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I've been toying with the idea of the Devoted/Stalker build outlined here, and I was wondering—besides Hunter's Claw/Fang and Whirling Strikes, which Ranger abilities work with melee weapons?

 

 

 

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— Fall-From-Grace, Planescape: Torment

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18 minutes ago, AndreaColombo said:

I've been toying with the idea of the Devoted/Stalker build outlined here, and I was wondering—besides Hunter's Claw/Fang and Whirling Strikes, which Ranger abilities work with melee weapons?

All ranger abilities work in melee bar Twinned Shot and Heartpiercer.
Concussive and Wounding shots work.
Marksman and Driving Flight obviously don't work.

Whirling strikes work with a mortar ranged weapon in left hand by the way. Driving Flight even applies to the ranged weapon attack.

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Yes, Fire in the Hole + Driving Flight + Keeper of the Flame with Whirling Strikes and Edér's armor (prevents hits from Keeper of the Flame which targets reflex and has friendly fire) is so nice. 

Another really fun build I once did was one-handed Helwalker/Stalker (because they rhyme yo!) with Stalker's Patience (because the game uninstalls itself if you don't use Stalker's Patience with a Stalker). Because Swift Flurry/Heartbeat Drumming procs also can trigger the spear's enchantment which skips recovery (20% of crits) those funny crit chains often lead to 0 recovery. And the Ranger's awesome melee ACC bonuses, paired with the Monk stuff like Stunning Surge and Enduring Dance leads to a lot of crits. 

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So, for the sake of a Devoted/Stalker build with the objective of maximizing Accuracy and Penetration combined (while attaining good attack speed and DPH), we could go something like this:

Level 	Fighter 		Ranger
  1 	Disciplined Barrage	Marked Prey
  2				Wounding Shot
  3				Resilent Companion
  4	Two-Handed Style	Vicious Companion
  5	Fighter Stances
  6				Merciless Companion
  7	Disciplined Strikes	Marked For The Hunt
  8				Accurate Wounding Shot
  9	Rapid Recovery
 10	Weapon Spec.		Stalker's Link
 11				Hunter's Claw
 12 	Penetrating Strike
 13	Armored Grace		Binding Roots
 14	Mob Stance
 15				Predator's Sense
 16	Improved Critical	Survival of the Fittest
 17				Hunter's Fang
 18				Defensive Bond
 19	Weapon Mastery		Thorny Roots
 20	Uncanny Luck

 

(Not sure what's up with the colors...)

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"Time is not your enemy. Forever is."

— Fall-From-Grace, Planescape: Torment

"It's the questions we can't answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question, and he'll look for his own answers."

— Kvothe, The Wise Man's Fears

My Deadfire mods: Brilliant Mod | Faster Deadfire | Deadfire Unnerfed | Helwalker Rekke | Permanent Per-Rest Bonuses | PoE Items for Deadfire | No Recyled Icons | Soul Charged Nautilus

 

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