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#1 Apr 30 2012 at 1:30 PM Rating: Decent
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Hello,

I'm coming back to play FFXI, having not played since 2002 for some casual fun now that leveling is much easier. I had some questions about gearing for the GoV exp grind. Essentially, how important is keeping up with gear in these types of alliance page burns? And what is the stat prioritization like for lets say levels 20-65? I would assume that this has changed since you aren't fighting VT++ mobs in these groups.

Just looking at the AH, it's pretty slim pickings, even if I had unlimited funds. A quick scan of available scythes and I see 20 level gaps where there isn't a single scythe in the range for sale. I want to contribute to groups as much as possible, but if it is reasonable/standard to upgrade equipment every 15 levels or so until you get to 60 then that would be nice to know so I don't waste too much time farming and waiting for things to show up on the AH.

This is the only link i could find about DRK gearing, and its pretty old as you can see.

FYI In game i am Slowbro on Odin.

Thanks!

#2 Apr 30 2012 at 2:07 PM Rating: Good
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At this point in the game's life, if I were a new drk. I'd buy a fancy great axe every 10 or so levels (assuming one is cheaply available) and a set of pearl gear. After that, show up naked to every party until I'm able to use my pearl gear.

Since you're fighting match mobs with 18 people, you'll be lucky to get in 1-2 hits anyway, so I wouldn't bother with gear. If I was feeling particularly assertive, I might pull some event gear out of the storage npc.
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#3 Apr 30 2012 at 2:14 PM Rating: Decent
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xypin wrote:
At this point in the game's life, if I were a new drk. I'd buy a fancy great axe every 10 or so levels (assuming one is cheaply available) and a set of pearl gear. After that, show up naked to every party until I'm able to use my pearl gear.

Since you're fighting match mobs with 18 people, you'll be lucky to get in 1-2 hits anyway, so I wouldn't bother with gear. If I was feeling particularly assertive, I might pull some event gear out of the storage npc.


Exactly what I needed - Thanks!
#4 Apr 30 2012 at 3:12 PM Rating: Good
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hmmm...
While you're hardly gonna get much hits in, surely just going in for any old Scythe/Great Sword wouold be better so you don't lag TOO far behind in skillups. It's bad enough as it is trying to get any form of skillup fighting in a lvl synced pt against easy prey mobs.
#5 Apr 30 2012 at 3:36 PM Rating: Good
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In my experience, once you reach lv75/80, those minor skill ups you'd manage to see in a party will take you less than half an hour to earn solo. I chose Great Axe because shield break in a valuable weapon skill, but in the end, it hardly matters. Every so often, it would be a good idea to reskillup at least one weapon to use in parties. It doesn't have to be to cap, but reasonable enough to be used with accuracy food in a party.
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#6 May 01 2012 at 10:46 AM Rating: Good
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I would say use Great Axe until lvl 60 for scythe(Guillotine) and 65(Spinning Slash) using Shield Break during experience point parties and level up scythe/Greatsword on your free time to that point. And don't forget to start the Abyssea quest once at 30 so your stones can accumulate while you get to 75 and do most of the Limit break quests. Also, there are a few staples levels where the gear gets interesting like 30, 40, 45 for some +2 equip on nation bonuses and 57-60 range ;)
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