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FFXIV: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Relic

Okay, no. That title is 100% false. I still hate the Relic. Especially the Umbrite step (even after the nerf).

However, I have been successful in learning how to better balance my time and stress level in the FFXIV end game. This has mostly been me learning how to politely excuse myself from content I don’t feel up to doing, and not feeling bad about saying “no thanks.”

I’m also spending a balanced time doing solo dailies, such as Beast Tribes and Hunts, to level my Paladin to 60. Honestly, this has gone a lot faster than I expected it to. My Paladin hit level 58 last night, mostly from solo dailies since level 54. I know there are faster ways, but sometimes I just need time to self in an MMO.

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I found Void Ark while doing quests in Sea of Clouds the other day!

I’m very, very close to finishing the Umbrite step of my first Relic. And before anyone chides me for being so slow, I never had any intention to grind for this. I don’t always want to run roulettes daily, or sometimes run dungeons at all, when I log in. So this is the picture of what it looks like to be a fairly casual player struggling with Relic.

It’s not fun, and I’ve decided I’m not doing this again for anything but glamour… long after it’s been nerfed out of relevance. And that’s going to have to be amazing glamour for me to want to do it! 😀

I have about 5-6 Umbrite left to earn to complete this step, at the most. Less if I get lucky with bonuses… though I haven’t been very lucky through this whole thing. I think the Relic weapon hates me as much as I hate it.

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So, I’m buckling down in running content this weekend to make this final push. If I’m dedicated, I should be able to get this done in time to meet my goal to finish it this month.

I’m also trying to run Experts to finish gearing my Bard some. I’ve given up on the weekly drop from Dun Scaith, and will just outright buy the Shire coat tonight. I have a couple more pieces that need upgrading eventually, but I may or may not really concern myself with it.

I’ve already upgraded all of my Dragoon’s Shire gear to 270 and got the ring from DS as well. So aside from picking up alt class gear, I don’t really have a reason to keep running the raid weekly. I have a feeling I’ll be skipping out on those runs, soon.

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On a more positive note, next week’s patch brings new story content, which is the final bit we get before Stormblood. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of cliffhanger they leave us with. And, hopefully, not a Steps of Faith scenario to reach it.

We’ll see!

Posted in Gaming, Nintendo Switch, Zelda Breath of the Wild

Zelda BotW: Wolf Link

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I’m not a big collector of amiibo. I only own two, and those came with special edition orders of Yoshi’s Wooly World (cute yarn Yoshi) and Twilight Princess (Wolf Link).

I totally understand the collect-ability draw behind amiibo. Maybe when I was younger, this would have appealed to me. But now days, I’m a little more practical, and I think to myself, “Where would I put them all if I had them?”

I also have grown to care about functionality… and for the most part, amiibo don’t add a lot to the types of games I play on my Nintendo system (I never got heavily into Smash). However, Breath of the Wild is starting to change my mind… mostly because amiibo have pretty good bonuses to them for once!

Of course, by the time I get slightly interested in looking for amiibo, they’re all gone and hard to find. But there’s one amiibo that I don’t have to go looking for: Wolf Link. I like wolves and I like Link, so I went ahead and bought the bundle for the amiibo back when Twilight Princess first came out. I haven’t actually played Twilight Princess, so it’s been sitting on my mantel every since.

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I’m now very happy that I did pick this up. Because I discovered that using this amiibo grants me a temporary Wolf Link companion in Breath of the Wild.

Now, if there’s anything I like almost as much as mounts, it’s pets. So this really put even more awesome into my BotW game.

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Wolf Link is pretty darn amazing. His default starts with three hearts, but if you level up the amiibo (?) in Twilight Princess, he can have a lot more. As I said, I haven’t played Twilight Princess yet, so I don’t know how this works. But I’m very tempted now.

He fight enemies with you and he automatically hunts animals in your vicinity, dropping meat for you to gather. If he’s short on life, you can also let him eat that meat to restore his hearts.

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He’s actually not half bad in a fight, and having something that so effortlessly hunts for you is amazing! If he does die, you can’t summon him again till the next day, but it’s still neat. Not to mention it just feels very cool to have a tough wolf fighting next to you.

Now, I’m not saying you should go out and pay the over-priced cost to buy this amiibo just for this, but be aware if you own the Wolf Link, it gives a pretty cool pet in this game. For once, I’m really glad I have an amiibo, and I am excited about the functionality of it.

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