Dinged THF79 last night (still /NIN38, loln00b), doing FoV in Ro’maeve (3 each of the lower-level weapons for 1300XP bonus — about 1900XP a cycle). I had been close to leveling for a while (since the late-night Abyssea XP party), and had ended up @1500 after some big NM kills (3K+ XP each) and many deaths in Abyssea-Attohwa doing a little NM farming run Khad was doing (with Brokiel, Fie, and Woofie). I noticed how easy the weapons were when I did the Bastok 7-1 fight for the WAR60, so figured it’d be easy enough to polish off that 1500XP and maybe a little buffer (since I die a lot more than my lvl 95 friends). Indeed it was so easy that it was little effort to get nearly 12K off pages just making a circle around Ro’maeve. I think I was out there for only an hour or so, since I logged back on after not being able to get to sleep and went to sleep around 12 or so (and had gone to bed the first time after 10:30), and had even gone to get port access to Tahrongi and buy my 4/5 aurore gear to boost my haste and ACC gear sets, then had to choco to Ro’maeve. By the time you factor in everything, it was likely under an hour and I might have been doing something like 20K/hr solo there. Regardless, it was good times, though the RDM weapons could get a little annoying with casting Diaga II on me just after I put shadows up. ;)
Prior to the solo XP fun, I went out with Khad, Brokiel, Fie and Woofie to Abyssea-Attohwa for some various NMs that people had pops for (and I was tagging along for fun and maybe lend some TH, as well as getting more acquainted with Abyssea in general). We were out there for a couple of hours, Khad ran me around to get to the spots (since I hadn’t been to Attohwa before and didn’t have the confluxes), and we killed a number of various NMs: Pallid Percy several times (I think everyone but me had a pop item), Amun (died once), Ironclad Cleaver (died several times here), and Ulhuadshi (died a couple of times here, too).
Much of my time with the NMs was sitting around waiting for triggering red or blue, but at 78 I wasn’t exactly going to be able to take a bunch of punishment and most NMs have AoEs they’ll do. I did at least get to trigger red (though I swear it looks orange) once (go go Energy Drain) on Pallid Percy.
We got a bunch of various head seals off Percy, including THF. Woofie and I each ended up with two seals, and Khad one. I even got a RDM seal for whenever I end up working on RDM (sometime after THF), since everyone else already had their +1 (or didn’t have RDM at all). Yay for extra drops (like the RDM -1 from Dynamis-Qufim). ^^ A few PLD and SAM dropped, as well, so it seemed fairly productive. Not sure the “goal” seal, but since we got at least one of everything (more THF, but that’s fine by me XD), it was at least some sort of a success. And of course, poppers got their KI for popping Ulhuadshi.
After Percy we’d headed out to #00 to check on Ironclad, and on the way checked on Amun, which was up. I was in a little close and got destroyed by an AoE spell (yay), so didn’t get to really do anything that fight (though I did send a couple of bolts its way to hopefully set base TH on it). But we got a few seals and the Ulhuadshi pop KI it drops, so I suppose it was as successful as anyone cared about.
Out at Ironclad’s area, he was up and aggroed somebody (Woofie said her, but I saw it attacking Fie, so who knows), so we had to get started without full buffs. I was allowed to melee on it, but ended up getting taken out by AoEs. Unfortunately one of the WSes I had was a possibility to trigger weakness, so I ran in to try and get more TP to hopefully trigger, but ended up getting destroyed by AoE (not surprising), so that didn’t work out. He ate a number of other people, too, as hate was a little iffy (cures, nukes, etc.). We (they) did end up killing it, though, and got full drops. I ended up with the DRG cape and the harness, not that either’s all the useful to me, but autolot decided I needed them. ;)
After that we went out to Ulhuadshi’s domain. This was an interesting fight, as Khad wanted me to alternate TA on him and SA on the landworm. In order to SA, I had to actually go “inside” the mob, though at least that made it simpler to know where was the “back” side. TAs were really hard, though, as Khad would be getting kocked back by Desiccate and had his back to a wall most of the time. Probably need to work out how to handle that better so I can TA and he can not worry about being blown into aggro mobs. I died a couple of times due to AoE (and going back for more while weakened to try and WS), but it was fun fighting a big NM like that, and interesting having to run inside it. ;) We got a bunch of drops though only proc’d yellow and so didn’t get the atma or the latent GKT. Didn’t get all the +2 upgrade items either (no THF for anyone to fight over — though I’d expect to be at the end of the line since I was only 78 and didn’t have the hands yet), but got all but THF I think and two fangs for Khad (used for a couple of weapon trials). The mitts went to me as everyone else already had them. Macro in for elemental casting on RDM or something, I guess.
Seemed a profitable night overall, though all that dying took a toll on my RR earring. Need to get another, and need to replace my food stock, as well.
Tonight’s supposed to be lowbie XP partying (level sync to someone low), so hopefully I’ll be able to work on my /NIN some. And eventually I’ll need to level DRG so I can use that cape that dropped. ;)