A new item this time, but I have 2 choices of monsters because the monster that drops it has a particular alternate variant where the numbers are spread differently. Anyway, same rules apply in terms of what carving and capturing are. 3 chances to carve per fight, one chance to capture. If it becomes important, this fight is a bit longer than the last one, averaging 25-30 minutes, with capturing shaving about 3-5 minutes off of that time.

Alright, starting with the normal variant of the monster, things aren't too complicated. Each carving attempt has a 16% chance of producing the item I want. A capturing attempt has a 22% chance of success. Going off what's been mentioned previously in this thread, I think it's safe to assume killing this one is better than capturing.

However, with the alternate variant of the monster the numbers are different. Killing the variant has a 15% chance on a carving attempt, with a 23% chance on a capture with an additional 10% chance on a capture that results in 2 of the items I need on top of the chance at one item (meaning in one capture attempt it is possible to get 3 total of the items I need). And that's where I get a bit iffy on what's best. Do I kill or capture this one? Is capturing this one more effective than killing the normal version, or are the chances of those additional 2 bonus items too small to be considered worthwhile?