As a starting Whm, your Highest Priority will be cureing obvoiusly.
You will need Every cure on the Level you learn them, is Cure at 1, Cure 2 at 11, Cure 3 at 21.
You also need the regens on the levels you learn them, they are AS important as the cures, and are MUCH more MP efficient. (And i believe they net you less hate)
You will need the Protect/Shell Line of Spells on the levels you learn them also. However you can Skimp a bit here, IF you really need to, and only Get the AoE Versions, however you will want to pick up the singles for if you level Rdm.
At 25 you get Raise and Reraise, you will need Both at this point.
At verious levels you get Poisona, Paralyna, Silena, Blindna, you will need these when you learn them also.
You will want to pick up Dia, Slow, Paralyze and Silence when you learn them also. Dia, Slow and Para will be useful on every mob you try to fight. Silence is useless on Non casters, but will Cripple a caster, especially worms.
You'll want to Pick up Barstonra, Barwatera and Barfira for Worms, Crabs/Pugals and Goblins respectivly. They Will reduce the damage you take from their moves; Sandspin, Bubble shower/splash breath, Bomb toss.
The barstats are not AS useful, but you'll still find a use for them, especially barpoisonra against flies.
Finally the last "line" of spells is the banish line.
If you ever plan to solo worms, you'll need this set of spells, its Whm's only real damaging set of spells.
Other buffs you'll need; Blink is good when you get it, not as reliable as other buffs, but can really safe you. Aquaveil will help you cast and not get intrerupted as much, not so much useful in parties, but better for solo work.
Stoneskin is a Must when you get it. It will take damage for you, and can and will save your life.
Curaga spells you'll want the first 2 when you get access to them, as said, you can possibly wait on the tier 3 due to the large Hate spike it generates. But Curaga is the first and most efficient AoE Cure available in the game. (Not most efficient later on, but when you get it, its very efficient.
Enough with Spells. Now for a few tips in gear.
You'll want to pick up a pilgrims wand. It drops off a NM in West Sarutabaruta called Nunyenunc, its a bird that you can solo at your level. Pilgrims wand you will want to make a macro for when you rest. It has a stat called HMP. If you have it already, Great, if not get it. HMP increases the MP you restore while you rest, so you have to rest less to get back all your MP.
You may also wanna pick up some ginger cookies to chow down on during parties. They boost your HMP by 5, this paired with the Pilgrims want will raise your HMP from 15 to 22.
If you can afford it also, you'll want to pick up a pair or Barons Slops and a Mohbwa Sash to tack on another 2 HMP.
With those 4 things your resting would go as follows.
Pre items you would rest, tick 1 would restore 15 Mp, tick 2 16 (total of 31) tick 3 17 (total of 48)
With the 3 gear pieces and food it would go as follows:
Tick 1 24 Mp, Tick 2 25 Mp (total 49) Tick 3 26 Mp (total 75)
Its pretty clear to see how much this can help you.
Ginger Cookies are "ideal" because they are VERY cheap, about 10-12 gil each, and last 3 mins, so pop one before you rest after a fight and you are good to go. They also have an Additional effect of Plainoid Killer which comes in helpful in the jungles, but thats another story.
However in the meantime, farm bees, crawlers and the likes and AH their drops. Silk threads will sell close to 10k a stack on the AH, and if you farm in East Satura, you'll have a shot at Spiny Spipy, which drops the Mist silk cape, which is the best cape for whm until level 32. Or you could sell it for a few K, not sure what the going rate is on that anymore.
Anyway, i think i have rambled enough, hope this info helps you a bit.
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