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[2119] Guide to ARCS

Discussion in 'Archer' started by Abominas, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. Abominas

    Abominas Horde Gibber

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    Greetings, it's me Abominas, or "****ing fag camper" archer man.
    When my good mouse broke last year, I had to use a really bad bluetooth mouse for everything. Really spazzy, and it adjusted signal strength in the middle of my mouse pad, freezing for half a second. It was terrible, I couldn't play aggressively as archer anymore. I got pretty good at running away like a bitch. While I was camping, I learned how to shoot "arcs:"
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    (that's what this guide is about)
    --Arcs--
    When I say "arc", I'm referring to a half-charged arrow, or "half-shots" as they're called in KAG.
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    Arcs are so rarely used because of KAG's counter-intuitive arrow trajectory. Arrows aren't affected by gravity for the first second or so of their flight. Still, it's possible to learn how to land almost every shot.
    For hitting a target at the same height as you, the rule of thumb is to aim at the top of the screen, slightly less than halfway between you and your target.
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    I keep my eye on the target and use my peripheral vision to aim halfway between. Practice on trees, flowers, anything on varying heights until you can "feel" what the right aim is.
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    You can use the "Save the Princess" mode to practice:
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    Eventually you will be able to hit the same target while moving!
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    Don't worry, you don't need this kind of accuracy in a real game. You just need to be able to predict generally where an arc will land so that you can use them for zoning and combos.

    -When to use Arcs-
    In a real match, you won't only use arcs to get kills. You'd get nowhere. You have to combo: If an enemy is camping in a hard to reach spot, shoot an arc to hit them. Immediately start charging your next shot. If the arc misses, you'll still have caused them to move. The arc acts as your covering fire. If the arc hits, the enemy will probably be "shocked" from your amazing LeBron Kobe shot that you just made, so finish them off.
    In this combo, the "archer" is camping on the left tree.
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    Other uses:
    -If a knight is chasing you, they will most likely be shield surfing at you to catch up. Aim an arc that will land close to you, then grapple away. Best case, the knight runs right into the arrow. Or, he'll wait until the arc hits the ground, during which time you can escape.
    -Use arcs to zone enemies. If you're fighting an archer around a loop in the terrain, aim an arc that will land on the other side. You'll force the archer to avoid, hopefully grappling and losing his shot.
    -Aim a few arcs at a fighting group. Knights don't expect to have to shield their heads.

    I'm not saying go and camp like me. I'm trying to play more aggressively now that I've got a new mouse. Ironically, you should use arcs to take out campers. If more people could aim arcs, I wouldn't have camped nearly so well in tdm. Have fun!
     
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  2. franek123

    franek123 The architect of the royal castle. Donator Tester

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    Great job on tutorial will do some training today since my mouse is fucked up too ::D: It's not that usefull skill to master for me but bitches love dem half-shots
     
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  3. TheBloodOfNight

    TheBloodOfNight Base Burner

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  4. Coroz

    Coroz B R B Donator Tester Official Server Admin
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    I almost always arc shot, its the best way to inflict alot of damage
     
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  5. Blue_Tiger

    Blue_Tiger Bison Rider Tester

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    Just so you know, they're generally referred to as half-shots in KAG. The even-less charged shots are called quarter-shots.

    And yea, using half-shots is very very effective. You get the same damage from a half-shot as you do from a full shot, so you should aim to use half shots almost always in mid-range battles to maximise DPS.
     
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  6. franek123

    franek123 The architect of the royal castle. Donator Tester

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    First time i see "quartera-shots" actually, more like spam-shots/spamming arrows?
     
  7. Abominas

    Abominas Horde Gibber

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    I was going to call "half charged arrows" "half-shots" originally, but changed it so perhaps more newbs could understand what I meant. I'll add that to the post, though.
     
  8. SirDangalang

    SirDangalang Lvl. 128 MissingNo. Donator

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    Gentlemen please, it's "half mast" and "flaccid" arrow shots :wink:

    Thanks for the guide, definitely need some practice in arc trajectory and this helps tons ::):
     
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  9. epsilon

    epsilon Assonist THD Team Forum Moderator Donator Tester
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    I would love to see some gifs of this in action in multiplayer to describe the situations you've described.
     
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