Ranger - Charis
In D1, the Archer was a Warrior with high specialty in bow, daggers allowed but no shield, high AC preferred, FWall as an answer to folks crowding him, and a love for scouting and recon. Stealth was sometimes used, and Harpoon was one of his titles.
The Ranger is expert with bow, but not averse to hand-to-hand combat with daggers. He'll not be seen with a shield. From times of old, Rangers have also been known to use magic support to confuse and pound their enemies.
When is dagger combat used? When there is no room to maneuver, or vs specific foes too tough or fast to use the bow effectively.
The use of Harpoons as the sole javelin class weapon dates back to a legendary defense to a siege, in which a division of ranger held off a Blunderbore invasion thanks to a stockpile of Harpoon weapons (The Battle of Blunderthroe). It's also the title for defeating Diablo on NM difficulty. Hell title: Phoenix, Normal: Stingray.
* Goblin Toe: Stealth
AND Crushing Blow, what more could you want?
All non-melee skills, plus melee skills that stun, poison, or hit multiple adjacent enemies. The preferred skills focus is on mind-effecting and artillery spells.
Dual class with other variants is allowed when they are compatible. Be sure to maintain the artillery nature, avoidance of larger wpns and shield. For bow-toting sorceress, see the Moor.
A subclass is the Harpoon Ranger. He uses all forms of javelins, and forsakes both dagger and bow. His efforts are a living memorial to the Battle of Blunderthroe. Fist of Heavens is more common, as is conviction, concentration. Once they defeat Diablo with Harpoons (specifically) they may use spiked shields (incl. Swordback Hold) and unlike others, may wear heavy armor - Defiance is even an option. (If Bar, Shout, Spear mastery, Throwing Mastery, and now Bash. Leap Attack is allowed, but not Whirlwind. For Nec, Fire and Iron golems are allowed, no Clay or Blood, and spear wielding revives)
Theres some LARGE lattitude here with the different skills, much more than in D1. You could see anything from a Skel Mage pumping artillery legion, to a standard Hammerdin, to a Harpoon-LA Bar!
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