Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs, Nintendo Switch

November 2019 Gaming Goals in Review

And just like that, November is gone and December is almost here. Wow!

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the progress I made for November’s goals. A few things slipped through the cracks, but other things took their place. So it’s all a bit of balance.

FFXIV Goals for My Main

  • Daily Pixie Beast Tribe Quests 
  • Daily Nuts Hunts (For New Mount) 
  • Finish Dancer Job Quests 
  • Finish Gunbreaker Job Quests 
  • Level Crafters with new weekly Scrip turn-ins 
  • Get Eden Weapon for Red Mage 
  • Upgrade Gear with Factory Coin Drops 
  • Decorate House (?)
  • Clean up Shadowbringer Quests 

I finished up all of my job quests (woo!), got my Eden weapon, completely leveled Black Mage through beast tribes and hunts, and finished leveling Weaver. I also finished max rank with the Pixies and got the new hunt mount.

In the meantime, I’ve been cleaning up Shadowbringer quests here and there. Not a huge effort for that, but I have done some work. I actually did do a tiny bit to decorate the house – found new walls I liked, and I’m toying with the idea to work on a cabin design, which would be good to work on through winter.

FFXIV Goals for Amon

  • Finish 5.1 MSQ 
  • Daily Pixie Beast Tribe Quests 
  • Daily Nuts Hunts (For New Mount) 
  • Level Red Mage 
  • Level Crafters with new weekly Scrip turn-ins 

I did all of this with Amon as well. Finished 5.1 MSQ, max rank Pixies, hunt mount, leveled Red Mage using those, and leveled a crafter from scrips. I haven’t been hitting Ishgard to level up my higher crafters for some reason. I guess I’m more interested in the fluff.

FFXIV Other Goals

  • Progress Tai through Shadowbringers 
  • Progress Zuri through Stormblood
  • Level Zuri’s Fishing & Fishing Retainer 

As you can see from the picture above, I have been making progress with Tai in Shadowbringers – I unlocked flying in Lakeland, and as of last night, am working through quests and MSQ in Ill Mheg. Will likely Trust through Dohn Mheg today. And while I never look forward to the Titania fight, I believe that might be around the point that Pixie tribes will open up for him, too, which will help with his leveling.

Zuri didn’t see any progress in Stormblood (no surprise there) as it feels like I need to focus on one character at a time when it comes to making it through content. And I’m just never thrilled to be going back through Stormblood again.

But, I did level her fishing to 72 through almost only fishing turn-ins by themselves. It’s starting to slow down and get a bit more costly at this level, and she’s nowhere near being able to fish in Shadowbringers yet, so I may put this on pause until she gets closer.

Nintendo Switch

  • Defeat next temple in Link’s Awakening
  • Ring Fit leveling

While I didn’t play either of these games much in November, I did put some time into the new Pokemon, which I knew I would. I’ve earned two badges so far, and spent more time than I should breeding and trading. That always happens. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed the game and should probably write about it sometime. I want to make sure I keep making progress in December!

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FFXIV: Pixies and Factory Drops

Writing that title just reminded me that I still haven’t written out my verdict on the Copied Factory raid in FFXIV yet. I’ll put that on my list for this week.

I finished up the last of the Pixie beast tribe reputation this weekend. This netted a new housing item, which I have bought a few of, but have yet to explore decorating with. I do have a perfect room for some of the Pixie housing items, just need to sit down and work them in.

With those at max rank, I no longer need to run them daily, unless I just want to for alt job XP. I probably will on my main, because I still have a million jobs that need to get to 80, and every little XP counts. I do plan on finally jumping into Trusts soon, and clearing out overworld quests for that as well.

Speaking of Trusts, I also finally unlocked the Switch for Tai, so I’m slowly starting to move him through the Shadowbringers storyline. I also started to run my Alliance Roulette with him to help supplement his leveling through the expansion. It’s been a while since I’ve really played Dragoon, and I still find that I enjoy the job, even if it’s not something I’d choose as my main.

Speaking of Raids, I’ve been running the Copied Factory twice each week. Once is for my Main who really doesn’t need any of the drops except for fluff, minions, music and the upgrade coin for gear. So far, she hasn’t had a lot of luck outside of the new dress that she got in the picture up top.

This glamour has an interesting property. On the very first day of the raid, the community crowed over how the B2 glamour drop legs enhance the character’s booty – male and female both. Well, this normal chest drop for casters (and I assume any other job) appears to enhance the upper female assets, which was unexpected but quite noticeable.

Ah well.

I was actually a little disappointed that it didn’t look more like the male coat caster drop instead of a dress. Here’s the male version on Amon:

I do love that they’re all dyeable out of the box, though. That’s very nice and makes for a lot of new glamour options.

While Amon is running the Factory for glamour and fluff, he actually needs the aiming drops as upgrades. I really want to get him the aiming coat, though, purely to base yet another glamour set around.

Oh, and I have repurposed yet another RP alt over the weekend. This is Tad.

I cringed at having to spend the amount of gil I did on his coat alone, but I adore how it looks on him. I’m trying out Machinist with this character, and so far enjoying how it feels — it’s the first time I’ve dabbled with the new Machinist changes in Shadowbringers. I was not a fan of the Stormblood version at all.

So this fellow needed a CT unlock, and is teasing me with having a crafter and gatherer right within the lower range of the Ishgard restoration turn-in system. I’m really curious what it’s like to level a crafter/gatherer with all the new changes to the system and the Restoration sitting there as well. So I might just take the plunge and level him, despite already having two not-quite-finished omnicrafters.

So, as you can see, even though my goals were met for the Pixie quests and daily hunts, I always, always have something else to work on for someone in this game!

Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

FFXIV: The Hunt is Over

One of my goals for this month was to earn the Forgiven Reticence mount on both my Main and Amon. I’ve always liked the design of this creature, even back when we fought something like it in ARR dungeons.

How do you get it? It costs 3,200 nut sacks from the Nutsy Hunts.

Since I rarely take a ride on the Hunt Trains (with a few exceptions), and I wanted to use the daily hunts as a supplement to beast tribes to level up my side jobs, I chose to do the daily hunt logs.

This isn’t terribly difficult, but when doing it on two characters every day, it does become time consuming. Last night, when I finally thought I’d have it done for them both, I was more than ready to put hunts aside for a while. Especially since I’d finished leveling the side jobs that I was working on originally.

I snagged the mount on my Main, and started the rounds on Amon. That’s when I saw the first calls for the Mateus Hunt Train forming in Lakeland. While I knew I’d have enough nuts to finish the mount from the solo hunts, I decided having some extra (I’m still missing a minion) and earning some tomes on the side was worth the ride.

I really enjoy Hunt Trains. They’re pretty fast, fairly organized, and give me the feeling of open-world cooperative play with strangers. It’s a bit like the GW2 open world events – except that you do need a party to get full credit and it only lasts for about 15 mins.

I still finished off the daily hunts on Amon anyhow, and even after buying the mount, I have about 500 left over. The minion I want is 800, so I might just do a few weekly hunts to get that done. Unless I happen across another Hunt Train.

For now, I’m focusing on ranking up Pixies to the cap – which should only be a couple more days, I think. Then I swore to myself that I’d start leveling with my Trusts. I have a ton of jobs I want to work up on my Main, and I do want to level my Trusts at the same time.

Then there’s going to be FATEs for Amon. But I don’t feel up to starting those just yet. Maybe next month.

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FFXIV: A Pair of Level 80s

I finished up a couple of un-listed goals yesterday — I got my Main’s Black Mage to 80 and Amon’s Red Mage to 80 (Saturday). I call them un-listed goals because I knew by virtue of the other goals I was working on that leveling would come naturally.

I had two goals for both of these characters this month – to completely rank up with the Pixie beast tribe quests and to do hunts in order to buy the new Sin Eater mount. Every day, I’ve done just that. I’m not quite done with either of them, but I made sure that I did these with leveling jobs for the XP.

I’m still absolutely terrible on Black Mage. I’m so bad, in fact, I don’t trust myself to use the job to run Trusts. So I knew when the beast tribe quests came out that this would be the extent of what I’d do to level.

It got me to level 80 yesterday. I geared her up — she could share gear with my Red Mage — and checked out out her Artifact gear. I wasn’t too impressed with the female version, so I took a screenshot and tossed it out to save inventory.

She’s moving on to leveling Bard next. This is one job that I probably will bring to Trusts.

As for Amon, he finished up his Red Mage this weekend, and I got him some fancy screenshots in the AF gear.

Seeing that the only other job I’ve unlocked on him is Dancer, and I did that just to be silly, I’m pretty much done leveling what I want to for this character (aside from crafters, of course).

As always, I still have a long list of things that I want to get done in FFXIV, so finishing this isn’t the end! I have yet to get the hunt mount and still have a few days of Pixie quests before I completely max out the reputation. I have a bunch of other jobs to level to 80 on my Main, so I see myself starting to tackle leveling Trusts soon.

I’ve also made progress on Tai in Shadowbringers. Not a ton, but some. He should be heading into the first Trust in the Switch the next time I have time to pick him up and play.

Posted in Fiddle Progress Report

Fiddle Progress Report: 10 Months

Today I celebrate 10 months of learning to play the fiddle! I also celebrate having my Fiddlerman Master violin for just over a month. I’m still very pleased with the violin, and happy that I made the leap. I’ve certainly stopped shopping around and browsing violins online, which tells me that even subconsciously, I’m happy with my purchase.

So what all did I accomplish this month?

Well, I did practice pretty consistently. I missed about 3 days since the last progress report – sometimes just due to having way too many things to do after a work day and that sort of thing. I feel like missing 3 days isn’t a terrible track record, though I’d like to keep it more consistent going forward.

I’ve written about all my practices in my online practice log. Even if it’s just a short paragraph about what I played, how I was feeling and the outcome of the practice, I wrote something.

My goals for last time were to clean up Buffalo Gals and add it to the tune list. I also had wanted to work on Margaret’s Waltz some. How did that go?

Well, not only did I get Buffalo Gals fairly cleaned up and a part of the regular tunelist, but I went on to do the same with a new tune, Cindy. I did end up dropping Margaret’s Waltz, however, because I just feel like I’m not quite there yet. It was outside of the AFM progression and just a tune I was trying on the side, so I don’t feel this was a fail. I will try the tune again when I feel my skill is more up to par.

I figured out how to remove the cork residue left from removing the chinrest from my fiddle! This was a huge cosmetic win and it still looks so, so much better.

I decided that I really needed to spend some time with foundational basics and work on technical playing skills. I’m now supplementing my tunes with curriculum from Julia’s Violin Academy (JVC). I’m working through the Basics section right now, and hope to be moving into the Beginner section, to add a number of scales and exercises to my practice.

I decided it was time to break out the Christmas music! I’ve been working on learning Silent Night for the past week or so, and feel like I’ve got it to the point where I just really need some cleanup practice. I want to at least learn one more holiday song on my list by the next progress report and be playing Silent Night fairly well by then, too. It’ll probably be either O, Holy Night or Greensleeves.

I’ve played without any tape on the fingerboard all month! So, when I got my new Master violin, I never put tape on the fingerboard, and I’ve been playing without it ever since. Every now and then I miss a third finger, but for the most part, that’s not been as bad as I thought. I’m pretty good at picking up when a note is off by ear, though, and correcting it.

I’m learning to tune a violin that only has one fine tuner. It’s not quite as easy as it was when I had 4 fine tuners, but it’s not as difficult as I imagined, either. It takes a little bit more time, but eventually, you find the sweet spot.

So, wow. Actually, I did quite a bit this month! I find that I’m moving along at a two-to-three song pace per month when it comes to learning new tunes and getting them mostly cleaned up. I’m still having to go back over old tunes, though, because I’m nowhere near perfect playing them. But I assume that’s all part of consistent practice.

Next time I check in, it’ll be much closer to Christmas, so I hope to have a more holiday music under my belt!

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Pixie Beast Tribe Quests Complete!

I’ve been doing two things every day on both my Main and Amon in FFXIV – Pixie Beast Tribe quests and daily Nutsy hunts (for that mount). Both of these have helped level an alt job quite nicely, to boot.

While I’m still a week and some away from getting the Nutsy mount for each of them, I did finish the daily beast tribe quest story line last night. I’ll have to double check to see if that’s as high as you can rank with them overall – sometimes there’s one final stretch to rank until you hit the ultimate max (to be ready for any bloodsworn quests in the future).

But as far as story goes, it’s complete, and I got the Porxie mount on both characters. The whole process also helped me push my Black Mage (main) and Red Mage (Amon) to level 78-79 respectively. I’ll very likely keep running these dailies until both have hit 80 on these jobs.

The questline was pretty cute overall and gave some interesting insights into the world of the pixies. Always laced with fae mischief and just a hint of subtle threat, I found most of it to be pretty fun. As you ranked up, you helped to build an instanced dreamland, which really bloomed after the final quest. I need to go back in and explore it some when I have the time.

The story was pretty cute, meshing concepts of friendship and accepting people for who they are. There’s also a bit of a mystery as to exactly who the antagonist is, and how they came to be. Not all the questions were answered in the end, but it’s interesting to see that just because there’s natural patterns and rules to a fantasy world doesn’t mean some creatures don’t work outside these rules in special cases.

I’ll say no more about this as it’s bordering spoiler territory.

I was surprised that there was a minor boss fight for the final quest. Usually beast tribe quests keep battles to a minimum. I’m thinking back, and don’t recall an instance where beast tribe quests had a boss fight like this.

It wasn’t terribly difficult, but did reinforce the fact that I’m rubbish on Black Mage still. Even after looking up a better rotation and thinking I understood the job more or less, anytime something happens that forces me out of that rotation (like this fight did in several instances), I find myself at a loss of what to do to keep the DPS going.

I guess Black Mage just isn’t my job – which is the main reason that I chose to level it through beast tribe quests and hunts. I knew that I’m so rubbish with it that even trying to do Trusts would be very difficult for me.

Ah well. Once I get it to 80, I won’t have to worry about it again until the next expansion!

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FFXIV: Restoring Ishgard – Patch 5.11

Here’s a great guide with macros and stat requirements that should help you craft all your collectables with ease.

Last night I got my first of the scrip items from the Ishgard restoration – the /lean emote, which is perfect for Amon! You can see it in the header image above.

So, let’s talk about this restoration. My server has welcomed it with open arms, and it’s little wonder. When you’re in the Firmament zone, there’s almost constantly the ding of someone leveling up. The crafting experience you get from turn ins and participation is just insane. So, if you’ve had any interest in leveling crafters but thought it would take too long, this is for you.

On Mateus, the zone is always packed. On the morning of the release, it looked something like this:

Let me note that there are so many people here that the game has to cull them until you get right up on most of them. Aside from holiday events, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this kind of server participation before.

This leads to some issues… but I’ll talk about that later. For now, I’m going to focus on what this is all about.

Restoration Unlocked!

As you might expect, there’s a short quest that you need to finish in order to unlock the zone. In order to have this quest, you must have completed the Litany of Peace quest, which I believe is the end of the Dragonsong War storyline in Heavensward.

You can do the unlock quest on a non-crafting job, and still access the area even without a crafter. You can join in the crafting aspect as long as you have at least one level 20 crafter.

Once you’re in, they give you the grand tour. They also hint at… housing!

If they don’t add Ishgard housing after this tease, that’d be evil of them. I’m not chomping at the bit to get a house in Ishgard – it’s too snowy for me – but for those who want it, I hope they get the chance at it!

Restoring Ishgard – How it Works

Each server will restore Ishgard at a different pace, depending on participant contributions. You can see the progress of your server at the Skybuilder’s board in the middle of the zone.

Early patch morning – you’ll never see this stage again!

To make progress, you must turn in specific collectible crafted items. These are listed under the Ishgard Restoration section in the Special tab of your crafting log.

There are 5 different items, based on your crafting level bracket: Levels 20, 40, 60, 70, 80. So, starting at level 20, you should always have something level-appropriate to turn in.

Keep in mind, that in order for the crafted item to count, it must meet the baseline collectability/quality number for that collectable. The NPC where you turn in the collectable will tell you what this quality level must be. If you go above the baseline collectability level, then you earn more scrip rewards for your turn-in, so it’s always good to shoot for the stars, if possible.

Rewards go up with higher collectabily

Have no idea what any of this collectable/quality crafting is about? Here’s a quick video that can help:

Keep in mind that as of patch 5.11, collectable synthesis is automatically turned on for these items, so you shouldn’t have to enable it.

Okay, so now that you know how to create the collectables, where do you get the materials for it? Well… you either gather them or buy them from the marketboard/gatherers. Yep. There’s no cutting corners here.

There’s a bunch of new gathering materials added with this patch, most of which are named “Skybuilders'”- something-something that are used for these items. Look for them under the Ishgard Reconstruction section of your Special tab of the gathering log.

The nice thing about many of these materials is that you sometimes get nodes that allow you to gather many times the normal amount. I’ve see up to +9 per swing on a node so far, which is always nice to get. So gathering this stuff, though you’ll need a lot of it, isn’t as bad as you might think.

Scrips and Rewards

There’s no limit on how much you can turn in. There’s no limit on how many scrips you can earn (up to a cap). But there is a lot of nice stuff you can pick up with the scrips including a cosmetic outfit and all of this:

Scrip rewards

Interestingly, this includes items that used to be tied with the Diadem (which is now closed – it will reopen next patch as a gathering location for the reconstruction). There’s also a number of new things here such as an emote, hair, minions and a mount. Including the Pegasus!

Concerted Works (FATE)

So, once your server reaches a certain level of stockpile on the Board, this kicks off a series of Concerted Works, which is just a fancy name for a zone-wide crafting FATE. I think this happens every 8 hours. I’m not sure because I have yet to actually be able to attend one.

The reason for this?

Because folks from other servers hop over and pile into the Firmament. I was shocked to find out… oh… there is a limit to how many people can be in the zone at one time. It looks something like this:

Everyone swarming the NPC that takes you into the Firmament when the FATE starts

My Sad Story

So, I logged in on Tuesday after work, and was in the Firmament. I checked the board, saw that there was 40 minutes until the event, and thought – oh, I’ll go do some hunts and my pixie quests for the day and when I get back, the event will start.

Oh, if only I’d known. I warped out to do just that, set an alarm for 10 mins before the FATE, and by the time I got back, chaos has ensued. The zone was full, not just with folks on our server, but from other servers who knew that this was going to happen and were hopping over to take part.

Apparently, you get 500 scrips and a hefty chunk of crafting XP for completion. The FATE itself isn’t very hard. Click supplies, click workbench, click final destination. Do as many times as you can in the timeframe. It looks like this:

Then, some little piece of the Firmament will change and update. For example, I noticed that the stalls where you purchase stuff with scrips were taking shape yesterday, and weren’t like that before. So minor updates happen to the zone with each FATE.

The issue was taken into consideration by the dev team, and as of today, they have made it so that world visitors can’t enter the Firmament on other servers now.

So I guess this became a big enough issue, especially for high pop servers, that they took notice. Maybe that means I’ll actually get to join a Fate?

Even if I don’t, I’ve got plenty of stuff to work towards on two characters. There’s a few hiccups, but overall, the restoration seems to be super popular and has certainly encouraged people who’ve not crafted as much before to get involved in something other than dungeons and raiding. So that’s a win in my mind!

So many crafters!
Posted in Learning to Play Fiddle

Getting Technical

I’m rolling up on my 10th month anniversary of playing fiddle this Friday. I feel like I’ve made good progress the last few months, and have been practicing far more regularly. I’ve also been logging my daily practice and making a list of the tunes I’ve been playing.

But one thing I feel like I’m missing is the basic technical aspect of learning to play violin. I pick up tunes from whatever method site I’m using, and I learn to play the tune by watching the video. But when it comes to practicing the skill-building exercises that I hear other folks (who have teachers) work on, I don’t even know where to begin.

Since I don’t have a teacher nearby, I feel like there’s a lot of information I’m missing out on. Even if it leans more towards classical playing, I think things like scales and bowing exercises can create a strong foundation for the style I want to eventually work towards.

So I began to investigate my online options. A few months back, I ran across Violinspiration, which is a great YouTube channel with lots of free lessons and helpful videos. I signed up for the newsletter, and followed a few of the live classes provided by the instructor, Julia.

She also has an online violin academy, which requires a monthly sub. The cost is a bit more than some of the monthly fiddle sites out there, but if you look at it as it replacing the cost of weekly lessons, it may actually turn out to be a savings.

I did some research, and decided to go ahead and get put on the waiting list last week. Yes, the academy has a waiting list, though I’m not quite sure I understand how all that works. Through the weekend, I got emails that assured me that I was still on the list, and offered more information about what kind of features were provided with the subscription.

The more I read, the more I felt like this is the direction I needed to go to supplement my tune playing. So on Monday, when my invite officially came, I jumped on it quickly and joined the academy.

There’s a pretty active community within the academy, though it’s completely through their Facebook page – you can only join the group if you’re a paying member. I’m not much of a Facebook user, but I’ll deal with it because the group seems really supportive.

A sample of Beginner topics

The community there does things like host practice sprints, group events, daily questions and responses, and posts videos for feedback. You can also post videos to the academy website and Julia will respond directly in a video in reply. So if you’re having trouble with some aspect of a song or exercise, you can demonstrate, ask questions and get answers.

For someone like me, I think this preferable to even online weekly classes. I’d be worried about not having the time to fit classes in my week, not to mention I’m camera shy. So being able to work up to making a video for feedback is more my pace. It also feels better because I see many other students doing it!

The most important thing is the curriculum. As you can see to the right, most of the beginner stuff focuses on things like scales, exercises and arpeggios. Yes, these are very basic things, but these are things I don’t do currently. I think having these examples will help me understand better what I need to practice.

Every course comes with a workbook – including standard notation for the exercises – and a practice plan in PDF format.

Learning Levels

Courses are broken into difficulty levels, and new courses are added over time. While I should have probably started with the Beginner level, I decided to start from the very first video and go through the Basics section first.

This covered things like bow hold, holding the violin, playing open notes, and playing the first scale. I wanted to see how Julia approached these things – for example, her bow hold technique is a bit different from others I’ve followed, so I’m seeing if I can adapt to her style and if it improves anything for me.

I’ve already started using some of her bow strengthening exercises every day, and working on some of the bowing patterns she introduced early on. While this is all very basic stuff, I still feel this was a lot of what I was missing when I’m just going straight to playing tunes.

I hope to finish working through the Basic section by this weekend, maybe sooner, and start picking up the scales and exercises for the Beginner section along side my holiday tunes. I wish I’d known about this method back when I was first beginning last year. I think I would have really done well with this as my introduction into the technical side of playing. I guess it’s never too late, though!

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FFXIV: Ready for Ishgard Restoration? Patch 5.1 Crafting Help!

Check out information and guides on how to participate in the Ishgard Restoration!

FFXIV Patch 5.11 drops tonight, and the biggest thing I’m hyped for is the release of the Ishgard Restoration. Advertised to be content especially for crafters and gatherers (though I believe non-crafters can get involved), it will be somewhat of a real-time server-wide building project to restore the areas in Ishgard that were decimated by war.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea — it reminds me of something out of the MMO Horizons (back when Istaria was still called that). The whole server of crafters and gatherers would come together to build and add resources to broken locations to unlock new areas and even races. I’m so stoked to see how this unfolds and will totally be putting in effort to it if at all possible.

The Big Crafting Change of 5.1

BUT!

Before jumping straight into that, let’s take into consideration that upon logging in for patch 5.1, high level crafter skill bars looked shockingly like this:

-Reddit Source-

This was horrifying to log in to, I tell you. And the worst part of it was that ALL of your crafting jobs – all 8 of them! – were in this condition.

So many skills were removed and reworked. Almost nothing was NOT changed. So when you have 8 jobs worth of bars with skills you have no idea how to fix, what do you do?

I’ve never been a macro crafter – I’ve just muddled through and geared up enough to make the things I wanted to make. I’ve not crafted high-end gear or anything that requires the massive overmelds.

But I know that some folks are a lot more serious about their crafting than I. And for those folks, here’s some great resources:

For folks who are like me and just want to know how to survive without the skills you know and love, here’s a quickie quote that talks about how to approach end game crafting:

Start with Reflect, Manipulation, Ingenuity, and use a Touch action five times. Great Strides, Ingenuity, maybe Innovation, Byregot’s Blessing, and Careful Synth until you’re done.

-Can’t find Reddit source (sorry)

Reflect seems to be the skill that’s everyone’s best friend now. I noticed this as I was sorting through my skills, even before I read the above. I suggest taking a bit of time to really sort through your remaining skills and see what they all do. I found some pretty interesting combos that are now my new mainstays. It wasn’t as bad as it seemed!

Cleaning Up Your Crafting Hotbar

Credit to this Reddit thread for macros that helped me get all 8 jobs back into working condition!-

So, let’s rebuild those crafting hotbars. The easiest way I’ve found is using macros (here’s how to make macros in FFXIV if you’ve never done it).

Step 1: Strip your existing bars clean (if you want). This macro will do the trick:

/hotbar remove 1 all
/hotbar remove 2 all
/hotbar remove 3 all

If you have more than 3 bars, add one for the 4th, 5th, etc.

Choose one crafter to rebuild a new bar, switch to it, then use the above macro to clean off all the mess that was left when 5.0 hit. Now you have sparkly clean bars to build your new skill list!

Step 2: Once you’re familiar with the new skills, rebuild your crafting bars however you see fit. Keep in mind that they’ve done away with cross class skills, so all skills are now given to all crafting jobs. This makes it easier in the long run to build a bar that works for all of your jobs.

Step 3: Time to copy your new bar to each of your other crafters! Here’s a macro that can do that for you:

/hotbar copy LTW 1 current 1
/hotbar copy LTW 2 current 2
/hotbar copy LTW 3 current 3

Here, the “LTW” stands for Leatherworker. You’d replace that with the shorthand for whatever job you just fixed the hotbars on if it wasn’t leatherworker.

Also, if you have more than three bars, you’ll have to add more with 4, 5, 6, etc.

Now, all you have to do is switch to each crafting job and run this macro. It will replace the messy old bars with whatever the new setup was on the job you fixed.

And there you go! Your crafters bars are now set up and ready to go for the Ishgard restoration!

Also, remember, if you’ve never leveled crafters before, or you’re working to level them now, everything that gives crafting experience gives a ton more than it used to. So get in there and do grand company turn-ins, leves, beast tribe quests, and weekly scrip turn-ins! Good luck!