Grats on the drop. Quick question though: I'm looking to start trioing this NM myself but from your experience do you think it would be better to have 2 THFs tanking or 1 THF and 1 DNC? Both of my jobs have pretty much the same eva gear, but was wondering if the extra evasion of THF would outweigh the security of DNC (cures, erase, etc).
Megantereon is an ideal thief tank mob. Last night I killed him with a group of 6 but he can be done with less. Setup was bard, red mage, monk/thf, puppetmaster, blue mage, and myself. The puppetmaster was using the mage frame and the nukes were kicking Megantereon's ass, but aside from that normal melee is almost impossible. The monk was /thf but Megantereon spams amnesia and he's programmed to do it three times in a row. He also has a potent paralysis aura. We had the red mage on enfeebles and buff mode (paralyzing and slowing Megantereon is a HUGE deal because he triple attacks and swings fast) and the bard elegied him. Furthermore I was given barparalyze and barblizzard along with haste and double Mambo. The blue mage was also giving me feather barrier for even more insane evasion. These were my tanking buffs and I was often able to go ichi --> ichi --> ichi without needing NI like this. Once I got hate established the monk went in and began pummeling Megantereon and since we were amnesia'd most of the time his DoT did pretty well. I paid close attention to the chat log and the instant amnesia wore I'd fire off evisceration and since I usually had 200 tp (or more) by this time they were averaging 650-900 damage each. As soon as my evisceration was out I immediately collaboratered the monk and swapped to evasion gear. I still got blocked by amnesia after evisceration and before collaberator twice, but it was a good routine. That was the time I was most likely to NEED NI for tanking because when I swapped to my evisc set I lost shadows easier. Gargantuan Black Tiger fangs drop like candy, and we got tumblers trunks a good 75-80% of the time (the drop rate on these is INSANELY high). I only sapped to TK/aa at the final 5-10% hp and used my Thunder Kila/Flame Dakini for the rest of the fight.
Important notes: Megantereon has one extremely
dangerous trick. His amnesia isn't a big deal but his melee strikes have about an 80% chance of procing EN-DOOM. If you get hit by him even once you're probably gonna be doomed, and curing it can take a good 5-6 holy waters or cursena's if they even work at all. The doom CAN be removed but it's extremely powerful and hard to do. I got unlucky once where he landed 4 connecting strikes in a row and endoom killed me (random number generator is random with 80% evasion cap and etc etc). With me down the others crumpled in seconds. You do NOT want to get hit under any circumstances. THAT'S his greatest threat. Oh yeah, the bard and red mage were both /whm and spammed paralyna on me as needed for my shadow recasting for this reason. It helps!!
My evasion tanking set is pretty standard, but it was effective.
Thunder Kila, Flame Dakini, Ziska's and bolts (acid and blind are nice if they land.)
Optical hat, Ritter Gorget, Elusive Earring, Elusive Earring
Aurora Doublet, War Gloves +1, Jelly Ring, rajas Ring
Boxer's Mantle, Scouter's Rope, Homam Cosciales, Aurore Gaiters
I ate Marinara Pizza +1 because his evasion and defense are both pretty high. Heck, even the normal tigers that checked IT were giving me a normal defense check when I was using curry and didn't check low defense until I procced an acid bolt (proc rate is about 40-45% because they're so high level). I added the aurore doublet into my eva set in place of scorpion harness +1 (obvious upgrade) and I'd much rather aurore gaiters over dance shoes +1 for the haste. I prefer Homam Cosciales because fast cast + haste >>> evasion pants if I'm tanking for a group. It was a fun battle and I got to be the star of the show. I enjoyed the tigers and we got a good 10 or so tumblers trunks in two nights. Good stuff. Edited, Aug 1st 2010 1:26pm by Melphina