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You don't have to use weapon swap, but you really miss out on a lot of skills if you don't. If you have sigils that apply different effects (such as 5x stacks of vuln on swap, or might, or next 3 attacks crit) you generally want to maximize your rotations to capitalize on your skills and sigil usage. For PvE this doesn't matter as much unless you're raiding, but if you PvP it becomes more important.

 

If you blow all of your cooldowns for longbow, you're essentially stuck auto attacking until something like #2 recharges. You can swap weapons to keep up the DPS or go defensive until it's time to swap back to longbow for a big attack. If you really want to be all ranged you could make your secondary shortbow or axe / something and it would still be more effective than just LB.
 

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If you want to stick with pure ranged gamplay for open world PvE I'd recommend shortbow instead of longbow, especially once you reach lvl 80 and start exploring a little bit more challenging content. Pair with condi gear (ideally viper for best dmg or cele for more defense) and focus on bleeds and poison. If you can't afford those stats, rabid or dire are cheap alternatives for the start (replace the trait Sharpened Edges with Trapper's Expertise if you choose dire or anything else without precision).

Something along the lines of those builds for example:

Core: http://gw2skills.net/editor/?POwAUd/lZw+YWsJ2JWaP3r/SE/bA-zRJYmRN/YEvC6kA+GA-e

Soulbeast: http://gw2skills.net/editor/?POwAUd/lZw+YSsJ2JWaP3P/S+WcA-zRJYmRN/YEvC6kA+GA-e

Feel free to replace traps with defensive skills if needed.

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27 minutes ago, UmbraNoctis.1907 said:

If you want to stick with pure ranged gamplay for open world PvE I'd recommend shortbow instead of longbow, especially once you reach lvl 80 and start exploring a little bit more challenging content. Pair with condi gear (ideally viper for best dmg or cele for more defense) and focus on bleeds and poison. If you can't afford those stats, rabid or dire are cheap alternatives for the start (replace the trait Sharpened Edges with Trapper's Expertise if you choose dire or anything else without precision).

Something along the lines of those builds for example:

Core: http://gw2skills.net/editor/?POwAUd/lZw+YWsJ2JWaP3r/SE/bA-zRJYmRN/YEvC6kA+GA-e

Soulbeast: http://gw2skills.net/editor/?POwAUd/lZw+YSsJ2JWaP3P/S+WcA-zRJYmRN/YEvC6kA+GA-e

Feel free to replace traps with defensive skills if needed.

Thanks very much..This will help out very much so. Thanks again

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I recommend shortbow and an axe/dagger setup. 

You can use the Viper set up to deal more damage faster but it's not cheap.

or use the Dire equipment if you want to hang back and build your damage up through conditions. I find this is an easier way to play though its only effective with bosses and enemies that hang around for a while.

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