[FFXIV] Valentione’s and Monk to 51

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Level 51 Monk Appearance.  Somehow I’m doing “blunt” damage with those weapons. . . 

So… just as I got back into dungeons since last November, they announced that come Feb 23rd and the next patch that Law Tomes will be going bye bye and everything will be dropping Esoterics, which will be uncapped, so…. haven’t been playing on weekdays, just on weekends since that announcement, nor really running dungeons at all, since why bother capping out now when I can burn myself out from dungeon grinding later?  Okay, okay… it’s not that bad — and I’m actually really looking forward to the 2 new dungeons.  But until then, I’m just working on finishing up my combat jobs leveling, and even there I’m in no hurry becuz once I have all the jobs to 60 there won’t be anything to do except dungeon grind to gear them all up.  I thought I read somewhere that they’re going to be recombining the gear too so I can just get “caster” or “healer” or “tank” gear, rather than needing a specific left-side set for each job, but it was just people talking, not anything official that I recall seeing, so that might not actually be true.  Or it might be fore the newer gear that will be intro’d with the 3.2 patch.  We’ll see.

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An older shot of my Machinist appearance that was hiding on my laptop.

Anyway, the point of that rambling 1st paragraph there is to lead in to my saying that due to reduced time spent playing on the weekdays, I therefore decided to only focus on getting 1 job to 50 this past weekend, and since getting Monk to 50 would get me the “Master of War” title due to the title being implemented before Rogue/Ninja existed, I went that route.  Once I hit 50 I jumped from i44 to i116, and that made running the level 50 job quest which was tuned for i40-ish a complete snap.  Going from there and doing 3 Vanu Vanu quests plus the daily hunt that I hadn’t done in a while for what mobs i could handle as a level 50 Monk got me to about 1/3 of the way to 51, and then I just did ye olde FATE grind in the Western Highlands for both the xp and in an effort to get the crystals I need for the relic quest.  I got the 1st 2 almost immediately, but then did quite a lot more of it without seeing any more crystals.  Such is life, no?

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Yay! Treasure! And love!  Don’t forget the love on during Valentione’s!

Somewhere in there before I hit 50 I’d queued up for a Duty Finder dungeon, but after waiting 23 minutes for an “average wait” of 10 minutes, an FC member needed a person to group with in order to do the Valentione’s event, so I dropped out of the queue and joined up with her.  We did the quick running around and got our hats and it really wasn’t any big deal of an event at all other than the cute story, so I then rejoined the queue again.  It took another 12 minutes, but hey… it finally popped!

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Love the skies in this game!

After getting to 51 in the Highlands, I gave Dusk Vigil a go.  The run went well, and since getting Dragon Kick the “Monk Dance” seems to have settled down a little bit.  There’s still a lot of motion early on, but once you’ve got the buffs and debuffs all applied it seems to go into a sort of 4x flank, 4x behind, 3x flank, 3x behind” series.  Assuming the mechanics aren’t making you dodge all over the place and having to reapply buffs and debuffs at odd times, anyway…..  But yeah, it was a good time and I even got 2 commendations, so I guess I at least appeared to be doing decent damage during the run.

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Level 50 Monk class quest completed!

Since the point of running Monk and Ninja simultaneously to 50 was to keep my bags from getting too cluttered with multiple gear sets, but now post 50 they each use completely different gear, I don’t see any real point to leveling Ninja now until I get Monk to 60, so that job’s going to be my focus for the next while.  Ninja will also get its day, though….. just not yet ;-)

In other news, my gaming desktop blew out on Thursday night, so I took it in to the shop on Friday.  It took them until today to diagnose it, so I’ll have it back tonight and be about $350 lighter in the wallet due to needing to get a new cooling system for the motherboard and replace my (admittedly long in the tooth) video card, but hey…. such is life, no?  In the meantime, my laptop can play FFXIV at at acceptable frame rates, so… it’s not like I missed out on my weekend play sessions.  And when I get my desktop back with the new video card, who knows how much improved it will be, right?

Happy gaming out there!

[FFXIV] Monk and Ninja to 45

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I’ve started getting Law gear for the Dragoon. Too bad that Tomes of Law will go away in 3 weeks and be replaced by Esoterics being uncapped, so there’s not a whole lot of point to it now.

Through a combination of dungeon running, FATE grinding, and catching up on hunting logs that I haven’t done since level 20 (oops!) I managed to get Ninja to 45 (from 39) and Monk to 45 (from 42) over the weekend.  I did their class quests, so they’ve each got 4 pieces of their level 45 gear set, plus due to the changes introduced in Heavensward, they’ve also got the i90 gear set pieces waiting for level 50 to boot.  Too bad the i115 gear is so cheap on the market board so it won’t ever actually get used, right?  Well, maybe for glamour stuff.

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Monk level 45 appearance. The Buccaneer’s shirt doesn’t really go that well with the oriental-style yellow gear, does it?

The leveling dungeon runs were quite an experience.  The 1st one I did I got put allllll the way down in Satasha.  The tank and I were both sync’d down, but the healer and the Archer were at-level.  The healer was wearing a robe I’d never seen before so I did an examine on him and… level 1 weaver robe?  Plus the stat-less goblin helm?  Weaver gloves?  And a level 10 normal quality staff.  Uff da!  His heals were hitting for 89-90 when they should have been about 150-160.  Fortunately, the tank made good use of cooldowns and Satasha is forgiving enough that it didn’t matter.  The only time we lost the tank was when the healer lost target and was spamming his heals….. on himself.  And then I took over tanking on the 2 remaining trash mobs and the guy was somehow able to target me, so we finished them off and then he rez’d the tank, and on we went.  He apologized, claiming newness to the game, but he didn’t have the tree branch, so who knows?  Oddly, he passed on all the gear, even though some nice level 15 caster gear dropped that he could have needed on and would have been a big improvement for him, so I don’t know what he was doing.  Still… successful run, so I can’t complain.

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Ninja Level 45 Appearance

I also ran into one of our newest FC members at the Archer’s Guild in Gridania on Saturday, and even ran a dungeon with him last night to help him get some xp.  Yes, it’s Syp of BioBreak.  For the dungeon run he was running Arcanist, so it looks like he’s working toward unlocking Summoner and Scholar.  I ran Scholar for the dungeon run and I honestly only dropped out of Cleric Stance for about 15 seconds on the final boss when the tank was standing in poison and had 2 adds on him and the fairy couldn’t quite heal through that.  I spent the whole rest of the dungeon as a 3rd dps player.  That was really fun, actually.  But I can also see it getting boring if the higher level dungeons were all at that level of difficulty, so I’m glad that there’s a little more to do there heal-wise, and attacking is something to add in when you can.

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Level 33 Archer Syp. He unlocked Bard shortly after this.

So, progress continues apace.  I’m finding that I’m not minding the melee classes so much.  I thought that Monk and all of its positionals would really annoy me, but so long as I’ve got a good tank holding the mob steady then “the dance” really isn’t a big deal, and it feels quite powerful, especially now with Greased Lightning 3 and the 2.06 second GCD I get while that’s up.  Ninja actually feels a bit boring by comparison, with only having the 1 positional for being behind the mob.  The ninjitsu things are kinda fun, but they’re off the GCD, so they’re just a skill to weave in, not anything that feels life-changing.  It will be interesting to see how the jobs feel when they get up into the 50’s.  I think I heard the Ninja gets some more positional attacks, and Monks get better management of GL3 so that it’s not falling off quite so much during boss mechanics and whatnot, so… should be a good time.

Happy gaming out there!

[FFXIV] Melee Progress

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Monk at level 38

I did quite a bit with Monk and Ninja over the weekend also, getting Monk to 42 and Ninja to 39.  Not perfectly in sync, but close enough for government work.  And hey, with getting Monk to 42, I finally have Mantra — the final cross-class skill.  Except I don’t even remember which class is supposed to like it as a cross-class and what little I do remember of the guide said that it was very much an edge-case rarely-used skill regardless.  I’ll have to read up some more on it to see.

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Ninja at level 39

Since every job that can take advantage of the Heavensward stuff is already level 60 and doesn’t gain xp anymore I’ve been playing my summoner to do my “daily chores” of running the Vanu Vanu quests for the bone thingie that I’ll eventually need for the relic weapon, as well as continuing the daily hunts.  Can never have too many Centurio seals, it would seem.

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The horse was on sale, so I splurged. I really like how it looks. Too bad it can’t fly, but it’s been fun to ride while FATE grinding on the Monk and Ninja jobs

I actually queued up for the level 60 and expert roulettes this weekend to grab some Esoteric tomes.  I wanna get that last i200 ring for my caster set.  I also did the Void Ark.  Got the i200 tank helmet as a drop, plus my Mhachi Farthing and 4 of the log thingies got me 2 more upgraded Esoteric pieces, so all I have left for my summoner to be “maxed” is to upgrade that last ring with Eso’s and to upgrade my bracelet to i210.  And then I’ll look into getting an i205 or i210 weapon as well, though for some reason Squeenix loves to make the capped out weapons harder to get than the armor.  Guess it’s something to shoot for.  As it is, I’ve got an average item level of 206 now, and the final 2 pieces will probably take it to 207… maybe 208.  Not bad for someone who mostly plays on weekends and pretty much stopped “the gear grind” back in November, no?

Happy gaming out there!

[FFXIV] Ding 60 Dragoon!

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Level 53 Appearance

Wow, WordPress did another forced update, this time to try to make it look like Office 2013, it seems.  Can’t find a border anywhere so it’s hard to even tell there to click to be able to type.  Gotta hate that ….  Poked around to see if there’s an option to revert to the prior view, but if there is I can’t find it.  Such is life.

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Level 55 Appearance

Anyway, as the title says, I got my dragoon to 60 today.  There was a lot of dungeon running involved — so much so that I actually ran out of rested xp during level 59 and so my 3 Great Gubal Library runs that *should* have done it for me, ended up leaving me about 200K xp short.  I joined a FATE group for the last little bit and managed to get 2 more crystals (bringing me to 4 of the necessary 3 of that type…) while I was doing that.

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Level 57 Appearance

I have a full set of i180 or higher jewelry, due to focusing on STR for that for my tanks, but alas, I merely have the i160 dungeon drop set for the left side, since I stopped doing daily experts after 3.1 was deployed.  It’s still good enough to get me an overall i171 average, so I actually qualify to run the current crop of experts and their i170 requirement.  It’s actually pretty cool looking other than the plain grey tabard.  I suppose I could dye it, but I honestly don’t expect to play much as a dragoon anymore.  It is kinda fun, but I’m still a ranged dps player at heart, so I’ll probably stick with Summoner for the most part.

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Level 59 Appearance

And now I only have Monk and Ninja to go.  Since they share gear up to level 49 I’ll probably do them up to 50 simultaneously, but after that they split to STR for Monk and DEX for Ninja, so I’ll do the Heavensward levels separately, methinks.

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Level 60 Appearance

Happy gaming out there!

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The level 55 helmet is this “hairpin” on the side of my head

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3 Lalas and a Roe go into the Vault…..

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I thought this shot turned out nicely

[FFXIV] MCH 60 DRG 52

And ding 60 Machinist!

Ding 60 Machinist!

I got my machinist to 60 this weekend, and I’ve decided that I prefer bard.  The machinist’s proc-based combo, the need to place a pet, and the fact that so much of its damage rotation seems to involve hitting every buff and cooldown during Wildfire just doesn’t do it for me.  The level 60 job quest was kinda fun with having to split time between killing adds that threaten some npcs to running back over and hitting the boss, then killing more adds and so on.  The story behind it all was pretty cool.  It was funny how the NPC named Joye went from her typical 2 braids, to a big feathered Farrah Fawcett-like hairstyle during the initial cutscene, then in the cutscene after that fight was back to her typical braids.  Continuity errors are always fun! ;-)

Level 60 MCH appearance

Level 60 MCH appearance

After hitting 60 on that job, it was time to decide whether to work on my “lowbie” classes or to see about the dragoon and since I liked the dragoon well enough back in the day, and since it was already 50 it just felt closer to done, so I went with that.  A round of Vanu Vanu quests, as much of the hunt logs as I could at a mere level 50, and a daily leveling roulette and I was just shy of 51, so I did a few FATEs and that was enough to push me over to 51.  I then queued up for Dusk Vigil while continuing to do FATEs and after 3 runs managed to ding 52.  And in all of that I saw 2 Dragoon drops — 1 trousers, and 1 boots… and I already had the boots from other prior runs on different jobs.  Lots of BRD/MCH drops, though — which explains why from all those runs I pretty much had a complete set for those jobs.  I’ve got a bit more DRG gear from dungeons waiting for me at 53, 55, 57, and 59, so hopefully when I get to those levels and am running those dungeons I’ll be able to gear out decently.

Current state of my jobs/classes

Current state of my jobs/classes

I actually don’t have a law set waiting for DRG when I hit 60, though.  I’ve got a full i160 Valerian set from the endless running of the old expert roulette and at least the i180 weapon, but…. might actually be time to crank out some more Law Tomes going forward to get that ready.  Or not — I plan to get to 60 on every job, but I don’t plan to necessarily *play* every job when I get there.  I’m happy with SMN but not BLM, I’m happy with BRD, but not really MCH.  I like all the tanks, but find myself preferring PLD overall.  I prefer not to have to heal at all.  And I also am not terribly fond of melee dps, so…… probably won’t play DRG, NIN, or MNK when I get the to 60, I just want to have the mall there for my own personal feeling of accomplishment.

My daughter loves her new veteran rewards

My daughter loves her new veteran rewards

My daughter’s played a bit on her character.  This weekend I passed into the next veteran reward level, and she’s fallen in love with the goblin helmet and minion.  I don’t recall if I mentioned this or not in a prior post, but I’ve unlocked Summoner and even leveled Archer up to 4 in order to get Raging Strikes for a cross-class skill for her.  I think I’ve got her to 37 or 38 as the Arcanist class, so I don’t actually have too much to do on that character to get it up into the Heavensward areas anymore.  I should probably just completely devote a weekend to it here soon so she can fly around on her own character instead of needing to use mine.  Someday…..

I think it's really cute how my daughter so often puts herself away before walking away from the computer.

I think it’s really cute how my daughter so often puts herself away before walking away from the computer.

Happy gaming out there!

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