Last week I reached level 70 as a Monk, the current level cap. I also finished the story for Stormblood but that is something that will have to wait for another post.
For now these are my thoughts on the story line for Monks from 60 to 70.
WARNING: SPOILERS about the story line for the Monk Job
At first the story felt really underwhelming. Yes, it made sense that Widargelt would be hesitant to accept the proposal to join the Liberation forces in Ala Migho or that he would spend some time thinking on how to revive the Fist of Ralghr order given the previous questlines. But the first 2 or 3 quests also felt like they were just the kind of "Go there and talk to this person about something".
It didn't help that other people I was talking about their Job quests also weren't feeling like their respective questlines weren't going all that great. This made me worried this one might just not be that good.
It wasn't until the new "Griffon" appeared and that Widargelt's lineage as the nephew of the dead tyrant king of Ala Migho was revealed that things started to get interesting.
I liked that the tyrant king setup a squadron dedicated just to counter the monk's fighting style. That explains why the first Fist of Ralghr was so utterly destroyed and why Widargelt was still pretty much useless in a fight.
What surprised to me though was that they treated the Pugilist as a different fighting style. All this time I thought Pugilist was a more basic form of Monk's, kinda like the ABC of how to fight with your fists. But in terms of martial arts, and in-game lore, it does make sense that Pugilists to be a different martial art style from Monk. After all there isn't anything preventing someone to just start off as a Monk, instead of starting as a Pugilist then becoming a Monk as is the case for the players.
I am also curious now if we can just pick the same option during Widargelt's training session to move forward the quest or if it will only help after we pick all three options.
Another surprise I had was that the "Griffin" wasn't killed at the end. Considering the lengths that he went to kill Widargelt at the end there I thought he wouldn't settle for anything that wasn't a life or death battle. It makes me wonder if he will some how come back in later storylines as some kind of redeemed character.
All things considered the story wasn't as bad as I initially feared but not as exciting as I hoped too considering how this was supposed to be the monk's expansion. It is probably because it took so long for the story to finally start going somewhere interesting while the previous ones already tried to hook the player from the start.
Oh, well. At least the Artifact Armor and Weapon (pictured below) this time are awesome. 🙂