Hello there my name is Pookalu, 65THF,33NIN,29DNC. Now as THF has always been one of my favorite jobs since I have played for many years (new account ; ;) I thought that with the new update I would write up a small thread to hopefully give THF a proper place in a pt, especially since we fight for pt invites all the time.
1.Version Update Changes to DNC and what they mean for your THF
DNC has now been given the ability to Dual Wield at level 20. I do not know if they will get DW2 at a later level since NIN goes all the way to 3 I believe, but that we'll have to wait and see. What this does now mean is you no longer have to use /NIN with THF all the time now!
2.Utsusemi vs. Dancing
Now i realise what some of you might say to No.1 so let me start by saying /NIN will most likely still be the premier sub for THF as a whole. Utsusemi does assist in pulling without damage, helps when you mess up that SATA and turn the mob on yourself, and even offers a chance for some light off-tanking if the mob really seems to hate on you for a few seconds. Now with all that said /NINs you have my support cause I've been right there with you many times before, but let's take a sec to work outside the status quo. /DNC not only gives you the ability to DW with the best of them, but it also give THF the ability to debuff, voke, cure, and still sneak/invis iteself. DNC Accuracy Bonus trait is also another fine reason to sub onto your THF. What THF here has never had that horrible string of misses against high evasion mobs such as colibris?
3.The World needs more Tanks and Healers!
Now as a rule most tanks are using shadows to avoid damage and save on downtime. While this is the norm let us not forget our prefered tanks the PLD! They tank from having a high defense and the ability to cure themselves for hate. Now I'm not saying a THF is anywhere close to a PLD but think for a minute if you will. The party is running low on HP/MP from an unfortunate link and Sleep has just not wanted to stick. Your THF/DNC has a high enough evasion plus Animated Flourish, and Waltzs to make a passable off-tank til things start going your way. Your pt will end up bieng grateful as well as the PLD who may be used to dying, but still doesn't like it anymore than the rest of us.
As far as being a healer goes I think personally THF/DNC will find alot of use in pt's cause there are just those nights that you can't seem to find any healers seeking. With /DNC Accuracy Bonus, THFs and DNCs natural dexterity and agility, and decent accuracy gear (Scorp Harness, Life Belt, etc...) THF will be able to tp with the best of them and usually have plenty left over to at least be a backup if not main healer for their party. The wonderful thing about this setup is at the same time you are healing you are also doing damage with each strike while building your tp. Healers that can do some light DD are better than ones that just stand ther imo.
4.Buffing and Debuffing
Another thing that always comes in handy is a party member that can buff and debuff. /DNC opens the door for THF to fill one of those roles. Drain Samba, Aspir Samba are extremely useful in reducing downtime since you are draining hp/mp with every hit. Steps I think are even better though. THF 60+ will prolly benifit from these more than lower for the following reason. Before 60 you have to stack SATA together so you won't wanna waste that on a Quickstep you'll want to be putting some hurt on a mob. However at 60 you get Assassin and you can now split your SATA macro in two. Trick Attack your tank from the front, then walk around back and Sneak Attack/Quickstep or Boxstep to ensure a debuff that will hit. Which step you use is kinda situational (Boxstep on high def mobs like Crawlers, Quickstep on high eva mobs like Colibris), but being able to add that extra debuff along with whatever rest of your pt is using results in faster kills and more xp/hour.
Well at the moment that's all I have to say but I hope you will reply and give me your thoughts on the new possibilities and how they might finally give THF a proper place in pt's
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