Honestly not sure how I'm going to pass the eventual Flan trial anyways, so Str sword may take for damn ever.
The Flans in Halvung are really easy to solo at this point. And, since the level cap has gone up, it's not the best merit camp for BLMs anymore. Usually the only people there are those doing the Flan part of the trial anyway, so you should be fine. Better off than those of us who did it at 75, anyway.
Damn that trial, seriously.
I just finished a STR Shamshir +1 the other night. It was a huge pain in the ass due to the complete rarity of fire weather, and the last couple mobs being flans and manticores. The flan part took me the longest, though.
Halvung... I don't know. The flans in there are easier than on mt. zhalyom, yeah, but their pops suck (unless I never found the good camp?) and their respawn seems a lot longer. I tried there a number of times in different areas, and never found one that worked very well.
I ended up doing the trial up on mt. z, in the NW pudding camp. Most of the time I was there was soloing, or duoing with a blm friend, at level 80, so it was pretty slow going. After the update, though, suddenly people started showing up there again, and I was able to blitz the last of what I needed quickly.
Solo, that camp is slow going (though easier at 85 now for sure), but in a group... mt. z works well enough.
(Edit: Also, to note... the entire time I was there in halvung/mt. z... I never once saw fire weather, nor did I ever see it predicted to happen within several gamedays before and after.)
Anyway, the only magian sword I have completed is the STR shamshir +1. I want another, but damnit... I really, REALLY dislike the weather trial idea. Whoever thought it was good is just plain wrong. I would rather have 2x the amount of mobs in any of those weather trials if I could just choose when to do it myself, instead of waiting for the game to tell me it's ok.
I had to cram all my kills into firesday for nearly everything on that path. Having to schedule my time around the game clock was incredibly frustrating... and it's one of the biggest reasons I don't do endgame.
Honestly, I don't know if I can put up with that to do another one. We'll see. Edited, Sep 24th 2010 7:09pm by AmanoJ