Me and husband are recently back from a several year (pre-SA) hiatus and he was wondering what he's doing wrong. He has an archer that he used to kill swoops with and now going in he can't seem to hardly do any damage at all. The only change made was that we removed his parrying and upped his archery (and also focus for this inbetween time) because I read on these forums that it is completely useless for an archer. But even before I removed the parrying and upped his chivalry he couldn't seem to do much damage to swoop. He was doing EoO, consecrate and honoring it (bushido). I don't think he hit much with lightning strike but I'm not sure that he ever did that before either. I'm looking over his template and gear and I can see he needs a lot of improvement but still it wasn't terrible armor for pre-imbuing times. Anyways, would love to know if something changed (like swoops got buffed) and also some thoughts on where to go with the character to get more damage and what things are highest priority as I see there is lots to do. template currently 110 archery/tactics/anat 117.9 bushido 98.8 heals 91 chiv 93.3 focus (ready to drop this for something better) str 131, dex 132, int 35 resists 70/65/70/66/70 49 hci / 20 dci DI is like 10 and LMC 20 a bit of HPR and MR as well on suit wearing spirit of totem, jackals, quiver of infinity, totem of void, ring of vile He did switch to a bird slayer talisman for killing swoops but I'm not sure which weapon he was using. I thought it was one with AI special but the one in his hands today is heavy crossbow dragon slayer HL 40 HML 42 HLD 38 HLA 34 HCI 5 DI 10 I already told him to use lightning strike more and that we should get him a 120 archery scroll (though he isn't so sold on this last idea and it doesn't seem like it should make too huge a difference). Clearly looking at gear we need to get him more DI and I've told him he should raise dex to 140, I'm thinking at expense of str. So what do you all think? What is #1 priority for better damage? Are we missing something as far as fight tactics goes? What should I put in place of parry?