i've tried archer a bit. my opinion. in a party vs party situation an archer can save own/destroy the other.
the key is styx.
because i can't explain it without an example, here it goes:
i've been a lv 55-56 archer once and on poor gear back in jpko and one day we had a funny pk party with like 7-8 ppls, 1 buffer, (none duffer xD), 2 warriors, 1 mage, 2 sins and me and maybe another random, can't remember
we had a fight against 2 partys of humans. they had 1 full duffer, torment. we had only malice.
our priest maliced the duffer, the duffer started with the animation of torment..huh? wtf. oops, styxed
out of nowhere our sins came up and spiked the duffer. it was an above average geared guy. but it was funny to see that the duffer could only pot hp to keep himself alive, which made him useless.. and few seconds later he died.
the rest of the group died in few seconds to our mage, warriors. in the time of cooldown of my styx (which was a bit more than a pot) i used to help my teammates with cures (dang.. another heavy item beside of styx) and mh's
if you got a party all the time, really all the time, you can go for the hp build with low dmg^^
get a unique bow, whatever you prefer.
and stat like 174 dex (+8 chit pauldron) and 140 hp.
an incredible high manapool lots of hp and additional 40 defense
warning: you wont do acceptable dmg, so don't blame me. its support/styx build.
if you are more a solo person u'll have to be an dex whore since archers don't do lots of dmg:
90 for chitins
82 for fps
(imo don't go for fp's unless you have a set of +9/19)
fp's +9/19 or +8/15 chitins
kekuri rings/elf rings +1-3 tho i'd take kek rings over elf ring for the resistances
BoD or something
Iron Bow +8-9
the real archer build how its more useful:
rol's (highest possible +)
IB/EB (depends how leet your dcz in your server is imo)
WP+2-3 (go for the IB if you take a wp)
about earrings im not sure i think dual RE should be better than dual eme for dcz and they are cheaper
so dual RE +1 > eme's +0 for dcz
IB+8-9 or a unique
(these items are used for the styx build rogue also)[/b]