I just thought of some helpful tips for you guys to consider if you ever switch to solo leveling using mercenaries in the single dungeons. <this is for the full-support type priests>
By now, we all know that mercenaries come in different types and forms, each mercenary has its own weaknesses and strengths and it's necessary for us priests to determine which ones will work the best for us.
Points to consider:
FS have the highest survival rate in the single dungeon due to the main reason that we can heal ourselves. But our greatest weakness is that we have not much damage stored in us that it would take hours (literally) to get past high level dungeons if we will be doing it alone for most of the time. So our faith rests to our cool buddies, not the other players we chose (which btw all die pretty easily) but the mercenaries we have on our side.
So what qualities should we consider for our mercs in dungeons?
1. Physical defense/Balanced mercenaries - For me, these mercenaries are the best ones suited for us priests. Most of these mercs do not possess high attack but their defense is high enough to survive sudden surge of mobs if you ever get trapped. Most of their skills are support-type as well.
Examples: abysmal knight, bloody murderer, jirtas
2. HPA rate - will you use an r4 or an r3 S? an r4 S or an r3 SS? If there is not much considerable difference in the attributes of the mercs you have, better consider the one with higher HP absorb. If they have the same HPA rate, then consider the max HP of the merc and their ASPD. I should reiterate: ITS NOT BEST TO CONSIDER HIGH ATTACK MERCS IF THEY HAVE LOW SURVIVAL. WE NEED CONSISTENCY RATHER THAN POWER.
3. Skills - If we could find mercenaries which possess AOE skills (Devil Rain, Meteor Summon, Heavenly Light etc) and has high defense and decent aspd, they are very preferable. A good example is the Happy Baphomet. It's skill is Devil RainII which also has poison effect. Rank S is enough to get you through up until stage 8-10. Ifrit's Meteor summon might be flashy but its defense is low that it could never last with you in higher stages. It is also more beneficial to improve AOE skills first as they boost your grinding more than the other skills. So if you got Poringring, use it to your dungeon besties with AOE skill. It is quite harder to find rank 1 or 2 mercenaries with AOE skills anyway so the chance of leveling the skill lies with the poringrings you can acquire.
Hope this helps