Welcome to December – the last month of this decade! Crazy to think about, pretty soon it will be 2020. I’m going a little light on the goals this month because who knows what’s going to happen with the holidays here. 🙂
Level Trusts & Alt Jobs (Main) ✓
Level Crafters and Buy Master VII Books (Main & Amon) ✓
Progress Tai through Shadowbringers ✓
Progress Zuri through Stormblood
Nintendo Switch Goals
Earn at least one new badge in Pokemon Sword
Finish next temple in Link’s Awakening
And yeah. It’s short and sweet this month. Mostly daily leveling and making progress through expansions. I am working on Tad’s crafting/gathering and leveling on the side, but it’s nothing I want to set down as an official goal at this point. Mostly stuff I’m doing just for the fun of it and to test to see how fast crafting/gathering leveling is.
And just like that, November is gone and December is almost here. Wow!
Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the progress I made for November’s goals. A few things slipped through the cracks, but other things took their place. So it’s all a bit of balance.
FFXIV Goals for My Main
Daily Pixie Beast Tribe Quests ✓
Daily Nuts Hunts (For New Mount) ✓
Finish Dancer Job Quests ✓
Finish Gunbreaker Job Quests ✓
Level Crafters with new weekly Scrip turn-ins ✓
Get Eden Weapon for Red Mage ✓
Upgrade Gear with Factory Coin Drops ✓
Decorate House (?)
Clean up Shadowbringer Quests ✓
I finished up all of my job quests (woo!), got my Eden weapon, completely leveled Black Mage through beast tribes and hunts, and finished leveling Weaver. I also finished max rank with the Pixies and got the new hunt mount.
In the meantime, I’ve been cleaning up Shadowbringer quests here and there. Not a huge effort for that, but I have done some work. I actually did do a tiny bit to decorate the house – found new walls I liked, and I’m toying with the idea to work on a cabin design, which would be good to work on through winter.
FFXIV Goals for Amon
Finish 5.1 MSQ ✓
Daily Pixie Beast Tribe Quests ✓
Daily Nuts Hunts (For New Mount) ✓
Level Red Mage ✓
Level Crafters with new weekly Scrip turn-ins ✓
I did all of this with Amon as well. Finished 5.1 MSQ, max rank Pixies, hunt mount, leveled Red Mage using those, and leveled a crafter from scrips. I haven’t been hitting Ishgard to level up my higher crafters for some reason. I guess I’m more interested in the fluff.
FFXIV Other Goals
Progress Tai through Shadowbringers ✓
Progress Zuri through Stormblood
Level Zuri’s Fishing & Fishing Retainer ✓
As you can see from the picture above, I have been making progress with Tai in Shadowbringers – I unlocked flying in Lakeland, and as of last night, am working through quests and MSQ in Ill Mheg. Will likely Trust through Dohn Mheg today. And while I never look forward to the Titania fight, I believe that might be around the point that Pixie tribes will open up for him, too, which will help with his leveling.
Zuri didn’t see any progress in Stormblood (no surprise there) as it feels like I need to focus on one character at a time when it comes to making it through content. And I’m just never thrilled to be going back through Stormblood again.
But, I did level her fishing to 72 through almost only fishing turn-ins by themselves. It’s starting to slow down and get a bit more costly at this level, and she’s nowhere near being able to fish in Shadowbringers yet, so I may put this on pause until she gets closer.
Defeat next temple in Link’s Awakening
Ring Fit leveling
While I didn’t play either of these games much in November, I did put some time into the new Pokemon, which I knew I would. I’ve earned two badges so far, and spent more time than I should breeding and trading. That always happens. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed the game and should probably write about it sometime. I want to make sure I keep making progress in December!
Writing that title just reminded me that I still haven’t written out my verdict on the Copied Factory raid in FFXIV yet. I’ll put that on my list for this week.
I finished up the last of the Pixie beast tribe reputation this weekend. This netted a new housing item, which I have bought a few of, but have yet to explore decorating with. I do have a perfect room for some of the Pixie housing items, just need to sit down and work them in.
With those at max rank, I no longer need to run them daily, unless I just want to for alt job XP. I probably will on my main, because I still have a million jobs that need to get to 80, and every little XP counts. I do plan on finally jumping into Trusts soon, and clearing out overworld quests for that as well.
Speaking of Trusts, I also finally unlocked the Switch for Tai, so I’m slowly starting to move him through the Shadowbringers storyline. I also started to run my Alliance Roulette with him to help supplement his leveling through the expansion. It’s been a while since I’ve really played Dragoon, and I still find that I enjoy the job, even if it’s not something I’d choose as my main.
Speaking of Raids, I’ve been running the Copied Factory twice each week. Once is for my Main who really doesn’t need any of the drops except for fluff, minions, music and the upgrade coin for gear. So far, she hasn’t had a lot of luck outside of the new dress that she got in the picture up top.
This glamour has an interesting property. On the very first day of the raid, the community crowed over how the B2 glamour drop legs enhance the character’s booty – male and female both. Well, this normal chest drop for casters (and I assume any other job) appears to enhance the upper female assets, which was unexpected but quite noticeable.
I was actually a little disappointed that it didn’t look more like the male coat caster drop instead of a dress. Here’s the male version on Amon:
I do love that they’re all dyeable out of the box, though. That’s very nice and makes for a lot of new glamour options.
While Amon is running the Factory for glamour and fluff, he actually needs the aiming drops as upgrades. I really want to get him the aiming coat, though, purely to base yet another glamour set around.
Oh, and I have repurposed yet another RP alt over the weekend. This is Tad.
I cringed at having to spend the amount of gil I did on his coat alone, but I adore how it looks on him. I’m trying out Machinist with this character, and so far enjoying how it feels — it’s the first time I’ve dabbled with the new Machinist changes in Shadowbringers. I was not a fan of the Stormblood version at all.
So this fellow needed a CT unlock, and is teasing me with having a crafter and gatherer right within the lower range of the Ishgard restoration turn-in system. I’m really curious what it’s like to level a crafter/gatherer with all the new changes to the system and the Restoration sitting there as well. So I might just take the plunge and level him, despite already having two not-quite-finished omnicrafters.
So, as you can see, even though my goals were met for the Pixie quests and daily hunts, I always, always have something else to work on for someone in this game!
One of my goals for this month was to earn the Forgiven Reticence mount on both my Main and Amon. I’ve always liked the design of this creature, even back when we fought something like it in ARR dungeons.
How do you get it? It costs 3,200 nut sacks from the Nutsy Hunts.
Since I rarely take a ride on the Hunt Trains (with a few exceptions), and I wanted to use the daily hunts as a supplement to beast tribes to level up my side jobs, I chose to do the daily hunt logs.
This isn’t terribly difficult, but when doing it on two characters every day, it does become time consuming. Last night, when I finally thought I’d have it done for them both, I was more than ready to put hunts aside for a while. Especially since I’d finished leveling the side jobs that I was working on originally.
I snagged the mount on my Main, and started the rounds on Amon. That’s when I saw the first calls for the Mateus Hunt Train forming in Lakeland. While I knew I’d have enough nuts to finish the mount from the solo hunts, I decided having some extra (I’m still missing a minion) and earning some tomes on the side was worth the ride.
I really enjoy Hunt Trains. They’re pretty fast, fairly organized, and give me the feeling of open-world cooperative play with strangers. It’s a bit like the GW2 open world events – except that you do need a party to get full credit and it only lasts for about 15 mins.
I still finished off the daily hunts on Amon anyhow, and even after buying the mount, I have about 500 left over. The minion I want is 800, so I might just do a few weekly hunts to get that done. Unless I happen across another Hunt Train.
For now, I’m focusing on ranking up Pixies to the cap – which should only be a couple more days, I think. Then I swore to myself that I’d start leveling with my Trusts. I have a ton of jobs I want to work up on my Main, and I do want to level my Trusts at the same time.
Then there’s going to be FATEs for Amon. But I don’t feel up to starting those just yet. Maybe next month.
I finished up a couple of un-listed goals yesterday — I got my Main’s Black Mage to 80 and Amon’s Red Mage to 80 (Saturday). I call them un-listed goals because I knew by virtue of the other goals I was working on that leveling would come naturally.
I had two goals for both of these characters this month – to completely rank up with the Pixie beast tribe quests and to do hunts in order to buy the new Sin Eater mount. Every day, I’ve done just that. I’m not quite done with either of them, but I made sure that I did these with leveling jobs for the XP.
I’m still absolutely terrible on Black Mage. I’m so bad, in fact, I don’t trust myself to use the job to run Trusts. So I knew when the beast tribe quests came out that this would be the extent of what I’d do to level.
It got me to level 80 yesterday. I geared her up — she could share gear with my Red Mage — and checked out out her Artifact gear. I wasn’t too impressed with the female version, so I took a screenshot and tossed it out to save inventory.
She’s moving on to leveling Bard next. This is one job that I probably will bring to Trusts.
As for Amon, he finished up his Red Mage this weekend, and I got him some fancy screenshots in the AF gear.
Seeing that the only other job I’ve unlocked on him is Dancer, and I did that just to be silly, I’m pretty much done leveling what I want to for this character (aside from crafters, of course).
As always, I still have a long list of things that I want to get done in FFXIV, so finishing this isn’t the end! I have yet to get the hunt mount and still have a few days of Pixie quests before I completely max out the reputation. I have a bunch of other jobs to level to 80 on my Main, so I see myself starting to tackle leveling Trusts soon.
I’ve also made progress on Tai in Shadowbringers. Not a ton, but some. He should be heading into the first Trust in the Switch the next time I have time to pick him up and play.
I’ve been doing two things every day on both my Main and Amon in FFXIV – Pixie Beast Tribe quests and daily Nutsy hunts (for that mount). Both of these have helped level an alt job quite nicely, to boot.
While I’m still a week and some away from getting the Nutsy mount for each of them, I did finish the daily beast tribe quest story line last night. I’ll have to double check to see if that’s as high as you can rank with them overall – sometimes there’s one final stretch to rank until you hit the ultimate max (to be ready for any bloodsworn quests in the future).
But as far as story goes, it’s complete, and I got the Porxie mount on both characters. The whole process also helped me push my Black Mage (main) and Red Mage (Amon) to level 78-79 respectively. I’ll very likely keep running these dailies until both have hit 80 on these jobs.
The questline was pretty cute overall and gave some interesting insights into the world of the pixies. Always laced with fae mischief and just a hint of subtle threat, I found most of it to be pretty fun. As you ranked up, you helped to build an instanced dreamland, which really bloomed after the final quest. I need to go back in and explore it some when I have the time.
The story was pretty cute, meshing concepts of friendship and accepting people for who they are. There’s also a bit of a mystery as to exactly who the antagonist is, and how they came to be. Not all the questions were answered in the end, but it’s interesting to see that just because there’s natural patterns and rules to a fantasy world doesn’t mean some creatures don’t work outside these rules in special cases.
I’ll say no more about this as it’s bordering spoiler territory.
I was surprised that there was a minor boss fight for the final quest. Usually beast tribe quests keep battles to a minimum. I’m thinking back, and don’t recall an instance where beast tribe quests had a boss fight like this.
It wasn’t terribly difficult, but did reinforce the fact that I’m rubbish on Black Mage still. Even after looking up a better rotation and thinking I understood the job more or less, anytime something happens that forces me out of that rotation (like this fight did in several instances), I find myself at a loss of what to do to keep the DPS going.
I guess Black Mage just isn’t my job – which is the main reason that I chose to level it through beast tribe quests and hunts. I knew that I’m so rubbish with it that even trying to do Trusts would be very difficult for me.
Ah well. Once I get it to 80, I won’t have to worry about it again until the next expansion!
Here’s a great guide with macros and stat requirements that should help you craft all your collectables with ease.
Last night I got my first of the scrip items from the Ishgard restoration – the /lean emote, which is perfect for Amon! You can see it in the header image above.
So, let’s talk about this restoration. My server has welcomed it with open arms, and it’s little wonder. When you’re in the Firmament zone, there’s almost constantly the ding of someone leveling up. The crafting experience you get from turn ins and participation is just insane. So, if you’ve had any interest in leveling crafters but thought it would take too long, this is for you.
On Mateus, the zone is always packed. On the morning of the release, it looked something like this:
Let me note that there are so many people here that the game has to cull them until you get right up on most of them. Aside from holiday events, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this kind of server participation before.
This leads to some issues… but I’ll talk about that later. For now, I’m going to focus on what this is all about.
As you might expect, there’s a short quest that you need to finish in order to unlock the zone. In order to have this quest, you must have completed the Litany of Peace quest, which I believe is the end of the Dragonsong War storyline in Heavensward.
You can do the unlock quest on a non-crafting job, and still access the area even without a crafter. You can join in the crafting aspect as long as you have at least one level 20 crafter.
Once you’re in, they give you the grand tour. They also hint at… housing!
If they don’t add Ishgard housing after this tease, that’d be evil of them. I’m not chomping at the bit to get a house in Ishgard – it’s too snowy for me – but for those who want it, I hope they get the chance at it!
Restoring Ishgard – How it Works
Each server will restore Ishgard at a different pace, depending on participant contributions. You can see the progress of your server at the Skybuilder’s board in the middle of the zone.
To make progress, you must turn in specific collectible crafted items. These are listed under the Ishgard Restoration section in the Special tab of your crafting log.
There are 5 different items, based on your crafting level bracket: Levels 20, 40, 60, 70, 80. So, starting at level 20, you should always have something level-appropriate to turn in.
Keep in mind, that in order for the crafted item to count, it must meet the baseline collectability/quality number for that collectable. The NPC where you turn in the collectable will tell you what this quality level must be. If you go above the baseline collectability level, then you earn more scrip rewards for your turn-in, so it’s always good to shoot for the stars, if possible.
Have no idea what any of this collectable/quality crafting is about? Here’s a quick video that can help:
Keep in mind that as of patch 5.11, collectable synthesis is automatically turned on for these items, so you shouldn’t have to enable it.
Okay, so now that you know how to create the collectables, where do you get the materials for it? Well… you either gather them or buy them from the marketboard/gatherers. Yep. There’s no cutting corners here.
There’s a bunch of new gathering materials added with this patch, most of which are named “Skybuilders'”- something-something that are used for these items. Look for them under the Ishgard Reconstruction section of your Special tab of the gathering log.
The nice thing about many of these materials is that you sometimes get nodes that allow you to gather many times the normal amount. I’ve see up to +9 per swing on a node so far, which is always nice to get. So gathering this stuff, though you’ll need a lot of it, isn’t as bad as you might think.
Scrips and Rewards
There’s no limit on how much you can turn in. There’s no limit on how many scrips you can earn (up to a cap). But there is a lot of nice stuff you can pick up with the scrips including a cosmetic outfit and all of this:
Interestingly, this includes items that used to be tied with the Diadem (which is now closed – it will reopen next patch as a gathering location for the reconstruction). There’s also a number of new things here such as an emote, hair, minions and a mount. Including the Pegasus!
Concerted Works (FATE)
So, once your server reaches a certain level of stockpile on the Board, this kicks off a series of Concerted Works, which is just a fancy name for a zone-wide crafting FATE. I think this happens every 8 hours. I’m not sure because I have yet to actually be able to attend one.
The reason for this?
Because folks from other servers hop over and pile into the Firmament. I was shocked to find out… oh… there is a limit to how many people can be in the zone at one time. It looks something like this:
My Sad Story
So, I logged in on Tuesday after work, and was in the Firmament. I checked the board, saw that there was 40 minutes until the event, and thought – oh, I’ll go do some hunts and my pixie quests for the day and when I get back, the event will start.
Oh, if only I’d known. I warped out to do just that, set an alarm for 10 mins before the FATE, and by the time I got back, chaos has ensued. The zone was full, not just with folks on our server, but from other servers who knew that this was going to happen and were hopping over to take part.
Apparently, you get 500 scrips and a hefty chunk of crafting XP for completion. The FATE itself isn’t very hard. Click supplies, click workbench, click final destination. Do as many times as you can in the timeframe. It looks like this:
Then, some little piece of the Firmament will change and update. For example, I noticed that the stalls where you purchase stuff with scrips were taking shape yesterday, and weren’t like that before. So minor updates happen to the zone with each FATE.
So I guess this became a big enough issue, especially for high pop servers, that they took notice. Maybe that means I’ll actually get to join a Fate?
Even if I don’t, I’ve got plenty of stuff to work towards on two characters. There’s a few hiccups, but overall, the restoration seems to be super popular and has certainly encouraged people who’ve not crafted as much before to get involved in something other than dungeons and raiding. So that’s a win in my mind!