Last night was our raid night for the group that meets on Mondays in Final Fantasy XIV. Initially there was talk of working on Bismarck Ex but since we only have one geared tank in that team, that was out of the question. Ashgar decided to level his monk first, and is now working on bringing the Paladin online once more. The amount of time he has had to work over the last few weeks has slowed down his leveling process, and you can tell he is more than a bit frustrated by it. In any case that left us with one max level geared tank and one partially leveled tank to play with. Since the elemental snakes will one shot the tank if he has the wrong buff color… that took Bismarck Ex completely off the table. So as a result we opted to venture forth into the Final Coil of Bahamut, an area that we unlocked last week but had yet to attempt.
One of the constant themes of the Heavensward expansion is the fact that the Allagan’s are jerks and seem to like playing god. The story behind the Final Coil of Bahamut seems to reflect this. Not going to go into any massive spoilers, but I highly suggest you run through this content at some point so you can see the story bits yourself. The other big surprise is the fact that we did in fact have to deal with a lot of mechanics. We went into this place as a “undersized party” which is the lamest way of saying “let me go into it without level syncing me down”. This is a great option for farming older content by yourself, for example I have been slowly working on getting the rest of my Brayflox Infantry set for example doing this. For the older raids this means you can go in and have a bit more padding to deal with the damage these deal. We pulled turn 10 completely blind, and managed to make some significant progress before ultimately wiping… and having to learn the mechanics of the fight.
Final Coil of Bahamut
Throughout the course of the night we managed to take down turn 10, and after a bit of futzing turn 11 as well. We entered turn 12… mainly because there is a huge amount of story content at the beginning of it. We made a couple of attempts and agreed that we would simply return next week after doing a bit of studying. I realize we are not doing this content “for real” by any stretch of the imagination… but it still feels very epic. Everything about these zones and fights are just amazing to behold. There is an awesome jumping sequence where you go flying through the air… and I am sure it is enough to make anyone with either motion sickness or a fear of heights squeamish. I sometimes suffer from vertigo in games, but this actually didn’t seem to bother me too much, at least not in the same way that Razor’s Edge did.
Ultimately what I want to try and focus on instead however is gearing the folks that are sub 170. I want to do Alexander with my normal raid group, and I want to also tackle the two extreme fights. Unfortunately I am one of the few people on our team that I think is geared to that point. So that means I need to start grabbing folks and dragging them into dungeon runs for tomestones of law over the coming weeks. Basically I need to start seeing if people are already at 170 before running a dungeon… and then trying to grab folks that aren’t instead. Over the last few days I was in my own mad push for that gear level and kind of ignored everything but doing that. Now I feel like I need to take a much more structured approach in an attempt to get folks the gear they need to do the bigger and more exciting things.
Source: Tales of the Aggronaut
Final Coil of Bahamut