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#1 Feb 25 2009 at 11:43 AM Rating: Good
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I have recently decided to lvl pld. I have gone from 4-16 this weekend and I am worried about level sync parties. When I lvled my war I was constantly in lvl sync parties. I stayed in quifm and the jungle the entire way to 37. Of course, my axe skill suffered from this. I am worrying about shield and sword suffering the same fate. I have sword capped at about 90, from rdm i think, and shield a bit higher than that due to my 75 whm. I am also worried that if I decline lvl sync parties I will lvl very slowly or not at all. What should I do?
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#2 Feb 25 2009 at 12:56 PM Rating: Decent
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I would take the level sync parties. You can get shield skill with your whm, as you mentioned, and as for sword, well, best advice I can think of is to get /dnc ready, as with /dnc, signet, and FoV refresh, you should be able to at absolute minimum handle DC's, and possibly up to T, I would imagine. This should keep your sword skill within your actual level's range, and allow you to accept those level sync invites. Hope this helps a bit at least. Oh, and remember, DD pld does in fact do it better, though I'd still bring turtle gear, as it's useful if your party is overcamping.

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#3 Feb 25 2009 at 6:07 PM Rating: Good
I haven't accepted a level sync invite since I got a size 3 shield, I have never had a pt that didn't complement me on my skills and I got many repeat invites from higher levels syncing down to me simply to insure that they would have a good tank.

Without level syncing my shield still lags a good 4 skills behind and since I am going the DD pld route (and it is working out VERY well) shield skill is very important as it is my only real line of defense from gear. For the same reason a pld should never take hits without af boots I refuse to sync down and party with shield skill way behind.

Even with the search comment "(level sync) <my level> +" I get invites rather quickly (imo anyway since my 75's are drk + thf and I had to make most of those pt's XD) and even if I dont get an invite right away I useally just make a pt with a bunch of people above my level, DD's are almost never picky about syncing down so all you gotta do is find some mages relatively close to your level.

EDIT: Naturally this only applies for after you catch up to your skill, and If you do want to skill up on other jobs go for it I guess, but I'm on diablos too btw and I haven't had any issues XD

Edited, Feb 25th 2009 9:11pm by SillyXSara
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#4 Feb 25 2009 at 6:26 PM Rating: Decent
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As far as I'm concerned, there is nothing wrong with refusing Sync downs for the sake of your shield skill. You could however take the sync and skill up shield in a skill-up party. I however agree with Sara in that you should start refusing syncs if it starts to become problematic.

Edited, Feb 25th 2009 9:26pm by CarthRDM
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Not much new to say here, Sara nailed it. Just have to reiterate that you'll avoid a lot of trouble just by adding a /seacom "Level Sync __+"

Also, like Sara already said, don't be afraid to utilize people higher level than you. Tanks are hard to come by, and DD's will sit for hours without a party, so they'll often take anything.

Edited, Feb 25th 2009 8:44pm by Illusitaru
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#6 Feb 25 2009 at 7:16 PM Rating: Decent
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#7 Feb 25 2009 at 9:20 PM Rating: Excellent
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its not that bad, try skilling up shield in before any pld update lol 04

Sure, but that doesn't mean skilling up doesn't suck. Any skilling up you can do in parties without really gimping yourself is skilling up thats well worth doing.
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Sure, but that doesn't mean skilling up doesn't suck. Any skilling up you can do in parties without really gimping yourself is skilling up thats well worth doing.


I love skilling up. I am just saying, its not hard to do especially now.
#9 Feb 26 2009 at 8:15 AM Rating: Good
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First time posting in the PLD forums, but this thread is relevant to my interests, plus I can also offer some feedback.

I'm currently 63 PLD, and I did a huge chunk of it (42-60) in East Ronfaure [S] Level Sync 37 parties. Although I already had sword skilled up to about 210 (leveled BLU, and also have 75 THF and skilled sword up a bit that way) my Shield skill is pretty gimped atm at 158 skill at Lv. 63, which makes Level Sync a real double-edged sword.

Couple ways that I can think of that would help raise shield skill...

1. Put in /seacom that you want a Level Sync party at Lv. XX+ (XX being a level slightly higher than your current shield skill) Unfortunately, in my experience thus far, despite my /seacom asking for an invite for a specific level range, I will get party invites from people higher level than my PLD wishing to Level Sync down to me, which really doesn't do anything for me. When this happens, I do this...

2. Spam Reprisal! When I have Reprisal up, I see my Shield block proc a lot, and I will get skill ups that way .3, .4, or .5 up at a time, although not very often. Another thing you can do to help increase your shield blocking proc rate is to equip as much AGI+ gear as you can without hurting your overall defensive stats. Just 2 Drone Earrings is enough to do the trick.

Hope this info helps you.
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#10 Feb 26 2009 at 11:52 AM Rating: Good
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Invest in a Buckler Earring. More blocks = more chance for skill. This is also a godly piece of gear considering the level you get it, and how long it can last.

Spam Reprisal, as has been said.

Never, take your AF boots off.

Find some EM mobs near a zone, and solo a bit. Spam reprisal, use sentinel, get mauled, zone repeat.

Level sync can really hurt a PLD, but it's not impossible to catch up.
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Invest in a Buckler Earring. More blocks = more chance for skill. This is also a godly piece of gear considering the level you get it, and how long it can last.

Spam Reprisal, as has been said.

Never, take your AF boots off.

Find some EM mobs near a zone, and solo a bit. Spam reprisal, use sentinel, get mauled, zone repeat.

Level sync can really hurt a PLD, but it's not impossible to catch up.


good call, back then we use to wear a lot of drone earrings and Haubergeon, lots of agi+, shield skill etc. Plus it helps skill up (Parry) which I think its very useful.
#12 Feb 26 2009 at 11:50 PM Rating: Good
I dunno if you want to level sync so that your shield skill falls way behind but you level faster only to have to go back and skill up shield later to be an effective pld wasting all that time you saved anyway, go for it! XD

For DD level sync is great as it is probably the only way the majority of them will get a pt anytime soon, but we are tanks.

In the time I put up my flag and make my search comment I usually have 1-3 invites to level sync parties. Then I put up my comment to sync to my level only and start getting my gear outta the mog house and equipped and I'll get a few more invites from people that didnt read my comment and I apologize and politely decline. I then punch my moogle in the face in frustration at the declining literacy rate in Van Diel. About this time I do a quick search to see if my perfect pt is lfg and if it is I invite the people, otherwise I run to the ah and put up a few things for sale and then I get my invite to a pt syncing down to me. Most time I have ever spent lfg on pld with my picky specifications is about 30 min. Sure as **** beats having to go back and skill up later and besides I put a lot of effort into my gear and i have no plans on gimping it in level sync >_>
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#13 Feb 27 2009 at 10:14 AM Rating: Excellent
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Sure as **** beats having to go back and skill up later and besides I put a lot of effort into my gear and i have no plans on gimping it in level sync >_>

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#14 Mar 01 2009 at 8:26 PM Rating: Good
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This thread needs more Diabolos.

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For DD level sync is great as it is probably the only way the majority of them will get a pt anytime soon, but we are tanks.
You really needn't (is that a word?) worry too much about declining lvl sync parties. Having just recently finished off PLD to 75 I can say that without a doubt you won't have much trouble getting into a group sync'd higher than your shield skill would justify. The only time PLD invites are supposed to slow down is in the late 60's to early 70's, which is when you would be best suited for taking sync parties lower than yourself. It's not that hard getting an imp party as a 70'something PLD.

And to repeat what others have already said; yes, stacking shield skill gear is very useful.
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#15 Mar 09 2009 at 4:08 PM Rating: Decent
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PLD has no reason to accept a level sync party, unless they are the sync. Tanks are few and far between these days, that any party should be syncing down to you. Gimping your shield just isn't worth the chance of picking up the quicker party.
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