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I am up to the Hanging Gardens in Tactics Ogre on PSVita (I believe it's called Let Us Cling Together). Up until now I have used the default 'Vartan' class on Canopus, but I've noticed that his damage has recently dropped dramatically compared to my other archers due to not being able to use the higher tier bows. It seems like the class is not able to use bows with a high range.

I've swapped him over to an Archer and he's much more effective in damage dealing, greatly outweighing the advantages of being able to use a decent close range weapon and casting basic magic.

Is there any reason to keep Canopus as a Vartan? Will this role become powerful vs an Archer later in the game?

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If you're into the Hanging Gardens, you're already at the end of the game, I think. Doesn't go much further than that, other than Hell's Gate. –  Frank Jan 30 '13 at 14:28
    
@fbueckert Hahaha yeah I found that out when I finished it about an hour after I posted this question. I didn't even realize :) –  Marty Jan 30 '13 at 20:42
    
Now for the ultimate challenge: Hell's Gate. One hundred floors of tactical goodness. –  Frank Jan 30 '13 at 21:05
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Vartans are the base class for Hawkman and Canopus. Their obvious advantage is the fact that they can fly, and have very high base move. This gives them unprecedented mobility on the battlefield. I'm not sure, but I don't think that's a class ability, so even as an Archer, Canopus should still have the same (or close to it) movement, so it's a moot point.

Their big advantage over other classes is their 'El Colas Winds' ability. This gives the caster and nearby allies Air-Touched, and Truestrike. These two buffs are what bumps the class past just straight damage output, which is what the Archer excels at.

If all you're looking for is damage, then yes, not much beats an Archer for that. Vartans, however also have the ability to use melee weapons, and one-hand bows. They're meant more as a generic, fill-any-sort-of-role type of class. Need to plug a hole in the formation? Send in the Vartan! Need a bit more ranged damage? Pull him back, and let loose with the bow! They also make excellent decoys, as their avoidance stat can go higher than any other class. Since enemies tend to focus on weaker enemies, a Vartan is usually pretty high on the priority list.

It's happened many times that enemies gang up on Canopus, he dodges, and promptly counterattacks. A single hit, by itself, won't match anything else damage-wise, but add in several counter-attacks (with Air-Touched!), and you might just find yourself out-damaging the Archers in your group.

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