Does anyone know exactly how the Puppy Paw Stick works when it decides what (if anything) to steal? I can think of two algorithms that lend itself to different strategies when trying to dupe specialists:
1. Stick determines whether or not it steals anything, then picks from equipped items if it does.
2. Each slot is considered independently and if it picks a slot you haven't got anything equipped to, you get nothing.
If it's #1, the best strategy is to pile your specialists on one item and not equip anything else to maximize the frequency of stealing that one item. If #2, it would be better to spread out the specialists to increase your chance of getting something. Does anyone know which I should do?
I've only read about method #1. I've never seen method #2 on anything that I've read, including the official strategy book.
Based on that, I recommend you pile Specialists on one item and dupe it. I've been doing that, and it's worked very well, but you might want to try method #2 and post results to see if it really makes a difference.
Algorithms or not, please try not to think too hard. Here's an example of my daily duping results:
1st Class World - 5 Dropouts: 3 stolen items. 2nd Class World - 2 Dropouts: 0 stolen items. 3rd Class World - 7 Dropouts: 7 stolen items.
All of the Dropouts only had one item, and the success rate does not change whether you place more of the same item on the character; the difference will not change.
Basically, your number one is correct, it just searches whether or not the character has an item, then determines a percentage (people say 20%) whether or not to steal that item. It's random luck, no math involved.
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I think thas wrong, logically 2 cat burglers and hence the 20% steal rate. I reckon if you could somehow get 10 cat burgelers on an item you would get 100% but well never know as you cant maybe someone can hack up an item and try it XD