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FFXIV: A Little Light Bird Farming

In yesterday’s post, I noted how I was going back (with the encouragement of my FC) and doing some of the older content that I passed by back in Heavensward. Namely, the Trial battles. After getting the normals cleared on Sunday night, Amoon, Syn and I messed around to see how easy it would be to farm Ravana.

Not very hard, it turned out. With the three of us, we usually beat him down before the phase transition, clocking in a tad under 2 mins for the whole run. Even when Syn dropped for the night, Amoon and I were able to clear just fine between a Paladin and a Bard.

But we had no luck in a mount drop – Amoon already had his, so really, it was just Syn and I who needed one. I really wanted a red bird for my RP alt, Amon, but eventually, I do want to get them on my main.

So, last night, we recruited another FC member, Zel, who also needed the birds. And we resumed farming. It took a bit to get the drop, but when we did, the whistles dropped one run after another.

Amon and his bird

Seeing we had some luck there, I joined for a few runs of Bismark. This one took longer because of all the transitions you couldn’t bypass. But it was still not difficult with the three of us.

Again, it took a few runs before the first whistle dropped, which I got. And we ran a few more after that with little luck. We had just decided to run one more for the night when the second whistle dropped, scoring us all with the birds we needed!

So, overall, it was pretty great for everyone. I will still need to go back on my main for the Ravana bird, but Syn needs that one, too. She ended up getting a Bismark bird from a random group a long time back as thanks for some healing she did somewhere down the line (long story).

So, first birds acquired! We’ll see how much progress our little FC can make on these!

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FFXIV: Warring Triad & Clearing Old Content

It may (or may not) come as a surprise that when it comes to content in FFXIV, I pick and choose what I unlock. As a rule of thumb, if something isn’t required for me to progress through story or Expert roulette, I simply won’t do it. This was the case for the Warring Triad content.

This was a series of Trial battles from back in Heavensward. While the extreme versions do drop mounts and weapons, none of this is enticing enough for me to have spent time grinding out these fights, or even unlocking them, back when they were relevant.

In fact, the only reason I unlocked them over the weekend, at Syn’s encouragement, was because of lore. My RP centers quite heavily on Allagan themes, and unknown to me, the Warring Triad drops a lot of relevant lore. So, it was story alone that brought me to clearing these fights.

The content is pretty easy now days. Unsynced, we quickly 3 and 4 mannned it through the fights without a problem. Amoon had only finished the first of the 3 fights, so it was nice that it got him the clears, too.

We then tried our hand at a little Ravana bird farming. Though the fight is super easy even for two of us, an hour’s worth of farming got no bird drop, which was disappointing. I own absolutely zero birds on any of my characters, but now that the content is much easier than years back, we’re probably going to be working on those.

I still need to get the ARR ponies on my main (which I can now probably try to solo). I have them all on my RP alt, but not my main. Go figure. 🙂

Just goes to show you, it’s never too late to go back and clear old content!

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FFXIV: Deepshadow Scale Mail of Casting

I’ve been trying to keep up with capping my weekly Tomes of Phantasmagoria — you know they’re reaching for names when they come up with something like that. While I’ve been successful the past couple of weeks, it’s not always been an easy thing.

I’m not a huge fan of the Expert dungeons this time around (I like the Twinning based on theme alone). They seem to be a bit challenging whenever we have to PUG it. Much of my Tomes were earned from Alliance Roulette, but really come much faster with Expert. I don’t even know if you can actually cap if all you do is Alliance every day (I’d have to do the math).

Anyhow, the first gear upgrade I went for was the hardest to get – the chestpiece. It looks like all the gear has this scale mail theme this time around. It doesn’t look bad by any means, but it’s not my favorite set I’ve seen from Shadowbringers so far. But maybe that’s a testament to the wide variety of gear style we’ve seen.

Aside from that, I’m still working on leveling my Dark Knight via daily Beast Tribe quests. I haven’t done as much gathering/crafting since I’ve got most of those leveled up. I do still have a way to go on my Carpenter, however, before I get my main’s first 80 crafter.

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FFXIV: Moonfire Faire 2019

Wednesday launched FFXIV’s summer event – the Moonfire Faire. This is hosted at Costa del Sol and centers around fun on the beach with fireworks and an obstacle course.

Last year introduced the jumping puzzle – which was a required part of finishing the quest, at least on the easy mode. If you really want to challenge yourself, there’s a second part of the jumping puzzle that’s a lot more difficult to finish. I’m not one for jumping puzzles within MMOs (they always feel wonky to me), so I’ve never pushed the limits of this one. Making it to the first platform is enough.

This year, however, S/E extended a kindness to folks who find the jumping frustrating, and allowed you to by-pass it with some of the activities from previous years. Namely, catching fish or cooking breaded fish, both which give you a token each.

These tokens go towards buying a pretty large array of stuff this year. There are several outfits, masks, and outdoor housing items you can earn. They’re all fairly nice looking, too, even the kiddie pool!

The breaded fish recipe is only level 5, so it’s not hard to make. Honestly, the toughest part of that is being able to gather the mats for it – it does require popotoes, which come from a level 20 harvest.

However, every time I’ve been on the beach, there have been plenty of kind folks giving away the breaded fish. And… the fish you need to catch for the quest is very low level, so that’s not hard to do, either. It just takes a little time.

The story for this year’s quest is a continuation of last year’s, including the same characters you met before. This is not unusual seeing that FFXIV is moving towards having specific NPCs return for a certain holiday event each time — either to further last year’s story, or just to show up.

There is one small addition to the obstacle course at the end, but nothing that changes what you have to do to clear it. So, overall, it’s a fun event, but not a huge change from what we saw last year.

Sometimes it’s just fun to hang out with friends on the beach.

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FFXIV: Letter from the Producer LIVE Part LIII Highlights

So, yesterday we had a question/answers form of Live Letter with Yoshi P, where he answered things that people sent in. Some of the answers were pretty vague, simply due to the fact that it seems there will be more talk about Shadowbringers characters/stories at upcoming panels. Other questions asked for spoilers, or just things that couldn’t come about.

But there are a few answers that I found interesting. So I’ve covered them here. Bear in mind, these are just the points that stood out to me – which won’t be about raiding or class changes, etc.

See the full Live Letter Thread here.

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FFXIV: Second Soul of the Harvest

Last night, I finished up leveling Miner to 80 on my RP alt, which officially checked off my final goal for him for this month. I also earned him the Soul of the Harvest title. As I posted this weekend, I just earned this title on my main when I blew through leveling Fisher.

All in all, I took leveling my gatherers pretty casually for this expansion, but it felt a lot faster than Stormblood was. I did daily Grand Company turn-ins, kept up with my gathering turn-ins for the Crystarium, and did a few leves.

But one thing some people might overlook are the weekly Scrip turn-ins. These give a pretty large chunk of experience – about two levels each week – especially if you manage to get one with a bonus.

Scrip turn-ins are limited, however, and it’s somewhat of a struggle to decide if you want the experience, or the White Scrips instead. You can only have one or the other, and White Scrips buy the newest gear.

Granted, you can choose the crafted gear instead of Scrip gear, which has the perks of being multi-job gear — all of your gatherers can wear it. Also, you can meld materia into it, which makes overmelds possible. Technically, this gear can out-stat the Scrip gear due to this, but I don’t honestly pay much mind to min-maxing and stats.

I’ve never been very hardcore with my crafting/gathering classes due to the gil sink of failed materia melds. That’s why Scrip gear works just fine for me, even if it’s a bit of a pain that it’s single-job only at this point. As long as I can more or less gather what I want to, that’s all I care about.

Speaking of gil, the process of leveling gatherers has been pretty lucrative financially for both of my characters. While I’m nowhere near as rich as some of those master crafters, I’ve seen about a 5 Million (or more) increase for each of them since Shadowbringers. Gathering maps daily has been a nice boost since the new map dungeon came out last patch, too.

Today also starts the Moonfire Faire, which I’m looking forward to! Still much to do in FFXIV!

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FFXIV: Otherworld Angler – Level 80 Fisher Twice Over!

I started leveling fishing on Amon as just a side-thing on Thursday night. While it is part of my goals to level his fishing, I had no intentions on getting it to 80 in such a short time. It just… wasn’t very hard to do! Especially with the Crystarium turn-ins dedicated only to fishing. Finishing these turn-ins also nets you a pretty neat title!

By Friday night, I was halfway through 79. There was no struggle to this, really not much of a grind. I followed the info on this Reddit post to get it done.

Basically I:

  • Started by doing the first Crystarium turn-in which got me to 71 with all high quality fish
  • Got to 72 by turning in the Xanthic Bass leve
  • From there, I spearfished in the Southeast Source for the Gaeyi leve
  • I also hit up every Crystarium turn-in as they popped through the levels, making sure all turn-ins were High Quality
  • Once I got to level 76, I switched gears to the spearfishing in the North Lake Tusi Mek’ta for the Gourmand Crab leve – as the Reddit post says, this is super easy because the only other fish you can get with Normal Gig is the Ronkan Pleco – so just Veteran Trust it away and you’ll rake in the Gourmand Crab in no time
  • At level 78, did the Crystarium quest and that got me to 79, no sweat.
  • Finished to 80 with more Gourmand Crab leves.

I then later went back and finished this on my main, which took about half a day of steady progress. It’s probably the easiest time I’ve had leveling any of my gathering jobs, and I’m not complaining. This earned my main the title Soul of the Harvest!

Hopefully this guide and link above helps anyone out there who is working on this, or will be working on this in the future!