I and other players have done a few tests w/ the af3+2 head. I have not detected any effects so far. However, I don't think it affects us like killer instinct.. thats kinda what it sounds like you are saying. I think it acts similiar to monster correlation effects that blu gets.. but it effects our pets. I think it is supposed to improve how our pets perform vs mobs that they are strong against... I've not detected an improvement however, I saw no improvement to 1000 needles (not conclusive at all however) or wild oats vs low level rabbits. I've also seen no damage reduction from it when 1000 needles was done to my pet beetle. I've not tested it extensively though. Not sure what aspects to test. I don't remember if I tried charged whisker vs lizards w/ it... but that might be an option.
The highest level mobs that pet pdif is going to cap on are going to be between level 50.
That was one reason I was testing against Djinn. I've seen it come close on weapons in ro'maeve, and I've seen it cap on level 40ish mobs, but I haven't determined the boundary where it caps.
In my test on Greater Colibri, I saw Shasra had exactly a 0.9 improvement for max hit between melee and crits and
Shasra lvl 90
c.pdif.max - m.pdif.max = .9 (exactly)
c.pdif.min - m.pdif.min = 1.4
Nazuna lvl 86
c.pdif.max - m.pdif.max = .8 (exactly)
c.pdif.min - m.pdif.min = .98
Pdif is not capped in this situation. Capped would be 4.2 and 4.0 for max/min respectively.
You can see the parse here
and my other notes here
for that test. my notes are rather rough. there's some random thoughts on them as well, but the data is there.
This stuff should really be in the testing thread. I'm not sure what you mean by comparing rage on nazuna and normal sheep. Rage is probably 50%... but I'm not sure where that number came from. Its on the wiki.
You should read Kegsay's Avatar testing. Its better than mine, and more thorough. I mention it because he suggests there may be no practical difference for pets for fstr and base... They could likely be part of the same term because we do not change weapons on pets and the main thing that modifies this is level. However it is clear that base +fSTR and attack vary from pet to pet even though for same job and same level they are rather close on bst pets. I think my testing rather indicates there is some fSTR comparison for our pets. Its not conclusive, but it would help describe why pdif is all over the place on non-capped pets. At least, it was not modifiable before abyssea.
I've not quite been able to cap pdif in abyssea... but I've gotten close. If there is enough of a boost from Aymur, it might be enough w/ all the other attack+ atma to cap it on some visions mobs. Otherwise might need to wait til 99.
Its quite challenging finding the precise level or def for a mob in abyssea as well. In visions zones they cap at level 90, so that may be the best bet for testing to kill many and only record your level 90 mob stats. its still very tedious and I haven't done much of it. One could determine the def of a level 90 visions mob though, then stack the attack atma on, record min/max, then do the same on the same level 90 mobs w/out any pet attack+.
Maybe I'll try a test like that in la theine while working on my double attack axe trials.... I figure if you could cap pdif in abyssea on Nazuna at level 90, you could crit for a max of 846 damage using Nazuna, RR + SS.
I did get up around 650 w/ broncha in konschtat once.. which was only using RR and all the attack+ I could get at the time. I figure max crit is only 683 when using Razed Ruins and not SS for broncha at level 90 (but other attack+ atma). but I dont' know how much of this was from just attack + or from the STR+ on Stout arm as well... Edited, May 28th 2011 8:54am by Xilk