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#1 Dec 04 2008 at 5:51 AM Rating: Decent
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Extremely unlikely unless you're spending way too much for it?

Here's a reasonable stoneskin equip setup for a 75 BRD, nothing too crazy:

Chanter's Staff = 6
Bugard Strap +1 = 1
Zenith Crown = 3
Promise Badge = 5
Geist Earring x2 = 2
Errant Houppelande = 10
Devotee's Mitts = 5
Sapphire Ring x2 = 8
Rainbow Cape = 3
Penitent's Rope = 5
Errant Slops = 7
Suzaku's Sune-Ate = 15

As a Mithra I'll have like 63-65 MND at 75 (which is a guess) and the above totals out to +70. With WHM level 37 enhancing at 105, and 135 MND (best case) my SS will cap out at 320, which is respectable but still unfortunate. Am I missing something or is this the best I can do on a reasonable budget?
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#2 Dec 04 2008 at 8:37 AM Rating: Decent
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Yigit head has MND+4, one more than zenit (NQ).

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#3 Dec 04 2008 at 8:56 AM Rating: Good
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As a Mithra I'll have like 63-65 MND at 75 (which is a guess)


64 as /WHM, not a guess >.>

If you happen to get a Muse Tariqah, that + a Misericorde is 9-10 MND, depending on NQ or HQ dagger, which would edge out the Chanters + grip (though you could use a Raptor Strap +1 for +2 MND there instead of +1, making it closer).

'course, if you're not casting under tremendous time pressure, you can also give yourself MND Etude(s).
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#4 Dec 04 2008 at 10:39 AM Rating: Good
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Couple things:

Weapon - Pride Staff (+7)

This is easier for me to justify personally because I don't own a Chanter's.

Head - Choral Roundlet +1 (+6)

If you've finished upgrading the important AF+1 pieces, this one is a worth candidate for the MND +6. Also, Goliard Chapeau (MND +5) isn't as difficult to get these days so that might also be an option.

Legs - Bard's Cannions (+8)

Yeah, it's a Xarc drop but there's a decent chance that this piece won't be highly contested.

Ring - Tamas Ring (+5)

Tamas is a nice free ring if you haven't picked something else.

Back - Aslan Cape (+5)

A lot of people who do Einherjar regularly find themselves sitting on sizable amounts of ampoules, since it's relatively easy to get the must-have items quickly. So this item might be an option for you.

This is all I can think of at the moment. Making a good stoneskin build makes a huge difference and I kick myself for not making one sooner.
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#5 Dec 04 2008 at 12:49 PM Rating: Good
Isiolia wrote:
If you happen to get a Muse Tariqah


Muse tariqah RaEx
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DEF: 15 MND +7 CHR +7
Spell interruption rate down 10%
Lv. 74 WAR / WHM / RDM / THF / PLD / BST /
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Bards can't use that shield (we're stuck with the level 30 shields, an Elegant Shield, or Genbu's Shield as our only options)- which is why pretty much every Stoneskin build you'll see uses Water Staff/Pride Staff/Chanter's Staff. :<
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#6 Dec 04 2008 at 12:53 PM Rating: Default
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i have a 365 ss build, not quite capped, but pretty close.

i use:

Neptune's Staff
Bugard Strap +1
Zenith Crown
Errant Houppelande
Devotee's Mitts +1
Mahatma Slops
Suzaku's Sune-ate
Stone Gorget
Prism Cape
Penitent's Rope
Tamas Ring
Sapphire Ring
Communion Earring +1

that gives me 72+68 mnd (elvaan), and 30 from stone gorget. i probably should get raptor+1 atleast, but idk where i'd put it x.x;
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#7 Dec 04 2008 at 1:32 PM Rating: Decent
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Bards can't use that shield (we're stuck with the level 30 shields, an Elegant Shield, or Genbu's Shield as our only options)- which is why pretty much every Stoneskin build you'll see uses Water Staff/Pride Staff/Chanter's Staff. :<


Gah, I looked around for -something- to use in main slot figuring that it was a given. Ah well, good catch >.>;
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#8 Dec 04 2008 at 1:51 PM Rating: Good
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i have a 365 ss build, not quite capped, but pretty close.


Pretty **** impressive I'd say; most bards don't reach stoneskin cap, let alone break it with a stone gorget.

A mere 15 Hp off the cap with a stone gorget too, quite impressive.

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#9 Dec 04 2008 at 4:32 PM Rating: Good
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Etain, Star Breaker wrote:
Isiolia wrote:
If you happen to get a Muse Tariqah


Muse tariqah RaEx
All Races
DEF: 15 MND +7 CHR +7
Spell interruption rate down 10%
Lv. 74 WAR / WHM / RDM / THF / PLD / BST /
SAM



Bards can't use that shield (we're stuck with the level 30 shields, an Elegant Shield, or Genbu's Shield as our only options)- which is why pretty much every Stoneskin build you'll see uses Water Staff/Pride Staff/Chanter's Staff. :<


Yes, I wish we had a wider selection of shields - I know most BRD never use them but some of us have builds where they would help a lot.

Muse would be very nice for BRD, in addition to being great in some situations for BST (Primal Rend build as /RDM springs to mind).
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#10 Dec 04 2008 at 5:13 PM Rating: Default
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Teiei wrote:
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i have a 365 ss build, not quite capped, but pretty close.


Pretty **** impressive I'd say; most bards don't reach stoneskin cap, let alone break it with a stone gorget.

A mere 15 Hp off the cap with a stone gorget too, quite impressive.

considering i just got lvl 75 an hour or two ago, i suppose it's not too bad, lol. tbh the only thing i actually got for brd though was zhead, i already had the rest from rdm/nin.

once i get a bit more money i can cap it off with a second communion earring, aqua ring, and pride staff, but i'm happy with 365 for now.
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