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why NOT to wear over-leveled gear in ffxiv?Follow

#1 Nov 05 2010 at 9:29 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm wondering the effects of wearing over leveled gear is? i hear it wears faster and it wont be used to its full potential... does anyone know specifics?
#2 Nov 05 2010 at 9:31 AM Rating: Default
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Breaks faster, and costs more to repair.
But as long as the other options seems to often be, wear over ranked gear or go naked, it´s probably better to use ver ranked gear.
#3 Nov 05 2010 at 10:08 AM Rating: Excellent
From some tests that I've done (I'm about to finish up a new guide on this very subject), I've found that wearing equipment even 1 level below optimal rank penalizes that gear by as much as 20% as far as it's stats/attributes goes.

As mentioned above, it will also degrade much faster, costing you more money overall.
There does seem to be a balance that can be reached though. For example, wearing a level 20 piece of gear at rank 11 may be less effective than the rank 10 armor available, however it may start to give better stats than that level 10 piece when you start to reach rank 15, 16, etc. There's still the problem of it wearing faster, however.
#4 Nov 05 2010 at 11:36 AM Rating: Decent
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Armor doesn't seem to degrade all that much faster, at least all of my overleveled armor only needs to be repaired once a week with moderate play.

Weapons on the other hand, Ash Asspaddle needs to be repaired daily if not more at rank 16, though it's possible it has a high rate of decay natively, I blew my gil and got a Brass Gladius today to see if that's a significant improvement, hopefully it is.
#5 Nov 05 2010 at 11:45 AM Rating: Decent
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I need to repair my scepter twice a day (i repair it when it´s around 50% or so) if i just do leves, more if i farm mobs.
And it´s 1 rank below me.
#6 Nov 05 2010 at 12:44 PM Rating: Good
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J4n1 wrote:
I need to repair my scepter twice a day (i repair it when it´s around 50% or so) if i just do leves, more if i farm mobs.
And it´s 1 rank below me.


One-handed Con and THM weaps break like frigging crazy. Two-handed is the better choice if you want better durability.

I actually just got myself a pine crook even though I am at rank to use willow wand for this very reason.
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#7 Nov 05 2010 at 2:02 PM Rating: Decent
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Olorinus the Vile wrote:
J4n1 wrote:
I need to repair my scepter twice a day (i repair it when it´s around 50% or so) if i just do leves, more if i farm mobs.
And it´s 1 rank below me.


One-handed Con and THM weaps break like frigging crazy. Two-handed is the better choice if you want better durability.

I actually just got myself a pine crook even though I am at rank to use willow wand for this very reason.


Wich means i either use my rank 15 Decorated Bone Staff, or my rank 25 Horn Staff, one is 7 ranks below me, other 3 ranks above me, and both stop me from using my Sheepskin Targe.
Neither option sounds that fun, especially as bonechips take lot more space than silver nuggets (stacks of 12 vs stacks of 99), and i´m already at 40 items from gear and repair mats alone.
#8 Nov 05 2010 at 2:15 PM Rating: Good
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I do love how armor can take quite a beating. Heavy armor like Bronze haubergeon and the like take very little gear damage over time even when on a lower level character, ive gone @ least 2 weeks w/o having to repair my armor And currently i'm a 21 Lancer wearing a hauby + bronze chain boots etc. I switch out to my bone harness for the looks (only a 3 def loss since im not @ optimal level for hauby).

I can't compare armor to cloth mainly because i'm not a mage. But a rather low lv armorer can repair most of the cheap armor floating around.

weapons are a different story, i don't mess w/ weapons of a higher rank thats asking to burn thru ur gil/playtime for repairs
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