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Getting past Maat as a Bard is really a lot easier than I realized. Here are the steps.
1. Raising your weapon skill.
A lot of people recommend sword so you can get Spirits Within, but after seeing the damage output, I was not really that impressed. Maybe this weapon skill is a lot better if you are Galka. As a Taru, it was not so impressive. So if your dagger skill is higher than your sword skill I recommend saving some time and sticking with the dagger.
You want to wear good defensive gear and + accuracy gear when raising your weapon skill. This is the same gear you need to fight Maat. If you can afford it, a Scorpion Harness, Wivre Mask, Wivre Gorget and Lifebelt are what I recommend. Plus two Phalanx Rings. It’s a lot eaiser to fight Maat today. Some of this gear was insanely expensive or non-existent back in the day, but now it’s within the realm of affordability and always on sale at the AH. Get a stack of Fish Mithkabobs for leveling your weaponskill.
Go to the Kuftal Tunnel, that’s the place in Western Alteppa, and fight the crabs in there. If you don’t care about getting a few xp points and some HQ crab shells which you can sell to the vendor for 3K gil each, then the bronze sword (that’s the noob weapon) is the way to go, because it does so little damage, the crab will last for over a half hour, making your skill-raising session more efficient. There is no danger of dying when you use double paeon. In fact, you can cast double paeon, and then safely take a bathroom break while your avatar whacks the crab unattended. If a Haunt gets in your way, then Lullaby it, zone, and when you come back inside the Haunt will be gone. When your skill maxes out in the low 180s on these crabs, you are ready to fight Maat.
2. Getting a Bard’s Testimony
Don’t go to Castle Oztrojo, that place is a maze which you want to avoid.
Sea Serpent Grotto is the place to go. The Coastal Sahagins are behind the Gold Beastcoin door. So make sure you bring a Gold Beastcoin with you. You don’t lose the coin when you open the door, so don’t worry, it won’t cost you 5K gil to get in there. You can sell back the coin at the AH.
The Sea Serpent Grotto map is confusing. You do not need to go though the Ornamental Door. That’s used for some other quest. The silver, mythril, and gold doors are all accessible from the same general area at the bottom right corner of the first map. At level 70, there’s no agro in the Grotto until you go through the gold door. At that point, you need sneak to avoid agro.
I didn’t try soloing these guys by myself. I shouted for help, and luckily some level 75 who was in the Grotto came to help me. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to get an in-game-friend or linkshell associate to help you out. But a lot of people in the game will take pity on you. I know that if I'm ever in the Grotto, and some poor level 70 asks for help getting a Testimony, I will help him out.
The Testimony dropped off of the first Sahagin we killed. That was easy.
3. Killing Maat.
I did not use an opo-opo necklace (there wasn’t one on sale at the AH). I did not use an Icarus Wing. It doesn’t matter. The key to winning is to not die. My HP only went down significantly once. Never once did I feel I was in any danger of dying. Make sure you have Hi-Potion on a macro, and use it whenever your HP is more than 100 below max. Buy a huge number of them, and sell them back. I think I used only 6 or 7, but I would buy at least 15 just to be on the safe side. Make sure you test the macro before the fight. It’s worth the 800 gil to be on the safe side.
Besides that, I used the Tavnazian Taco, Soul Voice, double Paeon, Selbina Milk, Elegy, Requiem, cast Finale on Maat every chance I could, recast Paeon when it wore off or when Maat Finaled it off me, and the same with the Milk. Make sure you re-Elegy and re-Requiem Maat when they wear off.
Towards the end of the fight, my TP was above 200%. I did a Spirits Within on him at that point, and that ended the fight.
Edited, Apr 13th 2010 5:51pm by OrangeFFXI