The power of Kraken Club Ranger.

It is really simple, the more weapon skills you can do per 30 secs, the faster the monster will die, and that is exactly what Kraken Club gives a Ranger. Ranger generally suffers from the inability to auto-ranged attack, or not being able to benefit from Haste. One may argue that Ranger has access to Rapid Shot, which is somehow Haste itself, but it is generally a misconception. Haste from spells is consistent and linear over time. Rapid Shot is based on an average activation rate, which cannot be increased except with the addition of gears/merits itself. In that sense, Rapid Shot is no different from Double Attack. Thus, taking Rapid Shot aside, Ranger in the end suffers from not being able to benefit from Haste spells.

From VZX’s experience:

  • Delay = Ranged Weapon delay (w/o ammo)  / 110 +1.7~1.8 + 1.1

Taking an example of my bow – Yoichinoyumi : Delay 493 (524 x 94% ~ 493).

Total delay without Rapid shot activation is approximately [493/110 + 1.7 + 1.1 = 7.2 seconds]. That means, it takes roughly 6 x 7.2 = 43.2 seconds for you to gain full TP to be able to unleash your Sidewinders.

Now that sounds cool at first, seeing how my normal shot hit for 250-350 depending on whether or not I have Minuets/Berserk, so in the span of 43.2 seconds, I can do 6 x 300 = 1.8K damage, which is half the HP of a colibri. But you have to consider that RNG can miss too, that means it may take a RNG more than 50 seconds to actually get full TP. In most circumstances when BRD can pull monster back to camp in time, it would not matter much, but imagine you accidently spent all TP moves on a previous monster, and now you have only 15 TP from WS TP return. Imagine further that BRD accidently was casting something and did not spend time enough to pull monster back. THEN imagine further you miss a few shots … You can see where it goes, you may lose chain.

Now consider instead, you have a Kraken Club which can gain you 100% TP in about 10 seconds with Haste gears and Haste spell (and this is entirely feasible). That means 3 Weapon skills in 30 seconds. Now it doesn’t matter if I have 15 TP or 0 TP, I still shoot about 2-3 WS per fight. The order I usually choose is to Namas > Namas > Sidewinders. If you sub NIN, you can Sidewinders > Sidewinders > Sidewinders each one for about 1.2K . Monster will die before you can actually drink your cup of water.

People often concern about TP moves by monsters. One has to realize that it takes time for any monster to do their move, and there exists a delay which makes monster can’t do anything during their TP move, except some extremely rare cases. That delay can benefit you, in the sense that you can actually kill the monster before it can do as many TP moves as it wishes. Your tanks won’t have to worry too much, unless they really want to be DDing instead of casting shadows a few times.

I will update more about how Kraken club can benefit a RNG in an exact way as well as the gears/subjob needed to make a perfect Kraken Club RNG, but for now, I will just leave you with an evidence of how Kraken Club Ranger can change the impossible to possible :x

PT setup : PLD, WAR, WAR, RNG/WAR, RDM, BRD – Not the highest chain in the party but was the only ss I remembered to take.

5 Responses to “The power of Kraken Club Ranger.”

  1. SohJai says:

    I love KC+ Ranger at Greater Colibri Camp. I don’t recommend it for all camps. Ranger also have superb accuracy with KC even with 200 Club skills. Ranger at 70 get Accuracy bonus of +48. With full ACC setup for TP I can put on about +61 ACC gear with 65+20 DEX, 5% Haste. For my Tarutaru that gives a grand total of 351.5 Accuracy which is only 12 Accuracy lower than my 363.62 MNK/NIN with 5 h2h merits where I get 83% Accuracy on parser average in Greater Colibri camp with meat mithkabobs; a KC Ranger should be hitting near 80% with ACC setup. Ranger with KC eating meat is a lot more accurate than most people think.

    I think the best sub is WAR and WS at 50-70% on every monster depending on Minuet, Berserk and Dia II+ to drop it to 0% and probably not spam any earlier w/o Relic. This should still put you very high on output per monster and save you food. IMO sub NIN to WS any earlier would just leave you casting more blinks or doing lower WS earlier to lose more food or TP which in the long run actually make you weaker.

    Just my 2 cents. I will test out more RNG/WAR with KC when I get the chance.

  2. Ashiya says:

    I tried to use meats the other day and the accuracy was not too bad, especially when BRD usually sings Madrigal. With sushi I hit about 93% accuracy with BRD, so it maybe worth to try Coeurl Sub. The only thing I was concerned about was to give up some of the Haste gears such as Swift Belt, Walahra Turban, Byakko’s Haidate etc …

    However, honestly, everything I heard about putting Haste on Kraken Club usually is backed up by the reason of increasing returns on putting Haste in gears, but that is not necessarily the case for Kraken Club. I rarely see when the club stops hitting with Haste from mage only. And with the massive TP gain in a round, timing for pressing WS macro is not exact like with other jobs. There are times you stop at 99%, there are times you get over 100%. It makes precise comparison kind of hard to do, at least in practice.

    In that case, w/o relic, I would definitely try to eat meat and see how it goes. Another problem I could see is when you WS and mobs have like 10-15% HP left while other DDs are being … bad >_> You do really want the club to hit accurately at that time in order to unleash another WS to save yourself. A few hits by Colibri + a pecking flurry at a bad HP can make you go bye bye ; ; (which happened to me once).

    WAR sub is definitely what I will always do (well, I do cheat because of Namas which makes me go WAR more easily XD), but /NIN is kind of moot for the reason you said :D

    I want to run some parses for meat and sushi, but it is kind of hard seeing most of PTs I am in don’t last for too long for the parses to be meaningful :/ I hope I can poke some friends to PT with me for a week or so to make some good parses XD

  3. VZX says:

    self SC light with kraken, go go go

  4. Ashiya says:

    It is a rather fun experience, but I found out I missed more Namas in PT on Greater Colibri than Sidewinders XD Pretty weird … I blame the rate for the number of Namas I shoot though, I tend to shoot more Namas than Sidewinders in XP PT, and self light is just so much <3

  5. Insipid says:

    Hey, Im a KC Ranger on Fenrir server.. Im curious on what your gear setup is. Can you post it?

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