I also got mine recently (Monday) and been toying with it. I doubt it has much if any atk boost via gekko/Mandalic stab etc. TARudras on Dragua (no atk buffs of any kind except ~sometimes food since it dispels it often) were doing only ~2k without triples. 2.8k with triple. Though I did see a 3500 at one point (but was during a red proc so i could SAWS with AC and not flail it xD). For comparison, unstacked evis (when i wasnt blinded) are generally around 1k.
For more comparison, on 'normal' mobs my stacked WS are 4.5-5.5k at 100 tp. closer to 6 with a triple. On NMs like cirein croin I was doing about 3.5k stacked. Unstacked has been monstrously unimpressive to say the least. It really needs to be stacked. (Though I did set a new record for WS damage the 1st day i had it. SA+Rudra on fly in miseroux (a) for 6.8k. This was JUST SA+Rudra AND it one shotted it for a 4tp return. That was ONLY the 1st hit. The potential damage on piercing mobs with high atk is going to be INSANE. 6.8k was 1st hit. Can still land offhand+4more if we 2xTriple it. /cant wait to find a squishy pierce mob with more HP!
It just doesnt feel like it has anything near what mandalic stab or wheeling thrust (ones Im most famiiliar with) regarding an atk boost or ignore def trait. Higher level mobs drop its damage REAL fast. (still scales far better than Evis or anything else we have and holds up or beats almost every other WS around ive seen, but it still drops significantly).
My BIGGEST beef is the abysmal skillchain properties. I cant do darkness with ANY 'bread and butter' WS from other jobs. The best I can do is Stringing pummel>Rudra, armor piercer>rudra, Bladi: Hi>rudras (fortunately there is a badass Nin in my LS with the 85 katana so we can TEAR IT UP) and Evis>Rudra's. Now if only we had sekka...... But all the other WS we can chain with arent popular anymore. Asuran might as well not exist, Rana is only for Sams without fudo (lulz) when they try to self SC. Swift blade? Retribution? Blade Ten? Come on >_< I can also close after Gravitation, ut that SC is nonexistant since they are also terrible WS whcih is why grav is seen so rarely compared to frag/fusion/distotion. I havent even gotten a CHANCE to close darkness yet, let alone double dark and that makes me sadpanda.
We got the REALLY short end of the skillchain stick. I can basically SC with Pups and Blade: Hi nins to any good effect. Fail SE. Fail. But otherwise this baby kicks ASS!
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