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#1 Apr 29 2012 at 4:43 AM Rating: Decent
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Hi all,
I'm usually a full-time Bst but thought I'd try Blu as the two jobs seem to share so much as far as the various ecosystems are concerned & have to admit I like it so much that although I'm currenlty 52 I'm going to take it all the way !
However, one thing that puzzles me greatly & for which I can find no answer is that I keep hearing about how I should 'pair' this spell with that spell or combining spells to get a certain staus effect, ok I understand the need to do this but how exactly do I set my spells out in a physical sense ? [I may not be explaining myself too well I only hope someone understands me]
I'm currently capped on my Blu magic & with the exception of 2 have all spells for my current level with a few above too.
Thanks !
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#2 Apr 29 2012 at 12:41 PM Rating: Excellent
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http://wiki.ffxiclopedia.org/wiki/Blue_Mage/Job_Traits

check this page.
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#3 Apr 30 2012 at 4:52 AM Rating: Decent
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Hiya Xilk,
Is there anything concerning FFXI you don't know about, not only are you my Bst guru but now it seems my Blu too ! :)
Firstly thanks for your reply & link [I thought I'd read every article/guide available but you managed to pull this one out of the hat] which while informative is not quite what I'm after
Forgive me if I seem a trifle slow on the uptake, I have only old age, grey hair with a balding spot on my crown & a set of teeth borrowed from a racehorse as an excuse . . .
Lets take Accuracy Bonus as an example. [I copy/paste from the wiki guide]

Pick any 2 spells to get Accuracy Bonus.
Level Available Spell Set Point Cost
60 Dimensional Death 5
63 Frenetic Rip 3
72 Disseverment 5
82 Vanity Dive 2

Do I need to have say Dim Death & Fren Rip in my spell list for the bonus or do I need to physically cast them as well. If I do then how does it work if it takes a minute after setting spells before you can use them [unless I zone etc] & I'm in the middle of a fight ?
I was going to ask about the auto-refresh spells but that's a complete mind-blower at my current level of understanding, maybe I should stick with Bst . . .
Thanks !
Jon

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#4 Apr 30 2012 at 6:07 AM Rating: Good
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Set Dimensional Death and Frenetic Rip, then check your job traits and you will see Accuracy Bonus listed. No need to cast spells first because... "Job traits are always active."
#5 Apr 30 2012 at 7:39 AM Rating: Decent
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basscadet wrote:
Set Dimensional Death and Frenetic Rip, then check your job traits and you will see Accuracy Bonus listed. No need to cast spells first because... "Job traits are always active."

This.
As far as Auto-refresh once you hit 58 you'll be able to set it by having the following in your spell list; Stinking Gas, Frightful Roar, Self-Destruct, Cold Wave ,Light of Penance
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#6 May 01 2012 at 3:25 PM Rating: Good
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Blu is my 2nd job to Bst, but there are tons of awesome blu's out there who know much more than me about the job.

I pretty much only know about the jobs I play. You just happen to be following my pattern so far. I hit the forums frequently when I'm bored at work.

All traits are active just by having the spells set. you don't need to cast anything. The auto-refresh chart just shows you what combinations of spells can get you the trait. when you are at level 99, you pretty much only use 2 of 3 spells for it:

plasma charge
actinic burst
winds of promyvion
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#7 May 02 2012 at 7:04 AM Rating: Decent
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Hiya & a very big thank you for your replies.
Ok the penny has finally dropped & I see what I need to do now to get whatever job trait I may be after.
Just one last question if I may please . . .
Whilst I appreciate from being a Bst what using a pet from a higher level eco-system can achieve [intimidation etc] how exctly does this work for Blu please ?
Many thanks !
Jon
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#8 May 02 2012 at 11:10 AM Rating: Good
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Monster correlation, regarding blue magic, applies a small damage bonus or penalty, applied appropriately based on target versus spell cast. The AF head enhances the bonus by a very small amount, but does not increase the penalty.
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#9 May 03 2012 at 3:09 PM Rating: Good
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Most people choose to ignore the Monster correlation effects on BLU overall (as far as gear and merits are concerned)due to the ability to boost damage and versatility through other focus. As a BST you know though that monster correlation effects can be useful for intimidation, but its seems the effect is usually no where near as strong as a BST main or pets killer effects. BLU is so great for adaptability that I dont see why you wouldn't absolutely love the job.
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