I asked some fellow bst's and read up on some fora but didn't really find anything sunstantial. I was thinking about meriting Beast Affinity because I often do BCNM & KSNM on bst and they all use jugs. But on wikipedia I read that : Note: It seems that this only applies to jug pets which are already capped. Uncapped jugs will continue to spawn 0-2 levels below the Beastmaster.
Because CC is uncapped I don't know if CC will benefit from this. A friend of mine thinks it does but didn't merit it himself.
It is widely accepted that uncapped Jugs are 0-2 levels under the Beastmaster. The only way to upgrade these pets is to wear Monster Gloves
during the use of Call Beast, a good idea is to macro it on when using this ability. It will raise the level of your Jug Pet by 1 and it's the only way to increase it on uncapped jugs. When using Monster Gloves the highest possible level of your pet will still be level 75, but you will raise the minimum possible level of your pet by 1, that way instead of CC being 0-2 levels below you, she will be 0-1 level below you.
So if anyone has some experience with this I would like to hear there opinion. I would also like you guys/girls experience on meriting other bst abilities.
If you want to be a Damage Dealer I'd highly suggest Meriting Beast Affinity to the cap, because this will open up a world of possible Jug Pets at level 75. Including Funguars (Woot!), Saber Siravarde (Max level 74 with Monster Gloves, not bad at all), Shellbuster Orob and a few others.
Seeing you want to be mostly a soloist I'd rather not level up Beast Affinity at all, but instead focus on getting the Monster Gloves to turn CC into the tanking monster it should always be. The list of desirable Merits for a soloing BST should probably be: Call Beast Timer
Sic Timer For a Damage Dealer focused BST these would probably be better: Beast Affinity
Call Beast Timer
Sic Timer Also, remember to Merit: Axe Skill
STR or DEX or (depending on you, CHR)
Critical hit Rate
hp or mp (again depending on your tastes)
Of course, the above are suggestions and every person has their own tastes in how to Merit their BST. Just take the above as a general guide of what to Merit.
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Beastmaster 75 on 2/5/2008 at 12:00 am EST
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