As a Taru RDM, I'll have to agree that they aren't the best RDM if you follow what a true Red Mage is... a blend of melee and magic As a Mithra or Hume, I would be a little more effective in certain cases when solo'ing or in a party.
What I like is having all the mana that comes with being a Taru. At times, it is almost too much for a Red Mage. I like the roll of a spellcaster, so it goes along well with what I like to do.
I also just beat Maat on my 3rd try. Being a Taru here helped a lot. I did extra damage with my nukes, and had the mana needed to beat him.
1) Went in at level 69 as a test. I went in with the purpose of dieing, and I did.
2) I was REALLY tired when I went in this time; that was a mistake. I was sitting there mashing Alt-F1 instead of Alt-1 after using chainspell. After I realized this, I didn't even bother using my Elixirs... I just let Maat kill me.
3) Went in on FireDay. I used a Melon Pie +1 before entering the Burning Circle. After I enter, I ran right up to Maat so I could see what buffs he was casting, then I put up Blink/Stoneskin. I started out with Dia just for the fact of Casting time. I probably should have used Bind instead looking back on it. For some reason Maat decided to not put up Blink this time (he did the last 2 times I fought against him), so dia went through.
I cast Dispel next to get rid of his Shell 4. I followed that up by Aero 3 (which was a mistake). I should have used Water 3 instead. I then used Dispel one more time to get rid of any other buffs he may have had. Now it was time to start chainspell. So I just my 2hr, and realize my recast timer was still up for Aero 3 (took me a few seconds to realize this). So I cast Water 3 once, by then, Aero 3 was back up, so I started to spam that. In the middle of spamming that I got low on HP but still had a chunk of MP left, so I had to cast Cure 4 once. I got to about 200hp and 50mp then used my Vile Elixir +1. I then spammed Aero 3 until he was dead, and I finished with 120HP and 130MP.
After I won, I was all excited talking on LS and /tell. I didn't realize that he had cast poison on me and I was slowly dieing. Well, I died from that... luckily you don't loose exp from that death.
Gear I went in with: Dark Staff, Wind Staff, Mythic Wand, Enfeebling Torque, Full AF (warlock gear). Red Cape +1, Royal Knights Belt +1, 2 +3 int rings, the +1 int earing, Moldavite Earing, and Phantom Tathlum.
For the Maat fight, I think Tarus have an advantage since they have higher MP and higher Int. It really wasn't that bad of a fight. The difference between FireDay and WindDay for damage was about 15-20. The damage per Aero 3: 387(fireday) vs 410(windday) about, but I could be off a little on the WindDay damage. So going on WindDay probably would have helped as well.
I like being a Tarutaru RDM, if nothing else for the *cute* factor.
Edit: Wanted to add, I killed Maat in 1:46, the record was 1:37.
Edited, Thu Aug 26 09:49:45 2004 by CageKyrra