FFXIV: Earning Confidence in the Duty Finder


Last week, I wrote about how I was struggling with anxiety in the Duty Finder dungeons. Despite my fears, I’ve continued to run daily Leveling Roulette and Trials Roulette to earn Law gear (we haven’t braved Expert Roulette just yet).

The more that I play these dungeons, the more confidence I’ve earned in my ability to play as a valuable member of the party. Now, I’m not the best dragoon ever. In moments of panic, I can totally blow my rotation or forget to reapply dots or self-buffs (I’m getting better). But the commendations I’ve been earning from runs have been super-encouraging… especially after playing so many high level scenarios where no one gives the dragoon the time of day.

It’s a blessing and a curse that I seem to be getting dungeons and scenarios that I previously considered a bit of a challenge – Vault and Ultros, I’m looking at you. Once, I saved the run at the second boss of the Vault (bacon strips and voids) when the tank and other DPS went down while the boss was at 5% life. Along with the healer, I was able to finish off the boss for a win!

I also seem to be getting Ultros as a trial over and over again for some reason. The first night was super smooth and the most amazing first time win I’d had in this trial. The second night we had new DPS and DPS who didn’t remember the mechanics.

confidencerisingIt took us several wipes before we even got to the second rotation phase… and we almost wiped again… except for by some miracle, I was the last one standing in the ring after Typhon sneezed. I have no idea how that happened, but at the end of the run, someone shouted “TsuYa Tai prevented a wipe! He gets my commendation!”

And then I got three commendations, rolled a 99 on the Ultros minion, and got the Ultros/Typhon Triple Triad card drop. 😮

Last night, I got Dzemael Darkhold as a roulette dungeon, which I haven’t run in over half a year at least. I hardly remembered it, but the tank was polite enough to give a quick boss battle rundown (after which I did remember), and we did a good job getting through. I think I amazed the tank because I was using leg sweep to interrupt AOEs when I could. 😉

The second boss, Taulurd, was nothing but a mass of AOEs flashing everywhere on the ground. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve practiced so much with higher level content and AOE avoidance… but I was surprised and super proud of my ability to dance around the boss while still maintaining positionals and DPS.  In fact, it was quite exhilarating, and I walked away from that dungeon with two commendations.

I don’t know what changed or why it clicked, but it was the first time I’ve felt exhilarated dodging AOEs, rather than alarmed or frustrated.

And then I got Bismark as a trial last night. Ugh. This time, we cleared it (with new folks) the second attempt, and I also didn’t get knocked off the island a single time. Yay for improvement! o/

Tai’s ilvl is now 152 with my second piece of Law earned and another to be earned tonight. No, I haven’t progressed into Alexander, nor am I in a rush to do that or start running Expert Roulette to earn the new Eso tomes. Between roulettes and hunts, it’s been taking up all the gaming time I have.

Oh, and I got level 54 botany and mining on Zuri. Poor Zuri… I’m still so indecisive about what I want to do with her. She’s so far behind.

I’m really considering leveling Ninja or Monk, though. I’m in love with the Monk AF2 (Yang) armor. 🙂


  1. I get this way with newer multiplayer games, but not as much with MMOs. I’ve found that “taking control” of a group by being immediately open, polite, and talkative helps. In any multiplayer experience these days with strangers, I almost always start the meeting with a hello and how are you. Most people either don’t respond or respond in kind, and that tends to put me at just enough ease that I can play the game however I need to, whether I am great at it or still learning.

    1. I always greet the party with a “Hello” every time I group. If I have any doubts or concerns I also let folks know up front: “I’m new to this, but watched the guide.” or “I haven’t done this in a while, don’t remember it well.”

      I also chat a little with folks during the runs. If someone levels, they get a congrats. If we pulled through a tough fight, I give props to the team. At the end, it’s always a thanks and a nice job (if the team did a good job).

      During the second Ultros run, I was coaching new DPS on the mechanics. As long as I know the run, if someone needs tips, I’m always willing to offer suggestions and advice. I am usually very shy, but I try to be an encouraging team player as much as I can. 🙂

  2. I had a minor insight about grouping in MMOs the other day that I might work up into a blog post sometime. It occurred to me that throughout the peak of my grouping years, when I was very willing to do the kind of things you and Murf describe – introduce myself, give a little background, make suggestions, even take charge and lead sometimes – I had a day job in which I worked out of sight of the public and didn’t have to speak to many people I didn’t already know.

    In the last seven or eight years that has changed a lot. I spend most of every day talking to strangers, mostly people I will never see again, asking and answering questions, solving problems, being generally open and helpful and smiling a lot. It seems to me there may be some correlation between my previous willingness to be a sociable team player in my leisure time and my current preference to largely be left to my own devices in peace and quiet.

    Still pondering on it.

    1. I understand what you mean. When I worked retail during my college years, it would wipe me out. I would come home and not want to see anyone else, except maybe one or two close friends on the Net. As an introvert, I get very drained by social interactions with strangers, and doing it as part of my job just doesn’t mesh with me.

      I do have a day job that affords me the ability to be mostly a hermit now days. I have people all around me and work on a team, but generally, I’m left to myself.

      However, though I’m willing to be somewhat social in a party (at least say Hello), I’m not running those dungeons because I want to be there for social interaction. If FFXIV didn’t put a gear carrot out there for me to chase, I wouldn’t be playing with strangers at all.

      I guess the way I see it is that if I feel I must be a part of that team, I’m going to do what I can to make it a pleasant experience for myself and others. I try to remember these folks are real people in front of a screen. Sometimes they’re totally new and need pointers. And everyone can benefit from someone offering a friendly greeting or some encouragement.

      I’m not chatty by any stretch, but I will throw out what I consider the minimum amount of kind socialization when in a PUG. As long as they’re mostly pleasant, of course.

      I’d love to see your post if you do get to write it!

    1. Or I just had a lot of luck that run. 😀

      Just got Bismark again last night for Trial Roulette, and it was super smooth. I’m pleased to have not been knocked off the island again. XD

  3. You’re a better group member than I am, Aywren. Skills- and confidence-wise, it’s amazing the difference experience can make. I remember learning to bear tank in WoW, and each fight felt like an avalanche of instructions and things to remember, but the more I did them the more comfortable it became. I think you are finding that now.

    It’s a good feeling, eh? 🙂

    1. Tanking is a whole nother story! That really takes some courage.

      I’m actually leveling a Warrior tank now and I’m liking it more than my Paladin. I may be experimenting with some of that in the future, too. 🙂

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