In light of the general consensus that COR is the worst soloer in the game, I thought I would post my experiences soloing with COR/BST.
First of all, speculation aside, if you're interested in this combo, I strongly recommend you read up on the BST job in general on their forum, and specifically using BST as a subjob. You can get started here.
Now, the first thing that you need to know is that the BST community tends to agree that the effectiveness of Charm from /BST is relatedly to the ACTUAL level of the BST main job. For example, a COR75/BST37 who has BST levelled to 75 will have more success than a COR75/BST37 who has BST levelled only to 37. Regardless of whether or not this hypothesis is true, you should have at least some experience playing BST, and so I'm not going to give you a course in how to use charmed pets against prey.
What I will describe are some of the tools available to a COR/BST that gives this job combo considerable soloing capability, unique to the job.
COR has relatively high CHR for a DD. This will help Charm success tremendously.
CHR gear tends to be "All Jobs", so you shouldn't have much difficulty in decking yourself out in much the same Charming set as a BST main would use. Light Staff is a necessity. The major drawback is that BST main has access to a lot of "Charm+" gear, which helps with duration. I found that my Charm success was very high with COR/BST compared to other DD jobs with BST sub. However, Charm duration is very low for EM+ mobs, so be careful.
In terms of weaponry, the ability to deal ranged damage is very useful for mobs with dangerous AOEs. On the downside, firing bullets can draw hate easily, and this can become expensive. A good sword will allow you to melee along your pet safely.
The COR job has many tools available to enhance its soloing potential, particularly with BST sub.
-Beast Roll- This roll grants your pet an ATT buff.
-Puppet Roll- This roll grants your pet an ACC buff.
These effects are actually quite noticeable as a veteran BST. Applying both rolls boosts pet performance quite a bit. In Caedarva Mire I was able to use a single buffed EM sapling to take down a VT bird, with 30% health to spare. That's relatively unheard of. P.S. each of those birds take about 1.5min to kill and grants a 61COR/BST 300+ XP without ring or chain bonuses. This screenshot shows what COR/BST is capable of at level 62... it was my second attempt COR/BST.
-Corsair's Roll- Fights solo take longer than in a party. Use this to your advantage, and apply your XP roll shortly before your prey dies. Your pet won't complain about not having buffs while you line up your next fight.
-Quick Draw- Sleep and Dispel. 'Nough said. If you need to hot swap to a new pet in the middle of a fight, sleeping your prey while you find a new pet will help eliminate downtime. Dispel can be useful for things like Ice Spikes. or DEF buffs. Also, a damaging Quick Draw can be a reliable non-missable finishing blow if you choose to get rid of your pet before collecting your XP.
-Use Tuna Sushi. This food grants R.ACC as well as a decent amount of CHR. It's worth knowing you won't be missing your Slug Shots, and that mischarms will be rare (it's worth the XP you save from avoidable deaths).
-BST sub does not grant the JA Leave until level 70 COR. This means that you have two options until then: 1. Finish fights as quickly as possible, accepting the 30%xp penalty for having a pet at the time of mob death, or 2. "Ghetto-Leave" your pet by using the Heel and Stay commands once the mob is near death, allowing the mob to kill off your pet and grant full xp. Which style you choose is up to you.
-Choose camps with pets which will spawn only DC-EM. This will usually mean that as a COR/BST you will begin to use a camp a couple levels later than a BST main would. T pets are unreliable to keep Charmed, and without Leave you cannot maintain your pets at a particular level (they will either despawn or die depending on if you use Ghetto-Leave or not).
-Take /anon off and put your camp in your /seacom. Don't argue... do it. If you don't respect other soloers enough to save them a trip only to see you're in a particular camp, don't expect them to respect you enough to move on and not camp on top of you.
-Ask BSTs for help/advice. Most BSTs are very knowledgeable and friendly, and are usually very happy to help those who need it.
On that note, if you have any questions/concerns/corrections/compliments/donations you can PM me here or find me on Valefor. Happy hunting. ^^;
Edited, Feb 28th 2007 2:10am by nekio