FFXIV: catch all

Log_In_Lain wrote:

Astrologian end game is a lot of fun. I boosted an alt one on a friend’s server because I wanted to play with them but didn’t want to level up to 60 and do all of the story quests again.

AST is a weird, unique class design. I really need to spend some time wrapping my head around it. What really threw me for a loop was when I played with an AST the other day and they were pulling over 5K DPS on groups of enemies. Granted, they weren't healing a ton, but even so.

I also like that they start at 30. That feels like the sweet spot for starting a new job to me. Enough actions to be interesting, but not enough yet that it's overwhelming. I got impatient leveling a WAR and bumped him to 60. But now I feel like I need to spend time doing level 30 squadron missions just to figure out how to play him.

complexmath wrote:

I got impatient leveling a WAR and bumped him to 60. But now I feel like I need to spend time doing level 30 squadron missions just to figure out how to play him.

Deltascape 1.0 and 2.0 normal are good places to learn rotations. There's no tank swap, you have all your skills, there's no enrage, DPS ins't a factor, and the boss doesn't move around much. So you'll get a good idea on a tank rotation and dps rotation.

Then you can move into DPS Tank rotations (Tanking the Boss while DPS stance). The last one is a lot easier if the other tank can shirk you.

At the basic level: Warrior does Storms Eye combo to Multiple Storms Path combos to build beast-gauge the fastest. Then use your skills that cost gauge (inner-beast for defense/fell-cleave dps), or build a full gauge in defiance, and swap to deliverance + inner release + beserk. Drop two fell cleaves, pop infuriate, drop 4 more fell cleaves. In between Inner release sets you have room for another beserk and infuriate before saving them for another 6 fell-cleave combo.

Stay in DPS stance and continue Storms Path if you have the heals and good lead on the aggro tables. Otherwise change back to Defiance or roll the Butcher Block combo.

Aoe pulls steel cyclone is great to tag mobs, but once I have them I use overpower and inner beast for the extra shielding with equilibrium while building gauge on a single target. The added defense is greater than the life-steal. Vengence is your tank-buster cooldown (or add it to inner beast) while awareness + raw intuition cycled with rampart are good general use cooldowns.

Extremes require different ordering, but that's like all casual content.

Put your enemy list somewhere easy to see and make sure it's all red. Provoke + Axe throw is a great way to round up strays without chasing down your kiting DPS and healers.

Alrighty, please tell me I haven't wasted a buttload of time.

I'm level 52, my /playtime is hovering around 4 days, 10 hours. I've been doing 2 roulettes a day, and pumping out 3-5 story quests at a time. This seemed like a reasonable way to power through to the endgame.

I was just talking to a friend who has a 65 Samurai, and 3 30-something classes. He only started 2 weeks ago, and says he's been grinding away in POTD.

But...He'll have to do all the story stuff like me, right? My understanding is that content is locked behind the MSQ, not level. Otherwise, I'd be happy to read up on it all later and powerlevel in this cool looking dungeon thing myself.

A_Unicycle wrote:

My understanding is that content is locked behind the MSQ, not level.

That's correct. Your friend will be over-leveled and easily handle any quests that aren't level-sync'd. They'll still need to go through the MSQ story line, though. There are some level checkpoints in MSQ, e.g. a dungeon requiring a particular level, but if you're doing a couple dungeons + MSQ, you should stay ahead of the curve.

Correct, everything's gated behind the MSQ. The exception is paying real money to unlock all the story content.

Phew. Glad to hear that!

One of the strongest selling points of FFXIV to me is the story anyway. I wouldn't consider any time spent there to be wasted. This is among a handful of video games that have moved me to tears. Though YMMV I guess.

I have found that PotD is probably the fastest way to grind XP. Definitely faster and more fun than FATEs. However, I don't think grinding in necessary your first time through in general. There are enough sidequests to keep your level on track with story progression, and the writing for them is often quite good. I'll admit to having clicked through a few only to discover that they were the start of a long multi-quest chain with a detailed story, and I felt bad for having ignored the preamble. In general, I think I'd save the grinding for leveling other jobs once you've hit 70 with your main.

One of my favorite artists, Koyoriin
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That is a good drawing.

It definitely is a YMMV thing. I have some friends that just click through text and that is fine — everyone plays their own way. I would have quite the game forever ago if I was just grinding. That seems boring to me, and many of the quests have also moved me to tears, especially some of the beast tribe quests.

It was a nice surprise seeing Argent's name pop up in my retainer's sales history. Buying up all that excess materia that the Stormblood MSQ's have been handing me.

I bought a 350k item from a chap's retainer while we were both standing next to each other and he was bragging about how big the fool must have been before he realized I was the fool that bought it.

I then began to scold him for the shoddy craftsmanship of the item.

New PvP map and Bard music out:
https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodes...

The PvP map is basically a 24v24 MOBA. I'm sure some people will love it. I don't really do MOBAs and was kind of out of my depth. Really really excited about the Bard music stuff. I can't wait until people sort out mapping from a MIDI keyboard.

I tried PVP for the first time the other day with some friends. It still feels very much like a numbers game (i.e, which team isn't trickling/has more players in the fight at X point), but I love the changes they've made to make everybody even. Trimming the skills, and removing benefits from armour is so good!

I'm at a point now where I can confidently say this game is better than WoW. It took me a long time, but I've finally come around. It just does so many things so well.

The only thing I really don't like is the lack of Australian servers. I'm constantly getting hit by attacks I should have avoided. I'm playing with about 350 ping, even while using a VPN service (Mudfish). I can only imagine how much better this game would be with a closer server.

Have you tried playing on Japanese servers? If you are comfortable with auto translate I know some Australian friends that do that (most of them don’t granted because they want local chat not just auto translate). Of course, if even your hiragana is decent you can chat that way too. I don’t see a lot of kanji thrown about by players in the game.

I've heard it's better, but all of my IRL and internet friends are on American servers Since I started the game to play with them, I can't really move over to a Japanese server...

I understand. I have a Japanese alt for some of my friends there which is why I knew there were some Australians playing on a Japanese server. Most of the active players I know are on a North American server, so that is my main.

What server do you guys currently play on? Gonna be giving this another go and want to play with all the cool kids

NM, found it. Midgardsormr it is!

EDIT: Alright. Character name in game is Praxir Void. I need one of you to figure out how to get me into the guild or free-whatever-its-called.

Sargatanas, represent! o/

Edit: Have fun! Maybe we can team up for some cross-server stuff every now and then! I'm not sure how it works, but when you're hitting dungeons, I'll see if I can line something up.

If you are on the data center, you can be friends across server and party up across server.

Few of my friends ran me through the extreme ARR trials today, and they were all great! The mechanics really shine on the harder difficulties. I think those smart little boss fights are my favourite part of the game, and I love that there's no trash mobs before or after. Just pure fun!

On our first clear of Titan Extreme, I even got the mount!

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Now I'm torn between riding the sweet Magitek armour mount which looks cooler, or the fancy horse which is rarer

You can use random summon. I usually choose based on the music I am in the mood for.

TylorWayne wrote:

It was a nice surprise seeing Argent's name pop up in my retainer's sales history. Buying up all that excess materia that the Stormblood MSQ's have been handing me.

You'd be surprised how many Heavens Eye Vs and VIs I can break while melding my raid gear

I'll be on Storm Ryins a lot in the next few days, as I understand some folks want invite to the LS. On Argent, I don't have LS slots, they are all filled with raiding crap, sorries!

But if people need advice or info in-game, feel free to hit me up!

DeThroned wrote:

EDIT: Alright. Character name in game is Praxir Void. I need one of you to figure out how to get me into the guild or free-whatever-its-called.

Yea the Guilds are called "Free Companies". Separate from the Free Company you can have a "Linkshell". The Linkshell is a giant open chat for any member across any guild.

In order to be invited to a Free Company either:
1. Both players must be online at the same time or
2. You go to the Guilds House and can apply (using the signpost I believe)

Someone else will have to list the GWJ house plot location. I'm not in GWJ, but i'm in the Linkshell. And unfortunately I think only Ryins can invite to the LS.

Ryins you may want to submit a ticket asking for LS master if the current master isn't active. That way we can have more leaders to make sure it doesn't tengo uniform. I think you're the only active leader so they may bump you up.

You can find our free company house on Migarsormr in Ul'dah - Plot 44, 1 Ward, The Goblet (Small). I can also invite you to the Linkshell. I've not been on frequently in recent weeks, so if anyone else that's more active at the moment wants escalated permissions, let me know and I'll get it setup.

GoldenDog wrote:
DeThroned wrote:

EDIT: Alright. Character name in game is Praxir Void. I need one of you to figure out how to get me into the guild or free-whatever-its-called.

Yea the Guilds are called "Free Companies". Separate from the Free Company you can have a "Linkshell". The Linkshell is a giant open chat for any member across any guild.

In order to be invited to a Free Company either:
1. Both players must be online at the same time or
2. You go to the Guilds House and can apply (using the signpost I believe)

Someone else will have to list the GWJ house plot location. I'm not in GWJ, but i'm in the Linkshell. And unfortunately I think only Ryins can invite to the LS.

Ryins you may want to submit a ticket asking for LS master if the current master isn't active. That way we can have more leaders to make sure it doesn't tengo uniform. I think you're the only active leader so they may bump you up.

doogiemac wrote:

You can find our free company house on Migarsormr in Ul'dah - Plot 44, 1 Ward, The Goblet (Small). I can also invite you to the Linkshell. I've not been on frequently in recent weeks, so if anyone else that's more active at the moment wants escalated permissions, let me know and I'll get it setup.

Yeah, I'm only there on my alt, as the LS isn't really very active. Tannita Feathermoon is LS leader as well as FC leader. If a ticket would help, I can try. I don't want to be LS leader though

MitchellW wrote:

Yeah, I'm only there on my alt, as the LS isn't really very active. Tannita Feathermoon is LS leader as well as FC leader. If a ticket would help, I can try. I don't want to be LS leader though

That's me! I can promote others to positions to accept invites, etc. Just need to know character names and I'll do it next time I login.

doogiemac wrote:

That's me! I can promote others to positions to accept invites, etc. Just need to know character names and I'll do it next time I login.

Cool thanks. I've been playing since ARR with a crew of 4 Goodjers. If it's cool, I would suggest making a couple new invite leaders for coverage. I'd be happy to make the effort to get any new players in there to group with. PM sent with the names to promote from grunt.

If any of the newblood want into the LS pm me your names along with playtime windows since we'd both have to be online. We can blast you through content for the MSQ or roulettes.

Thanks, GoldenDog. I've promoted the requested folks, and you all should be able to handle invites now!

So I just reached HW after 160 hours (yeah, wow this game has a tonne of content). That last cinematic was amazing! I wasn't expecting such a long series of events! I was glued to my seat.

Upon reaching Ishgard, I was level 56. I figured I'd unlock AST and use that job to do my roulettes as I didn't want to out-level the MSQ any more.

It's an...Interesting class. I don't quite understand how it all slots together, but I love how complex it seems. I don't feel nearly as potent as when I'm playing WHM, but perhaps that's due to lower level dungeons not allowing me to use the cards yet.