Get Your Greater Pets

As you level your role, my experience indicates that you need to get your “Greater” pets as soon as possible. The reason for having “Greater” pets is so these pets can survive when you do “Instant Adventures”. Lesser pets only level up to level 30, and often your Instant Adventures will be at level 50 or 60, and your lesser pets will die quite quickly in these adventures.

In order to get “Greater” pets, you might need to manually adjust your Soul Points at about level 20-25 to in ways that are not the normal progression for your Role. Here are two examples: Click on the pictures to expand them to see them more clearly.

For an Elementalist, you need to have 21 points in Elementalist, and to have selected “Greater Affinity”, so you may need to manually add the points to get that trait as soon as possible.

For Druid, to get Greater Healing Faerie and Greater Saytre, you’ll need to have 24 points in the Druid Soul.

These Greater pets do much better in higher level instant adventures. There are ways to get pets in almost all the Roles, so you may want to adjust the Soul points in Warrior or Necromancer and other Roles to get Greater Pets sooner.

Enjoy, and Close those Rifts!
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Ranged Warrior and Ranger Rogue

The following two pictures are from encounters: The left one is a rift in a low level area and the right one is in the middle of an Instant Adventure taking down a boss with a nasty attack mechanic that disadvantages Melee attacks.

Starting a Warrior with a Pet

When I started playing Rift, I was looking for a way to play with a Pet and a Bow, or at least a Ranged Weapon. It looked like a Ranger Beastmaster build would be the way to do this. Here’s the Soul Tree for that build, with the key skills that the build provides:

I wasn’t able to find a way to use a Bow with this build. You could shoot the bow to draw a mob toward you, but there were no real Ranged skills available for the bow.

If you examine the tool-tips for the skills in this build, you’ll see that most of them are “Melee Range” and only a few are short range – 10-16 m. I’ve played this for a while now and it’s not ideal. There are too many times when you need long range skills. So here is how I built a Ranged Warrior.

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Butchering Insects

I’ve just started crafting and gathering. Again. This is not a guide. I’m just reporting something I found surprising.

Insects can be Butchered. Yes. And low level insects yield Soft Leather.

I found this surprising. Note that the butchering is going on with the progress bar at the Center Bottom above the action bars, and the type of creature being butchered is displayed at the bottom right of the screen. Sure, a Wolf yields soft leather. Expected. But a Vespid Darter? Who Knew. And all the low level Humanoid mobs in the game seem to drop Burlap at a nice rate, which is expected I guess. Also note that the Flame Minion drops burlap. That seems odd.

Also, you seem to get a higher drop rate if you don’t use a pet. I put my Greater Razorback away and the drop rate increased significantly. Seems like the pet is getting half the loot. Very odd.

And you don’t have to learn Tailoring and Leatherworking. Just learn Outfitting. Nice touch. Also, I quickly leveled my Rogue to 25 and my gear was way behind. So I checked out outfitting, and it seems the best way to get nice [stats not necessarily looks] gear at this level. The recipes at the beginning of outfitting are better than my Quest gear. So I’m all in on Butchering, Foraging and Outfitting. The maximum of three professions you can learn at a time. And you can Mail stuff to your Alts, so they can send this Alt mats and I can send them Gear. And the game has both Trading and Mailing with Friends, so you can easily pass gear to the person you are playing with too. And my other Alts can learn other professions if I need them.

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Rift Try It Soon

I tried Rift the MMO a while ago. But didn’t stay long. Not sure why. But recently I was looking for something new and went back. And found that it’s actually quite a lot of fun. This is not an in depth review. There are some of those out there that you can find on Youtube and elsewhere. Here’s a Recent One by Josh Strife Hayes. And another one by The Lazy Peon. But here are some of my thoughts. First of all you should know that the game is published by Gamigo who got it when they bought Trion apparently. Gamigo is notorious for milking the last dying breath from a game and shutting it down. They recently shut down the Defiant brothers and laid off a bunch of Rift developers.

No matter what they say, it’s not clear to me that this would not put a chill on folks spending money on the game. How would you dump a ton of money in a game if it might be shut down in the next year. Why shut down? Because Gamigo is greedy. Due to global conditions right now, online Games and MMOs are a big deal. Lots of folks are home with time to play. So why not invest in games rather than shutting them down? Everything going Mobile? Humm… Is mobile a better Cash Grab? I’m not sure. But I digress. Let’s look at Rift in more detail from a F2P perspective. You may decide to buy a few credits, but so far I have not.

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Tera Fashion Coupons Don’t Work?

I got an email from Tera / Gameforge about a new redeem code with some goodies. I don’t play much any more, but what the heck. The items included Fashion Coupons for costumes. Cool. Way back in the day, you could farm BAMs [Big Ass Monsters] all day long and accumulate FCs for sweet outfits and weapon skins. But that shortly changed and the sources of FCs were put behind paywalls. Here’s the email offer: Don’t worry. The code is not a secret. Same for everyone if you wanna use it.

Cool. I have no idea what the other things are for, but I understand Fashion Coupons. Or so I think.

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Final Fantasy XIV Announcement Showcase

FFXIV had a streamed showcase on 5 February, 2021. It was over 2 hours long and can be found here on Youtube. For those of you who may not have 2 hours to spend right now, but want the highlights I’ve put up some slides from the show here. I’m not going to comment very much. There are plenty of folks on Youtube that will do that. But you can get the gist of what’s been announced in short form here from the slides: Enjoy.

A second DPS job will be announced later.

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Roller Beetle Achieved

Wheew. Not as bad as either Griffon or certainly Skyscale, the Roller Beetle is still a full two day process. Assuming you have all the maps required.

There are a few events that you have to wait on. Notably:

  • Kourna meta event to storm the Gandara Fortress. But this is on a schedule. You’ll need this for the Plague Scarab Egg for the feed.
  • Anomaly Spark requires the Ley-Line Anomaly, which I caught in Iron Marches on the schedule.
  • The Inquest Golem Mark II is on a schedule too in Mount Maelstrom.
  • The longest wait was in Far Silverwastes to get the Hearty Beetle Slime dropped by the Alpha Beetle event.
  • I lucked out in Bjora Marches by doing a couple of meta events there that gave me enough Eternal Ice to purchase the rest of the Inscribed Shards needed for the Desert Luciferin.

This is all much easier than even the Griffon or the Skyscale, so take heart and power through. And it’s all much easier if you have a flying mount. I saved lots of time by having the Skyscale before I did the Roller Beetle.

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Skyscale Achieved

At long last I have a Skyscale Mount in GW2. It has been a long and punishing journey. The longest effort by far has been to get the various parts of the “Saddle”.

After the first few steps, there is the long grind for 250 of each of 6 different materials. This is a punishing grind for a couple of reasons:

(1) There is a throttle on each one of these materials so that only so many of them can be gathered each day. They are account bound when acquired so it’s not possible to purchase them on the market board. If they are gathered, then after so many are gathered, then then the nodes where they are gathered just dry up.

(2) Also, the areas where most of the materials are gathered are very dangerous for solo players. Thunderhead Peaks, and Kourna are so dangerous that solo farming is essentially impossible. I was able to farm Eternal Ice in Bjora Marches and with that material, you can purchase each of the other materials. But Eternal Ice gathering, or collecting from Events or Chests is throttled as well. I was only able to purchase 10 or 20 of the other materials per day since each 10 materials required 75 Eternal Ice. I was able to do chains of Meta Events in both zones of the BJora Marches map once or twice a day to get quite a few Eternal Ice to purchase other materials. It is reasonable to farm Diflourite in the Sandswept Isles as a Solo player and this is quite an interesting zone. I was able to get about 100 Mistborn Motes in a day with gathering and doing events in Dragonfall. I had another 150 or so of those from previous events and gathering from working Dragonfall during the Skyscale Achievements.

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A Tale of Four Mounts

Griffon is Reasonable

Back in October I started working on getting the Griffon Mount in GW2. After some frustration I have that mount now. Mounts in GW2 are account wide, so all my 18 or so characters have access to the Griffon.

It turns out that you don’t have to do all the story quests of “Path of Fire”, but only the last section. At least there’s that. There are some good guides for getting the Griffon. Mostly this is a matter of jumping puzzles to get Eggs and then the cost of about 250 Gold to buy the items required. In each of the Five maps there are eggs to collect and Events to participate in. You purchase various items from heart vendors and others. All in all, a reasonable effort.

Obtaining Skyscale is Punishing

The Skyscale is a whole other matter entirely.

I’ve pushed my way through most of the effort, and after grinding for a few days on getting Eternal Ice to get Kralkatite Ore, and a few more days farming Diflourite Crystals, I now need Inscribed Shards. Fighting my way around the map and doing some events got me about 20, and I made another round today for only 6. What a waste of time.

The reason I want Griffon and Skyscale is to have them for the upcoming End of Dragons expansion where we go back to Cantha.

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Tera is now Gacha?

So as of about a week ago, Gameforge has taken over Tera from Enmasse. And apparently Enmasse has shut down and when you go there, Firefox says the certificate is Expired. Not even a good bye.

Enmasse Certificate Expired?

So I fired up Gameforge Tera this morning and made a new character in one of my “Saved” slots. I saved slots we got over the years by putting dummy characters in them with names like “Place.Holder.A” and so forth.

The startup screens have changed and there is some choice that I didn’t look into. The left choice is the game I’ve played before.

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