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#1 Jun 05 2011 at 10:04 AM Rating: Decent
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Returning player here had a few questions on what I should take for my general hp/mp and stat merits as BLM taru.

First of all I will establish my three 90 class are BLM, RDM, and THF. These are the ones I will be focusing on. BLM will be by far my main job, I just want to make that clear.

For the other merit category I am doing critical/spell interrupt.

Any tips for HP/MP. With manawall should I just go all out MP now, even as taru, or is some / all hp good to do (equal out convert as much as possible?)

Is the 8 int going to make a huge difference if I stat that or would I be better off mixing in some str for when I play thf.

Also finally, how far away is the next level cap increase, would it be best to just go for fire/ice potency atm and just recap thunder/ice later?

Thanks :)
#2 Jun 05 2011 at 4:45 PM Rating: Good
I personally would focus on mp over hp if you don't need the hp for another job (I have more hp merits because of ninja and samurai, but if blm is your main I'd stick with mp). The mp is going to be vastly more useful for you.

The stats thing may be a bit harder if you are worried about multiple jobs, but I'd say the main things to consider there are 1) which job will you be using more often, and 2) how easy is it to get that stat in other places (gear, food, atma, etc). It seems to me to be pretty easy to hit stat caps in Abyssea with atma, so I would focus on other merits for now, but again, that depends on which atmas you have and how much you'll be doing outside Abyssea. If you can't decide, then you can always half and half it, but I have no other suggestions on which one to pick, so maybe somebody else can give you better advice.

According to SE's roadmap for this year, the cap increase to 95 will be happening in August. You will want to stack as much ice potency as you can even afterwards, because Atma of the Beyond makes ice our best spell in Abyssea, not to mention the fact that ice is just an all-around good element due to fewer resistances and numerous weaknesses. As for fire vs thunder, all I can say is that we have a higher tier fire spell than we do for thunder currently, but other than that I don't know there are really benefits of one over the other. If you don't mind redistributing merits later, then feel free to go for fire. I personally just keep thunder potency for use outside of Abyssea, since I very rarely cast anything other than ice while inside.

As always, I don't claim my opinions to be in the majority, but I only give what I feel to be good advice. If somebody more knowledgeable than I wants to correct me, feel free.
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#3 Jun 07 2011 at 12:18 AM Rating: Decent
Weighing in on STR versus INT, I'd vote INT so you can one-shot things that much sooner. On my hume, it takes Minikin/Beyond/Ultimate, 30 INT from Abyssites of Furtherance, 8 INT merits, 5 Ice, and

Varuna +2/Bugard/Witchstone
Goetia +1/Artemis Pendant*/Novio/Hecate's
Weskit+6/Eradico/Sorc/Diamond Ring+3
Searing/Cog/Goetia +1/Goetia +1.

*with moderately good moon phase

So yeah, going full INT merits mean you can downgrade one of the above and still one-shot. Or another way of looking at it, if you don't get full INT merits, you'll need all that (minus taru base INT bonus). And trust me, if BLM is your main, you'll want to.

Edited, Jun 6th 2011 11:46pm by tertoonetwothreefour
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#4 Jun 08 2011 at 5:41 PM Rating: Good
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I had mp merits and I actually re-did them and went to hp. A few reasons. We have enough mp in abyssea and I always want to make sure I can survive a big attack or two. Another reason is it helps on thief since we have low hp anyways. Like you I main blm and use thief as my second so I think HP would be your best.

You need to get the Ultima, Beyond and Minkin M. Atmas. You get huge int, mab, and blizzard att+ stats for these.

As far as your concern about potency merits. I would just stick with thunder and ice until you get all your merits done. (Does not take long anymore). Then once you get 20 "extra", go ahead and convert to fire if you wish. Then build merits again so you are ready for the thunder boost from atmas we may get and then convert back again.

Keep In mind I never cast a spell other than Blizzard. I am pushing about 5.5k on normal mobs and almost 3 on tough nms.

Its hard to justify the mp casting Aero V when I can just cast a tier 3 blizzard and do almost the same dmg for far less mp.

Tough call on INT vs Str merits. I would just say go int since your main is blm..

Good call on the Crit and Spell Interuption I think those are the best in that catagory.
#5 Jun 19 2011 at 2:44 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the great advice guys got everything sorted.

I got a new question now, but it will have to be a new thread :)
#6 Jun 22 2011 at 5:38 PM Rating: Decent
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The more I been working on my magian staffs for mage the more I want to start playing mainly thief/dnc/ninja...**** even RDM.

It is pretty painful going back to the normal world after Abyssea, MP wise. I am scared that in the future of level cap increases we may have to leave all these atmas behind.

Anyone else have this feeling?

Or maybe someone can convince me otherwise :))
#7 Jun 22 2011 at 10:33 PM Rating: Decent
Well if mainstream events are moved out of Abyssea, hopefully support jobs would follow. I have the feeling that Mage's Ballad 2, 3, /RDM Convert, or /SCH strategems and grimmoires would be enough to keep me off my knees... If only just.

Remember, when BLMs were the DDs of choice, you could see as many as 10 at an Ouryu spam! Just imagine 10 BLMs at any NM inside Abyssea... One word: Kablooey!

Edited, Jun 22nd 2011 9:48pm by tertoonetwothreefour
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#8 Jun 24 2011 at 4:11 AM Rating: Good
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Please for the love of Altana get some HP merits as a BLM taru. As a linkshell leader who has some great taru players I really really urge you to get some. And make sure you get your HP boosting abyssites too.

Sure ENM douse helps, as does Manawall. But do you really want to lose your MP that way all the time? And our taru thf just got all 6 abyssites to boost his stats and he finally hit 2k ish. Before that he was sitting at 1600 which is below almost anyone else... My hume whm can hit 2100-2300 depending on zone boosts and I don't have all the abyssites.

Taru are monster BLMs but they're fragile, especially when getting to grips with a job.
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#9 Jun 25 2011 at 12:45 PM Rating: Default
What's a taru 90BLM's base INT anyways? I'm sick of hearing about how great they are, it can't be more than 10 INT, aka completely negligible compared to play style or skill.

Edited, Jun 25th 2011 11:45am by tertoonetwothreefour
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#10 Jun 25 2011 at 8:00 PM Rating: Decent
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My INT at 90 BLM/RDM with capped INT merits is 101.
#11 Jun 26 2011 at 1:14 AM Rating: Default
Hume BLM/RDM capped INT merits has 94. I officially no longer envy taru INT more than I'd dislike their HP! :3
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