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    Chocobo companion spec

    I have been going through the MSQ as a BLM. Thus far I am level 46 while my Chocobo is level 4. I have put all points into his defender stance but feel as if I probably should have gone a different route (healing). Essentially he is too squishy and has difficulty maintaining threat at times.

    I have nowhere near enough seals to respec him, but was planning to start diverting skill points into healing. Do hybrid companion builds "work" or should I just continue to focus on defender skills?

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    Can't really answer the main question, though it probably works well enough for leveling, but when you do respec it, don't get the item with grand company seals, it's waaaaaaaaay cheaper with allied seals at the hunt vendor.

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    I've pretty much always just gone with the healer tree up to Choco Cure (the direct heal) and then everything else into DPS. Makes for the most useful companion no matter what class you're playing, it seems.

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    I put all my chocobo's points into the DPS tree. It's pretty effective from what I can tell.

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    If you are running as a tank. DPS-bo
    If you are running as a healer. DPS-bo
    If you are running as a dps. Heal-Bo/DPS-bo hybrid.

    If you want to hate your "Bo" and decide never to use it again. Tank-bo

    Reagen Peppers used to respec you "Bo" are obtained easily for 20 allied seals from the lvl 50 hunts.

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    I really want to level my chocobo but I'm kind of turned off by the fact it takes some of your exp away. Even if they are not mandatory I just think its neat seeing people fighting mobs with their chocobo.

    Is there an ideal way to level them or am I just going to have to sacrifice some of my exp if I want little Doomtrain to fight by my side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grabacr View Post
    Is there an ideal way to level them or am I just going to have to sacrifice some of my exp if I want little Doomtrain to fight by my side?
    Just gotta let them whack at the mobs with you. It's sort of a sacrifice really, less exp for the ability to kill them quicker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grabacr View Post
    I really want to level my chocobo but I'm kind of turned off by the fact it takes some of your exp away. Even if they are not mandatory I just think its neat seeing people fighting mobs with their chocobo.

    Is there an ideal way to level them or am I just going to have to sacrifice some of my exp if I want little Doomtrain to fight by my side?
    I dont even think thats the biggest problem with chocobo coompanions. I just hate the fact they are considered party members. You cant have one out while you queue in the duty finder.

    As for the whole exp thing, its worth, even as a healer speced chocobo he does a lot of free damage, the exp is negligble.

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    Unless you're a healer yourself, I honestly can't imagine anything would be better than the healer chocobo.

    The damage tree doesn't really start getting you a notable damage increase until late-tree but as soon as you get Choco Cure your chocobo is a fully-fledged offhealer who will spam it on you on cooldown the moment you're sub 50%, or if brought to 80%ish when in Healer stance. Better yet, you can put them on healer stance to keep them from dying to world bosses with AoEs and such and keep you up pretty reliably.

    You may be tempted to go DPS but I really wouldn't suggest it until you have enough points to actually make it worth it, which I would say is about 7-8, and even then I still like healer chocobo much better as it does decent damage and keeps you alive. It is a good option for people who like playing healers though.
    Tank chocobo will never be able to hold threat, just don't bother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aakarshan View Post
    Unless you're a healer yourself, I honestly can't imagine anything would be better than the healer chocobo.

    The damage tree doesn't really start getting you a notable damage increase until late-tree but as soon as you get Choco Cure your chocobo is a fully-fledged offhealer who will spam it on you on cooldown the moment you're sub 50%, or if brought to 80%ish when in Healer stance. Better yet, you can put them on healer stance to keep them from dying to world bosses with AoEs and such and keep you up pretty reliably.

    You may be tempted to go DPS but I really wouldn't suggest it until you have enough points to actually make it worth it, which I would say is about 7-8, and even then I still like healer chocobo much better as it does decent damage and keeps you alive. It is a good option for people who like playing healers though.
    Tank chocobo will never be able to hold threat, just don't bother.
    I leveled my paladin first in HW, and the dps choco pretty much matched my dps at lvl 5, It is definitely worth it for a tank/healer. A dpser may be better of with the healer first but after choco cure i would recommend hybrid

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    If you max out both DPS + Tank, is it better (dps-wise) to use him in Free Stance? (Tank skills have close to equal potencies)
    How high are it's cooldowns and how often will he use a skill?

    I'd test it myself but my bird is .... ~lvl 6 or something and sometimes, if the mob lives long enough, It feels as if he is not using a skill for ~5-10 seconds before he starts doing them again.
    Last edited by KrayZee; Today at 03:35 PM.

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    Spec it for healing, even if you are on a healer job. Take it from someone else who figured that there was logic to having a tank pet as a dps new to the game (and a fellow BLM). With how bursty our damage is, the bird was practically useless as a tank. In fact, the healer aerves to tank adds via healing threat enough that I can focus my target down.

    Also, do NOT spend GC seals on the reset item. You can get it for almost nothing cost wise from the allied seal vendor who is also in your GC headquarters.

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