Originally Posted by Tarazet
Joint can be hard to understand. First off, make sure the arrows connect the spaces. You can only Joint artifacts that are linked by red arrows. You know if it worked because it'll flash "Joint." The effect is additive: if you have two Def+2 next to each other, then each one of the artifacts will now be a Def+4. However, it will also double the Mana usage. If you link a Widen to it, it'll be multiplied again. If you don't have enough Mana, then you won't get the full effect and one of the artifacts will be greyed out.
I have a nutty Magic Circle on my Wizard in four consecutive SP spaces:
Widen - SP Debt 3 - Normal Generator (Joint) - Limit Generator (Joint)
The net effect of these four artifacts is that for 216 Mana, SP is raised from 194 to 390 and I get 585 points worth of SP Debt. That's enough to completely clear most dungeons with magic spells alone.
Next question, of course, is "how the fuck do I get 216 mana??" I used one of the Magic Circles that takes the Mana from the other characters and funnels it all to the character in the front. This has its downsides, though, because if you lose the front character, you're toast..
When you start to join artifacts together, you don't double the mana usage of the parts, instead what happens is every artifact in the chain has the stats of the whole chain. Yes, that means in a four chain, you have four artifacts with the stats of the four items in total.
A picture to help illustrate :
Two units in a chain, the grapes give 45 hp costing 3 mana and the stone gives 9def costing 36 mana. When jointed, each artifact now gives 45hp and 9 def for the cost of 39 mana for each of the artifacts, meaning I now have 90HP and 18def for using 78 mana.
Anyway, forgot the dragoon I made wasn't in any circles so now I have to level it up