Ok, this thread is extremely old but i figured from a dumb argument i had in-game i'd post about lockpicking.
It's been about 4 years since the little mysteries that have gone on and on have been proven/disproven, I.E. 4leaf bud = no treasure hunter, using trump crown doesn't increase chance on getting uber loot. etc. etc. etc. Now the fact that people are still dumbfounded when it comes to lockpicking, here's some info.
I have been a thief75 for almost 2years, and i have a seperate account with a 70thf on it (i really like thf) i have picked probably around 300 coffers and god knows how many chests, the coffers mainly i've picked them for maps, AF, because they're there and give more money that my thf's tools (yes i've always used theifs tools except the 5 that came with my key ring belt) and i have never seen a mimic, although i have gotten weakened a few times. idk if it's just luck i get weakened instead of mimic, but the fact is i use INT. gear macro that i carry with me 24/7 when i'm using thf.
Think about it.. even the THF AF has int on it, for a thf int is useless, the only weapon skills it modifies is Gust slash and Cyclone, which you get well before you can wear this af. gust slash as we know is useless after 30, and cyclone is pretty much useless unless you wanna kill like 10 mobs at once cuz you don't know which one is PH for a NM. But notice how the top 3 stats on a thf (unless you're galka...) are Dex#1, Agi#2, *INT#3*.... (with not SJ) why not CHR? chr modifies dancing edge.. so don't tell me the int boost and the int on AF is for weapon skills, since CHR is the lowest stat you get next to mnd, which are lower by a huge ammount.
Every AF in this game, has a use cooresponding to the job that can wear it. some gear, i know, ppl say "wtf why parrying skill.. i'm a sam who the f. cares.." and stuff like that. obviously stats like these are shown plain as day why you have them, INT on a thf however would be all but useless unless they did effect something.
I know for a fact INT effects lockpicking because i have stuck with it my entire theif's life of lockpicking after hearing about it in-game. SE never released anything saying nothing effects lockpicking, my success rate on coffers, is incredible.
i know many other thf's one of which i just got done hearing how much more they know about thf than me because they've been playing thf75 for almost a month and they read on alla that INT does not effect lockpicking, yet they tell me they got a mimic here, they got killed here from a mimic, oh they tried that 3 times, twice they got a mimic, etc. etc. etc... Listen, 300+ coffers, never got a mimic, never left it alone til i got it open except the rare occasion i only have 1 or 2 keys on me and i fail 1 or 2 times. at 75, i normally pop a coffer 99% of the time, chests about the same, doors i have a little more trouble with rarely, probably 2/5 times i'll need to use a couple tools to open, like the gates in Arrapago reef and such.
But this has always, and will always be done with int+ gear, i have 2 rings, 2 earrings, head AF, belt, back, feet, legs, hands, body, and neck all macro'd in 2 macros i click before i clicky my pop macro. i've never tried without the int but with it i have +26 INT. without +0int, and i don't plan on not using the int gear to prove me right because i don't feel like popping a mimic.
Anyways i have always picked things, normally trash coffer keys unless i know i'm gonna need for AF for another job, i pick coffers in newton while mining because i get about 8xgil that 1 tool costs so, why not? newton i've always had the worst luck with too, most of the time 1 try but about 30-35% of the time it takes me 2-4 tries. i rarely even get the weakened status, but obviously alot more than mimc.. since the only mimic i've ever seen was from that BCNM50, i'm pretty sure that's it tho.
So go INT macro for lockpicking, use the lvl guide (i never really picked any coffers except my AF til i got around 70 and thought castle oztroja still dropped astral rings... took about 20 coffers before i realized they didn't >.<) <use the lvl guide to decide where to go, and don't listen to these ppl who say "SE released this saying that your wrong" because SE doesn't release crap about this game, if they did ppl wouldn't be so damned confused!
7WAR (lol :( )
70THF 28COR 28DRK 37NIN 37WAR 25PLD
20RNG 23BST 20SMN
42WHM 32WAR 20BLM 20PLD