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#1 Jan 29 2013 at 10:04 PM Rating: Good
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So I have been playing FFXI on and off for years now. I have never been a very hardcore player and I was never really into endgame events because of the time-consumption, among other things. I am a full-time student, I have a part-time job and am married, so I don't really have a lot of time to seek party and do LS events and the like. I have been in Dynamis and Abyssea shells and I find it is a little too business-like for me and I really enjoy the game most when I solo challenging fights and the like.

That being said, I do want to go back and finish pre-Abyssea content such as missions and quests that I was never able to see. However, I am also a little greedy and would like to solo everything that I can in Abyssea as well, seeing as how I am only on for two, maybe three days a week for a only a few hours each day. I'm mainly talking about AF3 gear +1 and +2 in terms of what I would like to solo in Abyssea.

I have done my fair share of research and have found tons of different answers from tons of different people on which job can solo the most content overall. I know that each and every job is situational and what a NIN can solo in Abyssea, a BST may not be able to, and vice versa. But I'm looking for the job that is going to allow me to solo the most content overall. Missions and quests from older content as well as Abyssea NMs for AF3 +1 and +2, as I said before.

My signature is VERY outdated, so I won't include it, but the only job I have at 99 is SAM, which is not fully merited. Other than that I have DNC at 80, DRK at 75, WAR at 70 and NIN at 60. I believe those are my highest jobs. Any information would be greatly appreciated, and I have no objection to leveling any particular class. I enjoy mages, tanks and DDs all the same. Thank you very much in advance for any information.
#2 Jan 29 2013 at 10:26 PM Rating: Good
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NIN/dnc BST, and DNC/nin would be good for AF+1 NM be warned though without procs drop rates are pretty bad for seals, I see alot of BST soloing alot of the AF+2 NM.

Edited, Jan 29th 2013 11:30pm by jakarai
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#3 Jan 29 2013 at 10:26 PM Rating: Decent
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I don't know why it double posted.

Edited, Jan 29th 2013 11:27pm by jakarai
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#4 Jan 30 2013 at 7:33 AM Rating: Decent
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Okay, of those three jobs, I'm assuming NIN would proc the most weaponskill procs, correct? But Grellow obviously not so much.

EDIT: Oh, also, are all three of those jobs good at soloing pre-Abyssea content as well?

Edited, Jan 30th 2013 8:34am by Gaoshun

EDIT #2: Sorry for all the edits. One more thing. I have a heard from a few people that BLU can solo things pretty well also. Is this true? And if it is true is it extremely gear dependent or is it possible without selling your soul for very high end gear?

Edited, Jan 30th 2013 10:32am by Gaoshun
#5 Jan 30 2013 at 10:55 AM Rating: Good
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Yes, NIN will proc more red than the other two jobs you listed.

Absolutely. All three were, and still are terrific soloers.

Obviously, the better your gear is, the easier soloing will be (pdt/mdt sets, eva sets, haste macros, etc.). But between the jobs in this thread, I'd say BLU is the most gear dependent when it comes to soloing.

Not to say that BLU isn't a good soloer though. It's right up there with the best in the game.

Edited, Jan 30th 2013 12:01pm by Fermion
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#6 Jan 30 2013 at 11:15 AM Rating: Decent
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Okay. Thanks a lot. One more question. For AF3+1 and +2 farming, what would be the best job to solo +1 and +2 and also proc grellow for better drops? I know RDM is great at it but I've heard a lot of mobs are immune to Gravity and Bind which is the backbone of RDM farming. Any others besides RDM that can do it well? Thanks a lot for the help.
#7 Jan 30 2013 at 11:36 AM Rating: Good
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I've solo'd at least half of my seals and +2 items on BST/DNC- the drop rate isn't awesome, but it's still totally doable. Of the stuff that I didn't solo, I've either joined a shout that I happened to see while in Jeuno, or created a small 2-4 person group for farming. The best I've had so far was me as BST/DNC tanking, with a THF and a BLM/BRD- we farmed up a ton of seals for four different jobs in just a few hours and had a blast doing it. If you do a little research beforehand, then shout a farming party for 10 mins in Jeuno, you'd be surprised how many people will be interested in joining. Plus, soloing on BST is pretty fun IMO.

Disclaimer: To be effective soloing on BST, it helps a lot to make 2x "-pdt taken for pet" magian axes (easy but takes a bit of legwork) and faming in Abby Grauberg for Atma of the Ducal Guard (one sitting).
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#8 Jan 30 2013 at 12:40 PM Rating: Decent
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Okay, cool. Thanks a lot for all the info everyone. I really appreciate it. I'll definitely be checking out these jobs.
#9 Jan 30 2013 at 12:52 PM Rating: Good
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I find I use BST the most for soloing, though BLU is better for farming pop sets from chests (still tedious though)

Even without procs most seal mobs will drop a couple seals. It's slower than having procs but soloing is just slower than grouping up period so it comes with the territory.
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#10 Jan 30 2013 at 6:08 PM Rating: Good
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Duoing with a blm or a rdm(though blm would be better) would get you the most procs with the least amount of people or if you were to go with a whm around darksday would get a you a few.
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