Path of Exile Ranger Builds
At this point, character builds in Path of Exile have been mostly figured out. While this doesn't mean the end of innovation in the game since the game was designed around the concept of experimentation through free-form character building. Of course, not everyone who plays the game may have the motivation to try making his own build from scratch, so there are builds that accepted as the best for that particular class which can be referred to and used for a new character.
The Ranger has these builds, with various themes and configurations that may fit the player's style and preference. Most of these builds are classified by the type of damage they deliver and what active skill they primarily use. Each build has its own list of optimal Path of Exile items to equip and use as well since the stat bonuses have to correspond with your passive skills and other variables. Take note that these builds are timely and may be subject to change, depending on what patches and other updates may come out, so you'll have to check what you can do to make a chosen build applicable at that time.
When it comes to the Ranger, there are physical bow builds, elemental bow builds, cast on crit builds, poison bow builds, spectral throw builds, melee builds, and caster builds. There are also PvP builds now for the new PvP mode, which is starting to get populated with builds for fighting other player characters. From these categories, you can get a sense of what style of play is called for with each, and it should help you narrow down your choices. Once you've picked a category of build that you lean towards, then it's time to get into the specifics.
Physical bow builds are for simple and straightforward long-range combat with physical damage, while elemental bow builds make use of elemental damage instead to address problems. Cast on crit builds are more gimmicky and creative with mechanisms that let the player inflict more damage upon cast on crit. Poison bow builds make use of Poison Arrow with damage over time to kill enemies. Spectral Throw builds are as indicated, making use of the Spectral Throw skill that can be quite powerful when used right. Melee builds are for those who want to use the Ranger, but don't want to just stand back and shoot. Finally, the caster builds are for those who want a lot more magic than just shooting elemental arrows.
There are also plenty of other builds that are available for use, as well as some that can be combined together with other builds to create new ones. The cool thing with Path of Exile is that the gameplay system is not totally strict with character building and can accommodate more creative license, so long as you work towards a definite goal. The Ranger is a powerful character class that many would find to be fun to play, and these builds can help with maximizing that enjoyment in the game.