@zaffy2005 said in Ranger, Tips & Tricks.:
@xX-Shimus-Xx gave it a go today, maybe made a mistake jumping into a "Super Hard" quest right away with it even though I'm at level 63 or 64 (also had Triple Shot paired with Cosmos Breaker, not Divine because I forgot the setup you mentioned). And I only have a SIgma Bastad, not the Nox or Drive.
But all in all....I still hate Launchers. Changing targets in OTS is way too damn slow and in the time it takes me to dive, run to a safer distance, and reset into "shooting stance" I could have killed the freakin' thing already using the Nox Rifle. TPV was literally the only way to handle "rank and file" enemies. Very first time I got surrounded I was dead before I could even dive even with three AI companions (supposedly) drawing aggro.
The boss fight didn't go much better. I mean one thing I can say for Launchers, the timing is a touch faster so I can double jump and spam Perfect Attacks without falling, whereas the timing between Rifle Perfect Attacks is just slow enough that I drop a few feet between each shot. And while I was up in the air I was relatively safe, most of the boss's attacks passed under me. Still died, though, DPS was still pretty horrid, was very much a sitting duck, HAD to rely on TPV because OTS was still too slow to track the boss's movements, Cosmos Breaker is absolutely useless unless I put myself so close that it was absolutely impossible to get out of the boss's reach and thus any "combo" attack it did (which is pretty much all it did) and I was dead, or very nearly dead, so I spent most of the fight hiding and downing Trimates. Triple Shot...I seriously found myself asking what the F- it actually does because all it looked like it was doing was making me spin the launcher around and then stand there doing nothing and being unable to shoot for 5 seconds.
I absolutely cannot recommend this for a solo player. Running with a team, maybe, with a Force/Techer dedicated specifically to keeping your fragile arse alive and a Hunter spamming War Cry to pull the boss's attention away from you so you can actually do anything. But solo? Absolutely not. I would have done better with Gunblade and those things are the absolute most worthless weapons in the game.
I'll break my response down. Super Hard is fine, I solo'd my entire way up through the game as a Ranger with only my launcher and nothing came close to eating me, and I was king of mobbing. I ran mostly solo because I was stupid and did not know about the full group triboost bonus, even with AI characters. I always felt the launcher was OP DPS, and I've never switched that viewpoint. I tried rifle with rounds, and it still felt honestly quite short. I tried Twin Machine Guns and Gunblades, and I found them honestly quick lacking compared to the Launcher, or even Assault Rifle. It is slow, but with the right rings (Launcher Nonweak Bonus) and Normal Attack Potency Up, it's ridiculous.
Another thing I should specify is I play Xbox One, NA. Not PC, which makes OTS aiming superior with a mouse and such. However, that being said the auto-assist in third person mode has me cleaning up every mob before needing to toggle. Things just die. And people get mad at me, because as melee they spent time running to an enemy just to find it dead. The only time I find any issue is people getting mad because I killed the boss before I broke the pieces off (Admittedly, I need to get better at timing my DPS spikes). Also, Triple Shot spins up three shots of near max potency individual spikes. At my rank, with my gear, each shot in triple shot does 20-30k DPS, flat. That's before trees are factored in.
How are you dying? Mobs of enemies? That's cosmos breaker territory. Any other time you should be in the air away from them on the ground or at least mid to max range. If they swarm you, it's ability time. If not, it's spam triple shot and watch the insane numbers fly. I fail to see how you can't avoid anything, when I'm oftentimes soloing with no help other then the -mates line of health potions and I don't even need to use them much. Even with a "Glass Cannon" build I have, I'm still sturdier than most forces or techters (which isn't saying much, but it's something).
Overall, I'm sad your experience was less than subpar, but you went into a mission on SH undergeared (I'm assuming, anyways) and not with proper tree set up or skill rings. It's going to make for a little tougher of a time, but you should still have been out'dpsing anyone else in any party you were in. If you weren't, it's probably because you're just not used to the timing of the attacks and how to roll since you're unfamiliar with it.
Though, I can't say much. I'm horrible with rifles and stuff, and I didn't like the other choices. I am biased, and I'll be the first to admit it, but there has been no content in the game I could not ace. Still on a nightly basis on Ship 2, Block 1, I take first place in mining base without even trying and just hitting my Y button for triple shot. Yeah, it's easy mode. Yeah, it's simplistic. But it's the best DPS outside a lightning force.
(And there's no way you would have done better with a gunblade. That sentence just seemed like a bit of bitterness, we all hate the gunblades. It's a thing. So do I even.)
At the end of it all, it's probably just a playstyle difference that's so wide you just don't feel comfortable, and I can get that. I can. But please do NOT not recommend something I feel can carry you through the endgame with your eyes shut. It's literally, that easy. That's the only downside. It just feels like you do less for more dps. It does get boring. But boom boom!