Please, don't get me wrong, I have every intention on gearing up my BRD properly. I just don't see the point in gearing it up to be the best level 42 BRD, then 1 xp pt later, having to gear it up to be the best 60 BRD. When we fly through the levels so quickly, it puts a toll on the pocket book and I don't have the millions of gil that everyone else seems to have. (I blame my crazed addiction to crafting and the fact that I have leveled almost all scroll jobs that have cost me a pretty penny).
That's the thing, you could be Lv.70 by the time I'm replying to this. A year or two ago I would have been a lot more defined on the "must-haves".
Now it's a matter of "what can I get by with until 80+?". For instance, I would typically advocate getting a Gaudy Harness until you could equip Minstrel's Coat, but unless you have them tucked away already it's hardly worth the time spent farming them for the time you'll use them. Even die-hard BRDs would have trouble justifying that (sadly). So I guess here's my list of must-haves, for the Abyssified FFXI of today:
•Elemental Staffs will still be your bread and butter for weapons. Get a Quire Grip when you can.
•AF3+2 is tops, all of it.
•AF1 will get you by for a while. If you do Limbus at all, +1 pants/gloves are unbeatable until AF3.
•Get a Musical Earring and pair it with a Singing or Wind Earring (Melody +1 if you can't afford either, Aoidos' Earring if you can get one).
•Wind Torque or Piper's Torque
•CHR rings until Trumpet/Nereid Rings
•Jester's Cape +1 until Birdman Cape (easy to get now)
•Corsette +1 -> Gleeman's Belt -> Aristo's Belt
The craziest of the crazies macro in -song casting gear at the start of the song, and switch to +skill or -recast before it finishes. Whether your playstyle requires that extra effort is up to you.
Also, make liberal use of Pianissimo when fighting NMs with nasty AoEs. It's frustrating when I'm tanking and I see BRDs take damage they don't need to by running unto AoE range, especially if I'm solo tanking.
Oh and 1 last piece of advice- remember that songs overwrite based on time remaining (2 minute base for all songs, modified by +instruments and other gear). If you're keeping busy and giving people specific songs they need, knowing what order to sing songs and when will make your life much easier. Edited, Jul 21st 2011 2:21pm by Prim