Can I say it? Black Mage is fun again!!! Too bad SE had to destroy Summoner in the process 😦 But yeah… I am really enjoying black mage with the 4.0-4.05 changes again! TBH, I’d almost say I’m ready to be BLM4LIFE!!!! again….. except I also really enjoy Red Mage and Paladin so….. I don’t actually know what’s gonna shake out as my new “main job” yet. Time will tell as I get more jobs leveled up.
I’ve also got Summoner to 65 now and at my current rate of progress will get it to 70 sometime this weekend or early next week, I think. And then I won’t have to have my bags stuff full of caster gear anymore! I spent almost an hour on inventory management last night, getting rid of duplicate dungeon drops that I already had stored on my retainers and whatnot. And it’s still a bloody mess…. but at least I don’t have any duplicates anymore.
I’ve been passing on any Fending gear for a while now since I don’t need it, and on the caster side I now have a full set of all the dungeon suits up through level 69. I got a caster retainer to 63 last night also, so my now-defunct Shishui caster set is being worn by it, and yes it will get the 65, 67, and 69 suits as it gets to the right levels to boot.
But anyway…. progress proceeds. Happy gaming out there!
I’ve got the full set of i310 gear for both the tank and the caster jobs, so I felt like I could scale back a bit on my character. My daughter likes Kugane and diving and all of that, so I’ve been playing her character a lot over this past week-ish, which means I’ve been doing the MSQ again in order to get her all the unlocks. Or rather… doing it but not seeing it. I’ve skipped all the cutscenes this time through, just been blowing through it as quickly as possible. I’ve done no side quests either, other than the flight unlock ones, and yet I’m still level 68 now. The MSQ and dungeons just give ridiculous amounts of XP.
Oddly…. I ran Shisui enough to get the full set of gear for that level, but I only managed 2x through Bardam’s Mettle before hitting 67. I’ve done Doma Castle 2x now also and am just barely 68. I’ve gotten past the big bridge in the Fringes, but still need to work with the Ananta and do the Lakshmi trial before moving on the the south part of the Peaks and then finally on to the Lochs, so there’s still plenty to do to get myself to 60 even without repeated dungeon runs.
Of course once I hit 70 I may end up running the Ala Mhigo dungeon a few times for the i300 gear to aid in getting past the final MSQ trial. I don’t know how Lakshmi is going to be, but it took 3 different times of queueing up to get past Susano. The 1st group was simply terrible. The off tank said he normally mained healer and so he didn’t know his tasks. The dps didn’t stack on Susie’s backside like they should and ran around willy-nilly with the red marker making it hard to find the narrow safe zone, etc. Still managed to get to the sword phase a couple of times, but dps was so low that it required using a LB to kill the 1st sword in time, and the 2nd sword… no way. So that was an abandon.
2nd group did better overall, got past the swords, and so on, but at about 30% there was some screwing up and a wipe. Tried again, got to about the same point, and then people simply started dropping so…. ah well. 3rd group finally got past it. Still had 1 wipe, but everyone buckled down after that and we got it.
I’ve been playing her character as Summoner the whole time. DPS queues are a lot better now. For a dungeon’s 1st time the queue is using the “jump to front” mechanic the game has so are nearly instant, while even later repeats tend to be in the 8-12 minute range anymore, so repeat runs don’t have much waiting. And I’m running the MSQ while waiting anyway, so it’s not like I’m just sitting around bored, ya know?
FWIW, I really am not feeling the summoner changes. Maybe hitting 70 and getting the Bahamut summon will help, but as it is right now it just feels like you blow everything in 15-20 seconds with your aetherflow cooldowns, use DWT, and then are stuck spamming Ruin for 20 seconds, with a single re-application of your dots in that window since they last 30 seconds each after hitting 66, then you get aetherflow back and blow it in 20 seconds, and do it over again. The loss of Blizzard 2 as a spammable AE is really felt on the trash packs too. Basically there you hit Tri-D, Bane, Painflare, Ruin 3 2x, Painflare again, Dreadwyrm Trance, spam Ruin 3 for 15 seconds and Deathflare, then put Tri-D on your main target and try to burn it down as bet you can with Ruin/Ruin3 spam (adjust from R3 to Ruin when mana starts getting low, but R3 is the primary shot) while waiting for Aetherflow to come off cooldown.
Between the Bane nerf and the loss of any spammable AE for the trash packs it just feels like the AE is gone. And in spite of that I still pull aggro off these crappy tanks I get in the pugs….. good thing I have Lucid Dream… At least last night’s update makes it so that a whiffed aetherflow expenditure doesn’t screw you over for an additional minute. I haven’t played with that change in place yet, but I’m sure that it will be a big help.
And speaking of last night’s update, the new weekly-limited “Tomes of Creation” are here now. They can be traded in for i330 gear and have the same costs as prior gear sets, so it takes about 6 weeks in total to fully gear up a job if you hit cap each week. I find that I’m tanking more than dps’ing on my main anymore, so I’m planning to gear up the tank jobs 1st. And I’ll slowly work up the other jobs now. Simply running the daily hunt logs in SB is about 1.6 million xp, so from 60-62 it’s about 3 days for a level, then it eventually lengthens out to about 6 days to get from 69-70 if you’re just doing that. But I queue for dungeons which give anywhere from 1.7 million xp (Sirensong Sea, no rested bonus) to 3.4 million xp (Castrum Abania, with rested bonus) and with the reduced queue times I can get in 2 dungeons per night while doing the hunts and that speeds the process up by a lot.
And this is too long and rambling, so I’m ending it now. Happy gaming out there!
I’ve slowed up a bit on the endless dungeon spamming as a tank. Even so, I’ve still got Dark Knight to 67, so there’s been some progress there. What I’m more doing now, though is making sure that I do the leveling, 50/60, and expert roulettes each day for the 380 Tomes of Verity that that gets me, and then I’ve been doing the daily hunt logs and beast tribes in Heavensward, and as many of the Stormblood daily hunts as I can on my level 60 characters also. Generally I can get about 2.3 to 2.5 million xp per day just from that, so it takes about 2 days for 60-61, then I can queue for Sirensong Sea which adds another 1.7 million xp to the days haul and will pop while doing the hunts. Queues have settled down and tend to be in the 5-15 minute range anymore as dps, so it’s not a bad wait at all and I’m getting the hunts done while I wait… so it’s almost like I’m not even waiting.
All told it takes a couple of hours, so it’s not too long a play session, and yet stuff still “gets done.” It feels like a nice little rhythm to me. Steady progress is a nice feeling for me.
Happy gaming out there!
Back in Heavensward I leveled up Dark Knight to 60, just ‘cuz, but it never really “spoke to me.” It seemed functional enough, but it didn’t really seem to have a flow to it that made sense or “clicked” with me. Not anymore. I luv me some SB Paladin, but I think Dark Knight gives it a run for its money so far as “feels like a powerful tank” goes. The only kind of annoying thing is how most skills really need to have Dark Arts applied to be good, and DA uses about 1/3 of your mana pool. Siphon Strike restores an identical amount, though, but it makes it very much that Dark Knight tends to be “Hard Slash | Siphon Strike | Dark Arts | Skill You Wanted to Use” as its rotation when tanking, with that “skill you wanted” being either Abyssal Drain if doing trash mobs in AE, or SoulEater if doing single-target on a boss. The actual aggro combo is maybe used once to start a boss fight, but pretty much not any other time. And quite frankly, most of the “situational” skills aren’t really needed, so… it can be a little boring so far as the rotation goes, but it just works so well, and since the rotation is so simple… Well, I play games to relax, and… DRK is very relaxing to play.
Now on to the screenshots! In order to avoid spoiler, they’re still mostly gear sets. Mostly…