First 95 job

Well, finally got my first job to 95… and it’s ninja. ;) Over the holiday week I did DNC to 50 and then took NIN all the way to 95, coming up for air every once in a while (but not often enough, need to get my tan back from all that time in the sewers). Of course, as with any GoV there’s the issue of needing to cap skills, as while I was generally keeping up with katana skills on the leeches, they did finally run out around lvl 78 or so. And I hadn’t been spamming tools to try and get ninjutsu capped, so that was back around lvl 51 equivalent skill (only 44 levels behind!).

After coming out a NIN95, on Sunday Khad took me out to Berstuk to help him get some THF head seals (and me any NIN seals that dropped). I was coming NIN and Khad would go BLM for yellow triggers, and of course he had Brok there for healing. Nobody died during the 5-6 pops we did, though I wasn’t able to hold hate as well as I would’ve liked (for whatever reason couldn’t get down the 30-sec Provoke cycle, and should probably have been able to use enfeebles to help keep shadows up); usually near the end of its life it would run for Khad, though generally at worst hate would only bounce around a little so it wasn’t on Khad all that much. If I’d had all those levels to do old-school leveling I probably would’ve had the proper macro setup and muscle memory to keep better hate. I’m sure I’ll get there, I just need to recap my skills (katana, evasion, ninjutsu) and practice more. We ended up not getting much in the way of drops, getting only 1-2 seals per kill (usually 1), and Khad only got 1 THF seal (I got 4 NIN which is nice, at least, but we went specifically for Khad!).

Later on Sunday, Machy was doing Ovni kills to try for +2 upgrade items for one of his jobs, and invited me out to get the bullwhip belt if it dropped (haste+7%, albeit with -50 to all elements). I went out and watched him fight and spammed the stack of elemental tools I had on it and some of the limules in the area, getting around 19 skill points for a total of 161 (getting closer, but still a loooong way to go!). Unfortunately drops were annoying again, and other than the first kill I was there for, no +2 items at all dropped (the first was a stone of voyage, not anything either of us really needed), just shaolin belts (worthless).

After several kills of Ovni, he offered to help me with getting some more NIN seals, and we decided to try Iku-Turso since it drops both NIN and THF feet seals, so I would have a 50% shot at getting useful seals instead of 25%. We changed to NIN/DNC and BLM, bought a few pop items to avoid farming (Berstuk pop items weren’t dropping for Khad and I earlier at all), went out, and were able to get a turn after a JP NIN+BLM duo who was there also for NIN seals (so couldn’t team up and take the seals they didn’t want). We came, we saw, we got raped hardcore. Maelstrom was getting spammed a lot which would hurt and kill off my shadows, and it was more than I could CW3 away (and I couldn’t get Utsu: Ichi up with getting hit so much). It was casting faster than Machy could stun (originally the plan was to help trigger and just stun the nasty spells), so I’d get hit by Watergas and Waterjas in addition to the Maelstroms, and eventually I bit it around 20-25% or so. It of course ran for Machy, who tried to get it the rest of the way, while the JP BLM Raised me (nice!). I got up and stood back out of AoE range spamming the wheel for some extra help, and tried to CW3 Machy as he was getting hit. Eventually Machy succumbed to the damage at 1% and it came back to me. I tried to get it down, but got smacked a couple times (whoops, didn’t have shadows up after being Raised) and bit the dust again with it at probably 100HP. The JPs finished it and were nice enough to Raise me again and let me get the seals (MNK and THF, so not a complete waste), but we decided to say screw Iku-Turso and find something else.

Next we tried Athamas since it was another NIN/THF seal mob (legs). It was up when Machy first checked but by the time I came in and we went back there, it was gone. Someone must’ve killed it, but we hadn’t seen anyone fighting it and it shouldn’t’ve been an extremely quick kill, so… *shrug* With Athamas a bust (could’ve waited around another 10-15 minutes for a respawn, but if someone was camping already, may as well find something else), we went to Pascerpot, which Machy had done for his seals (and Machy went NIN/DNC and I went THF/DNC for TH help). We went out, farmed up a pop item really quickly, and the only rough part of the fight was the Banishga IIIs for 1000-1200. Luckily it didn’t spam them, so we could both dance our damage away. We got better seal counts (3 or so each kill) than on Berstuk, though only 2 NIN seals dropped and it looked like I passed on one of them. ; ; (Passing is unfortunately a reflex for me, so sometimes when I go to lot on something I accidentally pass it. I verified in the log that it dropped, but didn’t see a lot message, and I still only had 1 in my inventory from earlier.) We probably could’ve kept going but Machy had to eat and by then it was getting late so we called it a night. But it went well and Pascerpot might be something I could solo, though it did look like having TH4 helped with drop counts, so it might be best to do the THF+NIN thing again with Machy later sometime.

In the meantime, I need to get skeelz done so I’m not as bad on NIN. EVA is a priority, though I’m still not sure what to do on that since it can be slow and the mobs that would be typical to level on (crabs) are lvl 92 or so and hit fairly hard. I could probably stand to get THF to 95 and go THF/DNC, try and survive as long as possible, then do what I’ve done previously: disengage, pop Flee, and {Run away!} to shed hate and rest up (and let Flee reset). There’s also supposedly some lower-level birds in Caedarva that Hide works on that I might be able to use, as well. Some people have used high-level chigoe, but I’m a bit wary of doing that since it guarantees you’re going to die and who knows what amount of skill you’ll actually get out of it. :\

Paragon of Ninja Excellence

So as time has allowed, I’d been working on getting /NIN leveled up so that it wasn’t underleveled anymore (and would be capped for THF99). I soloed quite a bit to get to 46 or so, starting off soloing Sauromugue FoV page 1, trying cards in Horutoto after Sauromugue mobs became TW (rather quickly), then finally being turned on to GC page 2 and being able to get into a good rhythm there (page was 4 bats and 2 beetles, and I could camp the stairs and kill 2 bats and 1 beetle in a cycle). Pages were usually around 10K/hr, especially with GoV and its increasing XP bonus, and in an evening I could get 4-5 levels if there weren’t people camping there.

I’d been trying to figure out what other jobs to level for when the “work on a new job” bug bites, and ended up deciding that NIN seemed like a good choice, being that I gravitate toward melee jobs, we seem to use all the NINs we can get in the LS, and these days there’s not the elemental wheel spammage or anything that there used to be, so it’s not all that expensive anymore (one of the main things that kept me from leveling it to 75 before).

One evening I came in to GC to solo and a party was basically running around the whole main floor wiping out the bats and beetles, not really leaving me a good spot to slowly work on my three mobs, so after that I decided to finally give in and try one of the “lolGoV” parties, at NIN46 on Friday night. “lolGoV” because these “parties” are actually most of the time alliances where many people may be working on subs (or be players who don’t care at all) and may not have gear at all. At least most of the time I was in CN people generally seemed to care about what they were doing, and it was a pretty fun time. Especially when in one evening I gained 11 levels (across two parties, since it was broken up by EM events, so I would’ve ended up quite a lot higher if I’d stayed the whole time). I would guess there was probably only a couple of hours’ worth of XPing in there for those 11 levels. o.O

At NIN57, I decided to take some time off and on Saturday start on NIN AF. I was able to run through all the AF from weapons to coffers to fights and get everything completed just before event time. Sunday I went back to CN to work on more levels so I could wear all my AF and be in a better place for moving on to Bostaunieux Oubliette for continued GoV partying (before eventually being useful in Abyssea). In that party I made it to nearly 62, after which I went to Boyahda to work on recapping my katana skill, which had languished due to level syncing. I’ve recapped my katana and in the process attained nearly two full levels (around 3K to 64), as I was recapping on GoV page 1 in the Tree, on spiders and funguars; not a bad way to recap skills. :)

Now that I’ve chosen to take NIN to 99 along with THF (and I suppose sometime I’ll need to work on RDM unless Lushie decides that my having NIN is more important as a second job than RDM), I really need to work on subs, especially WAR and DNC. WAR at least is still 37 from THF and DRK75, but DNC is a nice solo sub and it’s 27 at the moment, so nearly 5 levels underleveled as it is. Need to get WAR and DNC to 49 sometime, along with WHM and BLM if I do raise RDM back up.

THF90

I’m up to THF90 now (almost 91), and have been working a lot toward my +EVA dagger. Last night I polished off the morbol trial, bringing the EVA bonus to +12. There a couple of trials to get the Dakini to a Kila, and then one more kill-count trial and two geode trials to get to +3, which will get me a total of EVA+20, which should be nice. (And sometime I’ll probably end up doing the trials again for a second.) No progress on my Twashtar trials though, still sitting needing Serra kills (I’ll probably go out again sometime and do that, just got frustrated the first time).

I’ve been slowly getting some more gear that should last me at endgame: I picked up a Rapidus Sax during our Abyssea run over the weekend, grabbed a couple of +EVA items (trying to put together a +EVA build for times I need to tank — or find myself tanking — something or other), and stayed up really late Friday night with several people doing head seals, culminating in getting my THF AF3 +1 head (which looks pretty dumb with the rapparee — need body seals so I can get the body piece and not look as bad ;). Slow progress on seals, but I’m not pushing people to try and get them, so it’ll come eventually. I’m hoping that at 95 after I’ve been able to finally recap EVA I’ll be able to solo some of the sorts of mobs that drop them (or only need someone as healing) so I don’t have to wait until there’s various people available, but we’ll have to see. It’s certainly more fun to go with others, but it’s not like everyone’s available all the time, so I like to be as self-reliant as possible.

{Treasure} {bee}tch

Last night Khad’s XP party was a small group (him and his WHM, plus Pyra and Woofie) out in Abyssea-Grauberg doing the usual bugards. I’ve wanted to get my subs worked on (though I suppose I could’ve also gone THF and gotten a couple of levels there and been able to do the 95-cap unlock), so I was heading out to Gusgen to try a GoV page there. When I got there, I was aiming at doing the worm+dog+pug page, but apparently all the worms are in the second “three doors” area, dogs are there and in the tunnels, and the pugs are only in some of the ghost NM ponds. That means that to do the page, I’d have to be running really far down tunnels and hoping doors didn’t close on me just to do a single page (not to mention all the undead I’d have to get through). Running around, maybe the ghast and gallinipper page would work since those were usually together (sometimes with a wight), but I was told I should go out to Grauberg and leech and work chest duty. With Gusgen not looking too promising, I went ahead and gave in (I dislike being useless, but at least here someone needs to handle opening chests and it can be hard to do that while fighting, so even though I’m useless in fights I can have some purpose).

The one disappointment was I didn’t seem to really level much faster, as I was only out there a little while (not the whole time) and as a 38 I was severely handicapped with the XP progression (increases more slowly the lower level you are) and the pages were only giving about 1100-1200 XP when I was turning them in. I do seem to remember there being some sort of defined XP penalty for being under 75 in Abyssea, though, so it’s probably something like that penalty multiplied by the number of levels under I was (or some similar equation). Each time I turned in a page it seemed like I was getting more XP, but I’m not sure if that was from me gaining a total of 4 levels or if it was progressing up very slowly on its own like the normal mob kills’ XP was.

I was happy to get 40+ because that meant that RK gear would be available, and that seemed to be on sale more (and more likely to recoup my costs), but of course Murphy dictated that once I was 40 I wouldn’t be able to get it. Might be best, anyway, save that space until I can get WAR to 40+ and then not need to carry the beetle around on me. I’ll need to figure out what to do with my beetle gear (and other “miscellaneous job” gear), since that was for BST and I don’t have as much free time where I’m left with doing BST (mostly it was for something to solo on, but there’s easier things to do on high-level jobs so it’s not a problem like it used to be).

I may also shelve NIN for now, since at 42 it’s fully-leveled for a THF85 and at 95 it’ll only be 5 levels back (instead of nearly 10), leave WAR for later (I doubt it’d be much use on THF these days and even with DRK I might have to /NIN it up for survival — and DRK’s third on the priority list for recapping), and start working on WHM and BLM for bringing RDM up. Unlike /NIN, there’ll be need for spells that /WHM and /BLM can provide, so I should make sure that I have a properly-leveled sub for when I need to bring RDM (whenever I get RDM leveled).

THF85

I keep getting closer to the level cap all the time; this last Friday we did another post-event XP session on Grauberg bugards and I went from 80 to over 20K into 85. Currently I’m about 10K shy of 86 and being able to flag 95-cap. Assuming we end up doing the same XP sessions and I can continue getting a similar number of levels, then at worst it should only be a couple of more weeks until my THF is 95, after which I’ll need to start working on my RDM to get it to where it’s useful for events.

Speaking of events, this past weekends events were partially geared towards getting me various zone wins (as well as getting people drops, of course, but Lushie planned out mobs that people wanted items from that were also zone bosses). We ended up getting me six more Abyssea zone wins (already had La Theine from us tagging along with Packy on a Briareas kill), leaving me 7/9 and able to get my second lunar abyssite for my second atma slot, and also did Dynamis-Bubu for the win (and then farming), so I’m 1/3 towards Tavnazia access (0/4 towards Beaucedine and therefore Xarcabard access). Saturday night Packy was going to kill caturae for drops (or at least one caturae) with his personal WHM and invited me (and Brill when he came on) to come out and get the win. I got Iratham done and then needed to hit bed; Brill came out just too late for the Iratham kill, but Packy was up for killing others for wins, so hopefully Brill got one or two other caturae out of the way. ^^

Still no real luck towards getting a full set of seals for AF3 +1. I can purchase most of my AF3 pieces (feet are in pyxides, and don’t have any Resistance Credits for the pants), but they’re useless until at least +1 (and the feet are useless until +2 since that’s when TH+1 is added), so I’m not worrying about taking up space with them until I can upgrade. I do have 2/8 head seals and 1/8 hand seals so I’ve got some small bit of progress, but that’s still a ways to go. Head (+triple attack) and feet (+TH) are probably going to be the first priority, followed by legs (+crit) and body (+dagger). Hands are last (+SA damage), probably. Head, body and legs all have +haste (and more than other pieces I’ve got or can reasonably get), so that’ll be nice to get and I’ll probably be full-timing those pieces at the least once I get them. But my priority items to get (in my mind) are still the AF3 +2 feet and AF2 hands for the +TH (and once I hit THF90 I’ll have the TH3 trait), so I can be a fully-useful TH whore and be able to be the sole THF on a run without affecting the starting TH value (TH3/4 vs. TH6 base means several extra +TH procs necessary, and +TH can be stingy to get). I’m not sure how much of a priority it’s seen as from the shell’s standpoint, though, but hopefully I can end up getting a chance at hands on a Xarc, or more likely Tavnazia, run sometime in the not-too-distant future.

One level closer to cap

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. ;)

Breaking out the pimpness

Tonight’s festivities (which I was actually around for — Sunday’s the day when I can’t often be available) started off with Behemoth pops. Amazingly, I was able to hit pretty well and was getting decent skillups (oh, did I mention that last night Machy and Lushie took a number of us returning n00bzes to Abyssea-Grauberg for XP, and by the end of the night I was almost 79?). I only proc’d a TH boost once out of all the fights (usually Pyra was doing to the proc’ing, not sure if I just suck at /random or if it’s because she’s got more base TH so more chance to boost the level or what), but it was interesting fighting Behemoth and refreshing to be able to hit something for once. We got a KB pop out of one of them, but unfortunately I missed much of that fight due to getting my little girl to bed. He was a lot more annoying, though, with not standing still and being “out of range” even when he’s crawling around with Gravity on after whoever’s got hate, so I don’t suppose I really missed much.

After the KB (which didn’t drop a ring that people were wanting to have drop), we did a number of Behemoth KSNMs. I came RDM since it’s a chest and not drops, and boy am I rusty. :) Luckily my job was fairly simple: gravity, cures (backup for Lushie on WHM) and nukes, mostly gravity. I felt like I wasn’t doing that great (felt really rusty), but there weren’t any complaints (not that the shell has people who’d really complain about much anyway ^^), so that’s good. RDM’s my secondary job with EM events, so eventually I’ll get back into the swing of being a pimpkitty again. I was never awesome at RDM, but I was fairly decent, I think. Certainly capable enough. I’d like to get back to that. :)

At least I had a nice moment earlier in the evening where I soloed the Bastok 7-1 mobs for a guy. XD THF78 vs. two golems = no problem, apparently. ^^

Relic drops like candy

Last night was Dynamis-Qufim for some farming, and not just currency but -1 (we were just on the various beast mobs) were dropping like candy. We were getting several capes for a number of jobs, a number of BST belts, then various -1 pieces for pretty much all jobs. I ended up with -1 for THF, RDM and DRK feet, despite only actually having the DRK feet in the first place. XD We also totaled 20 currency each (more or less evenly across the types). I at least feel I did slightly better than the Kirin run last week, but not by much, since several mobs were still IT++ (even with +ACC food and gear), so those I didn’t do much other than give someone something to /assist on. Speaking of /assist, we went with split assists and my assist partner, Pyra, kept taking my mobs. XD Granted I was told to take whatever she wasn’t fighting, but sometimes I’d claim a mob as it came in, then she’d be on it. Then I’d switch to something else, and that’d be the next one she’d do. Bad luck in us picking mobs. >.< At least on mobs like krakens especially, it wouldn’t matter if I was soloing it, because I’d be doing 0 damage and so they’d never wake up. ;) Usually Machy was off soloing a third mob independent of the rest of us (he actually soloed probably 3 of the 5 TE statues). I’ll definitely be looking forward to getting some levels so hopefully I’ll be not quite as useless. ^^

Common treasure pool

My drops

After the Dynamis fun, Lushie and Machy took Brill and I out to Abyssea to try and get KIs for vistant stone generation rate and some basic atmas. We started doing tonberries in Konschtat for the stone regen, and I got mine on the first mob killed (claimed a link from Brill’s pull). Apparently Brill got his on the mob he’d claimed, but we didn’t know and so kept killing more wondering why it wasn’t working, until he said he already had it (when I told him the KI he was looking for). Doh. >.< After that we hit up La Theine with Pack and Kynji to do Briareas for abyssite, our first quest win, atma, and Pack to get some helms that he needed (and I got a jewel of vision to go toward a THF AF3 +2 upgrade when I get to that point). Once that was done, we went to Altepa for another NM Pack wanted to do, Waugyl, where we got another abyssite and I ended up with a lvl 90 scythe and atma from the dragon NM that Machy, Pack and Kynji fought as Lushie, Brill and I were en route.

By that time it was extremely late, so we called it a night, but getting two atma KIs and an AF3 +2 item and a couple of confluxes and such was a nice little start. ^^

NIN38

Last night saw me poking around with my gimpy NIN doing solo FoV in Sauromugue. I ended up just wearing my BST24 gear, which is lvl 21 beetle harness gear for the most part, just because I had it and there weren’t any good sets of armor up on the AH (especially that I thought I could resell when I was done). I did at least have lvl 36 katanas and a boomerang for damage/pulling, but no earrings, gloves or mantle (have nomad’s on a mule, didn’t get it). Since the point behind FoV spam is to stack up the bonus XP by killing as quickly as possible, you end up killing EPs (which were getting me 80-110XP each), so gimpy gear isn’t quite as bad (but I still prefer to have up-to-date equipment since it’ll still help even against EPs). In the end, I got probably something like 7K XP, which took me into 38. Unfortunately, lvl 37 was the max level for the page I did (lizards and beetles) as half the mobs went TW after I leveled. It was late, though, so I ran back to the book since I’d have to change pages anyway.

If I can get some extra gear, I might try doing GoV n00b parties in CN, but we’ll see. I feel more comfortable with the slower pace, especially since it’ll be more time to recap skills (though I was getting skills off an EP coeurl that aggroed me, so no idea what gives skills anymore — used to be skills would only be mobs at your skill’s effective job level or higher, but my katana was capped for 36, I believe). At the same time, it’d be nice to get subs out of the way, and I’m not planning on taking any past 49 (for lvl 99 subs when the final level cap is done), so it’s not as big of a deal “professionally” to rush through it. But I still like knowing what I’m doing and doing a good job at whatever job I’m on. ;)

Trial 3 done

Last night I logged on and Pyra and I continued working on getting Black Triple Stars to pop so we could finish up Trial 3 (which for Pyra has been a long time in coming). Funnily enough, Immortalking/Joycelyn (dual-boxer) was on as well and was working with Pyra; the previous night Shinrui was with us for a little (before falling asleep again), and both of them were together with me in a party when I was getting Nocuous Weapon taken care of (though Immortalking d/ced and never made it back — obviously he finished the weapon).

We had much better luck last night on BTS, as we went 2/3 while I was there (2/4 for Pyra, who was there the in-game night that was ending when I logged in). While we’ve only done 6 nights of camping this NM (plus whatever Pyra had done before), it at least seems to us like there may be something to the theory that normal mobs can be placeholders for bats which can be placeholders for BTS. From FFXIclopedia, there’s two placeholders, but I don’t use any third-party tools so I can’t say whether these particular IDs match up to non-bat mobs or anything. But the first night I was killing bats on the upper and lower tier and we went 1/3 and last night I was helping Pyra kill everything on the main tier and we went 2/3. So it seems like the PHs aren’t on other tiers, but killing everything can help (at worst it gives you something to do while waiting for bats to respawn).

There’s no way I’m going to try and make a scientific study of the spawn behavior of BTS, though, because 6 hours of running around killing stuff constantly is enough for me. I think we’ll be taking a little break from the camping after that annoyance, but at least the others don’t seem too bad (other than potential respawn times, but that’s the case with any NM). Next up for Trial 4 will be Serra, a lvl 49 fish in Purgonorgo Isle; not the most convenient place to get to, but I’ll probably either set up shop and stay until I’m done or go for one kill each of several evenings.

I don’t want to spend all my time working on my trial dagger, though, especially since it seems like it doesn’t get any better than my existing daggers until it becomes Twashtar, which requires several Abyssea drops, which probably won’t happen until I’m higher level (either going with random parties or with EM). In the meantime I need to get my subs taken care of so my mains can get worked on (in the general order THF > RDM >> DRK, I think, since THF is my main these days and RDM is a good alternate for EM if they need it, while DRK often doesn’t bring anything unique to the field that I’d be specifically asked for). Picked up a couple of katanas and a boomerang, and I’ll probably try and gimp through a FoV and see how that goes. I wanted to get some silver chainmail for doing NIN and WAR, but it seems like there’s very few sales of lower-level gear (people either gimp their way through on GoV with starter gear or are already done with lower levels), so I may just gimp it with RSE and see how that goes. If I can get NIN and WAR to 40 then RK opens up and that seems to be more popular (so there should be pieces up that I can both buy and future buyers to resell to).