Hey guys, I just wanted to share some thoughts with you about aeolian edge and I also have a question to ask. I'm going to break this down by section with heading for easier reading since I crammed a lot of thoughts into one post.
Abyssites of Destiny.
First off, while it goes without saying, aeolian edge raises amber light FAST when you have all three abyssites of destiny (viridian abyssite of destiny comes from abyss-tahrongi, crimson of Destiny drops from Iktomi, and you get ivory of destiny by defeating all 9 abyssea zone bosses). Since obtaining my final abyssite of destiny I've been able to raise amber light at quadruple the normal speed and I can start seeing giant gold pyxides pop after just one ephemeral. I have all three "fortune" abyssites as well so I can also raise my pearl light at quadruple speed.
With that said, I've been playing with giant gold pyxides the past week and I discovered that the giant boxes in abyssea-ulu range drop the Decaying Diremite Fang and Begrimmed Dragon Hide key items which are used to spawn the diremite zone boss as well as Isgebind. I was running with a group of 5 on Monday and we farmed my 6 wieldance items for raider's armlets +2 and three other peoples +2 hands in under 2 hours and we all got an Isgebind pop item. I got to play around with Aeolian edge yesterday for half an hour in abyssea - altep and we got the Tiger King's Hide from a small gold box. I never saw what key items the giant gold boxes had because we exited soon after I capped lights, but I believe there is a very strong chance the Giant gold pyxides of Abyss-Altepa drop the Steaming Cerberus Tongue as well which is used to spawn Orthus. Wiki has documented the ulu range key item drops, but nothing has been documented on altepa yet. Wiki updates slow though so I'm trying to get some confirmation of this.
As it is, you can farm a full Glavoid Pop set from tahrongi gold boxes, and 2/3 Itza pop items are also gold pyxidable while Tunga CAN be soloed with lotsa temp items (and easily duo and triod with them). Orthrus only needs ONE key item to spawn, and if it drops directly from gold pyxides that would have huge implications on do-it-yourself Twashtar (I killed Ortrus with just 4 people being monk (had Victory Smite from WoE), thf (me), blm and cor.... He's honestly not that hard).
Aside from the various key items we can get from gold boxes there is a lot of gil to be had by farming these. This goes without saying but the Tiger King's Hide currently sells on my server for 150k on auction, and dark rings in konstant NPC for 35k as well as the 7k items we often see (gules mittens, radiant lances, the new knuckles and guns in Heroe's zones).
And finally, Aeolian Edge's can do impressive damage. This idea is taken from the fact that brewed magic weaponskills do much more than physical ones (My aeolian edge broke 23k when I brewed shinryu!!!). I have two MAB atmas right now. Atma of the Beyond as well as Atma of the Baying Moon. I never defeated proto-ultima but atma of the Ultimate increases MaB by 50, magic accuracy by 50, and drops max mp pool by 25% (which may deter some mages, but has no impact on thf whatsoever). I carry my moldavite earring for aeolian edge and with just two MAB atmas my damage has shot up from ~~~ 500 with no MAB atma/gear to over 1300 damage with + 65 MAB. I bet if I had atma of the ultimate I could break 2K aeolian edges. And we all know how devastatingly powerful a Fell Cleave burn can be right!! Well picture an Aeolian Edge burn. I used aeolian edge on winds day (hence a few getting 10% bonus damage) with baying moon + beyond + moldavite and broke 1k everywhere and immediately after that the giant gold boxes spawned like mad. Imagine if I had the ultimate and a pair of MaB kilas or some MAB mage buffs (like shiva's favor or diabolos's dream shroud ... or scholar wind storm.. or w/e).
Now that the level cap has been broken and the boundaries pushed continually again I have found myself once more specializing in thief (playing summoner and now black mage on the side!!) and focusing my thoughts towards what it can do. I am working on a pair of physical defense earth kila's, a pair of magic defense water kilas, and now a pair of magic attack intelligence kilas on the side (very SLOWLY on these to maintain sanity). But aeolian edge can do a lot, and I'd like to see what others results are should they follow suit with this.
Oh yeah, a final PS: If someone could check and see if Orthrus's pop item does drop from abyssea-altepa I'd love you for it. I'm sitting on 5/50 glav shells, 26/50 itza scales, and 6/75 orthrus's claws and I would LOVE to skip baby cerb and head directly to Orthrus like I did with the diremire boss in ulu range. I work soon and I won't be able to verify this for myself for a while, so confirmation would be much appreciated.
Edited, Jan 10th 2011 12:51pm by Melphina