Well, at the risk of annoying people that have been waiting altogether too long for me to update my leveling locations guide, I decided to create a Beastmaster equipment guide. There's never really been a complete one here, and it's something that a lot of people like to have to reference.
First off, let me give a disclaimer. This is my guide. I make no guarantees that the items I list are actually the best for any given level, they're just what I think is good. Some people may take issue with my choices, and I may have forgotten some items. Feel free to make your own suggestions, if I made a mistake, I'll be sure to edit the items in. However, sometimes it's not a mistake, and I'll leave it out. For example, I don't like Bison gear at all. I think AF is better for charming, and Thick is better for fighting, so I see no reason to own Bison gear. Personally, I wear the Bison pants because I love how they look, it has very little to do with the stats.
Specifically, take my scythe choices with a grain of salt. I know some BST like to use scythe, but I've personally never seen a reason to, and I've never swung a scythe in my whole time playing. Yes, my scythe skill is 0 as BST73, and I intend it to leave it that way forever. I based my scythe selections on damage/delay ratio, which should be fine, but I just wanted to warn you in advance that I don't have any personal experience with any of these scythes.
Now, in regards to the actual guide's formatting, I decided to lay it out the way I do for myself every time I start a new job. Whenever I decide to play a job, I write down the numbers 1-75 in the margin of some paper, bring up the equipment list on somepage, then go through and write down gear I think I should have when I reach a given level. This is easier to reference in my opinion than lists separated by gear slot. If a lot of people request it, I could split it up by slot as well, but the way it is now is the way I personally prefer.
The guide is going to require a little work by the reader as well. I can't give a truly "best" path through gear, so you're going to have to look at items and decide for yourself whether you consider them an improvement over what you're already wearing. For example, I list "RSE Gloves" at 27, then "Royal Squire's Mufflers" at 30. If you think your RSE is better than Ryl.Sqr.Mufflers, feel free to keep wearing it. BST is a solo job most of the time, so you can really wear whatever you want. Just remember that you're going to have a lot of close calls, so it's usually in your best interests to be wearing as good of gear as you can. On that topic, I only list HQ versions of items in my guide if I think they're considerably better than the NQ for their price. If you can afford the HQ of any item I list and think the added stats are worth the price, definitely go for the HQ.
One final thing to mention before we get to the actual guide is a legend of sorts.
Underlined items are things that I consider essential. You can certainly level without them, I'm sure nobody will call you a "gimp", but I highly recommend you buy them. They'll make your BST experience a lot easier.
On the opposite end, italicized items are luxury items, things that are nice to have, but are difficult to get for some reason or another. It could be sheer cost (for something like Haubergeon), difficult R/EX drops (earrings from Automaton Assault ENM), or requiring missions to have been completed (Gaudy Harness). Most of the items marked in italics will be very good, but you have to decide for yourself whether it's worth the time or gil investment to pick them up. Note that I somewhat scaled the "luxury ranking" according to level. For example, a Nomad's Mantle gets marked as luxury because it would be an expensive piece of gear for a level 24, but Thick gear isn't marked, even though each piece probably costs more than a Nomad's Mantle. By the time you're a BST68, 50k shouldn't be as much of a problem. As I mentioned above, I may list inferior items after luxury ones. I can't assume people are using the luxury items, so I have to keep listing alternatives. If what you're already wearing is better, keep wearing it.
Items listed in gold are items related to charming. A good BST will have sets of equipment for charming and for fighting, so these items should be macro'd in before charming, and can then be swapped out afterwards. Charming is the basis of playing as a BST, so get the best charm gear you can afford, failing a charm at a crucial time will get you killed a lot more than having slightly sub-par fighting equiment.
Finally, items in orange give sizeable MP boosts, so you can choose to use these instead of other gear if you think you need more MP. You should get a feel for how much MP you like, and you can adjust your gear accordingly.
Well, on with the guide! Please post feedback so I can fix any mistakes, I'm sure I've overlooked some things.
1: Bronze Axe, Bronze Zaghnal, Bronze Cap, Copper Hairpin, Bronze Harness, Bronze Mittens, Bronze Subligar, Bronze Leggings, Marine Shield
4: Rabbit Mantle
7: Leather Bandana, Justice Badge, Leather Vest, Leather Gloves, Leather Belt, Leather Trousers, Leather Highboots, Leaping/Bounding Boots
8: Brass Axe
10: Legionnaire's Scythe, Brass Hairpin, Royal Footman's Bandana, Energy Earring, Scale Mail, Legionnaire's Mittens/Royal Footman's Gloves, Astral Ring, Scale Cuisses, Scale Greaves
11: Light Axe, Entrancing Ribbon
12: Traveller's Mantle
13: Bone Axe
14: Noble's Ribbon, Silver Earring, Battle Gloves, Hope Ring, Balance Ring
15: Bastokan/Republic Scythe, Bastokan/Republic Cap, Bird Whistle, Bastokan/Republic Harness, Fasting Ring, Warrior's Belt+1, Bastokan/Republic Leggings
16: Bone Pick, Bone Mask, Bone Harness, Bone Subligar, Bone Leggings
17: Monster Signa
18: Garrison Tunica, Dhalmel Mantle, Power Sandals
19: Lantern Shield
20: Battleaxe, Zaghnal, Silver Hairpin, Royal Footman's Trousers, Decurion's Shield
21: Beetle Mask, Spike Necklace, Beetle Harness, Night Cape, Beetle Subligar, Beetle Leggings
24: Webcutter, Emperor/Empress Hairpin, Iron Mask, Mythril Earring, Reraise Earring, Chainmail, Nomad's Mantle, Chain Hose, Greaves
25: Carect Ring, Bastokan/Republic Targe
27: Frostreaper, Steam Scale Mail, RSE Gloves
28: Wolf Mantle+1
29: Dodge Earring, RSE Boots
30: Centurion's Visor, Healer's Earring, Centurion's Scale Mail, Royal Squire's Mufflers, Rajas Ring, Tamas Ring, Centurion's Cuisses, Centurion's Greaves
31: Aura Earring, RSE Pants, Targe
32: Warrior's Axe
33: Peacock Charm/Amulet, RSE Body
34: Venerer Ring
35: Drone Earring, Jaeger Ring
36: Silver Mask, Silver Mail, Loyalty Ring, Silver Hose, Silver Greaves
37: Mythril Axe, Harvester, Iron Visor, Iron Scale Mail
38: Survival Belt, Powder Boots
40: Barbaroi Axe, Electrum Hairpin, Royal Squire's Chainmail, Electrum Ring, Sniper's Ring, Woodsman Ring, Earth Mantle, Corsette, Tilt Belt, Royal Squire's Breeches, Balance Buckler, Strike Shield
41: Rain Hat, Voyager Sallet
42: Mythril Zaghnal, Frog Trousers
43: Valkyrie Mask, Walkure Mask, Swordbelt
44: Powerful Rope
45: Luisant Salade, Astral Earring, Brigandine, Luisant Haubert, Luisant Moufles, Luisant Brayettes, Luisant Solerets, Viking Shield
46: Banded Helm
48: Viking Axe, Life Belt
49: Boroka Earring, Mana Earring
50: Gold Hairpin, Gaudy Harness, Royal Knight's Mufflers, RSE Belt/Stone, Darksteel Codpiece, Royal Knight's Sollerets
51: Light Staff, Dark Staff, Earth Staff, Gaia Mantle
52: Accurate Earring, Melody Earring, Gaia Doublet, Beast Gaiters
54: Beast Gloves, Moon Ring, Allure Ring
55: Demonslicer, Royal Knight's Bascinet, Royal Guard's Collar, "Automaton Assault" ENM Earring, Spike Earring, Royal Knight's Chainmail, Royal/Republican Army Mantle, Royal Knight's Breeches, Musketeer Commander's Shield
56: Wrath Tabar, Beast Helm, Merman's Gorget, Reraise Gorget
57: Scorpion Harness, Toreador's Ring
58: Tiphia Sting, Assault Earring, Beast Jackcoat
59: Kabrakan's Axe, Spectacles, Star Necklace, Haubergeon, Darksteel Buckler
60: Tungi, Beast Trousers
61: Amemet Mantle
62: a l'Outrance, RSE2 Gloves, RSE2 Boots
65: Opo-opo Crown, Presidential Hairpin, Republican Gold Medal, Relaxing Earring
67: Assault Jerkin, Atlaua's Ring, Rutter Sabatons
68: Acha d'Armas, Nadziak, Celata, Thick Mufflers, Thick Sollerets
69: Lohar, Hauberk, Thick Breeches
70: Juggernaut, King Maker, Hedgehog Bomb, Faerie Hairpin, Ogre Mask, Optical Hat, Fenrir's Torque, Trainer's Gloves, RSE Rope/Sash, Ogre Ledelsens
71: Pick of Trials, Tabarzin, Scythe of Trials, Forager's Mantle
72: Woodville's Axe, Leopard's Axe, Beastly Earring, Dusk Jerkin, Angel's Ring, Heavens Ring, Tatami Shield
73: Gravedigger, Adaman Celata, Temperance Torque, Adaman Hauberk, Adaman Mufflers, Adaman Breeches, Adaman Sollerets
74: Suzaku's Scythe, Narasimha's Vest, Light Ring
75: Kirin's Osode, Acheron Shield
Edited, Thu Aug 18 21:14:02 2005 by Deimoss