Like many others, I'm returning after years of inactivity and have some questions.
I've chosen to play a 1h Knight over a crossbow knight, based on many suggestions in this forum. Jerremy, you suggested to follow FireJin's 1h Knight build, but to use less dex. I am currently level 58, and have many questions:
1. Jerremy, do you still recommend 1h over xbow for pvm? And or pvp?
When it comes to pvm, I still recommend 1h over xbow. The reason being that pvm (especially endgame content like dungeons) is focused on AoEing. The only single target type of pvm is king hunting, and for that we won't be using a knight, but rather a champion who clears kings much faster. When it comes to pvp, it will depend on your style of playing. The 1h knight build is more AoE/group target based. If you prefer standing in the middle of the fight, and use your AoE's to damage and disrupt the enemy team, then a melee knight would be the pick to go. The xbow knight on the other hand is more single target based, and usually doesn't even have any AoE's. As such it is not very well fit for pvm. It excels in 1v1 pvp's and in group combat it is good for standing at a distance away from the fight, picking off targets one by one.
2. I am under the impression that we are allowed one free skill reset. FireJin's guide uses no attack speed (for example) at end game, presumably because with skill spam there is very little auto attacking. Is there some obvious concept of leveling using an Optimized mob grinding build, and respeccing at later levels for dungeons/cd? Leveling mostly solo (lower levels are underpopulated), auto attacking is probably 80% of my damage. Solo grinding individual mobs without attack speed seems... less than ideal. Is there a build that I should be using to level, and respeccing later? Is it faster to level with xbow, or attack speed, or even two hand, then respec to a dungeon/cd build when higher level?
Yes, there is one free reset at the mayor of junon. And yes, we will be using a sort of mob grinding build. First get your attack power and attack speed passive. Also all the skills of the 1h tree (all of them up to sword force). After that it'll depend on how good you are doing yourself. (see next question)
3. Should I be saving skill points for knight job advancement?
It depends. If you are having trouble staying alive at this point, invest in the defensive passives. If not, save up points for the knight job advancement. After changing to knight, get the attack power passive (at lv100 and forward you'll probably be finding a party already, and will be aoeing), the first two AoE's in the knight tree (I forgot the name of the first one, but the second one is swords of divinity). Work towards the last skill in the tree, impact wave. Once you have this, get sacrifice (the unique skill), the defensive passives, the shield passives, guard, reflect and protection. After that order doesn't really matter that much, just work towards the rest of the skills.
4. Spliffor asked a similar question in the previous thread, but I too am wondering when to allocate non-strength stats while leveling. I've currently only keep con = my level, and rest strength. Should I follow this model until 150+? When should I begin adding Sen/Dex/Int? Jerremy, you indicated you would add less Dex than FireJin. How much, and why?
Don't think you'll need any int, but basically, sen and dex aren't very important stats until later. I'll also come to explain why we don't use as much dex as FireJin's build. The main reason we add points on dex is because at some point, putting into str will cost so much that you don't profit much from it (example: at 350str you will need 70stat points to allocate one extra point on str). However, for a knight, dex has only two uses: attack power and off hand defense. I think I explained it before in a different topic, but later your base off hand defense is already so high you don't really need to invest in dex to improve it. Also, while dex does add attack power, it is only half as effective as str. So we definitely won't be putting a lot points onto dex just for a bit extra attack power. Personally I put dex to 150-200 at most. As a melee knight I'd aim for 180dex. We will be putting more points onto con. My knight build has more con to help us with slightly higher dodge target. You still don't want to attack a raider, but we will be able to hit scouts and some dex builded clerics easier. Also, if we use a low con build, should we get by an accu down, we will be having trouble hitting. So I put more onto con to have slightly more reliable accuracy.
So in the end, we will be putting sen and dex once you stop putting points onto str. During lvling the effects of sen and dex will be hardly or not noticeable at all, so we will just be pumping points onto str till it reaches 350, then add points on dex, then on sen.
5. Is there some known about method of leveling faster than what I am experiencing? I've read in other places on the forums that people can level to 230 in a matter of a few days using some combination of partying and high level characters. I'm grinding mobs for hours at a time, gaining only a few levels a day. Is there something I'm missing here? Others have indicated to me that they use a 2nd account with a 100+ cleric for buffs. Is this something worth investing time in?
This is regretfully true. There is a large difference between newer and more experienced players when it comes to lvling. There's a few things you can do. One would be looking around for others your level range. Partying goes a lot faster than soloing nearly all the time. Take a look at DigitalKitten's leveling guide if you're not sure about the most popular spots to level. And yes, having a cleric is very useful for grinding mobs. Preferrably a max level one, but a lv100 cleric who you can use to buff your other characters with is already a very big help and it'll go much faster than having to solo without any buffs.
I am interested in playing knight in both pvm and pvp. As I understand it, FireJin's guide is for effectiveness in group pvp. While that does sound intriguing, at the rate I'm going I won't be max level for literally months. That won't do me much good If i never hit 230 heh, so If i have to sink a few dollars into the item mall for a late game respec in order to get there significantly faster -- I'm willing to do so. I'm just unsure of generally what the hell I should be doing to expedite the process. I look forward to your responses, and a particular thank you to Jerremy for providing a host of non-outdated information to returning players like myself.
You don't have to sink a few dollars for a respec since there is one free reset, but the owners of the game always appreciate the patronage, so buying something from the item mall can be good if you think it's a good investment.