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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!

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FFXIV: Live Letter LVII – Patch 5.2 Info Roundup

This post is late, seeing the Live Letter happened almost five days ago, but life has been crazy in the final work week before the holidays. I get a vacation starting this weekend, and boy do I need it!

Anyhow, I just wanted to touch on the highlights of the Live Letter, which gave us a look at what’s coming in patch 5.2, and talked way too much about virtual butt sizes.

It’s a sad age when 10 minuets of broadcast has to go into discussing the technical aspects of why an outfit’s butt size wasn’t working as intended, was nerfed, only for it to be given back due to public outcry. It was pretty funny to watch Yoshi-P make butt shapes with his hands, however.

Borrowed from Polygon because I needed this image on my blog

For those who are concerned, the B2 outfit butt size will be restored in patch 5.18 (releasing Dec 24). Merry Christmas!

Patch 5.2 – Echoes of a Fallen Star

So what can we expect from the upcoming patch – which is due to be out late February? Here’s a quick list:

  • New MSQ story
  • New Beast Tribes – for gathering only
  • New Dungeon – Anamnesis Anyder
  • New Trial – Ruby Weapon
  • New 8-man Eden Raids – Eden’s Verse
  • Relic Gear quests begin
  • More Ishgard Restoration
  • Diadem returns as gathering location for Restoration
  • Further Crafting & Gathering updates – Especially Fisher
  • New Tomestones
  • Free Company rank increase (!)
  • Groupable Deep Ocean Fishing (!)
  • Umbrellas (?)

This seems like a pretty wide variety of content, even if this is just the first glimpse of what we’re getting. I find it amazing that MSQ story is back on the list of exciting things in each major patch because we all want to know what’s going to happen next!

I’m super excited to see what the next phase of Ishgard Restoration with the Diadem will be like. Also the changes to fisher, including the deep ocean fishing sound amazing. I’m curious what perks the next Free Company rank increase will bring. I think this is the FIRST increase I can remember we’ve had since the game released!

The new dungeon looks a lot like something connected to Amaurot. As long as it kicks actual Amaurot out of the Expert Roulette, that’s all I care about. If I ever have to run that place again, it’ll be too soon.

They did note that from here on out, we’ll only be getting one dungeon per patch because the team is focusing on bringing out a variety of content. I know for some people that’s a bummer, but I don’t mind at all. Dungeon running is still not my preferred content, and if there was a better way to earn Tomes, I’d be doing it in a heartbeat.

If it gives us more variety per patch, I’m all for it. So far, this little sneak peek had a number of things I’m curious about. But really, why does the new beast tribe quests center around gathering? It’s so easy to level gathering as it is. And why umbrellas? What are the functions of umbrellas? I guess we’ll find out.

If you want more details about content of this Live Letter, check out this Google doc.

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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.