Non-Dex fast-casting build:
What's really amazing about magic using Kagerou/Oboro is the extent to which they can dramatically reduce cast time with gear alone.
Int: 100-120 base, probably 120
Dex: Very low.
Vit: 96+4 (at job 50 - status immune)
Agi: At instant cast or near instant cast, will agi let you spam faster? If so, mid-high agi :-P
Str: Low. Probably some here for weight, we're not short on stat points.
Luk: Low-mid - just for matk.
Gear (no dex build) - Very little room for personal choices here. But who cares, you're instant casting skills with no delay. You need to get as much variable reduction as possible.
The basics are:
RWC Pendant , spell 3/3 (16%)
RWC Pendant, Spell 3/3 (16%)
Bazerald Spell 4/4 or better, (20%)
+9 KK CoD (29%)
This gives you 81% cast reduction WITHOUT using your main-hand weapon - because you want your main-hand weapon to be an RWC knife. I have tested this setup, and with 16th Night up (ie, 91.5% variable reduc), casts are fast enough that you don't need to think about phen, even if you're too lazy to keep CSS up and are just drinking pots.
You can use either the RWC Knife in your main hand (for damage), OR you can go with a spell enchanted bazerald in order to hit 100% cast time reduction and enjoy instacast.
Can also add Spell 3 Archangel Wings if using the RWC knife, bringing reduction to 89% (94.5 with 16th night) - this probably makes sense if the alternative is an immune HBP, since the only bonuses we care about from HBP is the +50 matk and 10% resistance. If the alternative is a DR HBP (if you have one kicking around), it's a harder call.
This leaves only the body and footgear slots available for whatever normal gear you might want.
If the gear for a fast-casting build is unavailable (likely because you don't have the RWC accessories), then you'll need to get some dex. I would probably build this generally like a wizard:
Int: 100-120 base
Dex: 90-100+ base
Vit: 96+4 (at job 50 - status immune)
Luk: Low-mid. Once int is 100, you should put some points into luk, simply for the 1 matk per 3 luk; 4.5 luk = 1 int in terms of magic damage. Luk should come in a multiple of 3 (for total luk, not base)
Gear (int/dex build) - Much more choice than the % cast reduc based build. But sadly, the choices aren't all that compelling, since we're ninjas and get a garbage gear selection.
Other accessory of your choice (The Sign? Buwaya? Something else important?
+% Matk or -% Cast Time headgear - CoD, overupped MRH, etcetera.
+9 Heroic Backpack (of course)
Armor and Footgear (both builds):
+9 Superior Shoes or +12 Superior Bangungot Boots of Nightmare (Bayani).
Tidung, Shadow ninja armor (the one that casts illusion shadow), or whatever else you want to wear - our gear options here are miserable. Agav is probably the card you want in it, whatever you pick.
Weapons (for any build, in descending order of good-ness)
Overupgraded RWC Knife + RWC Pendant with spell enchants (main hand only - they don't stack if you have 2)
Spell Enchanted Bazerald (105 matk for weap, plus the bonus from spell along with faster cast)
Mikatsuki (120 matk, -5% cast -5% delay)
Rakasa Dagger (100 matk)
Brave Assassins's Damascus (90 matk)
Eden Dagger III (70 matk)
For special purposes:
Spell Enchanted Combat Knife (for WoE/PVP - no matk, but it can take spell enchants...)
All charms, Release Ninja Spell, Cast Ninja Spell, 16th Night lvl 5, Pure Soul lvl 5 (I have awful SP problems on my Kagerou, so this seems interesting to me). Get one charm and 16th night maxed first, then work on other stuff. 16th night is most important skill for caster ninjas.
Not sure where to go next with Kagerou/Oboro skills.
CSS 5 and prereqs.
Ninja Mastery 10
Ninja Aura 5
Magic attack skills (I can fit wind and fire skill trees, with either wind blade 10 and freezing spear 1, or freezing spear 5 and watery 1).
Damage of Ninja Skills at max level, normally, and with 10 charms:
Flaming Petals: 900% -> 2700%
Blaze Shield 50% -> 75%
Exploding Dragon 900% -> 1800% (3 second delay - huge bummer for us!)
Freezing Spear: 840% -> 1260%
Snowflake Draft: 350% -> 1225%
Wind Blade: 900% -> 2700%
Lightning Jolt: 360% -> 900%
First Wind: 600% -> 1200%
Edited by DrAzzy, 13 February 2013 - 07:03 AM.