or more exactly what the editor's note means. does he or she mean i need to invest feats to get this abilities off of the ground?
Ranged Spellstrike (Su)
At 2nd level, whenever an eldritch archer casts a spell that calls for a ranged attack, she can deliver the spell through a ranged weapon she wields as part of a ranged attack. Instead of the free ranged attack normally allowed to deliver the spell, an eldritch archer can make one free ranged attack with a ranged weapon (at her highest base attack bonus) as part of casting this spell. The attack does not increase the spell's range.
If the spell can normally affect multiple targets, only a single missile, ray, or effect accompanies each attack; if the spell allows multiple attacks and the eldritch archer can make additional ranged attacks as part of a full-round action with spell combat, one additional ray, missile, or effect from the spell accompanies each subsequent ranged attack the eldritch archer makes in the same round until all attacks allowed by the spell are made. Unused missiles, rays, or effects remaining at the end of the eldritch archer's turn are wasted.
This ability alters spellstrike.
Editor's Note: There are two magus arcana that list ranged spellstrike as a prerequisite: distant spellstrike, and reach spellstrike.
thank you for the help.
When you cast a spell normally, you can deliver one free touch attack with it. Ranged Spellstrike replaces that touch attack with a bow attack.
For example, you can cast Magic Missile and fire your bow; your target takes the bow's damage and is hit with Magic Missile if you hit your target with the bow, so long as your target's in the range for Magic Missile.
If your spell creates more than one projectile (such as with Magic Missile at higher levels), you only get one projectile per attack you're entitled to (based on either your BAB or how many projectiles your spell creates, whichever is worse. If you can cast Scorching Ray and get two rays, but you only have the BAB for one attack, you're only firing one ray.)
The drawback to this is your attack against your target's Touch AC is instead an attack against their normal AC.
This replaces the Spellstrike ability in the vanilla magus, which let you do basically the same thing except with a melee attack.
Fun fact about why Spellstrike is fun: There's a magus arcana that lets you use Spellstrike with another spellcasting class's spells, if you have levels of that class. I picked cleric. (We fought a lot of undead.)
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I suspect english is not your first language? That note means that there are two magus arcana that require this ability in order to function. It does not mean that you must take those arcana for this ability to function.
However, you should invest in feats such as rapid shot and manyshot to increase the number of attacks you can make with a bow.