The Bozjan Southern Front unlock quests required a whole day to accomplish.
The Wikis for FFXIV are a little confusing about how to unlock the BSF, but the quest chain requires at least level 80 and starts in the Kugane Markets with an NPC who starts the Return in Invalice quest line. This quest line is long and will take you into three 8 man RAIDs, but don’t let this deter you. These are basically just long 8 Man dungeons and if you have decent gear on a level 80 character, you are good to go. This is a very interesting quest line and if you study Youtube walk-throughs for the Raids before you go, then they are quite interesting. I did them as a DPS job to avoid the pressure of Tank or Healer, but your mileage may vary in this regard. And after you get to the BSN, there are two things:
You can purchase nice purple level 80 Relic Weapons for tomes.
You can level up any character above level 71 toward level 80.
There are lots of folks doing this content. Unlike my previous experience trying Eureka – another similar area at a lower level. But the leveling is hit and miss and the content is brutal. I was able to get to resistance level 9. But I have given up using the BSN to level my characters.
I saw some very interesting glamour in Heaven on High this morning and it took a while to track it down.
I found some of the pieces in the Eorzea Gearset Collection. The boots and gloves appear to be the Deepshadow Casting set from the Crystarium Nuts collection. I believe Nuts are a reward for Fates in the Shadowbringers areas.
The jacket is an Arachne Bolero – Crafted by Master Weaver II. Level 50 ilvl 110 for casters. I found on on the Market board. To achieve this look, dye it “Ink Blue” or “Soot Black”. It comes with white sleeves.
It’s time to order the Pre-Order for the Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker Expansion. The expansion is coming in November and whichever pre-order you purchase you can get some good items to help with leveling. As always, the process or ordering in the Square-Enix Store is confusing. Unlike other games, for some unknown reason, purchasing games and upgrades is very confusing.
For me, the important part of the Pre-Order is the Leveling Earring. Minions are nice, but not that important to me. This earring adds 30% XP for all content up to level 80 and is account wide. You’ll get this from the Delivery Moogle for all your characters.
For a while now I’ve been working on the Amaro Mount in FFXIV. As a reminder, to get this mount, you need to get all of your Fighting jobs, except BLUe Mage, up to level 80. So it takes a while.
Here is my current progress:
I’m currently spamming Heaven on High after getting all the jobs to at least 61 in Palace of the Dead. It takes about 4 to 5 runs of HoH to get a level. Once I reach 70, and equip Scaevan Armor, I move on to another job. Also once per day, I do an MSQ Roulette. At lower levels, doing dungeons was a win for experience, but at this level, dungeon queues are too long and XP too low to make doing dungeons, except the MSQ Roulette, to be worth the trouble. To avoid over running the Armory storage, I’m keeping all the jobs at about the same level. Otherwise the Armory space would be gone pretty quickly.
I’m not sure how to level 70-80 most efficiently. I’ll probably try Trusts and may look into Eureka. I have figured out where to buy level 76 and 78 armor from merchants, so gear won’t be a problem I hope.
Guild Wars 2 or World of Warcraft share mounts and mastery progress on mounts across the entire account. However, Alts in FFXIV are completely separate silos. So to get this mount on all my characters would be a horrific grind. But I have nice mounts for all my characters, esp the Falcons in various colors, from holiday events over the past couple of years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.