Three Archers in Dragon's Dogma 2

Dragon’s Dogma 2: Full Archer Vocation Guide

The Archer Vocation in Dragon’s Dogma 2 relies on powerful long-range attacks to take down their foes. It can be hard to master, but the effort is worth it.

The Archer Vocation is a good blend of each of the other three Stater Vocations. It takes the strength of the Fighter, the range of the Mage, and the evasiveness of the Thief to create a powerful class that all players should try out at some point. Fortunately, if you were thinking of playing as the Archer Vocation, we’ve got you covered. Below, we explain the best Weapon Skills, Augments, Core Skills, armor, and more for the Archer Vocation in Dragon’s Dogma 2.

How to Unlock Archer Vocation in Dragon’s Dogma 2

You will automatically unlock the Archer Vocation at the start of Dragon’s Dogma 2. Fortunately, this means you won’t have to do anything to unlock it. You and your Pawns can use the Archer class, making it a versatile class. If you choose to switch to the Archer Vocation, you can do so at any Inn in the game. The Archer Vocation starts with the following equipment:

  • Weapon – Fluted Bow – Bespoke Bow
  • Head Armor – Felt Cap
  • Body Armor – Deepwood Jacket – Hunter’s Mail
  • Leg Armor – Woodland Boots – Sprinter’s Boots
Archers in Dragon's Dogma 2

All Archer Weapon Skills

The Archer Vocation has 21 Weapon Skills in Dragon’s Dogma 2. Players will automatically start with the Barrage Shot Weapon Skill unlocked.

Weapon SkillRankCost
Barrage Shot1Free
Sweep Shot1200
Dire Arrow1200
Keen Sight2300
Exploding Shot2300
Tarring Shot3450
Manifold Shot41000
Cascade Shot41000
Torrent Shot4700
Deathly Arrow51300
Erupting Shot51300
Drenching Shot51100
Lyncean Sight61600
Incendiary Shot61600
Whirling Arrow61800
Tempest Shot72000
Deluging Shot72000
Blighting Shot72500
Spiral Arrow82500
Nocuous Shot93000
Heavenly ShotN/AHunter’s Secret Implement

Best Archer Weapon Skills

The best Archer Weapon Skills in Dragon’s Dogma 2 are Sweep Shot, Dire Arrow, Exploding Shot, and Torrent Shot. These can all be unlocked early on, and all have more powerful upgraded versions, which are Cascade Shot, Deathly Arrow, Erupting Shot, and Tempest Shot.

Sweep Shot is a Weapon Skill you’ll be able to unlock fairly early on. It allows you to hit multiple enemies at once, as you’ll shoot out several arrows in a horizontal line. This makes it an incredibly effective move, not just for dealing lots of damage at once but also for evading a large group of enemies.

Dire Arrow is a far more targeted attack and is particularly helpful at taking down a single powerful foe. This is especially useful when fighting mini-boss enemies, such as the Cyclops, and can reliably knock down smaller enemies if you need to escape.

Archers shooting Goblins in Dragon's Dogma 2

The Exploding Shot Weapon Skill is as it sounds. It’s a single arrow that can be fired at both enemies or terrain. After a short while, it’ll explode, allowing you to hit an enemy and watch it run to its friends, blowing them all up and dealing damage to nearby enemies. It’s a particularly powerful Weapon Skill and one absolutely worth unlocking.

Finally, the Torrent Shot allows you to shoot off multiple arrows sequentially, with each consecutive arrow being fired faster. This allows you to either unload into one enemy, staggering it as you fire or take down multiple foes quickly like you’re Legolas.

All Archer Core Skills

The Archer Vocation has 7 Core Skills for players to unlock in Dragon’s Dogma 2. You will start with the Front Kick, Steady Shot, and Loose Core Skills unlocked. Front Kick is a melee-based attack that can push enemies away; Steady Shot is simply your ability to aim, and Loose allows you to shoot your arrow.

Core SkillRankCost
Front Kick0Free
Loose0Free
Steady Shot0Free
Leaping Punt1150
Parting Shot2250
Swift Nock3400
Puncture Dart4600

All Archer Augments

There are 5 Augments that you can unlock for the Archer Vocation in Dragon’s Dogma 2. You’ll need to purchase them all, as none are unlocked automatically.

AugmentRankCost
Ambuscade2300
Endurance4900
Radiance61800
Lethality83000
Avidity95000

Best Archer Core Skills and Augments

The best Core Skills for the Archer Vocation to use in Dragon’s Dogma 2 are Leaping Punt and Swift Nock. Meanwhile, the best Augments for the Archer Vocation to use are Ambuscade and Endurance. You will be able to unlock all of these relatively early on for little cost, making them great early-game skills.

Leaping Punt is the perfect evasive move, as it allows you to not only kick your enemy away, dealing damage to them, but also propel you backward, keeping you away from danger. Swift Nock, on the other hand, allows you to add more arrows to your bow whenever you use Loose, letting you deal even more damage. Similarly, Ambuscade increases how much damage you do, while Endurance increases your Stamina, allowing you to pull off multiple attacks.

Archer shooting a Harpy in Dragon's Dogma 2

Best Archer Weapons and Armor

The best weapons and armor you can get for the Archer Vocation in Dragon’s Dogma 2 are the Plumed Cap, Lamellar Armor, Sprinter’s Boots, and Savage Fang Bow. You can pick all of these up from Bjorn’s Armory and Roderick’s Smithy in Vernworth. It’s important to note that these are the best early-game armor and weapons. Here is a breakdown of each item and how much they cost:

  • Plumed Cap 
    • Costs – 3,900 gold
    • Location – Bjorn’s Armory
  • Lamellar Armor
    • Costs – 12,400 gold
    • Location – Bjorn’s Armory
  • Sprinter’s Boots
    • Costs – 7,900 gold
    • Location – Bjorn’s Armory
  • Savage Fang
    • Costs – 17,800 gold
    • Location – Roderick’s Smithy

That’s everything you need to know about the Archer Vocation in Dragon’s Dogma 2. If you’re in the experimenting mood and fancy trying out other Vocations, then be sure to check out our full Vocation guide. Additionally, for everything else Dragon’s Dogma 2, make sure to check out our Guide Hub.

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