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#1 May 31 2010 at 4:07 PM Rating: Good
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From levels 1-45 I used Axe + Shield exclusively.

I "knew" I wouldn't miss Shield Break cause I solo'd 1-45 (352 xp from 46), I certainly knew I wouldn't miss Iron Tempest because it pretty much blows.

However, I had a feeling I was missing out on Sturmwind. So, while completing some quests that required a lot of travel (some of it on foot) here and there, I decided to pick up a GAX and level it.

I wish I had done so waaaay sooner.

Mobs that took a lil while to kill with Axe + Shield are now dying much faster and I'm not feeling the hit in my survivability, seeing as how GAX seems to generate better TP for my Curing Waltz's.

Sturmwind is also really awesome. I didn't know what I was missing. Occasionally it produces lack-luster damage, but that's only very occasional.

And then I hit GAX skill 100 (I'm in E. Altepa Desert). Armor Break is simply orgasmic. I'm able to start every battle with it, immediately followed by a Quickstep, and I've effectively upped my damage per swing by about 20-30, which, to me, also given the increased TP gain (Sturmwind delivers 2 hit but I get "regualar" TP +1, whereas Armor Break delivers 1 hit for regular TP, and the damage I was "missing out on" by not using Sturmwind is made up for over the course of the battle, providing regular TP per swing and amounting to enough TP over the course of the fight to start the next one with an Armor Break).

Basically, even though I've heard all the preaching about GAX, I still thought I was doing great with Axe + Shield.

Having tried it myself and experiencing Armor Break I can say I'm a full convert.

Edit: Just used Armor Break on a Beetle and got a 1 TP return, meaning, if I know anything about WS TP returns, that DA procced but the first swing missed. In that instance, does the AB effect still proc?

Edited, May 31st 2010 3:18pm by Roller
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#2 May 31 2010 at 8:48 PM Rating: Excellent
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Roller wrote:
Just used Armor Break on a Beetle and got a 1 TP return, meaning, if I know anything about WS TP returns, that DA procced but the first swing missed. In that instance, does the AB effect still proc?
Only way to know for certain is to wait for the effect to wear off. And yes, it will wear off sooner or later if it got applied, but on mobs with def up tp moves, it would overwrite your armor break's effects.

You could have gotten a similar effect by just using acid bolts. Xbow at low lvl is very worth using on any job that can use them, and shield break allows you to land the bolts more frequently. The skill gap starts to really show around lv50s though.
#3 Jun 01 2010 at 12:05 AM Rating: Good
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Aside from getting the "best" gear I can from level to level, I don't like to spend money on the "extras", such as Bolts. I have Marksmanship up to like 60 something from WAR in the really early levels and RNG up to 14, but I'm a way bigger fan of boomerangs, even though Acid Bolts (do they give the same amt of def down as Armor Break [25%?]) would allow me to break out more Sturmwinds for probably faster kills.

I'm kinda happy with my current method, but Acid Bolts (if I cared to afford them) would have been sweet too.
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