Talk:Archer's Signet

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The only use I can see is to neutralise the HUGE cost of Concussion Shot.--Spawn 12:01, 23 May 2006 (CDT)

consider a bow spike build with four spikes, at 10 expertese, you can fire them all off at no energy cost, and then start your normal attack method. provided your not attacking normally for those first few shots, it could be quite powerful in PvP. --Honorable Sarah Honorable Icon.gif 14:27, 23 June 2006 (CDT)
But isn't Punishing Shot a better use of your elite slot in an Rspike build?--Spawn 09:02, 21 July 2006 (CDT)
Good use for spamming high cost bow attacks because it lasts 30 sec, and leaves room for a little more variety, probably want to use Mesmer skills or Serpent's Quickness to make real use of it.--Relyk 02:52, 15 February 2007 (CST)

I don't get this, the only reason you would want this is if you didn't have expertise, but it needs expertise to use it.. Skuld Monk 05:11, 26 May 2006 (CDT)

Yes.. its quite underpowered. Rather same story with Stolen Speed elite for mesmer, it speeds up your spell casting(eliminating need for fast casting) but it requires fast casting to work. But that is still more useful than this... : Robin of Glory Energy Surge.jpg 05:37, 29 July 2006 (CDT)
Seriously, They should have just made it marksmanship lol. (Not a fifty five 22:19, 19 September 2006 (CDT))
One reason to cap it: Skill Hunter title. The only good use of this skill. This skill is so LAME. Sir Bertrand 14:49, 10 April 2007 (CDT)

I need someone to confirm if this skill counts the remaining uses correctly in the Effects Monitor. Seth Crimsionflare 02:13pm, 02 June 2006 (GTM)

I just capped it, it doesn't keep track of remaining uses. -- Gordon Ecker 02:43, 11 September 2006 (CDT)

I guess a possible use is for an R/Mo to keep Succors, Mending, Watchful Spirit, or whatever up on 3 other people...and you use the signet for interrupts...for 6 interrupts...every 45 seconds...yeah, I got nothing -_-; --waywrong 23:18, 24 November 2006 (CST)

How about a R/Me that could use an instant sig recharge stance and some powerful but expensive messie spells like Conjure Nightmare, followed up by six free bow attacks since you don't have any energy left now?--Windjammer Icon1.jpgWindjammer 02:57, 13 February 2007 (CST)

Archer's Signet at Expertise 9.[edit source]

Archer's Signet has sweet spots are 9 and 12. Expertise also has a sweet spot at 9 (for ten point skills), and 9 is a lot more affordable than Expertise 12 or 14. In fact it let's you pull your third skill up to 10, assuming you have MS:12+1+2 and EX:7+2.

For me, Archer's Signet is made for taking advantage of the best Daze attack in the game.

At Marksmanship 15, Expertise 9 you can Daze a caster for 20s, every 5s. You could potentially Daze an entire enemy team, and a Silencing Bowstring would bring the duration up to 26.6s (right?). Or you could use it against the same enemy every time they remove it, and Concussion Shot may have less downtime than their condition removal anyway. It's not a stance and it's not a prep. So you can still use Serpent's Quickness to bring the Signet's refresh time down to 30s, and use a prep to either cover the condition or increase your damage.

I have two Archer's Signet builds, the Wilderness Survival one is something like Read The Wind or Apply Poison, Serpent's Quickness, Archer's Signet, Pin Down, Concussion Shot, next target, Concussion Shot, next target Pin Down, Concussion Shot. Throw Dirt (works well with SQ), Troll's Unguent and either a Res or Frozen Soil (world's most annoying ranger, 2006 and 2007)

The big mistake is thinking that just because this only works with Bow Attacks, then you are limited to using a bow (not great for chasing dazed targets). My other Archer's Signet build has a pet with Call of Haste and Maiming Strike, then you're not only helping with the pressure (the pet will stick to the first target for a while), you're also freeing up your Archer's Signet usages so that you can use Concussion Shot a full five times over the next thirty seconds. Serpent's Quickness doesn't need any points in WS to make Archers Signet to cycle.

Maybe I should post the builds... jzf 10:34, 29 March 2007 (CDT)

The real problem is that concussion shot is not easy to use. -Silk Weaker 10:55, 29 March 2007 (CDT)
I've had a lot of success with it, but I do use interupts alot... Also "This skill will daze the target if it hits while they are casting a spell. It does not have to succeed in interrupting the target to daze them" jzf 11:24, 29 March 2007 (CDT)
I have to say I see no real reason to use archer's signet instead of Marksman's Wager, as they both have 2 second cast, are unstrippable, and with 9+ Expertise, marksman's will make most, if not all attacks cost nothing, or gain energy. the only exception is concussion shot, but even that costs a mere 1~5 energy with high expertise. And marksman's wager is more active, as well as being useful as an energy gain, instead of merely free attacks. The only time I have ever... ever, used this skill, is when I cap it. Usually so that my Broad Head Arrow costs 0 energy instead of 8. Hardly anything, but semi-useful. Hardly elite.

Elite Bow Attacks[edit source]

Funny notice, the game doesn't count using elite bow attacks as actual bow attacks to the count, meaning, you can use eg. 50 punishing shots without any costing energy. Of course, you can only find this out by capping or Arcane Mimicry. p.s. haven't managed to test this in ages, could have been fixed.. Slvrwolf 06:56, 1 April 2007 (CDT)

Seems to work as expected now. I only tried quick shot, though. --Fyren 17:19, 1 April 2007 (CDT)

Remaining attack counter?[edit source]

From the notes: "The number of remaining attacks is not displayed on the icon for Archer's Signet in the Effects Monitor." What skills do do this? -- 08:29, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

Update[edit source]

Updated the progression table --Fexghadi 02:03, 30 March 2008 (UTC)

Lame?[edit source]

Is this worthy of the infamous lame tag? Lazuli 00:49, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

Probably, better skills have gotten the lame tag. Arcdash 19:46, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
This skill sucks for one reason, basically; You need to pump Exp high to use it effectively. When you have 13+ Exp, you can basically spam your skills anyways! Esp if you take Scav Strike, Prep Shot or something alike. So, yeah. Lame. --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 19:51, 10 November 2008 (UTC)
Like it says on page, the only skill you could ever need to use this with is Concussion Shot. Now, if you are under the effects of Quickening Zephyr or other energy draining thing, this may be more useful, but not really. Combining with the old version Expert's Dexterity was also lol, because you could use 75e Concussion Shot for free! :p Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:33, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

I think what this skill really needs is more "promote active playstyle" loving. It could maintain the same basic concept, but needs a drastically reduced duration, recharge time, and reduce number of affected bow attacks to like 1...3.

Or, slight functionality change would make all bow attacks cost X less energy or X% less energy for Y seconds, since having them be "free" doesn't justify the current stats (because Expertise itself already reduces energy costs, etc.) Oh, and cast time needs to be at least 1 second before it would ever see use in PvP, even if buffed suchly. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 10:28, 18 November 2008 (UTC)

1s cast time, 30s recharge. Your non-attack skills are disabled for 15...5 seconds and for 10 seconds your next 1...7 attack skills cost 2...30% less energy. Something like that? Basically gives 150% expertise reduction for a limited number of attack skills and can be kept up half the time. Ezekiel [Talk] 11:35, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
I think I overbuffed a bit (10 attacks in 15s), seeing as at 15 expertise you would get a 90% reduction, which with a ranger's regen means a 10 cost skill every second without losing energy. Ezekiel [Talk] 11:41, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
Obaby, that would be hawt... o_O Sundering Hornbow of Marks, Penetrating Attack, Sundering Attack, Power Shot, repeat. Or actually, use a zealous bow, and while this is active you would be gaining energy. That's madness xD but I like would perhaps actually be used then, instead of being totally useless like it is now. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 11:46, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
As far as I know they have prepared shot for that, which was enough last time I tried it. Also, apart from that expertise is usually enough for maintaining energy, so I doubt anybody would ever use this. But I do agree that it needs change, as it is now it's nothing more than an elite - but bad - attacker's insight...I'll think of something and post a suggestion on Izzy's talk page :P 12:05, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
Well, the problem with Prepared Shot is that you are relying on it to hit for your energy gain; being a signet, this is unstrippable goodness without the potential conditionals. Also, Prepared Shot doesn't have a one second cast time so it interrupts your chain every X seconds, which is enough for a (smart) Ranger to lay the hurt on with dshot. One thing I am thinking is that if you ran this at high expertise, you'd be getting a lot of "spare" energy which maybe you would want to invest for something like Mirror of Disenchantment. That would both be unexpected and highly surprising (at least the first time). Hmm. I kinda wanna try that in AB now, if only this skill worked like that. :) Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 12:11, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
You're definitely right there :P Either way, there's still Scavenger's Focus for godly e-management, but I guess everything has it's pros and cons. Currently working on several suggestions, maybe he'll listen and we got a new Archer's Signet soon :P 12:26, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
Well, Prepshot has a 6 second recharge; Archer's Sig has a 45 second one. And Prepshot is decently reliable and doesn't make you unable to use N-Stride or such when you need it. This was essentially the counterpart of the old ED. --☭Guild*talk* 12:29, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
I was comparing it to the theoretical buffed version by Ezekiel. Scavenger's Focus is great but requires you to take a pet; taking a pet means you already lose a skill slot at the very least. Worth it? Dunno...If the disable was 15...5 seconds and you were running at high expertise (which would seem logical) then you'd only lose Natural Stride for 5 seconds (so yeah you'd have to play smarter with it, but...meh, it always has a bit of downtime anyway). If it was recharging anyway, it wouldn't matter, since it is disable and not "additional disable". Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 12:36, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
Scavenger's Focus ;) - either way, Archer's Signet is bad now, the above improvement wouldn't do much with the "free" part, but cast/recharge would be much better. But even then I think there are better elites :/ 12:40, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
Whoops, I was thinking of Scavenger's Strike. Problem with Scavenger's Focus (problem? o_O) is that it gives way too much energy, to the point that you can't possibly use all of it; in the time it lasts you could easily gain ~200 energy with high WS and an IAS, and not even an Elementalist can burn through that very quickly. Also because it's an elite solely for managing energy, but compared to Prepared Shot or even this it lacks any other additional its intrinsic utility value is lower (although that applies more to PvP). Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 12:44, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
Archer's Signet does not have any utility value apart from making several attack skills free - or in the above suggested case near-free. I have to agree that Scavenger's Focus does not add any utility, but it does alow for an energy heavy bar. In fact it allows for actual spamming of Concussion Shot without many problems or - as you already suggested - bring something like Cry of Frustration/Mirror of Disenchantment. Therefore I disagree that Focus would have less utility than this Signet. Either way, it depends on how ya look at it; ppl also run Warrior's Endurance solely for e-management in some GvG/HA builds 12:54, 18 November 2008 (UTC) PS I should make an account again >,< Edit again: Apparently I still had my user, just didn't log in for like two years Shai Meliamne 12:56, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
Well, Warrior's Endurance is in an attribute line which gives inherent bonus anyway (Strength) plus access to a bunch of kickass skills (including good utility). And Axes conveniently can cause Weakness and Cripple in addition to terrifying damage at the same time. Hence WE in PvP. :)
Wilderness Survival by comparison is meh...the skills that anyone uses are Natural Stride, Apply Poison, and Troll Unguent. The rest isn't really used much or useful. Concussion Shot can be spammed using this, Scavenger's, or even the good old Marksman's Wager. Ah well. We all agree (well, the whole world agrees) that this needs to see a buff of some sort. :) Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 13:01, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
WE is in a useful attribute line I agree, but WS has enough skills to make it a useful attribute imo. Even if it isn't Scavenger already gives +7 per hit on rank 6. Either way I guess WE is indeed better since it can be kept up indefinitely and is unconditional (or at least less conditional). But yeah, we all agree that this needs a buff, so I've suggested some (possibly overpowered) changes :) Shai Meliamne 13:14, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
"And Axes conveniently can cause Weakness and Cripple in addition to terrifying damage at the same time." Not in PvP. They only cause DW, and KD with Bull's Strike and Shock. Just saying. Oh, and every self respecting Warrior uses Strength, anyhow, and the ability to spam Power Attack and Protector's Strike on recharge is the reason people use WE. --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 15:37, 18 November 2008 (UTC)
Needs more Axe Rake/Axe Twist. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 03:53, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

oopdat[edit source]

Well, at least it does something now. :\ You can cause a very long daze with Concussion Shot, a very long cripple with Pin Down, a very long Bleeding with Hunter's Shot, etc. Plus obviously long Poison. Still, I'm not sure if I'd take a two-second cast time elite just for that... Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 07:35, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

I really think it's worse now than it was before. Maybe if Apply Poison didn't renew poison on every attack, or if every condition-causing attack skill had a longer recharge than duration, or if monks didn't carry condition removal, this could maybe almost be viable. Felix Omni Signature.png 07:40, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
update notes say cast time reduced to 1s. Ezekiel [Talk] 11:58, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
It would work better if you didn't have to stick with bows while using it. Ebon Vanguard Sniper Support.jpg Huynh Sanity 02:28, 13 December 2008 (UTC)
Hmm...the way it's worded, would condition causing spells have double duration while you wield a bow? - AdVictoriam1.PNGAd Victoriam 06:22, 13 December 2008 (UTC)
You may be right, unless, of course, the functionality is different to the wording (anomaly?). King Neoterikos 06:45, 13 December 2008 (UTC)
Tested it requires an attack from a bow SpartanCam 08:35, 13 December 2008
According to peeps over at GWW it works on traps as long as you are wielding the bow when it goes off. Durga Dido 16:36, 13 December 2008 (UTC)
Not only does it double duration of conditions from spells, it will also double the duration when spreading conditions through Epidemic. Basically Archer's Signet + Concussion Shot + Epidemic would yield 34 seconds of Daze on your target and 68 seconds on adjacent foes ... Or 20 seconds from Technobabble + Epidemic ... Amy Awien 16:21, 14 December 2008 (UTC)
Except that the max condition duration is 30s. ShidoSig moebius2.gif 17:50, 15 December 2008 (UTC)
That appears to be incorrect, a change perhaps? I've tested on the targets on the Isle with Archer's Signet, Poison Tip Signet @12 WS and a poison string the condition lasted for 37 seconds. The adjacent targets got it from Epidemic and died from the poison in one minute. With Screaming Shot and AS the bleeding lasted for 35+ seconds on the primary target and 1 minute and 15 seconds on the adjacent targets hit by Epidemic. Conditions may last at least a minute. Amy Awien 14:05, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
The cap used to apply to everything, but somewhere along the line it changed to Extend Conditions only. --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 17:19, 20 December 2008 (UTC)

omfg noob anet fucked this lool.....stg like 3/4 cast, 12 recharge, marks/expertise attrib "Elite Signet. Your next arrow moves twice as fast, deals +10...22 dmg and casts in 1/4" (yee yee rspike but we all like that dun we? ^^ 1/4 cast wouldnt be op in a spike tho, and in spikes the first attack skill with 1/4 wouldnt make much difference nor the double move speed, in rspike teams, ppl carry fw anyway...) or maybe instead of the +dmg it could be: conditions caused from it last 100% longer:P but imo thats fine... -- Practiced Stance.jpg89.134.135.215 18:29, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

This is a primarily English-speaking website. Those speaking foreign languages would be best served by at least attempting to translate from their native tongue to English. It doesn't need to be a perfect translation, but just close enough so those of us who only speak English can at least make some sense out of what is said. Thanks. ;) --Dreamsmith 20:21, 15 December 2008 (UTC)
You're mistaken. That's internet-speak, not a foreign language. Here, let me translate it for you.
"OMFG noob ANet fucked this lol.....[it should be] something like: 3/4 cast, 12 recharge, marks/expertise attrib "Elite Signet. Your next arrow moves twice as fast, deals +10...22 damage and casts in 1/4s" (yes yes, Ranger-spike, but we all like that don't we? ^_^ 1/4 cast wouldn't be overpowered in a spike though, and in spikes the first attack skill with 1/4 or the double move speed wouldn't make much difference; in Ranger-spike teams, people carry Favorable Winds anyway...) or maybe instead of the +damage it could be: conditions caused from it last 100% longer. :P but in my opinion that's fine..." ShidoSig moebius2.gif 15:52, 18 December 2008 (UTC)
I'm still a bit confused. So...if I were to cast Shell Shock with my R/E, wielding a bow, would the Cracked Armor condition last twice as long even though it's a spell? -- 03:18, 2 January 2009 (UTC)
It should,the description just says conditions you apply,it doesn't state that you have to apply them one way or another.Durga Dido 03:41, 2 January 2009 (UTC)
Change it back, it sounded less stupid when I didn't understand it :p --ilrIlr d-small.png(01,Jan.'09)

Re: Notes[edit source]

It says: "All condition-causing skills will be affected as long as you are wielding a bow when they activate" but as far as I can tell it does not influence the duration conditions applied by pet-attacks like Poisonous Bite. Can someone confirm?

Pet attack skills are used by the pet. Because it is not from the player archer's signet (along with all condition lengthening weapon mods) has no effect. Ezekiel [Talk] 10:40, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

Use in AB[edit source]

I just had an evil idea...Archer's Signet, Apply Poison, Pin Down, Hunter's Shot, THROW DIRT - should they ever reach you -> GG 26 second blind o_O (unless they happen to run condition remove which noone does in AB, especially not melees) --Takisig.jpgTaki Fujiko 02:42, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

Don't forget Concussion Shot for 30-second daze. Antidote Sig still laughs at you, though. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 08:00, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
D-shot laughs at Antidote Signet /pvpelitist 14:36, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
D-shot laughs at everything above 1/4 second cast time /knowsrangerruptsareop Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 04:35, 4 February 2009 (UTC)
Groups that don't suck have a monk. Monks that don't suck have condition removal. Also, dshot in the hands of the ghostly hits rof every time. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 04:51, 4 February 2009 (UTC)
Yeah but the ghostly has like three copies of dshot plus the interrupt reflexes of a hero, it's not a fair comparison. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 05:06, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

duriation math problem[edit source]

Signet of Agony.jpg

Signet of Agony

Plague Sending.jpg

Plague Sending

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Archer's Signet











+ barbed weapon

first, yes it the build won't be used. second, everything from skill effects and descriptions to aftercast delay makes math say the following: 25 seconds of bleeding (from agony) +100% (archer's) +33% (barbed) -1.75(aftercast of signet + casting time of sending) +100% (arch) + 33% (barbed again) = 172 (rounded down) seconds of bleeding.

however, the game states that this straight forward math that is taken directly from skill descriptions, is incorrect. the master of damage reaches 180 seconds (which is his limit for counting).

help or fix plz... 03:59, 30 April 2009 (UTC)

If you want to have some serious fun with this, try this out. Do the same build as mentioned above, then go 1v1 with a buddy who also has Archers and plague Sending/barbed upgrade, and watch as it grows. Sort of like a Chia pet of bleeding =D Crovo 08:08, 17 May 2009 (UTC)
that's already been done but with plague signet :P 04:23, 18 May 2009 (UTC)

Foul Feast, Draw Conditions, Infuse Condition[edit source]

I.e. condition transfer skills. Should we list these as exceptions (as User:Cedges did), or leave 'em out because you don't apply conditions with those skills, but transfer conditions? --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 19:04, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

I don't think the difference in terms is significant enough to warrant removing the note. Transfer can be easily viewed as removing from one and applying to another, so I can see people thinking this skill would affect transfer as well. Being that the item in question is only a very short sentence on a page that is hardly cluttered, there seems no harm at all in keeping it there and removing a potential source of confusion. Nwash 19:26, 27 June 2009 (UTC)
I think this needs to stay, Plague Touch also says transfer but is lengthened by weapon mods so the exception seems to be skills that target allies? -Ezekiel [Talk] 03:19, 28 June 2009 (UTC)
What about Pestilence? Does Archer's Signet trigger? Kaede 11:47, December 27, 2009 (UTC)

This skill is such fun in RA/FA. One use of Archers > Poison Tip > Hunter's and any NPC or player with around 500-ish HP without a self heal or removal will inevitably die out. I always enjoy when I'm sniping mines at FA, some random Defy War or Palm Sin walks up the sides to get at me, and I hit it with Throw Dirt and that combo, and just sit and laugh as they deteriorate. D-Shot the occasional Mend. Touch, and maybe throw in a Pin Down and slowly walk backwards to add to the lulz. KazeSmilie v2 Pikmin Yellow.gif 03:46, September 23, 2010 (UTC)