FFXIV: catch all

I am ticked with the skin they used to make this. It's the chocobo from the 3,000 commendation achievement, just colored black (Parade Choco).

They did the same thing with the white chocobo, but at least it had a red saddle. The black one uses the same white saddle and crown as the achievement. It took years to get 3,000 commendations.

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Quick reminder.
If you pre-ordered Shadowbringers, your 1 week early access should begin this Friday!

The 64-bit macOS client is out. It’s based on CrossOver now instead of Cider. I downloaded it this morning, but I won’t know what performance is like until maintenance ends. If it’s not bad and (finally) supports DirectX 11, I may play Shadowbringers on my wife’s 2017 iMac under macOS instead of on my PS4 Pro.

Full 5.0 Patch Notes
Updated Job Guide showing changes to current jobs, plus the new Gunbreaker and Dancer jobs

Plus a live action FFXIV show is apparently on the way?

Oops. Gunbreaker and Dancer (FFXIV) are unlockable at level 60, so you can't make a new character with them, I guess.
I missed that.

kenada wrote:

The 64-bit macOS client is out. It’s based on CrossOver now instead of Cider. I downloaded it this morning, but I won’t know what performance is like until maintenance ends. If it’s not bad and (finally) supports DirectX 11, I may play Shadowbringers on my wife’s 2017 iMac under macOS instead of on my PS4 Pro.

This has me very excited. I've played on PS3 and the PS4, and while the controller is generally a good way to play, playing on my Mac is very desirable. Unfortunately, that means buying a new client. It looks like buying Shadowbringers also gets you the other expansions, so it's a $60 total buy in.

Pay day is tomorrow. I'm looking forward to impressions.

The Mac client has been great so far! When I came back I found out I was just a bit into Stormblood content. I think the last time I played I got through Heavensward and then burned out. I've switched over to dancer, and I'm starting to get the hang of things again.

I did some testing of 5.0 in both macOS and Windows. The new macOS client is definitely a lot better. The previous one hitched like crazy and was generally unplayable. This one doesn’t do that, but its performance in macOS is 60~70% of Windows at the same settings (25~30 fps vs 40~45 fps). I ended up picking up Shadowbringers for Windows to supplement my play on the PS4 version.

As for ShB itself, I still need to finish the post-4.0 content for Stormblood. I did unlock DNC and have been playing that some. It’s extremely mobile and not too demand to play, but I haven’t taken it into group content yet. Right now, beyond doing beast tribe dailies and daily hunts marks on DNC, I’m focused on clearing the SB story on my RDM. The RDM changes were minimal and not too bad.

So, what is the best way to gain some levels if you are following a quest line and suddenly the level requirement jumps up?

Daily dungeons help a lot.
You can get caught up on side quests across the world.
But last time I needed to level quickly, I mostly ran dungeons. Easy when you need to level a healer or tank, harder when it's DPS.

Ah, okay. I might give those a shot. Thanks

The quest XP is rather minimal this expansion. The most XP and fastest que for DPS is the Alliance Raid daily roulette. They are only good for one run each day though.

Next would be the leveling roulette.

While waiting on the roulette timers, you should be doing FATEs, Hunts, Side Quests, or Beast Tribe Quests.

How far have ya'll made it through the expansion so far? My Red Mage is up to level 73 and I've made it to Il Mheg, land of the faeries. This place is so pretty it hurts.

It didn't take me too long to adjust to the Red Mage changes. I also, so far, haven't had to run any extra daily roulettes in order to keep up with the main story quests. Rested XP, FATEs, and weekly challenge logs have been providing good XP for me.

The story this time around feels pretty grim, but at the same time there's some really good, warm humor infusing the writing throughout. It's kept everything from feeling overly bleak. The music is also fantastic in the zones I've played.

I did the first trial, Titania, yesterday. Took a few tries, as groups were having trouble coordinating enough to burn down the adds quick enough before everything exploded. This was my first Trial where I didn't have a video to watch ahead of time and had to learn the fight as we went. It was challenging, but fun. I know normal content isn't really supposed to be a hard stop for most people, but it was still just enough of a skill check to be satisfying.

I'm up to 75 and have been a completionist so far with side quests, but I'm starting to get a little burned out on those. I still like getting some of that extra flavor and lore when doing them, though, and the one or two quests chains each area has have been nice little stories.

Here's a FFXIV soundtrack Youtube playlist with Shadowbringers' tracks at the start. Some of the accompanying videos are spoilery, so play it in the background if you're concerned about that.

beanman101283 wrote:

This was my first Trial where I didn't have a video to watch ahead of time and had to learn the fight as we went. It was challenging, but fun. I know normal content isn't really supposed to be a hard stop for most people, but it was still just enough of a skill check to be satisfying.

Must be nice. I've started FFXIV in May and I am still in Heavensward. By the time I get to the latest expansion, everything is going to be in the wiki.

Heavensward takes a LONG time to get through. It's good, though!
And then you have Heroes of the Storm Stormblood to get through (which is where I am)

I'm doing Heavensward content right now also. At least most people doing the Duty stuff know what they are doing so it is fairly painless.

I think you could make the argument that you shouldn't need to look up normal dungeon/trials, since they're not really designed to be super challenging. It's more that I'm self-conscious and don't want to be a stumbling block to others. And even knowing fights ahead of time, I seem to die a lot, so maybe I should stop worrying about it anyway.

beanman101283 wrote:

I think you could make the argument that you shouldn't need to look up normal dungeon/trials, since they're not really designed to be super challenging. It's more that I'm self-conscious and don't want to be a stumbling block to others. And even knowing fights ahead of time, I seem to die a lot, so maybe I should stop worrying about it anyway.

Well, IMO even some story (high level) dungeons require reading up on them beforehand, otherwise the group will most likely wipe and someone has to explain the mechanics anyway. I just finished that lvl 58 book demon thingy fight, no way I could go through it without knowing what to do. Cool fight though.

Yeah, that one in particular is tricky. I died a lot there the last time it showed up in a daily roulette.

I'm roughly halfway through the Shadowbringers story, and it feels like such a classic Final Fantasy story to me. The quest structure, creatures you meet along the way, the dungeons and music - in terms of atmosphere and tone, all of it makes me feel like I'm playing a 3D high production version of the NES/SNES games. It's all just so good.

After years of threatening to do so, I finally got this, and was almost instantly paralyzed by the hair choices.

I am breaking down, and going to come back to play. Last time I played was during Heavensward. I'll at least hit max level, and mess around with gearing up. I'm sure there are many hours of story content I'll have to get through given that I skipped an entire expansion. Pending the planets aligning I may get in to raiding at some point, but I'm hesitant to say that's going to be a major goal of mine as the next year is going to be lousy with single player games I'm interested in playing.

Is there a GWJ Free Company that everyone is in? Most of my friends that play are consistently inconsistent with their availability, so I'd rather migrate to an active free company with people I know are cool rather than join a server with friends that will most likely never be on at the same time as me.

In game name is Dagron Dunreedy.

There is not an active GWJ group. People are spread out a bit.

What server are you on Mechakoopa?

I tend to prepare for dungeons by watching videos ahead of time.

I really like the addition of trusts because I feel comfortable going in blind. I’ve done the first two dungeons so far that way and it had been super fun not seeing everything beforehand.

A handful of people may be online on the GWJ Free Company on Midgardsormr, which is no longer a congested world as of the 5.01 patch. But overall definitely not what I'd call an "active" group. But! We have a house, so you can get a room there, stable your chocobo, etc. If that's something you're interested in.

I used the stable there to turn my Chocobo plumage black!

And now that more people are on and playing the Shadowbringers content, we've been activating +10% Combat XP daily, if you need that little extra boost.

I resubbed and I'm loving it! I burned out really hard after finishing Heavensward. ARR felt like a slog so I stopped paying attention to the story pretty early on, and I guess I continued just skipping story for most of HW. Returning, I was determined to catch up on summaries and actually read the conversations.

I'm so, so glad I did. I just wrapped up the Dragonsong War and I'm asking myself why I left the game for so long. The story is great, the gameplay is the best of any MMO I've played, and I feel so closely tied to my White Mage.

If I had one criticism, it's that it takes such a long time to play. I'm 200+ hours into this thing, and I'm only just approaching the second expansion, and nowhere near level cap. To its credit, the dungeons and trials are still a lot of fun (whereas I find WoW is only enjoyable at cap), but I can't say I'm not feeling daunted about the time commitment needed for me to reach Shadowbringers.

TL;DR Story is great, White mage 4 life

Yeah, I started in 2015 and only got caught up about a month before Shadowbringers. Wasn’t anywhere near Stormblood when it came out. I’m glad I saw everything. They’re like clockwork when it comes to patches and expansions, though, so you’ve got two years before the next expansion pretty much. Plenty of time if you end up being interested enough to stick with it. Only took me so long because for most of the time, until this year really, I played very sporadically.