Hi guys, my SAM is only 48 but the job is a TON of fun and I'm looking ahead at my gear options. I have enough money for a Hauby+1 OR a Hagun, and I'm wondering which one I should go for, or at least which I should go for first? Obviously I can wear the Hauby+1 first, but I'm not sure if I should drop the gil on it because I'm not sure if I'll have the gil for a Hagun when I reach 72. If SAM was the only job I had to gear for I wouldn't worry about it, but I'm planning on getting a few expensive pieces for my other jobs as well. On my Server, Hagun is 1.5M, Hauby+1 is 2.3M. My gut says prioritize the Hagun and put the Hauby on the waiting list, but I wondered what more experienced SAMs had to say.
Bear in mind my situation: Limbus is the only endgame I do, I have Shura pants and no current plans to get kitty's, and no plans for a Bushi or GK merits.
It's a matter of opportunity cost really. Yes, a Samurai can get by using Onimaru, but you really have to look at what the trade off is to buying each over the other.
-+19% Weapon skill damage over Onimaru
-+1 STR -+1 DEX
= +2.75 acc
For the purposes of this next part, we'll assume a SAM using NQ Haub and Onimaru, and assume the SAM has a 60-40 WS to TP damage ratio and has a 80% hit rate vs. a hypothetical mob. Upgrade to Haub +1
+2.75 acc will increase your overall accuracy by about 1.5% (rounding here for simplicity). This means that your overall damage will increase because of the more accurate hits
(.60 + .40) * (81.5/80) = 1.01875 or a 1.875% increase in your overall damage. Upgrade to Hagun
Saying that Samurai has a a 60-40 WS to Normal Attack damage ratio, that means that 60% of your damage will be boosted by Hagun's WS damage mod. We must also take into account the 5 accuracy that we lose from not using Onimaru, which leads to a loss of 2.5% off your hit rate
(.60 * 1.19) + .4 = 1.114
1.114 * (77.5/80) = 1.0791875 or a 7.91% damage increase
Obviously as you can see 7.91% > 1.875%. Haub+1 is really considered a later addition to a Samurai's gear set, while Hagun is a must-get as soon as you can afford/wear it. In addition, you must look at the prices on the gear:
Buying Hagun = 1.5M (Price of Hagun) - 45K (Price of Onimaru) = 1.455M
Buying Haub+1 = 2.3M (Price of Haub+1) - 90K (Price of Haub) = 2.21M
So to complete, these are your two scenarios:
Hagun: +7.91% damage, 755K
Haub+1: +1.87% damage
Hagun not only beats the Haub+1 for damage increase, but also puts a nice 755K into your pocket that you can use to save up for more gear, or even as a bankroll to eventually pay for that Haub+1.
tl:dr? Buy Hagun. Period. Edited, Apr 22nd 2010 11:42am by FartaruOnSeraph Edited, Apr 22nd 2010 5:18pm by FartaruOnSeraph