Naturally, July was all about FFXIV Shadowbringers and making progress in the new expansion. I set very light goals for this month, and am actually surprised at how much I managed to get done, even outside of the goals I set.
FFXIV Goals – My Main
- Complete Shadowbringers MSQ ✓
- Level Red Mage to 80 ✓
- Level a gatherer ✓
Not only did I get Red Mage to 80, and finish Shadowbringers, but as of last night, I also finished leveling Miner. This means both Miner and Botanist are at 80, and I’ve been working on white scrip gear for them. I haven’t started Fisher, but that’ll be next.
I did make a little progress on my main’s crafting – I chose to start with Carpenter, but haven’t hit max level on that yet. I have, however, been dutiful with daily Beast Tribe quests, which has consistently (if slowly) leveled my Warrior.
It’s a little over halfway through 69 at this point, and I have a number of job quests I haven’t finished up for it yet. So I can probably knock that out tonight. That will put me starting the same progress on Dark Knight for August. Eventually, I’ll unlock Gunbreaker, too, but right now, I’m leveling what I have.
I should also be able to get Bard to 71 tonight, which will allow me to start leveling my Trusts. I haven’t worked on that at all, and that might have actually turned out to be a blessing. Tuesday’s patch significantly boosted the experience Trusts get, making it faster to level them.
Side Goal – Tai’s Stormblood Progress
While I’m nowhere near finishing Stormblood on Tai, I did make some progress through the MSQ and in leveling. He’s at level 58 now, and I think he’s coming close to taking on Castrum Abania next. I’m not a fan of most of the end dungeons and trials for Stormblood, so while I did get him all the way through Yanxia and the Steppes, it’s going to be a challenge to motivate myself through this part.
I did find that I enjoy the new Dragoon. It feels pretty strong DPS-wise, and they smoothed out a lot of things that made it frustrating to play. The last time I actually played Dragoon with any attention was back in Heavesward, so I’m actually looking forward to continuing to level Tai to see how the job expands.
Part of the reason I didn’t make more progress with Tai is because I unexpectedly picked up Amon and got him all the way through Shadowbringers MSQ. I also leveled Amon’s Botanist and Alchemist to 80 – both unexpected.
I guess I enjoy Shadowbringers so much (and the addition of Trusts help a lot), that it wasn’t very hard to get another character through it. It’s tough because I have a lot of character stuck on the Stormblood MSQ, and I have so little desire to play through the previous expansion. I’m hoping the lure of Shadowbringers will be enough to nudge me to getting them up to date.
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