@Cathy I wholeheartedly agree.
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I'm a PSO2 Japan Veteran.
@KOSMOSFAN22497 there's many things you can do to raise your power. I would start with raising your mag to have 200 MEL as that's the main stat Hunter works towards. Other ways to boost your offensive power would be to make sure that you're investing in things such as Fury Stance in your skill tree. (I don't know what it's called in NA just yet, but I advise investing in War Cry to. NA doesn't have level 80 yet, but in the Japanese version you get a special skill that makes it to where you can inflict a really nice debuff on enemies, thus making you a viable asset to the party, and when you use War Cry with that skill you gain a boost in power as well. War Cry also brings enemy attention to you so that your weaker party members can focus on attacking from a distance.
Less of a question and more of advice. If you want to gather Materials but don't need the fishing materials, I suggest Fishing first anyways till you get a Fever, that way you can find a mining spot and dig right into it with your pickaxe till you run out of stamina. You have to be pretty fast though because the fever won't last forever!
As a PSO2JP veteran I can say with all confidence that Story Missions only give you titles and rewards. You can choose to skip them but they do give you some nifty rewards, and in the Japanese version they sometimes gave out Weapon Costumes that were really nice as campaign rewards (Kind of like how people can get Coat Edge in the NA version as a different campaign)