Emp Hairpin & Leaping Boots != luxury items for a THF. They last him all the way to 75, and are required at one point or another. Somah was simply saying the earlier you get these pieces, the better off you will be, and by opting to use food in lieu of (as opposed to using BOTH), you're deluding yourself.
The fact that you say NIN need this item at 30 and yet THF doesn't just makes me confused. Are you saying NIN are EXPECTED to dump boatloads of gil into their job and other jobs AREN'T?
/baffle Going with your logic, I would be forced to say that the THF should be the one who HAS to have these items, as the already expensive cost of NIN would be busting his balls.
Whatever, though, I don't look for Emp Hairpin or Leaping Boots on a THF when I go to invite him, it just shows to me that a player with those items is taking the time to make their character the best they can be when they do have these items.
Thanks for at least being civil about it, nothing frustrates me more than people who call me an idiot and didn't even take the time to read my entire post or understand it.
My reasoning behind NIN's having Emp Hairpin is this: Becoming a Ninja, you already know your going to be spending the kind of money you need to spend. NIN/WAR who are planning to blink tank must have this item as NIN's aren't as good at taking damage as a Warrior or Paladin. Not only will your shadows last longer (because the Monster wills straight up miss instead of taking one of your shadows), it will also give you a bitter better chance of evading an attack while your reappling your Utsusemi (trust me, A LOT of people don't understand the back-up voke and re-apply rule). In order to effectively blink tank, you MUST have as much +Evasion as possible. If you don't have any Evasion, your only a good blink tank for the Monsters first 5 or 6 swings (reapplying before you last shadow is absorbed so as to not be interupted).
Emp Hairpin is a GREAT headpiece for a THF, but THF is a starting job and could easily be that persons only job up to that level. Not everyone has the money to buy one, and with the way NMs have been lately, near impossible to camp them yourself.
I do agree, that having a thief with Leaping Boots and Emp Hairpin does increase the chance that they know what they are doing, but it could be a kid who just bought their gil online, or figured out how to use a fishbot (which is an entirely different story). There are alternatives out there for Thf at level 30 (which is what this entire thread was started on). Personally, if I didn't already own an Emp Hairpin, I'd use a Mercenary Captain's Headgear (10 def, 1dex, 1str).
So, just to re-establish my view on it, I truely do believe that Emp Hairpin and Leaping Boots are Luxery items for most players. Yes, once they reach a certain level, they should farm enough to buy it, or camp the NM for the drop. But for them to not be classified as Luxery means that everyone should have them (which is not the case, everyone past a certain level should have them, making them a luxery up to a point).
I agree that these items are the best and should be purchased or obtained by any one who would benefit from them if they are in their 50's, but at level 30, it's almost asking too much for someone to MUST have something that is that expensive. Going by that philosophy, you should expect everyone you PT with to eat only Chiefkabobs/Pie +1/Witchkabobs/Steamed Crabs. Even into the 40's i'm still excited when I see that my PT is actually using food (even if it is just the regular versions). Hell, when I pop a Melon/Pumpkin Pie +1, I usually get a /tell saying "???>> Dang dude, are you rich or something?" or "???>> How much do those cost?".
By the logic that you must have the best equipment all the time no matter what, then everyone should be eating the most expensive food they can, because even though Mithkabobs add +5 str and extras, Chiefkabobs add +6 str and even better extras. Chiefkabobs are a luxery at lower levels.
And please don't bring up HNM LS's that's the definition of Luxery. lol