Best Enshrouded Arcane Archer Build

Discover how to create the best Enshrouded Arcane Archer Build, with a guide on the best weapons, skills, consumables, armor, and more!

Best Enshrouded Arcane Archer Build

UpdatedThose builds were created during Early Access of Enshrouded for Patch #3 and will be updated upon full release and following patches. During Early Access, Keen Games Studio often introduces new updates and adjustments to skills and gameplay mechanics to prepare Enshrouded for full release. The Patch #3 added a new craftsperson, a new quest, and, most importantly, a new dungeon. The new dungeon, the Hollows, comes with new legendary gear, puzzles, enemies, and trophies you can hang in your house. There are four hollows, each with higher-level enemies and difficulty with the Kindlewaste dungeon scaling to level 25, with level 30 gear. This is now the best legendary gear in the game, and our builds will be changed to reflect this.

Arcane Archer Build Guide

The Arcane Archer build in Enshrouded is a versatile weapon user who focuses on long-range stunning of enemies, and close-range wand magic to finish off any enemies that get close. What makes the Arcane Archer unique is using both bows and wands while emphasizing both weapon styles to deal damage to the enemy regardless of distance. This build is for those players who enjoy hybrid builds that utilize multiple weapon styles outside the basic weapon combinations.

The Arcane Archer Build will perform similarly to other ranged builds, in the sense that you will want to engage enemies from afar. This allows you to weaken the enemy forces so you don’t get overwhelmed when attempting to advance through a location. The difference is instead of engaging in close-quarters melee combat, you will instead be using magical wands to deal your medium-range damage while kiting with the use of mobility and stunning enemies.

Before progressing with our Best Enshrouded Arcane Build, your character creation will not impact gameplay. There are no racial passives, ability scores, or attributes to consider. Thus, we advise you to select a character whose appearance resonates with you.

Arcane Archer Build Features & Mechanics

Enshrouded Arcane Archer Build Guide

The following list presents all the features and mechanics for Enshrouded Arcane Archer Build:

  • Primary Attribute: Intelligence
  • Secondary Attribute: Dexterity
  • Primary Weapon: Wand
  • Secondary Weapon: Bow
  • Best Armor: Elder/Radiant
  • Best Skills: Wand Master, Shell Shock, Life Burst
  • Best Consumable: Glow Soup, Stir-Fried Vegetables, Meat Wrap

Weapon Choices

Enshrouded Luminous Wand Legendary Wand
Enshrouded Helix Legendary Wand
Enshrouded Forsaken Legendary Bow

The Arcane Archer Build in Enshrouded uses both magical weapons and a range bow for damage. Wands provide an infinite damage source while dealing massive damage and allowing you to stay outside of melee range. Additionally, ranged weapons like the bow with Shroud Arrows feature a skill Shell Shock that allows you to constantly stun and deal AOE damage to enemies. Thus, you can use the magical and range method for destroying enemies based on the situation or preferred playstyle.


The Hunter Craftsperson unlocks the ability to craft arrows and special arrows. When you first start, Wooden Arrows are your best option which can be crafted in your manual crafting menu using Twigs. As you explore more areas, and unlock more metals and materials, the Hunter provides better arrows. These typically do more damage or add small amounts of poison damage.

Shroud Arrows come much later in the game but ultimately allow us to stun-lock enemies and deal area damage over time. These arrows gain the ability to stun through the Assassin skill line. Thus, you want to take those skills at level 20 or beyond when you’ve unlocked most of the crafting materials and production furniture.

Below is a list of our favorite arrows in Enshrouded:

  • Wooden Arrows – Beginner craftable arrow using the manual crafting section. These are considered basic and do piercing damage.
  • Iron Poison Arrow – Iron arrows laced with poison add damage over time element to the arrow.  Materials needed to craft are the Iron arrow and poison sack. These are used for Shroud-based enemies as our primary ammo will not work against them.
  • Shroud Arrows – Deals Shroud damage and spawns a poison cloud that deals damage over time to any enemies caught inside.  Materials needed to craft Twigs, Goo, and Shroud Sack.

Best Arcane Archer Attributes & Combat Stats

Enshrouded Arcane Archer Attributes and Stats

The best attributes and stats for the Enshrouded Arcane Archer build are Dexterity, Intelligence, and Spirit. Dexterity determines your ranged bow damage, while Intelligence determines your magic damage. Additionally, the Spirit attribute determines mana which is mainly useful for helping stun enemies later in our progression.

Additionally, your Flame Altar level will increase your attribute bonus. This is a priority for improving your Enshrouded Arcane Archer build power level. 

Skill Selections

Enshrouded Best Skill Selection Arcane Archer

In Enshrouded, you earn skill points from leveling and completing Elixir Wells. We have broken down the skill sections based on level range and listed the best skills to select at every level for this build. While your skill points totals may change depending on your overall level, and Elixir Well completions, save up skill points if you cannot afford one at your current level. Below is what our skill points were at various levels in Enshrouded:

  • Level 10 – 36 Skill Points
  • Level 20 – 72 Skill Points
  • Level 25 – 114 Skill Points

The maximum level in Enshrouded is 25, with some enemies in further regions being level 30. The general skill selections below are geared towards combat performance specifically, and we will list and explain the most critical of all the skills. Moreover, look to the utility skill section if you prefer more utility, crafting, and less combat emphasis. Lastly, you can always respec your skill points with Runes at the Flame Altar so feel free to experiment. However, we feel the below selections are the best overall for combat power and enjoyment for the best Arcane Archer build in Enshrouded.

Level 1-10 Skills

Enshrouded Wand Master Skill

Below is a list, in order, of the skills for the Best Arcane Archer Build for Enshrouded from levels 1 to 10:

  • Well Rested (Core) – Increases Rested Buff Duration by 5 minutes
  • Intelligence (Battlemage) – Increases Magic Damage by 5%
  • Arcane Deflection (Battlemage) – On successful parry, gain 20 mana
  • Intelligence (Battlemage) – Increases Magic Damage by 5%
  • Unity (Battlemage) – Damaging an enemy with a wand has a 24% chance to recover 2% mana
  • Wand Master (Battlemage) – 30% chance to spawn an additional wand projectile
  • Sting (Battlemage) – Repeated wand damage is increased by 20%
  • Dexterity (Ranger) – Increases Ranged Damage by 5%
  • Marksman (Ranger) – All damage dealt with ranged weapons increased by 10%
  • Sharpshooter (Ranger) – All ranged damage is increased by 20%
  • Skill Shot (Ranger) – All damage dealt to an enemy’s head is increased by 20%
  • Ranger (Ranger) – +2 Endurance, +2 Dexterity, +5 Stamina Recharge, +5% Critical Chance, + 5% Critical Damage
  • Blink (Healer) – Replaces dodge roll with a short-range teleport
  • Emergency Blink (Healer) – You can blink while stunned, breaking your stunned state
  • Spirit (Wizard) – Increases your Mana by 20
  • This is the Way (Wizard) – All magic weapon damage increased by 10%
  • Spirit (Wizard) – Increases your Mana by 20

Level 11-20 Skills

Enshrouded Life Burst Skill

Below is a list, in order, of the skills for the Best Arcane Archer Build for Enshrouded from levels 11 to 20:

  • Arsonist (Wizard) – All fire damage increased by 10%
  • Pyromaniac (Wizard) – All fire damage increased by 20%
  • Intelligence (Wizard) – Increases Magic Damage by 5%
  • Evasion Attack (Tank) – Allows the use of an evade attack when equipped with a melee weapon
  • Battle Heal (Tank) – When dealing critical damage with a melee weapon you are healed by 5% of your maximum health
  • Spirit (Tank) – Increases your Mana by 20
  • Bloodletting (Battlemage) – 50% chance to spawn 2 health, mana, and/or stamina orbs after landing a critical hit. Gathering an orb replenished 10% of that resource
  • Life Burst (Battlemage) – After killing an enemy with a magical weapon, all players within 15 meters are healed for 3 times your Intelligence
  • Blood Magic (Battlemage) – When your mana drops to below 20%, you restore 20% of your max mana at the cost of 1 health per mana. This will stop at 1 health
  • Wizard (Wizard) – Magical weapon attacks gain a 10% increased critical chance
  • Chain Hit (Wizard) – After landing a critical hit with a magical weapon, a second enemy within 15 meters will be hit for 5 shock damage per Intelligence
  • Mass Destruction (Wizard) – After landing a critical hit with a magical weapon, all enemies within 20 meters are hit with 2 shock damage per Intelligence
  • Intelligence (Wizard) – Increases Magic Damage by 5%

Level 21-25 Skills

Enshrouded Shell Shock Skill

Below is a list, in order, of the skills for the Best Arcane Archer Build for Enshrouded from levels 21 to 25:

  • Dexterity (Assassin) – Increases Ranged Damage by 5%
  • Airborne (Assassin) – Gliders consume 30% less stamina
  • Endurance (Assassin) – Increases Stamina by 10
  • Sniper (Assassin) – Ranged weapons gain a 10% increased critical hit chance
  • Vitality Surge (Assassin) – Dealing critical damage with a ranged weapon restores 5 stamina
  • Dexterity (Assassin) – Increases Ranged Damage by 5%
  • Shell Shock (Assassin) – Your ranged explosives are infused with mana. They now stun enemies for up to 1 second. Mana Cost: 5 per stunned enemy
  • Dark Arts (Wizard) – All Shroud damage increased by 10%
  • Abyss (Wizard) – All Shroud damage increased by 20%
  • Endurance (Survivor) – Increases Stamina by 10
  • Runner (Survivor) – Sprinting speed increased by 10% and stamina consumption decreased by 10%
  • Endurance (Survivor) – Increases Stamina by 10
  • Wanderlust (Survivor) – Stamina consumption for sprinting on dirt roads decreased by 10%, and stone roads by 25%
  • Good Metabolism (Survivor) – Health, mana, and stamina orbs restore 30% instead of 10% of their resource. Mana and Health potions restore 20% more
  • Spirit (Trickster) – Increases your Mana by 20
  • Counterstrike (Trickster) – 20% chance to reflect 50% of damage taken back to the attack as fire damage.
  • Intelligence (Trickster) – Increases Magic Damage by 5%
  • Begone! (Trickster) – A magic-powered punch that pushes and stuns hit foes. Cost: 30 mana
  • Intelligence (Trickster) – Increases Magic Damage by 5%
  • Spirit (Trickster) – Increases your Mana by 20

Best Arcane Archer Skills Explained

  • Shell Shock – This skill when paired with Shroud Arrows causes enemies to become stun-locked as long as they remain in the Shroud Cloud. With this, you can chain stun hordes of enemies with just your bow and allow them to die from the constant damage of the Shroud Cloud. Disclaimer: This does not work on Fell/Shroud-based enemies.
  • Sting – This increases our wand damage by simply using our wand. Allowing us to stack up extra damage on enemies that take a few wand attacks to die
  • Life Burst – Outside of potions and bandages this is our main source of healing
  • Ranger – Massive stat boost skill that buffs multiple useful stats and our damage
  • Good Metabolism– Increases the usefulness of our orbs generation and gives us additional health and mana from potions

Utility Skills

Below are recommended utility skills for the Arcane Archer Build in Enshrouded, if you wish to sacrifice some combat performance:

  • Mason (Core) – The pickaxe deals 30% more damage against stone objects including resource veins.
  • Miner (Core) – When you mine resources, you have a 10% chance to get additional resources.
  • Lumberjack (Core) – Felling axes do 30% more damage against wooden objects including trees.
  • Relentless Flame (Survivor) – maximum shroud time increased by 5 minutes allowing you to explore for longer.
  • Inner Fires (Survivor) – maximum Shroud time increased by 2 minutes, allowing you to explore for longer.
  • Double Jump (Survivor) – Allows for a second jump in mid-air.

Arcane Archer Gameplay & Tips

The best tip to play the Arcane Archer is to start combat off from range with your bow. This allows you to weaken and stun enemies allowing you to close a distance and finish them off with your wand before they recover. If you are approaching an enemy location, it helps to pick off any visible enemies to reduce their numbers before pushing in. Below are some other gameplay tips when playing the Best Arcane Archer build in Enshrouded:

Survival – Utilizing a combination of potions, bandages, and skills to provide healing through killing enemies or picking up orbs are our main sources of survivability. Furthermore, should you get stunned or rushed by numerous enemies, kiting with your blink and stunning the enemies with your Shroud Arrow will be important.

Damage – Always look for enemies you can pick off or weaken before engaging with them. With fully level and Shroud Arrows, you can stun enemies before they even know you are there. Use this to your advantage to either deal damage over time to large health enemies or rush them to deal damage with your wand before they can even move.

Progression – Most of your progression will be focused on magical damage until you unlock Shell Shock and Shroud Arrows. This build will play similarly to a standard wand mage but will become extremely potent when all the build elements are available to you.

Best Arcane Archer Weapons & Armor

Below is a list of the best Arcane Archer Build Armor and Weapons for Enshrouded:

Main Hand WeaponHelix+45 Shroud Damage
ShieldEthereal Plane+10% Shroud Resistance
Secondary WeaponLuminous Wand+18 Fire Magic Damage
Range WeaponForsakenReflect 20% of Incoming Damage
HeadElder Hat+15% Magical Critical Strike Chance
Upper BodyWarlock Shirt+6% Wand Damage
ArmsElder Gloves+12% Magic Damage Multiplier
Lower BodyRadiant Paladin Legs+90 Health
FeetWarden Boots+4 Health Regen
Ring 1Ring of Endless Life3% Life Leech Chance
Ring 2Ring of the Ancients+1 All Attributes
Best Arcane Archer Armor and Weapons for Enshrouded
  • Helix: Found in Chest
  • Ethereal Plane: Found in Chest
  • Luminous Wand: Found in Chest (Alternative: Scorching Wand)
  • Forsaken: Found in Chest
  • Elder Hat: Found in Kindlewaste Chests
  • Warlock Shirt: Crafted at Alchemist
  • Elder Gloves: Found in Kindlewaste Chests
  • Radiant Paladin Legs: Found in Kindlewaste Chests
  • Warden Boots: Crafted at the Blacksmith
  • Ring of Endless Life: Found in Chest
  • Ring of the Ancients: Found in Chest
Alternative Gear Sets

Depending on your preferred playstyle, use the Alchemist NPC for Mage Damage boost gear. Here’s what we recommend based on your level:

  • Level 8 (Apprentice Set) – The first set available at the Alchemist. Materials needed to craft are Torn Cloth, String, Bonemeal, Metal Scraps, and Resin
  • Level 13 (Mage Set) – Upgrades damage set. Materials needed to craft are Indigo Plant, Amber, Linen, Torn Cloth, and Dried Fur.
  • Level 18 (Magician Set) – Upgraded damage set. Materials needed to craft Linen, Mint Mushroom Meat, Torn Cloth, Fossilized Bone, and Leather.
  • Level 23 (Warlock Set) – Upgrade damage set. Materials needed to craft Padding, Yellow Fabric, Scales, Lapislazuli, Leather, Charcoal, and Iron Bars
  • Level 25 (Elder Set) – Unique set found in end-game areas within chests.

Best Arcane Archer Consumables

Enshrouded Best Arcane Archer Consumables

The Best Enshrouded Arcane Archer build will be able to consume three foods for various buffs. This allows you to increase Dexterity (bow), Intelligence (magic), and Constitution (health). Below are the best consumables for the Arcane Archer build in Enshrouded:

  • Meat Wrap (Crafted): +5 Constitution, and +1 Intelligence.  Materials needed to craft are Water, Red Mushroom, Raw Sand Digger Meat, and Flour.
  • Stir-Fried Vegetables (Crafted): +5 to Dexterity. Materials needed to craft are Corncob, Forest Beet, Tomato, Bell Pepper, and Spice.
  • Glow Soup (Crafted): +5 Intelligence, +60 Shroud Protection. Materials needed to craft are Spice, Water, and Azure Russula
  • Elixir (Looted): +30% Damage Multiplier, -1 minute in the shroud. This gives additional damage and stacks with Pray of the Flame Scrolls.
  • Flask of the Fell (Crafted or Looted): +20 Stamina. Materials needed to craft are Shroud Liquid, Strawberry, and Forest Beet.


How to Heal in Enshrouded

In addition, ensure you are carrying (blueberries or strawberries) for health regeneration, water for stamina regeneration, and bandages for healing. Also, as you advance, you can unlock the Alchemist and craft healing potions. This will help you early with survival, then start optimizing for damage with consumables.

Build Summary – Best Enshrouded Arcane Archer Build

Primary Attribute: Intelligence

Secondary Attribute: Dexterity

Skills 1-10

  • Sting
  • Wand Master
  • Ranger
  • Blink

Skills 11-20

  • Life Burst
  • Pyromaniac
  • Mass Destruction

Best Skills 20-25

  • Shell Shock
  • Abyss
  • Good Metabolism
  • Counterstrike

Weapons, Armor, and Gear

  • Main Hand Weapon: Wand
  • Shield: Ward
  • Secondary Weapon: Wand
  • Range Weapon: Shortbow
  • Head: Elder
  • Upper Body: Warlock
  • Arms: Elder
  • Lower Body: Radiant Paladin
  • Feet: Warden
  • Ring 1: Ring of Endless Life
  • Ring 2: Ring of the Ancients

Best Arcane Archer Consumables

  • Meat Wrap
  • Stir-Fried Vegetables
  • Glow Soup

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