One of the requirements for Dampen Shock is "Defense (Base) 150 or more". I got it on my human and giant. For my elf, my character info window is currently (age 15, level 132) showing defense as "157 (137)", which I'm guessing means the base defense is 137 and various other bonuses that don't qualify as "base" have raised that to 157. Is that right?
So it looks like my elf needs 13 more points of base defense.
I've got the defense skill at rank 1, so based on the data at https://wiki.mabinogiworld.com/view/Defense#Summary
raising it to Dan 3 would give another 15 points defense. The bad news is that I'm well outside the North American continent, which makes the dan tests horribly laggy, so I'll probably never manage that. So I'm trying to figure out if there are any other ways to get the extra 13 points.
Pretty much all my other skills are at rank 1 already, or whatever the maximum is if it's lower than rank 1. I'm still working on Rest, Campfire, Fynn Bead Burnishing and Glyph Lore, but none of those are going to give any significant kick to base defense. (Glyph Lore is stuck at level 3, because the winemaking minigame is also sensitive to continental lag, so I'm slowly accumulating training seals to get that to rank 1.)
I've got lots of technique skills that aren't anywhere near maxed, but I figure those aren't going to affect base defense, because it would it create weird recursion issues if a technique skill could boost base defense when base defense is used to determine eligibility for a technique skill.
I haven't done any grandmaster talents yet. The best option there seems to be raising close combat from Master to Grandmaster, which gives an additional 30 strength, which adds only 3 to defense. Might be useful in conjunction with other things, but grandmaster tests by themselves won't get me to 150 base defense.
Can anyone suggest any other ways to boost base defense that I haven't mentioned above?
(Preferably not expensive solutions, like taking a holiday in USA in a city close to the server, to complete the dan tests. )