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#1 Mar 03 2011 at 8:51 PM Rating: Decent
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Hello, Before I get nailed with a "Creed Body or GTFO" Let me just say that I only use Creed Body when I play PLD (pretty rare these days...) But I often find myself asked to tank on WAR so I wanted to ask this question amongst the people that would most likely know the answer.
That said,
Koenig Body (VIT+20 HP+60)
Versa Body+1 (Physical Damage -4%, Enmity +6)

Im not so much worried about the Enmity seing as I hold hate with WS spam and Critical hits well enough to keep the target off of the mages and other DDs til they proc Yellow/Blue/Red. Im just curious if 20 VIT is better Defensively then PDT-4% if there was a sort of Ratio to keep in mind for comparisons such as this, that would be helpful. VIT ups DEF but also acts against the Target's Physical TP Moves and their Crits (Assuming Monster Critical Damage is fSTR like Player Critical Damage is) where as, Physical Damage applies to everything. In the opinions of other PLDs that might have seen situations or can offer some insight, what do you guys think?
#2 Mar 04 2011 at 3:19 AM Rating: Good
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If you're trying to be defensive in Abyssea, I would go with PDT-% before anything else. Don't forget you're already typically sitting at ~50+ vit just from boosts and maybe more depending on atma.

Though really the correct answer is: bring a whm.

I mean, unless you're actually having problems taking too much damage (which I find difficult to believe), then I wouldn't worry about gimping your damage. There is also a grim body for offensive stats + pdt-%.
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#3 Mar 06 2011 at 9:28 AM Rating: Decent
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I'd say go with Versa Hauberk (until you can get Creed Cuirass +1, of course. It's that good). PDT- goes a longer way towards survival than VIT+ alone. Combined with Phalanx, a good combination of PDT- gear will make you that much tougher to kill.
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#4 Mar 07 2011 at 1:10 AM Rating: Decent
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thanks for the replies, yea after Cruor buffs, I typically dont get hit for much damage on WAR, but I do like to take as little as possible just for the principal is all. More or Less, I was wondering if there were some sort of Rule of Thumb when weighing VIT vs PDT, cuz the other case that Im in a bend about is Genbu Kabuto vs Versa Hat..
15 VIT vs 2% PDT hmmm.. Gonna use the Versa Body from now on tho.
#5 Mar 07 2011 at 3:01 PM Rating: Excellent
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That's actually a bit tricky to answer. The 'default' answer is of course to go with the PDT. However one should also know why, and under what limits such an answer would be correct.

The PDT itself is easy enough. 4% less damage, or rather 40/1024 less damage, which can be applied to any physical attack, including those where Vit/Def would have no effect whatsoever (eg: 1000 Needles).

For the other side we need to factor in the full stat differences, including defense.

Koenig Cuirass: 65 def, 20 vit. Effectively 75 def with 20 Vit for purely stat purposes.
Versa Hauberk +1: 63 def

So the difference to be accounted for is 12 defense and the effect of 20 vit.

The value of 12 defense depends on the mob's attack and your existing defense, such as if you're using Defender (seems likely if you're gearing for defense like this).

Starting defense is likely to be around 300 (typical DD stuff), 400 (def gear + Defender) or 500 (def gear + Defender + defense food), given that you're using War and thus don't have the Defense Bonus traits of Pld. Will assume 400, but look at things at 300 and 500 as well.

You then need to know how that correlates with the mob's attack. Aside from buffs the mob may have, I would generally expect mobs to have an attack around 450-500 (for anything of high enough level for this setup to be a consideration).

That puts the mob's Ratio at a range varying across: 1.5-1.667, 1.125-1.250, or 0.900-1.000.

Add 12 defense and the Ratio varies as: 1.442-1.603, 1.092-1.214, or 0.879-0.977.

That gives a damage reduction value equivalent to: 3.87%-3.84%, 2.93%-2.88%, or 2.33%-2.30%.

So at low starting defense, that 12 def is worth almost as much as the -4% PDT on its own. At higher amounts of starting defense, though, it's worth notably less.

However we then must make another realization: The 400-500 defense values assume use of Defender. Defender is a multiplier on defense. We added 12 to our base defense, so the value with Defender included is actually +15 def, not +12. Things get a bit fuzzy at that point based on which actual defense value you use, but in essence you should be getting at least 3.5% damage reduction.

Of course you could also get up to ~400 def using a defense atma before adding Defender, which puts the value of additional def back down around the 3% mark. On the other hand +def gains significant extra value when defending against crits (note above that the higher the mob's Ratio, the more valuable +def is).

Then we need to factor in the Vit.

Assuming mob fStr works the same as players', you can have a negative fStr equal to the WRank of the weapon, which is its base rating divided by 9. Most NMs of note seem to have an effective weapon rating somewhere around 200 to 300 damage. In theory you could get their fStr down to the -22 to -33 level.

At 0 dStr you have an fStr of 2. Every 4 Vit you add should reduce that by 1 point. Given the limit based on the weapon rating, that means adding Vit would be effective up to around +96 to +140 Vit over the mob's Str.

How much str does the mob have? No idea. Based on known mob stat calculations, we can estimate that most will have a str similar to a standard naked character with a few extra levels under their belt, but it's hard to be sure (and is explicitly not the case with certain NMs such as Kirin).

If that is actually the case, we can assume that most mobs won't have a str over ~100. We can thus limit the useful value of player Vit (for conservative estimates) to about 200, though though it could potentially go as high as 250-300.

Given high-end zone bonuses you should be getting cruor buffs of +70. As a war your innate Vit is going to be fairly low. Overall I would not expect a non-gear total of more than 150, which leaves room for ~50 vit in gear before reaching overloaded status. Barring any other sigificant amounts of Vit in gear, +20 from the body should be comfortably usable.

We then look at how much 20 Vit actually reduces damage. 20 Vit would be -5 fStr. For a 200-300 base damage weapon, that's a reduction of somewhere around 1.5% to 2.5%.

Overall, the vit+def of the Koenig should equate to a general damage reduction of around 4.5% to 5.5%, just a smidge better than the Versa. With a high starting player def and a high weapon damage rating for the mob, overall reduction can fall below 4%.

The other stat issue to consider is that the Versa also has +14 att, compared with the Koenig's -10 str. If you explicitly want to reduce the damage you're doing while also reducing damage taken, it would seem the Koenig is the best choice on both fronts. It also has the slight survivability bonus of an extra 60 HP, which is nice.

On the other hand, if you still want to get a bit of offense out of your gear set then going with Versa is the better option, while only slightly behind defensively.
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