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#1 Jul 21 2011 at 2:50 PM Rating: Good
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Hello Dancers,

I finally got around to leveling a /DNC subjob and decided that I want to level the job up slowly over time. I play mage jobs, but I wanted to level a melee job that I could use for solo tanking. Dancer seems like a lot of fun and probably one of the few melee oriented jobs that I might enjoy.

I am currently level 46 and have been using daggers primarily because my skill is capped thanks to RDM. As we all know, dagger WS's outside of THF main are weak before Dancing Edge. I've heard a few conflicting pieces of advice. Some have said to drop H2H in the early levels, others at lv50 and some have suggested going H2H until Dancing Edge becomes available. I wanted to hear what the DNC community thought on the issue. I do not have any H2H merits (but full dagger merits) and plan on leveling through GoV/FoV. I know that I could hop into an Abyssea party and open chests but I want to get used to soloing on the job and it really is something I plan on doing slowly over time.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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#2 Jul 21 2011 at 8:35 PM Rating: Decent
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You will blast your way through to 90 in these days. Better keep using Dagger throughout the party. I'm pretty sure the only time you'll cap it is outside exp PT. H2H is kinda useful at early level, but we don't level that slow anymore. So it's practically useless for leveling.
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#3 Jul 22 2011 at 8:10 AM Rating: Good
I used H2H until I got DW at 20. Haven't picked them back up since. I have thought about skilling up my H2H on dnc, just in case, but haven't gotten around to it.
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#4 Jul 22 2011 at 8:42 AM Rating: Good
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Unless you have martial arts traits, H2H is painfully slow. But then again, I played DNC when it was new and it was easy to get parties as a main healer, so I dunno how bad it would be solo with crappy dagger weaponskills.
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#5 Jul 22 2011 at 8:57 AM Rating: Good
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If you're already level 46, it's not worth skilling up H2H to use it. You could use Sword if you want to boost your damage while soloing and already have it skilled. I used Sword pretty much right up until I got Dancing Edge. Sadly, Fast Blade is a heck of a lot better than anything DNC gets.
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#6 Jul 22 2011 at 10:19 AM Rating: Good
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Thank you for the feedback. I have full merits in sword so perhaps I will go that route until Dancing Edge. When I only have a little time and none of my friends are on, I plan on soloing on dancer. I've enjoyed it so far but I wanted to increase my kill speed just a tad.

Thanks again!
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