Monday, March 19, 2012

Some Magian Progress

Braego came up for the weekend, so I didn't get much accomplished in-game.  I spent most of my time AFK in the Temple of Uggalepih, hoping to walk by my PC and find some rainy weather so I could make some progress on my pet -PDT axe trials.

By the end of the weekend, I was able to get both axes up to the 4th or 5th trial.  Now I'm at the point where my pet has to have the killing blow on mobs during earth day/weather.  It'll be pet kills until I have to start turning in geodes (currently at 6/110 geodes, 0/30 titanites).  I'm debating just doing one axe all the way, then working on the other. There is a lot of work left to be done, but I just need to stay focused an keep working away at it; the reward will be worth it!

BST is a fun job.  The jug pets seem to be quite powerful and sturdy (at least against EP and Too Weak mobs) but I haven't had a chance to use BST for anything serious yet.  Maybe this week? 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

BST is 99, but not done

Thanks to an exp session vs. pots with Wack and Zman, some GoV with Wack and strangers, and a pretty epic doll alliance in Abyssea - Altepa, I was able to get BST to 99 with a capped buffer. I must say, I put out some uber damage.

You can't make this stuff up

After 96, I didn't get any new awesome gear to add, but it is nice to once again be able to idle in some decent regen gear, I guess.  The inventory I gained from selling off the lower level gear that I used to level BST was lost in pet food and jugs.  It'll be worth it in the end though, right?

Wack wanted to hit up Abyssea - Konschtat to use up an Eccentric Eve pop to try to get Zman the Atma of the Voracious Violet.  We went WAR, WHM, BLM to try to get red stagger.  We knew that the biggest problems were going to be the mob's charm and instant KO moves.  While we weren't able to get the red stagger (it was either katana or G.Katana) things went well. That is, until ~10% when the thing just kept spamming the charm move.

It went yellow, we lost whatever staggers we actually got, and we pretty much ended up doing the zombie thing until it was dead.  No atma, nothing but the 100% drops.  At least 1 more person would be nice to have, 2 would be perfect.  An extra healer, and a backup tank would go a long ways toward staying alive the whole fight.  I still have an Eccentric Eve pop, but I think I'll save it until we have a couple extra bodies.

After that, we went to pop the zone boss.  It is a peiste called Kukulkan and it is a pretty easy duo.  Wack changed to MNK and we waited for night so that we could blue stagger as he wanted the belt that it drops.  While the first pop wasn't exactly smooth, the 2nd was just about perfect and dropped the belt that we were after.

Checking out Wack's new belt!

After killing Kukulkan, we went to Grauberg to pop the T2 VNM Gamayun for MNK body seals.  None of us had pops, so we started by popping the T1.  That was a mess.  The T1 VNM in Grauberg tends to pop in the middle of a bunch of goblins.  Add in the fact that they are elementals, and that Z's BLM isn't quite up-to-par yet gear/atma-wise, and we had some very long kills.  By the time my abyssite finally changed it was super late, so we just popped the T2.

The T2 was pretty easy and he dropped 2x MNK body seals for Z.  Of course my abyssite changed after 1 kill...  I figure we'll all build T2 pops on our own and try again some other day.
Much love to Gamayun for dropping 2 MNK body seals for Zman!

A couple days later we went to Abyssea - Attohwa in an attempt to get some BLM and MNK feet for Z.  PLD, BLMx2 for azure and amber lights.  We ended up doing quite well on TEs and amber light, but we didn't do so well on feet armor for Z.  I think we had RDM, WHJMx2, THF in the 2 hours or so that we were there.  I'm pretty sure we also all built MB pops, so we'll probably head out there to kill him a few times real soon.  Z went back in with Sligs after Wack and I left and was able to get his BLM boots to +1.

Since BST is finally 99, I decided to start working on the Magian pet -PDT axes.  The first trial was pretty easy and I finished it in no time.  The 2nd trial is proving to be troublesome.  Need 50 bee kills in Dark/Water/Earth/Ice weather.  Not many options for bees @ 99 that will give exp AND pop in a zone that has the required weather.  I spent a few hours in Crawler's Nest [S] and the Temple of Uggalepih, but never saw the weather that I needed.  I'll be happy when this trial is over (x2).  It seems like I always say that about magian trial, yet here I am doing 2 more >.>

Wack and I hit up Dynamis - Beaucedine in an attempt to get the BST relic feet (I can't believe that I didn't already have them).  We were able to kill the goblin TE, which is usually the most difficult pull, without a single link.  Then, the eye TE in the hydras, which is usually a very simple kill, caused some trouble.  We fought in a bad place and ended up getting links from a hydra DRG, MNK, and BRD.  We both died once trying to kill them all.  It turns out that the DEF down effect from Aegis Schism is killer when you're fighting a MNK mob.  Even though it only checked DC, it's hits were landing for between 150-200 on me.
The DEF down from Aegis Schism is deadly
The yagudo TE was in a bad spot, but I didn't feel like waiting for the stars and the moons to align to get a clean pull, so I just pulled all the yags away and wiped while wack got the kill. The orc and quadav TEs went perfectly, though and we got to farming. We didn't do great currency-wise, but we managed to get 3 forgotten touches for Wack's NIN or MNK head and I got my BST feet, so it was a success in my book.  We also killed 4 NMs, but didn't see a 100-piece.

We are going to head back out sometime this week so that Zman can tag along and get some relic. It could possibly turn into a regular thing, too, which could be nice for the pocketbook.

This week I hope to be able to make some progress on my ToM axes.  I would also like to get my +1 BST empyrean legs. Might be tough to accomplish those goals as the forecast has the high temperatures in the 70s this week! 

Monday, March 5, 2012

BST Progress

This past week was interesting.  Wack, Lun, and I (and Skadan) hit up Vunkerl to build some bukhis popsets to try to get some more stones for Wack.  While we were building the popsets, I got to come as WAR for red procs.  It was a nice change of pace and I was able to stagger each NM. Slayne got out of work earlier than normal and I invited him to come out and join us as we were about to actually pop Bukhis.  Unbeknownst to me, he and Wack were having some issues and Wack wouldn't invite him.  That pretty much ended the night for us as neither Lun nor I wanted to use our pops with him just standing there, outside of the party.

The whole situation was really odd.  I hope they get things worked out soon.  When things are all sorted out, we've got 3x bukhis popsets ready to go!

The following night, we went to Altepa to build some Orthrus pops for the same purpose.  Despite some heavy amarok camping by other groups, it was a successful night.  We popped Orthrus 3 times and wack was able to get enough stones to finish his WAR body, plus start working toward his PLD body.  We got a 2-boxed CB an atheling mantle (not that he'll use it) and I now have 4 jewels of ardor to put toward BLM, DNC, or RDM bodies.

Maybe this week we can take some time to get the other 4 cards of ardor that I need to upgrade either BST, WHM, SCH, or MNK bodies.

I spent a lot of time in book burns getting BST leveled.  I got up to 57 in the crawler's nest, then to 70 in Sandy's sewers.  I tried some solo FoV in Cape Terrigan, but it was painfully slow, so I went back to Sandy in an effort to get to 75.  When I finally left, I was 80!

This opens up quite a few gear options for me (Perle, bullwhip belt, haidate, brutal/suppa) and will help ease my inventory problems (once my lower-level gear sells, that is).  I did end up putting my BRD and RDM AF/relic/empy armor into storage to make some additional room.  I need to look and see what BST relic I've got stored with the Porter Moogle and also consider questing some of the AF.  I could also re-do the ACP and ASA add-ons to augment my body/pants toward BST, since they're not getting any use on any of my mage jobs.  I figure at the very least I should get any pieces that enhance the BST JA reward.

I have 12 or 13 merits stored up which I need to figure out how to spend.  I'm thinking I'll work on reducing the reward timer first, then maybe work on call beast recast.  To be honest, I haven't done much research into BST merits.  I figure if I've got questions, I can just ask Lun or Slayne, but I'd rather figure it out for myself.

I also have a couple of Pet -PDT magian axes to begin working on.  I think I'll wait until I have BST capped, just to make the trials that much easier to finish.  Plus, I doubt that I'll be doing much with BST until it is 99 anyways, so I won't really *need* those PDT axes for awhile.

This week:
- BST to 99
- Make progress on Pet -PDT magian axes
- Figure out BST merits
- Figure out what I'm going to do for BST gear

Should be a fun week!

Monday, February 27, 2012

I'm a BEAST(master)!

This past week was pretty eventful.  We did some Nyzul Isle to get Lun's runic key and her DNC dagger so she could unlock Pyrrhic Kleos.  Ev tagged along as well and we just stomped through the place.  SE tried to slow us down by giving us something like 5 or 6 soulflayer leader floors, but in the end, we were just too hot to handle :)

Here are the four of us getting ready to destroy floor 100!

Floor 100, here we come!

Zman recently came back to the game, so he, Lun, Jethor, and I went to Abyssea - Altepa to pop Orthrus and get Z his atheling mantle.  It was a long fight with Lun's pet tanking.  Jethor came as SMN instead of BST, and his SMN is merited for Shiva.  Since Orthrus is fire-based, she wasn't dealing as much damage as another jug would have done.  Eventually, after sacrificing Zman, we got the kill.  Z got his mantle and a dude there bought the claws from us for 100k each, which was split amongst the 4 of us.

Lun, Wack, and I all had Bennu pops, so we took an hour to go kill him a few times.  I was able to get a couple more Cards of Ardor.  I'm currently at 5 or 6 of 9 for my SCH body.  I'll need 18 27 more to finish bodies for other jobs (MNK, WHM, and BST).  Yes, I said BST... more on that in a minute.

Slayne solo'd Suzaku for me on his BST in an attempt to make some money for me.  Then, he informed me that he can solo Horns of War, one of the KS99 BCs that drop black belt items.  As I had 600+ KS, I took him up on his offer.  We went a total of 4 times, but haven't seen a tongue drop yet.  At least each kill is pretty much a guaranteed million gil from the Beastly Shank (used to pop Behemoth outside of the BC).  The gil from selling those shanks has finally brought my gil above 10mil!  /cheer 

I was bored one day so I went up to the top of Delkfut's tower to try and get a Potestas Bomblet out of a brown treasure casket.  I was up there killing for a little over 2 hours when I finally got the drop.  It should sell for ~1.5 mil.  Unfortunately, it looks like someone is trying to screw with the price and bought the last 2 for something like 2.4 and 6 mil each, so they haven't been selling.  When it does, it'll be a nice addition to my wallet ^^

With all of the soloing/duoing that Slayne and Lun have been doing lately, it really made me want to level BST so that I could do that stuff on my own.  My concerns were the ToM trials and the atmas that I would need to be an effective BST.  As it turns out, Lun said the trials weren't hard at all and that she was able to get hers done in just a few days.  I was only 1 Dominion Op in Grauberg short of having the most important BST atma: Ducal Guard, so I thought maybe I should look into leveling BST.

I scoured my storage and my mules for low level gear and hit sarutabaruta as a level 11 BST.  With an emperor's band/novennial ring, it wasn't long before I hit Tahrongi Canyon and Buburimu Peninsula.  My first session I went to 20.  My 2nd session took me to 28. It was a lot of fun this time around. 

I remember that I couldn't quite get the hang of it when I first tried it out.  Back then, there may have been an xp penalty associated with pets.  I remember being super disappointed at my slow leveling progress and didn't understand how anyone would be pleased doing a BST solo or duo all the way to 75.  Well, the changes that SE made to the xp from EP-EM mobs is really noticeable now.  DC mobs were giving up to 300 xp (with xp bonus on).  It turned out to be faster xp to just decimate every mob in my path instead of targeting the mobs for the FoV/GoV page that I was doing.  Solo, I was getting somewhere in the ballpark of 16k/hour. 

Protecus wanted some XP on his dancer to bring it up to cap and Ev wanted xp for his gimp BLM sub, so they joined me doing FoV and GoV pages.  When Wack finished his DNC sub, I had dinged 34.  Ev had to leave, but Wack changed to MNK and went to PL me on pots in Abyssea - Grauberg.

He started by doing a quick page 6 so that I could unlock ducal guard, then proceeded to beat up on the Sinister Seidels.  It was actually slower xp than what I was getting solo (thanks to the novennial ring and the long walk back and forth to the Dom Sgt. for pages, which took me out of xp range).  In the last ~20 minutes or so the xp/hr finally surpassed what I had been getting solo and what we had been getting as a trio.

When we were all done, my BST had just dinged 38.  I will probably try to get into a book burn in the crawler's nest to get up into the mid-40s.  Maybe I'll be able to land a key-whore spot in one of the scars zones.  If either of those options fail and Wack is online, I'll join up with him for more pot-slaughter.  I'd like to have BST at 75+ by the end of the week.

Starting a new job is really straining my inventory while I'm cycling through lower-level gear.  As a result, I think I'm going to put my BRD and RDM AF/relic/Empy armor into NPC storage.  I virtually never play those jobs anyways, so I think the extra space will do me wonders, at least until I get BST to the point where I can wear some of my WAR gear. I had been collecting seals for THF and NIN AF3, but I guess I'll have to change gears and focus on BST seals! 

I'm really hoping to be able to solo a bunch of NMs for +2 upgrade items and also make some extra money solo (I'm looking at you, Dynamis).  I never thought I'd level a pet job, but I'm glad that the pet job that I chose to level isn't PUP or DRG! :)

I'll leave you with the last screenshot that I took on Ia.  What an imposing set of mages!
Who says Galkas can't be mages?

Monday, February 20, 2012


I got rid of the last of Ia's things and officially cancelled her account (again).  I really think that this is it for her character.  She has such little interest in playing FFXI compared to other games.

Over the weekend I spent some time doing dynamis with Wack.  We hit Sandy (MNK + DNC) to collect touches that he needed for his Melee Gloves +2. That zone is pretty tight and each TE is guarded by a PLD and RDM.  Well, we couldn't seem to get the TE w/o adding it's guards, and Chainspell really gave us some problems.  The 4th TE easily took us 30 mins to take out since we kept on getting nuked to death :(.  It should be mentioned that his MNK was only 91 at the time.  Eventually we were able to get all the TEs and do a bit of farming.  We didn't do great currency-wise or forgotten touch-wise, but we learned that we need to just focus on getting the TE out of the way before worrying about adds.

The following night we went again, this time as NIN + RDM.  Having Protect/Shell and sleeps really helped a lot.  We camped over by the manor and had a pretty steady stream of mobs coming in.  Once again, we had a pretty meh run when it came to drops.  Despite the fact that I was almost constantly casting one spell or another, I really felt kind of useless/helpless.  It was nice to be able to wear the +2 hat and have 5mp/tic refresh in my idle gear, but I just didn't feel like I brought enough to the table.  I had considered going /DNC to melee, but I'm glad I didn't.  My gear/macros/everything is not where I want it to be for RDM, so I generally don't really look forward to playing it.  Plus, and I've said this before, I hate being a sole healer on RDM.  It just doesn't have the MP conservation tools that WHM(/SCH) or SCH have, even when I do go RDM/SCH.

The night after that we decided to drag Lun along for funsies.  Just as we were about to enter, Skadan showed up wanting to tag along.  After we got inside (and got all of our TEs) Lun asked if Genesisblue could join.  We ended up with SCH (me) NIN (Wack) THF (Skadan) BST (Lun) MNK (Gen).  We really kind of cleaned house.  Wack got the last of the forgotten touches that he needed and decided to not take his split of the currency, so everyone else ended up with 23 or 24 currency.  I also had 3 touches sort to me, for an extra 120k.

We were going to do Nyzul after, but Lun went AFK for food and it was getting late, so Wack and I hit Horlais Peak to do the orc KCNM 'Last Orc-Shunned Hero'.  This is a pretty straightforward and easy fight, even as a duo.  We both managed to get the greaves, which is a nice 1.5mil.

On Sunday we finally managed to do some Nyzul Isle.  First we did a climb for Lun's runic key.  We went from 65-70 as NIN DNC SCH very easily.  For the 2nd run, instead of climbing some more, they decided to do the Uncharted nyzul (geared towards 99s).  I don't understand why they wanted to do this lowman.  Regular Nyzul is understandable as it was geared towards level 75 characters.  Taking 3 99s in there is a walk in the park.  But the uncharted version and lowman just seems kinda pointless.  We managed to clear a total of 3 floors (getting to floor 12) before we exited due to lack of time.  I don't want to do uncharted again unless we've got a bit more firepower and support going along. At least 4 people!

We got two real ??? items from our run: Serket Ring from Serket, and Bravo's Subligar from Oqdan(sp). 

After Nyzul, Wack and I did another dynamis, this time opting for Xarc for some forgotten hopes.  There was a THF there who wanted to get some exp on his +2 relic trial, so he joined up with us.  We managed to take out all 5 TEs in about 5 minutes, then spent the rest of the night camping in the middle of the map, laying waste to everything around us. The dude's TH was working overtime and we ended up walking out with almost 200 currency.  Wack got 8 hopes to add to his collection (bringing him to a total of 19) and I managed to get the DNC relic that I had been wanting.  When all my currency sells, my split will be ~575k.

With all the dynamis that we've been doing and the lucky drops on the KCNM, I'm currently sitting on the most gil that I've ever had.  It's probably not a lot compared to what others have, but I'm very pleased and would like to keep working on the ol' bank roll to see if I can break the 10mil mark.

So, I had a chance to take both SCH and RDM to dynamis and I have to say that SCH just beats the pants off of RDM.  It has so many more useful spells to bring to the table, and much superior MP recovery/conservation tools.  I like the gear that I have for RDM, but SCH is way more enjoyable for me to play, especially in a solo-healer (or solo mage in general) role. The only thing that RDM had that I wished I had on SCH was addle.  It made fights against BLM/BRD/BST pets so much easier.

This week, I expect to do more dynamis, maybe some more Nyzul Isle to get lun's disc up, and maybe work toward getting more Cards of Ardor for my +2 SCH/WHM/MNK bodies.

Here are a couple of funny stagger poses from the Xarc run: 

Have a good week!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Melee Gloves +2

I didn't do much over the weekend.  I picked up the Forgotten Touches that I needed to upgrade my Melee Gloves to +2.  I'm looking forward to trying them out along with the 5/5 upgrades that I finished putting into Shijin Spiral.

Wack and I duo'd the MKD mithra fight in Chamber of Oracles.  We went NIN/WAR + DNC/NIN.  I think he was a bit confused about which fight it was since when we got in, he said that he forgot that we needed sleeps.  We went for it anyways and did very well.  Managed to get the win without much trouble and now I'm at the point where I run around Beaucedine Glacier and Xarcabard investigating pips or something like that.  After that is the level 1 run through Castle Z, then the final fight and a nice, new, inventory -1 hat!

I've been toying around with picking up some gear for WAR, specifically the Fazheluo Helm. 

I currently TP in Walahra Turban, so this offers a little bit more for the same amount of haste. I think if I picked this piece up, I'd mule my turban, even though I still use the haste on it for the recast timer on spells like stoneskin.  In reality, I very seldom have to actually wait on the recast timer for most of my spells, so I think I could get away with it.

Inventory got a little tighter over the weekend since Ia said that she doesn't plan on picking FFXI back up.  So, I started getting rid of her sellable stuff, and took all my BRD instruments back.  As nice as it is to have a pocket mage handy, I don't feel like paying the extra $12.95 every month, especially since she wants to resubscribe to WoW.    I was looking forward to playing with her again, but we just need to admit to ourselves that she's done with this game.  She enjoys other games more... What is the point in paying for/playing a game when you know you could be having MORE fun playing another game or doing something else?

I'm not sure what's in store for this week since today is a Version Update day.  Maybe SE will have some good changes to implement.  I might have to redo a whole bunch of merits after today's update!