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Get your Legolas arm strong, and build the best archer you can.

The archer, a classic build in Dungeons & Dragons, gets less respect than a Rodney Dangerfield bit from 1978.

The ranged combat expert from the oldest living tabletop RPG is a finicky build at best, and is a madhouse of stacked abilities and cross classing at worst.

There are a number of ways to build out the specifications of the master of bows and arrows, but only a few that will remain at the top of the list throughout all 20 levels of your adventures.

Here is our Top 5 Best Archer Builds for you to use the next time you choose to learn the way of the bow in your Dungeons & Dragons game

An arcane archer fires into the storm.

This build, presented as dictated by Taking20 on YouTube, takes the round about way of building an archer by starting in a seemingly unconventional place, 10 levels of Bard. Being a charisma based spellcaster the Bard will have proficiency in deception as well as persuasion, but be sure to take a proficiency in stealth as well. Maxing out your Dexterity and Charisma when you buy your ability scores is the only way to get this arcane archer off the starting line.

At Level 3 you will take the College of Valor option to increase attack and allow your archer to use martial weapons with proficiency, this will open up longbows as a viable option without penalty. The big turn of this class and the opening of the build doesnt come until level 10 of Bard when you will take magical secrets, allowing you to take any spell of any other class from 5th level or below and add it to your spells known list. Taking the Swift Quiver spell at this stage of play gives you the opportunity to make two extra attacks as a bonus action.

Magical support for teammates; buffs, cast haste, healing etc.

College of Valor, Archery Fighting Style, Martial Archetype: Arcane Archer, Roguish Archetype: Assassin

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The Nerds over at Nerdarchy went back to the lab on this one to give you the excellently crafted classic archer. With 17 levels in Assassin and 3 levels of  the Arcane Archer subclass this bow fighter packs a punch when she draws back on her string. Rounding out the class by choosing bugbear as your character race will boost  sneak attacks, and give you a powerful start to this force to be reckoned with.

Ambush 2d6 sneak attack, racial bonus

Oathbow, magic bow that gives advantage on attacks against Sworn Enemy

Advantage on that havent taken a turn in combat, surprise rolls always critical hit

Death Strike, at 17th level deal double damage when targeted creature fails a constitution save

Arcane Shot Ability adds up to 2d6 damage on successful hits

This entry of our list comes in part from RollingWithAdvantage on YouTube with what they call a Miracle Archer. Take 5 parts Battle-Master Fighter with skills in archery with 2 parts War Domain Cleric and you come out with a divinely inspired archer. Using the power of the gods to make extra attacks and cast some spells will set you right for the first 7 levels of your adventures with this miracle worker of a bowman.

Sharpshooter Feat, -5 from attack roll, +10 to Damage

Battle Master Fighter 5, War Domain Cleric 2

Maneuvers: Precision Attack, Trip Attack, Disarming Attack

War Priest ability, when you make an Attack action you may take one weapon attack as a bonus action

Divine Favor Spell, +1d4 Radiant Damage to attacks

Action Surges allow for repeating attack actions, for a potential 5 attacks in a round when used in conjunction with other abilities

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Once more from the guys at Nerdarchy, this time bringing a different take on an Adventurers League compliant Wood Elf archer. The Wood Elf variant race gives you proficiency with longbows as a bonus, so if you want to use its racial stats for anything youve seen on this list it would slot in perfectly. This build is gonna open with a few levels in Monk, taking the Way of the Kensai at 3rd level, and making your longbow act as your monk weapon. At higher levels your longbow can be treated as a magic weapon, and when you couple this stunning achievement of numbers with a few levels in fighter youve just built a critical hit machine like no other.

Monk Way of the Kensei 10, Champion Fighter 10

Sharpshooter, subtract 5 from attack roll, add 10 to damage

Lucky feat, roll 2d20 for attack actions and take die of your choice

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Here is one that exists solely to get more range out of his hits. The sniper is a low level ranger that is designed to get you started on the right foot for a real trip down the archers path. This one is simple take a few levels in ranger and slap the sharpshooter feat on them, and after that give them one big heavy crossbow and youve got a long range pain cannon working for your side in the battle against evil. With the bonus to damage and the bonus to attack this is one archer that cant miss

staying far away from the big bad evil guys

Sharpshooter feat, -5 Attack +10 Damage

There you have it, folks, five archers that get right to the point and show you how good a bow and arrow really can be. If you keep your distance and keep your head up perhaps you too can be counted among the best archers of all time. All it will take is a little bit of luck, a lot of patience, and maybe a few trips back to the drawing board.

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