[FFXIV] Post-50 Shenanigans
After hitting 50 as a Black Mage I still had quite a lot of story missions to do, but they required use of the Duty Finder, so I held off on them until this weekend. There ended up being several trials and dungeons, and most were 8-man groups, not your typical 4, but since they award bonus Tomes of Soldiery (a token you use to buy level 100 blue-quality gear), they’re heavily farmed, so even as a dps it usually was only 5-8 minutes to get in a group for them. Luckily for me and watching the story’s cutscenes both healers in the dungeon were new to it as well and since the party couldn’t commence without them, everyone was content to wait for the 3 of us to watch. It made the run take over an hour, and when I ran it again later for the weekly 80-tome bonus it was a “pure farm” group and we were done in 22 minutes instead. That’s a LOT of cutscene.
After finishing the main story line up to 50, it still continues, but a lot more sidequests open up too. They don’t award xp since at 50 you don’t gain it anymore, but they’re really more for unlocking hard mode dungeons than anything. Except the “Inspector” series. Those are actually mostly story cutscenes and running around — very little fighting — but oh wow, they are so hilarious. Once you finish a section they even do a closing credtis sequence like it’s a tv show, and then a small “on our next episode” teaser for where the story will be going in the next section.
I’ve also begun my relic weapon quest, but I’ve already stalled out early — I need to get a crafted scepter and have it infused with materia. I have materia in my bags, and the scepter was on the market board, so that was easy enough. But… to actually apply the materia needs a level 50 goldsmith. I’m level 14, and the times I asked in my guild chat if anyone was a 50 GSM and could do it for me, I was ignored, so I’m assuming the lack of response meant “no.” I’m not sure how I’d go about trying to find a crafter that’s not in my guild either, but I’m sure I’ll figure something out.
As it is, even though I was initially thinking that the Tomes of Soldiery were coming in at a rate that I’d get my 1st piece of gear I could buy with them in another few days, I actually managed to get 2 pieces this weekend and am about 40% of the way toward being able to afford another, so hopefully next weekend I’ll be able to get another piece or 2. We shall see….
In other news, I also leveled up my Bard job to 34 in order to get the Quelling Strikes skill. So far as a newly-50 BLM grabbing aggro hasn’t been an issue, but eventually I can see it becoming so, since upgrading even a single piece of gear seems to give about a 5% damage increase, so as I improve my gear it’s going to be interesting.
And here’s a bit of a screenie dump. I’ve whittled it down quite far from the sheer number that I took, but it’s still rather a lot, so… I hope you enjoy!