I finally crossed paths with Bif yesterday when he actually had some time free and was doing R30s on his PGL27. I was on my LNC23 and so we partied up for some hot R30 leve action (and a couple of R20s I’d already picked up at the counter). We 5-starred the R20s, as I suppose makes sense given a PGL27 can probably solo 5-star R20s. ;) I know my LNC23 can often (but not always) solo 4-stars, and especially if you have a good pool of skills, PGL is often a beast.
After finishing up, Bif and I both had cleaning and such to take care of, but he’d mentioned I should get an NM R25 polearm, so I looked up the details on that for when I got back on later. Apparently it comes from Barometz, the pesky landtrap out past Bloodshore, and the NM is supposedly R36. I toss an /l out to see if anyone in the LS feels like helping me kill it, but no takers (it was fairly sparse at the time and many were probably either busy or away). Bif came back online after a short bit, and I asked him if soloing on my MRD31 had any chance. He wasn’t sure (but expected it’d be tough to pull out a win), so I decided I may as well try (for the hell of it if nothing else). Well, I didn’t die, but I didn’t kill it either. ;) I got it to around 90% or so, but kept coming extremely close to death and was out of healing skills, so turned tail and escaped the fight. I’m not normally one to just up and run, but at least there wasn’t anyone else to try and save, and it was definitely not going to die by my hand alone.
Meanwhile, Bif was doing local leves for Limsa and had planned on trying to help out with the fight (he’s got R50s, so it’d be stupidly easy for him). Unfortunately he also usually raids Sundays, but fortunately (for me), it looked like he wasn’t going to be needed and so probably wouldn’t have a spot that day. Coming back from turning in his last leve at Iron Lake, we partied up and he took Barometz out like it barely existed (and I hit it a couple of times, hehe). Crimson Lance 1/1, lol. Supposed to have a ~15% drop rate according to YG (though it’s calculated based on people running the Updater, so who knows what it really is, but it sounds about right), and Bif took five or six tries to get it himself the day before. So yay Lucky Kitty. ^^
Bif then decided that we should get my MRD the R35 axe. I figure why not, so off we go to the stream near Humblehearth… to fight some sort of giant hog-god. x.X Okay, it only felt like a hog-god, but it’s an R47 NM and it’s a hog (bad experiences there from running around Coerthas), and I was doing about 150 damage from Raging Strike+Trunksplitter IIs. Bif was great effectively soloing the thing (I did some damage, but also gave it TP, so that probably evened out), and I tried to do my small part to help toss cures and such his way. I never timed the fights, but they probably took us 4-6 minutes each, and it took quite a few tries to get the axe to drop. We got plenty of vegetables and rings, though. After the first few tries, some people Bif knew showed up to get another drop from the NM (a belt for their ARC), so we teamed up. After that, the pig died much faster (we had a full party, most of which was probably R50), though it still took a while. After around 7 total kills, I think, the belt dropped. After a couple more kills, the axe finally dropped (to the ARC’s loot list, hehe, but things are easily transferred to someone else’s pool). After a minute, the NM popped right on top of us, so we fought it one last time (apparently to see if a belt would drop for me), and… and… ANOTHER AXE?!?!?! lol. I already had my axe, so the drop system decided to throw another in my loot pool. XD Luckily someone else wanted one, so I tossed it over to him and we parted ways. Interesting times, though it reminded me of the “good old days” of FFXI NM camping, though at least here the respawns are quick (most are either every 5 or 10 minutes, as opposed to hours).
We capped off the evening with finishing up a quest we both had nearby. Yay new shoes (in two ranks). Now I just need four more MRD ranks to use the axe (without breaking it really quickly). ^^