Yeah, I know I left a few things out. Lets not forget the poison!!!!! My comment is more towards level of effort.
~500 into my 1500 plantoids. Doing Funguar in B Tree. As Archain says, the grouping is really nice. Its also fun to fight 5 at once. Seems to be going very fast.
5000 more kills until 85 cap dagger. What then? Something to make it all worth while?
Last night I was in Abyssea with a friend whom I just helped to get a Masamune. ONLY TOOK A MONTH! (Again, level of effort just doesnt compare with old relics.) Now IF, I am lined up right to stack SA, I could land 2-3K Mercy Stroke. Not too shabby. However, our SAM friend if poping off 5K Fudo, self SC light, another 5K and his regular melee attacks are all around 1K. We somehow got on different mobs, (Frogs in lathiene BTW) so I am reduced to regular weapon skills. While I fought one frog, I watched him tank and kill 8 (not using 2 hr), then come over to finish mine off. If I was parsing I would guess 95% him, 5% me. Absolutely amazing to watch that weapon in action!
Now I dont dream of relic THF being top dog, but I did enjoy how I used to hold my own with any other DD in the game. I really doubt final upgrades will balance things out. Do I get those final 5000+ who knows how many more kills, or do I put in 1/10th the effort and get an Empyrean weapon?
I'm expecting another 3000 kills for +4 DMG and maybe another +5 Attack for next trial. To make Mandau comparable to Empyrian they really need a few better upgrades.. some suggestions (Maybe SE reads Alla too?)
Higher TP multiplier: 3.0 --> 4.0
Longer Aftermath: 20 secs --> 1 Min
Better Aftermath: ~4% Crits --> 50% Crits
Higher 3x DMG proc rate: ~2% --> 10%
Better added effect: 10HP/sec poison --> 50HP/sec poison or add something else like drain, stun or para
Increase Modifier: 60% STR --> 80% STR or change to 40% STR 40% DEX
Lastly, Make MS a guaranteed crit hit, so it doesnt need SA or TA.
Yeah I know.. Not going to happen, would "break the game", however would need ALL of the above just to be equal to the lvl 85 Masamune I saw and god know how much better that is going to get.
Finally back on topic. For last trial. Vermin recap.
-The Caedavra chigoes were slow as ****. Sheep always seemed to only pop one and then die.
-Spiders in B Tree were OK. Mainly because I collected about 500 spider webs. Did about 1/2 of my kills on these.
-Also tried pephredo in Wajaoam. Fast and Easy, but 50% of the time will use Final Sting 0.5 seconds before you WS. Didn't like that.
-The flies in Rolanberry S were the fastest and most efficient, but no spider webs. Did my other 1/2 on these. Variety is good. Edited, Nov 30th 2010 1:17am by Everydamnnameistaken Edited, Nov 30th 2010 1:23am by Everydamnnameistaken