FFXIV: Leveling Trusts

Happy Friday 13th to everyone. Hopefully it will go smoothly for you!

I’ve not posted in a while because I’ve not really had anything exciting to post about. I’ve fallen into a pretty basic routine in FFXIV, mostly having to do with leveling my Trusts, and leveling alongside Trusts.

On my main, I’ve still been doing Pixie beast tribe quests on jobs that are under level 71. It takes about 3 days (and an extra quest) to take a job from 70 to 71. The reason for the 71 level mark is that you can’t run Trusts with a job until you’re 71. Kinda odd, but that’s how it goes.

So far, I’ve gotten Gunbreaker, Astrologian, Monk, Samurai and Dancer to 71 this month. So all of those jobs are ripe for the picking when it comes to pushing forward on Trusts.

In general, it takes about 6 runs of a dungeon to level the Trust through it to the next dungeon. Each dungeon spans two levels. So, Holminster Switch covers levels 71 & 72 (which takes 6 runs), before you move up to Dohn Mheg for 73 & 74.

As to not burn myself out (because I’m going to be running these a lot to level all of my jobs), I’ve chosen to do a Trust a day. So it takes a little less than a week to move through 2 levels.

At this point, I’m taking my first trio through on my Summoner – Thancred as the tank and the Twins as DPS and Heals. But once they hit 80, I’ll switch it out to Tank through the series on my Gunbreaker for the remaining three characters. By the end of it all, I’ll have all of my Trust leveled, earn the achievement/title, and have max NPC characters for the rest of my own job leveling.

It’s all just going to take a while.

I’ve discovered some dungeons are more of a pain than others. The Switch isn’t difficult, it just feels very long. Dohn Mheg is my least favorite due to boss mechanics – it’s the only one I’ve died in so far. The Qitana Ravel is my favorite so far – I really dig the music there, and don’t mind the bosses. Malikah’s Well – I just ran for the first time with this group last night – is really slow to start out, and I’m not a fan of most of the bosses.

I am having a bit of fun learning the new Summoner job, though. I was never much of a Summoner player before this, so spending a lot of time on this job has earned a new appreciation for it. I don’t think I’d ever raid with Summoner, but I do think it’s a really strong job to take through Trusts. Especially since they hardly do any AOE damage, and Summoner can make up for it quite a bit.

Not to mention leveling Summoner means I’m also leveling Scholar for free, and will enable me to do the Healer class quests to get one step closer to seeing all of that story.

I’ve actually been pretty lucky in getting minion drops from these Trusts. The Switch hasn’t dropped the dog minion (though I have one already because Zeb gave me hers). But the other two dungeons have dropped the minion at least once. Other than the Well, since I’ve only run that one time so far.

Anyhow, that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to in FFXIV. We’ve got Starlight coming up next week which looks like it will be fun with new holiday barding as a reaward. I’m also trying to work on getting Tai through Shadowbringers, but that’s been slower going.

I did some redecorating outside the FC house with the new housing items from 5.15.