I'm only up to level 21 or 22, but at the moment, this is the build I'm planning on -
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Almost exclusively PvE for the moment, I use a shortbow for most fights, opening with pet's F2 skill if they have an offensive one, then crippling shot, get behind target, Flame Trap. Most things are dead by that point or from a few auto-attacks more, but I can throw in a Poison Volley from short range for more damage if needed and/or make use of Sharpening Stones. In larger group / boss fights, I'll periodically swap to axe/warhorn for Call of the Wild, Hunter's Call, apply conditions with Axe 2 and 3 skills, then swap back to shortbow.
Current pet choices are an Eagle (this was fun to try to tame in a level 30 area at 20...) for damage in easier fights, an Arctodus (bear) for harder solo fights where pet's health matters, and a Lashtail Devourer for ranged damage in boss fights where I can't send the pet in.
I'm open to any comments or suggestions on improving this if anyone has any ideas.--
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