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Best Equip Sets of Summer 2010
Mamimi
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So I just came back to the game. I've taken a break since early April, and had only logged on once in the entire period. I don't think that has happened for me and FFXI in like 4 years. Between long magian grinding, and SE's thinly veiled stalling of things until 'XIV, I didn't even have the heart to pick up my security token.  All this leveling of jobs to 99, and leveling of all these various weapons, killing 100's and thousands of mobs. Three new mini expansions to milk a last bit of money in exchange for a very small amount of content. I mean, in Abyssia they've simply rehashed old zones and mob models, and stuck them in an area you can only access 30 minutes to an hour every day. Even the gear you get in there is made from recycled .dats.

But nonetheless I think a lot of people are easy enough to please. People seem to be really content w/ the leveling and all of the new gear that's come out, even if Abyssia could be a bit more accessible and even if Walk of Echoes didn't completely suck (what a let down).

I've exp'ed in a lot of camps in the past couple days, and holy christ.  What's fucking nuts is that every camp in the GD world is packed tighter than a gnat's arse, even at midnight JST, no less. On Asura, 5 pt's at Mamool Ja staging point, 3-4 parties in friggin' mamook. All the new camps overfilled w/ more parties than they can support. People are even back at Deco's in sky. People are getting so desperate that they're leveling up at places like "death camp" on the way to Khimmy in the mire.
Out of all the exp'ing, so far I've enjoyed Promivyon Vahzl and Castle Oztroja [S] the most. But I still haven't tried Mixereaux birds or the other promy's. Apparently La'Vaule [S] is also relatively decent now.

As full as the camps are though, exp seems to be coming quickly.  So everyone will get back to eying the next pieces of gear they're trying to obtain.  So in preparation for that, I've written a guide.  A thorough list of the various sets that I usually use, and where I think they can be improved by the new equipment. So without further ado,

 
Best Equip Sets of Summer 2010
 
Sets not Included: SA/TA + (Mandalic, SB, DE, EV, True Strike), SATA builds, ass. charge builds, +enmity, magic defense, physical defense, fast cast pre-casting, ranged atk/acc hybrid, alternate subs (/drk, /drg, /war, /sam, /dnc, /rng, etc), storeTP builds, steal/gilfinder/TH, magic accuracy bolts, zerg-level haste optimized builds, regen/idle, non-dagger weapons,
Gear not Included: Weapons. FoV and other similarly rare augmented items. Items with special condition triggers.

New Gear Markings: Green - definite (probable) improvement // Red - no improvement // Orange - not sure yet

---------Melee---------
TP Set (High +Acc)
Fire Bomblet;
Anwig Salade(10Acc/3Haste); < ~Issen Hachimaki
Love Torque; > ~Ancient Torque > Ziel Charm
Brutal Earring;
Suppanomimi;
Mirke Wardecors;
Homam Manopolas;
Rajas Ring; > ~Divisor Ring
Toreador's Ring; > Mars's Ring
Cuchulain's Mantle; > Belenos' Mantle > Sharpeye Mantle
Swift Belt; > ~Anguinus Belt > ~Nusku's Sash > Goading Belt > Ninurta's Sash > Bullwhip Belt
Skadi's Chausses; > ~Aurore Brais > Ocelot Trousers
Homam Gambieras; < ~Rager Ledelsens

TP Set (Standard)
Fire Bomblet;
Walahra Turban; > Brisk Mask
Love Torque; > ~Ziel Charm
Brutal Earring;
Suppanomimi;
Mirke Wardecors;
Homam Manopolas; > ~Dusk Gloves +1
Rajas Ring;
Toreador's Ring; > Mars's Ring
Cerberus Mantle +1; > Belenos' Mantle
Swift Belt; > ~Nusku's Sash > Goading Belt > Ninurta's Sash > Bullwhip Belt
Skadi's Chausses; > Ocelot Trousers
Homam Gambieras;

TP Set (Low +Acc)
Fire Bomblet;
Walahra Turban; > ~Brisk Mask
Love Torque;
Brutal Earring;
Suppanomimi;
Rapparee Harness;
Homam Manopolas; > Dusk Gloves +1;
Rajas Ring;
Ulthalam's Ring; > Mars's Ring
Cerberus Mantle +1;
Swift Belt; > ~Nusku's Sash > Goading Belt > Ninurta's Sash > Bullwhip Belt
Skadi's Chausses; > Ocelot Trousers
Homam Gambieras;

Feint Build
Bomb Core; > Thew Bomblet
Walahra Turban; > Acuben's Helm
Justice Torque; > Ire Torque +1
Brutal Earring;
Suppanomimi;
Rapparee Harness;
Homam Manopolas; > Dusk Gloves +1;
Rajas Ring;
Strigoi Ring;
Cerberus Mantle +1;
Swift Belt; > ~Nusku's Sash > Goading Belt > Ninurta's Sash > Bullwhip Belt
Skadi's Chausses; > Ocelot Trousers
Homam Gambieras;

Subtle Blow (Offensive)
Fire Bomblet;
Anwig Salade(10Acc/3Haste); > Brisk Mask
Love Torque;
Brutal Earring;
Suppanomimi;
Dragon Harness +1; > ~Enkidu's Harness
Ebur Wristbands;
Rajas Ring;
Toreador's Ring; > Mars's Ring
Cerberus Mantle +1; > Vellaunus' Mantle
Peiste Belt +1; > ~Nusku's Sash
Skadi's Chausses; > ~Ocelot Trousers
Furia Gaiters;

Excessive Subtle Blow (Offensive)
Bomb Core; > Thew Bomblet
Skadi's Visor; > Brisk Mask
Justice Torque; > Ire Torque +1
Triumph Earring +1; > Merman's Earring
Suppanomimi; > Aesir Ear Pendant
Dragon Harness +1; > Enkidu's Harness
Ebur Wristbands;
Rajas Ring;
Strigoi Ring;
Cerberus Mantle +1; > Vellaunus' Mantle
Peiste Belt +1; > ~Nusku's Sash
Skadi's Chausses; > ~Ocelot Trousers
Furia Gaiters;

---------WS---------
Unstacked EV
Fire Bomblet;
Hecatomb Cap +1; > ~Anwig(WS)
Love Torque; > ~Ancient Torque
Brutal Earring; > ~Pixie Earring
Hollow Earring;
Skadi's Cuirie; > ~Loki's Kaftan
Hecatomb Mittens +1;
Rajas Ring;
Adroit Ring +1; > Jupiter's Ring > Zilant Ring
Cuchulain's Mantle; > ~Cavaros Mantle
Cuchulain's Belt; >
Hecatomb Subligar +1;
Hecatomb Leggings +1;

Unstacked DE
Fire Bomblet;
Hecatomb Cap +1; > ~Anwig(WS) > ~Issen Hachimaki
Love Torque; > ~Ancient Torque
Brutal Earring; > ~Pixie Earring / Delta Earring
Hollow Earring;
Skadi's Cuirie;
Hecatomb Mittens +1;
Rajas Ring;
Adroit Ring +1; > Jupiter's Ring > Zilant Ring > ~Mars's Ring
Cuchulain's Mantle;
Cuchulain's Belt; > ~Anguinus Belt
Hecatomb Subligar +1; < ~Tumbler Trunks
Hecatomb Leggings +1; > ~Rager Ledelsens

^---- Need to make high & low acc versions for these.**

SA+MercyStroke
Bomb Core; > Thew Bomblet
Hecatomb Cap +1;
Justice Torque; > Ire Torque +1
Brutal Earring; > ~Triumph Ring +1 > ~Vulcan's Earring
Triumph Earring +1; > Vulcan's Earring
Hecatomb Harness +1; > ~Loki's Kaftan
Hecatomb Mittens +1; > ~Heafoc Mitts
Rajas Ring;
Strigoi Ring;
Cerberus Mantle +1; > ~Cavaros Mantle
Warwolf Belt; > ~Bobcat Belt
Hecatomb Subligar +1; > ~Teutates Subligar
Hecatomb Leggings +1; > ~Clout Boots

TA+Mercy(Addendum)
Hecatomb Mittens +1; > Skadi's Bazubands > Heafoc Mitts
Rajas Ring; > Vulcan's Ring
Hecatomb Leggings +1; > Clout Boots
Hecatomb Subligar +1; > Teutates Subligar

---------SA/TA---------
Sneak Attack
Bomb Core; > Thew Bomblet
Skadi's Visor; < ~Lightsome Cap > ~Maat's Cap
Love Torque;
Pixie Earring;
Suppanomimi;
Dragon Harness +1; > Loki's Kaftan
Tarasque Mitts +1; > Skadi's Bazubands > Ocelot Gloves > ANNM Mitts
Rajas Ring;
Adroit Ring +1; > Jupiter's Ring > Zilant Ring
Cerberus Mantle +1; > Nifty Mantle > ~Cavaros Mantle
Cuchulain's Belt;
Desultor Tassets(#.##); > ?Matre Bragezenn(25.8)
~Skadi's Jambeaux; > Lithe Boots > ~Enkidu's Leggings > Setanta's Ledelsens

Trick Attack
Bomb Core; > Thew Bomblet
Bersail Cap > Denali Bonnet > Skadi's Visor > Maat's Cap
Lleu's Charm; > Hope Torque > Arctier's Torque
Genin Earring;
Suppanomimi;
Denali Jacket; > Loki's Kaftan
Rogue's Armlets +1;
Nimble Ring; > Auster's / Blobnag Ring
Nimble Ring +1; > Auster's / Blobnag Ring
Cerberus Mantle +1; > ~Cavaros Mantle
Scouter's Rope; = ~<Sveltesse Gouriz > Bullwhip Belt > Ninurta's Sash
Desultor Tassets;
~Skadi's Jambeaux; > ~Lithe Boots > Enkidu's Leggings

---------Defensive---------
Max Evasion
Unger Boomerang, etc;
Optical Hat; > Furgacity Beret
Evasion Torque;
Triton Earring;
Novia Earring;
Scorpion Harness +1; > Antares Harness
Denali Wristbands; > Slither Gloves
Nimble Ring; > Alert Ring
Nimble Ring +1; > Alert Ring
Boxer's Mantle; > Fugacity mantle
Scouter's Rope; > Sveltesse Gouriz
Raven Hose; > Ocelot Trousers
Dance Shoes +1;

Subtle Blow (Defensive)
Unger Boomerang, etc;
Optical Hat; > Furgacity Beret
Evasion Torque;
Triton Earring;
Novia Earring;
Dragon Harness +1;
Ebur Wristbands; > ~Slither Gloves
Rajas Ring;
Nimble Ring +1; > Alert Ring
Boxer's Mantle; > Fugacity mantle
Peiste Belt +1;
Raven Hose; > Ocelot Trousers
Furia Gaiters;

Eva/DPS (Hybrid #1)
Unger Boomerang, etc;
Walahra Turban; > Denali Bonnet;
Evasion Torque;
Brutal Earring;
Suppanomimi;
Scorpion Harness +1; > Enkidu's Harness
Denali Wristbands; > ~Aurore Gloves > Ocelot Gloves
Rajas Ring;
Ulthalam's Ring; > Alert Ring
Boxer's Mantle; > Fugacity mantle
Scouter's Rope; > Sveltesse Gouriz > Bullwhip Belt > Nusku's Sash
Skadi's Chausses; > Ocelot Trousers
Dance Shoes +1; > ~Aurore Gaiters > ~Enkidu's Leggings

Utsusemi (Hybrid #2)
Unger Boomerang, etc;
Walahra Turban; > Acuben's Helm
Evasion Torque;
Triton Earring;
Novia Earring;
Rapparee Harness;
Homam Manopolas; > Ocelot Gloves
Nimble Ring; > Alert Ring
Nimble Ring +1; > Alert Ring
Boxer's Mantle; > Fugacity mantle
Swift Belt; > Goading Belt > Ninurta's Sash > Bullwhip Belt
Homam Cosciales; > ?Ocelot Trousers
Homam Gambieras;

High HP Build #1
Unger Boomerang, etc;
Optical Hat; > Furgacity Beret
Evasion Torque; > ~Bloodbead Gorget
Triton Earring;
Novia Earring;
Scorpion Harness +1; > Antares Harness
Denali Wristbands; > Slither Gloves
Nimble Ring; > Alert Ring > Bloodbead Ring > Meridian Ring
*Bomb Queen Ring;
*Gigant Mantle;
Scouter's Rope; > Sveltesse Gouriz > ~Nusku's Sash
Raven Hose; > Ocelot Trousers
Dance Shoes +1;


---------Other---------
Ranged Accuracy
Ziska's Crossbow / Octant
Optical Hat; > Bersail Cap > Saika Hachimaki
Arctier's Torque > Peacock Charm;
Hollow Earring;
Suppanomimi; > Vision Earring
Skadi's Cuirie;
Deadeye Gloves; > Barbarossa's Moufles
Behemoth Ring +1; > Arewe Ring +1
Behemoth Ring +1; > Arewe Ring +1
Jaeger Mantle;
Precise Belt; > Aquiline Belt > Buccaneer's Belt
Skadi's Chausses; > ?Dusk Trousers+1;
Homam Gambieras; > Missile Boots > Praeda Sabatons

Quick Draw (Thf/Cor)
Nguul / Lust Dagger
Culverin +1 / Iron Bullet;
Skadi's Visor > Maat's Cap > Bersail Cap
Lleu's Charm; > Hope Torque > Arctier's Torque
Drone Earring(etc)
Drone Earring(etc)
Denali Jacket; > Loki's Kaftan
Dragon Mitten's +1 > Ocelot Gloves
Nimble Ring; > Auster's / Blobnag Ring
Nimble Ring +1; > Auster's / Blobnag Ring
Jaeger Mantle; > Fugacity mantle > Commander's Cape > Assassin's Cape >
Scouter's Rope; > Sveltesse Gouriz
War Brais +1;
Dragon Leggings +1 > Lithe Boots


ヾ(゜ー゜ゞ)( 尸ー゜)尸

===========New Equipment Listing===========
So I know there are two thread up already that compile a lot of the new gear that's out here. But for ease, I'll go ahead and include an adjusted list of those items here. That is, the I'll list mainly the items that I think are or could very well find a place into the best of the best of equipment sets, as well as just a couple "pretty goods." Overall there are almost 40 new pieces of gear that I want to get. And that... Is just plain ridiculous, lol. Not entirely sure if I should be happy about that or not.

---Melee/Ranged Weapons---
Thew Bomblet
Lvl78, Ammo, Rare, STR+2 Attack+10
Optimal For: feint, excessive subtle blow, mercy stroke, SA, TA,

Nguul

Lvl78, Dagger, R/Ex, DMG:22 Delay:195 AGI+7
Ranged Accuracy-5 Ranged Attack+10
Optimal For: quick draw


----------Head----------
Brisk Mask
Lvl79, R/Ex, DEF:26 Accuracy+6 Attack+6
Evasion-12 Haste+4% "Store TP"+4
Optimal For: standard TP build, low acc TP build, subtle blow builds,
Mediocre For: high acc+ TP build, feint build


Issen Hachimaki
Lvl78, R/Ex, DEF:12 ElementThunder+10 Accuracy+12
Dagger skill +5 "Conserve TP"+5
Optimal For: maybe high acc+ TP build, high acc+ DE,


Furgacity Beret
Lvl78, DEF:27 Evasion+12
Physical damage taken -1%
Optimal For: max evasion, defensive subtle blow build, high HP tanking build,


Saika Hachimaki
Lvl78, R/Ex, DEF:12 ElementWater+10 Ranged Accuracy+12
Marksmanship skill +5 "Conserve TP"+5
Optimal For: ranged accuracy


Bersail Cap
Lvl79, Rare, DEF:13 AGI+8 Ranged Accuracy+8
Optimal For: quick draw
Mediocre For: ranged accuracy
Crappy For: TA


Lightsome Cap
Lvl77R/Ex, DEF:28 DEX+9 Accuracy-9
Mediocre For: SA


----------Neck----------
Ziel Charm
Lvl80, R/Ex, Accuracy+12 Evasion-8
Optimal For: high acc+ TP build,
Mediocre For: standard TP build,


Arctier's Torque
Lvl80, Rare, AGI+6 Ranged Accuracy+6
Optimal For: trick attack, quick draw
Mediocre/Crappy For: ranged accuracy


----------Earrings----------
Vulcan's Earring
Lvl76, STR+3 ElementFire+16 ElementIce+16
Optimal For: mercy stroke


----------Body----------
Loki's Kaftan
Lvl79, R/Ex, DEF:58 DEX+11 AGI+11
Ranged Attack+7 "Store TP"+7
Increases critical hit damage
Optimal For: sneak ttack, trick attack, quick draw
Possible Uses: evisceration, mercy stroke


----------Hands----------
Heafoc Mitts
Lvl80, R/Ex, DEF:19 STR+13 DEX-4 Accuracy-8
Optimal For: ta+mercy
Possible Use: sa+mercy


Ocelot Gloves
Lvl80, R/Ex, DEF:22 DEX+4 AGI+8 Haste+3% Enmity+3
Optimal For: evasion/dps hybrid build, utsusemi, quick draw
Optimal/Mediocre For: SA


Slither Gloves
Lvl76, DEF:20 Attack+9 Evasion+9
"Subtle Blow"+5
Optimal For: max evasion, high HP tanking build,
Possible Uses: defensive subtle blow build,


----------Rings----------
Jupiter's Ring
Lvl80, DEX+6 ElementEarth-30
Optimal/Mediocre For: EV, DE, SA, etc


Vulcan's Ring
Lvl80, STR+6 ElementWater-30
Optimal For: feint, ta+mercy
Mediocre For: sa+mercy


Auster's Ring
Lvl80, AGI+6 ElementIce-30
Optimal For: TA, quick draw,


Meridian Ring
Lvl80, R/Ex, HP+90 ElementDark-20
Optimal For: high HP tanking build


Arewe Ring +1
Lvl80, DEF:2 Accuracy-13 Ranged Accuracy+15
Optimal For: ranged accuracy


----------Back----------
Belenos' Mantle
Lvl76, R/Ex, DEF:9 Accuracy+8 Attack+8
"Store TP"+2
Optimal For: standard TP build
Possible Use: high acc+ TP set


Sharpeye Mantle
Lvl78, Rare, DEF:11 Accuracy+12
"Subtle Blow"-6
Optimal For: high acc+ TP set


Vellaunusus' Mantle
Lvl77, DEF:8 Attack+20 "Subtle Blow"+5
Optimal For: offensive subtle blow


Cavaros Mantle
Lvl80, R/Ex, DEF:7 Increases critical hit damage
Enmity+5
Possible Uses: EV, SA, TA, mercy, mandalic, SB


Nifty Mantle
Lvl77, Rare, DEF:12 DEX+5 Attack+9
Optimal For: SA
Possible Uses: mandalic, SB


Fugacity Mantle
Lvl79, DEF:10 AGI+3 Evasion+11
Optimal For: max evasion, defensive subtle blow, evasion/dps hybrid, utsusemi,
Mediocre For: quick draw


----------Waist----------
Nusku's Sash
Lvl80, R/Ex, Evasion+5
Enhances "Dual Wield" effect
"Subtle Blow"+5
Possible Uses: TP builds, evasion/dps hybrid, high HP tanking build, offensive and defensive subtle blow builds,


Goading Belt
Lvl77, R/Ex, Haste+5% "Store TP"+5 Enmity+3
Mediocre For: TP builds, utsusemi, feint, trick attack


Bullwhip Belt
Lvl80, R/Ex, Haste+7%, AllElements(Except dark&light):-50
Optimal For: TP builds, feint, utsusemi,
Optimal/Mediocre For: TA, evasion/dps hybrid


Anguinus Belt
Lvl78, R/Ex, DEF:6 Accuracy+15 Attack+15
"Double Attack"+1%
Possible Uses: high acc+ TP set, high acc+ DE/EV


Sveltesse Gouriz
Lvl77, DEF:7 AGI+7 Attack-8 Evasion+8
Optimal For: quick draw, high HP tanking build, ~max evasion,
Mediocre For: evasion/dps hybrid, trick attack


Aquiline Belt
Lvl80, R/Ex, DEF:5
Ranged Accuracy+6 Magic Accuracy+3
"Magic Atk. Bonus"+3
Mediocre For: ranged accuracy


----------Legs----------
Ocelot Trousers
Lvl79, R/Ex, DEF:23 Accuracy+6 Evasion+10
Haste+4% Enmity+6
Optimal For: TP builds, feint, subtle blow offensives and defensive, max evasion, evasion/dps hybrid, high HP tanking,
Possible Uses: utsusemi


Tumbler Trunks
Lvl79, Rare, DEF:31 DEX+5 CHR+5 Attack+18
Possible Uses: SA, unstacked DE


Teutate's Subligar
Lvl78, R/Ex, DEF:34 STR+8 Accuracy-10 Evasion-10
Optimal For: ta+mercy
Possible Uses: sa+mercy


Matre Bragezenn
Lvl80, R/Ex, DEF:31 DEX+10
Accuracy+3 "Store TP"-10
Possible Uses: SA
Mediocre For: DE/EV, mandalic, SB


----------Feet----------
Rager Ledelsens
Lvl77, DEF:22 AGI-6 Accuracy+10 Attack+12
Possible Uses: high acc+ TP set, high acc+ DE/EV


Clout Boots
Lvl79, DEF:22 HP-22 STR+9 "Store TP"-7
Optimal For: ta+mercy
Possible Uses: sa+mercy


Aurore Gaiters
Lvl78, Rare, DEF:19 DEX+5 Evasion+5 Haste+2%
Set: "Store TP"+8
Possible Uses: evasion/dps hybrid


Missile Boots
Lvl77, DEF:21 DEX-3 AGI+3
Ranged Accuracy+8
Mediocre For: ranged accuracy


Praeda Sabatons
Lvl77, R/Ex, DEF:18 MND+6
Ranged Accuracy+12 Enmity-2
Set: "Store TP"+5
Optimal For: ranged accuracy


Lithe Boots
Lvl78, DEF:20 DEX+6 AGI+6
Optimal For: quick draw
Mediocre For: SA, TA


Personal Update
Not much.  I just got back and I haven't been playing /super/ hard core. But I did finish my first 12evasion, 4agi Dakini. I found an Ire Torque +1 (7 Str) for 2m which seemed like a really good price. I also got lucky and got my Strigoi Ring (6str, 3atk). After some practice, I was able to solo all of the T1 and T2 VNM triggers, and the VNM that drops the ring was done by myself and a group of friends. Extremely easy to fight the T3 (Lord Ruthven), by camping on either side of any of the ramps in Xarc or Beaucedine and bouncing hate between tanks. So we did that two times before I got the drop. Even easier than that, however, is a Rng+Rdm duo tactic that you can do in Xarcabard at this patch of "pinning trees." Well, I should say... it was easy. Rdm has since had its hate-generation tools nerfed in this recent patch so... don't know how well some of this low-man stuff will work now.

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I'm not sure about other THF but i'm like never ever using solo SA/TA anymore, for the stuff i'm doing. Usualy SA/MS & TA/MS & solo WS as my timers are not up.
The only times i'm using solo SA or TA, are for mobs i can't full time melee etc... ^^;

There's a lot worth mentioning on the Dagger front, at least for those not dualing relics ;o

Athame's non-VNM path is actually both relevant now. That path turns into an "Occ. attacks 2-3 times" dagger while the previously harder VNM path retains only "Occ. attacks twice" but has much more damage.


Parazonium: DMG 20, Delay 211


Trial 12 > 1095 > 1096 : DMG +13, Occasionally attacks twice
Trial 15 > 1097 > 1098 : Occasionally attacks 2-3 times


In the non-relic mainhand discussion there are three significant daggers.

Kila - Trial 16>17>30>31>32>33>1008>1109 : DMG 38, Delay 190, DEX 6, Acc+12
Parazonium - Trial 15 > 1097 > 1099 : DMG 41, Delay 211 Double Attack 7
Fusetto - Trial 1133>1134>1135>1136 : DMG 37, Delay 186, Evis WS DMG+10%

I think the sTP +8 Fusetto is probably the better option of the WS type daggers, at least overall. With the huge range of TP returns THF can get on WS, sTP +8 is about an 8% increase WS damage for both Evisceration and Dancing Edge, not to mention bringing SA and/or TA + WS timers that much closer together (not that you should wait, just that they will line up more often). Could be a sleeper if they upgrade the damage with further updates.

Hmm, I might actually do that trial now because I have to use mandau to kill a lot of vermin anyway, so I could get the biggest part of that trial done simultaenously.

As you say, it can be looked at as a roughly ~8% increase in WS dmg via ~8% increased WS volume, from ~8% faster TP gain. It's not so, of course. I'd expect the DMG increase for WS to be a little less. If instead we say it's 6%, and we also say that WS contributes 40% of our total damage, then this would increase our total dmg by 6%*0.4, or about ~2.5%. Mmm an increase, but not a large one. Of course, this is just playing with hypothetical numbers. And in addition, I'm sure storeTP has its own particular (niche) uses. Like when you cannot melee something as much as you'd like (IE Khimaira, Ixion), storeTP helps you keep up with your JA timers.

I find though that trying to find out how much speed is "just right" to match SA/TA timers just doesn't work. I tried to do it, and I'm sure most thieves try to do the same but.. in reality battles don't really work out on paper. I find there's no easy answer to "am I gaining TP too fast" or "too slow,". It used to be back in the day that we thought you didn't need to get TP faster than 30 seconds, and all you'd do is TA+WS, wait 30 seconds, and SA+WS. But in a lot of situations, I don't even feel that 20 seconds is fast enough. In merit parties when fights last 10-20 seconds and I have to wait up to 5-10 seconds for the next mob at times, I find that 30 seconds or even 20 seconds to 100tp is really not as fast as I'd ideally like it to be... When hey, the samurai is WS'ing every 8 seconds. Meanwhile I start out the fight with 75tp and by the time I get 100 and try to WS, my mercy stroke largely overkills the mob because they go down so quickly.

If only I had that Mercy Stroke problem. I find the sTP dagger exciting due to the fact that I largely solo on THF/DNC rather than THF/NIN, and suddenly find myself in need of an offhand dagger. I'm also looking at some of the new gear options and I've realized that sTP seems to be lacking in TP gears... I'll want to drop Skadi for the Ocelot Trousers, for instance. That leaves me wanting for at least 7 sTP. Having one piece of (hopefully) upgradable gear that I can carry with me through other upgrades makes sTP Fusetto seem like a solid choice overall, at least until we see how level 99 pans out.

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