Bow and Crossbow Skills

Magic Arrow

Difference from the LoD version
Magic damage is much improved.
Pros
Consumes no arrow. Consumes no mana (at slvl 13+), which is very effective against PI and mana burn monsters. Gives synergy to very many skills.
Cons
Single target skill. Magic damage isn't bad but it's less effective as a single target skill than Legendary Arrow with enough pierce.
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Magic Damage1+1+3+9+27+27
Percentage bonus to attack rating10+9
Percent of physical damage converted to magic damage1+1+1+1+1+1
Mana Cost1.5-.125-.125(reaches 0 at slvl 13)

Cold Arrow

Difference from the LoD version
Pros
Cons
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Cold Damage6-8+4+8+12+16+16
Cold Duration (seconds)5+1+1.2+1.4
Percentage bonus to attack rating10+9
Percent of physical damage converted to cold damage3+2
Mana Cost3.5+1.25

Multiple Shot

Difference from the LoD version
3 center arrows trigger CtC skills, instead of 2 center arrows in LoD.
Pros
Multiple target attack, great for crowd-clearing
Cons
Big mana-hog at high levels. No benefit comes from raising the skill level above 23, when the maximum number of arrows is reached, but the mana cost continues to go up if the slvl is raised further.
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Damage Penaltydeals 3/4 of weapon damage
Arrows Fired2+1+1+1reaches 24 at slvl 23
Mana Cost4+1.5

Immolation Arrow

Difference from the LoD version
The casting timer was removed, making Immolation Arrow a viable skill in Eastern Sun.
Pros
Multiple pires can be stacked on top of each other, creating a hot spot of intense damage.
Cons
Less immediate explosion damage than Exploding Arrow, fast moving monsters may escape the area of the pire.
Notes
The damage per second listed here is the same or close to that listed in the skill description (with no synergies). Whether the damage displayed is correct or triple the amount of damage actually done is under investigation. It's possible the amount of "damage per second" displayed in the skill description is actually the total damage dealt over the total duration of the fire patch, similar to the damage displayed for poison skills...if that is the case, the numbers here and in the skill description in-game will be triple the actual damage dealt (With the hitshift and amounts of damage used in skills.txt, one would expect the damage dealt to be 1/3rd of what the skill description lists...either the skill description is wrong, or there is a hidden multiplier). Note that the fire explosion damage is accurate, only the damage per second is under investigation. I'll update this note when I've had time to do the necessary testing. (Verbatim)
Update(2006.10.02): I've determined the multiplier is probably not the 3 second duration, since changing the duration has no effect on the displayed damage...it also has no effect on the displayed duration (the display still says 3 seconds, even when I increase the duration to 4 seconds), so it's still a bit inconclusive...I'll do real DOT testing in multiplayer next, to see what the actual damage is.
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Fire explosion damage20-30+10+20+30+30+30
Fire duration3 seconds
Average fire damage per second8.2-10.5+5.9
Percentage bonus to attack rating30+9
Mana Cost6+.5

Freezing Arrow

Difference from the LoD version
Pros
Cons
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Freeze length2 seconds
Cold damage40-50+10+15+20+22+24
Percentage bonus to attack rating40+9
Mana Cost9+.5

Guided Arrow

Difference from the LoD version
Pros
Cons
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Enhanced damage0+5%
Mana Cost8-.25 (reaches zero at slvl 33)

Exploding Arrow

Difference from the LoD version
Pros
Cons
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Fire explosion damage20-30+10+20+30+40
Percentage bonus to attack rating20+9
Mana Cost5+.5

Legendary Arrow

Difference from the LoD version
Pros
Cons
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Damage penaltydeals 3/4 of weapon damage
Enhanced damage0+5%
Mana Cost8-.25 (reaches zero at slvl 33)

Lightning Arrow

A new ES skill
Pros
Cons
Notes
The display of Lightning Arrow erroneously lists its damage as being reduced to 3/4 of the normal damage. In fact, 100% of weapon damage is delivered by the arrow, and no weapon damage is delivered by the bolts. It appears that the skill is working as intended, and the 3/4 damage message is displayed by mistake.
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Lightning damage.75-30+15 max+22.5 max+30 max+37.5 max
Percentage bonus to attack rating20+9
Mana Cost6+.25

Poison Arrow

A new ES skill
Pros
Cons
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Poison damage per second11.7-19.5+5.9+11.7+17.6+23.4+23.4
Poison duration (seconds)3+.4
Percentage bonus to attack rating10+9
Mana Cost6+.25

Strafe

Difference from the LoD version
Pros
Cons
slvl12-89-1617-2223-2829+
Damage penaltydeals 3/4 of weapon damage
Arrows fired5+1reaches 10 at slvl 6
Enhanced damage5%+5%
Mana Cost11no change
Notes
Strafe will not fire its maximum number of arrows if there is only one monster in range. The number of arrows it fires goes up based on how many actual hard points have been placed in the skill.
hard points in strafe0-34-78-1112-1516-1920
arrows fired at a single monster234567

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