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I'm in NG+ and using a +4 Crescent Falchion. Any better options available? I've just found an Uchigatana in 4-1. Is that a better option? What are the best weapons for mages, and where would I find them?
Well I have a Moon+5 Uchi and a Crescent+5 Uchi and I found the Moon gave me 5% more damage in attack power, 419 vs 400. But then again, my relevant stats are Magic 50, Str 30, Dex 36. I don't know what the stats are with lower strength or dex.
I find the Kilij a much better weapon because it is faster, has the same moveset as the falchion but has longer range. The main drawback of the Uchi is the slow R2 attack and the fact that I can usually get one more slash in with the Kilij compared to that. It makes up for it by better damage per hit of course. It's all a matter of personal taste.
The Kilij doesn't scale with magic though, does it? Will a fully upgraded Uchigatana be far more powerful than a +5 Crescent Falchion? Also, would it regenerate my mana (quite useful when used in conjunction with the Fragrant Ring)? The Uchigatana seems pretty slow in comparison to the Falchion- perhaps the Falchion will be my best bet?
WHAT! Crescent Estoc +5 gets a +150 bonus from an A modifier and Epee Rapier +5 only gets +144 from an S modifier?
This is because the Crescent's A modifier is is based on 112 base magic attack power whereas the Epee's S modifier is based on 80 base fire attack power.
The higher the base attack power the better the overall bonus.
This is the reason why Dragon Bone Smasher +5 beats Crushing Great Sword / Great Axe +5 because the 280 base attack power, even though the B modifier to strength is much less than an S modifier to strength.
Base attack power is important to notice, very important.