Last updated on June 28th, 2021
In this Catti-Brie Build Guide: Arcane Archer for Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance Builds, I’m going to talk about my Catti-Brie Arcane Archer Build, which deals multiple Elemental Damages while also inflicting Conditions to weaken and damage enemies over time. If you want to play a hybrid Build that focuses on effectively executing powerful Ranged and Melee Attacks, then this guide is for you. Note that this is a beginner guide, and is meant to get you off to a good start as you learn the basics of Dark Alliance.
Catti-Brie Build Guide: Arcane Archer | Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance
Cattie-Brie’s Archer Build primarily deals Ranged Attacks, although she has a lot of other Moves to deal much more damage up close. In traditional Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, Ranged Attacks done to enemies in Melee Range are imposed with a Disadvantage, which means that they get penalized by lowering their hit chances. In Dark Alliance however, Catti does double or even triple the Elemental and Physical Damage at point-blank range with her Bow.
Because Catti has some powerful Moves that can be executed from any distance, she incurs a Stamina Destruction debuff, which reduces her maximum Stamina. As a result, you’ll need to manage your Stamina with Feats, as well as Stamina Potions so you can continue to perform optimally in Combat.
Character Sheet (Attribute) Selection – Catti-Brie Build Guide Archer
Every time you level up, you receive at least 1 base Attribute point and at Level 10, you receive 2 points. I’ll discuss how best to allocate them until you reach Level 15. Since you can also acquire more points from shrine relics depending on the Act as well as stats from your Equipment, expect your Attributes to be higher and more powerful at this level.
Catti-Brie is a Human Fighter who specializes in dealing massive amounts of Elemental and Physical Damage using her Bow. Similar to Drizzt’s Assassin Build, this character’s highest attribute is Dexterity, which boosts her chances of successfully dealing Critical Hits and Critical Damage from any range. As such, you’ll want to reach 15 Dexterity before allocating points to the rest of your Attributes.
For the next important Attribute, you would want to invest in Intelligence. Intelligence increases your Elemental Damage and Condition Penetration. These allow you to deal massive Fire, Acid or Cold Damage from your Bow and kicks while inflicting damage over time status effects. Additionally, your Abilities’ cooldown times are shorter, which lets you activate them more often. You should be looking to reach 13 Intelligence.
Lastly, you should consider investing 4 points into Constitution for a total of 10 points. Constitution boosts Stamina and Stamina Regeneration, which Catti needs a lot of. Most of her powerful Offensive and Defensive Moves reduce her maximum Stamina until you take a Short Rest or drink a Stamina Potion. At 0 Stamina, your movement and attack speeds are greatly reduced. For surplus Attribute points, consider investing more into Dexterity, Intelligence, Constitution, and even Strength if you need to increase your Armor and Physical Damage.
Abilities Selection and Ultimate Attack – Catti-Brie Build Guide Archer
When it comes to Abilities for Catti’s Archer Build, you should choose Healing Spirit and Heartseeker Volley. Healing Spirit creates a circle to heal you and your team in multiplayer mode for a period of time. Meanwhile, Heart Seeker Volley allows you to rain down arrows in an area, dealing damage over time while slowing down enemy movement. This Ability is best used when targets are grouped together. It also grants Precision Strikes and Improved Critical Damage to allies within the AoE.
Next is Catti’s Ultimate Attack, which is Arcane Arrows. This greatly boosts your Arrow Damage while allowing you to hit more enemies given its wide AoE. What’s important to remember is to line up your targets in a straight line since Arcane Arrows causes your attacks to pierce them. Moreover, you inflict both the Cursed and Weakened Conditions, which reduce the effectiveness of enemy attacks. You also receive buffs in the form of Stalwart, Legendary Resistance, and Unstoppable. These help you deal uninterrupted damage since you cannot be staggered, as well as receive less Physical and Elemental Damage because of your boosted defenses.
Moves Selection – Catti-Brie Build Guide Archer
When you reach Levels 7 and 15, you’ll unlock additional Moves or attack combos to inflict bonus damage or Conditions. Out of the 14 Moves, I highly recommend unlocking the following because it enhances the damage and Conditions you deal with your Archer Build. You can take these in any order you like.
- Full Roundhouse – A quick Melee Attack that Stuns targets for a short time.
- Rising Kick – Executes a reverse somersault kick to knock back targets. It also unlocks an additional Move called Vertical Sting Down. When you’re at the apex of the jump and you perform a Light Attack, you gain Elemental Weapon Acid when wielding a Bow that deals Fire Damage. This is an excellent combination because of how powerful Acid and Fire Damage are in the game. Just remember that Rising Kick and Vertical Sting Down causes Stamina Destruction, thereby reducing your maximum Stamina.
- Kick Driver – A slide that ends with a kick. This Move has a chance of granting Precision Strikes and Powerful Strikes to improve your hits and damage, respectively, while reducing cooldowns by a small percentage.
- Viper Fang Kick – A strong kick to slightly restore your Ultimate Attack meter. It also has a chance to allow Melee Attacks to do Cleave Damage, which is a small AoE that affects targets close to each other, for a short duration.
- Cartwheel Bomber – This Move makes you dodge forward and leave behind an explosive arrow. Cartwheel Bomber is quite tricky to aim since the arrow spawns behind you; however, upon successful execution, it has a 100% chance to inflict Burning. This also causes Stamina Destruction.
- Down Stinger – An explosive shot that has a chance to Weaken and Poison enemies.
- Heartseeker Volley – Unlocks the Heartseeker Volley Ability.
- Aerial Stunner – Follow-up attack, which can only be done after performing Rising Kick and Vertical Sting Down. This also has a chance to inflict Bleeding and Elemental Adept, which supposedly increases your Elemental Damage. However, note that this may be bugged as of writing since it doesn’t seem to boost your Elemental Damage. Aerial Stunner inflicts slight Stamina Destruction.
- Resurrection – Unlocks the ability to Revive all downed allies within range. This is only useful in multiplayer.
- Rollback Shot – Shoots a series of unblockable arrows and makes Catti evade backward thereafter. This has a 50% chance to inflict Bleeding and Poison if done up close.
- Piercing Shot – Shoots an unblockable arrow to pierce through targets in a straight line that can knock them down. It has a chance to inflict Corruption and Curse.
The main idea behind these Moves is to cause as much harm with Conditions as possible such as Bleeding, Burning and Poisoned, to name a few. You also gain buffs such as Precision Strikes, Powerful Strikes, and Improved Critical Damage. The trick however, is to manage the usage of these powerful Moves since it eats up a lot of your Stamina and in some cases, it can even reduce your maximum Stamina.
Feats Selection – Catti-Brie Build Guide Archer
In terms of Catti’s Feats, you can choose from 3 categories, namely Cunning, The Archer, and Longstrider. Cunning focuses more on support by improving your Stamina, Consumable or Useable capacity, and HP. The Archer provides bonuses to your Physical and Critical Damage for both Melee and Ranged Attacks. Lastly, Longstrider buffs your Defensive Skills such as Armor, Elemental and Condition Resistances, and max HP. Note that you gain at least 1 Feat Point every time you level up.
To maximize the amount of damage you inflict, you should invest in The Archer Tree first, and then allocate points in Stamina-related Feats in the Cunning category. Then you can then unlock the remaining Feats under the Longstrider Tree. In The Archer and Longstrider Trees, it won’t matter which Feat you decide to take first.
- Stalker and Martial Adept – Boosts Physical Damage for Ranged and Melee Attacks.
- Precision Shot and Sharpshooter – Significantly boosts Arrow Critical Damage and Arrow Critical Hit Chance, respectively.
- Horde Breaker – Improves Physical Damage by 15% when there are 3 or more enemies nearby, which is often the case.
- Colossus Slayer – Provides extra Physical Damage on enemies below 25% HP. This is useful against bosses and high HP enemies.
- Quick Draw – Reduces the cooldown of all Abilities.
- Athletic and Endurance – Reduces dodge and evade Stamina consumption by 15% while increasing your maximum Stamina.
- Keen Mind – Keen Mind notably reduces the cooldown time of your Abilities.
- Pack Rat – Similar to Keen Mind, you’ll need to unlock 3 Longstrider Feats beforehand to get ahold of Pack Rat. This Feat increases your Useables’ capacity by 1.
- Resilient and Steel Will – Boosts Elemental and Condition Resistances, respectively.
- Light Armor Master and Mobile – Increases Armor by a total of 22%.
- Tough – Increases max HP by 10%.
Useable Upgrades – Catti-Brie Build Guide Archer
In your runs, you can opt to equip up to a maximum of 4 Useables that benefit Catti’s Archer Build. To enhance its effectiveness, you ought to purchase upgrades up to Level 5 via the Merchant. Depending on your needs, you can choose the Useable you want to upgrade first.
Out of the 8 Useables, I suggest you equip Stamina Potion, Health Potion, Potion of Heroism, and Elixir of Concentration. Stamina Potion is a must have to replenish your Stamina and to restore maximum Stamina. Your maximum Stamina gets reduced when you perform high-powered Moves such as Rising Kick and Cartwheel Bomber. Health Potion restores the bulk of your HP to help keep you alive. Potion of Heroism restores 75% of your Ultimate Attack’s meter so you can activate it more often. Lastly, Elixir of Concentration reduces your Abilities’ cooldown time by 50%.
Weapons – Catti-Brie Build Guide Archer
Bows play a vital role in Catti’s Archer Build because it is your primary source of Elemental Damage. You should aim for Bows with Elemental Damage as well as Condition Penetration to deal massive damage. You’ll want Fire Damage so you can pair it with the Vertical Sting Down Move to also gain the Elemental Weapon Acid buff. As a result, you have the chance to successfully inflict both the Burning and Poison status effects with all of your attacks to deal damage over time. The more rare the Bow, the better because this will provide you with more bonus stats as well as greater Attack Damage.
Armor – Catti-Brie Build Guide Archer
Both the Goblin Reaper and Underdark Camo Sets are what you should farm for since these provide set bonuses that synergize well. They significantly improve your chances to inflict Critical Hits and the Poisoned Condition when those attacks land. Obtaining 5 Weapon and Armor Goblin Reaper pieces will boost your Critical Hit Chance by 20%. You don’t need to complete all pieces for this set since the Physical Damage bonus is only applicable when you fight against Goblins, which are generally easy to deal with anyway.
Alternatively, if you don’t get the Goblin Reaper Bow, you can obtain the Underdark Camo Bow instead, together with 2 Armor pieces from the same set. At 3 pieces, you raise your chances of inflicting the Poison Condition when dealing Critical Hits, which works well with the Elemental Weapon Acid buff. Once Poisoned, their HP greatly decreases over a short period of time.
Similar to Weapons, you should get Legendary versions of Armor so you can maximize Catti’s offensive and defensive capabilities.
Catti-Brie Best Build: Final Tips
It’s important for Catti-Brie to maintain a close distance between herself and her enemies. This lets her deal 2x and even 3x the damage at point-blank range with the Aimed Arrows Attack, making it possible to take down even the strongest of foes in just a few shots. Additionally, the hit animation isn’t as long compared to Charge Arrow Attacks so Catti is able to perform this in quick succession.
Remember that activating the Healing Spirit Ability when you’re surrounded by enemies, is beneficial for you and your allies. It provides a safety net to help keep you all alive especially at higher difficulties.
Since you’re going to be up close and personal with enemies for the majority of the time, you’ll also want to parry a lot of their attacks. Afterward, you get to shoot arrows at enemies, which provides you with an advantage to kill them straight up.
Lastly, you should maintain your Stamina well by mixing up your Moves, which shouldn’t only include those that reduce your maximum Stamina. Additionally, taking Short Rests from time to time and bringing Stamina Potions should be sufficient as well.
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