Laxedrane the Irrelevant wrote:
The first fight seems to be the hardest since you need jobs that can drop things fast. Blues, summoners(Making use of the revitilizers), black mages and monks(Again making use of the revitilizers) are fantastic things to bring out to the first fight. After that, any normal set up will work.(FOr first 2 and 3.)
Seconding that BLUs are fantastic for the first fight. I did it with 2 BLUs, and it becomes really easy then. Frypan FTW. PUP's not bad on it either, just keep your pet safe (I personally am usually on MNK for Ashu, but I go with another PUP).
Targeting the Captain isn't so bad. Bring a healer or two (I go for two), someone who can tank the captain, and some DDs. The imps are easy. Opo-opo hits a little hard but can be taken out fairly fast. Captain is a slow and steady fight, just have your healers be on the ball cause he does hit hard.
As for the automaton parts... they don't always drop from Targeting the Captain. IDK a percentage, but it's not abysmally low, nor is it a near 100% chance. Getting an automaton attachment is certainly a better drop rate than, say, the big ticket items from ENM fights though. And you're looking at a 50% chance of one of the really expensive ones. Plus you can get other drops like Barbarossa's legs/hands, some decent money crafting materials (Bloodwood Log, Hydra Scale, etc.), and the fights are fun.
Current price estimates on my server, Titan:
Tranquilizer ~1.2 to 1.5mil
Turbo Charger ~1.2mil
Economizer ~900k to 1.2mil
Optic Fiber ~800k-1mil
Schurzen - 100 to 150k
Reactive Shield ~10k
Our group shares the profits of the big money items (essentially Condenser or better on the above list), and everything else is free lot.