Then your post was a waste of everyone's time. You're never going to find "real" evidence regarding drop rates and the effects of TH, especially on something as time consuming as farming for Bri Helms/Sobek Skins/etc.
Your statement is wrong. Evidence would be any information to prove or disprove the benefit of TH on Empyrean weapon drop items. What I meant by "real" was more evidence than just one person's testimony on the matter with eyeballed suppositions.
"I was getting about 75% or higher drop rate" is useless information unless it is a conclusion that is prefaced with data. It shows that he didn't collect any data so he just *FEELS* that he got that kind of drop rate, when in actuality, without REAL EVIDENCE he may very well have got a 50% drop rate and just not realized it.
Now, if you think that it's a waste of time to ASK if there is information to support TH benefiting the 2nd item's drop rate, then that's your opinion, and a terrible opinion at that. Asking if there is information to be found is rarely a waste of time for those interested.
As for the last part of your reply, the evidence does not apply to just ninja trials. It's very safe to assume that the drop rate is consistent for EVERY empyrean weapon trial which are constantly being farmed every day. I think it would be very possible that out of the thousands of empyrean weapons being farmed, perhaps a few people actually wrote down their drop rates with TH and perhaps a few others wrote down their drop rates without TH. If that information were to be accumulated together, we would be able to see the effects (if any) of treasure hunter on the non-100% empyrean weapon drop items.
I reckon all the emph weapon drop mobs have differed drop rates, as Ulth for example seems to drop 2x most the time w/o and TH.
Of course if this is true, we're looking at a completely different ball game, lol.
I have no idea why you sniped at me trying to get the ball rolling on your question, especially when you stated nothing about wanting a huge case study. That's incredibly bad form.
If you consider my reply a "snipe" then I will apologize for that, but I suggest you re-read it without the emotion and see if you are still offended. If you will notice, I only responded to one statement you made, and it was the statement where you gave "inconclusive evidence" to support your claim. If I were to snipe, I could have said something like "your response was as helpful as a torn condom" but I'm not interested in offending anyone for the sake of offending. If you are being overly-sensitive then there is nothing I can do, but again, my apologies if I seemed to carry a tone of any sort.
As I stated, I was "hoping" which means I didn't ask for the evidence, but, as is the case with MANY forum responses, a person may reply with a link to another forum post or a different website where data has been gathered to show the answer to their question.
As for my personal experience, the only data that I can remember off the top of my head is that I recently killed Chloris 6 times with TH8-10 on it each time. 3 times he dropped 1 bud. 3 times he dropped 2. This very small sample size leads me to believe that treasure hunter has no affect on that 2nd item's drop rate and that it is consistently 50%. Again, this sample is EXTREMELY small and pretty useless by itself.
Now if treasure hunter DOES benefit the drop rate, but that benefit is very small, then we will most likely never accumulate enough data to see if the benefit even exists (and if it was that small, it wouldn't even be worth it to wait for a thief or sub thief anyway). However, if the TH benefit increases the drop rate from 50% to 75%... it wouldn't take a very large sample size to see a 25% increase in drop rate.