The Archer class is one of the hardest to play in Chivalry: Medieval Warfare. A good archer is one of the most feared classes in the game, as they have the ability to take down multiple foes from a distance. Improving your archery skills requires lots of practice, and there are a few key things you need to know if you wish to become proficient.
Leading your target
One of the most important things to know about archery is that your arrows have travel time. If your target is moving, you need to aim ahead of it so that the arrow will hit when it reaches them.
The bow and crossbow fire arrows at different speeds, the latter usually firing much faster. Because of this, you need to lead your target less with a crossbow than when using a regular bow.
Using the arrow camera
To get a good feel for how the arrow physics work in Chivalry, you can use the arrow camera by pressing the middle mouse button to switch the camera view to your arrow. This allows you to see the angle and path of your arrows as you fire them. Using the arrow camera is a good way to get a feel for where and how you should aim when shooting at your enemies.
Staying in medium range
Although most people think of archers as the long-range fighters, medium range is where you'll want to stay. Staying in medium range makes it easier to aim for and hit your targets, while also allowing you to help your team with objectives more easily.
While you can shoot from afar -- and some players excel at this -- realize that it is more difficult to hit anything when you're shooting from such a distance. Furthermore, if you are too far away from the objective in some maps, you are not helping your team.
It should also be mentioned that if you are using the spear or sling, it will be nearly impossible to hit anything unless you are close to your target. These two weapons are better suited for close-range combat than their bow and crossbow counterparts.
When shooting at your enemy, you'll want to try your best to aim for the head. A clean headshot is usually a guaranteed kill with any weapon. The shot can be incredibly difficult to make, but is always worth it if you can pull it off. Depending on how far your target is, you may need to aim above the head, as gravity will cause your arrow to drop during its flight.
Once you have mastered everything in this guide, all that's left for you to do is just practice. Practice shooting from different ranges, aiming for headshots and using other weapons. The more practice you get, the better you will be.