I have been working on leveling up my Polearm for use in meritting on birds on Sam or War. I am currently level 190. I have been in Kuftal Tunnel skilling up solo, but am not getting any more skill ups. I was wondering where to finish off and when I can viably use Polearm in a Merit party. Also, how much Acc am I going to need to pull Polearm off on Sam or War with no Merits in it, no torques, and eating Crab Sushi? Thanks and happy friday... Or as I like to refer to it, Tuesday, or "Drunk 40 year old women are coming to my bar to make my night more miserable" night... :P
steelshells or mandies should be fine. if you have /DNC you'll have no troubles (/NIN too of course).
as for ACC, instead of thinking about how much you'll need, think about how much you're likely to get. with 240 skill and 65DEX (75 elvaan SAM/WAR), you start with 284 ACC (294 if you're SAM/DRG from passive ACC bonus trait, which is better than /WAR only if you'll be getting 2x minuet, ie 2 BRD party, or chaos roll). haub, haidate, rajas bump that up to 313. hasso (full time it!! only drop in emergencies) makes it 323. your profile says you have tiphia and c.chain, so we're at 320. if you don't have swift belt (and won't be getting speed/velocious), you should get it, and now it's 323. brutal is in one ear, while the other should be fowling if you're /WAR (which you usually would be) so we're at 326. tomoe brings us to 331. ulthalam and we get 335.
add crab sushi and we top off at around 378. lv82 birds have 367 effective EVA, so your hit rate will be around 80%. that's not so good. how can we get this higher? usu sune-ate bumps it to 385~. PCC and we're at 390~. cuchulain's mantle gets is to 398~. haub+1, +7ACC ring, black tathlum get us above 400~, which is more or less the target. /DRG isn't that helpful, since you lose 2 DEX and the fowling earring.
if i'm correctly guessing your gear, i think you'll want to invest in PCC and cuchulain's (which of course will benefit several of your other jobs). haub+1 is an option, though if i were you i think i'd get a toreador first (doesn't make a huge difference which you get i guess, unless the prices are drastically different). unless b.tathlum has gone way down, i think that's a late, late upgrade.
it's debatable whether or not you should even be a polearm SAM with 378 ACC. the PCC and cuchulain's would seal the deal i think, and other little upgrades would be pretty helpful as well. don't even think about wearing askar korazin.
edit: if you're taking off, say, turban and fumas and putting on ohat and amir boots to make polearm work, you're going down the wrong path. it is only worthwhile if you don't drop more than 1 slot of haste (hands probably necessary for 5-hit; your 5hit--+19~ sTP with 5/5 merits--should be rajas + brutal + hachiman hands + rose strap [+c.chain]). this isn't situational at all; polearm is just worse if you're not using the haste. Edited, Dec 18th 2009 3:44pm by milich