Bows=Better Auto Attacks+More Range Bowguns=Much higher skill damage and can equip shields if you want
I believe most of the skills are good... Moeba shot+Barrage in particular. Power Shot is a breaking skill but you have to get it anyways. Uh... I think they have a lot of freedom overall but mostly just level up the archer active skills and get the necessities:
Survival level 2 for HP Increase Mage level 1 for MP recharge
They also probably get the ATK passives in the battle tree normally.
Sword Bowgun and Forest Wolf Bow are pretty good. I think there's better stuff but not sure. Forest Wolf Garb is good. Brutal Dragon Crown is good. Old Cloak(from Gespent/Ghost, Gespents version is slightly better), and Cape are pretty good. I think there's another add equip I'm missing.
ManaKhe- Lvl 285-300 Enchanter(gotta get dat Mblade and Stoneskin) ManaSel- Lvl 240ish Monk ManaLock- Lvl 147 Servant
My favorite equipment (my main is an archer) is Forest Wolf bow for bow and Iron Barrel for bowgun, normally I equip Irogeon instead of shield with my bowgun for faster CSPD and higher MATK, When I use my bow I have either wind slash arrow (because forest wolf bow already has wind element) or fire arrow (in case i need to use fire), in terms of armor I chose a slotted Forest Wolf Garb with an HP+100 xtal that way I have extra HP and ASPD, then for my hat I used slotted scholar's glasses with gespenst xtal (can't see it cause it's disguised by my wings) and for ring I chose magician's ring, the -25%atk&matk isn't that much of a debuff when you have +1000mp, for skills max moeba shot(for single targets) and arrow rain(for aoe) power shot is optional and so is paralysis shot, max the attack passives but don't even touch sneak attack, it's pretty much useless, if you still have skill points left over max charge from the magic skill tree, all other skill points are up to your choosing. (This is just how I personally make my archer)