I’m still not as engaged with Final Fantasy XIV as I would like to be, but I have been using the new Blue Mage limited job as a sort of way of easing my foot back into the water. While I am not the fanatic for Blue Mage’s that Ashgar is… I’ve always had a soft spot for the concept of learning abilities by getting hit with them. As a result I’ve found it really fun and interesting to go around the world trying to learn new abilities. I started playing the Blue Mage during the Podcast last week and have now made some significant progress, though from what it sounds not nearly as much as the folks that power leveled it in two hours. Side note… there is apparently a glitch in the game that has been acknowledged that cannot be fixed until 5.0 that involves killing a monster with a single hit and then rapidly switching classes. Since the first class never actually got flagged into combat… the second class that you switch to gains the experience. The only problem with this theory is that most of the one hit classes are all casters… and the only thing I have to 70 are some melee classes. As a result I have mostly been leveling the old fashioned way.
At this point my spellbook looks like this…
- Water Cannon – Default Ability
- Bomb Toss – Level 5 Goblin – Middle La Noscea – 23,21
- Blood Drain – Level 7 Cave Bat – Lower La Noscea – 27,16
- Ice Spikes – Level 9 Trickster Imp – Central Shroud – 27,24
- Self-Destruct – Level 12 Glide Bomb – Western Thanalan – 27,17
- Off-Guard – Unlock 5 Spells to Purchase
- Final Sting – Level 13 Killer Wespe – Middle La Noscea – 15,13
- Mind Blast – Solo Tam-Tara Deepcroft – Final Boss
- Acorn Bomb – Level 17 Treant Sapling – North Shroud – 26,21
- Bristle – Level 21 Wild Boar (supposedly Lvl.17 exists but never found) – East Shroud – 18,24
- Sticky Tongue – Level 24 Laughing Toad – Western Thanalan – 14,16
- White Wind – Unlock 10 Spells to Purchase
- Mighty Guard – Unlock 10 Spells to Purchase
- Toad Oil – Level 24 Giggling Toad – Western Thanalan – 14,6
- 1000 Needles – level 26 Sabotender Bailaor – Southern Thanalan – 15,15
- Bad Breath – Level 31 Stroper – Central Shroud – 14,21
- Faze – Level 32 Qiqirn – Eastern La Noscea – 26,32
- Flying Sardine – Level 32 Apkallu – Eastern La Noscea – 30,34
I’ve more or less been following this guide on PCGamesN and am thus far missing Level 5 Petrify from the order they suggest and then we get into a bunch of abilities that come from bosses. I attempted to solo Haukke Manor and just got wrecked so I effectively need to put some levels on before I can realistically do that. I think at this point I am going to grind up to 32 so I can equip a full set of Battlemage armor and give it a shot. The leveling thusfar has largely involved me wearing a bunch of random gear that I happened to have available in my bags rather than actually trying to go for something optimal. The other answer is of course to simply grind the rest of the way to 50 and then deal with going after abilities after having a decent set of gear on. Whatever the case I am finding this interesting and fun and it is super satisfying when you see the animation indicating that you learned an ability. The money combo tends to be Acorn Bomb to put something to sleep, 1000 Needles to deal 1000 damage… that ignores the debuff of Mighty Guard and repeat that until whatever it is you are fighting is dead with the occasional White Wind to heal yourself back up.
Too Pure for the World
So I have not related this story, but the other day I was roaming around outside of Aleport killing things for experience. A FATE had just started and I began chipping away at it… and someone responded in /say that I would not actually get bonus exp as a Blue Mage from those mobs. This lead to them offering to kill stuff if I tagged it… so we ran amok for a bit in zone but at the time the fastest spell I had was Water Cannon. So they suggested that I meet them at Costa Del Sol and ran me over to pick up Flying Sardine which is an instant, and then proceeded to have me run around the zone tagging things for a bit until I legitimately needed to leave. This was not something I asked for, nor was it something I expected… but some random stranger on this awesome server called Cactuar just volunteered to help me out. I shot up something silly like from level 10 to level 28 in a few minutes, but more than anything I was just shocked that someone was willing to do this random act of kindness… which makes me realize how long I have been away from this community. That is the kind of game that Final Fantasy XIV is… and over the years I have had so many of these random encounters that wind up with both of us friending the other so we can see orange text run past. Hell I have struck up conversations just while hanging out on the Gold Saucer that wound up with me getting invited to run stuff with their Free Company.
Final Fantasy XIV as a community is just too damned pure for this world.