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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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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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December 2019 Gaming Goals in Review

I’m going to go ahead and close out this month’s goal post because while there’s still today and tomorrow, I doubt I’ll be working on goals. Tomorrow, I want to visit my Yearly 2019 Gaming Goals and see how I did with them. Then I can look at figuring out where I want to go in 2020!

FFXIV Goals

  • Level Trusts & Alt Jobs (Main) 
  • Level Crafters and Buy Master VII Books (Main & Amon) 
  • Progress Tai through Shadowbringers 
  • Progress Zuri through Stormblood

I did a great job in leveling my first set of Trust characters and getting my Summoner/Scholar to 80. Next month, I know I want to work on taking my second set through, which requires me leveling one of my tanks.

In the meantime, I’ve also been doing beast tribes on each job and getting them to 71, which allows them to have access to Trusts. As of last night, I only have one job that’s not 71.

I finished up getting Master crafting books with scrips for both my main and Amon. I’ve been slowly working on leveling their crafters in the meantime. I’m sure if I buckled down and worked on the Restoration, I could level a lot faster, but I just haven’t had the focus for that lately.

I did progress Tai all the way to the Greatwood in Shadowbringers. I honestly could have gotten even further, but holidays were distracting. I also leveled him to the point that I couldn’t go any further using the Beast Tribes. The game gates you if you haven’t cleared the Greatwood at a certain rank. That’s fine – I’ll get ther eventually.

I didn’t get around to working on Zuri’s progress at all. I didn’t expect I would until I got Tai sorted away. It’s fine.

Nintendo Switch Goals

  • Earn at least one new badge in Pokemon Sword
  • Finish next temple in Link’s Awakening
  • Ring Fit

Nope, didn’t do any of this and it makes me sad. I do have the excuse of getting some Steam games for Christmas that took my attention away. Though I also added three new games to the Switch backlog for Christmas as well! Augh!

I’m going to buckle down on this harder in 2020. Though I have a feeling Animal Crossing is going to sweep away my time when it releases.

Overall, a fine month. We’ll check on the year’s progress tomorrow!

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FFXIV: Summoner/Scholar & Trusts Ding 80!

The Starlight Festival is in full swing in FFXIV this week, and while I do want to talk about the event, more importantly, I hit one of my most important monthly goals last night.

I started a few days before December, and have been doing one run with my Trusts per night. I’ve worked on the same job every day — Summoner/Scholar — and finally hit 80 on both my job and the first three Trust members I’ve been leveling.

So this didn’t take quite a month to do, even with the Trust members leveling at the same rate (and at one point outleveled me) as I did. But it still came pretty close to a month’s work.

I picked Summoner because it was the last casting job I needed to level to get all of my casters wearing the same gear. This let me clean out a significant chunk of my inventory, for which I was pretty happy!

As an added bonus, this allowed me to level my first healer – Scholar – to 80 as well. This means that once I figure out how to play the class somewhat, I can take on the Shadowbringers role quests for that job. I haven’t done these yet on either of my characters, and I do want to finish this all on my main for every role eventually.

So. As you can see, I still have three more trust members to level. Because none of them are a tank, my next goal is to take my Gunbreaker through the Trusts as my first tank. In the meantime, I’m still using Beast Tribe quests to nudge each of my jobs up to 71 to allow them to access Trusts. This has been working very well. Here’s where I’m sitting at today:

Right now, I’m about halfway through 70 on Dragoon. Then all I have left is Ninja and the rest of my tanks. That’s a lot of jobs! And at one trust a day, even if I didn’t skip a day, that’s going to be a lot of work for next year!