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!