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#1 May 22 2009 at 5:56 AM Rating: Good
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I've come to accept the fact that I'm just going to be wanted on my BLM for basically everything so I need to dust my collection of gear off and update it for 2009. Most of my gear is from when I quit in 2005.

I would appreciate any suggestions on the best path to upgrade as I can't afford to do everything at once, and I want to get the most useful upgrades first.

I have all HQ staffs except for Water and Light. Have been unable to find a group for Rostrum Pumps but hoping to be able to soon. Same with Ugg pendant, though I guess I could just buy that.

Currently I have about 1m available and can raise gil at about 100k/h or with ENM/BCNM, etc...

Idle set: http://www.ffxiah.com/item_sets.php?id=66948
Planned upgrade: Jelly Ring

Elemental set: http://www.ffxiah.com/item_sets.php?id=83710

Dark set: http://www.ffxiah.com/item_sets.php?id=83711

Mind set: http://www.ffxiah.com/item_sets.php?id=67494

Black Enfeeble set: http://www.ffxiah.com/item_sets.php?id=66953

White Enfeeble set: http://www.ffxiah.com/item_sets.php?id=83708

Really appreciate any suggestions you may have for how to go about upgrading.
#2 May 22 2009 at 6:06 AM Rating: Excellent
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Instead of Rostrum Pumps, look into Yigit Crackows, an assault reward. Ever since I got mine the only thing I use Rostrums for is to proc my sorc ring. Also, could try for Goliard Clogs from Nyzul, which I use for high resistant mobs.

Some black mages I know use the campaign reward Cobra Crackows, but I personally would go for Yigits if starting with no points in either campaign or assault. I think all these would be better and easier to obtain than Rostrums, which isn't done much anymore that I see.

Edited, May 22nd 2009 10:07am by siiritheblm
#3 May 22 2009 at 7:11 PM Rating: Excellent
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You've got the basics more or less down, so I'd go about getting the last few pieces you need to round off your sets (for example, I noticed you're missing Yigit crackows and Goliard clogs, and did not provide us with an MAB nuking set to look at.)

One thing you could focus on is completing your speciality gear (I don't know if you have Pendant, obis, etc.). Sea is a very good place for BLMs in terms of both gear, as well as being a starting ground for working on your solo skills.

Another thing you might want to do is to start fine tuning your setups.

What I mean by that is that you look like you are carrying around a lot of rather redundant gear which takes up space that could've been used for other things. It may not matter now, but it's something to consider down the road.

Take for example, your MND set- stacking MND is great if you want to Elemental Seal a Slow onto a mob, but realistically speaking, what is the point of having 61+70 MND? We use MND primarily for Stoneskin, which caps out at 114MND (assuming your Enhancing magic is capped), so what real purpose does the extra 17MND you're carrying around serve?

Lastly, some shameless advertising on my part, but I've written about BLM gear before. You may want to check out my blog post regarding gear over here.

Hope that helps! ^^
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#4 May 22 2009 at 8:32 PM Rating: Good
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Rostrum pumps are no longer worth getting.

Sorc ring + latent gear should be a high priority. Higher than whitebox gear.

Your elemental skill build isn't enough to land spells on anything harder than fafnir.

Why mahatma instead of tonban in dark set? Why tonban instead of lappa in idle set? Assuming the SCH hat is a mistake, lol.

Where's your hMP gear?

Getting into a decent linkshell and getting some R/EX gear should be a higher priority. The AH can only buy you so much. It can buy you an enfeebling torque, though. Solo some limbus or join a ls to upgrade your hands and body. Try to find a ZNM shell and get oracles stuff. Dynamis for hat/hands/belt/legs. Nyzul 20 for goliard feet and halvung assaults for yigit (don't need a ls for that). Merciful/altruistic capes aren't too hard to get, just low droprate.

That's all relatively easy and excluding long-term goals like herald's gaiters, novio, etc. You seem to be looking for things to buy off of the AH, but that won't get you very far at all. Almost everything good is from endgame.
#5 May 22 2009 at 9:57 PM Rating: Good
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HMP set: http://www.ffxiah.com/item_sets.php?id=83850

I fixed the pants on drk set, that was just an error. I use drk pants on idle set just cause it doesn't have negative stats. I could change it if the -3 emnity is worth it.

Sea does seem to be where all the good sh*t is but I have not completed Sea yet. My top priority right now is setting up my CoP static to get all the Sea stuff.

Far as shoes, I will go get those assault pieces, they seem pretty good. If I can get a Rostrum run is it worth it just for the fastcast if I end up being able to get the Assault feet before it?

Also, the MAB nuking set is something I don't have. Would this be replacing something like my glove with int or MAB instead of elemental skill?

As far as the MND set, I will get rid of redundant stuff. I didn't know about the MND cap on stoneskin. Any other redundant items I can cut out? Would it be worth carrying an Enhancing Torque for Stoneskin? I'm leveling RDM so probably will get it anyway. Also, thanks for the gear link, I will take a look at it.

One last thing, are Zenith Mitts worth getting?

Anyway, thanks for all the help, looking forward to having an updated and proper set of gear soon. ^^

Edited, May 23rd 2009 2:05am by omeed

Edited, May 23rd 2009 2:09am by omeed
#6 May 22 2009 at 11:17 PM Rating: Good
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omeed wrote:
Also, the MAB nuking set is something I don't have. Would this be replacing something like my glove with int or MAB instead of elemental skill?

skill does exactly nothing on things like puddings, so yes, any amount of int/mab would be better than skill. you just want to use enough skill to get a capped, or near capped land rate, and then get as much int/mab as possible.
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#7 May 23 2009 at 6:11 AM Rating: Good
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mind if i ask a question? what is whitebox gear? i've seen this referred to b4 but not sure what it means.
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#8 May 23 2009 at 8:02 AM Rating: Good
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what is whitebox gear?


HQ gear. Mahatma slops woud be whitebox errant.
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#9 May 23 2009 at 10:17 AM Rating: Excellent
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#10 May 23 2009 at 11:33 AM Rating: Good
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I have no idea how much +elem skill blms need for various HNMs, but just playing around with ffxigear.com for fun.


elemental skill + m.acc setup:

http://ffxigear.com/?ref=6475

Elemental magic skill +58
Magical Accuracy +17
INT +23 (w/o food)
+ Ice grip


I think "+58 elem skill" and "+17 m.acc from gear" + "elemental grip" should be enough to land spells reliably on most HNMs :)
#11 May 23 2009 at 12:37 PM Rating: Good
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My goal isn't really HNM though. Currently I am beginning to solo a lot on BLM, I'm doing solo ENM, I do Dynamis twice a week and hoping to do Limbus when I get Sea access. Thanks again for all the suggestions.
#12 May 23 2009 at 4:53 PM Rating: Excellent
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One last thing, are Zenith Mitts worth getting?


Yes, Zenith will be you main nuking hand piece til you can get a hold of a pair Morri cuffs. If you just can't get a lolgenbu group together Vicious Mufflers offer the same MAB w/o the mp.
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Genbu triggers are harder than Genbu, tbh
#14 May 25 2009 at 11:35 AM Rating: Good
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Rostrum pumps are no longer worth getting.

Sorc ring + latent gear should be a high priority. Higher than whitebox gear.


Rostrum are still useful for hitting latent, especially for elf and galka.
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Rostrum pumps are no longer worth getting.

Sorc ring + latent gear should be a high priority. Higher than whitebox gear.


Rostrum are still useful for hitting latent, especially for elf and galka.

they're only 5 more hp- than mahatma feet (10 less than errant), which you'll probably carry for stoneskin anyway. it really isn't that hard to activate latent, even as elf/galka. askelipios/astral aspis, zmitts, zcrown, serket ring, black cotehardie, and mahatma feet is all i use, and serket ring can be switched for ether+electrum, and mahatma could be switched for errant+penitents/blue cape/etc. that basically costs what? 100k, some sky abjurations, and a few hours for asklepios/astral aspis?
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#16 May 27 2009 at 2:43 PM Rating: Good
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they're only 5 more hp- than mahatma feet (10 less than errant), which you'll probably carry for stoneskin anyway. it really isn't that hard to activate latent, even as elf/galka. askelipios/astral aspis, zmitts, zcrown, serket ring, black cotehardie, and mahatma feet is all i use, and serket ring can be switched for ether+electrum, and mahatma could be switched for errant+penitents/blue cape/etc. that basically costs what? 100k, some sky abjurations, and a few hours for asklepios/astral aspis?


Notice, I never said that they are needed, only that they are useful. There are other choices, you can simply carry around more gear, or you can get Zenith Pumps / Dalmy.

I'm not sure why you listed your convert gear in response to R. Pumps being useful for elvan/galka, you're obviously not either of those races, and if you are, you aren't hitting latent... unless you nuke in very odd gear. If you were an elf, Those -5 HP that are so negligible actually would put you at 75%, assuming you're nuking in P. Rope.
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they're only 5 more hp- than mahatma feet (10 less than errant), which you'll probably carry for stoneskin anyway. it really isn't that hard to activate latent, even as elf/galka. askelipios/astral aspis, zmitts, zcrown, serket ring, black cotehardie, and mahatma feet is all i use, and serket ring can be switched for ether+electrum, and mahatma could be switched for errant+penitents/blue cape/etc. that basically costs what? 100k, some sky abjurations, and a few hours for asklepios/astral aspis?


Notice, I never said that they are needed, only that they are useful. There are other choices, you can simply carry around more gear, or you can get Zenith Pumps / Dalmy.

I'm not sure why you listed your convert gear in response to R. Pumps being useful for elvan/galka, you're obviously not either of those races, and if you are, you aren't hitting latent... unless you nuke in very odd gear. If you were an elf, Those -5 HP that are so negligible actually would put you at 75%, assuming you're nuking in P. Rope.

unfortunately, i am elvaan.

and yes, it definitely does activate latent. base hp is 1059, latent gear brings me to 804 (-255 hp from gear, 1059-255=804). my nuking gear has no +/- except prism, though the back slot doesn't count towards latent (and if it did, it'd only make it easier to activate anyway). 804/1059=75.9206% which is <76%.

and why would you assume i'm a gimp using penitents? Smiley: frown
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#18 May 28 2009 at 9:09 AM Rating: Good
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and why would you assume i'm a gimp using penitents?


Since when did penitent's become gimp, the only other options are witch sash that's retarded expensive for a magic crit that next to never happens or Sorc belt that can be a pain to get if your shell is unlucky or just doesn't do CoP much.

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Since when did penitent's become gimp, the only other options are witch sash that's retarded expensive for a magic crit that next to never happens or Sorc belt that can be a pain to get if your shell is unlucky or just doesn't do CoP much.


I was going to ask the same thing.
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Since when did penitent's become gimp, the only other options are witch sash that's retarded expensive for a magic crit that next to never happens

it was actually one of the most cost efficient upgrades i could get for my rdm lol. it was sure as **** a lot cheaper than the 3.8m i spent for 1 int/mnd/hmp for mahatma body anyway.

i guess i exaggerated the point a bit, but it was still dumb to just assume i use something that has better alternatives (one that's buyable on the AH no less), especially when it wouldn't make any sense to use said item with the gear i listed. the only way the latent gear i listed could make sense would be if i either didn't use penitent's, or if i was retarded, and either nuked in hp+ gear, or just didn't realize that my latent gear actually didn't activate the latent on my sorc ring. i'm not sure why anyone would assume the latter.
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#21 May 28 2009 at 12:16 PM Rating: Decent
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the back slot doesn't count towards latent


Wait, what? I get my HP yellow by 1 point, and if I were to take off prism cape it would not be. Does that mean that I'm not actually activating sorc ring?
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my nuking gear has no +/- except prism, though the back slot doesn't count towards latent


I'm very confused about this line also since you actually can mess up a latent set using Prism cape because the +hp can misslead you depending on what your using meaning your at 75% but sorc ring is not triggered.

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the back slot doesn't count towards latent


Wait, what? I get my HP yellow by 1 point, and if I were to take off prism cape it would not be. Does that mean that I'm not actually activating sorc ring?

you're fine. however you don't actually need to have yellow hp, as it's still active at exactly 75% (which is actually 75%~75.999999999999), while your hp is white. if you're hp is 76% when you take off prism, then no, it's not active.
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actually your wrong sorc will only trigger in white if you nuke in converts hp > mp gear if you sit in white without any convert gear at 75% with prism on your not in latent.



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actually your wrong sorc will only trigger in white if you nuke in converts hp > mp gear if you sit in white without any convert gear at 75% with prism on your not in latent.

sorry, you're wrong. you need <76%, not <75%.

i suppose i could go nuke at 804 hp (75.9%), and then at 784 (74.03%), if you really want some proof.
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#26 May 28 2009 at 4:36 PM Rating: Default
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You con not be in white hp w/o converts hp > mp gear it just doesn't work if you lack Zenith mitts or an Ixion cape you must be in yellow hp or Sorc ring is not active.
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