The Magick Archer is one of three Hybrid vocations in Dragon's Dogma. Hybrid vocations are exclusive to the Arisen, and cannot be learnt by Pawns. It costs 1,500 Discipline Points to switch to this vocation.
- "A skilled explorer and well-balanced adventurer, able to wield a magick bow."
Magick Archer combines elements of Mage and Strider, allowing it to equip both Daggers and Staves as a primary weapon and has access to some armor and clothing suitable for both bow users and spellcasters. For its secondary weapon, Magick Archer has exclusive access to Magick Bows. Magick Archer has unique offensive and support spells that can be cast from all three weapon types.
- For Magick, the Magick Bow and Staves rely on this stat for their magick arrows and weapon skills. In addition, this vocation also has exclusive access to a handful of dagger spells that also utilize Magick (with Backfire and its upgrades as an exception).
- For Strength, melee attacks common to other Daggerist vocations, as well as Backfire based skills will use this stat.
A Magick Archer can be a powerful attacker in its own right, with access to some extremely effective spells, and the versatility to switch between magick- or strength-based skills and equipment as needed. However, its growth with experience is mostly defensively based, especially in Magick Defense. Magick growth is above average, but Defense growth is low, and Strength mediocre.
Additionally it can be effective as a non-healing support class. Magick Archer is able to provide debilitation resistances, magick power boosts, magick defense boosts, and set magick traps through its spells. It can even provide temporary light sources.
Non-Arisen Magick Archers
Pawns may not learn the Magick Archer vocation, though some other humans have done so. Ophis wields a Magick Bow, and some other more experience bandits, such as found in the Cursewood and in the Pastona Cavern have mastered the magick bow. Pawn's refer to such enemies as 'Sorcerers'.
Skills and Augments
- Skills in bold are unique to the Magick Archer.
- Skills in italics can only be obtained via Skill Rings and Bands found in Dark Arisen.
|Magick Bow||Seeker||Already learned||-||Fire magical arrows with additional properties. Loses effectiveness with distance.|
|Magick Bow||True Seeker||6||4,000||An advanced form of Seeker that boasts improved seeking capabilities.|
|Dagger||Carve||Already learned||-||Continuous attacks with a dagger.|
|Dagger||Two Step||Already learned||-||A two-level stabbing strike straight forward.|
|Dagger||Vault||Already learned||-||Executes a jump to a higher location.|
|Dagger||Roundelay||1||600||An advanced form of Two-Step that appends a whirling slash to victims.|
|Dagger||Engrave||1||800||An advanced form of a Carve that includes kicks after a flurry of dagger blows to strike at a broader range.|
|Dagger||Double Vault||5||1,800||An advanced form of Vault that kicks at the air to propel the user in a second leap.|
|Dagger||Forward Roll||5||2,200||Curls forward into a tumble effective as an evasive maneuver.|
|Staff||Feather Jump||Already learned||-||A light jump. More effective when grabbing to platforms or rocks.|
|Staff||Magick Billow||Already learned||-||Swing your staff downward to stagger the enemy. Follow-up attacks can send the enemy to the ground.|
|Staff||Magick Bolt||Already learned||-||Launches a magick bolt from your staff. Press repeatedly for additional effect. Can add elemental effect via enchantments.|
|Staff||Levitate||2||600||An advanced form of Feather Jump that mitigates gravity's pull, enabling a gentle landing even from great heights.|
|Staff||Focused Bolt||6||3,000||An advanced form of Magick Bolt. Focuses the user's active enchantment into a powerful burst that can be fired from the ground or air.|
|Staff||Magick Agent||6||3,000||An advanced form of Magick Billow. Conjures spheres of magickal energy around the user to attack encroaching foes. Also employable from mid-air.|
|Scarlet Kisses||None||Already learned||-||Concentrates a flurry of slashes on a single point, easily shredding foes with meager endurance.|
|Biting Wind||None||1||200||Dashes past the target with blades extended, delivering slashes that can be followed with further attacks on contacs.|
|Sunburst||Fire||1||300||Kicking downward, plunges the blades into the earth, channeling magick so that a pillar of flame erupts directly ahead.|
|Toss and Trigger||Fire, Physical||3||700||Steps in with blade strike that sends the target aloft. Additional button presses throw and detonate a store of powder.|
|Scension||Holy||3||1,100||Imbues daggers with magick before an upward slash sends forth a shockwave. Saps foes' Health with holy power. Hold the assigned button to incant, release it to deploy.|
|Sunflare||Fire||3||1,100||An advanced form of Sunburst that creates an even larger pillar of flame.|
|Cutting Wind||None||4||900||An advanced form of Biting Wind. Slashes past the target, appending more strikes to the onslaught upon connecting with foe.|
|Dazzle Hold||None||4||900||Casts a firework explosive into the fray that stuns nearby foes.|
|Reset||None||4||900||Returns the user to a neutral stance, eliminating openings caused by other actions.|
|Shadowpin||Dark||4||1,500||Plunges the blades into the ground to form a magick sigil that traps enemies within its confines. Hold the assigned button to incant, release it to deploy.|
|Advanced Trigger||Fire, Physical||5||1,200||An advanced form of Toss and Trigger that both strengthens the upward slash and broadens the subsequent blast.|
|Grand Scension||Holy||5||2,000||An advanced form of Scension that extends the shockwave's reach.|
|Magick Rebuffer||Holy||5||2,000||Plunges the blades downward to form a magick sigil that improves Magick Defenses except when facing the undead. hold the assigned button to incant, release to deploy.|
|Shadowshackle||Dark||6||2,500||An advanced form of Shadowpin that extends the effective range of the sigil and persists for a longer period of time.|
|Dazzle Blast||None||7||2,000||An advanced form of Dazzle Hold that tosses an explosive crafted to stun foes within a broader radius.|
|Hundred Kisses||None||7||2,000||An advanced form of Scarlet Kisses that focuses a quick flurry of slashes on a single point, allowing for more strikes.|
|Instant Reset||None||7||2,000||An advanced form of Reset employable even while under attack that returns the user to a neutral stance, eliminating openings caused by other actions.|
|Backfire||Fire, Physical||7||3,200||Sets the user's body ablaze, eroding their own life but also causing harm to all they touch. Press the assigned button to light, press it again to extinguish.|
|Magick Rebalancer||Holy||8||4,000||An advanced form of Magick Rebuffer that boosts the beneficiary's Magick as well, save when facing the undead.|
|Immolation||Fire, Physical||9||5,000||An advanced form of Backfire that harms the user less while ablaze.|
|Thousand Kisses||None||Requires Daggerist's Band||-||An advanced form of Hundred Kisses that heightens the speed and number of slashes in the flurry.|
|Shearing Wind||None||Requires Daggerist's Ring/Band||-||An advanced form of Cutting Wind that increase the attack range, the amount of strikes, and the speed of dash.|
|Shadowsnare||Dark||Requires Magick Archer's Ring/Band||-||An advanced form of Shadowshackle that expands both the range and duration of its enemy-trapping sigil.|
|Flameshroud||Fire, Physical||Requires Magick Archer's Ring/Band||-||An advanced form of Immolation that erodes even less of the user's life yet extends the duration of the flames.|
Magick Bow Skills
|Threefold Bolt||Ice||Already learned||-||Fires three magickal arrows at a single target.|
|Seeker Bolt||Holy||1||300||Fires magickal arrows that seek out their targets. Up to five foes can be targeted at once.|
|Hunter Bolt||Holy||3||1,100||An advanced form of Seeker Bolt that allows up to ten foes to be targeted at once.|
|Magickal Flare||Holy||3||1,100||Fires an arrow of magickal light to illuminate the area. The flash it creates surprises foes and damages the undead.|
|Ricochet Seeker||Lightning||4||1,500||Looses a magickal arrow that increases in power as it ricochets towards its target. Quite effective in cramped quarters.|
|Sixfold Bolt||Ice||4||1,500||An advanced form of Threefold Bolt that fires still more arrows.|
|Funnel Trail||Dark||5||2,000||Looses a magickal arrow that draws in nearby lightweight foes.|
|Magickal Gleam||Holy||5||2,000||An advanced form of Magickal Flare that illuminates a broader area for a longer period of time.|
|Explosive Bolt||Fire||6||2,500||Fires a magickal arrow that remains lodged in the target for a time, which explodes when struck with a blow.|
|Ricochet Hunter||Lightning||6||2,500||An advanced form of Ricochet Seeker that fires three magickal arrows.|
|Bracer Arrow||Holy||7||3,200||Looses a magickal arrow that fortifies an ally against reeling from enemy blows for a time.|
|Ward Arrow||Holy||7||3,200||Looses a magickal arrow that makes an ally impervious to all manner of debilitations for a time.|
|Explosive Rivet||Fire||8||4,000||An advanced form of Explosive Bolt that remains lodged in its target for a longer period of time and causes more damage.|
|Vortex Trail||Dark||8||4,000||An advanced form of Funnel Trail that persists for a longer period of time and boasts an expanded range.|
|Great Bracer Arrow||Holy||9||5,000||An advanced form of Bracer Arrow that bolsters the whole party's resistance to enemy blows.|
|Great Ward Arrow||Holy||9||5,000||An advanced form of Ward Arrow that protects the entire party from debilitations.|
|Sacrifical Bolt||Dark||9||5,500||Summons forth the ultimate magickal bolt at the cost of one pawn's life. Time slows while the user is aiming.|
|Great Sacrifice||Dark||9||7,500||An advanced form of Sacrificial Bolt that boasts greater destructive power and slows time further while aiming.|
|Ninefold Bolt||Ice||Requires Magick Bowman's Ring/Band||-||An advanced form of Sixfold Bolt that fires yet more arrows.|
|Magickal Radiance||Holy||Requires Magick Bowman's Ring/Band||-||An advanced form of Magickal Gleam that further extends the breadth and duration of the magickal light.|
|Explosive Volley||Fire||Requires Magick Bowman's Band||-||An advanced form of Explosive Rivet that fires additional magickally explosive arrows.|
|Ingle||Fire||Already learned||-||Looses a ball of fire that explodes upon contact, engulfing both the target and surrounding foes.|
|Frazil||Ice||1||200||Creates a concentrated field of cold in front of the user that freezes solid whatever enemies it visits.|
|Levin||Lightning||1||200||Smites the enemy from abovde with tongues of lightning. Especially effective at driving foes out of hiding.|
|High Ingle||Fire||3||700||An advanced form of Ingle that looses a number of fiery projectiles that explode on contact.|
|High Frazil||Ice||3||700||An advanced form of Frazil that creates an expanded field of cold around the user that deals ice damage to those it touches.|
|High Levin||Lightning||3||700||An advanced form of Levin that smites foes with multiple lighting bolts from above.|
|Comestion||Fire||5||1,400||Generates a towering wall of flame; though only modest in power, it ignites adversaries with ease.|
|Frigor||Ice||5||1,400||Generates a giant chunk of ice that can serve as a stepping stone.|
|Brontide||Lightning||5||1,400||Wraps the users body in a whip-like bolt of lightning capable of damaging foes. (Attack with heavy and light attacks, press Jump to cancel)|
|Perdition||Dark||6||3,500||Invokes a magickal sigil that curses foes who enter it.|
|High Comestion||Fire||7||1,800||An advanced form of Comestion that invokes an even longer wall of flame easily able to ignite foes.|
|High Frigor||Ice||7||1,800||An advanced form of Frigor that generates three spires of ice. The last one can serve as a stepping stone.|
|High Brontide||Lightning||7||1,800||An advanced form of Brontide that calls forth a longer-lasting whip of lightning that drops more bolts when dismissed.|
|High Perdition||Dark||7||7,500||An advanced form of Perdition that invokes a larger, longer lasting fog that curses foes who enter.|
|Grand Ingle||Fire||Requires Staff-Bearer's Ring/Band||-||An advanced form of High Ingle that looses a greater number of fiery projectiles that explode on contact.|
|Grand Levin||Lightning||Requires Staff-Bearer's Ring/Band||-||An advanced form of High Levin that smites foe with an even greater number of lightning bolts.|
|Grand Frigor||Ice||Requires Staff-Bearer's Band or Mage's Ring/Band||-||An advanced form of High Frigor that generates an even greater quantity of icy spires.|
|Grand Brontide||Lightning||Requires Staff-Bearer's Band or Mage's Ring/Band||-||An advanced form of High Brontide that erodes less Stamina and periodically drops lightning bolts around the user.|
|Detection||2||1,000||Expands one's field of vision, more easily revealing unknown areas of the map|
|Potential||2||1,000||Increases your maximum Stamina by 100|
|Resilience||6||4,000||Halves damage received from falling, though it still doesn't save you from death.|
|Allure||8||7,000||Doubles the increase in affinity when you give items to non-pawns|
|Regeneration||8||7,000||Causes your Health to slowly return over time at 1 HP every 3 seconds|
|Magnitude||9||7,500||"Increases the effect when you debilitate adversaries with the Five Archmagicks." - only affects spells with debilitation as their primary effect|
|Resistance||9||7,500||Reduces cumulative damage when you are debilitated by non-Archmagick|
|HP||Stamina||Attack||Defense||Magick Attack||Magick Defense|
|Lvl 100+||10||10||0 (1)||0||1||3 (2)|
|Parenthesis enclosed values are changes from Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen.|
- Because the Magick Archer, like the Mystic Knight, uses both physical and magickal skills, the Magick Archer is not left without skills if subjected to Silence.
- It is common to extensively level as Sorcerer (for Magick) and another Daggerist vocation (for Stamina and or Strength) before switching to Magick Archer.
- Unlike other Vocations none of Dagger or Magick Bow skills exclusive to Magick Archer inherit debilitations from weapons used. Only Core skills are capable of inflicting debilitations.
- An enchanted magick bow does not affect the properties of spell cast with it, similar to the elements of spells cast with Staffs or Archistaves. The exception is the core skill Seeker. All other bow spells are innately imbued with one of the Five Archmagicks, indicated by the color of the icon of the skill, charging bolt, and its targeting sigil.
- Magick Archer bow spells are capable of "Locking On" to one or multiple targets via a targeting sigil, similar to staff spells. This together with the illumination provided by bow spells such as Magickal Flare makes Magick Archers effective while fighting in darkness.
- Enemies can be sniped with magick bow spells beyond the targeting distance if correctly aimed.
- Magick Bow damage is unaffected by distance, unlike physical bows.
- The augment trajectory extends the range of the magick bow.
- It is common for "Locked-On" projectiles to miss a highly nimble target (flying, jumping) at medium to close distance due to sudden loss of focus. Thus, it is generally advised to use Magick Bow skills from a far.
- Sacrificial Bolt (or Great Sacrifice) has sufficient power to damage even usually magick resistant enemies, such as Golems.
- Magickal Flare generally only damages Undead (including Skeletons and Ghosts), but has an additional use in providing a bright illumination.
- Ward Arrow and related bow spells grant impervious, and so protect from all debilitations for a time.
- By combining Double Vault and Sunflare it is possible to extend the Arisen's jump further to land on otherwise unreachable ledges . For more details see Sunflare.
- Magick Rebalancer allows the Arisen to boost the entire party's Magick and Magick Defense with a similar effect to drinking both a Decoction of Bandlily and a Salomet's Secret at the same time - but with no heavy items to carry.
- After felling a large enemy, such as a Cyclops, it is possible to heal any grey health with the Scension based dagger spells whilst the corpse is decomposing.
The Equipment of the Magick Archer in the Change Vocation Menu is:
- Magian Crutch and Thunderclap [Weapons]
- Brigandine Jerkin and Hunter's Jacket [Torso]
- Bronze Bangles [Arms]
- Braided Hosen and Raptor Cuisses [Legs]
- Ebon Neck Wrap [Cloak]
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