Welcome to our Bow Staff DPS Build guide for Throne and Liberty. Learn everything you need to know about the powerful all-in glass cannon build, dealing damage at the cost of sacrificing survivability.

Skills & Passives

Below are the Active, Passive, and Defensive Skills for the Bow Staff DPS Build. For insight on which order to level these Skills up, Check our Skill Upgrade Progression Section below. It’s important to note that there is a few good options and paths you can take with the build. As a result, the freedom truly is yours to explore past our own recommendations.

Active Skills

Inferno MeteorChain Lightning
Zephyr’s NockSerial Fire Bombs
Strafing Inferno Wave
Nature’s BlessingJudgment Lightning
BlitzIce Spear
Inner PeaceHigh Locus


Mana AmpRoxie’s Arrowhead
Flame CondensationSniper’s Sense
Forbidden SanctuaryRapidfire Stance
Asceticism Frost Master

Defensive Skill

Overtaker is the hands-down best choice of defensive skill available to the Bow & Staff weapon combination. The main reason for this choice is due to Bow Skills not counting as “Magic”, as a result of that, being silenced by Shadow Strike does not prevent the use of Overtaker. This allows you to have a defensive option versus assassins that a full magic combination does not have.

When defending against a Fury Attack stationary, Overtaker increases your defenses and Crit Hit Chance, stacking up to 5 times and changes into Agile Shot.

Agile Shot changes the defensive skill into the following:

  • Standing still and casting Agile Shot deals large damage in retaliation to an attack.
  • Using a directional key while casting Agile Shot deals less damage, however, has an 80% chance to bind a target.

Defending against a Fury Attack while holding a directional key changes Overtaker to “Swift Evasion”. Additionally, the next skill to land within 5 seconds critically strikes.

Swift Evasion changes the defensive skill into the following:

  • Moves 8m in designated direction, increases all Evasion’s by 970 for 2 seconds.

Skill Upgrade Progression

Next, Let’s look at the order to prioritize upgrading your skills. We’ve focused on the most important skills to help guide you through skill progression to help get you started. It’s important to note that you will upgrade all skills to max eventually and that some Skills start at Rare or Epic Quality. However, some Active and Passive Skill are far more vital to push.

  • Staff- Serial Fire Bombs (Uncommon to Rare)
  • Staff- Chain Lightning (Uncommon to Rare)
  • Bow- Zephyr’s Nock (Uncommon to Rare)
  • Staff- Serial Fire Bombs (Rare to Epic)
  • Staff- Chain Lightning (Rare to Epic)
  • Bow- Zephyr’s Nock (Rare to Epic)
  • Bow- Strafing (Rare to Epic)
  • Bow- Nature’s Blessing (Rare to Epic)
  • Staff- Inferno Wave (Rare to Epic)
  • Staff- Inner Peace (Rare to Epic)


  • Staff- Mana Amp (Rare to Epic)
  • Staff- Asceticism (Uncommon to Epic)
  • Bow- Sniper’s Sense (Rare to Epic)
  • Staff- Flame Condensation (Rare to Epic)
  • Bow- Rapidfire Stance (Uncommon to Epic)

The Active & Passive Skills with the Bow and Staff build when gearing toward the DPS role can be quite flexible (for example, Decisive Sniping is a fantastic damage tool in PvE). However, for the sake of this guide we’ve put together the framework above to ensure you have a solid start! As a result, feel free to experiment after!

Attributes, Weapon Mastery, and Guardians


In this section, we will go over recommended Attribute allocation, as well as the Weapon Mastery and Guardian usage for the build.

For this build, the main attribute is actually split between Wisdom and Dexterity. However, Perception can play a crucial role in the build too, if you have enough stat points from gear. Dexterity is important due to the increased Maximum damage threshold, Critical Hit Chance, Evasion and Attack Speed it provides. Wisdom similarly plays an important role, boosting Maximum damage dealt while providing Mana, Cooldown Reduction for more healing output and more. Perception, while the least important of the 3 stats can prove powerful when stacked. High Perception allows you to hit targets with higher levels of Evasion. Most importantly, however, is the increased range bonus provided upon reaching 50 Perception.

It is important as a glass cannon DPS to truly lean into the most offensive stats (Dex + Wis), however, as players begin to stack more Evasion – be prepared to increase your Perception or Hit on gear.

Starting out, however, we recommend the following:

NOTE: This Information does not include gear Bonuses

  • STRENGTH – 10
  • DEXTERITY – 30
  • WISDOM – 30

Weapon Mastery

You can level up your Weapon Mastery naturally by just playing the game and using the weapon(s). The Weapon Mastery Trees for each weapon are as follows:

NOTE – Your first Weapon Mastery Point will be used to select the opening Node in each weapon.

bow staff dps build mastery tree


  • Destroy – 7 points
  • Attribute – 5 points


  • Check – 3 points
  • Sniping – 9 points

Guardian – Lady Knight Kamarshea

Lady Knight Kamarshea is the perfect Guardian for a ranged DPS. This is due to the huge shield and cooldown speed the Kamarshea provides. However, with a Staff, this effect becomes even more powerful as a result of the shield scaling with your Maximum Mana. Kamarshea gives you the opportunity to play more aggressively without worrying about assassins diving you. Bow and Staff has a ton of Active Skills with no channel time, leading to a ton of instant cast uptime during the Guardian. Alternatively, in PvE, Shade Revenant Stheno is a great choice too for raw damage output versus bosses.


NOTE – Most Elite Resistance gear ALSO has a chance to drop from Precious Blessing Pouches that can be purchased daily from your Contract Vendor and the completion of some level 50 Contracts.


IMPORTANT – You will want to level up RARE gear to 9+ before transferring progress to EPIC quality Gear.

Level 1-50+

NameTrait 1Trait 2Trait 3How to Acquire
Main HandElite Resistance StaffHeavy Attack ChanceHit Critical HitCrafted – Lithograph from Various Sources & MSQ Reward
Off-HandElite Resistance BowHeavy Attack ChanceHitCritical HItCrafted – Lithograph from Various Sources & MSQ Reward

End Game (BIS)

Name Trait 1 Trait 2Trait 3 How to Acquire
Main HandToublek’s Thunderous SoulHeavy Attack ChanceHitMana Cost EfficiencyPaola’s Dimension Chest (Drops in all 50+ Dungeons or can be purchased with Dimensional Crystals)
Off-HandToublek’s Strafing Bow OR Karnix’s Hell BowHeavy Attack ChanceHit Critical HitPaola’s Dimension Chest (Drops in all 50+ Dungeons or can be purchased with Dimensional Crystals). Toublek’s Strafing Bow, drops in Tyrant’s Isle Dungeon.

NOTE – you can also use Queen Bellandir’s Domination Wand in the Staff slot. The item is difficult to acquire/Trait, but due to the Weapon Skill it is far superior to Toublek’s Thunderous Soul. This drops from the World Boss Worm – Queen Bellandir.


IMPORTANT – You will want to level up RARE gear to 9+ before transferring progress to EPIC quality Gear.

Level 1-50+

NameTrait 1Trait 2Trait 3How to Acquire
HelmElite Resistance VisorMax HealthRanged EvasionMelee EvasionCrafter – Lithograph drops from Various location
CloakElite Assassin’s CloakMax HealthSkill Damage ResistanceBind ResistanceCrafter – Lithograph drops from Orc Spearmaster and Executioners (Akidu Valley)
ChestElite Resistance Plate ArmorMax HealthMelee EvasionRanged EvasionCrafted – Lithographs Drop from Ruins of Turayne Zone from Gallu Mobs
GlovesBlessings of Mother Nature ClothMax HealthMelee EvasionMagic EvasionCrafted – Lithograph Drops from Cave of Destruction
PantsElite Resistance Leather PantsMax HealthRanged EvasionMagic EvasionCrafted – Lithograph drops from Mitran or Pirate King’s Chest Crab
BootsElite Resistance Plate BootsRanged EvasionMelee EvasionMove SpeedCrafted – Lithograph drops from Grayclaw Butcher

End Game (BIS)

NameTrait 1 Trait 2Trait 3How to Acquire
HelmReaper’s Black MaskRanged EvasionMagic EvasionCooldown SpeedWorld/Guild Raid Boss – Adentus
CloakElite Sharpshooter’s CloakCollision ResistanceSkill Damage ResistanceSilence ResistanceDrops from Abyssal Specter & obtainable from Lithograph Book
ChestMiracle of Mother Nature’s ClothingBuff DurationMelee EvasionMagic EvasionDrops from Saurodoma Island Reptilian Soldier’s
GlovesReaper’s Hand of DeathMagic EvasionRanged EvasionMagic EnduranceWorld/Guild Raid Boss – Cornelius
PantsGrim Judicator’s PantsMagic EnduranceRanged EvasionMagic EvasionDrops from Abyssal Specter
BootsHeavenly Arbiter ShoesMagic EvasionMelee EvasionMove Speed World/Guild Raid Boss – Nirma

Alternatively, you can replace a couple of the stat-heavy pieces for more HIT if you’re struggling to land damage on high Evasion targets.


IMPORTANT – You will want to level up RARE gear to 9+ before transferring progress to EPIC quality Gear.

Level 1-50+

NameTrait 1Trait 2Trait 3How to Acquire
NecklaceShock Trooper’s Resistance NecklaceMax HealthSkill Damage BoostBuff DurationDrops From Skeleton Lancer (Ruins of Turayne Zone)
BraceletWild Resistance BraceletMax HealthSkill Damage ReductionStun ResistanceDungeons – Roaring Temple and Cursed Wasteland
RingLethal Fortune RingMax HealthSkill Damage BoostBuff DurationCrafted – Lithograph Recipe obtained from Lithograph Book
RingCrude Wind BandMax HealthSkill Damage BoostN/AUncommon Accessory Chest
BeltCrude Vigor BeltBind ResistanceSkill Damage ResistanceN/AUncommon Accessory Chest

End Game (BIS)

NameTrait 1Trait 2Trait 3How to Acquire
NecklaceShock Trooper’s Resistance NecklaceMax HealthSkill Damage BoostBuff DurationLithograph Book and Drops from Skeleton Lancer
BraceletBeast King’s Gilded BracersMax HealthSkill Damage ReductionSilence ResistanceDungeons – Roaring Temple and Cursed Wasteland
RingInsightful Ring of DimensionMax HealthSkill Damage BoostBuff DurationCrafted with Dimensional Crystals x 20
Ring Transcendent Magic RingWeaken ChanceSkill Damage BoostBuff DurationCrafted – Lithograph from Morokai (Raid Boss)
BeltSkull’s Spectral BeltMax ManaSkill Damage Resistance Stun ResistanceWorld/Guild Raid Boss – Malakar

Tier 2 Gearing

Tier 2 Epic gear is a step up from the Tier 1 Epics you’ll find early on in Throne and Liberty. After obtaining your Tier 1 BIS gear, you’ll need to work towards your Tier 2 gear grind. Most Tier 2 gear comes as a reward from the new Tier 2 Dungeons, along with a Tier 2 specific upgrade material – Precious Growth Schema’s. There is a lot of powerful Tier 2 gear options, with powerful 2-set or 4-set bonuses. In terms of weapons, there is also game-changing options available to most weapon types. Below is our recommended Tier 2 pieces to target farm for the Bow and Staff:


NameTrait 1Trait 2Trait 3How to Acquire
Main HandMoonlight BowstringHeavy Attack Chance HitCritical HitTier 2 Dungeons or Crafted via Soul Shards
Off-HandFallen Angel’s RodHeavy Attack ChanceHitCritical HItTier 2 Dungeons or Crafted via Soul Shards

Moonlight Bowstring is a fantastic Tier 2 bow to farm. The Moonlight Bowstring has incredible stats, providing 18 total attribute points and increased range! Additionally, the passive increases both you and your party’s attack speed within your Nature’s Blessing range. Fallen Angel’s Rod adds additional Function to your Ice Spear, allowing for more damage potential with the skill. However, Toublek’s Thunderous Soul is still a fantastic weapon and highly recommended.


NameTrait 1Trait 2Trait 3How to Acquire
Tier 2 Piece (Helmet)World Tree’s Mysterious Wreath Cooldown SpeedMagic EvasionMelee EvasionTier 2 Dungeons or Crafted via Soul Shards
Tier 2 Piece (Boots)World Tree’s Winged BootsMove SpeedMagic EvasionMelee EvasionTier 2 Dungeons or Crafted via Soul Shards

World Tree’s 2-set bonus provides a boon to your mana pool and Wisdom which is always nice. However, the main allure of at least the Helmet is the additional Heavy Attack Chance. Although, depending on how you can set-up your Reaper 2-set bonus across your gear, it can also be worth running the World Tree’s Mysterious Wreath along with the Abyss Slayer’s Rake Gloves. Both of these pieces do not synergize in terms of 2-set bonus, however, the mix of increased Heavy Attack Chance, Range and Stats in general is well worth it.

How to Play the Bow Staff DPS Build

This DPS build entirely focuses on glass cannon damage with little to no regard for survivability. As a result, this combination of weapons is extremely viable for PvE and PvP but can require additional mastery to wield effectively.

One key 2-spell combination you have as a Bow and Staff player that works in both PvE and PvP is the “infinite mana” combo. To pull this off, simply do the following:

  • When you want to gain back mana and give your team some mana too, cast Nature’s Blessing (Epic)
  • As soon as Nature’s Blessing is cast, immediately cast Inner Peace

The combined effects and percentage of mana regeneration gained from both skills instantly refills your mana bar in a pinch. Keep this in mind as this is important during PvE or extending large-scale PvP encounters!


This build is focused on dealing as much damage as possible throughout dungeons and the open world. The build excels in both single-target and multi-target combat. When dealing with multiple enemies, group them up with your party and follow a rotation similar to below:

  • Serial Fire Bombs (x3)
  • Inferno Wave
  • Ice Spear
  • Chain Lightning
  • Judgment Lightning
  • Inferno Meteor

The Ice Spear activates the Frost Master passive which modifies Chain Lightning and Judgment Lightning into AoE skills. The Serial Fire Bombs also increase most of your damage due to the Staff kit revolving around damage increases based on burn stacks.

For single-target fights, we recommend switching out Ice Spear and Inferno Meteor for Deadly Marker and Decisive Sniping. This change is especially helpful against bosses because you can focus all of your skills into one target. Apply Deadly Marker off-cooldown to assist yourself and your teammates in dealing as much critical strikes as possible. Decisive Sniping heavily increases your single-target DPS due to the reset passive, allowing you to re-cast up to 2 more times.

During PvE encounters, try your best to plant your feet and not move around too much (unless a mechanic forces you to), doing so lets you utilize two stationary passives “Asceticism” and “Rapidfire Stance”. Having both passives active provides mana regen, increased Heavy Attack Chance and Attack Speed! Finally, make sure to weave your instant casts such as Zephyr’s Nock and Strafing between your biggest cast windows.


For PVP, this build is used to deal damage through bursting enemy backlines, melting frontlines and “nuking” clumps of enemies. However, unlike a more “focused” build such as the Staff and Dagger, the Bow and Staff combination can heavily burst town single-targets too.

As a Bow Staff DPS build, your only focus is to dish out damage with as much uptime as possible. The first and foremost as expected, is to deal damage to the right targets constantly throughout a fight, launching Fire Bombs into clumps, landing Lightning skills on squishy targets while keeping a safe distance. A key focus of the Bow and Staff is knowing when to look for low health or “kill range” targets, and executing them with quick but powerful spells such as Zephyr’s Nock. As a Bow and Staff player, if you’re uncontested and allowed to free-cast, the amount of damage you output is incredible high. As a result, utilize the incredible range you have (especially when playing with both Toublek’s Thunderous Soul and Karnix’s Hell Bow) and rack up kills on the leaderboard!

Due to the range this particular build has, you can often find yourself planting your feet to become a “turret” of DPS. When you find these situations, make the most of the stationary-based passives “Asceticism” and “Rapidfire Stance”. Making use of both passives provides you with Mana Regen, increased Heavy Attack Chance and Attack Speed!

Meteor Nuking

Most large-scale compositions play with 1-2 “Bomb Squads” in Throne and Liberty. Your task as a Staff user is to time your Meteor cast with your other Staff players on an engage. The most important aspect here is to wait for your tank(s) to call their Green Ranger Guardian activation (which is an AoE Root) and then react to it immediately. As a Bow and Staff player, you can do the following for maximum nuke output:

  • Channel Meteor on the correct location
  • Consume an Attack Remedy mid-channel

Following the above allows you and your other Staff players to land incredible army-wiping damage when timed well. Should you find an opportunity to plant your feet and be stationary while fighting, make the most out of Asceticism and Rapidfire Stance. Both of these passives will not only speed up the process of the nuke but also give increased Heavy Attack Chance!

Ice Spear is a very flexible spell in PVP too. Using Ice Spear both offensively and defensively has its benefits. As a result of slowing in AoE, you can use Ice Spear to disengage AND engage into a clump. Additionally, Ice Spear triggers Frost Master in your Staff passives, allowing for Chain Lightning and Judgment Lightning to deal AoE damage.

Utility such as High Locus should be used before you cast any of your rotation to ensure your cooldowns are reduced.


That Concludes our Bow Staff DPS Build! For more Throne and Liberty content, news and guides, be sure to check out our Throne and Liberty Home Page