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How much bonus fire damage does this do?
Nothing, it just converts all your damage to fire damage.
If you then proceed to attack creatures which are weak to fire with that bow you deal extra damage but the string in itself does not give any bonuses.
It does have a side benefit though if you are playing something/elementalist. The conjure element spells now require a weapon that deals the appropriate base damage type to start with - so you can only use Conjure Flame for example if your weapon is dealing fire damage.
There's also the bonus of working with Mark of Rodgort to set the target on fire (-7 HPR for 1-3 seconds per arrow sounds mighty good, on top of your normal damage). Of course any ranger enchantment which does fire damage should trigger the Mark, so the bowstring doesn't really matter that much.
Mark of Rodgort isnt on the ranger skill list....?
notice how he said "if your part elementalist"
Try using a Kindle Arrows prep with any fiery bow. My guess is that you will like the results.
Keyser? or Kiezer?
What are you trying to figure out?
this is sorta off subject, but i recently purchased a Fiery bow string from someone. . .If i put it on a weapon will I unlock it for PvP use? Or did i just buy a string for a once time use?
one time use only.
things only get unlocked for pvp if you are the original owner for lack of a better word...
Anyone know if this would work. Say instead of a fire bow string you have a lightning.. and you cast kindle arrow on yourself, will that cancel out the lightning bonus or will it built up with it? I have not found a bow string yet but im looking lol. So anyone know what this would do?
Any disadvantage to using a fiery bow string over a normal bow string?
It doesn't change your bowstring damage.
This elaborates a bit on what Sanderke said....
If you have a regular bow....and add say a 'lightning' bowstring to that, now your damage from that bow is considered 'lightning' damage.
Now cast 'Kindle Arrows', and when you use that bow you get an ADDITIONAL 3-20 'fire' damage for your arrows on TOP of your 'lightning' damage.
You are now dealing 'lightning' AND 'fire' damage to the same target.
This can be very useful...but what you have to keep in mind is that while some mobs may have a weakness for certain types of damage, they can also have HIGHER defense against other types of damage.
Some mobs may be weak against 'fire' damage, but may not be hurt by 'lightning' damage very much, so the damage you would normally do with your bow/skill combo is not as effective as against other mobs who are weak against both types of damage.
(That should answer your question as well, jhokie. Sometimes using a fiery bowstring is not as effective as just using a normal one....or using a different type of string. Some mobs will be resistant to a certain type of damage, so your attacks won't be as effective against them.)
Granted, just using a high damage level bow and powerful 'regular' arrow skills is usually FINE. No mob is going to ignore you smacking them with something like 'Penetrating Attack' or 'Power Shot'. Don't go all loony running around looking for a special bowstring, either. It's not necessary to have one to enjoy the game, or to be effective against mobs.
What's fun is that if you DO play around with the different bowstrings and elemental damage skills, you can do even MORE damage against certain mobs. You can even cast something like that Power Shot, but if it comes from a bow with that lightning bowstring, mobs weak against lightning will take higher damage from that Power Shot.
The trick is to figure out what's the best combination of damage against specific types of mobs....especially for your own style of playing.
Take some time and experiment on mobs that are no real danger anymore to you. Go back from time to time to a 'lower level' area, and find some 'fire' mobs, or 'ice' mobs, or something similar, and test out new combinations of bowstrings and skills you think might help you. This way you won't get yourself killed so easily against the harder elemental mobs that come up later on, and you'll be much more confident in your playing.
All part of the fun of the game!
Incidentally, when you add a specific special bowstring to a bow, you DON'T get any cool effects added to the bow......like lightning bolts down the side of the bow, or a red glowing string, or green swirly mists etc...although that WOULD be a nice touch.
(non-subtle hint to developers!)
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