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Returning BRD, 75+ Gear for EXP?Follow

#1 Dec 14 2010 at 2:08 AM Rating: Decent
I'm returning after about an 8 month break from the game (yes, another thread about a returning player), and I want to get back into BRD. I just had a few questions.

The main thing I'm worried about is gear. I don't really have any uber rare/ex equipment right now (just my old old regular AF). Mainly, I wanted to get back into exp'ing, and then work towards getting the more hard-to-get gear after reaching 90. What's the standard gear and gearsets these days for BRD in exp? I know it's all abyssea now 75+, so I just didn't know if AF and gear from the AH (sha'ir? demon helm?) would cut it anymore, at least til 90 and I can start working on the new r/e gear.

Also, I know there's a thread about it and I did read through it, but I just wanted to get a definite answer on BRD pulling in abyssea. Is pulling expected these days in abyssea like it was for the old merit pts on birds, etc.? I did a /sea on brds today, and basically all of them are /whm now. Do we just play our songs and backup cure now, like the old days? Or do we pull with /whm now instead of /nin? If we're expected to pull, that is.

Thanks for your time!
#2 Dec 14 2010 at 6:00 AM Rating: Good
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For EXP? What you have is fine - if you dont have an Apollo's Staff I would suggest that as well, they have fallen in price.

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#3 Dec 14 2010 at 6:40 AM Rating: Good
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Bard aren't expected to main pull in most Abyssea alliances (people have wised up), but I'll usually offer to backup pull if the main pullers need a break. (Right now, there are plenty enough THF 85s desperate to get to 90 to main pull to make bard pulling a very rare sight.)

More likely, you'll be given a party of 5 melee and expected to main heal them.
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#4 Dec 14 2010 at 5:21 PM Rating: Decent
Great info! Thanks! :)
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