Being only a PLD66 myself... why simba buckler?
Good question. Rilly said:
The -2 enmity on Simba Buckler apparently is a typo. It's actually +2 enmity.
Which while this is true, that's not reason enough alone to use a Simba Buckler over a Koenig Shield
or a Terror Shield
, just a small perk.
This shield is going to shine for two subjobs: NIN and RDM. I use a NIN sub on 95% of the things I do on PLD. When my shadows are up, it doesn't matter how often my shield blocks or how much damage it reduces because my shadows worry about hits I take. When multi-attacks, TP attacks, or spells strip my shadows before timers are ready, my primary concern is getting them back up. Even with all the Fast Cast available to a Paladin, Utsusemi: Ichi is a slow spell to cast.
My answer to this is using the smallest shield I can to get the highest natural block rate I can. As you can see in my previous post, I have the Gold Buckler
as my current PLD/NIN shield of choice. This is because it is a size 1 shield, granting it the highest natural block rate. I have been using this shield since mid-summer and against such enemies as sky gods, sea gods, Limbus bosses, and KSNMs, I have grown accustomed to its reliability.
Swapping in a supplemental shield skill gear set
, with Reprisal up more than half the time, I can far more reliably block incoming attacks (and TP attacks), so Shield Mastery does the work of making sure my Utsusemi: Ichi cast isn't interrupted.
I made this change about the time I realized that whenever my shadows are down (not every Paladin always has double bards, a fully enfeebled mob, and a phalanx of stunners at his disposal), my first thought is always "I must get my shadows back up," and never damage mitigation via shield block. In cases where shadows drop and my Ichi is interrupted, I am realistically looking at taking a second and third swing before I can get any shadows, whether Ichi or Ni, back up due to the post-casting compulsory wait time.
To further give fuel to the Simba Buckler fire, a quick glance over at wiki
shows that the only PLD-equippable shields with more defense are the stage four and finished versions of the Aegis. Data in this thread
indicate that shield defense is a static boost to the damage reduced on a shield block, closing the gap between a larger shield's damage reduction and the Simba Buckler (and this is also the main reason why /RDM or Phalanx II situations merit smaller shields with high defense as well).
The Koenig Shield, and other size 3 shields, came into vogue when PLD/WAR was still the big thing and testing indicated that between block rate and damage reduction, size 3 shields reliably reduced the most damage. At that time, most of us assumed that idling in +enmity gear helped maintain hate, long before our current model of enmity
was theorized and thoroughly tested by Kaeko and Ashira of Odin (with the assistance of others). I encourage any 75 Paladin to pick up a smaller shield when using /NIN or /RDM and give it a try, but don't neglect your fast cast and shield skill gear!