So my Pld just dinged 35 today. I recently leveled Dnc to 37 so thought I might aswell get my 32Pld to 37 1) for completeness sake 2) As I had some gear from Dnc (well, actually not that much) and 3) I need some more CP.
I've been mixing it up with some DD gear easly on anyway, and haven't been buying up the proper HQ/Good everythign I usually would (Like Kampf, Buckler etc) As my gil is being used up for other things right now (Brd AF+1 legs this weekend ftw).
But just a few things then,
1) I notice Trump Crown is still listed in the equipment guide as being really good but really expensive - you might need to change that, it cost me 5k.
I'm still using it over Esien/Kampf as I value the HP and MP more than 3Def and 1Agi, but if I was to take Pld over 37, how long do you think it'd last?
In a similar way, how long will my Mithra RSE gloves (MP+16 Vit+4) last? Untill the Acc+3 or Acc+5 gloves maybe? Or will I need to be looking at a Def upgrade befor then?
Also, I notice Republic Subligar is not listed on the gear list? I know Eisen/Kampf are good in this slot, but they only boast 4Def and 1Vit (NQ) over the Subligar, which is arguably the best DD piece for it's level.
Similarly, Warrior's Belt +1 is listed, but not Brave Belt nor Mohbwa's Sash. I've been using the sash for it's MP in the early 30s and I think it has some worth. In truth I've been using it mainly because there wasn't a brave belt available when I was gearing myself up, but I think it should be listed. At least as a piece for the start of a fight that can be macro'd out when you've used up the MP.
I'm using PCC, Rajas and Venerer, and will be changing to PCC/Sniper's x2 at 40 (if I do go higher) along with Tilt>Life>Swift. I'm also using DD earrings (Beetle+1).
If I do decide to level it properly, I'll be looking to get the important stuff, such as Shield Torque, Buckler Earring, Herculese Ring etc, however for EXP mobs, will it be more beneficial keeping this above DD gear in and just using the shield+ for cures and enmity+ for spells/JAs etc?
I'm kind of thinking along the lines of "Stick with what works" by experiance, and this more DD-orientated route is definiely working in the 30s. Hate rarely moves, and it's only ever enough that one cure or voke will bring it firmly back.
That said, I'm also using Berserk almost fulltime. I still time when I put it up based on HP/JAs/Mob/TP etc, usually putting it up just befor a WS, but I'm not taking it off afterwards unless I'm in trouble with low MP. As I usually make sure we're not overcamping I feel the added damage done as well he more damage taken (meaning more HP I can cure myself for) is outweighing the actual danger of taking more damage in the first place. Does that make sense? Do you think it's worth it?
What else was there... I think that was it.