First of all, welcome to the wonderful world of Eorzea. It’s a very pretty place and you can easily get wrapped up in taking screenshots and group pose photos with your character. There is soo much to see and do in this magical world, I hope you enjoy your time with us all there. If you’re an mmo veteran or new to the online gaming experience, there is always something for you in Eorzea. (okay, cheesy time over. But in all honestly, Eorzea is amazing. So much time and effort went into creating it and it’s beautiful).
As a new player to XIV, there are a couple of things I’d like to help you out with. As an in-game mentor I am always on the lookout for ways to help. So by using my blog I want to achieve this. Hopefully I can turn this into a frequent FAQ kind of series, so I will keep my eyes open for anything to add in the future.
Right, let’s get to it shall we? For this first installment, we have skills, gear and “jumping”.
First, learning your job’s skills is important. Knowing how to use them will help you as a player greatly. If you look at the game website, there are breakdowns of each job and all of the skills and combos to go with them. You can also check in-game. All of the skills have information pop up when you hover over them on your hotbar(s), the same goes for the Actions & Traits section in your in-game menu. The information provided will help you get a grasp of what each of the skills do and what other skills you can use them with to gain a damage boost etc. For example, knowing that a certain skill can stun a target can be very useful for when you get to somewhere like Hakkuke Manor.
As you level up and as you do your job’s quests, you’ll gain new skills. Read the information on these as you learn them, then you can work out how to fit them in with your playing style. (When you reach level 60 and level 70, especially as a DPS, there will be more detailed skill rotations, these are worth researching as they will maximise your damage during battles). Another thing to note, especially for Melee DPS, is that some attacks will work better when executed from the enemies flank rather than from behind. You can find out which ones these skills are by reading the information accompanying them.
It’s amazing how much of a difference upgrading your gear makes to your stats. It can make job quest duties easier, and also give you more of a boost in dungeons. (The higher level gear also looks better too). By having low gear, you will get hit by more damage during battle and if you are a healer, you won’t be able to heal to your full potential, ultimately making everything a little bit more difficult than it should be.
A great thing to do is to go to the dungeon closest to your level and just farm away. Collect every piece of gear that you can. (Usually, by the time you have done this, you will have levelled up enough to start collecting on the next dungeon. It may sound tedious, but for levelling, it works). If you have some high level crafter friends in-game, and don’t have the time to spend hours farming gear, it might be worth asking them if they can make you some gear too. Don’t forget, you can also get gear from some side missions too.
As a first-time player, I would not recommend buying the job jumping potion. (A potion that will allow your character to jump ahead to lvl 60 in a specific job). I bought this for my sub-character, Rina, but it didn’t go so well. I picked a job that I didn’t have as Freah, my main character, thinking that it might be nice to try something new. I picked Astrologian and found it very hard to get the hang of it for a while. And the cards were nothing but confusing. However, since then I have become an Astrologian as Freah and learnt it from the beginning. This, in my opinion was a lot more beneficial as I could learn how to use everything from scratch. And as a result of this, I now really enjoy playing as that job.
Jumping can be great for a sub-character, but only if it’s a job that you already know or have the time to spend learning.
Story jumps however, I have no negativity towards. You may miss out on a lot, but you can always rewatch the story at an Inn.
So there you have it, I hope these small pieces of advice help you in some way. Keep tuned for the next installment.
Coming up on the blog soon: How I’ve decorated my in-game house, Japanese level updates and retainer profiles.
Until next time ^^
英語でLong time no see. 春休みだから、やっとアップデートポストをしようと思った。
Hey guys, so I know how hard it can be to understand a lot of what’s going on when you’re on a Japanese server so, to help out I’ve been making an English/Japanese Glossary.
You can view it here.
It’s an ongoing process, so please bear with me. I will try to update it as often as I can. You can find lists of the different jobs and classes easily on the internet, so I wont be including them. (Maybe I’ll do a separate page in the future).
３－ 極白虎の白武器 （フレさんはクリアしたいから、一緒に頑張る）
５－ マスタークラフターの本 （特にＶＩ）
In February last year I made a second character. Her name is Rina Kawa. She started off as a Hyur and after levelling up her Archer into a Bard, I got so into levelling Freah that I forgot all about even using Rina. At first she was just to help me with inventory space, but that was before I signed up for the extra retainer plan. Now she’s a lot more than that.
Back in August, my friend made another character too, Jak. And after that, I started playing as Rina a lot more. I had finished Stormblood as Freah and wanted something to do. We both bought the story skip and level jump potions for them. At the time, I thought it was a good idea to try out a new healer class, so I opted for Astrologian. A whole new class to get used to, and starting from level 60… yeah, it wasn’t easy that’s for sure. It took me a while to get comfortable with Astrologian, but after playing as Rina, going through Stormblood quests almost everyday for a few weeks, I think I can handle it pretty well. I’m still not that great at the cards, especially the spreading and all the Royal Road -ing. But I guess, that will just take some more practice. This was also when I used a Fantasia on Rina and turned her into a Mi’qotte. Hyur was nice, but I wanted something cuter and also thought matching Jak would be adorable.
Around the time I started playing as Rina again, her and Jak signed up for the Eternal Bond Ceremony. The main reason we did this was for the Eternity Ring, so we could teleport to each other easily. (Which has come in handy a lot when we are doing Mobs and looking for Vistas etc). And aren’t they just the cutest couple? I personally love taking photos of the two of them together. They’re just beyond adorable.
About a month ago, we made an FC together, InSB (Invoked Sensibilities). At the moment there are about 5 members but we are looking to start recruiting more people soon. We’ve set it as a bilingual FC, so we are open to having anyone who speaks or wants to speak English. As we all live in Japan too, we are also looking for Japanese speakers too. We have a pretty high Japanese language ability so that wont be a problem at all. We bought our FC house when patch 4.2 came out. We had been saving up a lot of gil for a couple of months and managed to get a really beautiful medium house in Shirogane. For the past week or so, we have been making lots of furniture for both the house and the garden and in my opinion it looks amazing. I’m really proud at how much we’ve managed to do in such a short time. Over the weekend I also got Freah’s Carpenter up high enough that I could make the new Onsen, so that is now in their garden too. The house is very Japanese style and really cute.
At the moment Rina has very few jobs and classes, so from now on, along-side helping to build the FC airship, I will be trying to level up her other classes. I’m pretty confident with my WHM as Freah, so that’s definitely a class I want to get for Rina. She has a low level Bard, as well as a few others including Dark Knight, Samurai and Red Mage. I would like to do more crafting with her in the future too. It would be really nice to get to Freah’s level of awesomeness, but I think that might take me quite a while. Then again, I log into the game almost everyday, so it might not take as long as I think it will haha.
I really like playing as Rina, and hope to use her a lot more. The FC got up to Rank 8 this weekend, and we’re working on the airship diligently. The only downside is that we need to have a light party when we progress on to each stage. As there are only 3/5 of the FC characters that are playable at one time, we need to get recruiting quick lol. Friends have been really great in helping us out with the first part but we gotta get it done so we can get those rare materials! And doing the submarine after would be amazing. We’re going to check out and see if we can find any other English speakers online tonight, so we’ll see how it goes.
Until then, look forward to more in-depth posts about Rina in the future and be prepared for lots of super cute photos of her with Jak haha.
まだクリアしてないコンテンツは討滅戦だけだ。その討滅戦はナイツ・オブ・ラウンド、極ニーズヘッグ、極ソフィア、極ズルワーン と 極神龍だ。紅蓮の来た前にFCとよく極ズルワーンを練習したけど、残念ながらクリアしてなかった。もちろん、オメガ４層まだクリアしてないけど、それはめっちゃ時間かかりそう。CFの待ち時間とかね。後で行ってみる～。