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#1 Nov 16 2009 at 11:20 PM Rating: Good
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This update brought in like 4 new mid-high level earring and ring sets. These sets may or may not be of interest to you, depending on what other jobs you might have or access to equipment you might have, but just to list (all are r/ex):


- Altdorf's Earring and Wilhelm's Earring:
Level 60 all jobs
Total set bonus: Ranged acc+1 Ranged att+1 AGI+8

Probably not as interesting to most blus as it would be to rng/cor, but interesting.


- Helenus's Earring and Cassandra's Earring:
Level 60 all jobs
Total set bonus: HP+5 MP+5 Magic acc+5 Magic attack bonus+5

Very nice set... and one I am very interested in. I only have moldavite's for magical stuff, myself, and a 5m.acc earring to complement it is wonderful.
Lots of rdm and blm interest in these... very camped atm.


- Kusha's Ring and Lava's Ring:
Level 55 all jobs
Total set bonus: All elemental resist+5 Def+6 Acc+12 Att+6

I have read a lot of debate on these for whether they are worth getting or not. I think it also comes down to what jobs you may use them on, and at what level, as well as your alternatives. If someone could go over the pros and cons of this set vs something like Rajas and another ring for both DW jobs and 2h jobs, I would appreciate the read.


- Nasatya's Ring and Dasra's Ring:
Level 55 all jobs
Total set bonus: Phys. damage taken-1% Mag. damage taken-1% HP+50 MP+50

Who this one benefits is up for debate, and it may or may not be of interest to you and your job... but at that level, it's not too shabby.


All of these 4 sets are pretty much the same in the fact that their worth will totally depend on the player, but they are nice to be aware of. The NMs for them are soloable by blu75 easily, but they are seriously pains to get ahold of. Just one drop, even with TH3, took me 12 kills.
The drop rates are very low, and the interest is very high, so people are stacking up on these things at the moment, which is kind of frustrating. Are they worth it for you? Possibly.

I would like to see some opinions on the Kusha/Lava set (melee rings), because I have been seeing some strange debates on them.


Edited, Nov 16th 2009 9:23pm by AmanoJ
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#2 Nov 17 2009 at 4:53 AM Rating: Excellent
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AmanoJ wrote:
- Kusha's Ring and Lava's Ring:
Level 55 all jobs
Total set bonus: All elemental resist+5 Def+6 Acc+12 Att+6

I have read a lot of debate on these for whether they are worth getting or not. I think it also comes down to what jobs you may use them on, and at what level, as well as your alternatives. If someone could go over the pros and cons of this set vs something like Rajas and another ring for both DW jobs and 2h jobs, I would appreciate the read.


there's some talk about this one in the PUP forum. it's pretty ideal for MNK and PUP, though toreador/rajas is about equal/better. for SAM, DRG, and possibly WAR and DRK (i don't know) it messes with the sTP needed to shave off a hit to 100%TP, so it's basically out. i'd imagine it's ideal for THF / NIN / meleeing COR / jobs i'm forgetting / and BLU if you just look at sword damage. if you know something i don't about BLU (which you probably do) though, it may be trumped by something.

basically, 12 ACC is a lot. 6 ATT is competitive with 2 ACC (they're probably about equal since ATT doesn't give you any TP). rajas/NQsniper vs set is 4 ACC 6 ATT vs 5 STR (5sTP)... 4ACC alone is usually more melee damage than 5STR (ie 1 base damage, which is 2%~ DoT for lighter hitting jobs, 1%~ DoT for people like DRG and DRK). whatever WS the sTP gives a 1hander like BLU or MNK or THF is probably balanced out by the 4ACC worth of TP combined with the melee damage advantage. for people who shave off like 1 hit out of 5 to 7 on the way to WS, however, the sTP will push rajas ahead.

Edited, Dec 13th 2009 2:28am by milich
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#3 Nov 17 2009 at 3:53 PM Rating: Good
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How hard were the NMs when you fought them? I'm curious on what to expect when I go for the Acc/Atk rings myself. Could my RDM friend melee them down with my 72THF for treasure hunter you think?
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CrimsonSage wrote:
How hard were the NMs when you fought them? ... Could my RDM friend melee them down with my 72THF for treasure hunter you think?


Oh, I honestly think your 72thf could handle these solo. Lamina is a bit annoying because of TP reset constantly, but the NMs don't seem to be THAT bad. All are available in areas where you can call your npc as well.
I can't say for sure, absolutely, but I honestly think you would be ok. Even my 75rng was able to 1v1 the things, and Lamina without ws. Bloody bolts helped. Hyakinthos might be different due to para... not sure.

And interesting read milich. I will be honest, the formulas in this game often lose me pretty easily. On top of that, I don't play any 2h jobs, so I don't know what will and will not benefit them more or less than DW.
I was sort of wondering how the rings stacked up as a melee set, and then using Rajas/Flame (what have you) for casting/ws. Bringing that up, though, I have heard some interesting arguments.


Edited, Nov 17th 2009 6:19pm by AmanoJ
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I have a quick addition to the OP here. I did skim around and didn't see this listed in another thread, so I thought it would go well here. If this is a repeat of something already common knowledge then I apologize, but I think it deserves mention. It's not exactly a set per-se, but in the last version update S-E added the

Krousis Ring
and its respective HQ the

Krousis Ring +1

With 15 and 20 defense respectively they crush the phalanx ring. Two of these should be very nice for a cannonball build.

A little extra info. This is a crafted item with goldsmithing. The Imperial Topaz is dropped off of one of the new NMs located in the sanctuary of zi'tah. It's a golem named Huwasi and appears to be a timed spawn with 3 locations it can pop in. The topaz and a platinum ring are used to make the Krousis ring.

Edited, Dec 12th 2009 10:40am by Melphina
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#6 Dec 12 2009 at 4:26 PM Rating: Good
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Rajas Ring is used for TP because of the Store TP and the minimal acc you get from DEX (less minimal for 2handers). Woodsman/Rajas is 7(.5) acc, 2(.5) att, and 5 Store TP. Since setting the Store TP trait is usually not feasible for BLU, you'll most likely have 6 (+Brutal) or 7 (+Chiv Chain) total. In my opinion, 7 Store TP is not worth more than an additional 5 accuracy and 4 attack.

So, in my personal opinion, Lava's/Kusha's is a better TP option than Woodsman/Rajas. Your mileage may vary.
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mikauk wrote:
Rajas Ring is used for TP because of the Store TP and the minimal acc you get from DEX (less minimal for 2handers). Woodsman/Rajas is 7(.5) acc, 2(.5) att, and 5 Store TP. Since setting the Store TP trait is usually not feasible for BLU, you'll most likely have 6 (+Brutal) or 7 (+Chiv Chain) total. In my opinion, 7 Store TP is not worth more than an additional 5 accuracy and 4 attack.

So, in my personal opinion, Lava's/Kusha's is a better TP option than Woodsman/Rajas. Your mileage may vary.


The STR increase is also more potent for one handers. 1 fSTR on a thalassocrat isn't as juicy as on perdu hanger. Rajas is just very good all around.
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Mistress Melphina wrote:
I have a quick addition to the OP here. I did skim around and didn't see this listed in another thread, so I thought it would go well here. If this is a repeat of something already common knowledge then I apologize, but I think it deserves mention. It's not exactly a set per-se, but in the last version update S-E added the

Krousis Ring
and its respective HQ the

Krousis Ring +1

With 15 and 20 defense respectively they crush the phalanx ring. Two of these should be very nice for a cannonball build.

A little extra info. This is a crafted item with goldsmithing. The Imperial Topaz is dropped off of one of the new NMs located in the sanctuary of zi'tah. It's a golem named Huwasi and appears to be a timed spawn with 3 locations it can pop in. The topaz and a platinum ring are used to make the Krousis ring.

Edited, Dec 12th 2009 10:40am by Melphina



I'd like to see some testing on this vs various HNM(STR rings vs def). Also, does anyone have some info or link to info (def,VIT,lvl) of various HNM?
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#9 Dec 19 2009 at 11:20 PM Rating: Good
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Man they made these drops a real pain in the ***. They seem to be about a 5% rate, and you need both of a set to get anything out of it. Makes it serious annoyance to camp.

I finally completed my Kusha's/Lava's set, and have been using that lately. Seems to be enough reason to use them, switching them out on casts. Since I don't switch gear (in most cases) for headbutt, the acc has been nice there as well as in the melee.
If anyone has more info or more opinions on the difference, I'd love to read em (thanks, guys, for the posts so far).

BTW, Lava's ring took me 11 kills to get (blu/thf, the enpara he has sucks...) and Kusha's took me 46 friggin kills (rng/nin so I could claim fast with shadowbind, move over the large pop area with trotters boots, and widescan on occasion... but often had a thf with TH3 or TH4 helping me). Those are a nightmare to get (or were for me).

Still have Helenus's and Cassandra's to get, but after 1/12 Altdorf, 1/18 Wilhelm, and these rings, I need a break.
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