Archive for May, 2009

Monday’s holiday saw myself and some friends exping, quite literally, all day. I took that opportunity to burn through my remaining anniversary ring charges as Bard to get even closer to 75. By the time we broke around 6pm, after nearly 7 hours of my crazy pulling, I was within about 8k of 75. Upon returning home after eating dinner out with the family for my birthday, I went and tried out BRD/NIN vs. Lesser Colibri outside Whitegate. Seemed to work rather well, and got me a little closer.

As my campaign medal had expired, I went to the past and did a few battles to get closer, then Tuesday night, I did two more battles to get over the threshold, a mere 157 exp into the level.

After that, I joked to a friend that I joined the “your other jobs are no longer relevant” club. How true that premonition will be remains to be seen.

I took the time then to flag the Mordant Rime quest then proceeded to finish breaking the latent on the Sword of Trials so I could get Ground Strike. Took out the NM easily as a trio, then I had to go log out at the Hieroglyphics in Valkurm for Dynamis on Wednesday, so I didn’t get a chance to try the WS out until after Dynamis. I was disappointed when Spinning Slash outdid it handily. Oh well, one more quested WS down.

Last night saw the first run for our new Sky LS, ShadowMirror! Considering it was the first night, we actually did quite well, and we have enough members to split into two teams. Looking forward to the next run on Tuesday. As we had tanks and RDMs, I showed up as Bard and managed to delevel twice, lol. I have a bit of a buffer now, though, which will increase in size by a large amount tonight, assuming I can keep my finger off the “Limit Points” button, heh.

For now, I need to plan out what the next job to 75 will be once I finish meriting my existing 75s (which should be trivial with BRD at 75). I’m thinking Dark Knight to add a melee DD to my repertoire, then Black Mage to add a ranged DD. At that point I’ll probably stop, as I’ll have a “perfect” spread of jobs: Red Mage (healer, support, tank), Paladin (tank), Bard (support), Dark Knight (melee DD), Black Mage (ranged DD).

I’m glad I enjoy pulling as Bard, as being the healer Bard is incredibly boring in a good party. It’s quite amusing that I can get nearly 400 MP as BRD/WHM with the random MP gear I’ve picked up over the years.

But for now, I’ll decide what to do about the incredible backlog of merit points I need before I level another job all the way.

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First off, Sunday’s Dynamis-Xarcabard yet again failed to put out a Valor Surcoat for me. I am a sad panda. Also our attempt to zerg the last ACP fight failed when my chainspell stun misfired. Now need to find a group for that in the not too distant future.

Beyond that, I managed to finish the Black Halo quest Monday evening. I like that WS, hehe. I went up to Fei’Yin to try it out on the pots there afterwards. As PLD/NIN, I managed to easily approach 1000 damage on each weaponskill. I tried one at 300% TP and broke 1400! I was amazed, and this will be lots of fun to mess with when farming Ro’Maeve Water, especially now that I actually bought WS gear for PLD!

Yes, you read that right: WS gear for PLD. What brought this madness on? Great Sword skill 225, more commonly known as Spinning Slash. When I was leveling, I had a rudimentary WS build (mostly swapping in Rutter Sabatons, heh) for Vorpal Blade that didn’t work that well. Now that I have Atonement, I tend to concentrate on enmity gear for WS vs. STR/whatever gear for it, so I didn’t really give much thought to picking up STR gear. However, getting a strong single-hit WS enabled me to justify buying Pallas’s Bracelets (til I can afford Alky’s), a second Ruby Ring, and when I feel like it, a STR headpiece. Major upgrades would be Hecatomb bits, but as I don’t do sky presently or camp HNMs or do Einherjar, for now, I can just AH it up. As of right now, with Hasso and a Coeurl Sub up, I have +48 STR for WS. Now to get Ground Strike and have some more fun. I want to try PLD/THF on something random with SA, but the loss of TP gain from /SAM or /WAR might suck.

Tonight’s plans as of right now are to blow through Zilart Mission 5-12 to get sky for some friends. Should be fun though an endurance battle for sure, especially 5. ZM8 with 4 may be scary.

Other than that, BRD is still stagnant at close to 71. I opted to push for sky access this week in place of exp so we could get it out of the way. Though I’m sure if I really wanted to, I could just flag up and get a party as BRD, I’m sure!

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