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#1 Apr 11 2013 at 12:53 AM Rating: Decent
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I currently use requiescat. With a pdt shikargar, I hit around 600-900 damage outside abyssea on even-tough mobs, and inside, it usually hits around 1200-1900.

My 50 -pdt set lets me also get 24% haste. If I switch to an almace however, I will lose -11pdt. If I want to make it back up, I will no longer have 24% haste in the same set.

I am curious about how much damage your rdm's are doing with almace. I want to know if the increase in dps justifies losing the haste in a 50 pdt set.

I am also curious how almace rdm's are able to stay alive against certain nm's without the 50pdt. I feel like even with full pdt/mdt, some nm's are still pretty tough (Ogopogo for example).

#2 Apr 11 2013 at 5:53 PM Rating: Good
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3k+ CDCs are possible in Abyssea. Breaking 2k outside isn't unheard of, but more difficult to do compared to BLU or PLD due to lacking gear and/or trait options. Either way, the damage numbers will probably require different atma than what you're using for tanking, so overall I'd say it'd be situational for your purposes. Use the Almace to build time/get lights/etc., then switch to your PDT stuff to farm NMs. Outside, on mobs where the defensive benefits of sanction/sigil apply, you can easily afford to drop PDT things high EP or lower between those buffs and Phalanx. Legitimately harder prey may bring in the question of nuke/kite superiority.

But if you have ever had interest in BLU or PLD, get it.

Edited, Apr 11th 2013 7:54pm by Seriha
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#3 Apr 12 2013 at 6:31 PM Rating: Good
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DPS will be higher with Almace than Shikargar, especially -PDT, but you do need a DEX set. With that note, best thing would be to get Almace, do whatever it is you want to do, and if find you need the -50% cap, just switch back.
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#4 Apr 14 2013 at 3:20 PM Rating: Default
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I just need to find a way to solo helms with RDM... I want to skill up my attributes with the new content first, then go back and get my helms.
#5 Apr 15 2013 at 4:38 AM Rating: Default
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If you level sch you can kaustra him once at start and run in the circle. Do it once more and in 60 to 120 seconds he is dead.
#6 Apr 22 2013 at 10:07 AM Rating: Default
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I think I might just do that.. My SCH is currently 50, but I had planned on leveling it anyway..
#7 Apr 22 2013 at 3:09 PM Rating: Good
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I'd be wary about losing claim that way, especially if others are around to snipe.
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#8 Apr 22 2013 at 3:31 PM Rating: Default
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What else do you suggest?
#9 Apr 22 2013 at 3:48 PM Rating: Good
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You can always solo Briareus with NIN, DNC, maybe even THF :)
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#10 Apr 23 2013 at 3:21 PM Rating: Default
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I could level DNC, but I'm not too interested in those other jobs. I really want to do it with RDM or BLM.
#11 Apr 23 2013 at 4:08 PM Rating: Decent
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You can solo it fine with rdm/dnc. Just make sure you violent flourish his TP moves. Then use your weapon skill after the stun. You can build up enough TP to stun again before Briareus TP's again. If your stun misses, and his TP moves get through:

1) If it was a 1111 TP move, then run around until it wears off. He is easy to run from.
2) If you got cursed, you can ride it out with stoneskin.
3) Any other weaponskill won't dent you.

All magic and relevant combat skills are capped. I use razed ruin, voracious violet, apocalypse, but I think razed ruin + any other two physical atmas is good enough.

I wear multiple armor sets, but the most important ones are my stoneskin set (everything +stoneskin except carapacho cuffs instead of stone mufflers) and my 50pdt set:
2x 11pdt shikargar
2x 5pdt dark rings
dux scale mail
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4pdt shantotto pants




#12 Apr 23 2013 at 7:22 PM Rating: Default
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I'll look up some videos on youtube. Thanks. I just wish I didn't have to fight the mini nms.
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