Although my traits are centred around axe usage, I’m beginning to enjoy using longbow on my warrior in Guild Wars 2. Playing as warrior in Guild Wars 2 feels a lot like playing Final Fantasy XI.
- Warrior in Guild Wars 2: your attacks build adrenaline in up to three stages, which can be used to perform a devastating attack (termed ‘burst skill’) with effectiveness depending on amount of adrenaline built.
- Any job in Final Fantasy XI: your attacks charge a weapon skill bar up to 300%, which can be used to perform a devastating attack (termed ‘weapon skill’) with effectiveness depending on how much of the bar is charged.
Okay fine so Guild Wars 2 copied Final Fantasy XI directly. But it is a very enjoyable system and Guild Wars 2 represents all the best characteristics of every other MMORPG in the market.
My original intended level 80 build relied on keeping a full adrenaline bar and gaining +15% damage (Berserker’s Power) and +15% critical rate (Heightened Focus). But I really like longbow’s burst skill since it has a huge AoE and deals large damage over time through burning. If I can find a way to maximise adrenaline gain to use burst skills as often as possible while keeping my damage and critical rate reasonably high, I’ll probably switch from dual axes to longbow.