level 75 Merits.
1st one (Chivilry)
Race Specific : stats to improve.
MP Merits 8/8 (useful if you have other mage jobs besides pld)
I went 8/8 MP because elvaan is starved for mp. if you were a taru pld.. maybe 8/8 HP might be more useful or if other jobs blue mage cannonball is based on maximum hp. hp builds have their place in some race specific builds. (shore up your weaknesses as needed)
Not bad advice, although with Chivalry/Devotion/Auto-Refresh/Ballad/Refresh/Parade Gorget/Ares's Cuirass (If you can get one), I don't find myself worrying about MP on my Elvaan so I went with 8/8HP. No fight has ever been lost because I didn't have MP, I can't say the same for HP.
Str ( benefits ws damage, not all that useful with elvaan high str)
Dex ( benefits critical hits and acc to some degree)
Int ( mage jobs not a pld point of interest)
Mnd ( elvaan have high mnd and really not of interest)
Agi ( ability for evasion and dodge)
Vit ( already good on vit at 75 this will not be all that useful)
that's why i pick Dex with plans of 5/5 Dex in future. ( i got 2 so far on this)
STR is actually the most useful stat for a non-mage class, it ups your fSTR.
Sword Merits definately at least 4.. more if pld and red mage mained. You seem like a warrior from your gear.. So maybe great axe merits with minor in sword.
might make more sense.
Parry, Shield, Evasion Merits
Mix of these.. remember if you can take parry merits it will raise your skill 2 pts and parry is the harder of the 3 to raise skill in. So even if you lower it later to take more shield merits your not going to ruin anything taking parry merits early.
Parry merits is a pretty horrible idea for a PLD, Shield merits will help out much more overall since Shield Mastery and Reprisal makes Shield tanking a viable means of damage reduction, whereas Parry is lacking in reliability.
Sword merits, you can't go wrong with.
Crit Hit rate 5/5
Enemy Crit Hit down 5/5
Enemity plus - is not a good thing to merit with mage jobs and dd jobs and your pld has plenty of + enemity gear and you are going to draw plenty of hate in campaign without adding more fuel to the fire.
Enemity minus - again is something a pld wont do. because if the mob starts beating on your dd's and killing the party.. its not a good thing..
Crit Hit + is the best option in this category. Beyond that, Enmity merits won't hurt your mages job if you know how the game mechanics (and enmity system) work. If you don't, check out: Kanicans Enmity Testing and Tables
BlueBerry Starter set.
Adamant Everything you can except feet. (sell 7 stacks of nebonites everyday and buy them pieces as you can afford them)
Koneig Shield ( gotta have it. fish and farm for this one)
Adaman is pretty crappy, especially compared to Iron Ram, which is free. (And Campaign is a good casual source of XP or Merit Points)
Machite +1 (sword.. This is a nice solid affordable hitting endgame sword.. This is a respectable sword. Unlike Durendel and misc cheaper alternatives)
Enpee Mensure - ( soloing sword. it delivers more damage when soloing hidden effect.)
Joyeuse ---> ( this is if you have a ls and help to get it)
Joyeuse is your best choice, and Charby isn't the horrible demon that he was years ago. He's very easy to duo with a NIN or THF and a RDM or WHM, and he isn't terribly hard for a PLD/RDM and RDM duo, assuming they're both skilled players. A good NIN/DNC can solo him.
Neck : wivre neck +1 or shield torque. (either of these will do nicely and both on ah in the 70-100k range)
Parade Gorget is a situational neckpiece the refresh only active in white hp. the 0 defense on neckpiece.. makes it a replace as soon as possible.
Wivre+1 is a ridiculous waste of money. Shield Torque when you're getting hit, Parade Gorget when you're not (Or not getting hit hard enough to cause you to constantly be below the latent), Harmonias Torque for Flash/Cures/JAs.
Rings - Raja's + your pick. I like unyielding for 7 pts defense and 6 pts to stats. (from ah gear standpoint.. the lvl 50 unyielding ring and garlous ring will yield you some decent stats for the gil.) Woodsman is Warrior Crap and ecphoria is situational imp xp partys ring) Patronus is decent replacement from campaign ops Ring ( gives you a defender ring in campaign)
Woodsman and Ecphoria are far superior to Unyielding or Garrulous. Base stats do nothing for you while you're just swinging away, compared to upping your hit rate a few %.
Hauby is pretty crappy too. It may be fine for a low level warrior 60-70 to run around in.. But the blueberry set will keep you alive in campaign until you can upgrade to better.
If by pretty crappy, you mean one of the best bodies PLD can use, then I agree. The Hauby+1 (And Hauby NQ only falls slightly behind) is THE best body piece a PLD can melee in. (Exceptions being Ares's if you need the Refresh or Homam for Excal PLDs). The minor defensive stat difference is nothing compared to the DD capability of large chunks of ACC/Attack, STR/DEX in one slot.
I think Iron Ham gear is just slightly worse then adamant. If you can't afford Adamant. This would be a sensible settling choice. there may be situations where iron ham gear may be better vs elemental magic..
Iron Ram is far superior to every piece of Adaman, offering large chunks of HP and Enmity for a starting PLD. Its excellent to macro into taking magic damage or using JAs. It's pretty horrible for elemental magic builds, unless you have insanely awesome resist pieces everywhere else, WHMs with a fully maxed Barspell set, and BRDs with HQ Crumhorn. (And even then, it's hard to hit enough resist using the full set to reliably resist anything endgame related)
Lamia Mantle +1 has its uses for +MDB sets.
Smidlion Mantle +1 is a cheap performer cape.
WarWolf is a great belt. Hiarchs Belt +mp belt is situational.
Lamia +1 is great for MDB sets.
Smilodon +1 is inferior to an NQ Amemet for DD capabilities. A large chunk of attack will do more for your melee damage than a few points of STR, especially on a job that gets no native attack boost. Edited, Sep 22nd 2009 6:17am by NCCoda