Hi, I'm starting fresh, have no gil, no sub job etc, but I want to be a Pup. I know it is expensive, so I'm working really hard farming wild onions so I can pay for it.
Anyway, I don't want any of the frames and heads, except the stormwaker body and soulsoother head. Can I skip the other ones or do they have to be done procedurally? Because that will make me have to farm a lot more onions... :(
I want a puppet that is basically a healer.
The typical cited order (Sharpshot at 10 -> Stormwaker at 20 -> Valoredge at 30 -> Soulsoother at 40 -> Spiritreaver at 50) is given for several reasons, many of which are outdated, but most of which are still mostly true. Sharpshot is picked first because Harlequin can't skill up automaton ranged skill like it can melee and magic, and because it's the strongest puppet for party-play, due to it's strong damage output at any level, but especially the lower ones (back in the day, a level 30 pup with a decently equipped sharpshot was like having three DDs in a single party slot). Stormwaker came next because having a better MP pool, more spells to cast, and a shorter global recast (back before the global recast was as short as it is now) made skilling up magic a lot easier, and stormwaker got access to better cure spells faster than harlequin. Valoredge was picked last because every puppet can level melee skill, and valoredge was, at the time, pretty weak for both party and solo play. When Soulsoother and Spiritreaver were added, Soulsoother was pretty much the set first choice, because spiritreaver was pretty weak until you got some of the better attachments, and the appropriate spells (ie: save mob-pet burning, spiritreaver was pretty much useless until 75, at which point it became a powerhouse).
These days, due to how fast people level, the order doesn't matter significantly, and the only really obnoxious frame to get is sharpshot (Dat Crossbow....). It's worth having them all, even if you don't think you want to use them now, because you'll definitely want to later, however, as stated, you can't get soulsoother or spiritreaver until you have the first three frames anyway, so the point is moot.
A new player cannot play BLU. They require CoP to get all their spells. Found this out the hard way and started all over again.
Affording isn't a problem, I'm farming my ass off like I said.
And your logic escapes me: please at the very least explain your reasoning behind "Don't play the job if you don't want all the parts".
My reasoning is simple. I don't want to waste time, I have no plans to play a damage dealer, a tank or a black mage, I do however have great interest is having a puppet that heals me.
Mmmm, The bulk of the spells that require CoP fall into either low-end CoP (balanced around 40-50 cap, meaning you can flyyyyyyyyy through it once you get to a decent level), or Sea spells, a lot of which, to my knowledge, have been phased out in favor of newer, higher level spells. Also, it's easier to get all the blue spells than it is to get all the pup attachments, because Ashu Talif
Anyway, Blu is, by far, more newb-friendly than pup, and I have to agree with itege here. A lot of us old-time pups have been defending the job since it was actually terrible, and even still now as the stereotype persists. Stating that you don't want to play the job to its full potential kind of spits in the faces of everyone who's been defending the job all these years, because the reason it's kept it's bad rap is due to the vast number of pups who play terrible and have no idea wtf they're doing. I won't deny, about 70% of the time I use pup (by which I mean used, since my accounts been deactivated since like, august), I'm playing solo and rocking soulsoother, but that has more to do with the stuff I do and the jobs I have geared up. However, If you have no plans to play damage dealer, why the hell would you level a DD job? That's what pup is. It's a damage dealer. Of the three pet Jobs (drg doesn't really count, it's basically just samurai with a winged rat and less dev team love), Pup can't tank like bst, or play support like smn, but the damage a good pup puts out can be pretty obscene. Pup is a damage dealing job, so leveling it for any other purpose is... well... kind of silly.
So, are the others skippable, or do I HAVE to get them before I can get what I want? That's all I need to know.
The only one that's skipable if you want soulsoother is Spiritreaver, but you'll honestly want it because level puppet magic skill is a sh*tton easier with spiritreaver than soulsoother.