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Never to be seen back support - The Sniper


Capable of effective attack in far distance. Suitable for defending certain area or supporting main attack force with covering fire.
  — Class Description 

The Sniper is one of the three player classes in Alliance of Valiant Arms.

Overview

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The Sniper use Sniper Rifles as their primary weapon. Since their defense rating and movement speed are rather low as compared to the other two classes, Snipers are suited for long range combat. The rifles they use are very powerful, but are only accurate when the user is looking through the scope. When there just isn't enough time to look through the scope, aim at the general direction of an oncoming enemy and fire during close quarters combat. With that being said, it's best for Snipers to stay away from the major combat areas, shooting down enemies from afar and up high.

Snipers are very skilled with Sniper Rifles and pistols to make up for their lack of CQB performance. Depending on the skill level of the sniper, they can be deadly at any range. The majority of the top tier sniper rifles tend to have insanely fast scoping speed, allowing snipers to execute the much needed quickscope at close range. 

Though not purchasable, the "best" sniper rifle in the game statwise is the Barrett M82 Anti-Material Sniper Rifle. It is a one shot kill regardless of where it hits a target and is Semi-automatic.It can only be found on certain levels, including the [AI] Annihilation missions (after being dropped by Eva) and the Sniper Gallery. The use of this gun is generally NOT frowned upon, as it has VERY strong recoil (thus not "noobish"), low ammo count, and is dropped in the center of levels it's available on, thus making it a prize to race for rather than a match-breaking gift. It is, however, considered by some to be very "noobish" to NOT get kills when holding the rifle. Even if one dies holding the rifle,  it could still be used to get effect against the enemy if it is picked up by a teammate. Therefore, one should not be afriad to pick it up only when the area is clear.

Bolt Action

There are two different types of Sniper rifles, Bolt-Action (nicknamed "Bolt") and Semi-Automatic (dubbed "Semi"). Bolt Actions' performance is superior overall and easier to master. However, they require a moment between shots to chamber each cartridge. Within the bolt action sniper rifles, there are two classes. The first class sports the highest damage but the lowest rate of fire. This class includes the TPG-1 and the PGM.338. These tend to have high scope magnifications. The second class sports a slightly lower damage for a slightly higher rate of fire and mobility. This class includes the HS Precision HTR and the ASW.338, both having lower zoom than the first class. While the second class has a slightly higher chance to wound instead of kill, the extra mobility and lower zoom makes them more capable at closer ranges and vice versa.

The 1-hit-kill power makes bolt action rifles unrivaled for surprise attacks, assaults down long corridors, and supporting a teammate's charge from afar. In addition, in trained hands, it's instant-kill ability can also be exploited to clear corners at close range and deny the enemy from assaulting strategic points. Ergo, the bolt action excels at both long range and close range against single opponents. However, against an assault of multiple opponents, the bolt action's slow rate of fire is its main drawback so the user should position himself so only one enemy can engage him at any point in time.

Semi Automatic

The semi-automatic sniper rifle is the most difficult class of weapon in AVA to master, but could be used to great effect as a "designated marksmen's rifle" or, DMR. Semi-automatics excels at counter-sniper and close support. 

As a general rule of thumb, seek out either the rifle with the highest damage OR the highest rate of fire + low recoil. While rare, a semi-automatic with a high chance to one-hit kill an opponent with full health such as the WA-2000 and SVD Zebra can compensate for its low rate of fire. On the other hand, a semi-automatic with a high rate of fire such as the HK417, Mad Galil, or the VSS Katana can compensate for its low damage via its high rate of fire, penetration, and range, making a quick double tap on any opponent a guaranteed kill. A middle ground semi-automatic like the MSG90A1, while doing more damage than the HK417 and having a higher rate of fire than the WA-2000, is still guaranteed to always wound an enemy with full health with only one shot. Worse, it would also lack the rate of fire of an HK417 to quickly fire a follow up shot, thus leaving the marksman vulnerable. Any semi-automatic that needs three or more shots to kill like the VSS should not be considered at all. For high rate-of-fire semi automatics, a low and predictable recoil recoil pattern will dictate how fast you can accurately land your next shot.

The strength of semi-automatic marksmen is his ability to bring down multiple enemies and suppress/kill enemy snipers. Therefore, semi-automatic snipers should sport a "close support" role, sticking behind friendly riflemen to quickly bring down wounded or grazed enemies with single shots, laying down suppressive fire against enemy snipers to allow teammates to advance, or to position himself at strategic points to neutralize a large assault by the enemy team. Unlike the snipers using bolt action rifles, it is inadvisable to "solo" or flank using a semi-automatic at the beginning of demolition matches, as any encounter against riflemen with full health will lead to high chance of death. However, in these game modes without instant respawn, a marksman who survived the initial onslaught by supporting his team would likely face enemies with lower than 100% health points near the end of the match. Thus, his role as a game changer greatly increases.

Semi's tend to have a bad reputation among the player community, particularly when it is used in sniper only matches as it is commonly understood their rate of fire is generally more forgiving than a bolt action. Also, the semi-automatic's limitations and the lack of a large "designated marksmen" niche in the community has made the semi-automatic a "noob" weapon in the eyes of many, used only by those who bought it without knowing its drawbacks or those wishing to exploit its strength against bolt actions in sniper only games. While few, there are still some marksmen on AVA able to overcome the steep initial learning curve, using them to great effect in demolition tournament type matches. A skilled and dedicated player should never be afraid to explore this class of weapons if he is seeking a challenge.

Strengths

  • Very effective attack in long distance.
  • Secondary weapon skills increases survivability.
  • Applying pressure to the enemy team by holding certain spots and angles.

The Sniper is very good at making fast kills, usually killing an opponent before the victim even knows where the attacker is. If the Sniper's victim does happen to spot the location of the Sniper, the Sniper would do well to relocate to a different spot temporarily.

Weaknesses

  • EXTREMELY poor at close combat (depending on individual skill); pistol skill or quick-scoping recommended over hard-scoping. Unless you have a low phase zoom scope that is fast, and also great mobility and stability (the white bars on the side). DSR-1 is a great example.
  • The Sniper Rifle's weight holds them down, making the Sniper the slowest class in the game.
  • The Sniper Rifle's loud noise (with the exception of the VSS and its variants) make the Sniper's position easily identifiable
  • The slow reload time of most Sniper Rifles creates an emphasis of accuracy over quick-scoping, and leaves the Sniper open for enemy fire frequently.
  • The fact that they're constantly under fire makes hiding skills necessary.

Class Skills

Name Requirement Reward
Sniping Novice:
Shot grouping improved using scope LV1
Achieved upon creation of character No reward
Sniping Expert:
Shot grouping improved using scope LV2
Staff Sergeant 2 No reward
Sniping Master:
Shot grouping improved using scope LV3
Sergeant First Class 2 No reward
Advanced scope:
Movement speed when scoped increased
Corporal No reward
Moving Sniping:
Running shot grouping improved
Staff Sergeant 4 No reward
Pistol Extra Ammo:
Pistol ammo increase
Kill enemies with pistols as a Sniper No reward
Pistol Quick Reload:
Pistol reload speed increase
Sergeant No reward
SR Quick Ready:
SR weapon draw speed increase
Private First Class No reward
Pistol Draw Speed:
Pistol draw speed increase
Staff Sergeant 3 No reward
SR Quick Moving
SR weapon movement speed increase
Staff Sergeant No reward
SR Quick Reloading:
SR weapon reload speed increase
Sergeant First Class No reward

Sniper Rifle Statistics Comparison

Weapon Damage Range Accuracy Stability Rate of Fire Magazine Size Mobility
'FR-F2 122.5 94.8 88.8 63.3 0.97 10 98.4
'FN PSR Ballista 111 98.7 88.8 63.7 1.06 10 95.9
'M1903A1 126 96.1 88.7 69.5 1.21 5 100.0
'Dragunov SVD 101 85.2 84.4 77.6 2.38 10 97.2


Best Maps/ Settings for the Sniper Class

Maps/Team (If given advantage)

Game Modes

  • Annihilation (Map Specific)
  • Escort (Snipers in high demand, LOTS of sniper spots on almost every map)
  • In most all maps, the NRF team has a slight sniper advantage. However, the skill of one team's snipers and the heat of a round can turn any situation for either side. Do not take these listings as 100% fact.
  • Canon [AI] Demolition. Since the AI tends to headshot at medium to close range and are worse shots at longer distances, the Sniper class is the most efficient means of exploiting their poor aim at range.

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