Best bow for lightning arrow?

Lets put Lioneye's Glare aside and talk about non-unique bows. Which type of bow is better for LA? Pure physical or physical + elemental bows?

Bow-1: 70-250 phy
Bow-2: 23-70 phy, 20-60 fire, 20-50 cold, 7-70 lightning
Bow-3: 60-140 phy, 10-110 lightning

In a typical LA build with which bow you will have the highest LA dps?
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For shoking purposes best would be 3rd. (If you have static blows and you are the party's shocker)
For rough DPS best would be the second bow.
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Last edited by imayben00b on March 21, 2013 5:27 PM
Surely bow 1 is best as LA converts 50% of physical to lightning?



(I changed my physical attack nodes for temporary life nodes and found my LA became noticably less.)
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KuroBear wrote:
Surely bow 1 is best as LA converts 50% of physical to lightning?



(I changed my physical attack nodes for temporary life nodes and found my LA became noticably less.)

Is your build optimized for LA? Investing in physical damage nodes doesn't seem to be a good choice for a LA build.

If your have a physical bow build and using LA, then yes bow-1 may be better. But for a standard LA build bow-1 will give you the lowest dps.
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Last edited by Enkel on March 21, 2013 6:09 PM
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Lets put Lioneye's Glare aside and talk about non-unique bows. Which type of bow is better for LA? Pure physical or physical + elemental bows?

Bow-1: 70-250 phy
Bow-2: 23-70 phy, 20-60 fire, 20-50 cold, 7-70 lightning
Bow-3: 60-140 phy, 10-110 lightning

In a typical LA build with which bow you will have the highest LA dps?


I think this is a strange comparisson. I think to actually compare bows properly you'd have to use perfect rolls. If you'd want to to make it more realistic, you could scale the perfect stats down to 70%-80% of the original value.

For example a mythical perfect roll would be +249% local phys dmg and 11-115 light dmg.

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Completed 1 ChallengeEnkel wrote:
Lets put Lioneye's Glare aside and talk about non-unique bows. Which type of bow is better for LA? Pure physical or physical + elemental bows?

Bow-1: 70-250 phy
Bow-2: 23-70 phy, 20-60 fire, 20-50 cold, 7-70 lightning
Bow-3: 60-140 phy, 10-110 lightning

In a typical LA build with which bow you will have the highest LA dps?


I think this is a strange comparisson. I think to actually compare bows properly you'd have to use perfect rolls. If you'd want to to make it more realistic, you could scale the perfect stats down to 70%-80% of the original value.

For example a mythical perfect roll would be +249% local phys dmg and 11-115 light dmg.


3 bows have the same dps. One of them is pure physical, the other is mostly elemental and the last one is near half elemental.

We can chance it as you suggested but the main point is 3 bows should have the same total damage.
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hi
as long as you got in 1800dps range with la+chain you are fine
and even if you are at 1500 only it s also fine since survavibility >>>dps
in lategame you just need to stay alive

sara

assuming all your bow got same ias i would try all of them and just take highest dps one
otherwhise i would take highest ias regardless of dps to be sure to spam and ger life back with life leech/lgoh
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Completed 1 ChallengeEnkel wrote:
Lets put Lioneye's Glare aside and talk about non-unique bows. Which type of bow is better for LA? Pure physical or physical + elemental bows?

Bow-1: 70-250 phy
Bow-2: 23-70 phy, 20-60 fire, 20-50 cold, 7-70 lightning
Bow-3: 60-140 phy, 10-110 lightning

In a typical LA build with which bow you will have the highest LA dps?


I think this is a strange comparisson. I think to actually compare bows properly you'd have to use perfect rolls. If you'd want to to make it more realistic, you could scale the perfect stats down to 70%-80% of the original value.

For example a mythical perfect roll would be +249% local phys dmg and 11-115 light dmg.


3 bows have the same dps. One of them is pure physical, the other is mostly elemental and the last one is near half elemental.

We can chance it as you suggested but the main point is 3 bows should have the same total damage.


I understand and it is your fullest right to look at it only from base dps. I also like to correct myself. A perfect roll would have added phys / % phys / lightning. This will give you a much higher physical base then what I used above. :)
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I understand and it is your fullest right to look at it only from base dps. I also like to correct myself. A perfect roll would have added phys / % phys / lightning. This will give you a much higher physical base then what I used above. :)

Actually I just want to compare equal total damage bows: (1) pure physical bow (2) physical + elemental

In a build which is optimized for lightning arrow and with the right gear choice, physical + elemental bow will always be more effective.

For example look at my bow. You will always get more LA dps with it than a pure physical bow with the same total damage. But people who think they know everything treat it like trash. It is just funny.
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Last edited by Enkel on March 22, 2013 9:11 AM
I didn't kknow they are inherently so different despite having around the same dps!

Can someone actually verify why this is so?

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