Just thought I'd post an interesting observation I came across while leveling with my Valoredge (I'm level 24).
Went to party in Qufim earlier today and was wondering what sort of stat to boost with new gear I was buying. I'd noticed that my CHR was naturally quite high, so I picked up 2 CHR+2 rings and a Bird Whistle. Thought I'd see if it made a difference in automaton performance at all.
When I got to Qufim, I began to wonder if I had made the correct choice -- most of the other PUPs I saw there had STR boosting gear on. I personally choose to sub WHM because I can help out with cures and Dia (we were fighting crabs). Depending on the circumstances and the mob I'll hang back and let my puppet do all of the fighting, or I'll jump in and throw a few punches.
Anyhow: giving the CHR+ gear a shot, I seemed to notice 2 key things. First off, my maneuvers seemed to take effect for a longer duration than before. I never actually timed it with the CHR+ gear on and off, but I'll have to try that tomorrow.
Secondly, my puppet was pretty much impossible to overload. I was pulling in one of my parties, so I had to use maneuvers very frequently (Earth & Wind for stoneskin and evasion while pulling, and Thunder x2 & Fire for ACC and STR up while fighting). While I wasn't spamming them, I was using them much more frequently than I was able to when I didn't have any CHR+ gear equipped. I never overloaded my puppet once, as compared to once every few fights before I got the CHR+ gear.
So, my question is, has anyone else tried adding to their CHR stat and noticed these changes too? I'm beginning to wonder if this is the key stat for PUP.
Right now I'm going for CHR+ and MP+ gear. I'd love to hear other opinions on stat bonuses from you guys.
Edited, Mon Apr 24 02:46:26 2006 by Makanai