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#1 Dec 18 2008 at 12:15 PM Rating: Decent
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I've just started working, and discovered lots of free time today: Been absent from game for around 6 months, and lost track of what I was doing with bard. As per usual, several new additions and changes while I was away, so not entirely certain how valid everything I was doing still is.

So, here's what I do/remember was working on - and if constant players can point out what comes next where I've forgotten, that'd be great.

Gear in brackets is what I remember I was saving/working towards. Is there anything out there I'm missing/forgotten/new

/WHM MP build (Generally when in a dedicated event party, eg blm, tank, dd etc)

Full time:

Zenith Crown
Star Necklace
Musical Earring
Loquacious Earring
Kirin's Osode
Sha'ir Gages (Zenith Mitts)
Serket Ring
Ether Ring
Astute Cape
Gleeman's Belt (Forest Rope)
Zenith Slacks (Bard's Cannions)
Rostrum Pumps

Terras/Apollos staves and Earth grip (Light grip) macroed into casts.

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/NIN Merit build (fastest casts/recasts possbile)

Full time:

Bugard Strap +1
Walhara Turban
Wind Torque
Musical Earring
Sha'ir Gages (+1)
Bomb Queen Ring
Astute Cape
Gleeman's Belt (Swift Belt)
Rostrum Pumps

Before casting:

Loquacious Earring
Yigit Gomlek
Minstrel's Ring
Byakko's Haidate
(Dusk Gloves)

Before songs go off:

Singing Earring
Kirin's Osode
Nereid Ring (Balrahn's Ring)
Choral Cannions (+1)

To drop HP for minstrels latent when cured too much:

Earth Grip
Zenith Crown
Star Necklace
Serket Ring
Ether Ring
Zenith Slacks

Terras/Apollos staves macroed into casts.

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Skill build (when every ounce of buff and chance of debuff is needed)

Bard's Roundlet
Wind Torque
Singing Earring
Musical Earring
Kirin's Osode (Minstrels Coat)
Choral Cuffs (+1)
Nereid Ring (Balrahn's Ring)
Nereid Ring
Astute Cape
Gleeman's Belt
Choral Cannions (+1)
Rostrum Pumps (Goliard Clogs)

Once again, Terras/Apollos and Earth (Light) grips macroed in.

Lastly, I'm working on my sea obis for when paired with a scholar or the days happen to coincide.


Ok, that's all I can think of at the moment - appreciate any suggestions on better options I'm being dumb and not seeing when I go through the gear lists.

- Orangeroic, Diabolos

Edited, Dec 18th 2008 8:18pm by orangeroico
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#2 Dec 18 2008 at 1:59 PM Rating: Good
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Check my sig. I'm also on diabolos, so if you have other questions I can probably help.
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#3 Dec 18 2008 at 2:57 PM Rating: Good
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For your BRD/WHM in events, I am hesitent to agree with all of your HP ~> MP gear. We aren't WHMs, who sits out of AoE ranges. Since we often have to get into the thick of things to reapply buffs, I've usually avoided hits to my survivability. I too am an Elvaan BRD, but all the gear you've listed takes your HP down a decent chunk.

I agree with upgrading your Zenith slacks to BRD AF2, but I would keep Walmart turban over Zenith. Also, don't trade all your Skill gear, depending on party. Obviously you only need one BRD debuffer in the alliance, but extra Skill never hurts for March.
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#4 Dec 18 2008 at 4:53 PM Rating: Good
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I get what you're saying. With all that on, I have approx 970 HP + Stoneskin. I have found that generally such activities like Dynamis, Sky, PopNMs etc I do fine and go down only when it'd be taking out a lot of people anyway (Astral Flows , Mijin Gakures etc) Definately more of a problem for things such as Early Bird or Horns where such attacks can be much more frequent.

I tend to use all 480ish MP that current gear gives me a few times per event (and wish I had a bit more) either releiving whms etc from having to watch the blm party HP, or getting a few extra cures out on drks on a rampage etc, keeping that extra bit of small amount of hate off the main healers.

Also that mp comes in handy when there's alot of adds and I'm sleep kiting a variety of things all at once. Stoneskin often goes down anyway, and I was running out of MP and dying when I had only around 220ish mp.

I'll definately be trying out mixtures of MP and skill gear in future runs of KS99's etc (died 11 times last set of orbs lol), but generally, I do like to be able to throw out Curaga II's and Normal Cures at will one after the other tho.

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