Dark And Darker Ranger: Weapons, Perks & Builds

Learn to utilize the Ranger class by choosing the right weapons, and perks, and coming up with powerful builds!

There are many different classes to pick in Dark and Darker, but the Ranger tends to stand out the most for players who like keeping a safe distance while taking out enemies. With access to different types of ranged weapons and unique perks and skills, it is worth diving in and fully understanding everything that the class offers.

Key Takeaways
  • The Ranger is a dangerously strong ranged class with access to three different types of bows and a Crossbow.
  • Ranger has a limited melee arsenal but can use the Spear or Rapier Sword combined with high movement speed to hold their own in melee. 
  • The Perks and Skills for Ranger class lets them have various builds.
  • Rangers can use the campfire to heal themselves and others, whereas traps can be used to catch enemies off-guard. 
  • There are many different playstyles that can be used with the Ranger, even making it a great fit for Solo players.

Here is the summary for Weapons, Perks & Builds

BuildPrimary WeaponSecondary WeaponPerksSkills
Balanced BuildRecurved BowRapier - Nimble Hands
- Sharpshooter
- Tracking
- Trap Expert
- Quickshot
- Field Ration
Ranged Build
LongbowRapier - Nimble Hands
- Sharpshooter
- Kinesthesia
- Ranged Weapon Expert
- Quickshot
- Multishot
Speed Focused BuildSurvival BowRapier - Nimble Hands
- Sharpshooter
- Kinesthesia
- Tracking
- Quickshot
- Multishot
Trap Master BuildRecurved BowSpear - Spear Proficiency
- Enhanced Trap Expert
- Enhanced Hearing
- Tracking
- Quick Fire
- Field Ration
Heavy Hitter BuildCrossbow Spear - Spear Proficiency
- Crossbow Mastery
- Sharpshooter
- Tracking
- Multishot
- Field Ration

Ranger Weapons

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Ranger Bow Combat [screenshot by eXputer]
As you might’ve guessed, the Ranger has more weapon options when it comes to ranged weapons as compared to melee weapons. However, you still have some interesting melee choices. Here’s a breakdown of the weapons that can be used with the Ranger.

Primary Weapons

Your Primary Weapon is what you’ll be relying on the most. It is important to choose this according to your playstyle and what you’re more comfortable with. There are three different bows that you can choose from.

  • Longbow: Ideal for players who prioritize dealing maximum damage from a distance. Offers the highest damage but slows movement due to its weight. Suited for strategic positioning away from enemies.
  • Survival Bow: The lightest option, providing high movement speed and fire rate. Forgiving when it comes to accuracy but deals lower damage, requiring more shots to take down opponents.
  • Recurved Bow: Strikes a balance between damage and speed, making it a versatile choice. It doesn’t excel in either aspect, making it suitable for beginners.

Melee Weapons

Range spear combat [captured by us]
As mentioned in the Class info for the Ranger, you cannot equip most of the melee weapons in the game on your Ranger. For your secondary or melee weapon, you have three main options.

  • Rapier: A lightweight sword with medium range, allowing for high movement speed. Ideal for those who want to complement their ranged damage with some melee strikes. With swift footwork, you can deal significant melee damage with continuous hits.
  • Arming Sword: Offers higher damage compared to the Rapier but reduces movement speed more. While it’s a viable option, the Ranger isn’t the best choice for a melee-focused playstyle. Still, you can experiment with the Arming Sword if you prefer.
  • Spear: To wield a spear, you’ll need a specific perk. The perk not only enables spear usage but also boosts physical damage. The Spear provides a wider range compared to the Rapier and Arming Sword, making it a better choice for melee combat.

Ranger Perks

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Perks and Skills of Ranger Class [image by eXputer]
Perks for the Ranger class offer various buffs and abilities to shape your playstyle. You can equip a maximum of four perks at a time, with the number of usable perks increasing as you level up. Here’s a breakdown of each perk:

  • Crossbow Mastery: Provides a 50% increase in reload speed and movement speed while reloading. Effective if you have a high-leveled Crossbow for dealing substantial damage.
  • Enhanced Hearing: Improves enemy footstep sounds, offering valuable information and the ability to detect opponents. Particularly useful for trap-focused Rangers and gaining an edge in any situation.
  • Tracking: Displays enemy footprints on the ground, enhancing awareness of your surroundings. Valuable for solo players and those who rely on traps.
  • Trap Expert: Allows faster trap setup and disarmament, ensuring you’re prepared to face nearby enemies.
  • Kinesthesia: Offers a 10% speed increase while moving with a drawn bow. Useful for Rangers using heavier bows, such as the Longbow.
  • Nimble Hands: Provides a 15% faster bow drawing speed, offering an advantage in combat, regardless of the bow you use.
  • Ranged Weapons Expert: Grants a 5% increase in physical damage, suitable for Ranger players primarily relying on ranged weapons and not heavily investing in traps.
  • Sharpshooter: Increases headshot damage by 15%, benefiting most Rangers. Especially effective with faster-reloading bows like the Recurved and Survival Bow.
  • Spear Proficiency: If you want to use a spear, this perk allows it and offers a +10 physical damage boost. A solid choice for those interested in melee combat with a spear.

Ranger Skills

  1. Quickshot: Currently one of the strongest Ranger skills, allowing you to rapidly shoot three arrows, dealing significant damage quickly.
  2. Multishot: Complements Quickshot well by enabling you to shoot five arrows that fan outwards. Great for damaging multiple enemies or those in close proximity.
  3. Quick Fire: Increases the speed of all your actions by 50% for five seconds. This versatile skill is useful for various builds, allowing faster trap setup, reloading, and interactions with doors and chests.
  4. Field Ration: Grants you +25 HP, providing a simple health boost that can be valuable in combat and help you survive in challenging situations.
  5. True Shot: Enhances arrow accuracy by reducing arrow drops, making shots more precise. While not inherently bad, it may be less useful compared to other skills, depending on your playstyle and needs.

Useful Builds

You can create different types of builds for the Ranger in Dark and Darker. All of these will heavily rely on what kind of weapon, perks, and skills you’re working with, as they can completely change up your playstyle. But one of the plus points of the Ranger is that it truly is one of the most malleable classes and can fit anywhere in between a tactful melee fighter, a ranged fighter, or a complete trap master. Here are a few builds for you to try out.

Balanced Build

Probably a good Ranger build for beginners in Dark, and Darker would be something that is a balance of melee, ranged weapons, and traps. You should use the build to get good at each aspect and then can later branch into specializing in one style. With a balanced build, you’ll also be able to survive solo against others.

Recurved Bow (Primary) Rapier (Secondary)
Nimble Hands Sharpshooter
Tracking Trap Expert
Quickshot Field Ration

Your primary source for dealing damage to enemies is going to be through your bow and your Quickshot ability. If things get close and personal, you can use the Rapier to get a few quick hits before creating distance again. Additionally, due to Tracking and Trap Expert perks, you’ll be able to spot enemies and quickly place traps in areas like doors or dimly lit places. And if things get too sticky, you can always backtrack to get health from Field Ration before going back to fight again.

Ranged Build

If you just want to remain at a distance and take out enemies from afar using your bow, almost like a sniper, then you can use a build similar to this. With a purely ranged build, your main objective is to constantly keep distance between your enemies and be precise with your shots, making this a build great for those that have high aim accuracy.

Longbow (Primary) Rapier (Secondary)
Nimble Hands Sharpshooter
Kinesthesia Ranged Weapons Expert
Quickshot Multishot

Your Longbow will deal most of the damage, and the buffs from your Perks will ensure that you’re doing as much damage as possible while also having enough speed to reposition yourself. You can use Quickshot or Multishot for serious burst damage.

Speed Focused Build

If used correctly, a good movement speed-focused build can make you almost untouchable. The main purpose of the build is to get as many movement speed buffs as possible so that you can shoot your enemies and constantly reposition yourself so they can never predict your position and land an attack.

Survival Bow (Primary) Rapier (Secondary)
Nimble Hands Sharpshooter
Kinesthesia Tracking
Quickshot Quickfire

The build is quite similar to a regular ranged build. Except, instead of focusing more on damage, the perks and skills have been shifted to increasing your speed. You can open any encounter with Quickfire, whereas Tracking will let you spot your enemies before they can spot you, allowing you to quickly get behind them. Because you can fire more often, you can land headshots more often and fully utilize the Sharpshooter perk.

Trap Master Build

The Ranger comes with Hunter’s Trap which can be quite useful for finishing fights before they even start. Many others are usually so focused on attacking you that they forget to look at their feet and eventually fall into a trap. You can exploit that fact and use the following perks and skills to make the most of it.

Recurved Bow (Primary) Spear (Secondary)
Spear Proficiency Enhanced Trap Expert
Enhanced Hearing Tracking
Quick Fire Field Ration

Enhanced Hearing and Tracking will allow you to judge your enemies’ movements and place your traps accordingly. You can use Quick Fire to lay down traps if there isn’t much time quickly, and if you do get damaged while doing so, you’ll have Field Ration to help you out. The Spear is useful for striking enemies that might be stuck in traps.

Heavy Hitter Build

If you just want to deal the possible damage with the Ranger class, then a heavy-hitting build is the pick for you. Remember that the Ranger isn’t supposed to be a tanky or extremely powerful class, especially in melee. But if you need it, you can choose the following build to help you out.

Crossbow (Primary) Spear (Secondary)
Spear Proficiency Crossbow Mastery
Sharpshooter Tracking
Multishot Field Ration

Crossbow deals the most ranged damage, so choosing that is no surprise. You won’t have many shots, so precision is key, especially if you want to deal the possible damage by landing headshots. As for melee, the Spear will let you keep your distance while damaging your enemies.


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Playstyle for the Ranger [image by us]
The Ranger class in New World offers versatile playstyles based on your gear and preferences:

  • Ranged Specialist: Focus on ranged attacks with skills and perks that enhance your archery abilities. Mastery in headshots is crucial for dealing extra damage. Careful of friendly fire, and use a melee weapon for close encounters.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: Utilize your fast movement speed to outmaneuver enemies. Engage in melee combat and quickly reposition yourself. Combining high movement speed with a wide-ranged weapon like the Spear can be effective. Opt for lightweight armor and gear that boosts movement speed.
  • Ranger’s Kit: The Ranger comes with two valuable items: the campfire and the hunter’s trap. The campfire can regenerate health for you and your teammates, as well as replenish abilities. The trap is excellent for pre-battle damage or ambushes. Setting traps in doorways or creating darkness by extinguishing torches can be effective tactics.

With that, you now know a great deal about the Ranger class in Dark and Darker. If used correctly, it can be quite dangerous and sometimes outplay other classes like the Cleric or Wizard. Just make sure to use weapons that you’re comfortable with, make use of your extra items, such as traps and campfires, and you’ll be able to survive the unforgiving dungeons of Dark and Darker! 

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