Best imbued Gems for Bow?

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  1. Silberfarn

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    Hello,
    I hope I hit the right sub-forum. I was wondering about the best imbued gems for ranged weapons, longbow and crossbow. I ignore specific magic builds that may need double (=two hand weapon) imbued gems for attunement.

    1. Would you rather have two swashbuckler "attack from behind" bonus gems (2x 7.5% behind dmg) or accuracy-crossbow "ranged bonus" gems (2x +10 ranged)? I am aware that getting from, say 130 ranged to 150 ranged would need a gazillion XP, which the bow could do with two ranged gems. At the same time an archer can easily get behind a MOB, esp. if in a raid party and 15% more damage is nice, too.
    2. Would a chest armor piece socketed with an imbued gem (ranged, attack from behind) also give the bonuses or is that only given for weapon socketing?

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    Silberfarn
     
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    This is one opinion, there will probably be many others.
    I was running bandit gear, with the chest giving a 50% base weapon damage bonus. So the nerf brought that down to 20%
    With a full set of augmented hardened leather, I get a 24% bonus. And with 3 x gems of the deadly bandit (one chest, two bow) I am back to around 46%.
    I don’t know how valuable the attack from behind bonus would be - in my experience it is rare to be able to get such a shot - mobs tend to turn to face you.
    Also the +10 gem only affects your basic ranged skill - ie auto and charged attacks. I found bringing the lot up was more rewarding.
    YMMV
     
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    Thanks for the reply Asclepius. I was not aware of the bandit chest bonus gem. I just missed my 10% chance to get one :(