Had the martial master bonus on Pandy this past week (it's gone now ;;) but got my parrying from 250 to 260.8 (yeah, that'll teach me for going to bed .2 away from a lvl huh?).
Was in tree, mostly on EM mandys, and EM/T crabs... tomoe, boxer's mantle, af+1 pants on. I guess it's possible to cap in the tree but the lack of T mobs kinda hurts. I ended up tanking 2 mobs at once, killing a DC while letting a T take swings at me. When the DC was dead, I'd get another one lol. Was obviously /dnc for this as I was soloing the whole time. That method actually works wonders, especially if you can find a pair of EMs and you can pull it off. I'd alternate between parry gear and eva skill gear if I was getting hit too much.
Few questions though:
1) I was using hauby for its eva down but wondered if the AGI down negated that? Would I be better off just strapping on Osode?
2) I'm not at all familiar with the Den of Rancor. Have no map but obviously can look at one online. Just wondering where I can find black manyds to skill off there? Getting a bit tired of searching the tree and seeing nothing but DCs left.
3) What are people's experiences like with skilling parry without the martial master bonus? Worthwhile? I got to about 244 just xping and doing events on various jobs. I got to 247 trying to skill parry purposefully a few times but results were blah at best (i'll admit to not being geared all that well for it then). 247 to 260 all with the skill up bonus and even then it seemed like .5-.8 lvl per hour. Occasionally I'd get a hot streak like one crab gave me .8 on its own. One night I got 2 lvls in about 90 minutes. I don't mind grinding it out but if I'm going to spend 1-2 hours doing it, really need to see at least half a lvl.