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PET FOCI in the early expansions, part IFollow

#1 Jun 25 2018 at 6:28 AM Rating: Good
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Hello fellow mages (well, and necromancers and beastlords !),
I have updated the TLP section at eqmagetower.com with a thread about pet foci. It also applies to the leveling character on live, but unlike on progression servers, some pet foci are vendor bought precisely to help the leveling ; on TLPs, only the LDoN one is technically merchant bought. Part I covers the "how do they work" question ; part II will give an overview of pet focus hierarchy till TSS or TBS and the availability of items related to the era.
Here the link :

https://www.eqmagetower.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=68&t=4235
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#2 Jun 25 2018 at 7:45 AM Rating: Good
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Not to derail, but I play a mage as a supporting character so I'm no expert. On FV I see players spending a fortune to acquire the earring with the highest possible EM buff. How much does this matter, really? How much stronger is a pet buffed with the max EM versus one buffed with EM-2, which costs a whole lot less? I'm just curious. I do get the notion of "being the best you can be" but considering that all EM items decay in value greatly as soon as the next level is introduced, I wonder if the max EM is worth as much as 10m, even for the short term.
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#3 Jun 25 2018 at 10:12 AM Rating: Good
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Well, FV is a special case because you can buy no drop items ; and the value is something relative as it is what you are willing to spend for. I can't answer your question for recent pet foci (after House of Thule when I stopped playing, I came back to TLPs in 2015), but as a mage the pet focus is something as the Holy Graal. I think best pet focus in current era is EM XXVI (not sure though you need to check) ; why not asking in General chat on FV or in the magician channel if a mage with EM XXVI vs a mage with EM XXIV can give you max hit, proc value and estimated hps and overall impression about pet tanking (for the same pet rank of course) ?

You could also joint the serverwide.magician channel, password is fluffy, to ask mages from other servers on live.

Sorry if I am not very helpful, but I play on Ragefire in OoW era :-) To me the jump from Vex Thal Gloves to LDoN raid augment in LDoN era (which is two steps higher) was a HUGE improvement, my pet gained 2 levels, and the improved tanking capacity was obvious. But upgrading from Ritual Summoning (the LDoN augment) to Minion of Discord (best GoD focus) in OoW era was only a slight upgrade, the pet's level stayed the same, and the max hit only raised by 1 or 2 points according to the pet type. The fire pet nuke didn't change and the water pet proc actually became weaker because of the PoP bug (someone mixed up the roman number IV and VI and the PoP water pet was casting the rank 6 water nuke, pshht).
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