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#1 Aug 01 2011 at 12:09 PM Rating: Decent
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First off, I have a tendency for being long winded… even in an e-mail message format. So I want to thank all of you for at least reading this message, let alone offering words of advice.

Anyway, I finally reached lvl 70 PLD this past weekend. I had a heck of a time with the Maat fight (1/3), but it was all worth it. Throughout my whole FFXI career (yes, even back when the Beta was started) I enjoyed playing FFXI and was thoroughly impressed with playing as a PLD. Through many years of off and on playing, as well as being a family man with a wife that loves to switch jobs once a week… it has taken me several years to get this far. This was a great accomplishment for me, as well as a job that I have grown to thoroughly enjoy.

However, fast forward to current date and time and all I read about is how PLD isn’t worth using in Abyssea (which is the place to be now that the new expansions are out). There are other jobs out there that are more worthwhile in the DD department than a PLD is. So, my big thing is what do I do with this job that I have gotten attached to now? I want to get involved with ABY, but I don’t want to solo everything. I don’t have any of the ‘recommended’ subjobs leveled high enough to use as a /whatever. I am stuck on the turtle tank method and it seems that its purpose has been removed from the game. Where do I go now with this job in order to continue to gain use from it with parties and other end game moments? I haven’t even had the chance to finish CoP, I’m still stuck on 1-2.

My biggest question really, for those of you that have made it this far in my soapbox moment… what do I do? From reading most of the more recent posts it seems that I am wasting most of my time with continuing to level my PLD since there are other jobs that I need to do in order to get caught up on subs. Plus I need to get a heck of a lot of new equipment so that I’m not fully gimped and slowing the party down, but does a party really want us anymore and to what extent…

I’ve tried to read up on the Abys information but seem lost when people start to talk about the Atma’s and obtaining the correct WS colors for various items to drop.
Currently I feel that I have hit a brick wall like I did with my lvl 61 BST a few years ago… and it has sat idle for about 3 years now…

Anyway, thanks again for reading and your thoughts.

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#2 Aug 01 2011 at 7:29 PM Rating: Excellent
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Best Advice: Find a good, casual linkshell.

On Paladin being useless:
If you want to complete events with pick up groups with the fewest amount of people for the max amount of drops, then yes, most people will consider PLD useless and will not allow you to join them. Of course, almost everything in Abyssea can be done as DD + whm, so it's possible to ignore those that say PLD is useless and do everything anyway. Also understanding Abyssea will put you miles ahead of warriors that know nothing.

A linkshell will help you because a casual linkshell typically has a stronger concept of a) family and b) job dedication. You'll find people are willing to help you better your PLD because they realize that's the job you love. You may not always have ideal set ups, but you will be able to participate in the content.

As far as how to improve your PLD- start by skilling up weapons and leveling a support job. As a melee job in Abyssea, your usefulness is measured by which weaponskills are available to you. If you complete the WSNM quests for Sword, Club, Great Sword, and Staff, you'll be in good standing. Leveling Polearm will be useful as well. Support jobs are less important, but it's a good idea to have a wide selection of options. My standard sub is NIN, but I have used with varying frequency WAR, MNK, RDM, WHM, SCH, and DNC.

An important aspect of Abyssea, is the Atma system- which can be a big step for new players. The best suggestion is to find out which Atma/NMs you need and either ask help from your linkshell or stalk that NM's spawn and ask to join random groups when they fight it.

Most of CoP can be solo'd now.
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#3 Aug 01 2011 at 11:13 PM Rating: Good
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xypin wrote:
Best Advice: Find a good, casual linkshell.

... A linkshell will help you because a casual linkshell typically has a stronger concept of a) family and b) job dedication. You'll find people are willing to help you better your PLD because they realize that's the job you love. You may not always have ideal set ups, but you will be able to participate in the content.

Not to disregard the rest of xypin's advice, but QFT.

A couple of the guys in one of the linkshells I'm in call me "slacker" because I'm not 90 yet. Keep in mind I just came back to FFXI in the beginning of June. One day, I was a little frustrated, so I shot off, "Why do you guys have to break my balls about not being 90 yet?" One guy's response was, "because we care about you and want you to be better." I'll probably never be the best geared or most skilled Paladin in my LS or on my server, but I've made it my goal to work on every conceivable aspect of my job. This includes things like skilling up parry, enhancing magic, greatsword, multiple subjobs, etc. I believe that more versatile = more valuable.
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#4 Aug 02 2011 at 1:40 AM Rating: Decent
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Ralrra wrote:
......I believe that more versatile = more valuable.


And you believe right, just being 90 in a job dont really mean anything, spec nowdays with abyssea.
Being 90 with caped skills and subjobs on the other hand and with the knowledge to use these skills and jobs.
There you have a valuable palyer for a LS.
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