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#1 Oct 03 2010 at 4:26 PM Rating: Decent
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This is getting extremely frustrating and I don't really know what else I can do at this point. I'm Gladiator rank 17 using decent armor and a Brass Gladius, and killing blue and yellow enemies at or above my level nets me about 40-60 SP, and sometimes 0. I've tried partying, and this doesn't help much either, sometimes I'll gain a good 100-200 SP for certain enemies, however usually the party SP bug will kick in and I'll gain nothing. I'm sure I haven't reached the SP limit for the week because I don't play that many hours a day and I've been playing since the 22nd, but I don't understand how other people could have leveled to rank 20+ like this, unless I'm doing something wrong.

Can anyone enlighten me as to what I'm doing wrong? I'm aware of how the SP system works, with the randomized gains, but I'm only getting like 30 SP per 10 hits if I'm lucky which seems very wrong. I've been playing the same since rank 1, but suddenly it just seems like the game refuses to let me gain SP now.
#2 Oct 03 2010 at 4:36 PM Rating: Decent
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I could be totally wrong about this, and I don't want to question what you do or do not know about the game's mechanic, but this video might be something worth watching:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abE09-tqhoM

It's an explanation of the game's Fatigue System. I know you said you understand how the SP system works, "with the randomized gains" as you said, but there's more to it.
It could just be that you've played your Gladiator to the fatigue limit. Give a break for a bit, craft some stuff, or work with a new class, then come back in a bit.

Hope that helps!
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#3 Oct 03 2010 at 4:43 PM Rating: Decent
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Like I said, I'm not at the fatigue limit and I know how the gains are randomized. The experience bar for my class is blue and not yellow, so I'm definitely not in fatigue. I just don't understand how I could have suddenly went from gaining 150-200 SP per kill to 40-60, it was not gradual either, it was actually rather sudden.
#4 Oct 03 2010 at 5:11 PM Rating: Decent
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Happened to a friend and I too, we were trying to level up and ended up grinding for like 70 sp a kill on jellyfish for a hour to reach the next rank. I don't know if it's intended but it's hella hard to rank up.
#5 Oct 03 2010 at 7:10 PM Rating: Default
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Cool video but how can you tell your leveling to fast, your xp is lowered?
#6 Oct 03 2010 at 7:42 PM Rating: Decent
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Hmm, I was not aware that an experience bar changes color when you reach the fatigue limit.

I don't know what else to tell you, sorry. During the beta, I was up to rank 15, PL 20 as a Lancer and only had bad SP gains from low level mobs or mobs I killed too fast. Otherwise, I was still able to find some places to do a decent grind (~150 SP per fight).
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#7 Oct 03 2010 at 8:26 PM Rating: Good
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Like I said before, fight something tough isn't necessarily bad. Hitting 180 SP from one skill on a Crab is better than hitting 40-50 SP per success hit on a weak Dodo, yes? And I was in a group of 2-3 people too.
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#8 Oct 03 2010 at 8:52 PM Rating: Good
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Khornette wrote:
Like I said before, fight something tough isn't necessarily bad. Hitting 180 SP from one skill on a Crab is better than hitting 40-50 SP per success hit on a weak Dodo, yes? And I was in a group of 2-3 people too.


IF you party with more than 2 people your total SP gain is reduced by 1/3 for 3 members, 1/2 for 4 members.
So, might not really be better at all...

Edited, Oct 3rd 2010 10:53pm by sylph19
#9 Oct 03 2010 at 8:54 PM Rating: Decent
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sylph19 wrote:
Khornette wrote:
Like I said before, fight something tough isn't necessarily bad. Hitting 180 SP from one skill on a Crab is better than hitting 40-50 SP per success hit on a weak Dodo, yes? And I was in a group of 2-3 people too.


IF you party with more than 2 people your total SP gain is reduced by 1/n where n>2.
So, might not really be better at all...

Best partying exp I've found is one person with a heal spell, and one damage dealer. healer heals, attacker attacks, both get exps, both are happy.
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