A LS friend is leveling PLD right now, and I'd mostly stopped NIN for a bit 800 EXP into 51 to get better gear. When he got to 50 though we agreed to start a party together. So I went NIN/RDM and we got a party of 50-51 together and went to Kuftal Tunnel (which is a bit too early lol).
I've got HQ staves from BLM and SMN, Moldy Earring, and some lower level INT+ gear, so this is something I wanted to try for a while.
Setup was NIN/RDM (me), PLD/WAR, BST/NIN, RDM/BLM (refreshed and healed), BLM/WHM, and MNK/WAR. It later ended up being NIN, PLD, BLU, WAR, RDM, WHM.
The party lasted quite a while and I went from 800 into 51 to 3k into 53.
At 51 resists were kind of bad, but my overall damage was still decent. By 52 the whole wheel went off unresisted occassionally. At 53 m.acc was significantly improved and ~70% of the time spells went off unresisted, and the crabs were getting torn up pretty bad. The spells hit for 125-135 +/- the usual random day/weather bonuses.
The WAR in the party said he'd never seen a ninja do so much damage at this level which I thought was pretty cool.
I think I went through about 1.5 stacks of all the tools, but I didn't keep close track of it. My katana skill fell behind too, but that's not too hard to catch up.
The biggest drawback, besides price (PLD said I was shovelling gil at the mobs hehe), was inventory space. I was at 58/60, and didn't even take my AF out of storage. So, if I wanted to do this once the AF head was available at 56 I'd probably have to leave a bunch of stuff in MH that I'd rather bring with me just in case. (Echo drops, oils, tonko, etc.)
Overall, it was pretty fun.
HQ Staves: Completed 4/8/2006
Cooking 100+1 (RFH, Patissier) - Alchemy 60 - Gold 46 - Smithing 26 - Wood 26