I, like many others, chose to level monk after Abyssea came out. Being an 8 year veteran of the game I'm not crazy about the new super fast way to level up by key leeching or doing grounds of valor and getting 20+ levels in one day for one simple reason: Most people don't learn how to play the job this way and often fall short of expectations. This being said, I understand that's simply how it's done these days.
Because of this, I feel I have not learned the finer points of being a monk very well as I have not grown with the job the way I grew with my pre-abyssea jobs. Having admitted this I ask everyone to refrain from the flames and shouts of "noob monk" etc etc etc but rather, give me the helpful advice I seek here so that I may meet expectations in game.
Finally know that I am reading other topics and some guides on MNK so while it's true some answers to my questions may be found else where, I AM looking elsewhere but would like some more direct responses and discussion on my inquiries.
First is a question of gear
where I sit currently
weapon: hades sainti
ranged: thew bomblet
Head: tantra +1
neck: Agasya's collar
Ear1: ethereal earring
Ear2: Brutal earring
Body: Tantra +2
hands: Tantra +1
back: atheling mantle
waist: brown belt
legs: tantra +1
feet: Tantra +1
-which pieces of my gear are most abysmal and need to be upgraded/changed out first?
-which pieces should I be aspiring to get (of course the rest of my tantra +2 and the black belt but what else)
-feel free to throw in any other comments about my gear that I should know
NIN and DNC seem to be the most common sub jobs.
-Should I stick with just these?
-what other subjobs are needed?
-In what situations might I use "xxx" sub job?
random mnk ?s
-What is the point of footwork and when should I use it (I know what it does, I can read ability descriptions, that's not what I'm asking here)
-Counterstance seems to be more detrimental then helpful, when should I use it, can I improve it's functionality or practicality?
-I can think of a few situations in which formless strikes is useful, but when should I generally be using it?
-are there any guides anywhere or just a list of general tips and areas for leveling the guard skill
-what merits should I focus on? what merit set ups are most common
-is shijin spiral worth a 5/5 meriting
-what are some useful macros I should be making?
-any other comments are tidbits about mnk that I should know please feel free to throw at me =)
appreciate all the help!
also, has anyone done the quest Aphmau's vacation in Kazham?