I was thinking about possibly playing PLD again when I get some free time soon, but I have a few questions.
#1, Is Joyeuse still the best "all around" sword? If not and if there is better, what has replaced it? Just curious what I need in the sword department. Furthermore, are there any new weapon skills I need to get past atonement?
Joyeuse is fine. Personally I use Organics + Joyeuse DW for exp'ing (Joyeuse + shield when 'tanking'), but that's hardly the bleeding edge of PLD DD. Almace is the 'it' sword of the moment, I would think, for those willing to put in the time and effort.
Atonement is directly nerfed in Abyssea it seems, and indirectly nerfed everywhere (including--and especially in--Abyssea) due to DDs ability to hit harder with the level increase. It is worthwhile to have an Sanguine Blade build for at least Abyssea, and I'm (warily) eyeing Chant du Cygne.
#2, What about shields? Is Koenig/Terror shields gimp now? If so, what has replaced them?
Those are fine, but personally I use Seigneur Shield as my size 3, and Simba Buckler as my size 1.
#3, Any specific gear I would want to really pick up since level 76+?
I'd start here: http://www.ffxiah.com/search/item?q=Creed
#4, I keep hearing some people say PLD is worthless now, however I've taken that with a grain of salt. Why are they saying it? And is PLD/RDM still good at solo and low man work?
MNKs with their much higher HP are just as easy (if not more so) to keep alive, especially in Abyssea with HP Atma.
Just about all well geared DDs can generate enmity faster than PLDs (and, yes, it's almost easy for them to do that with auto-attack alone in Abyssea with the Atmas--see a trend?) these days. So, if the better damage mitigation from the shield isn't needed (because healers can pump out more cure now) while we can't compete on enmity output, and we're not as good as MNKs are at not getting one-shotted, all we are left with is the ability to Cure.
And, if that curing output not what the alliance needs, then we became excess baggage. The days of true tanks are gone, and PLD has been demoted to a hybrid DD-backup-healer job. (Slight exaggeration, but I think the points are valid.)
I've never used PLD/RDM much, so I'll leave that to others. I would note that Phalanx is now a native spell, while Refresh is accessible from PLD82/RDM41 and up. Ying and yang, etc. Is there anything PLD/RDM can solo/small-group better than NIN/DNC or DNC/NIN? Edited, Dec 7th 2010 5:59pm by IfritnoItazura