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In Diablo 1 and 2, you had the freedom to equip both ranged and melee weapons on your character. For example, I could equip a bow or a sword/shield on my paladin. Early in Diablo 3, you can equip a skill to both mouse buttons. This effectively relegates your weapon to a bunch of numbers, as you don't actually attack with it.

Is the only option to create a ranged monk or barbarian to fool the skill system?

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Whoops, ignore previous comment, I misread :D – James May 16 '12 at 0:33
@James I understand that the skills are based off of weapon sets, hence relegating your weapon to a bunch of numbers. But I am curious if you can have a melee character use a range build. – Elpezmuerto May 16 '12 at 0:33
Can you equip ranged weapons on barb or monk? If you can answer this question, then the answer just reveals itself. :) – deutschZuid May 16 '12 at 0:33
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Barbarians and Monks cannot equip ranged weapons, so the answer is no.

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