Hi. So I am hoping to to fund both my TB and Bucc a bit more, and I was wondering in what order I should start to improve my gear. Like, should I begin by improving my knuckle, accessory, armor, etc. Thanks
First thing's first, you should buy a cheap CRA set and a Fafnir Knuckle and either 70% trace them now, or wait for a fever time to get them all to pass (I have a gut feeling that we'll have one soon, with black Friday and/or reboot). Do the same thing with boss accessories (zakum face+eye, HT ring, pink bean's cup, magnus badge) or perhaps some 6% stat half earrings, then star all of them including the CRA set and Fafnir to 10 stars (if possible). Also do your daily Easy Magnus runs and try for some Nova Boots and a Nova Cape (only star these a couple times with enhancement scrolls if you're a daredevil, or have lots of extras), as well as Gollux for the Solid Pendant and Belt (earrings and ring aren't necessary...yet). Don't worry about hammers for these, as they will just be placeholder items so that the characters are able to complete some content and bosses. These steps are the ones that the average mapler takes to get 100k~200k range.
At this stage most of your items are placeholders, but the ones you should be using your daily cubes on are both your Emblem and Secondary Weapon in order to tier them up, since they will likely not be changed.
Next you want to save up as much as you can for clean slates, and 15% trace a new weapon during fever time (25% success). Either inno scroll or buy a new weapon, or fuse two bad weapons if you don't pass 4-5 right away. Don't forget to hammer the weapon after that so that 10 slots are available. After that, keep clean slate scrolling and 15% (25% during fever) spell tracing. For all future scrolling, you make the decision on whether or not it's worthwhile to clean slate or start fresh. Once this weapon is +10, star it to 12 stars (at least). It'll likely cost you between 1b-2b to go from 12-15 stars, so you can put that off if you like. Once all this is done, focus all your cubes here. It's up to you whether you equip it or not at this point; if you hold off, you can use event cubes on other characters, or you could equip it to see the results and complete content more easily. That goes for any other cubing as well.
Keep focusing your cubes on tiering those three: weapon, secondary, and emblem; you can do so while continuing on to the next part. Stop when they're Unique with three great lines, or Legendary with 2 great or decent lines. Great lines for the weapon and secondary are: boss %, att %, ignore defense %; and great lines for the emblem are: att% and ignore defense %. 'Decent' lines are: total damage %, % stat, and crit rate. You can improve these at any time, but don't leave yourself with horrible stats between each set of attempts.
The next steps depend on if you want to buy everything from another player, or work for it. I'll ignore the buying part since merching isn't my forte, and buying perm style boxes and selling the items is just easy and boring.
Gollux items are next. Try to get the superior set; you can earn the superior earrings and rings through the coin shop, and also pick up all the other gollux rings for your other slots. Basically... hammer the items, farm coins for the scrolls, use them, and clean slate or inno scroll if necessary (depending on what's more effective). Do the same thing with two superior pendants, though you'll have to either find some help or buy them from another player. Don't worry about the belt since you've got the two pendants; you could consider replacing your solid belt with a Nova one at this point if you so choose. Cube your gollux items for % stat after you're satisfied with your weapon, secondary, and emblem. If you get another stat that's 15%+ (depending on what you're shooting for), consider trading it to someone else for the one you need.
At the same time as doing gollux, do your daily Commerci runs and farm for the SW accessories for yourself. Alternatively, you could sell any accessories you farm, and instead obtain the Blackgate accessories and scroll+cube those. Cube the accessories you chose after finishing your Gollux items. Blackgate accessories are able to be traded with PSOK; SW accessories are not.
I find that replacing your CRA set and getting SW / Blackgate accessories are interchangeable. Depending on how much time and money you want to invest into the new CRA set, either (from easiest to most difficult): 30% trace, chaos of goodness, or prime scroll them. Cube them as necessary for % stat too.
From then on, it's mostly up to you. Tyrants are a good next option, starting with the cape, and ending with the gloves. You can also get the Exorcist Badge and cube that.
At any point in this journey, feel free to scroll an event android heart or lidium heart with +5 att 60% (PQ shop) scrolls or even better event scrolls, getting a DSE nebulite for a work glove, or anything else you think will benefit you at that moment. If marvel comes around, you could consider investing in Tyrants earlier to save in the long run. Most of the stuff after the Superior Gollux set is interchangeable; it depends on what you have easiest access to at the moment.
Also, you must know that CUBES ARE AND WILL BE A PAIN. Have fun!
@belzier: Thanks. I got most of the stuff down on my bucc already so that shouldn't really be a problem. For him though, I had no real order in which to fund so it came out to be kind of a pain, just wanted something easier for my TB. Thanks bro . Bucc bros 4 lyfe.
@helpingly I'm at around 500k~600k buffed, though I have a huge excess of +att and %boss, and next to no %stat. I have 87% str, and 33% att. My damage is a lot better than it should be due to 100% crit rate, DSE, and min crit rings (+100%~118% crit damage with our hyper stacks). I have yet to equip my gollux set since I'm working on getting it to 15% before equipping. I really need to recube my emblem for 2 lines of IED though, so I'll lose 15% str there. I'm still rocking my zakum items and 70% CRA, though I do have 8 star nova boots, 16 (or 18?) att CRA pants, and both a 5 star Tyrant Belt and Cape. I did stuff as it was available to me, and not efficiently at all.
Like I said, cubing is rough (when not spending NX).
Depends on the damage reduction of the boss. On Commerci Voyages I hit from 10-14m lines on octopunch (depending on buffs), whereas at Hard Gollux it's only about 7-8m lines. That's why I mentioned recubing my emblem, since my IED is only 69% at the moment.
Belzier pretty much nailed this, but a few things I'd suggest...
Get 100 Diligence before you do all this. Your long-term Spell Tracing will thank you for the +10% success rate, and you can use it for scrolling other items as long as you don't equip a transferable item before scrolling it.
Make sure you have your Character Cards in order, along with appropriate Link Skills if possible. Shade and Hayato both give Critical Damage, Phantom Link is a Critical Chance boost, Xenon is %All Stat, a three Pirate Deck is %Defense Ignore(Mech/Shade/Xenon works), etc. These will definitely help your damage, and if you haven't bothered with them by now, you should definitely start; the contribution to your range and overall damage(Especially for certain cards or links) is fantastic.
If you haven't started on a Secondary yet, use the Evolution World variant; it might be a bit more expensive in terms of time, but it has a few stats more than the bought version, assuming you don't have a Princess No variant.
I'd say the Ghost Ship Exorcist Badge is also decent to toss cubes on if your other items are decent; it's less replaceable than your other gear, and since the slot is rarely used it's more convenient to Cube in case you come across some armor you might want to buy or new options come out.
Just make sure that you're consistent in bossing what you can and use your Cubes on your items; eventually you'll get there, and beyond the exceptions(Weapon, Secondary, Emblem, Heart), I don't think it technically matters what you Cube as they all have the same potential pool, assuming there's no tier difference(Such as Sweet Water versus boss accessories).
@tricks122 The only reason I suggest Gollux first is that having all of them fills up 7 slots, they provide some of the best stats when finished, and are for all classes so you can trade a %luk ring for a %str equivalent (sometimes you might put a little mesos in if you have a %dex one). I suppose with that logic, cubing SW/Blackgate should come before CRA. This is assuming you're open to trading items.
If you don't want to rely on others, or are switching to Reboot world, then it doesn't matter so much.
Getting 100% diligence takes a long while, so heavily consider if waiting a few months to scroll is worth the opportunity cost of having more content and bosses available for income. Of course one should try to level it up anyway though!
@Belzier I suppose so, but then one could make the argument that attempting to trade a well-stated pair for another could be difficult(I've seen people trying to do so for weeks), although it certainly has its advantages. It's more along the lines of "Don't feel bad if you need to cube this over that at this point, because minus trading everything gives a similar progression.".
And hey, the benefit with Reboot world is that you might not even have the damage to do a lot of these bosses in the first place. So there's less to worry about and more fun to be had, or more actual partying.
100 Diligence takes months if you begin from zero; I'd assume most people have gotten at least a few levels by now, and it's a long term goal that's very useful. I'd also say that 10% makes a large difference for scrolling 15%'s(70%'s you can trash scroll regardless), so waiting a bit for your end-game and having it be far more efficient in terms of resources(Assuming you can do most low-mid level content already, which is possible) can be a great choice.
I'm not really sure if it's worth a guide; equipment choices tend to be sort of obvious, and there are guides as to what an end-game character has(Which is what most people are working towards) already. Most people asking are either new to the game(In which case you need to follow the old 140 set and slowly upgrade towards Root Abyss path), or they're at the end-game so having an intermediate sort of upgrade path is pointless; those in the middle generally know how they need to upgrade, from my experience. I'll look into tossing something detailed together after the exam sessions pass and cool off.