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#1 Jun 26 2009 at 6:51 AM Rating: Good
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Hello there! As you can see in my signature, my SCH is only 50 right now, but I am trying to get it to 75 as quickly as I can. In the mean time, I am trying to plan my gear sets ahead of time so that I can start working on collecting the pieces I will need for it. This is my firs mage job at a reasonably high level, and I'll admit I am still learning a lot of the mechanics of gearing mages, and I'm somewhat unfamiliar with all the gear options that exist.

Here's my problem. I'm a Galka. I don't have a whole heck of a lot of MP. As SCH75/RDM37 wearing the standard damage-based nuking set I was planing on using, I would have somewhere around 480mp, with 8/8 MP merits. That is obviously going to be pretty limiting on my ability to pump out damage, and even moreso on my ability to solo as SCH.

I was thinking of putting together 3 different nuking sets for SCH (please keep in mind I don't do any HNMs). The first would be a Max MP set that wouldn't really have many useful nuking stats, except by accident (or when possible I would choose items with both MP and INT or MAB). After I had used up the excess MP from that set, I would switch to a sort of middle-ground that still has some MP+ but is more heavy on nuking stats, and once the excess MP from there was exhausted, I would switch into my full damage nuking set.

Does this sound reasonable? Is it too much to go through for the benefit I would get?

Also, any suggestions for particular setups to use for any of those 3 sets would be most appreciated. As mentioned, I am still learning about all the endgame gear SCH can use.

Thanks!
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#2 Jun 26 2009 at 8:48 AM Rating: Good
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For soloing pets (which is what I assume you are considering soloing), using less INT/elemental skill/magic acc on your first two nukes could make it more difficult. Soloing pets is a race to kill it before it beats through your limited defenses (whether it be shadows or stoneskin/blink). If you get resisted on your first nuke (or even worse, first two nukes), that means the mob has that much more time to beat on you.

If you don't want to exp in a full pt, I'd suggest finding another SCH or a BLM to duo with. That way, you won't need as deep an MP pool per mob. And with sublimation, you'll basically get back all the MP you spend by the time the next pet spawns.
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#3 Jun 26 2009 at 9:24 AM Rating: Good
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I'm currently leveling in a duo with a BLM, so yes, MP isn't as much an issue now. The soloing I'm referring to is things like limbus, ZNMs, etc. I've got COR so I use that for all my merits so that won't be an issue as far as soloing for merits on SCH.
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#4 Jun 26 2009 at 10:27 AM Rating: Good
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KaishenRamuh wrote:
The soloing I'm referring to is things like limbus, ZNMs, etc.

You'll likely be /RDM for most of that. So you'll be casting Blink + Aquaveil + Phalanx + Stoneskin from full MP, which is 100 MP total (once you account for the MP cost change due to Dark Arts). Add the appropriate storm spell and klimaform, and you're at 163 MP total.

The difference between my Max MP and Nuking set MP is 217. Initial buffs plus one Parsimony Tier 4 nuke will take care of that excess MP. So I think the intermediate "some +MP and some nuking gear" set is unnecessary.
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#5 Jun 26 2009 at 10:29 AM Rating: Good
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I made a crude nuking set with moderate MP for galka here. This could work as your intermediate set if you wish.

That set still has room for alot more MP (at the cost of nuking stat obviously). Rings could net you 100 more from Vivian/Serket, 60MP from ears (Loq + RSE), 35 from a blue cape +1, 40 from Morgana's choker, 23 more mp from RSE feet; and 3 more from Magic Strap.
This would put you at 937MP; 261 MP over that moderate set. Good for about a nuke and a half.


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