With my gear and 8 GA merits I have 90% acc on birds (actual math against an average of level 81 and 82 birds). I dont have 3 big pieces that would give me more acc: Perdu Voulge, Bomblet, and Byakko's Haidate. These pieces give roughly 15 acc over what I have in those slots (Fourth Toporok, Bomb Core, and Askar Dirs), and hauby gives 13-14 acc depending on if the dex falls right or not. So without Raja's I could simply swap out hauby for askar and actually gain 1-2 points of acc (if I had those 3 pieces I had mentioned earlier) still leaving me at 90-91% (with aggressor down). With Hauby I'm almost wasting acc since I will be capped at all times. So if you happen to most of those pieces I see Askar as a fine replacement for Hauby since it will give you a 6 hit build. If you have Raja's ring though its a waste and just use something different.
I wear Askar Body to merits. I have a hauby and Heca Body. I have 299 Gaxe skill and I parse 92-93% acc at bird camps w/o songs. If im fighting something tougher I add acc. There are better items but the universal sentiment that its a crap item for War is going a little overboard IMO.
Two separate accounts of having 90%+ acc, but I started wondering about gear.
It's skewing the results to say you just has near cap acc. Chances are you are wearing some silly gear in other slots that could give you a bigger increase than askar from haub.
So if you're parsing at 90%+ what are you wearing to get that cap?
A war/sam with just 299, hasso, and 68 base dex is around 350, needing about 57 accuracy to hit cap on higher birds and around 48 on lower.
So you said you didn't have perdu, no acc from wep
Grip should probably be pole strap, no acc
You said you lacked bomblet, no acc
You might be using askar head, so 3 acc
Torque is included in skill
Brutal should probably be one earring
Second earring should be assault so 2
Body is askar you said, no acc
Gloves are probably dusk, no acc
Rings Sniper/ Rajas
Back forager's or AM+1 probably
Waist prolly swift
Legs you said were askar
Feets could be aurum
Now with that you're at 382 acc.
Let's swap in sniper's +1/torr rings, mythril grip +1, fowling instead of brutal, and cuch mantle. That would put that build above 90%+ on higher birds.
For the other case, upgrading to bomblet, perdu and byakko's haidate add some wiggle room. From 299 skill, on top of those three, adding aurum, swift, assault, mythril grip +1, askar head, and assault earring would put you just into 90% acc on higher birds.
I don't know about your builds, but I would guess that askar's 2% DA would not outweigh haub's acc bonus. Maybe you're a merited mithra with dex merits, then maybe your acc would be closer to 90% in ideal gear.
But Joe Schmoe sitting at 292 skill without perdu, bomblet, byakko's haidate, or aurum, etc would not be able to pull that off. It is more than just aiming to hit 95% accuracy and then rearranging your gear, you want to get the biggest bang for your buck, and haub is a hell of a bang for a single slot regardless of what else you have. Edited, Mar 16th 2009 2:21pm by Requim