Did you sub /WAR when wielding polearm?
I did use /war for polearm.
Were you using a battle fork?
Nope, paid a pretty penny for Engetsuo (since Tomoe is a friggin bitch and won't drop).
You're claiming a weapon with similar/higher DoT, 5-hit WS, lower hit build, and straight up +25% dmg lost to a GK
I'm not claiming, I proved it in a parse. Of course I didn't save such parse, so I'm stopping now before some one says "parse or it didn't happen". I do understand that gear/sub/merits/secondcomingofjesus all factors into polearm being better (a lot of which I just don't have right now) but when so many people make such sweeping statements like "Polearms on birds or gtfo", you'd think the difference would be clearly noticeable regardless of gear/sub/merits/secondcomingofjesus.
I only have max stp and 3/8 great katana merits right now. I'm sure that factors into it.
When using polearm, I swap my build from bushi/fowling (if using soboro) or bushi/brutal (if using onimaru) over to brutal/fowling (for polearm). I swap my dusk hands (for great katana) over to Noritsune kote (for polearm) since my acc is horrendous. My avg weapon skill is horrible, even though I know I'm landing all 5 hits (count tp every ws). Even though I do occasionally miss a hit or two on ws, even when all 5 connect (which is more often then not), the damage still isn't anything to brag about. In fact, if I recall correctly, my Onimaru's avg ws was the same or higher in damage then my pentas, and again, I know
that's a gear thing. I'm eatting crab sushi with one bard as the buffer, and I'm going wtf...those alla people effin lied to me!
I don't even really care too much about all the particulars. However, I do find it pretty effin irritating when you read these forums constantly in order to try and max what I can do with my sam, only to see that the thing everybody goes on about (polearm on birds) isn't always the best thing to use if you don't have very specific things to make it work
I swear, each and every one of you needs a damn disclaimer on every post you make saying "So and So is better, if
you have this sub with
this gear with
these buffs with
these merits". I still have more parsing to do to verify, but as of right now, with my /war (which is the only real DD sub available to me aside from /nin), Onimaru did more damage then Polearm and
Clearly, the blanket statement isn't working for me. Working on it, honest to god, but right now I need to be using great kanata, and as the title of this thread points out, it's between Onimaru and Soboro. More parsing needs to be done on my end of course, and trust me, it'll be done. I'm over the 'theory craft' or whatever it's called, I'm doing the parses and checking my numbers for this.
I don't know what else to tell you. I'll post back eventually when I get to merit again, which should be soon since I have off tomorrow. Till then, by all means talk to me some more about this topic. In fact, if I find a second, I'll edit this to include my sam gear which I'll add on ffxiah.com.
EDIT: Ok, here is my tp set when using Onimaru. My soboro set is exactly the same, only I swap the earrings as I detailed above, and I switch grip to a Mythril grip +1. Linky
And here is my ws set. This is for G. Katana only. Just borrowed friends KO, so now I'll have to redo my polearm ws set in order to maintain my 5-hit. Linky Edited, Jun 23rd 2009 8:23pm by Salodin