Mistress Melphina wrote:
1:) Mobs that can buff themselves will continue applying those buffs even after you dispel it until they die
2:) The steal timer is a damn long recast and can be interfered with by taking items
3:) Mobs that can buff themselves often have a LOT of buffs to choose from, and you only dispel one. You will often hit the WRONG buff. Ex.... "magician of doom casts dread spikes" --> Aura steal. Congratulations, you stole the mobs protect IV (which you already have).
4:) Most mobs buffs aren't important enough to care about. If its a weak mob its going to die in several seconds anyway, and if its a boss mob with a nasty buff you should have a real dispeller, IE a mage. Otherwise you're kinda screwed even if your aura steal does hit the mark because you're fighting a hard mob without an actual mage.
1) You play this game enough to know that mobs do NOT always recast things. If you're fighting an Ice creature he has multiple spells he can cast (Ice Spikes, Blizzaga, Blizzard, maybe Freeze, paralyze, etc.) and there is a cooldown between when he casts these spells. So he may only cast Ice Spikes once every couple minutes (which could be an entire fight).
The other buffs are TP moves typically and mobs almost always have 3-5 TP moves. In Abyssea mobs are not often spamming TP moves and when they do use these moves there is a solid wait time in between them.
2) Everything in FFXI is slow. A 5min timer is an ability you NEVER use in WoW because of how fast combat is. In FFXI a 5min timer is still every few mobs, if you're fighting an NM over and over you may even get to use that 5min timer once per NM. And honestly, it's silly you're talking about a 5min timer being "too long" when the point you're spending is only making the other ability a 5min timer, lol. Also, NM's RARELY have items to steal and in fact, most mobs do not have items to steal, it's hardly an issue.
3) In such a case you either need a dispeller and you're still helping them out, OR you just removed 65(?) defense from the creature, I do believe that's more than an acid bolt does, hrm.
4) Correct! If it's a weak mob it's GOING TO DIE WITH OR WITHOUT TRIPLE ATTACK ON THAT WS! If it's a nasty mob chances are that mage is doing something else. Casting a heal, a buff, a different debuff, trying to proc yellow, etc. You don't always have a mage sitting there WAITING for a dispel. Everyone seems to be under the impression that mages sit there waiting to dispel as if the mob is about to Gates of Hades and it needs to be stunned. Lol.
Aura steal is an instant move that you lose NOTHING for using at the time and gives you a solid boost in situational utility, one thing that has always been one of the perks of playing a thief.
I mean come on people, I've always been outspoken about THF's being DD's and all, but there are some things worth far more than damage. Edited, Jun 13th 2011 2:08pm by SirEaglestrike