Originally Posted by serenade
working on my second characters ranger mag and i'm not sure which PB blast i should be aiming for. my main's has ajax-proi which i do not want on this mag.
the possible options are:
Caelum - Ajax-nifta
Corvus - Julius-imera
havent really seen or used any of these in combat, so i would like to get some input on there overall worth.
Not really sure.
Some people swear by Ajax-Imera. I've heard reports that its damage total can be enormous. It definitely looks awesome. Reports on Ajax-Nifta are mixed. Some people hate it, but I've seen some people who love it. Ajax-Nifta fires a bunch of homing bolts in a very wide cone. I haven't used it, but from what I've gathered, it's kinda useless unless you've only got one enemy (a boss or something) within range. Otherwise it spreads its damage out too much. Julius Imera definitely has the huge advantage (for a ranger) of scaling with R-atk. But the scaling problem is not intractable. What some people do is keep a weapon with high S-atk (since most PB's scale with S-atk) on switch. Basically, they switch to their melee weapon, fire off the PB, then switch back and go on with their business. This reportedly considerably increases PB damage for rangers and forces.
Beyond PB's, also consider their basic attacks. Tucana uses melee and can knock the target down. You may or may not like the knockdown. Some people find it very annoying, as it can knock targets out of PA chains. Some people like the crowd control it offers. Caelum uses Megid. As was mentioned before, Poison is nice, though I don't know if this poison is high enough to touch bosses with anything but the rarest chance. Corvus fires explosive thunder bullets which have AoE.
There's also the support abilities to think about. Tucana has Buff B (Area Change). Caelum is PP Recovery B (Area Change). And Corvus is PP Recovery E (PB Full). You can avoid these and get a different one if you evolve into a different mag first for your second evolution, but that may or may not be easily possible depending on how you build your stats.
Honestly, I don't think there's a clear best choice here. You need to weigh the factors and decide. I've got pictures of the mags and links to videos of each PB in my guide, if that helps, as well as more detailed mag info.