[FFXIV] A Busy Weekend
I got a surprising amount of stuff accomplished this past weekend. Perhaps “accomplished” isn’t the right word, as it implies a goal more specific than my general “get more soldiery tokens to buy more level 100 blue gear from the vendor.” But yeah, I got a lot done. I leveled White Mage to 34 to give Stoneskin to my Scholar as a cross-class skill, then I leveled my Scholar to 34 in order to give the “Blood for Blood” skill to my Black Mage as its final cross-class skill as well. It’s a new month, so I got the “flying” eyeball demon mount as a veteran reward too.
Can I just say that in the low level dungeons that Scholar is easy-mode? The fairy heals on its own, even in “obey” mode and for the most part it keeps everyone going all by its lonesome, with me just needing to occasionally pop a Physick (or in the above-30 dungeons, an “Adlo” shield). I’ve got my healing macros tweaked on both Scholar and White Mage to better work with how I like to play and heal. For the Scholar I actually took the pet cast out of the macros, and just left them as targeting macros so that I can keep focused on the tank but still toss out damage spells without having to target the mob specifically. For the White Mage, it’s the same thing — I put targeting info in my attack spells, though I didn’t touch the heal spells at all. I even did that with the Black Mage’s buff spells too, but they’re set to hit the mob’s target (which will almost always be the tank) so I don’t have to lose focus on the mob to hit a party member.
I ran the “Main Scenario” duty since it give 20 for the dungeon, 80 for using the duty finder, and potentially 100 bonus if a person is running it for the 1st time. And yes, I got lucky and a noobie was in the group, so at the completion of the run I got 200 tokens. Nice! I’d been at 66 gear level and all my prior upgrades had been increasing the average by 4, so I thought this would take me to 70 and unlock the hard modes…. and it took me to 69. Darn it! Fortunately, I had enough gil saved to buy a level 70 robe off the Market Board, and that was enough to bump me up and over the requirement.
And then I started hitting up the high level dungeons and the hard mode dungeons too. Except the had modes are actually completely different than the originals, so I don’t know why they’re called “Prior Dungeon Name (Hard Mode)” — they’re simply dungeons scaled for the gear level that they want. Sure the environments might look the same, but they didn’t even re-use the maps, much less the bosses from the lower level dungeons, so…. take that for what you will. Each of them gave a noobie bonus for completion, so before long I was sitting on pile of tokens again, and I eventually completed them all and unlocked the “High Level” Duty Roulette as well, which also gave a nice big bonus to soldiery tokens.
Once that was done, I finished up the Crystal Tower (raid zone) unlock quest. That one sent me all over the place to complete 4 FATEs. They were… soloable with difficulty. Fortunately, on all but one (the lowest level one, so the easiest, thankfully) there were other people around, so they jumped in to help, so it didn’t take long. And then I joined the duty finder for the Labyrinth of the Ancient (Crystal Tower 1st zone). One get 100 tokens from that, plus 12-20 tokens per boss kill, and since I was 1st time, a noobie bonus too. Yeah, I got a LOT of tokens this weekend. Bought the necklace, then accidentally bought the healer ring (saved for later when I level up a healer to 50), then the caster ring, and finally the belt. and still have over 400 tokens in the bank too, though I now need 495 for the next 3 gear pieces instead of 375.
The Syrcus Tower (2nd raid zone) is unlocked now, but I didn’t go in to that one yet. I instead decided to work more on the hilarious Hildabrand quest series. I made it through the story to where I now need to do another trial, so that’s also a duty finder thing. I watched a video of that fight, so I’ll have some idea of what I’m doing when I eventually get into it. And it appears that once I’ve finished that I’ll be caught up on the Hildabrand series. Or not, since there’s supposed to be a new quest line for it in the 2.5 patch which is going in today. Just means I’ll have more to do this weekend!
So anyway…. lots of dungeons, a raid, lots of quest completions (for doing the hard modes) and a lot of gear upgrades. A very productive weekend! Happy gaming out there!