Talk:Gunslinger Guide

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Class Discussion

I've recently created a page called Class Discussion in order for 'classes' to better cooperate together. If you have opinions or gripes about the other classes, please drop by to give your opinion. --Apath

New Patch Info

Due to the new patches, some strategy tips need to be ironed out. Specifically, the Volcanic pepperbox and the antigua line guns. Irrelevant, but would a gunslinger mind going to the Vanaduke boss page? A strategy update is needed there as well.

Scope of the Guide

Defense none.png Be Aware
* Normal damage is the only damage Vanaduke is not strong against during his mask phase.
Unnecessary, as this is not a boss guide. I have left it here in case someone chooses otherwise.

I see someone commented out this and another "Be Aware" note about a specific weapon because they only applied to specific case.

My thoughts in putting those types of specific notes in is that they are gunslinger related and are useful bits to know, even if they are not generaly applicable. I can see why someone commented them out, given that they ARE about specific zones or bosses.

So what do other people think? There is a bit of a scope issue here, which I have been thinking about in other cases too. So here are some questions I would like to put before the people who read & write this guide or know much about wiking:

  • Should we cover just pure gunslinger material and only go as far as to note what weapons could be good sidearms for swords or bomb people, or should we go so far as to cover people who play hybrid gunslingers/bombers or swordsman/bombers?
  • Should we deal with zone and unit specific information here, or should we instead keep the scope to information that is non-zone/boss specific? Should we write a section in boss or zone guides specific to gunslingers?

--ShideKnight 28 July 2011

I think it's best to keep the guide clean, simple and organized for now, and maybe have a separate section for boss tactics and side weaponry. No need to give all the information at once when the user is just looking to see which gun is best for their general usage. Btw, I'm the person who commented it out originally, so don't count my opinion twice. :P
--Unicornkitty 04:19, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

"Bumped" this section to the top since it is kind of important that we agree on the "direction" of where the guide should be headed....
For your 1st question, I don't know much about wiking in particular, but I think that we should concentrate on pure gunslinger material since:

  • It is already stated in the beginning of the guide that "Specializing as a gunslinger blah blah blah".....
  • It is a "Gunslinger Guide", not a "Guide on using Guns". Besides, is a character that uses 1 sword & 1 gun considered a swordsman or a gunman? Maybe someone can start a "hybrid" guide in future that focus on using the best weapon for the situation.
  • It seems kind of strange if we talked about which sidearm is good for bombers & then the same sidearm is being mentioned again by the bombers in their bombing guide. (Same information being conveyed in two different places.) IMO, a more logical configuration would be to have a "usage strategy" section in each weapon's homepage. (But that kind of mean we should ignore guns strategy in the guide altogether...) Guess in this case, a "middle" road approach would be for the best. Lets have a section for each "class" of handguns (alchemers, autoguns, blasters, antiquas, magnus, catalyzers, pulsars) and concentrate on how the weapon "gel" with the pure gunslinger style.

As for your 2nd question, I believe we should expand the scope to include strategies for enemies/situations where "pure" gunslingers have difficulties dealing with. (Such as twin gremlin menders, wolvers, jelly king, T3 grievers, rooms with limited maneuver space, etc)

On a related issue, I think it would be nice if the guide could elaborate a bit about equipment upgrade strategies. Us gunslingers are at a bit of a disadvantage here due to there being no 2-star armor/helm/shield that works well with the gun-slinging style. For me, I choose to skip directly to Swiftstrike Buckler + Gunslinger Hat & Sash to unlock Tier 2. It wasn't a problem for me as I was doing Tier 1 damage testing for the lower tier handguns anyway but I suspect that most other players would want to unlock Tier 2 ASAP to start turning in a profit on their runs....

(sorry for not using indents, but I don't think indents would work very well with my "wall of text" approach to discussion. ;-P )
--SK Tactics 17:24, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

Control Scheme

Well, since you asked for control schemes variations on the forums....

For me, I use LMB as attack, RMB as shield, & the mousewheel for weapon switching.
Reason is that I usually operate the mousewheel & left button with my index finger while my middle finger is on the right button.
This allows me to switch weapons while being shielded / quickly shield-cancel when switching weapons. (no reason to switch weapons when attacking or charging)
In addition to using WASD for movement, my MMB is mapped to "move forward" so that I can grab a beer with my left hand while playing with only my right. (^^)/

erm... you probably should stop reading from here onwards unless you have OCD like me or just wanna be known as a crazed gunman...

WASD-Setup.png Colored dots indicate which keys to press with which finger.

If you have average length fingers & dexterity like me, the above picture would indicate which keys you can comfortably reach for without putting your hand out of position.
e.g. Try reaching for the "1" key with your ring finger & you will see that your pinky finger have shifted beyond the reach of the "shift" & "ctrl" keys.
IMO, a good setup should allow the user to simultaneously perform as many actions as possible.

My Current setup:

  • Movement - W A S D (of course)
  • AutoTarget - Spacebar (Since I need to press & hold it while moving)
  • Voice Chat - Shift (Since I need to press & hold it while moving)
  • HUD Lock - Ctrl
  • Quickslots - Q E R F (I only have to stop strafing momentarily to tap them. W & S keys remain operational at all times.)
  • Unused - 2, 3, C, V, ALT, CAPS

In a pinch, I can also use the quickslots by tapping Ctrl & clicking them with the mouse.

--SK Tactics 07:28, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

Table of Contents Discussion

Is it just me, or does the TOC seem super long and messy? Not sure how it could be compacted though, so if anyone has more experience in aesthetically pleasing TOCs, go right ahead. Or leave it as is. :P

--Unicornkitty 03:09, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

Now that I think about it I agree. I will take the individual guns out of the TOC to see how that works. If people would really like them added back in, please say so eaither here or on the forum thread. Thanks ^_^

--ShideKnight 28 July 2011

Techniques Discussion

Thanks for starting a gunslinger guide. Here are 2 gunslinging techniques which you might find useful to include.

1) Shield buffered charge.
Press & hold shield button. Without releasing the shield, press & hold attack button. Release shield button.
This allows you to charge up your attack without firing a shot first. 
Very useful for autogun users as they have to stand still when firing.
2) Switch shooting
You can actually cancel the weapon switching animation by tapping the shield button.
Therefore, if you have at least 2 guns, instead of doing a shoot->shoot->reload or a shoot->pause->shoot pattern,
you can try doing a shoot->switch->cancel->shoot.
Doing so should give you a higher volume of fire + a nasty cramp in your hands... ;)

--SK Tactics 24-July-2011

Ellwoodblues here with a bit of experience with Alchemers and the Blaster. There is no delay to reload after firing a charged shot. I can fire a charged Alchemer and immediatly pop off two normal rounds before having to reload. This is pretty effective on slow moving monsters, dealing with single turrets, or slinging some damage downrange when the monsters are packed together in a narrow path (think of the bridges). While this tactic might not meet the standards of maintaining a high rate of fire, it can be a good first salvo when busting turrets. A pair of knights following this "hit 'em hard, hit 'fast" should be able to take out a none aggressive turret before it has time to rotate and start firing.

Bullet Speed Discussion

Defense none.png Be Aware
* This gun has very slow bullets.

erm... you sure about this? so far, i've encountered 3 types of bullet speeds.

  • Fast - Faster than proto gun. (punch gun, pummel gun, magnus series)
  • Medium - Proto gun speed. (blaster series, proto gun variants)
  • Slow - Slower than proto gun. (various alchemers)

does this go slower than an alchemer?
--SK Tactics 03:37, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

Yep. It is a LOT slower than alchemers. The Polaris/Supernova is also slower than alchemers, but Neutralizer/Biohazard is even slower. ~Katmint 03:59, 27 July 2011 (UTC)
Bummer.... this means i'll have to rethink the gun descriptions on the wiki.....  :(
Fast -> Medium -> Slow -> Very Slow -> ???
Anyone has any suggestions for the last item?
If possible, i would like to retain the "medium" bullet speed description for proto gun as it is the 1st gun that everyone uses & it would be easier for ppl to gauge whether something is "faster" or "slower" than the proto gun.
--SK Tactics 20:35, 28 July 2011 (UTC)
Teehee. Just add Very Fast to the beginning, and change the Proto gun's speed to Fast, since its bullet speeds are actually higher than most other guns. Unless you plan to do something like "Slow" "Slower" "Slowest" or "Even Slower Than Very Slow".
--Unicornkitty 04:25, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
Personaly I would like to suggest the title "Slower Than The Slowest" for some recursive fun.
Actually, I was hoping that if a new player was to look at an Alchemer's page & see the "slow bullet" description, he/she would immediately know that its going to be slower than what they were used to (proto gun).
Guess I'll just say something like "gun fires very slow bullets" + put in a note saying its even slower than Polaris when I get to editing the gun's description.
Or maybe I should use "squares per second". but it seems a bit too much.... Even for me. ;-P
--SK Tactics 07:28, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
Well, a 'medium' label is still identifiably slower than the 'fast' label on proto gun, but if you want the Proto gun to be established at zero, there's not much you can do besides finding more adverbs to describe 'slow'. Might I suggest "very super duper"? Then again, it would help to establish that Proto Gun is faster than most other guns so as not to confuse newbies into thinking something like that is *only* 'medium'.
Honestly, I can't even distinguish between the alchemers, proto gun or valiance anymore--they're all "fast" to me since largely I just use Polaris. Perhaps a blocks-per-second thing would work better to describe them, since the difference between Alchemers and Polaris is much greater than the difference between the Alchemers and Proto gun, even though both are adjacent in the scale you described. But then there's not really a faster-than or slower-than for the average player to compare them, since nobody remembers how fast each individual gun performs (as comparison) until they're past the stage when they need to look at speeds on the wiki.. I think? Blah, I'm not really making progress here. Ultimately it's your call. :P
--Unicornkitty 21:14, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

A Swordmaster's Perspective

I use swords almost exclusively, but while grouped with gunners I've noticed several things they often do that make life harder for me. Perhaps there are reasons for these that aren't apparent to me, but I thought an outside perspective might be helpful for seeing how gunslingers interact with other knights. I'm not sure how to incorporate this into the guide, though (or if it should be), so I'll put it on the discussion page for now.

Don't Shoot My Target

Based on the wiki numbers, it looks like a pure damage gun targeting an enemy's weakness does roughly similar damage to a pure normal sword. I'm sure not every sword-user is in my position, but I use specialized-damage swords and I have sword damage bonus: maximum, so I could easily be doing double your damage, and I kill most enemies in 3-4 hits, even in large parties. Attacking the same enemy as me won't necessarily reduce the number of swings I need to kill it, and even if it does, I'll likely waste a swing because I don't know when it will die (which I would if I were the only one attacking it). So providing support fire against the same monster I'm attacking is probably not actually saving me any time.

More importantly, if your gunfire causes the monster to dodge, or if your gun has knockback, you may cause a lot of my sword strikes to miss, in which case you are effectively dealing negative damage, because you are replacing my sword damage with your weaker gun damage. Knockback or bright flashes also makes it much harder for me to defend against enemy attacks, since I might not be able to tell where or when a monster attack will hit. Pulsar line, I'm looking at you.

Whenever possible, please try to attack an enemy that isn't already being attacked. However, when you do...

Don't Lead Enemies Behind Me or Away from Me

I see a lot of gunslingers get a monster chasing them and then just keep backpedaling...and backpedaling...until they're not even in the same room. This causes two problems:

  1. It's very hard for a sword-user to hit a monster moving away from us; we waste a lot of time chasing them, and then even a tiny bit of lag can make us miss. If that's the last monster, or I have to run farther away to find another monster to attack, you're wasting my damage potential and making it very hard for me to help you.
  2. A lot of the time, the monsters don't all continue chasing you forever--you get far enough away, and they decide to go after me instead. But you've just lead them behind me, so now I'm getting attacked from an unexpected direction and have a much higher risk of being surrounded. This can be even worse than fighting solo, because I still have to defend against almost all the monsters, but now I don't know where or when they're coming from. This is especially likely if you lure them behind me and then knockback them towards me.

Could you maybe shield-bump them away instead? Or circle? Or at least pick a direction to run that won't lure the enemies behind me?

If you can't deal critical damage, bring a sword or bomb

As noted earlier, a pure damage gun exploiting a monster's weakness looks to be roughly on par with a normal-damage sword. There are also a few situations where ranged attacks are really important (e.g. enemy on top of spikes) and it makes sense to use one almost no matter how poor the damage is. But if we're in a "normal" fight and you're using a gun the enemy is neutral or resistant to, that looks like you care more about protecting yourself than contributing to the group (especially if you also are not holding the line, see above).

If the stratum has a monster theme, two damage types is probably enough. In a status-themed stratum, I would suggest you either shell out for a third weapon slot or bring one gun and one sword or bomb. I sometimes see people using normal damage guns, or even two guns with the same damage type, and they just don't seem to pull their weight.

This is just what it looks like from the other side of the looking glass, but I hope it's helpful. Feel free to drop by the Swordmaster Guide and tell me everything we do that you hate. --Antistone 22:01, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

Needs to be rewritten

The lower part of this guide needs to be rewritten as it sounds completely condescending D:

The guide is good until the sets, which are poorly explained. I think just mentioning armor would be best, rather than sets. Perhaps continue the same way as the guns.

Then the PVP part is written angrily and sounds like a "stop having fun guy".

I'll take the most poignant line: "In the end, what makes a Stop Having Fun Guy isn't the rule-setting; it's the attitude. While regular competitive/tournament players simply like playing to win, the Stop Having Fun Guy believes that this is the only right way to play the game. "

I think the wiki should set the attitude as informative rather than 'you need to do this and this'.

If they are not going to be changed then the wiki needs to stop linking to these guides, by taking them out of the equipment see also template.


From the page history, it looks like everything you're complaining about was written (or rewritten) by one guy in the last two days. I haven't looked at it in detail, but if this is just a case of one editor with poor writing style on a power trip, I don't see any reason you couldn't just revert it. And if it's merely not-that-polished, well, I would encourage all wiki users to improve the style and clarity of any articles they come across as a matter of course. --Antistone 21:40, 16 December 2011 (UTC)
Copy-catting the user above me - I agree with all he/she said. Jlh0605 02:54, 25 December 2011 (UTC)
I've removed all edits by OMIKRON and leave a note on his/her talk page [[1]] Merethif 19:28, 27 December 2011 (UTC)
Very sorry about that. I wasn't thinking clearly at the time and I will be sure to follow the style guide in the future. OMIKRON 17:38, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

New gun descriptions?

Posting this in the Talk page first, if the consensus is positive, I'll reorganize the actual guns page. My other idea is to get most of these descriptions into the wiki pages of the guns themselves, freeing up this page to be more about actual techniques. -Mohandar


Guns are a very useful part of a knight's armament. Their key advantage is the ability to hold an enemy at range while still inflicting damage. The distance keeps you safe (unless your opponent also has ranged capability!), so accordingly, guns tend to have a lower base damage than swords or bombs. However, many guns deal pure, special-typed damage such as elemental, shadow and piercing. Therefore, using the right gun against an enemy weak to that kind of damage can make for a good strategy.

The first part of this guide details the types of handguns available to knights, including their basic characteristics, what they are most effective against, and who should wield them. The second part of this guide will be devoted to those who wish to use guns as their primary weapon, and will go into details such as how to set up your controls, strategies for solo and team play, and choice of equipment.

So without further ado, these are the general categories of handguns available to knights:

Elemental Handguns:

Alchemers: Nova, Magma, Storm, Hail Driver These weapons are the workhorses of a gunner's arsenal. These guns have a 2-shot clip and deal pure elemental damage, making them highly effective against constructs and undead. At 4* and up, alchemer bolts will split multiple times, allowing a single shot to hit many enemies if they are bunched up. They are easy to use and team-compatible as they have no knockback. The notable exception are mechaknights in T2 and T3; attacking one with a ranged weapon will cause it to shield, blocking ALL attacks. Swordsmen rely on the knockback from their combos to stay safe, so avoid shooting mechaknights around swordsmen. The recommendation is usually Nova Driver, as it deals more damage, but Magma and Storm Drivers are fine too- just don't use them around Oilers and Quicksilvers. The Hail Driver is less impressive, as gunner tactics usually involve kiting rather than freezing in place. Elemental Alchemers make passable sidearms for non-gunslingers because constructs (especially turrets) are often what they get used against.

Pulsar: Polaris The Polaris fires three slow bolts that expand at a certain range. The expanded bolts do more damage, as well as knocking enemies around. Because they deal elemental damage, they are most effective on constructs and undead. However, due to the knockback of expanded bolts, they should be used sparingly against anything other than turrets, which are stationary and cannot be knocked back. Spamming the expanded bolts will knock monsters every which way, annoying your team to no end. This makes Polaris the weapon of choice for a swordsman, for dealing with turrets across a gap. The expanded shot has a very good chance to interrupt a turret's attack, as well as shocking any non-shock-themed turret for further disruption. The Polaris can also be effective against Devilites, despite their propensity for dodging. Because the expanded bolts cover so much area, the odds are good that a dodging devilite flies straight into another bolt, getting knocked down or even shocked. A pure gunner may consider taking one if they expect Devilites or turret trouble.

Shadow Handguns:

Alchemer: Umbra Driver The Umbra Driver behaves like any other alchemer, aside from dealing pure shadow damage. This makes them good weapons against Slimes and Gremlins, although Gremlins tend to dodge, making the Umbra slightly less effective. As with all alchemers, the Shadowtech line doesn't really shine until the 4* Driver when bolts begin to ricochet multiple times. There aren't many sources of shadow damage for knights, so even non-gunslingers may consider picking up an Umbra Driver. Catalyzer: Biohazard As with all catalyzers, the Biohazard fires three slow bolts. The charge attack fires a single slow bolt that will 'stick' to any enemy it hits, and upon being hit by a normal bolt, it will explode doing damage in a small area. Although individual bolts deal less damage than an Umbra Driver's bolt, the Biohazard has the potential to poison enemies. Additionally, the slow-moving bolts are highly effective at pinning Gremlins against walls (they keep dodging backwards until they hit a wall, at which point all the bolts they were trying to dodge catch up and hit them). As with the Umbra Driver, there aren't many sources of shadow damage for knights to choose from, so even non-gunslingers might consider trying a Biohazard. They are fun to use, albeit a little slower than hacking away with a sword.

Piercing Handguns:

Magnus: Callahan The Callahan is the go-to pierce gun for Gunners, and is most effective against Fiends and Beasts. Unfortunately, even with two Elite Trueshot modules, its damage is somewhat lacklustre. The main benefit is that individual shots can knock down wolvers and devilites; it is possible to keep an enemy safely knocked down at distance while you finish them off. Be warned that Alpha Wolvers are difficult if impossible to knock down, so you'll have to keep kiting them. Due to the low damage output, Callahan is primarily recommended for gunslingers. Those wishing to simply put down Fiends and Beasts as fast as possible should invest in a piercing sword or bomb.

Autoguns: Blitz and Plague Needle As with all autoguns, the main attraction is the powerful charge attack, which fires 15 bolts in a small spread. However, it forces you to stand still while firing, and thus is a highly situational weapon. They are best known for taking down Vanaduke, but are also fantastic against Trojans and Alphas. Blitz is the recommendation, as the increased damage still outperforms the poison effect. The only reason to choose Plague is to reduce the enemy's attack power. Because they root you in place for so long, autoguns require much more skill to use- a missed attack generally means getting hit hard. Only recommended for hardcore gunners or Vanaduke runners.

Normal Damage:

You won't see any pure gunners carrying normal damage weapons, because they need all the damage boosts they can get. That said, there are some normal damage weapons that see a bit of use. In particular, normal damage weapons make good sidearms for non-gunslingers who just need an all-purpose gun. Blaster: Valiance The most 'balanced' handgun, it has a 3-shot clip that deals moderate damage. Although it serves as a good sidearm for kiting enemies, it performs poorly against turrets as the normal damage is unable to take advantage of weaknesses. Non-gunslingers may find this weapon useful. Autogun line: Volcanic Pepperbox The pepperbox line has a vacuum effect that draws enemies toward the user, most noticeable on the charge attack. This can be beneficial (allowing a team member unleash a charge attack on the bunched up monsters) or it can be detrimental (bringing a Lumber within smash range). Bolts also have a chance of inflicting fire status; otherwise, it behaves similarly to any autogun line. It is fun to use, although damage output-wise, it is fairly mediocre like any normal damage handgun. An additional concern is lighting Oilers on fire. The Volcanic Pepperbox should not be your first 5* gun. Catalyzer: Neutralizer The Neutralizer is a subpar weapon. It behaves identically to the Biohazard, but has none of its perks (poison, bonus damage against slimes and gremlins). In exchange, it is more effective on Fiends and Undead, which are both better dealt with using guns other than the Neutralizer. Knights interested in damage output and efficacy should ignore this gun. Pulsar: Supernova Much like its sister gun the Neutralizer, the Supernova suffers all of the disadvantages of the Polaris with none of the perks. The expanded shots knock enemies around, but it gains no bonus damage against Howlitzers and Puppy Turrets, nor can it inflict Shock. As before, knights interested in damage output and efficacy should ignore this gun. Magnus: Iron Slug The Iron Slug is a branch off the Magnus line, the normal damage counterpart of the Callahan. Much like the previous two normal damage counterparts, the Iron Slug is inferior due to its inability to exploit monster weaknesses. Otherwise, it behaves similar to the Callahan. Like other counterpart normal damage guns, it is not recommended.

Split damage types:

Only two guns do split type damage, the Sentenza/Blackhawk (piercing + shadow) and the Silversix/Argent Peacemaker (piercing + elemental). Contrary to what the split damage might suggest, they are not general-purpose weapons, but specialized weapons. This is because monster resistance reduces damage more than monster weakness increases damage. As specialty weapons, they are very situational; the Argent Peacemaker is best used against undead (fiends dodge and are hard to hit), while the Sentenza is acceptable against gremlins (both beasts and gremlins dodge, but gremlins are more manageable). These weapons make poor choices for a gunslinger, and subpar sidearms for non-gunslingers.

General tactics:

Always carry the appropriate gun. Using the appropriate weapon to take advantage of enemy weaknesses can boost your damage by 30-50%. See *here* to find out which monster classes are weak to which types of damage.

Some enemies dodge. Wolvers in T2 and Gremlins in T2,T3 will automatically sidestep, dodging slow bullets from guns like Valiance and Drivers. In T3, Wolvers will actually teleport, making them even more difficult to hit. For the standard run-and-gun strategy, you will need a Callahan, whose bullets are effectively instantaneous. Although the Antigua lines have similar bullet speed, they are not currently recommended due to low damage, and the fact that they trigger repeated dodging. If you are in a party, it may be wise to put away your gun and take up a piercing sword. Even if you wield a Callahan, every shot you fire will trigger auto-dodge by all enemies in a certain radius. This behavior disruption greatly reduces the damge output and even survivability of swordsmen.

The piercing autoguns are lethal in the right hands. They require careful timing to use- generally, the strategy is to charge an attack on the move, and unleash in a monster's face right as they begin their attack signal (aura). This is to guarantee that you do not miss or trigger auto-dodge, and is commonly used on Greavers, Alpha Wolvers and Gremlins. Possible exceptions are Devilites, which have a very fast ranged attack and should be dealt with using single bursts from cover.

Turrets can be held immobile with well-timed Polaris bolts. Try to fire such that expanded bolts hit the turret right as it starts its attack animation. If using an alchemer, charge up a shot for extra damage if the turret has not noticed you yet. In a mixed party, a gunner will often gain aggro on the turret first. Use this to your team's advantage by leading turret shots to one side or the other, allowing a swordsman to run in unharrassed and deliver a killing blow or charged attack.

Mechaknights are a bone of contention. In T2 and T3, they will automatically shield when in the radius of a ranged attack. This shield will also block melee attacks though, causing the mechaknight to be unaffected by sword knockback effects. This can put swordsmen, particularly those favoring heavy swords, in extreme danger as they rely on the knockback to keep mechaknights at a safe distance. If there are sword users in your party, refrain from shooting if they are doing an admirable job; you will only get in their way. Consider attacking enemies elsewhere, or getting a sword/bomb to contribute. A highly recommended side weapon is Ash of Agni; in the confines of an arena, its damage output is phenomenal and it does not interfere with team play.

In general, playing a gunner means staying mobile and kiting enemies around to maximize splash damage from your guns (alchemers will be your main weapon).


Sadly, gunners have very little in the way of status resistance gear. Gunner gear also prominently features ASI, which while useful, is not as important as raw damage. At least, the gunslinger gear that does exist covers the three special types of damage- elemental, piercing and shadow. Advice here is usualy to mix and match whatever suits your fancy. The negative resists of the Shadowsun set are fairly minor inconveniences outside of specific settings, making it a viable piece of gear (despite being shortchanged for Low gun damage instead of Medium). Because of the specialized nature of gunning, having a third or even fourth weapon slot is extremely beneficial. A full time gunslinger should also strive for two trinket slots with Elite Trueshot modules. More than sufficient ASI can be gained from equipment or UVs. If you cannot afford modules, status resist trinkets from Brinks can also help. However, if you can't get 4* or better trinkets, it may not be worth purchasing trinket slots yet.

I'm playing as a pure Gunslinger very often and I can't agree with your opinion on Valiance. I feel your description of Valiance is more of copy/paste of stereotypical opinion rather then based of ones experience. I'm using Valiance very often. As a casual player I have quite often only two slots and as a Gunslinger I find Valiance + specialised handgun combo very useful in such case. Especially on Status based stratum (poison, fire, freeze, shock). As a normal handgun it may not deal extra damage, but so does Leviathan/Nitrome, which are considered one of best sword/bomb. Remeber that Valiance knock back ability even at blank point shot may be a life saver. Merethif 19:52, 27 December 2011 (UTC)
Also I'm not sure if handguns should be categorised by damage type only. For novice gunslingers reading this guide it may be better to have them categorised by class (6-hitter, standard 3-hitter, exploding 3-hitter, alchemer, heavy 2-hitter, autogun). When I was at the beginning of my gunslinging adventure I was a way more concerned about combo patterns of different guns. Damage types and rules of monsters vulnerability/resistance are part of general basic knowledge and I was able to find out pretty much everything by my own. Gunslinger Guide is a place for more advanced knowledge.
Bombing Guide is written in such way, where bomb description is not focused on its damage type. But how it's work, what is it good for (damage, crowd control), what are risks of using it etc. And I think it's what players are looking for. Merethif 19:52, 27 December 2011 (UTC)
Good point. If you want to spiff up the gun categories using my new descriptions (pick and choose what's best) that'd be great, it's why I posted to Talk first. I will try playing with the Valiance some more and see if I change my mind. Thanks for the feedback, and here's some more random musings about equipment and tactics! -Mohandar
note: there are no split-damage handguns anymore, and the shadowsun set has no negative status resists and has medium gun damage instead of low --NightFantom 08:42, 18 June 2012 (UTC)
as a pure gunner, i wield a heavy pulsar + silversix combo. the silversix allows me to be useful against constructs and undead; and effectively hold off fiends and slimes from a distance. the heavy pulsar (and associated upgrades) are useful with dealing with beasts and gremlins, due to the nature of its targets. gremlins enjoy moving about, and with the expanding bullets of the heavy pulsar

line, i can create a cone of fire that wards off and pushes back these beasts.

Damage Types

I've been doing some calculations recently, and my results show the "common knowledge" about damage types vs. monster resistances and weaknesses to be untrue. Due to the way damage is calculated, whether pure special damage receives better bonuses than split normal/special damage appears to depend on how much base damage the attack in question has. In the damage ranges that most guns are in, pure special does in fact seem to receive higher bonuses. However, in the damage range where most swords are, split damage seems to receive equal or greater bonuses compared to pure special damage. Additionally, split special damage should do more damage than neutral damage against enemies that resist one type and are vulnerable to the other across a large range of base damages... starting just a few points of damage above where AP/Sentenza are.
While this doesn't really affect the judgments made here about any specific weapons, but you might want to change the discussion of damage types to avoid spreading misinformation.
The forum thread where I discuss my efforts is at and some graphs I made from my data are on my user page. --Exasperation 22:47, 7 January 2012 (UTC)

Defensive Strategies

I've noticed that many players often worry about how gunners play defense, especially gunners with two guns. I happen to be a good midlevel gunner, having survived the JK mission (not including the boss) solo several times. With two guns. I figured I may as well write a section about defensive strategies for gunners.

First and foremost, the most effective defensive strategy a gunner has is to simply not be in the range to get hit. IE: Keep your distance. The second most effective defensive strategy a gunner has is to simply not get hit. This second part is easier said than done.

Some tips for not getting hit:

Keep your distance whenever possible. The value of staying at a distance cannot be undervalued for a gunner. You want to stay within attack distance of your guns while staying out of attack range of the enemies as much as possible. Distance also makes it easier to dodge ranged attacks.

Dodge Attacks: Especially ranged and long-reaching melee attacks whenever possible. You don't want to be hit by anything, especially ranged attacks, and the longer-reaching melee attacks which tend to be higher damage.

Be Observant: Watch the entire battlefield for potential sources of damage. While fighting, reduce the risk of being hit, both in the moment and long term, as much as possible, by looking out for these attacks. Many attacks land on a gunner because of a failure to follow (or acknowledge) this piece of advice.

When Under Pressure, Don't Reload: Reloading slows you down and keeps you from doing other important defensive actions to keep you alive. If you absolutely MUST stay alive, slow down your attacks and either avoid reloading by waiting between shots or by use of one or two gun weapon switching, doing it slowly if you have to in order for it to work. There are no penalties (except the annoyance of your team members) for taking awhile to deal with a tough fight, so long as your other survival skills allow you to survive that long.

When Under Pressure, Shield Bump: Swarms are tough for a gunner to fight. If you get caught in a swarm, shield bumping can usually create an opening to get out of there. It won't help when you're caught in a two-monster thick swarm, as detailed in the Shieldamaster Guide, but if you're doing a good job of kiting around your foes, you shouldn't find yourself caught in a situation you can't shield bump and dodge your way out of. Also, you may want to avoid firing until you get yourself into the relative safety of having distance between you and the enemies.

Fire only as fast as you can consistently: This primarily applies for weapon switching, but can also apply in other situations too. Fire only as fast as you can, without having to reload regularly, and you'll find yourself able to survive more often in the Clockworks. If you are half-decent at weapon switching without shield cancelling, but can't seem to manage weapon switching with shield cancelling, then don't shield cancel! Avoiding the need to reload is more important than dealing additional damage.

--DenTheGunner 27 December 2012

Bark modules~ The guide indicates the need for 20 bark modules in order to obtain a pulsar/catalyzer but in reality only 15 is needed.

--channerz 18/07/2013

New Gear

This guide needs a major update to reflect the addition of the Padded Armor line. (Pathfinder, Sentinel and Shade Armors) I really do not have the experience, time or knowledge to write this up, but if anyone can at least mention them in the guide it would be helpful for new players to have a Tier 1 set to start Gunning early on. The set starts at 1 star with the Padded Cap and Padded Armor.

--Zappchance 19:13, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

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