When ur selecting familiars for your friends make sure you check the right corner of the friends and familiar table and there are 3 genus that Oliver and Esther are strong in. Oliver does favor milites but that's not it
I typically try to put a physical warrior in the first slot of each companion, since that is normally the default familiar they will throw out at the start of a fight. That usually limits how much MP they are blowing in easy battles while allowing me to give them mage familiars with magic to use on more difficult fights.
And yes, genus has a lot to do with it. Oliver is naturally good with the 'warrior' genus, among others.
i try to balance each character out with a mix of attacker/defender/caster/healer types
i have oliver with a melee, a defender, and a caster esther with a melee ,caster, and healer and swaine with a melee, healer, and a defender
seems to me your doing yourself a disservice to not diversify your characters as much as possible since having 2 casters on one character is like having one caster since they share mp and everything
True, but I haven't hit an area where I am getting pounded so far. Still it's bad to develop bad habits so I gave him a turbandit and a skelleton guy to balance out.
And I thought Esthers AI would be worst. Just slapped on a bunch of high defense items on her and her familiars and she's doing ok. The MP spending thing isn't really a problem as my evolved Mite is tearing through everything. I don't even think I'm overleveled.
Level 19 and bout to head to the volcano.
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