In addition to Strength-oriented and Magic-oriented, Quina can also be in a "balanced" orientation where points are distributed as evenly as possible between Strength and Magic. Mathematically speaking, this means the difference between Strength and Magic must be minimized. The calculator can't directly calculate stats for balanced Quina because it is only programmed to maximize stats, and doesn't have the ability to minimize differences. Luckily, it is capable of calculating variations that are close to balanced, and you can easily find balanced stats based on those results.
The steps for calculating optimal stats for balanced Quina are:
For the ordered approach:
Balanced Quina in the ordered approach still has Spirit ranked first and Speed ranked last, just like any other character. However Strength and Magic must be optimized together, and the total points between them must be distributed as evenly as possible. To find a solution that fits these criteria, first make these two calculations:
- Select Quina as the character (either orientation is fine), and select "Custom" for your preferred stat priority. On the second page, specify "Spr > Str+Mag" as the stat priority that you want to calculate. This achieves the highest Spirit (which is ranked first) as well as the highest sum of Str + Mag. In this calculation, more points are allocated toward Strength instead of being balanced with Magic. Speed is also completely ignored. We'll fix these later.
- Repeat the same steps as above, except use "Spr > Mag+Str" as the stat priority this time. This will give a second result which allocates more points to Magic, instead of balancing it with Strength.
For the combined approach:
Balanced Quina in the combined approach is only a minor adjustment away from Strength-oriented and Magic-oriented solutions. The total number of stat points can't change. Points may only be redistributed between Strength and Magic. To find this solution, first make these two calculations:
- Calculate optimal stats in the combined approach for a Strength-oriented Quina
- Calculate optimal stats in the combined approach for a Magic-oriented Quina
Once you've done the two calculations, compare their results. There are four possibilities:
- The two results are identical. In this case, there is no way to redistribute points between Strength and Magic without causing something else to decrease. The optimal balanced stats is what's given in both results.
- Strength is higher than Magic in both results. In this case, the optimal balanced stats is the one with lower Strength (from the second result) since that minimizes its difference from Magic.
- Magic is higher than Strength in both results. In this case, the optimal balanced stats is the one with lower Magic (from the first result) since that minimizes its difference from Strength.
- Strength is higher than Magic in the first result, while Magic is higher than Strength in the second result. In this case, the optimal balanced stats is between the two results with points distributed evenly. For example, if the first result gives 70 Strength and 60 Magic, while the second result gives 60 Strength and 70 Magic, then the optimal balanced stats would have 65 Strength and 65 Magic.
For the ordered approach, this only gives the optimal Spirit, Strength, and Magic stats. To fill in Speed which is ranked last, do a third calculation. Select Quina as the character (either orientation is fine), "Ordered" as the stat priority, and "Set custom target values for each stat" as the final equipment preference. On the second page, set the stat limits for Spirit, Strength, and Magic to the values you just found, and leave the limit for Speed at 50. This way the calculator will optimize Speed while respecting the other stat values.