor Force is something you have been missing. Cant really be compared in value to other sets because how Minor Force can be gained elsewhere. Its pretty weak when you can use Barbed Trap and get good Minor Force uptime, but arguably pretty strong when you use it to replace the psijic skilll for Minor Force. Some other set + Lightweight trap for situations where Barbed wouldnt work would probably end up better but having to remorph trap or work around how annoying lightweight trap is, is pain for me to never bother.
    In simple ways, if you stand near enemies to place barbed trap you never use Tzogvin if you cant use barbed trap you generally use tzogvin combined with strongest set for that encounter.

    That should answer you what I think of Rele+Tzog too :D Use when you need tzogvin not just always.

    Thanks for the reply again mate. I barely use Barbed Trap so I thought I'd get Tzogvin and get Minor Force that way. I slotted Silver Shards so I get the Fighter's Guild passives.

    I agree combination of Relequen and Tzogvin's would be strong overall right? I like the Vicious Ophidian set too. I'm still not sure on the monster sets but for now I'll just farm Velidreth so I atleast have something. Still running with random blue gear :cold_sweat:

    Strongest combination would be using Barbed Trap and then using different set than tzogvin :) But if you arent gonna then yeah Rele tzog would be probably strongest. VO is nice when it matters so again make the decision on your own. Its crap set if you barely benefit from the sustain, its amazing if you need that sustain.


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