Re: Sword and Board Healing
The primary advantage to using a 1H-shield setup for healing is that you can organize relics and stats more suitable for healing, at least from my understanding and experience. For example, I always have a shield that has a decent amount of ICPR and Will/Fate/Vit or some combination thereof. My 1H, then, has relics appropriate for healing as well (will/fate gems, ICPR, +morale, etc.). The actual legacies don't matter much, but I always make sure to have -Kick for utility purposes, just in case. To Arms would be nice too for SB. My 2H, on the other hand, has relics/a crafted relic appropriate for DPS. There is that bit of additional defense as well in tougher situations when you can't afford to lose the healer, I suppose.
Originally Posted by Maverick25
I know that before the combat mechanic changes in SoM, your skills were queued in-line with auto-attacks, and thus the slower your weapon, the longer it took to get a particular skill like Kick off. That was one reason for a 1H-shield healing setup--so you can get heals and such off faster when necessary. Now that isn't a big deal.
It's not critical that you use a 1H-shield combo for healing, but there are reasons why you might want to.
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