Hi all. New ranger here. I just hit 46 last night, and I have some questions on the timing of the above mentioned items in the topic.^^ Sharpshot, Barrage, and WS.
I ate meat last night in my party out on goblins by the Ifrit cauldron's zone. My accuracy was 91%, barrage was less consistant than I wanted it to be though. Anyways. Acc was comfortable, but up untill this point I've always used sharpshot+ barrage every time they're up. If I happen to have TP before sharpshot and barrage, Ill sharpshot -> ws -> barrage then let hate cool down for 15~30 seconds.
I kept missing a few WS' in a row last night though. And I was opening fusion for the MNK. After a few misses the BLM asked me to use sharpshot as much as possible for those WS. But I always save it for barrage. If I WS and barrage all the time Im going to end up dying one of those times from too much hate..or ruining the SC as the mnk chases down the gob. So I started using sharpshot and Barrage seperately, using sharpshot for WS and then barrage somewhere halfway between sharpshot's recast.
Now, DoT wise, seperating them seems most sensable. Atleast, post-sidwinder that is. Once I have a WS that can match barrage, alternating them so I can do one per fight or atleast, never do both in the same fight, to help with hate control but still push my DoT to a steady output to help chains. I'd like to say I have a fairly good grasp on DoT dmg from playing MNK. Focus and zerk would always net me tons of TP and two WS per fight, but I'd also eat MP like a sponge and then my dmg would be sub-par for the next 1-3 fights while waiting for the JA's to come back up again. Inconsistant dmg= inconsistant chains IMO.
So the question for now is, Should I keep doing sharpshot -> ws -> barrage then just using a lone WS without sharpshot (while waiting for the SS timer to cool down)
Or seperate barrage from sharpshot to keep hate under control, and my elvaan butt alive? The other benefit to seperating them would be, if i miss a WS that wasnt in sharpshot, its possible I could barrage to re-gain that TP fast in time to still perform the SC.