Monday, May 18, 2009

You are not your fucking Noble's Tunic.

Not everything is going to be rare or hard to obtain, sometimes even the most mundane items are incredibly critical to playing your job and that is definitely the case of the Noble's Tunic.

The Stats: This is the first item where we can look the bonuses and see how good they on it's face. The Noble's Tunic is a key piece of WHM end-game gear. The DEF like almost all Mage gear is pretty much irrelevant, and the MP is actually pretty meager but that is also pretty irrelvent once your WHM can wear this item. The reason this item shines is because of it's additional stats. Even though there are other items with Refresh on them, there are none that have Cure Potency on it. Some people choose not to spend the money on the Noble's Tunic, instead preferring to go with something like a Cleric's Briault, Dalmatica, or even a Marduk's Jubbah. The problem with this is that even if you can find the refresh in other places you can't find the Cure Potency, and for some people that is even better than the Refresh. The Cure Potency scales as you use heal for more, making it scale with the higher level of cure that you do. In essence this means that you are actually saving MP over time which probably amounts a different kind of Refresh. There are other ways to increase the strength of your Cures without increased Cure Potency like by increasing MND, but they don't compare to the abilities of a straight increase in Cure Potency percentages. Here we can see a baseline Cure strength graph for a WHM without any Cure Potency and here we can see what happens when we add just 20% Cure Potency from a Noble's Tunic and the standard issue Light Staff. The difference is pretty huge and it gets stronger for stronger Cures. So, even if other body pieces have Refresh on them that is no reason to pass up a Noble's Tunic as you will be gimping your Cures, and stronger Cures can mean fewer Cures and more MP saved. This is especially true with the introduction of Afflatus Solace and it's additional Stoneskin effect.

The Get: The Auction House of course, and it's a pretty penny too. It's also worth all of those pretty pennies. If you are looking to get one crafted, the main ingredient you are going to need to pick up is that Shining Cloth, which you can buy off the Auction House or get from various high level NM's or KS99's. If you are going to buy the parts and go for the HQ, remember that your Clothcrafting is going to need to be at least 87, but that does mean you should be able to get to Tier 1 on it.

5 comments:

aerroenu said...

The thing that irritates me beyond reasoning is how cheap the Noble's Tunic is NOW. During my WHM68-75 period two years ago, there was no way I could afford to pay anywhere from 10-50mil for it without burning through a sky LS. To add to the hardships, I couldn't make it to sky all the time, either.

Buying a Noble's Tunic can tide you over until you get your (stinkin') Cleric's Briault, Dalmatica, or Marduk's Jubbah.

Thank you for graphing cure potencies. I hope that's enough of a visual representation to convince all WHM to invest in this garment.

Ringthree said...

I have to admit that I just stole those charts, I didn't make them.

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Drac said...

Truth. I can't wait to have mine crafted. I'm three levels away from using the Noble's.

Plus it looks totally fabulous, no?

Carhsel said...

WHM FOOOOOEEEEEEEEEEEEVA!!!!!! nice stats on it.