What are the advantages of the Composite bow for low level toons?

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    What are the advantages of the Composite bow for low level toons?

    Post by Back Lot Basher on Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:53 pm

    I've seen a few threads where people are giving the Composite bow a lot of praise for low-stat builds. I see that the range is only 38, compared to 50 for a normal short or longbow, but that it packs more punch. Since it's not really meant for use at range, what kind of situations might it be more advantageous to use it? Given a choice between the Composite and say, a fully upgraded light crossbow, which one would be the best choice? I have a crossbow maxed, but I'm just looking at options for alternate low-level weapons.
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    Re: What are the advantages of the Composite bow for low level toons?

    Post by Sloth9230 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:55 pm

    I' don't know, I'd say make it fire/chaos and use with fire arrows... but ehh, I'm not sure.


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    Re: What are the advantages of the Composite bow for low level toons?

    Post by Yukon on Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:58 pm

    I think it fires the quickest out of the other bows, making it most useful for close combat. But if you are looking for a low level stealthy invader I would recommend another bow, like long bow or pharis bow.

    I havent really explored crossbows in pvp, because they take a while to shoot and then lock you into a reload animation, also they weigh more so if you want to be fast rolling its more difficult than with a bow, and if you are using a bow you should have fast roll... So you can duck and weave between attacks and shots. Although it is manageable at mid-roll.


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    Re: What are the advantages of the Composite bow for low level toons?

    Post by Sloth9230 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:59 pm

    Yes, both it and the short bow are the fastest, not sure about darkmoon bow.


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    Re: What are the advantages of the Composite bow for low level toons?

    Post by Yukon on Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:02 pm

    Ooh, I didn't get to edit my message in time.

    Another perk of bows is that you get a wider range of ammunition. My personal favorite is poison arrows winking But since you use the comp. bow at close range anyway it benefits the most from heavy arrows compared to other bow dmg outputs. I hardly use fire arrows myself how much damage can you do in one shot?


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    Re: What are the advantages of the Composite bow for low level toons?

    Post by Alara78 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:04 pm

    Sloth9230 wrote:Yes, both it and the short bow are the fastest, not sure about darkmoon bow.
    Darkmoon Bow is equally fast
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    Re: What are the advantages of the Composite bow for low level toons?

    Post by Yukon on Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:08 pm

    Darkmoon bow has some crazy stat requirements though.. and does less damage than a chaos short or comp. bow.

    There was also a thread looking at the viability of crystal short bows not too long ago. They can dish out some serious damage, and are replaceable. might not be viable at low levels though.
    http://soulswiki.forumsrpg.com/t15144-crystal-bows-are-awesome?highlight=crystal

    I think the comp. bow is popular for its speed and damage output combined with its low stat investment.


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    Re: What are the advantages of the Composite bow for low level toons?

    Post by Kerberos-013 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:12 pm

    How do you cancel a bow shot once you have already started the reload animation?


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    Re: What are the advantages of the Composite bow for low level toons?

    Post by Sloth9230 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:26 pm

    weapon swap.


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    Re: What are the advantages of the Composite bow for low level toons?

    Post by Back Lot Basher on Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:39 pm

    From what I can tell, the Composite seems to shine at lock-on range, so a low-level toon might benefit from using it on bosses, or sub bosses like the giant rat and whatever that creature is that guards Power Within. But I've LOVED the light crossbow on low level toons. It's almost the first weapon I level up now. It hits those slugs for around 240+ damage using wood bolts, and armored Darkwraith Knights take about 145 or so. I also like that it fires faster than a bow (but you're right...the reload can be perilous).
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    Re: What are the advantages of the Composite bow for low level toons?

    Post by SlakeMoth on Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:56 pm

    The Composite Bow is great, I use it all the time, even for long range. The Pharis Bow has a longer range but it doesn't pack as much punch as the Composite. The Fire Composite Bow + fire arrows doesn't equal it's performance either.
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    Re: What are the advantages of the Composite bow for low level toons?

    Post by RANT on Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:06 pm

    pve i would go with the comp bow since you can aim. for pvp both the xbows and the bows are really good, the xbows are really good for sneak attacks(counter) and the killing blow. bows are awesome because they can poison which will keep the presure on your opponent and you can lure a counter bs with them too.


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    Re: What are the advantages of the Composite bow for low level toons?

    Post by Sentiel on Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:35 am

    Composite is the best bow for lock-on range fights, thanks to it's power and speed.

    It's scaling makes it ideal for characters sporting other stats than Dex, and it's the most powerfull bow for quality builds.

    Depending on your stats, you should use it Magic/Divine + Moonlight Arrows, or +15 and Heavy Arrows.

    If you wish to snipe with it, you will find it severely leading to the right of the crosshair, making it very hard to use at long range, not to mention it has smallest effective range. This can be reduced by using Feather Arrows, which will fly further and will also reduce target leading by a lot.

    However, if you're looking for a low SL ranged options, bow isn't a good way to go. Even with max upgrade, if you don't have stats to back it up, it will do little damage and you're better off using a crossbow as it doesn't scale at all. Fully upgraded Crossbow to either +15, or Lightning with Heavy, or Lightning Bolts (respectively) will do huge amounts of damage, even with no stats at all, as long as you have stats to use them (you can two hand crossbows to reduce Str requirements), while Bows actually do require stats. You can make a Fire upgraded bow and use Fire Arrows, however, it will not do as much damage as a crossbow would.


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