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MAB vs. INT

When I solo at Mount Zhayolm I often compare my nukes with others, comparing across race and gear. One day I notice my AM2 were dealing considerably more than this taru's, but my tier4's generally wouldn't match up to him. He doesn't have sorcerer's ring and wore demon's helm, I wore Yigit turban with sorcerer's ring and pendant, whoring all the MAB available to me. I decided to do some research on magic damage calculation, and see how much INT matters.

The widely accepted formula is as follows:

Damage = [(Caster INT - Enemy INT) x Spell Tier Multiplier x Spell Constant] x MAB x Elemental Staff Bonus x Day/Weather Bonus

-Spell Tier Multiplier is 2.0 for both AM2 and Tier4
-Spell Constant is 710 for all AM2's, 541 for Thunder4, 501 for Blizzard4
-MAB is the sum of job trait and gear bonus, BLM75 will have 1.32 trait bonus
-Elemental staff bonus is 1.10 for NQ, 1.15 for HQ
-Day/Weather bonus is capped at 0.30

Before doing any math, by just looking at the formula, it tells us that MAB is an additional percentage multiplier on top of INT difference, if the value is close to zero, MAB won't do you much good, this implies we should stack INT when fighting gods. MAB is good when your INT is sufficiently higher than the enemy's.

The race difference gives a 7 INT margin between us, 17 with demon's helm and snow ring, I have 12 MAB over him from turban and sorcerer's ring.


Simulated the numbers in excel:

TEST 1

Taru BLM AM2, pendant, Moldavite
INT eINT TM SDC MAB ESB DWB FlanMagicBonus TOTAL
125 100 2 710 1.45 1.15 1 1.25 1584.125

Hume BLM AM2, pendant, Moldavite, Sorc. Ring, turban
INT eINT TM SDC MAB ESB DWB FlanMagicBonus TOTAL
108 100 2 710 1.57 1.15 1 1.25 1638.49

- +12 MAB trumped over 17INT when enemy INT is 100, when using AM2



TEST 2

Taru BLM Tier4, pendant, Moldavite
INT eINT TM SDC MAB ESB DWB FlanMagicBonus TOTAL
125 100 2 541 1.45 1.15 1 1.25 1231.86

Hume BLM Tier4, pendant, Moldavite, Sorc. Ring, turban
INT eINT TM SDC MAB ESB DWB FlanMagicBonus TOTAL
108 100 2 541 1.57 1.15 1 1.25 1257.08

- +12 MAB still wins at Tier4 but only by a tiny margin, when enemy INT is 100
- When eINT is 0, the margin grew bigger, MAB wins


TEST 3, Demon helm +1 vs. Turban on a Hume

Hume BLM AM2, Demon helm +1
INT eINT TM SDC MAB ESB DWB FlanMagicBonus TOTAL
114 100 2 710 1.55 1.15 1 1.25 1644.36

Hume BLM AM2, Turban
INT eINT TM SDC MAB ESB DWB FlanMagicBonus TOTAL
108 100 2 710 1.57 1.15 1 1.25 1638.49

- Although not shown here, the margin is slightly bigger for tier4, still favoring demon helm
- Tier4 has a lower spell damage constant, therefore each marginal MAB you equip will give less percentage bonus compared to AM2

Forget the race comparison, I was trying to decide on which head gear to wear, these tests showed me the answer. Demon helm looks nicer anyways, it's also better on big mean mobs too

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