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Pros and cons of spending Attribute points on ArcFollow

#1 Aug 29 2013 at 6:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Hello guys,

I was hoping that some of you more seasoned Arcanists could point me in a direction with how to spend my Attribute Points and what results I can expect depending on the choices of attributes to buff. With Cnj, it's a no-brainer to dump points in Wis and with Thm it's equally herp-derp to ignore Int.

Cnj seems a lot more versatile in the roles you can play in a party and the mechanics of what may or may not make my pet stronger is lost on me. I'm only level 10 and wanted to see if I'm looking at things correctly or WAY off.

My hypothesis is that if I dump points on WIS, then I will be able to support Carby as a tank a whole lot better. However, if Carbuncle takes characteristics directly from my stats, then I would also want to put some points in VIT and even Dex. If there is no correlation, though, then that would be a terrible waste of points on a mage class. Transversely, if I wanted to be more of a back-row damage dealer, then will my INT score help strengthen my DOTs, debuffs and spells? At this very early stage, I seem to be barely using MP at all, so unlike FFXI it seems like this class isn't affected by MP burn, but does that change later on and should I be gearing up for it by pumping up my piety while I'm not in a hole?

There's also the X factor of not really knowing what the **** I'm talking about at all :) Maybe Strength helps Carby become a badass. If there is a walkthrough of this stuff, feel free to send me a link and tell me to RTFM.
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#2 Aug 30 2013 at 10:17 AM Rating: Decent
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Wow, I find it incredibly hard to believe no one is weighing in on this. Granted, I reached level 15 yesterday and got Enhanced Intelligence as a perk. So, I am assuming that this is strictly an Intelligence based debuffing class from that, but can more be done as an Arcanist? Have we really explored the possibilities?
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#3 Aug 30 2013 at 10:21 AM Rating: Excellent
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I am interested in this from the standpoint of Scholar vs. Summoner.
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#4 Aug 31 2013 at 3:29 PM Rating: Excellent
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ACN are in a really bad place as far as attribute point distribution goes. We have 2 jobs to choose or switch between which use different stats as their primary.

So really all I can say is stack MND if you plan on going SCH and stack INT if you plan on doing SMN. Piety is mostly useless as we have many mana regeneration abilities, and I've never really had a problem with mana healing as a SCH up through the mid 40's.
#5 Sep 02 2013 at 3:17 PM Rating: Good
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I find that SCH has gotten the short end of the stick here. Even if you put your points in MND, majority of your traits increase your INT but nothing for your MND.......odd.
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#6 Sep 03 2013 at 12:53 AM Rating: Decent
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I agree with both the posts above. It seems you can't really manage both a SCH and SMN since they depend on different attributes. I'm a healer at heart so plan to go SCH, and since my main is WHM, it was an easy choice to dump MND. Ultimately SCH will be a worse all around healer than WHM but I think it can be a more interesting support class.

However if you are more a BLM flavor and are aiming for SMN (cool pets) then INT is the way to go. I think this was the intended default path for this class so that might explain why the traits bump INT.

Any idea how much INT comes from traits at 50? It might not be a big difference.
#7 Sep 03 2013 at 5:03 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm glad this became a good discussion. I have Acn to 20, now. It definitely seems like the split is in going the Sch path or Smn.
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