Yeah you read that right! Having completed Yagrush, I can't help but entertain the thought of tanking on WHM. I'm not taking it terribly seriously, but I would like to explore the idea for kicks. The enmity-generating potential of Yagrush is off the charts, far greater than anything else in the game. Poisona costs 8 MP, 1 sec cast time, 3 sec recast if your haste is over 20%, and if it hits 6 people will generate the same VE (volatile enmity) as a Provoke. I could potentially cap VE in less than 30 seconds. I should be able to cover CE (cumulative enmity) using Cures. So hate shouldn't be a problem, it's more staying alive that will be the problem.
That being said, I need your help building a good tanking equipment set. I don't know a lot about tanking, so I'll probably start out slow on something really easy like Jailer of Love. Then as I get more comfortable, I'd like to move toward more difficult fights. Proto-Omega is a great example, I think a WHM should be able to tank him just fine.
Here are my current thoughts. I'm thinking WHM/NIN is probably best, since WHM is so squishy. It'd be hard to blood tank. Capped VE will only go so far in longer fights, if I'm losing all my CE every time the mob attacks me. However, even so, I think Yagrush + Genbu's Shield is probably better than using dual wield.
Weapon/Sub out of the way... the rest I'm not really sure on. At first I figured I should just pile damage reduction gear and HP gear... but a friend once pointed out to me that WHM has access to a lot of spell interruption down stuff which would help with Utsusemi. So I decided to try to work some of that in as well. Here's what I'm currently looking at:
Head: Walahra Turban (Nashira Turban has Interruption-10% and Haste+2%, but also Enmity-4 so I think Walahra is better)
Neck: Peacock Charm (swap to Willpower Torque for -5% interruption on casting)
Ear1: Brutal Earring (swap to Magnetic Earring for -8% interruption on casting)
Ear2: Merman's Earring (Magic Dmg-2%)
Body: Reverend Mail (Mainly for the DEF/Acc/Eva... but I'm thinking maybe Goliard Saio would be better for the Haste even though it has Enmity-5? This is a tough call... may not know for sure until I try both. Might also be that Goliard is better to cast in, Rev better to melee in.)
Hands: Blessed Mitts +1 (For the haste)
Ring1: Patronus Ring (Phys Dmg-2%)
Ring2: Bomb Queen Ring (HP+75, gotta get HP somewhere)
Back: Cheviot Cape (Phys Dmg-5/10% based on day/night... I considered Gigant too but there aren't many ways for WHM to reduce damage taken... could also swap in Solitaire Cape on casting for -8% interruption)
Waist: Swift Belt (Went for the haste here... but there's also Druid's Rope which is interruption -10%... however I think Swift is probably better even for casting)
Legs: Blessed Trousers +1 (For the haste again)
Feet: Blessed Pumps (swap to Healer's Duckbills +1 for -25% interruption on casting)
This puts me hovering at around -15 enmity including merits, which shouldn't be hard to overcome. It gives me 21% haste while meleeing as well as 23 accuracy, hopefully enough to build a little TP for dropping the occasional Boon. It would also land me at about -20% physical damage in melee gear.
It also gives me 19% haste and nearly 50% interruption down (70% with Aquaveil) while casting spells, which should let me keep Utsusemi up most of the time even though I suck at Ichi.
I think it's getting pretty close, but anyone have any thoughts on my choice of equipment? I'm sure there are a few obscure pieces that I don't know about which would be useful, since most people tend not to be thinking of tanking when evaluating WHM gear. Willpower Torque was a great example of one I just stumbled onto while searching for interruption down gear, and it seems great for casting Utsu.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts :)