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**`xell** I don't think you're going to need a bard. Unless you want to aoe3-4 mobs your pet should be able to tank just fine with the heal ranger gets. I posted the following in another thread but it still applies here.

Ranger has 4 classes that would work well as sub builds for the dps passives they give. Left side of MM tree, Right side of BD tree, Left side of Sin tree(although serrated bleed doesn't work for ranged anymore so you have to waste at least 3 points for nothing), and NB has a mix of good passives. I really don't know what is best and what is sub par, it would require extensive math(or dps parsing) which we can't really do right now.

I don't think BD would be so good..it depends on how effective auto attacking is. I've mostly only played a sab so I have no idea if AA are worthwhile. I just figured Doubleshot in ranger tree paired with +50% AA dmg in BD tree would be pretty strong.

What you get from each

BD: +15%dex, +5-8% hit, dex buff, +50% AA dmg, +30%phys dmg for 15s every 2 mins, +1-3% crit chance, and energy refunds for more points. Total=17-22 points.

MM: +5M range, +25% Att Power for 10 seconds after a crit, 20% armor pen, 25% air dmg(based on wep dmg), pedestal for +10% dmg. Total=20 points

Sin: +5%crit chance, +4% phys dmg, +10% dmg on crit for 10 seconds, +20% crit dmg, +5% crit chance for 15 seconds on 20% proc, 2 poison dmg procs, Expose Weakness, stealth. Total=17 points.

NB: +15% combo point skill dmg, +15% finisher skill dmg, +5% dmg for 10 seconds after 20% proc, +3% dmg, stealth, +20% dmg for 8 seconds after coming out of stealth, 1 fire dmg proc. Total=15 points. Optional: Second fire dmg proc, +30% dmg on finishers +30% proc dmg. 25-27 points.

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