well too often i see pups 'solo' by kiteing, (blazing euruka) and i just have to wonder why.
Sure you can straight tank any of these with /nin and good evasion sets, but i still find that to be just as painfully slow.
My point is still the same, dont solo in abyssea, you just waste everyones time. And if you do solo and a party shows up and offeres to team up, please for the love of god do it.
It's only painfully slow if you don't know what you're doing, or you're trying to do something you don't have the skill/ability/experience to handle (note: skill/ability/experience in this statement refer to RL meainings, ie: skill at solo, proficient ability to solo, and personal experience soloing as pup). Or you're just buying time while the proc'er inyour LS who just logged as you popped the nm heads your way
Personally, I prefer solo because, for me, it's more fun. There's no challenge to a proc-party grinding NMs for seals. It's mind numbingly boring. Especially if you're in a party with a thf who doesn't understand how to use subtle blow gear, and refuses to not feed TP to a mob that has nasty TP moves because of lolplacebohunter...
Case and point: Sharabha is NOT an easy solo. If you don't know what you're doing, you're gonna die, unless you get REALLY lucky. However, once you figure out how to do it, you learn a few really handy tricks that can be used on other NMs as well, like Iku-Turso (who's just as much of a bitch... ugh).
That said, if I go out to solo something, and a group is already there, I ask if they need the seals I need, and if they don't I offer my pop to team up. If they do, I just leave. If a group comes in and patiently waits for me to finish, or asks me what seals I need, I'll join up with them so long as they're civil about it. If they sit there and try to @#%^ with me, I'll sit there and @#%^ with them, and intentionally take forever to kill it just to piss them off. I've got over 600 stones and have absolutely no issue wasting a few to be a douche to people who are douches to me first
Also, lol @ kiting sh*t. I can understand blazing eruca, given that he can be a bit of a pain to melee, and since even in groups I've only ever kited him (keep in mind, I haven't fought him in like, 6 months). The only time kiting is a preferred method is if you can pin and you'll get completely demolished if you don't, or the NM has obnoxious TP moves and you don't have/know how to build a good subtle blow build (hai2ukeeshapoppo. 4k Magic Fruits need to gtfo) Edited, Sep 11th 2011 2:58am by Jinte