A song of venom and wind to rust and ruin deez rampaging robots! Back as Bard in 3.2? Well, you’ve found the right place for 3.2 BRD BiS! Shoutout to Tiffany Faye!
Quicknotes: Of course, is very similar to MCH BiS. 3/29/16 I UPDATED THE BiS! I wrote this one quite early, and underestimated Skill Speed on BRD. I was stuck in the Gordias mindset and if given the choice choose DET over SS with a small stat weight difference. MORE ON THIS IN THE NOTES SECTION. The list below reflect the better stat weights of SS and actually being able to USE it. The change from the original list I posted is TWO items (chest) and 2-4 melds.
|BRD||Item||Meld 1||Meld 2||ACC||CRIT||DET||SS|
|Weapon||Midan Metal Bow||CRIT V||CRIT V||-||110||118||-|
|Helm||Midan Goggles of Aiming||ACC V||ACC IV||69||69||-||-|
|Body||Midan Coat of Aiming||CRIT V||CRIT V||-||102||-||112|
|Hand||Augmented Torrent Armguards of Aiming||ACC V||SS V||60||69||-||12|
|Belt||Midan Belt of Aiming||ACC V||-||12||51||34||-|
|Legs||Augmented Torrent Tights of Aiming||CRIT V||CRIT V||-||102||-||112|
|Boots||Midan Boots of Aiming||CRIT V||CRIT IV||69||24||-||48|
|Neck||Midan Neckband of Aiming||ACC V||-||48||51||-||-|
|Earring||Augmented Primal Earrings of Aiming||ACC V||-||12||51||34||-|
|Wrist||Augmented Primal Bracelet of Aiming||CRIT V||-||51||48||-||-|
|Ring||Augmented Primal Ring of Aiming||CRIT V||-||-||48||49||-|
|Ring||Midan Ring of Aiming||CRIT V||-||36||12||-||51|
|Stats||Total stats from gear||357||777||235||351|
Bard best-in-slot ain’t so bad this time around. This set features the ‘PRACTICAL’ absolute maximum critical hit chance a Bard can attain without gimping themselves.
— UPDATED BiS NOTES —
My original BiS list favored DET over SS even if SS had a tiny tiny edge over DET in terms of stat weight, due to reasons no longer valid in 3.2.
Skill Speed is actually pretty good these days! Why the change of heart? Well, the main reasons are its TP, Stat weight, Cast time and Scaling.
Lesser TP costs and encounter uptimes in 3.2 – TP isn’t really an issue these days. so that’s a tiny nod for SS.
Stat Weight? Even on its own, SS beats out DET by a tiny tiny margin.
Cast Time is a “non-tangible” bonus that you can move out of AoE faster, and may be able to get your skill off safely as compared to DET in some niche cases, providing a practical DPS boost that isn’t seen on the sheet.
Scaling? Det scales poorly, while SS scales better the more you have of it (but not quite as good as CRIT still). So in effect, if you’re gonna dump your other stats that “aren’t crit” into one pile – it’s better off in SS.
Do we really have to buy lore weapon? Yes, it’s a bitter pill to swallow but yes you do. The Sephirot Bows stats aren’t exactly magical… delay the weapon no later than after left-side purchases.
The below spending strategy is purely to obtain BiS fastest:
- Weapon: Horrific stats, luckily you’re forced to buy other items due to waiting on Hypercharged Tomestone… “what do”. You’ll have to buy this at some point, man.
- Legs: Since Midan filler is A7.
- Hands: Ahh some much needed accuracy…
- Ring > Wrist > Earring in that order of value.
***THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE DELAY to buy WEAPON is after you’ve completed left-side items!***
ANYTHING ELSE IS OPTIONAL: left-side fillers first Body > Boots > Head > Belt, then accessories Neck > Ring(Unupgraded).
USING UP PAGES AND MIDAS NORMAL PARTS
Click on the expandables below to see how you should spend pages, and which Midas Normal parts to get first –
Click the above!!!
BRD Crafted Gear Viability
I’ll update this later on so I can finish all the other BiS lists. Pretty much 90% of what ‘yer lookin’ for is here already anyways.