Preferred ranged weapon for a Cleric?


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Hello Paizonians. After much deliberation, Cleric of Erastil has not made the cut and going with the original plan of being a Cleric of Saranrae. Character will be starting at level 4, the plan was to wield a Scimitar but the party will consist of 3 front liners so the team would prefer I fire a bow. What type of bow would you all recommend at this point? I don't much want to spend a feat on being able to shoot a better bow, because I believe in a couple more levels I'll have enough spells and Spell Points to be able to make it through the day.


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Unless you are an elf, your choices are slings, crossbows, or thrown weapons.

Slings do less damage than a crossbow, but if you have a +2 str mod, you dp the same damage

Hand crossbow to sling damage without propulsive. A regular crossbow is better than a heavy crossbow due to 1 reload over the heavy crossbow's 2 reload.

Thrown weapons have shorter range,but deal full str damage.

If you plan to just carry this until the next level, I'd go crossbow or sling


Maybe save some money and get some ranged touch cantrip instead? Reach Metamagic with Chill Touch works ok-ish. Getting Ray of Frost from your Ancestry (Elf, Human, Gnome) is also nice. Bring a crossbow along for the (in my experience) rare cases when the enemy is outside of cantrip range.

A good cantrip will carry you until your spell points/spells catch up and you can easily use it as a fallback even on higher levels, whereas any ranged weapon you buy become useless rather quickly unless you invest money in upgrades.

If you can spare a class feat, Druid Dedication will give you two cantrips. You could pick up Ray of Frost and Electric Arc. The latter will deal up to 2d6+2xWis damage (albeit split against two targets) making it the most damaging cantrip and it's often better to deal guaranteed damage - even if it's only half due to a successful save - than risking to deal no damage at all with a ranged attack.


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And that's one reason why the divine spell list is so bad.


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Do you have 14 or higher strength? If you do some kind of propulsive weapon is likely better, but otherwise I would just go with the crossbow. But between spell points, cantrips and spells I think it would very rarely see use, since it won't be magical and you don't get any bonuses to wielding it. (If you have the proficiency to use a shortbow, then go for that).

Now I don't know which domain you have taken but if you need ranged fire power rather than just being the healer, firy ray (from the fire domain) can be a decent ranged option instead of a weapon for some fights. 2d6+wis vs touch attack is quite a lot better than any shortbow or crossbow.
If you want to go all out you could even get expanded domain and advanced domain for either 7 or 8 spell points and some extra powers.

But I for one is not sure that spending actions firing a subpar ranged weapon would even be worth the action (and the resources in terms of higher dex, bulk and gold spend on the weapon), instead of using movement, demoralize, take cover etc. You already have 6 spell slots and at least some spell points. And if you pick spells with concentration it should be able to last you through longer fights (like spiritual weapon, 1d8+wis is again far better than any ranged weapon).

Blave said wrote:
You could pick up Ray of Frost and Electric Arc. The latter will deal up to 2d6+2xWis damage (albeit split against two targets) making it the most damaging cantrip and it's often better to deal guaranteed damage - even if it's only half due to a successful save - than risking to deal no damage at all with a ranged attack.

Well that damage wouldn't be for another level, so at best it would be 2d6 (split between two targets).

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