On the docks in Adoulin.
(Rexish if you’re looking for me on Asura! I get /tells from readers sometimes. Not gonna lie, feels awesome!)
It occurred to me that it has been ages since I’ve done an FFXI journal entry! Things have been really up in the air lately. Sick kids, broken vehicles, and writer’s block will do that. You didn’t come here to listen to my problems though, so let’s just jump right into it!
I have been CRAZY busy! (I feel like I always say this.) Since my last post, I devoted all my effort toward getting my Charmer’s Merlin axe, the one that cuts 5 seconds off the beastmaster ready timer. Getting that axe was my sole reason for taking thief to 99. I enjoyed thief at first, but grew to dislike it. My understanding of TH is that you get more rolls when you kill something. With BST, I kill a lot more things a lot faster, resulting in more rolls over all, so TH just isn’t as effective unless I’m targeting a specific and difficult NM, like Dragua (he drops the axe.)
Having no luck with thief and no friends with a monk that could proc, I decided to take monk to 99 and proc Dragua myself. For those uninitiated, a blue proc in abyssea is easiest to get with a monk who has club, hand to hand, and staff leveled up. Then you have to be there between 2200 and 0600 game time.
So I took up monk. I went from level 1 to 85 in a single night leeching in Escha-Zitah. I could have gone the rest of the way, but people have lives. My linkshell, RevenantWing, is particularly helpful. I’ve spent lots of time in Escha getting merits and job points, and I don’t remember many times where I didn’t have a leech from the linkshell, sometimes two. When you help people, they tend to return the favor, so monk leveling went by quick, leeching off those who had leeched off me at some point. Then, with the sparks skill-up set and Sakura, I quickly learned the weapon skills and became proc-ready.
After the last update, with a second lunar abyssite and a list of atma to choose from, I was dead set on getting that axe. It took a few fights to connect blue proc, but when the axe finally dropped, we managed to proc with a thief and his TH11, coupled with a full moon. I don’t know which of those things set it off, but I now have my Charmer’s Merlin and I have no plans of leveling anything but beastmaster from now on. (Huge shout-out to Myrr who stayed up late to help me nail this, and to Orcaorca, the random thief and awesome player who was kind enough to throw down with Dragua for a couple of fights.)
Full Sic Recast merits, desultor tassets, and Charmer’s Merlin gave me a 15 second ready timer. I put it to good use in Escha – Zitah and got my first 100 job points fairly quickly. This is all you need for the 10 second ready timer. (Kind of a big deal for a BST.) I mostly solo at portal 2 on dragons and puks. It is usually crowded, but I can only handle 5-7 mobs at a time, anyway. I’m not built like a paladin. Once I gather them up, I use Bouncing Bertha to aoe a couple times, then go again. My linkshell members seem to enjoy following me around while I do this. Other times, I end up in a party and we destroy all the things.
As of last night, I have 150 JP sunk into BST and I want my stars!
SoA missions have robbed her of a smile.
I mentioned it on Reddit already, but all I have left for missions is Seekers of Adoulin. I just got to chapter 4 and I’m hoping to finish it up by the weekend. I am not enjoying this expansion. In fact, I very much dislike it. It feels like too much bureaucracy and politics, and there are way too many visits to the library. This is supposed to be an adventure game. Forcing backstory down my throat is not something I enjoy, especially an uninteresting one. Alas, I will finish it. but don’t expect it in the Vana’diel lore section anytime soon.
I also finished Rhapsodies of Vana’diel. The final fight was the only one I needed help with. I partied with a couple of people waiting to enter the arena and we nailed it on the first try. I really don’t think I could have solo’ed that one. The final boss tends to wipe out everything in front of him. Make sure you bring a competent tank and some DD to attack him from behind, or you’re gonna have a bad time. I really liked the story from this add-on and the KI bonuses are awesome.
Gil has been coming in and going out almost immediately as I am upgrading AF, relic, and empyrean gear to 119. I’ve completed the Totemic helm and boots to +1 so far. I’ve also got the Ankusa gloves and Nukumi gloves. Coupled with a myriad of other pieces and I’d say I’ve got a pretty effective setup so far. My job points are going into pet accuracy, if you’re wondering. Then I’ll be focusing on attack and attack speed. I have a lot of plans for BST, including building a good -pet PDT set. Guichard’s Axes, here I come!
In other news, I did my first skirmish in Rala Waterways with Tehonn leading the way. I mostly… didn’t get it. Killed some enemies, killed some NM’s, then Balamor appeared and killed everyone. I walked away with two crappy scrolls I’ll never use and can’t seem to sell. Still scratching my head on that one. I’m sure I’ll do it some more once I get through the rest of SoA. It’s a learning process.
Wishing for luck in the future.
I have to mention a few names here because these players have either been super helpful or we’ve been having fun together: Seikii, Tihanyas, Tehonn, Liovaire, Kuchi, Myrr, Bladereborn (use BG!), Kieto, Aauron (Fallout 4, amirite?), and I’m almost positive I’m missing some of you guys! Thanks for always being up for a fun party, good convo, or helpful info! I can’t say I have the best linkshell in the game because I haven’t been in any other, but I can say I love the friends I’ve made and the fun we’ve had.
See you all in game as I continue my epic trek to becoming a Master Beastmaster!