@Mjolnir No worries at all about the delay or in feeling avoidant about affixing. There are enough "conditions of worth" in real life that I strongly believe there should be none related to a recreational activity (whether that be chatting on the forums or making decisions in-game). So please continue going at your own pace as you've already upslotted your units and I feel like that is really the highest priority during boost week given the difficulty of doing so normally.
And while I'm obnoxiously pushing my opinions, haha, I'll note that when there are multiple solutions to a problem then the best path can be different for each person depending on their beliefs, preferences, and constraints. For instance, you saved up an impressive amount of augment transfer passes and an impressive amount of meseta so it's completely rational to decide that buying your ultimate weapon affixes is a better use of resources than the time, effort, and stress you'd have to endure to build three recipes from scratch. This is to say that getting god-tier weapons is an impressive feat no matter how you achieved it and I hope you're enjoying the performance of your new gear! And that third weapon you made is nothing to sneeze at either! My secondary weapon is a bow (Atlas Ex with plus potential) and I've been enjoying it for awhile with just Astral Soul, Precision 6, Phrase Decay, and Graceful Precision.
I can also totally resonate with the stress of potential mistakes while affixing even once you acquire all the fodder and have a recipe in place. I made my katana with GS, Mana Rev, and Grand Might and kept putting each component back in storage out of fear that I'd accidentally overwrite it while making another piece. It definitely made the process take longer, but I just didn't want to have to repeat any steps. You may find that useful in easing some anxiety while making your units as you'd just take out the 5 or 6 pieces of gear you need to make each piece of fodder for your final recipe and then put it back in storage. I did this for even my easy unit recipe (Might 6, Mitra Glare, and Doom Break 3) as a lot of the fodders had the same name (i.e. Sub Solid Barrier) and it was getting dizzying when trying to combine 5 copies of DB2 to make DB3.
Anyways, let's tackle these questions! I'm going to start with the second one because the first will have a longer answer.
Question 2: My understanding is that you'll only be able to use a 4-slot insurance item when the number of affixes you create is 4 or less. What this means is that your base unit (the one you're transferring augments to) can only have 4 affixes in the end if you want to use that insurance item, however you should be able to use your 5-slot unit as a piece of fodder while using 4-slot insurance and should get back all 5 slots on it if anything fails on your main 4-slot unit.
If you want to make one of your final recipe units (e.g. the Guardian Soul unit) on something with 5 slots then you might be interested in getting insurance items for higher slots. I believe that 5-slot and higher insurance can only come from AC Scratch tickets, but I'm not sure if they're limited to the AC Support scratches or whether fashion scratches have a chance at them as well. It'd definitely be worth looking through the Pirze List for all of the AC Scratch tickets to see what's available and whether certain scratches have better odds than others.
Question 1: This is a really good question as those drops could definitely change the landscape for your affix recipe! I haven't had a chance to run Cradle yet myself, but from reading comments here I believe it drops all of the catalysts directly as well as Photoner Glare and Aether Soul. If so, you could definitely use these units to skip some steps.
The biggest savings will be in making Guardian Soul as you could replace some of the components to make Astral Soul (Soul Catalyst), Mana Reverie (Reverie Catalyst and Omega Memoria), Aether Factor (Factor Catalyst and Aether Soul), and Absolute Glare (Glare Catalyst and Photoner Glare) with those affixes instead of making them from scratch. For example, instead of combining Escarde Soul and Fullvegas Soul to make Aether Soul you could just use a unit that dropped with Aether Soul on it.
Kamil's recipe also attached Photoner Glare to the unit with Guardian Soul and you could make that directly now as well. In particular:
- 2 copies of Photoner Glare grants a 50% base chance to affix it onto a new unit
- 1 copy grants a 30% base chance to affix it onto a new unit
Glare Catalyst is the tricky one as it's needed to make several pieces of fodder that have both Glare Cat as well as some other components in our final recipe like Crack 4 and Veteran's Resolve 4. However, a big issue is that the Affix Assistant says that 2 copies of Glare Cat transfers it at 10% and 3 copies transfers at 30%. But then the Affix Simulator doesn't let you transfer Glare Cat using multiple copies at all and includes a note that says "Yes, Glare Catalyst does not transfer." In my experience, the Affix Simulator is more often correct so it may be impossible to transfer Glare Catalyst using multiple copies. However, I think this is definitely worth testing out in game with a couple copies and if I try to make an extra Guardian Soul weapon to sell on the Player Shop I'll let you know what I find out!
OK, so if we assume that we can't transfer Glare Catalyst using multiple copies, then only one piece of the final recipe could change. As a refresher, Kamil's final recipe looked like this:
- Main Unit: Augment Guidance + Glare Catalyst (Glare Cat) + Veteran's Resolve 4 (Vet 4) + Crack 4
- Fodder #1: Soul Receptor
- Fodder #2: Glare Cat + Vet 4
- Fodder #3: Glare Cat + Crack 4
- Fodder #4: Glare Cat + Vet 4 + Crack 4
- Fodder #5: Guardian Soul + Photoner Glare
So we'd still have to build the Main Unit and Fodders #1 - #4 using the same steps in the long post from earlier. However, we could now save several steps when building Fodder #5 (GS + Photoner Glare) and this will still be super helpful as it's the hardest unit to make!
The original recipe to make Fodder #5 was this:
- Main Unit: Mana Reverie
- Fodder #1: Absolute Glare
- Fodder #2: Origin Glare
- Fodder #3: Shiva Glare
- Fodder #4: Varuna Glare + Aether Factor
- Fodder #5: Mitra Glare + Astral Soul
So we were using Origin Glare + Shiva Glare + Varuna Glare + Mitra Glare to have a 10% chance of creating Photoner Glare. And this required adding Varuna Glare and Mitra Glare to one of the components to make Aether Factor and Astral Soul respectively.
However, if we got Photoner Glare to drop directly we could change the recipe to the one below and have a 50% chance of making Photoner Glare (which we could easily get to 100% with an augmentation aid item during the current boost week):
- Main Unit: Mana Reverie
- Fodder #1: Absolute Glare
- Fodder #2: Photoner Glare
- Fodder #3: Photoner Glare
- Fodder #4: Aether Factor
- Fodder #5: Astral Soul
We could also drop 1 copy of Photoner Glare and still have a 30% base chance of transferring it which is higher than our original chance of 10%.
Also keep in mind what we said earlier about the Cradle affixes making it much easier to make the components of Guardian Soul itself. In particular:
- Mana Reverie requires 4 copies of Reverie Catalyst + 1 copy of Omega Memoria
- Absolute Glare requires 4 copies of Glare Catalyst + 1 copy of Photoner Glare
- Aether Factor requires 4 copies of Factor Catalyst + 1 copy of Aether Soul
- Astral Soul requires 4 copies of Soul Catalyst + 1 copy of Soul of Darkness
Every one of those components, except for Soul of Darkness, requires multiple affixes to create and you only have a 10% chance of success. So getting something like Factor Catalyst to drop directly is a huge lifesaver in terms of fodder, augmentation aids, and frustration from likely failures. In addition, once you have all 5 components for each of those affixes, your chance of success at making the actual affix (e.g. Aether Factor) is 60% which you can easily raise to 100% with augmentation aids.
So this was a long way of saying that the current affixes dropping from Cradle cut out the hardest parts of making Guardian Soul! However, if you want to add Absolute Glare in your final recipe (alongside GS, Vet 5, and Crack 5) you'll still need to go through the hard work of making custom fodder with things like Glare Catalyst + Crack 4/Vet 4. However, if you're willing to swap out Absolute Glare with Aether Factor things become easier as noted in the video Falador linked to.
This was a lot of information, as per usual (lol), so please feel free to ask follow-up questions if any of this or any of the previous posts were confusing! Thanks again for your kindhearted replies and congratulations on your new weapons!!