For the first time since we started playing FFXIV, Syn and I are almost at the point where we’re on the same patch as everyone else! Well, that is until next week when the next new patch is released. XD
The last few weekends, we’ve spent a good deal of time really focusing on progressing through the main story line. This weekend, we overcame both the dungeon Snowcloak, and the Primal fight Shiva (Hard). I don’t know if it’s because we’re over geared, if we had great groups, if we’re really proficient at reading guides and watching videos before starting a new dungeon, or if we’ve just got a lot of practice from running Crystal Tower… But we walked into both of these and found them to be far, far easier than we expected them to be.
The tank even semi speed ran Snowcloak, which used to be a terror for us (especially running something the first time), and neither of us broke a sweat. Perhaps these instances are meant to be a bit easier due to being a part of the required story line. I’m not going to ponder it much, but it was a good thing.
I got my second drop for Tai in the World of Darkness yesterday, as well. This is luckily enough, because I only ran it twice this week, and didn’t expect to actually earn anything. Finally purchasing my first poetic item, and upgrading it to ilvl 130 has put him at an overall ilvl 110.
I also upgraded Tai’s shield for Paladin, and practiced tanking a bit more this week. Our FC team got through both Garuda and Halatali unscathed, so I guess practice (and better gear) is helping.
I bought the first book for the Animus weapon upgrade and worked on that just a little, catching up to what Syn has unlocked on Zeb. So, end game shenanigans are out at full force. I have to do all this over on Zuri eventually, but I’m becoming more and more hopeful that we’ll see the end of the story through before the expansion’s release.
I’ve been working hard on completing crafting turn-ins and Ixali quests every day. Zuri is now level 35 in every crafting profession (except one – but only a tiny tick away from hitting 35). I finally pushed through to level 37 on Culinarian in order to unlock Steady Hand II, which is a big help in getting more high quality crafting success. I also unlocked the Respected reputation with the Ixali, which continues to increase daily quest difficulty and rewards.
Syn has decided that she wanted to level Zeb as a Paladin (snicker). We spent time spamming leves in the level 20 area, where I finally got Zuri to level 26 Thaumaturge (a class I can never spell nor pronounce) to unlock the Swiftcast skill for my healers. After rushing up five levels, I was finally getting the hang of the whole fire-ice swap thing, but I still doubt I’d ever play Black Mage as a main class. One more level of White Mage will unlock Stoneskin, and I’ll feel better kitted out to continue leveling my baby Scholar.
Oh, and look at this awesome item my retainer brought back for my personal house – adorable tonberry couch!