what's a few points of STR going to do for a 1h weapon on a VT-IT bird anyway.
Umm, what? STR influences 1-handers more than any other job, due to the lower base damage of 1-handed weapons. Sure, STR has bigger attack increases for 2-handers, but fSTR alone makes up for this. Considering Haubergeon has 5 STR on it, you're guaranteed to get at LEAST one base damage increase by wearing it with a 25% chance of getting two. Note that fSTR isn't affected by level correction - only pDIF is. As such, the haubergeon is the single most important piece of equipment a PLD can wear when fighting in an XP party. It has everything a PLD needs to effectively melee - STR increases for both Attack and fSTR, Dex for accuracy and lolCritIncrease, which will be rare for a PLD in XP
, Attack to raise pDIF, and Accuracy to actually hit the target. IT's really aren't that far out of range for a PLD, especially if you're taking the typical IT-- routes.
The gains that full-timing Vermy gives you really aren't as significant as the gains given by Haubergeon. I'd also strongly recommend that if you don't have a refresher to invest in juices. Besides, in a few months, not having a
RDM will be more of a moot point. SCH's, particularly, are going to make out like bandits when they can finally /RDM41 and higher. It'll be even better if Refresh isn't affected in the slightest - i.e., /RDM still gets full returns on Refresh. Edited, May 14th 2010 11:50am by Dracoth