In Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem, flexibility is the name of the game. Your gear dictates your class in this Diablo clone, and your skills are leveled up by using them, meaning that you’ll naturally get stronger in the areas you choose to focus on. There are some semi-permanent choices you’ll have to make along the way, granted, but everything you do can be undone for a fee of gold or Primordial Affinity. So don’t need to feel married to a particular build!
At a very basic level, there are three broad methods of dealing damage: melee, ranged, and magic. In this Wolcen Bow DPS Guide, we offer you some direction on how to build a nimble and ranged damage dealer through gear, skill choices, and perks on the Gate of Fates.
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Wolcen Build Guide – Best Perks for Ranged Bow DPS
Wolcen uses a unique perk system called the Gates of Fate, a sprawling wheel of nodes that can be rotated to pair up your favorite trees. The best trees for dealing ranged damage on the center-most ring are the Soldier and Sentinel trees, so this is where you’re going to want to focus as you begin your journey. From there, you’re going to want to branch into the Assassin and Ranger perk trees because of the high concentration of nodes that enhance your bow damage.
Upon every level up, you’ll be given one point to spend in the Gate of Fates. Choosing a node costs a point and unlocks access to adjacent nodes. Unlocking the outermost node in a ring will unlock access to the next tier of nodes, but what you’ll have available to you is dependent on the positioning of the next ring in the Gate. It’s this flexibility that allows you build your character however you want in Wolcen.
So, knowing that we want to start in the Soldier and Sentinel trees for damage, here are some early perk priorities:
- Quick Draw: +10% cooldown reduction for all skills.
- Capable: +25% maximum health, +3% Rage cost reduction, +3% Willpower cost reduction.
- Zealous Might: +15% attack damage, +10% critical hit damage.
- Pain Resistance Program: +15% to all resistances score, +5% maximum health.
The above perks are the foundation of the Soldier tree when aiming for a bow build, but you can specialize your build by focusing on some of the more out-of-the-way nodes here. For example, if you want to emphasize critical hit chance and damage, make your way to The Wild Card to up your crit chance by a whopping 50%. Another good choice is The Heat of Battle, which increases the amount of Rage you generate on getting hit. Considering that this build relies heavily on firing off skills, this perk ought to be a big priority.
- Refined Technique: +20% projectile damage, +20% melee weapon damage.
- Resilient: +20% maximum health, +10% force shield.
- Chemically Empowered Metabolism: +15% maximum health, +15% health regeneration.
- Precise Strikes: +15% attack damage, +15% critical hit chance.
These are the backbone of the Sentinel tree, and your other choices here are going to depend on your play style. Like attacking quickly without breaks? Work toward the Backline Raider node. Like to doge roll a lot? Get yourself over to the Pinch Runner skill. You’ll also be using stamina a lot in this build, so Pinch Runner is extra important.
- Shoot to Kill: +10% projectile damage.
- Elusive: +15% dodge chance.
- Lithe: +25 agility.
- Bullseye: +25% projectiles critical damage.
The Ranger tree is where you’ll see you bow damage truly skyrocket. It’s packed full of nodes that increase your projectile damage, attack speed, and your agility. You can also find the Come What May skill, which lets your attacks pierce through enemies, and the Safe From Afar, which increases the damage you do the further away you are from the enemy. Honestly, there aren’t any bad choices in this tree.
- Swiftness: +15% attack speed.
- Strike Like Lightning: +5% move speed, +5% attack speed, +5% spell casting speed.
- Physical Conditioning: +100 maximum health, +5% maximum health.
- Escape Artist: +1 stamina point.
The Assassin tree is all about movement and critical damage. With the above skills, you’ll be moving around the battlefield with ease and putting up high damage numbers. Also, stamina points are hard to come by, so the Escape Artist perk is a huge bonus. If you want to specialize your character, consider doubling down on crit damage with Merciless Lethality to more than doubles your crit damage at the cost of reduced base damage.
Your Next Steps
From there, you’re going to have to make some tough decisions. The third ring on the Gate of Fates includes four trees that are good for ranged bow damage, and where you head is going to depend on your playstyle and gear.
For example, if you’ve picked up gear that’s strong in attack speed, you may as well lean into it with the Duskglaive tree. The Exorcist tree has perks that are good for both ranged and melee damage, but this build is obviously more inclined to the projectile damage nodes.
Since this build is so focused on Agility and attack speed, the Alastor perk tree might be of particular interest. Here, you’ll find bonuses to attack speed, crit chance, and flat damage.
Wolcen Build Guide – The Best Bow Skills
Now that you know you’ll be dealing loads of ranged and crit damage, here are the best skills that supplement this play style best. There is an element of luck involved here, though, since the Enneracts that teach skills are generally randomly dropped by enemies. Play enough and you’ll encounter what you need eventually, but just know that it might take a bit of time before these skills are available to you.
Mark of Impurity
This skill marks an enemy, which increases the amount of damage it takes. While it’s good on it’s own, it really shines with the Guild by Association skill modifier which spreads the mark to all nearby enemies. Throw on the Target Eliminated modifier as well and your mass crit damage will be unstoppable.
There’s not a lot to say about this one. Phantom Blades sends out a large projectile toward your enemies. Simple enough. Take the Cut Through the Ether modifier to allow you some extra mobility, which is nice if you find yourself backed into a corner.
The classic area of effect barrage, Arrows Wail is one of your primary damage dealing skills. It’s useful on large groups of enemies, as well as big, slow bosses.
Your handy set-it-and-forget-it ability, the autoturret is good for kiting enemies around as you’re trying to escape. If you select the Self-Destruct Protocol modifier, it’ll explode on being destroyed, which can help you thin particularly dense mobs of enemies.
Wolcen Build Guide – Most Important Attributes
Characters in Wolcen have four core attributes: Ferocity, Toughness, Agility, and Wisdom. Whenever you level up, you’re awarded 10 points, which you can freely allocate among the four attributes. While all character archetypes benefit from all four attributes, you should prioritize certain ones depending on your playstyle.
For bow builds, you’re going to want to focus your attribute points on Agility and Ferocity. These are core to increasing your ranged damage. The Agility attribute increases our attack speed, which is great, especially if you took perks in the Assassin tree on the Gate of Fates. For its part, Ferocity synergizes well with the crit chance boosts of the Soldier tree, meaning you’ll be seeing a lot of critical hits even early on.
Wolcen Build Guide – Notes on Gear
This being a ranged damage build, you’re going to need some ranged DPS gear. First, you can can opt for pieces that come with increased projectile and crit damage, as well as crit chance to compliment the perks you’ve taken in the Sentinel and Assassin trees. If you like flitting around the battlefield, though, use gear that increases your dodging capabilities and movement speed.
Fast attack speed is also something to consider when preparing your loadout. Faster attacks mean more damage per second. Of course, a straight boost to attack damage is always a boon, so don’t discard that stuff! Keep an eye out for gear with bonuses to your ferocity stat, which dictates your health regen and critical hit chance.
And there you have it! These are the building blocks for a great bow-focused build in Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem. What build will you be running? Let us know in the comments section.