in all seriousness, i can with all confidence, answer that question. based on the state at wich the job is at right now.
Deal damage. its what we do best period.
if you are asking "compared to other jobs?" then you might need to be a tad more specific :P
Kayn is absolutely correct. PUP is at its best as a DD, and it will beat most other DDs with similar quality gear/skill. People STILL can't seem to grasp that PUP's total DD contribution is the sum of the master's damage AND the puppet's damage though.
Master DD on its own is nothing to scoff at, even if it's not on par with a MNK's higher base DMG, extra DD abilities, and some extra gear:
- PUP has strong WS (Stringing Pummel makes non-Empyrean MNKs jealous)
- Fast 2-fisted attack rate means lots of crits in Abyssea
- We no longer have the Acc deficiency that plagued the job in the pre-2010 era (thanks to a mix of better gear, H2H skill increase in 2010, and Acc being less of a concern in general in 90cap era with Atma/Cruor Buffs in Abyssea, and level correction outside)
- We no longer have gear issues to the extent we used to. Empyrean set is really good stuff, we're generally on the same other gear as jobs like MNK and NIN. MNK used to have Destroyers while PUP was stuck with Wagh/Hades. Now both have the same options like Verethragna, Taipan Fangs +2, etc.
Where you end up beating other DD jobs is once you add in the big time addition of automaton DD. Our "versatility" is through the fact that we can focus on strong physical OR magical DD to supplement the master. Choose strong Tier V nukes with Spiritreaver, or beastly WS along with Barrage and some melee/ranged DoT with Sharpshot. THAT is how PUP is versatile, not in the sense that some people want to say PUP is decent at several things but not great in any one - simply wrong, we ARE great in one area. Damage through combined efforts of master+puppet.
PUP does have downsides - not a good tank, not a good puller, has to rely on Dagger for Amber light and Red procs in Abyssea, automaton is not as versatile magic-wise as a true BLM (can't Sleep and Stun, for instance) even if we do have strong magic from the damage perspective.
The upside is raw damage. Just have to remind the idiots that the puppet is there too.