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 **** 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.