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#1 Nov 01 2013 at 12:43 AM Rating: Excellent
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This post is just meant to be a general guideline for black mages who are considering what to buy with their mythology tomes. I am not going to include the absolute best in slow (BiS) gear in this post since this is intended to give BLMs just starting out an idea of what they should aim for initially. For instance, I have not listed the Allagan scepter or shield in any of these posts but it is generally the best in slot weapon and offhand. However, this is a turn 5 drop! So, unless you already have this place on farm and BLM is your alt, you most likely won't have access to it.


Please refer to this spreadsheet for the absolute BiS gear. We actually have three (four if you want to go pure crit) options.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AqG_cUArVwt5dExEVEJIRmJHd2lrczg4cnZxTDVkM1E#gid=39

I highly recommend you use this website to determine which gear drops where as well as what stats are on that gear:

http://www.ariyala.com/ffxiv/gear.html

Given this, you are going to have some varying results due to the RNG results on Allagan drops. The key, though, is to obtain the 432 ACC cap while running at maximum HP.

While I gear for crit personally, RNG has never been in my favor. Therefore, here are two builds I recommend.

Build #1

Weapon: Elder Staff (Stardust Zenith will work till you obtain this)
Head: AF2 hat
Body: Sorcerer's Coat
Hands: Allagan gloves of casting
Waist: Allagan rope belt of casting
Legs: Allagan breeches of casting
Feet: Allagan boots of casting/AF2 boots
Neck: Myth
Earring: Allagan earring of casting
Wrist: Myth
Ring1: Vortex ring of casting
Ring2: Allagan ring of casting (you can swap this for Vortex ring of casting if you find that 8 DET > 16 spell speed)

Food: Deviled Eggs NQ

Stats:

Note: some stats will differ depending on race

INT: 494
ACC: 433
Crit: 536
DET: 255
SS: 456
VIT: 368
PIE: 244

My current setup is this:

Build #2

Weapon: Elder Staff (Stardust Zenith will work till you obtain this)
Head: AF2
Body: AF2
Hands: AF2
Waist: Myth
Legs: AF2
Feet: AF2
Neck: Myth
Earring: Allagan earring of casting
Wrist: Allagan bracelets of casting
Ring1: Myth
Ring2: Allagan ring of casting (you can swap this for Vortex ring of casting if you find that 8 DET > 16 spell speed)

Food: Deviled Eggs NQ

Stats:

Note: some stats will differ depending on race

INT: 494
ACC: 435
Crit: 505
DET: 236
SS: 511
VIT: 368
PIE: 244


I personally prefer my setup. I get balanced stats but only 31 less critical hit rating/19 less DET and 55 more spell speed. According to Puro, these stats should all be equivalent so you gain an extra 1 stat (51 vs 50) with build #2. I do not think stacking one stat primarily is really as effective as people think.



It is absolutely crucial that you have at the minimum 4000 HP when you go to attempt turn 5. Aetheric profusion alone can do 3.8k damage. Fireball can take you down to ~170 HP when sitting at 3990 HP. To handle this, you may need to replace some of the above accessories. Try getting rose gold earring, astral ring, astral choker, and astral bracelets. You can find the materia stats caps below as well as recommended materia you should put in each slot. Keep in mind that you should always slot the most expensive materia first and/or second. Some of the prices may be lower since this was created so check the MB before you go slotting materia in these items!

http://i.imgur.com/PrfrxVa.png

Mainly, you want to focus on VIT and accuracy on these items.

I would recommend at least 4200 HP to be comfortable and three of these accessories with VIT will put you there with deviled eggs until you start to get i90 on your left hand side of your equipment window (AKA: hat, body, hands, legs, feet). Simply add some VIT into your accessories but don't neglect secondary stats like accuracy.

I would gear yourself based on what has dropped for you so far. Haven't seen Allagan legs in 3 months but have Allagan earrings and wrist? Maybe consider build #2 above instead of gearing pure crit.

Edited, Feb 4th 2014 12:50pm by HitomeOfBismarck

Edited, Aug 26th 2017 7:13pm by Gidono
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