The arcane archer is a path often pursued by elves and half-elves who seek complete mastery of the way of the bow. By combining two of elvenkind's favorite pursuits, archery and magic, an arcane archer can elevate her archery to another level.
In addition to improving her accuracy, an arcane archer gains the ability to enchant her arrows, turning even the most mundane ammunition into a potent magical weapon. She can even use arrows to deliver her spells.
The arcane archer also gains unnerving abilities to use these arrows, able to shoot them so that they seek a target out of sight behind cover, or even so that they fly straight through cover, passing through walls as though they were mist. The most powerful arcane archers can craft arrows so potent that they will slay their target, no matter how tough, with a single blow.
The most frequent path to becoming an arcane archer is to combine the twin disciplines of the bow using ranger and the spell wielding wizard, though this is by no means the only path candidates have taken to become an arcane archer.1