Lady Jinte wrote:
Sharpshot at 10. Stormwaker at 20. Valoredge at 30.
Seriously. Do them in that order, or you'll be kicking yourself later when you have to catch up sharpshot's ranged skill an extra 10-20 levels (it REALLY sucks)
Standard 75 cap wisdom that probably isn't as important these days. In current FFXI, you're going to get exp much faster than skillups anyway at any level, so I don't think it really matters much any more - you're going to have to spend some time skilling up the puppet no matter what. I'd still say save VE for 30 since both other frames have melee skill.
Personally, I'd say it's more a question of what you plan to do more - party or solo/lowman. If you plan to be in exp parties, go for Sharpshot first since it's the standard exp party frame choice at any level. If you plan to do more solo or lowman content, go Stormwaker and start getting more magic skill (so it can cure you).
It's true that ranged skill is a bit harder to skill up, but it's hardly impossible to delpoy the thing at range and let it shoot on appropriate level mobs. The new skillup rate changes, plus Percolator, make it a great deal easier than it once was.
Besides, OP has already asked for the puppet so he's gonna have to deal with what he gets ;) Seems he picked Stormwaker, so I'd say don't worry too much. Grab Sharpshot at 20 though. FWIW, I did VE->SW->SS back in the OLD days (the REVERSE of the common wisdom answer), and although I needed a little extra ranged skillup time it wasn't even THAT bad back then. You'll survive no matter what. Edited, Aug 31st 2011 2:16pm by Anza