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If you can cast Pulse more times in a battle, don't you also get more Nice's per cast of Thunderstorm? Anyway, I now use a mix of both abilities accordingly and saw a frequent appearance of golden glims. I feel no need to even use Badges of Impurity. Confusion affection rate seemed to be low in my case. Even when one of mine gets affected, it falls off within a couple seconds.
There's no point telling stupid people that they're stupid. They're too stupid to know that they're stupid. Wasted effort.
At first, I only used pulse because I knew about the guaranteed Nice! it gave. Learned about the thunderstorm thing and did some experimenting with the golden Honky-Tonkers. Usually i would kill every monster (except for the H-T) with only a single thunderstorm. When using Pulse individually I could get about 2 off on each monster (3 if I'm lucky) and 4-5 Pulses on the gold H-T.
Take that into consideration for a 3 familiar encounter including a golden H-T:
- One thunderstorm gives 3 Nice! hits (maybe if you're weak enough and need a second cast, you get 6) and kills all except the H-T and maybe you can get a pulse in there without killing it so 4 (7 using two thunderstorms) chances at a gold glim just for that fight.
- Individual pulses can get 8-9 Nice! hits across all familiars so 8-9 chances at a gold glim per fight.
Using only pulse might take just a little more time than using only thunderstorm but either way, both these spell's methods on multiple encounters take a considerable less amount of time than defending a Honky-Tonker's Body Blast for half an hour (or more) for just one fight hoping you get a glim from a defensive Nice!.
It's alot quicker to just equip your weakest wand on oliver, set esther and swain to do nothing tactic, then spam thunderstorm (automatic nice). If you get a gold glim to drop, go grab it with swain and use his miracle move. If you don't get a gold glim to drop before you kill the honky-tonker, just mugshot and go find another one.