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#1 Aug 29 2009 at 10:44 PM Rating: Decent
Im get confused in all these talks of different kinds of gears set (Tanking, DD, MP, ACC, etc..) Im currently a 66 PLD with full AF GEAR and I dont have the slightest idea what catagory it falls under. I need to learn this stuff so could I get some examples of armor sets PLDs wear for tanking and DD? I do know at 73 I want the flll Adaman gear, where does that fall?
#2 Aug 29 2009 at 10:46 PM Rating: Good
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You ideally want to use the same set for where you're at now. You can start macroing in gear now, but you'll be best served in XP (especially at 66) by using a Hybrid DD build (hybrid in that Shield skill is your biggest form of defense).

Here's my DD PLD guide that will give some pointers.
#3 Aug 31 2009 at 6:13 AM Rating: Decent
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Adaman gear is a very old-fashioned set - really not recommended that you buy it at 73 any longer. A few pieces are ok for enmity+ macros but don't get the full set. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD don't get the feet: +10 shield skill on gallant is much much better for damage reduction.

An aside: You can get some good augments on adaman if you are very lucky (I once saw an Adaman Barbuta augmented with 5 shield skill!).

You should check out Dracoth's sticky. Most of us now recommend that for experience parties on PLD/WAR you gear with the following stats in mind:
1) Accuracy
2) Shield skill
3) Attack and strength
4) Enmity

I know it sounds weird, but don't worry about vit or defense. Eat DD food like sushi or meat instead of +def food like tacos.
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#4 Aug 31 2009 at 8:46 AM Rating: Good
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Hi OP,

I just took PLD to 75 myself (hit it this past sunday morning)....as a Taru. I primarily used this equipment at 66:

My TP Gear:
Company Fleuret
Viking Shield
Bibiki Shell
Walkure Mask
Chivalrous Chain (although Peacock charm would be better)
Spike Earring X2
Fourth Division Gauntlets
Woodsman Ring
Sniper's Ring
Amemet Mantle +1
Life Belt
Tiger Trousers
AF Feet

For my WS gear, I substituted in Rajas, a STR ring, and a headpiece that gave +3 STR.

All in all I went with the DD build, and things went smoothly for the most part. After 55 DD gear really shines, dont turtle after 55 if you level in ToAU.

As I gained a few levels I bought Company Sword, Dusk hands/legs (better than adaman for defense and gives crazy attack, just dont travel in them), Suppa/Brutal for earrings, and Walahra Turban (for TPing). I would like to get a Joyeuse and a Speed Belt as well but that will take time.

Once I hit 73, I did pick up adaman body/head and a Koenig Shield for a defense build (and I need a few more pieces as well, like Knightly Earring/Boxer's Mantle/Jelly Ring), as I realized I will have to actually turtle tank at some point so I figured I would prepare early.

My end game gear isnt all that great, but I am only needed on PLD in a REAL pinch - so I am in no real hurry to deck it out, but its passable for now.

hope that helps.
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#5 Aug 31 2009 at 3:19 PM Rating: Good
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I started end game in almost complete DD gear and was only marginally behind the other PLDs in my shell - with experience, I actually stayed in DD gear 90% of the time I was end game tanking. You really just want an MDT build and enmity build for end game - you don't really need a "PLD/WAR blood tanking" set most of the time. And any such set you want is probably going to be based off what you've got in the MDT/Enmity section anyway (IR, for instance).
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