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Returning SMNFollow

#1 Dec 14 2011 at 2:21 PM Rating: Decent
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Hey there fellow Summoners.

Back in the next few days(when new discs arrive...) and was wondering what lvling SMN from scratch these days is like. We still a sh*tty healer 90% of the time in exp?
How do we fair in Abyessia(sp?)(left before release)?
Bomb/pet soloing changed?

#2 Dec 14 2011 at 6:38 PM Rating: Good
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Not really doing much in the way of healing anymore. Not really doing much in the way of partying, actually. Exp parties are kind of dead due to a combination of Fields/Grounds of Valor (FoV/GoV) and the declining population. Most people just solo now, which is of course something SMN does just fine at. FoV can be used to gain a 1mp/tick refresh at any level, and this can speed up low-level exp quite a bit. The individual training is also great for speeding up exp.

So really these days it's solo up until about 20 or 30. At that point you can start joining GoV alliances which are very similar to Abyssea exp alliances. There are up to 18 people, and often at least a few will be AFK at any given time. There are rarely specific duties set, and it's a sort of free-for-all of duties. As long as you contribute, be it damage or healing or whatever, you generally won't be kicked.

In terms of Abyssea, SMN has limited usefulness in a group setting because we can't offer much in the way of triggers. Triggers are the name of the game. Aside from that, though, we do great. SMN can solo like a champ in Abyssea, even out-soloing BST in many cases.

Voidwatch is the other new content, and SMN is better positioned here because we actually do get triggers, although they can be a pain to proc because it only tells you the element of the avatar and it could be any Blood Pact from that avatar.

In general, pet soloing hasn't changed.
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#3 Dec 14 2011 at 7:34 PM Rating: Decent
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hmm sounds kinda of better :D

Although, i suppose i'll have to see how this whole mass exping goes(not that i loved the old grinding)...

Ty :)
#4 Dec 15 2011 at 10:37 AM Rating: Good
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The mass exping is easy. Everybody gets in Grounds of Valor alliances, spams easy prey mobs for like 3 exp a kill, but gets 1-3k exp per page completed Literally any job works.

The only camp I hate is Crawlers Nest, people level 40 in level 1 gear to get exp while afk. As soon as you hit levels for the Obliette, go there. People have to roam kill so no afkers.

Smn can exp in abyssea fine, but it's essentially useless for anything else in abyssea. It is, however, the best Walk of Echos job in the game (as far as I know). The current overpowered pet soloing job is bst.

By the way, they nerfed pets yesterday, no long immune to doom.
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#5 Dec 15 2011 at 12:15 PM Rating: Excellent
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Thydonon wrote:
but it's essentially useless for anything else in abyssea.

Still quite useful in raw damage and survivability.
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#6 Dec 15 2011 at 3:29 PM Rating: Good
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Yeah, I'm just bitter about how little use there is for smn. What I should have said was: Smn cannot stagger yellow, red, or blue with pacts or get amber or azure lights with pacts. Smn cannot main heal anymore. Smn does not get any form of treasure hunter.

Smn does, however, perform excellently on mobs where you need disposable pets or the ability to essentially negate magic of a particular element. As always, it's pretty hard to actually kill a summoner, unless the mob can chew through pets at an alarming rate.
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