Just be grateful that the KS30 weapons for RNG suck.
I wonder if the new JSE RNG weapon will be any good. Will it be a bow, xbow or gun? If it's a xbow, what kind of augments would it take to bring it up to par with Obow? I don't have a Perdu Crossbow, but it seems on paper like it would perform similarly to Obow.
I really hope its above average, ranger weapons have been static for much too long, the top(non-relic) in each form - hellfire/o-bow/e-bow - all date from the time between ROZ and COP.
To match current items without passing relic is gonna be tough though, as has been mentioned before e-bow can actually out-perform stage-4 relic.
gun's a little easier, there's 5 base damage and 40 delay to play with between hellfire+1 and ferdinand
xbow is strange, in theory staurobow+1(and perdu) should ALREADY put out better numbers than o-bow when it comes to just shooting. has the same ratt bonus, and higher launcher dps(ammo dps is a non-factor its the same for both) hell grosvenor should parse similar to o-bow depending on gear(grosvenor has racc on it, so you'd want more ratt gear) except for one thing...barrage
barrage's unique ability to give massive tp, to you and the mob >.<, HUGELY favors high delay where its nearly a free ws every 5 minutes(doubling its effectiveness) vs low delay where its just some extra damage.
long story short, o-bow isn't a great cross bow, its an ok long bow that can shoot acid bolts
S-bow+kabura* = 72/540 + 38/90 = 110/630
o-bow+darksteel = 54/432 + 50/192 = 104/624
difference of 6 damage 6 delay
acids cover the 6 damage, 6 delay difference is nearly nothing when talking 600+ total delay
all that aside, and back to the question I quoted:
I wonder if the new JSE RNG weapon will be any good. Will it be a bow, xbow or gun?
bow - it WILL lose to e-bow, SE can't make a bow that's much better than e-bow without treading on relic
gun - unless the base design is just retarded, it will match or beat nq hellfire, guns are so powered by their ammo that it would take a stupidly inferior gun to lose out.
this is assuming the weapon is ranger only, if its a rng/cor gun, expect coffinmaker+1 - not bad, but not worth the effort for a ranger
xbow - it's in all likelyhood not gonna have dmg or delay numbers as high as o-bow which would imply inferior due to the way ranger is played. but comparing it to other xbows there is plenty of room for SE to work. something in the neighborhood of 43 dmg, 330 delay with some ratt or racc augments would give o-bow a run for its money, and EASILY be the 2nd best xbow in game. sub 40 dmg and it's trash
* didn't use e-bow because it's unnaturally fast for a long bow, s-bow is comparable damage wise but has the standard 500-600 long bow delay