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I read in some threads that astral bloom is awesome to farm materials due to hitting with 5 elements. But I tried killing some mobs with it and , even with vinculum equipped in both, it spends a lot more mp on one of the characters than Blowbeat, and it didn't give me any elemental drops. Just link kill, momentum kill and overkill.
anything i'm doing wrong?
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That's because it uses Aeterna's Oblivion, which is high on the MP cost. Using Vinculum helps to decrease the amount of MP consumption by a little bit, but keeping Setsuna in your party to use Prayer when needed is more essential than Vinculum (at least early on when you start using Astral Bloom).
Each hit of the combo is a different element. So if you connect 4/5, you will not get one of the elemental kill types. I do not know which hit is which element. If you did not get ANY elemental kill types, my guess is that you did not finish off the enemy with Astral Bloom and something else finished them. Or you are missing something.