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FFXIV 5.2 Preliminary Patch Notes Highlights

So today we get the preliminary patch notes for 5.2, which you can see here for yourself. As always, I’m reading through and picking out things that excite me… and things that don’t. Purely opinion. So let’s jump in!

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FFXIV: Just Little Things – Hildibrand & BLU

After finishing up everything for my Mogtome runs earlier this month, I’ve been taking a bit of a break from dungeons and raids in FFXIV. I know that things will start back up next week when the new patch drops, and new tome farming is often a tiring thing for me. So I’m resting while I can.

One thing I have been doing is clearing out little odds and ends that I’ve been meaning to get around to, but tend to forget about. I’ve checked off a few job quests on an alt, and have finally finished the ARR section of Hildibrand for Amon. Pictured above – the Manderville dance.

Amoon and I found that it wasn’t very difficult at all to unsync the trials to complete all that. I soloed the first Greg fight without issue, but decided I might need some assistance with Dragon’s Neck and Battle in the Big Keep. We took both down without much issue at level 80.

I do plan on working through the rest of the Hildibrand quests, and hopefully not putting them off as long as I did the first set!

The other thing I started working on again was Amon’s BLU mage. A bunch of BLU content came out last patch, and I haven’t made a move to touch it. Sadly, I haven’t even started leveling BLU on my main, either.

When I picked up where I left off on Amon, he was level 50, but I’d never finished the last quest. This requires you to beat Dirty Rotten Azulmagia – #25 at the Masked Carnivale. Considering I’ve hardly touched that content, and have only beat the first two fights in there, I had a lot of catching up to do.

This fight isn’t that terribly hard when it comes to the skills you need – I only used like 4 or 5 skills at the most. The mechanics are pretty straight forward — I understood what I needed to do, it was just a matter of doing it. There’s a lot going on and if you don’t have a proper strategy, you’re going to die pretty quickly in the third stage.

I read up on the fight on this page, but I didn’t use the skills he suggested. It seemed a bit overcomplicated, though I’m sure it could work just fine. Instead, I took what I learned from that article and used what I watched in this video.

Really, all you need is Water Canon, Drill Canon and Loom to get out of meteors. Just gotta stay aware of when he’s immune to magic or physical attacks, and once you’ve seen how to escape the meteors, it’s not too terrible to complete.

That being said, it took me my fair share of attempts to get it done. Probably about 10 tries.

But it is done, and I got a nifty BLU cane glamour. As well as the ability to head into the level 50+ job quests, which is what I really wanted to unlock.

I’ve already gathered a number of spells out in the field, so it’s just a matter of leveling and snagging what I can. Hopefully I can poke Syn and Amoon to run some unsynced dungeons for more, because I know Amoon would want to cap some of the new skills, too.

I’d like to get this finished before the patch drops, but we’ll see how motivated I feel about getting this done. I do enjoy BLU, but I have to be in a specific mood to work at grinding levels on the overworld. I’m almost level 51 from capping the few spells I have, so hopefully it won’t be too bad.

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January Gaming Goals in Review

Most of this month’s goals got tossed right out the window, but that’s actually fine. Several things came up this month that I didn’t expect – a new Mogtome event and the desire to play the Sims 4, to name some. I also wanted to spend time working on IRL crafts and diamond painting, which cut into leisure time.

So what ended up getting cut?

FFXIV Goals

  • Level Tank via Trusts (Main)
  • Level second job via Pixie Beast Tribes (Main)
  • Level crafters via weekly turnins (Main & Amon)
  • Progress Tai through Shadowbringers – Some

I just wasn’t feeling grinding Trusts every day this month. I started out by running a few, but then ended up dropping that by the wayside.

I doubt I would have continued that once the Mogtomes event started, anyhow. Praetorium runs eat up a good chunk of time, about the same as a Trust run, and I’m only up for so much of this every night. Getting the mount is more important, and Trusts will be there later.

However, I did level my Astro from 71 to (almost) 79 using the Pixie quests alone. So I have been making progress on one job, and hope to have that finished up next week. I know that I can pretty easily squeeze in Pixie quests every day, and this seems a viable way to nudge a job towards 80 without a huge time commitment.

I’ve also been leveling crafters doing weekly turn-ins. I know that Ishgard crafting is much faster EX, but if you toss in there the time to gather, it just feels faster to toss 12 items at NPCs and gain a level or two a week. I only have a few jobs on both characters left to finish off, and like the Pixie quests, this doesn’t eat up a lot of time.

I made some progress on Tai, but not as much as I wanted to. I really need to get him moving, especially with another patch about to drop next month.

Steam Backlog Goals

  • Try one new game in the “Clear” category each week

I did this the first week, then forgot this was a goal. Oops.

Switch Backlog

  • Find an organizational method for backlog (spreadsheet?)
  • Uninstall games I’m not coming back to
  • Earn next badge in Pokemon
  • Try out one new indie game

I didn’t touch any of this. Dang it! But to my credit, there’s been a ton of Switch game sales and I haven’t bought any new games. So I’ve done well in that area.

So, for February.

I think I’m going to take a break from goals. I feel like my focus is all over the place right now, and I’ve been limiting my time in FFXIV because I’ve wanted to do and play other things.

I know I’ll be coming back to FFXIV in Feb for the new patch, and to be honest, I’m not really looking forward to another Tome grind for gear. I’ve run some sort of raid or dungeon every night (especially with Mogtomes), and I’m getting a little worn out from it.

I’ve had a lot of fun playing Sims lately, and just doing more free-form gaming. So I think I’m going to give the goals a rest next month. They’re there to give me a checklist of things to accomplish, but I don’t want it to get where goals are confining and blocking the fun.

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FFXIV: Warring Lanner Whistle

I’ve cut back on my FFXIV time a bit this month, due to wanting to work on diamond painting and the fact that I’ve picked up Sims 4 again (I have several expansions I haven’t played yet, including the new Tiny Living stuff pack!). But I’m still making time to at least work on gathering Mogtomes for the mounts I want.

Over the weekend, I earned the first Warring Lanner Whistle for my main. I really like the color scheme of this bird, and the fact that it has leaves swirling around it means it’s perfect for my other RP alt, Tad. So I guess I’m going for one extra bird that I didn’t originally plan on.

It’s fine, there’s plenty of time. And it’s only a Praetorium a day, so it’s not too bad. In the meantime, I’ve even leveled Amon’s Dancer to 70! So really, it’s been productive enough, especially since Beast Tribes keep me moving along on my Astro in the background.

Level 70 Dancer in Very Undancer Gear
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FFXIV: Frog FATE First Finish

I’m always a little behind on these special FATEs because I’m generally more focused on getting through the story at the beginning of an expansion. So when I saw the announcement in Gridania for Archaeotania this past weekend – the special FATE in the Tempest – I quickly prompted my FC members and dragged them into what turned out to be a pretty significant open world boss fight.

Surprisingly, there was quite a bit of participation. I thought most folks who wanted the rewards (the toad suit and the minion) had already done this long ago. But apparently there are folks like me who haven’t completed it. Or maybe they need it for their alts.

The toad suit is something I’ve wanted for my RP alt, Amon, for a while. So we jumped right in (no pun intended) this FATE and got to dying!

Despite all the deaths – and there were a ton – we did manage to take the boss down and get our rewards. Full credit for one FATE is 6 Archaeotania Horns. So if you want the full toad suit, you have to finish it twice.

However, S/E kindly made the toad head – I just call it the frog head – only 5 tokens and the body 7 tokens. So that means I was able to at least get the headpiece if nothing else for completing the FATE once. Very kind of them!

Zeb’s not quite so sure he agrees…

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FFXIV: Mogtomes Event Returns Yet Again!

Today marks the start of the third Mogtome event where you run specific content to earn tomes to buy things like mounts and minions you missed from older content.

This time around, there’s only one bird mount – Warring Lanner Whistle – and two ponies – Enbarr and Xanthos. They’re also offering one Magitek Predator Identification Key.

Seeing that I think I have Xanthos on both of my characters, it looks like I’ll only be farming for two Warring Lanners and one Enbarr this time. And looking at the farming options, it’s pretty clear that Praetorium is still the king.

This time around, they’re trying to nudge folks into doing the level 60 alliance runs. But the way it shakes out is this:

  • Void Ark – 3 Tomes Per Run
  • Weeping City – 5 Tomes Per Run
  • Dun Scaith – 7 Tomes Per Run
  • Praetorium – 10 Tomes Per Run
  • Castrum – 7 Tomes Per Run

Considering the mess that we usually get in those rare random Dun Scaith runs, there’s no way I’d be gunning to run this for only 7 tomes. Prae may be long and boring, but it’s an assured 10 tomes and I can work on some diamond painting during cutscenes. So, the choice for me is pretty straightforward.

Just don’t be surprised if you get a lot of level 60 runs in you Allaiance Roulette for a while.

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January 2020 Gaming Goals

Welcome once again to the new year! While I mapped out the big goals for the year in the last post, it’s time to break it down into more manageable chunks for this month.

What am I looking at? Let’s find out!

FFXIV Goals

  • Level Tank via Trusts (Main)
  • Level second job via Pixie Beast Tribes (Main)
  • Level crafters via weekly turnins (Main & Amon)
  • Progress Tai through Shadowbringers

Steam Backlog Goals

  • Try one new game in the “Clear” category each week

Switch Backlog

  • Find an organizational method for backlog (spreadsheet?)
  • Uninstall games I’m not coming back to
  • Earn next badge in Pokemon
  • Try out one new indie game

I think that’s a pretty solid chunk to work with this month. What kind of goals do you have for your month?