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  1. #1
    RIDE ARMOR
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    Group 1 THF merit decisions

    Hi all I was wondering what merits I should get for THF group 1 merits other than maxing triple attack.
    As of group 2 I'm going to do Feint3, Steal2, Charge1; should I touch group 1 merits before I put more into the group 2s again (currently Feint1, Steal1, Charge1)?
    Also (if applicable, anyway) should I touch STR or DEX merits before meriting group1/group2 merits further? Mandau's probably out of the question for me, and I'm not likely to level another melee job to 75.
    For the record I'm a tarutaru THF; and when I'm on thief it's about 50-50 chance I'm soloing-HNM'ing.

    Thanks :D Merry Christmas.

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    Ho Mamthra
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    I haven't gotten to it yet personally, but I plan on meriting trick and sneak at least twice each. I'll have one left to spend and it might go into SA, or flee recast, I dunno, lol. But the Triple Attack is a must have, from there there isn't anything terribly gamebreaking. I enjoy assassin's charge, Feint is extremely useful (though I don't think worth meriting 3 times as I don't think it will make much of a difference on the things you use it on, usually zerged mobs), Aura Steal is great but really doesn't seem worth meriting up either, and Ambush I haven't tried yet.

    I'd unlock them all, probably, and just max your favorite there. As for STR or DEX or whichever, just worry about that last--do all your combat skills, other skills (crit hit+), group one, group 2s... then go pick up some STR.

  3. #3
    RIDE ARMOR
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    meh. 3 feint is good to have if you like to merit on mamools. feint for every lurker makes things nice.

  4. #4
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    feint 3
    ac 1
    as 1

    still one to spare, not much use for it though.

  5. #5
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    My merits on thief look like this atm

    Group 1:
    Triple attack: maxed
    Trick attack: not touched (gonna do it after i cap enimty, which is next)

    I've discussed group 1 merits w/ couple thfs on odin alot have different ways of doing it, im guessing that being able to throw a Ta on to tank every 55secs will be a little bit more usefull then nothing but w/e imo minimal difference, either Sneak Attack or Trick Attack recast should be used (dont see point in hide or flee)

    As for Group 2 merits i went
    Fient: 2
    Aura Steal: 3
    Ass.Charge: 1

    From my experience Aura steal has been so nice to me, stealing / dispelling acc or evade bonus from mamool is usefull, Fient is also extreamly usefull for them mobs that piss you off w/ High evade, (Byakko comes to mind) so at the end for group 2 nothing really game breaking, as long as you have them unlocked. I do however suggest you capped triple attack > go to g2 merits > go for group 1 merits

    As for STR or DEX I'm leaving mine till after i finsh rest of my merits (Enimty 1 more lvl to go, Trick Attack and HP) I'm going to go 5/5 str mostly because im mithra and also fact that i want Mandau in the far far future <_< (then again i do belive on a 1:1 ratio, dex>str <_<)

    Not sure if this exactly helps but yer, also wouldnt mine hearing what other end game thiefs have to say about it <_<

  6. #6
    RIDE ARMOR
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    Hmm. I'll probably go with 2SA and 3TA; I thinking about putting all 5 into SA because of DD/DOT purposes, but I guess TA has it's uses and balance isn't a bad thing. Maxing feint should be my first priority, though; switching in all the haste gears is a beautiful thing
    Thanks for the responses.

  7. #7

    I'm assuming you already have max dagger?

  8. #8
    Sea Torques
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    Quote Originally Posted by darquenine
    I'm assuming you already have max dagger?
    Dagger isn't in Group One (Or Two).

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    For group 1, I did Triple Attack 5, then scattered the rest.

    2 in Sneak 2 in Trick, 1 in Hide.

  10. #10
    Sea Torques
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    Finishing up my THF merits after finally capping STR.

    Group 1: capped triple, 2 SA, 1 TA atm, going for one more in both SA and TA most likely.
    Group 2: 2AC, 2 feint, 1AS, 1lolambush, planning to get rid of ambush asap and cap feint. Meritting that before anyone knew what it did was pretty dumb. ;p

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    I'll most likely end up doing 3x SA, 2x TA and 5x Triple.

    But then maybe I'll do 1x Flee or something, doubtful since I use SA/TA a ton more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eaglestrike
    I'll most likely end up doing 3x SA, 2x TA and 5x Triple.

    But then maybe I'll do 1x Flee or something, doubtful since I use SA/TA a ton more.
    What he said, minus the flee part.

  13. #13

    I did 5TA / 5triple, pretty satisfied with that.

  14. #14

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuponut
    Quote Originally Posted by darquenine
    I'm assuming you already have max dagger?
    Dagger isn't in Group One (Or Two).
    Oops, indeed.

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