@34, you'll be outdamaged by every SAM you meet who has okote unless you eat food and they don't, so don't listen to this "o's kote are unnecessary bullsh*t". the item does more than the rest of your gear put together, and while its value slowly goes down as your ATT goes up, when you can equip them they raise melee and WS DoT vs XP mobs by around 20%~ (varying pretty strongly depending on buffs, debuffs, food, etc). i assure you that people who say "meh, o's kote are a luxury item; you don't need them" don't know this, which is why they say it.
that said, yeah, buy'em. they get replaced by dusk or hachiman (the latter for a 6-hit setup), both of which are drastically cheaper, freeing up a bunch of gil for other upgrades.
Haste shoes a @#%^ing stupid until you get enough haste (post dusk) to stack 10%. Anyone that sits there trying to get them because they think 3% haste is gonna make you uber, is flat out dumb. So yeah, you can skip the castle-o drops.
your tone seems to imply that you are a very wise samurai. please tell me the difference between haste shoes before and after "stacking 10%". also, please tell me the DoT difference b/w fed kyahan and fuma kyahan. Edited, Jul 5th 2009 5:18pm by milich