OK. There are always plenty of Bard Maat help request, so I though that maybe doing one official would be great.
*This post will be updated when new informations will be given*
As a bard, you probably realized that our soloing capabilities are very weak: our power is to buff others, not ourselves, so Maat is not necessarly a walk in the park, especially for my fellow taru friends.
Please note that this is coming from my personal experience, also coming from multiple posts I have researched to know different methods, from multiple forums.
Always keep in mind that Maat often needs a bit of luck, you have a lot less chances to beat him if he gives you 2 Asuran fist in a row, than if he uses 1 back hand blow and 1 Combo 1 minute later.
Rare are the Bards that beats Maat with only AF, so here are a couple of combos of gears that can work.
Defense gear worked for me, not only I won it with this setup, but it was also the one that got me the most far in this battle.
Usual Defense Setup:
Head, body and hands. This is a really nice set, since it has already good defense, it has a latent effect of the same base defense (so it's own defense x2) and some more attack.
Earth Mantle is quite good. I personally used af legs/feet, because when you check it, you realize the defense on it is quite adequate.
I also personally used the Minstrel Earring (I think it's this one?) with -30% damage taken.
Carapce latent effect kicks in at 50%, 25% and 15% health (thank you BadCubby) but this armor still have very high defense, even without the Latent effect.
Use Defense food:
I know of boiled/steamed crab being good, but I use Scalops Tropicale, which I've been told are better for defense. As tarutaru, with this setup (and all the best VIT/def I could find, that I didn't mention) I had a nice bunch of defense.
With this setup, try to keep your 2 Paeon on you, use high pots as soon as you can: you don't want him to blow you up at 50 hp, panic and use the wrong item, or eat a crit.
I have tried this setup twice, but it did not work for me. Don't take that in consideration though, I know a lot of bards that won it with this setup.
This is will work a lot better if your evasion is capped, obviously.
Try to get a Scorpion Harness (even +1 if you can)
Evasion Torque, maybe you can borrow all these from a NIN friend.
All the eva gear you can have.
Melody earrings (or +1) are great considering the 10 (or +12) Evasion SKILL they give you when you have songs up.
Use double mambos with this setup, and also use your high potions, same as with Defense setup.
You can also use double Paeon for this, this method did not work for me, so I am taking the advices of those who did :)
Ok, there is no *magical* way to win this fight, but a lot of tips can help
-be prepared; don't underestimate this old man, and RELAX
-having your weapon skill over 175 (200 if possible) of dag or sword will help you a lot considering that our melee skill is already weak
-get regen food, and REFRESH food, yeah I know we don't need mp, but think about this: the more things he CAN dispel, the less chances he has to dispel the important things
-my personal tip: go in, use sleep pots (with opo necklace) get tp to 100 (not higher, you won't have enough time), find a skillchain you can do with yourself, when you enter the battlefield, do your first WS, use an Icarus Wings, do your second one to sc, try to give him the right threnody before doing it.
-a lot of people seemed to sleep to 200tp, and use Icarus wing to 300; I never tried it myself, but you can still try.
-2 hour at the begining, you want to have the double effect of your songs as long as you can.
-Finale > Requiem > Elegy > Thenody. With 24 seconds recast, you want to recast it ASAP, and most likely, when you debuff him he will probably re-buff, so less damage done to you.
-Bring more high potions than you think you will need; better safe than sorry
-Always always always keep your hp as high as possible.
-Be sure to re-ssing all your songs before 2 hour goes down
-+1 instruments are a must
-make a macro bar only for this fight, having your normal macros can make you do a lot of mistakes, and you don't want to wait for your casting to be interrupted when your 2 hour is about to wear off ;)
-Don't forget to re-use Elegy and Requiem 2 hour wears off; Elegy slow him very much, especially with 2 hour, and Requiem 6 seems a little bit, but it is very important considering it's 12 hp/3 sec, which is a very good DoT for the time of the fight.
-Use a blink band before the fight, a couple of shadows can always help, IMO though, don't try to re-use it:
*first, you will probably get interrupted, since it is a long item to use
*second, I think that 3 shadows aren't worth that time where you could swing a couple of hits
-Sub BLM in case of loss, you will appreciate to be able to warp yourself
I would recommend you to use weapons with stats, I myself used Stun knife once and Tripple dagger (I think?) which has triple attack +1% and is not that expensive.
I would tell you though, to not use a silence dagger. Some people will say that it's good to Silence him, since he will not Finale you, but IMO, you are better to be smart and Finale him every 24 seconds (which he does not do to you) and let him rebuff each time (that's 2-4 hits). Plus, if you use tons of items, like I said earlier, the chances the good buffs gets Dispeled are lower. But that's all to your own discretion.
Keep in mind that it's not an easy fight, but it's doable. Don't abandon too fast, we almost all though about it, Good luck to our fellow Bards !
NOTE: please post your methods if I missed some, I will try to edit it later.
Multiple links concerning Maat:
Edited, Thu Dec 15 22:21:42 2005 by Kaolian
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