Simply getting rid of the target requirements alone, or even the elements would suffice for lower levels.
Nothing like "Fire Elemental Attack Vs. Lizards +3"
We would just have "Fire Elemental Attack +3", or even "MAB +3".
The shape of the evoliths is fine. It would just mean that not every single piece can go anywhere. The size is probably best if that's tossed too.
Having Attack+5 at such an early level is a godsend. Having it only be applicable against a certain target or if it's a specific element is nonsense. They only did that because they feared it would be too strong (And for some reason abyssea was fine), and they ruined it. The random aspect alone would be enough to overcome overpowering situations.
Just look at some of the gems on the Evolith system. There's WS:TP Bonus, Double Attack, Triple Attack, casting time reductions, recast reductions, attack, accuracy, evasion, defense, elemental damage added effects and even things such as Lowering Defense added effects.
The system would be absolutely perfect if it wasnt for those silly requirements.
I mean, who would possibly use "During fire Weather: Fire element WS: TP Bonus+10 Vs. Plantoids".
There's 38 diffirent Evoliths, 5 diffirent shapes, 8 diffirent sizes, 8 diffirent elements, and then there's the strength of the augment itself. (i.e. Accuracy+ 1~27)
That's 1 in 12160 to get the augment you were after. And depending on the strength of it, 1 in 328320 to get Accuracy+27. Which wouldnt even help you much since it's only active against a certain target and during certain circumstances... It gets worse when you think of that it NEEDS to match an exact piece of armor or a weapon with the exact right slots to be able to equip it (like one or two can hold acc above size 6, and they're level <75 and weak). Or that you basicly need to HQ3 synergy on it to get a decent slot etched into the weapon.
Sure, elements and shapes target specific augments, and ofcourse size is tied to the potency of the augment itself, but that's besides the point. The point is that you have to basicly win the lottery in order to get a semi-decent augment you most likely wouldnt have use for unless you found yourself in that specific situation at that time. And only if you equipped it to your equipment in advance.
It's too much work to be worth it right now. Wipe all requirements, perhaps short of the shape, and they're good for lowbie levels.
Edited, Jun 28th 2012 9:51am by KojiroSoma