Yeah its one of a couple I think are my finalists. The thing that keeps me a little bit away from automatically selecting it, though perhaps a bad argument, is the dragonlord weapons for warriors. I also have Plush Mort I utilize and sometimes if Im bored I'll switch to Werepyre and use the SP regen toggle on the guests if I dont want to eat my HP in the process, but for sure it has to be in the running.
The other item I am finding I use MORE than essence orb is Prime Chaos Orb, and it's my other finalist, and I am leaning towards it.
This one item has essentially removed the idea you need to cover all or most elements. I know I poke at the game's players who what I call "min-mod" to death, and try to optimize all gear and all scenarios.. but honestly I tend to do this too sometimes and I am finding that if there is an element, or two, or three that have sort of a perfect storm of things I like to use, PCO can get you there, especially if there's more than 1 element in the scenario.
Example 1- I Like to MOW down mobs in Sol Neko, wielding independence daygur or ancient mother's staff, with a guest and/or pet of the same element (fire/earth) that also inflict Ele Vuln because Doomquake Minions and even the Grakma Guest are so utterly strong.
So every battle, PCO to gain a better fire or earth resist, and clever disguise spam and who gives a flying ...... about SP...it's going to regen to 395 or whatever the next beginning of the battle. 99% of all monsters disposed within 3 turns, usually 1-2.
Another example- If you like to take full advantage of lucky strikes, you'll need Atrea dream rod and Zealot's Wrath (there are others) that have a stronger lucky strike. So PCO to get those elements, and gain crit, and bombs away.
It has completely removed the need to have the best of the best in all elements. You can now just literally compare a darkness weapon..or pet...or spell...or guest to items from other elements. It's no longer about a comparison within the same element.
If the "best" fire weapon is better than the "best" energy weapon, then who cares just change the element to fire.
The damage increased to you is nothing.
I feel like essence orb just became slightly weaker and falls in 2nd place in my opinion, due to the new SP heal at the start of the battle.
But yeah it's still a must have for everybody, but for me, it's not the item to rule them all. For me, PCO is
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