You'll end up with more mp over time using a refresh cloak along with sublimation, although it won't feel like it because you will be getting 20 mp per minute in the form of 1 mp/tic back, and your sublimation will take 33% longer to charge, but you'll get the same amount back. granted though the difference is really miniscule (talking an estimated 10 extra mp per minute, at best), and many scholars, like myself, didn't bother with it.
Personally I'd say, if you got one, try out it, if you like it more, then use it.
-oh as an add in, you'll need /whm pre 68 to be able to use it effectively, or else youll have to keep ending sublimation to rest, which drops its efficiency down Edited, Feb 18th 2009 4:34am by lovexhate
Oh good to know! I hadn't even considered working toward HQ staves yet. I have a full set of normal quality from my summoner, but I suppose it would be beneficial to upgrade to HQ. On that note, if i'm looking to primarily be a support scholar moreso than a damage scholar, in what order would you suggest upgrading them?
If you're going to be a support based scholar, then HQ staves are not nessessary.
HQ light does not boost cure potency over NQ light.
HQ dark does not give more hMP over NQ dark.
but the moment you start doing debuffs/nukes, thats when you will find HQ staves nessessary. And if you do decide to upgrade them for nuking/solo SCH the priority should go like this:
Ice (cheapest stave and boosts both bind and blizzard), Wind/Thunder(same price, wind increases accuracy of gravity, which in a solo situation, outweighs the accuracy/damage boost that thunder staff gets, but if you aren't soloing often, then thunder gets priority over this), Dark (enhance potency of all dark based spells, more accurate sleeps main benefit to this), Earth(more accurate slows), Fire (pure boost to nothing but fire based elemental spells, like thunder), Water(no real benefit here, just another +1 MND to macro in for stoneskin), Light(just to say you have 8/8 HQ staves, and in case you ever want to lvl BST xD).
So to recap IMO priority goes Ice > Wind > Thunder > Dark > Earth, Fire, Water >Light
I myself upgraded in this order Light(from BST), Ice, thunder, Dark, Wind. The rest I haven't found nessessary but will be upgrading to an HQ earth next. Edited, Feb 18th 2009 4:46am by lovexhate