Here we are, part 2. I wanted to stay objective about my advice, but finding things to talk about has been pretty difficult. This time we’re going to talk about Roles, Pacing and Communication.
In an online game like XIV, which requires you to play in teams. It is very important to not only know your job well, but also your role. There are 3 roles within the game, and all with their own specific job.
Tank: The tank gets (and keeps) the attention of the enemy (enemies) to prevent the other members from being hurt as much. A tank has higher defense than the rest of the party and is great at generating enmity. Their other role is to lead the party around a dungeon, as make it as smooth as they can to their ability. (Note: Tanks should hit enemies first).
DPS: (Damage per second). Exactly that. A DPS deals damage to the enemies. Making sure to use AoEs (Area of Effect) and DoTs (Damage over Time), to maximise their damage dealt. They are also the best choice for adds during boss battles.
Healer: Heal. That’s the main thing. They also provide the party with healing buffs, shields and can help out with the DPS.
If any of these roles are off-balance, chaos can ensue. If a tank can’t get and keep the hate of the enemies, the main target may switch to a DPS or a Healer.
If a DPS doesn’t attack, the battle itself will slow down.
And if a healer doesn’t heal…well party members die.
I’ve come across many healers like this over the past couple years of playing, and quite often it’s at 8-24 player content. Just because there are 2 healers, doesn’t mean that one can ignore healing altogether. Share the healing, share the attacking. This way MP isn’t depleted so quickly and it doesn’t get too stressful for the “solo-healer”.
If you are unsure about how to use your skills, as I mentioned in the last Mentor post, there are many resources readily available to help you out.
I started playing in January 2017 and by mid February I had already completed Heavensward. I regret that a little bit. I was trying so hard to catch up that I didn’t really take the story in as much as I should have, even skipped a large amount of voiceless cutscenes. I’ve been playing for almost 2 years now, and have every job maxed out to 70. But I wish that I had taken more time with the stories and enjoyed it more. My advice to you is not to rush it. Enjoy it. Don’t burn yourself out. I’ve found that recently, I’ve definitely been in a rut when it comes to content. I maybe go to one or two dungeons while I’m logged in, but the rest of the time (in fact most of the time) I find myself fighting to keep the afk logo away.
Now, as you know from my previous posts, I don’t play on an English speaking server. I’ve been tempted to move a few times, but with the friends I’ve made in Belias. I really don’t want to leave. I think that communication is key for any MMO, especially with something like XIV where there is a lot of group content. Going through the game solo is possible if that’s how you want to play, but personally I think a lot more is open to you if you have a group.
Try to make some friends, join an FC, greet people. Just throwing out a /wave or a /bow emote now and again can help. I remember I once spent my time waiting for Palace of the Dead, just blowing kisses at random other Au Ra, just for a laugh. But out of it I gained a few friends, some of which were other English Speakers.
Nowadays, outside of my FC, I rarely speak to other Japanese players (this has a lot to do with my Japanese confidence) but I make sure to use よろしくお願いします and お疲れさまでした in battles and at dungeons. I have even set up macros for them. I also joined an English speaking Linkshell, which has made playing a lot more enjoyable too (when we can actually get everyone together). With those LS members I managed to complete half of Alexander on Savage, but it can be difficult to get a full party together with them as a lot are focusing on their own stuff.
Anyway, that’s it for this time. Catch you in the next one. Until then, I’ll be posting in Japanese some more. Level updates, monthly goals etc. I’m hoping to set up some kind of question and answer system soon, so keep an eye out for that. I’m looking forward to hearing from you all too~.