Yes, but FF1 still didn't have any rerun in JP yet.
So 600 character shards to Max LB, if we get:
120 from the shop
70 from visiore consumption bonus
50 from the hard quest
Will the other 360 shards come from the choco hunts only or is there some other way to get them (other than re-rolls)?
Not quite. The 18,000 and 6,000 would form part of the 50,000. That would leave you 24,000 to pull WOL which works out at a 62% chance to max at 50,000 assuming the 18K works out. After that you get roughly another 2-3% chance for each additional 2,000.
This is really bad, first day of WOL, had no shards from regular shops and whimsy shops at all. Refreshed 3 times with the free, 10 vis and 50 vis. Instead of getting WOL shards we are getting the featured summon shards and the drop rates at matoya caves, 0 WOL shards and armour recipe for 1 whole day even using some +2 hr chocobo tickets.
Nope. This particular pack can be purchased thrice. Meaning they should only contain his shards and not the unit. WoL can only be obtained via summoning.
Has there been any comment or precedent from SE on whether limited characters will cycle back around again? ie Will this come back for round 2 in a years time so we can potentially max the shards. (without bankrupting ourselves)
They have (so far) cycled the Final Fantasy Tactics and the Final Fantasy XIV collaborations. They have set the precedent that you will have another chance to grab shards. Both of these have cycled around during the first year of the game, so very possible FF I follows suit!
do we know the drop rate of the Limited Time Chocobo Expedition Area