In preparation for an event I’m planning, I have been doing some thrall damage tests. This lead to one of my previous posts on best thralls.
In the course of this testing, one of the things I discovered is Archers need a buff to their ranged damage. My sample size is still pretty small, but here is the test:
Thrall Equipped with Flawless Pictish Bow and 100 Serpent-Man Arrows vs. an Elk King.
Result determined by: # of arrows remaining in their inventory. This was easier than trying to determine exact damage. I ran this test using Freya, Cimmerian Archer III and Votaries Archer III. These are the 3 highest level, easily acquired Archer thralls. I also used a Cimmerian Berserker and Daicas the Sharp.
Outcome: After multiple tests of all these thralls pin cushioning Elk Kings, I found that all of them can kill the Elk King in 35 +/-3 arrows.
It was my understanding that that Archer thralls are supposed to have ranged damage bonuses increasing by increments of 5% (T1=5%, T4=20%). I need to run further tests to compare melee damage between these thralls, but currently it appears as if there is no real reason to use Archer thralls for ranged defense.