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#1 Oct 15 2010 at 6:40 AM Rating: Decent
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For Optimal Rank on items does it mean you can't use that item until you hit that level?
Also does it mean your physical level? or class level?
#2 Oct 15 2010 at 6:56 AM Rating: Decent
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Optimal Rank refers to Class Rank, not physical level, and it is possible to equip items if you lack the optimal level. However, you will not receive the full benefit of the equipment until you reach that optimal level. Even one level below optimal results in a major reduction in stats, as well as increased item wear, I believe.
#3 Oct 15 2010 at 6:57 AM Rating: Excellent
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It's class rank, and you can use them below the optimal rank, but you will not receive the full benefit of the stats.
#4 Oct 15 2010 at 8:21 AM Rating: Decent
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Somebody did the math on this in another thread here @ ZAM, but I'm too lazy to go find it. If I recall correctly, wearing an item for which your rank is below the optimal rank results in the following:

~ you get some % of the base stats for the item (Def., Mag.Def., Eva, Res)

~ you DO NOT receive any of the bonus stats until you reach the optimal rank

Example with made up #'s:

So if you are lvl 5, and you wear gloves that are optimal rank lvl 8 with these stats: def 10, mag.def 10, eva 10, res 10, +2 acc, +2 str, you would get the following stat bonuses: def 8, mag.def 8, eva 8, res 8, but no bonus to acc or str until you hit rank 10.

That's how I think it works and what somebody else parsed it out as. So don't xp in gear that looks cool and/or gear that you wanna show off b/c sometimes you get better stats from an item with an optimal rank 7 levels below your current rank rather than an item that is 1 level above your current rank.

Edited, Oct 15th 2010 10:23am by DonFlamenco
#5 Oct 15 2010 at 8:53 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm not so sure about that. At level 15 Archer, I upgraded from Copper Rings (rank 8) which have a bonus of Accuracy +2 to Brass Rings (rank 18) which have a bonus of Accuracy +3 and my Accuracy number on the character sheet increased.

If you never receive any of those bonuses until you meet the optimal rank, then my Accuracy should have decreased by 2 for every ring that i swapped out.
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