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FFXIV: All Crafters at Level 80!

I know that in the scheme of things, I’m way behind on this. But as of last night, all of my crafters on my main are now level 80!

I really should have done this long ago, especially with Ishgard crafting making it so easy to blitz through levels. It’s just a case of me being lazy (and now I’m somewhat paying for it).

I’ve recently decided to put a lot more effort into crafting and gathering for my main. In fact, I picked up a full set of facet gear and plunked down the gil to start melding it up so that I was relevant enough to be able to craft the newest battle gear.

This is actually the first time in the history of playing this game that I’ve been in a place that I could craft the newest stuff. I usually don’t bother with the overmelding, and stick with the scrip gear. But this time around, I really like how the Neo-Ishgardian sets look… and… well… glamour wins all in the end.

So now I need to keep building up my stats so that I can make some of my money back. Part of this was because I’ve been so careless with my scrips in the past, too. I was doing the weekly turn-ins, but using it to level my jobs and blowing the yellow scrips on desynth stuff. I could kick myself now because I should have been using that for materia and melding up a good set of gear.

I’ll get there eventually, and I hope that I’ll be able to maintain gear that makes it possible. The nice thing about being able to craft the 480 gear is that I don’t have to worry about running extra dungeons for tomes on my alts. I can just craft them a set of gear (I don’t care if it’s HQ) and throw it at them so they have the ilvl required for whatever content comes next.

Heck, it’s tempting for me to do it for my main simply because that means I don’t have to run stuff every day. I tell you what… last night’s Dun Scaith for Alliance Roulette almost makes me want to do just that.

Neo-Ishgarding Top of Aiming on Amon

In other news… I think I might have some ideas for a backstory to my main. We’ll see. I don’t think I’ll ever RP her, but it would be fun to have a story for her.

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FFXIV – Ocean Fishing Guide

Quick Link: Get the FFXIV Ocean Fishing Spreadsheet guide here!

So one of the newest features released in patch 5.2 was all for Fishers — the ocean voyage! This is for ANY level of Fisher. You could have just unlocked the job, be level 1 and do this. It’s fantastic for leveling, and for those at a higher level, there are rewards like a minion and a mount.

The Minion

You unlock ocean fishing in Limsa Lominsa with a quest at the Fishing Guild. You then go to the docks next to the Arcanist Guild to talk to an NPC… and you’re ready to go. That NPC will tell you when the next ship is set to arrive — boats come in every two hours. They also will let you know what route to expect on the next voyage.

When it’s time to go, a quest marker will appear over the NPC’s head. You click it and are automatically put into a group and a boat of 24 people. You can also go in as a party, so you can bring your friends, or group up with other people on the dock!

Things to Know

Here’s a few things to know and do before you start:

  • Each fish you catch is worth points – these points are added up at the end of your voyage and can earn you the achievement for the minion (5,000 points) and the mount (10,000 points)
  • If you’re over level 50 and have scrips unlocked, you will get yellow scrips as well as XP
  • The fish you catch go into your inventory like normal fish, so make sure you have plenty of inventory space before setting out!
  • Buy at least one stack of 99 of the three bait that’s on sale from the merchant right next to the dock: Krill, Plump Worm, and Ragworm – only use these bait on the ship.

Spectral Currents

Here’s where it gets interesting. Each location the ship stops at (there will be three per voyage) has a different kind of bait that’s best to catch what’s called a Spectral fish (it will be a !!! fish). Each time you catch a Spectral fish, there’s a chance to proc what’s called a Spectral Current.

Within the Spectral Current

You REALLY want this! This is where you score the big points.

If you’re shooting for the minion and mount, the only way you’re going to get it is by procing the Spectral Current.

This appears to happen completely random. I’ve caught many Spectrals and have never personally procced a current.

Here’s the bait that you use in each area to have the best chance at catching Spectral fish:

  • Southern Straits – Krill
  • Galadion Bay – Plump Worm
  • Northern Straits – Ragworm
  • Rhotano Sea – Plump Worm

I’ve seen some debate about what to use at Galadion Bay, but for the most part, the community has settled on this. Sometimes someone on the ship will be calling out the bait, and sometimes not. So it’s good to have this list on a sticky note somewhere.

Your level and gear do not effect catching a Spectral or proccing. A friend of mine was only level 18 when she procced a current. It appears to be completely RNG.

You can also proc Intuition on a personal level based on the fish you catch, which allows you to catch a special green fish in each area for an additional achievement. If you’re level 80, you can also get white scrips for these fish.

I know there’s also a point where you can proc Intuition during a Spectral Current for a chance to catch a very special fish, but I’ve never done it. All of those details are in the spreadsheet I linked at the top.

I did manage to get the mount on two of my characters — but they were both level 80 fishers with Double Hook and tons of Hi Cordials to blow. Even then, it took some time, many voyages, and a lot of luck to get those mounts.

I know it’s ugly, but it’s mine!

At this point, I’m just using it to level alts, so I’m taking a much more laid back approach to the voyages. Even in the 60+ levels, it’s very good experience! Much faster than any other route to level Fisher, and certainly pretty fun!

So even if you’ve never fished before, give it a shot. It’s a neat experience and I hope it’s a system they add to in the future. It certainly seems to be getting a lot of attention by the players!

Lined up for a good-luck Yol Dance before the ship comes 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!

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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.