kevinsal: Soloing xp and soloing farming are not the same thing.
@ 52 it takes about one hour to make 300 xp off of easy prey (yes I did this while lfp the other day >.>)
Now I don't nomally post on these forums so no flaming the newbie please. I do read them almost everyday and those of you answering questions on this post seem intelligent enough to take me seriously instead of giving me crap. The gaping hole I noticed in this fairly well thought out suggestion on RDM as a class is RDM/DRK. Yes I am 53 and I still play this if my party says it's ok over /SMN. The reason I chose RDM to begin with is that I have no interest whatsoever in being a pure mage, that's not what I pay money for; my WHM and BLM are both lvl 1. With Valkyrie's Mask and the added str I do comparable melee damage to, PLD minus en dmg which may or may not be any great feat, but most RDM can't say the same. Not as much of an mp bonus, but it is an increase in int. All of my gear is towards +mp, though airspirit's discussion about +int +mnd gear has me reconsidering that to a point. A hume rdm with the best gear and all of his/her spells can still suck. Beyond statistics it takes a certain amount of skill to play this job well compared to most other jobs. I don't see how you can totally discount DRK as a viable sub for people who take the time to play the job well.
I'm going to update my profile now, except for skill caps because I keep forgetting to write those down, and I glady welcome any suggestions on gear. Over the next 7 levels I plan on buying Wise Wizard's Anelace, an elemental staff if I can (this part of the discussion was also very eye opening to me), a cotehardie to switch out with my AF, MC and then Darksteel Buckler, Phantom or Bat Earrings, questing a Star Neckalce, and hopefully getting to do BCNM 50 and getting a Jungle Stone (1mil on my server ;_;). I admit, my debuffs don't take on Beetles (the only thing I've been fighting lately -_-) very often, but even with a blm/whm eleseal they still don't half the time, so perhaps that's not fully something I can control without being filthy disgusting rich. I also think I will level my dagger more now and use that when I /SMN and do crap damage.
I appreciate the time you put into this topic, I find it disappointing how many RDM out there just plain suck. However, I hope no one is discouraged at lower levels, thinking such things as "Oh no I picked Elvaan RDM I'm going to suck; I should start over!" If you play well you can make up for most of the class weaknesses. Otherwise you wouldn't see the rare- even-now Galka BLM, WHM, SMN, RDM, walking around in full AF or better. Keep in mind that it is a game, and even if there is a "better way" you can make any(nearly) way work if you try hard enough and get good equipment etc. You can make any job cookie-cutter, but RDM is one that doesn't have to be as a job such as PLD does.
Edited, Mon May 10 16:29:20 2004 by Halion