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[FFXIV] Doing the MSQ Again

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I liked the Hive weapon and shield effect with my red-dyed armor on the Paladin.

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.

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Full Shisui caster set on my daughter’s character

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.

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Shisui caster closeup on the “cat character with read hair and red ears.”

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.

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I got the full level 69 tank gear set while doing the DRK dungeon spamming.

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.

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Red Mage glamour fun, to try to differentiate a little from all the people using the AF3 set as their glamour.

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?

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Dark Knight AF3 set

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.

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One gets the AF3 armor for DRK by going back to Where it All Began

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.

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My actual level 70 Dark Knight Appearance. Still just the i300 sword, but… I’ll get there.  Tomes of Verity come quickly, after all. 😉

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.

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This is the Ghost Barque healer’s set for level 61 — minus the gloves. Never found those on all my tanking runs, and tbh, haven’t run the dungeon as a healer even though it’d be guaranteed to get me the gloves. I just don’t care enough to play a healer in a dungeon, I guess.

And this is too long and rambling, so I’m ending it now.  Happy gaming out there!

[FFXIV] Character Card 17-07-2017

Thanks to Aywren for pointing me to this resource!

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I’ve actually glamoured my sword and shield now, but I don’t have the pic with me right now, so….. this still works. Why yes, I *did* get DRK to 70, thanks.

[FFXIV] Settling in to a Rhythm

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.

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Level 61 Monk in the Ghost Barque Striking set, and the level 61 Ghost Barque weapons too.

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This is the i310 Red Mage rapier.

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I dyed my i310 tanking set Dalamud Red. The base brown just didn’t do it for me.

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Level 67 Dark Knight in full Yanxian kit

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It happened! A group with all 3 colors of mages — white, black, and red!

Happy gaming out there!

[FFXIV] Dark Knight Surprises Me

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…

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Remember a few months back when Bel posted that one should take compromising screenshots of AFK FC-mates? Well.. we’re not actually in the same FC anymore, and I don’t know if this is really compromising, but… he was AFK, and I got a screenshot of him….

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The big hole from a post or 3 ago is now full of purple goo. Condensed Aether, they call it.

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As you look at the purple pool, this adorable little chocobo pops out.

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And you eventually jump in and it portals you to here… Becuz it’s the new Omega raid entrance!

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I’m working on leveling up the Dark Knight job now in order to clean out the lower-level gear from my bags. Here’s the Ghost Barque set after I found the claymore.

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And a closeup of the claymore

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The Shisui set, including the Ruby Tide Greatsword

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I even managed to hit 65, so here’s the Nomad set including “Breaking Dawn” (at least I think that was the sword’s name…)

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And these are my level 65 stats in the Nomad set. I’ve got as much Tenacity melded in as I can get, plus as much determination on the other pieces that are already tenacity-capped. “Why?” you ask? Becuz Tenacity is the tanking “god-stat.” That’s why. It increases mitigation, healing received, and damage done. All in a single stat. What’s not to love about having as much as possible? Interestingly enough, I had over 1100 tenacity at level 60-62 due to the Shire set from HW having quite a bit of tenacity baked into it, then the Ghost Barque set being the same i260 as the Shire set but having more tenacity on a couple of pieces. The Shisui set at 63 dropped me to 911, and the Nomad set is barely changed at the 919 you see here.

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I’ve got the level 70 i310 left side completed now. Just in time for the Omega raid to come in and make i320 possible…

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Ghost Barque set of Casting, including the Red Mage’s Rapier

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Shisui set of Casting

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Nomad’s set of Casting

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And finally… this was the end of my final Shisui run that got me to level 65 on the Dark Knight. Less than 19 minutes! I’d say it was faster than average, but it was also far from the best run I had either. It’s kind of amazing seeing the different skill levels of the dps players as I tank the various dungeons.

[FFXIV] More Stormblood Pictures

I leveled the Warrior job to 70 over the weekend, mostly by running and re-running dungeons, just like I did with Paladin.  Dark Knight will be next, as I will then be able to clear all the 60-69 tanking gear out of my bags.  To give an idea of just how much gear I’ve been acquiring — I ran completely out of space.  Full Armory chest, full inventory, and both retainers completely full.  To remedy this, I am now paying $2 more per month so I now have a 3rd retainer.  This helped, but even with that and organizing my bags to make use of the 3rd retainer, I’ve still got less than half my inventory free.  That’s mostly due to the fact that I’m carrying around every dungeon drop I’ve got so that I won’t get duplicates.  Space is already at a premium, so I don’t want dupes clogging up my bags!  And I don’t want to win a roll that someone else might need if I already have the item either.  I’m nice like that.  Anyhow … the title is “pictures” so let’s get to them:

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Level 63 Warrior

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Closeup of the Ruby Tide Axe

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Level 65 Warrior. Interestingly enough, I still had 3 pieces of the Nomad’s set I needed to get. And I got the axe well into level 66 when I was already using a better one, so I only equipped the set’s axe for this screenie and that was it.

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Level 67 Warrior. I had this completed set except the axe upon hitting level 67. And on the run where I hit 69 the axe finally dropped, so as with the 65 set, the axe was equipped for the screenie, but never otherwise used.

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I don’t have the boots for the level 69 “Xenobian” set yet, but here it is from the legs up.

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Closeup of the level 69 axe

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Level 69 set on the Paladin

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Closeup of the level 69 Paladin sword

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Ding 70 Warrior!

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Level 70 “AF3” armor and weapon for Warrior

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The blue gear (except the axe) is all the i310 stuff. Still need to get the chest piece, but the level 70 “Arhat” chest from dungeon drops works pretty well with it, at least

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And the level 70 current appearance for Paladin. This is the i310 sword and shield. I’ll eventually start farming Susano Ex for new weapons. Eventually…

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Level 61 Samurai — full Ghost Barque “of Striking” set.

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Level 62 Samurai. This is the HQ crafted set that I picked up while doing the MSQ.

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This is a really fun boss to fight in Kugane Palace.

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I like that HP total. Granted it’s buffed by the “Thrill of Battle” skill, but still….

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From here on down, one might think these screenies are spoilers.  I don’t think so, as the event portrayed has always been a foregone conclusion but … whatever.  This is your spoiler warning

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I really liked the field of flowers here. Too bad the villain’s in the way

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The Ala Mhigan Palace looks lovely

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Singing the victory hymn