[FFXIV] Back to the grind

Last week I was finally able to get over my mental block of playing with random strangers in MMORPGs. Well, for the most part anyway. I am still feeling a bit shy of doing regular Duty Finder dungeons with others but I am getting over that too, slowly.

Another detail is that instead of grinding to catch up on the post-Shadowbringers MSQ story I am grinding for the Moogle Treasure Trove’s Inferno Jacket… Yeah, I know it is kinda ridiculous how messed up my priorities are.

On the other hand I am not in that much of a rush to go into Endwalker. I am pretty sure even with Early Access those new zones will be crowded and a bit of hell to do anything. So might as well give it a bit of time before checking it out myself.

Anyway, the consequence of this is that I’ve been pretty much living in the Main Quest dungeons. I’ve got 3 characters to get the Inferno Jacket with and as long as I do the Main Quest roulette every day it should be theoretically possible to get the Inferno Jacket with all of them before Endwalker releases.

The plus side of this is that I’ve been catching up on my reading/YouTube viewing while those long cutscenes play.

Outside those dungeons I haven’t done all that much. My main, Okhi’to (still might change his name again) really need some inventory clean-up but that is something that I need some time to sit down and figure out what can be sold and what is actually useful.

I also need to level up his crafting/gathering jobs but I haven’t had the desire to farm those skybuilder’s scrips. Heck, I haven’t even checked the option they added to grind some gathering levels as part of the Ishgard Restoration.

Then there are the alts… For the first one, Altani, I have actually been grinding some gathering/crafting levels. Mostly because she had a bunch of items in her inventory that I wanted to put in the Glamour Dresser and I am too much of a cheapskate to buy glamour prisms. So my only recourse was to level up her gathering/crafting jobs. Fortunately it is so much easier nowadays.

The gathering jobs are all at about 30-ish levels. While her Carpentry level is at about 27 and everything else in the early teens. I am not sure if I will leave them at about level 30-ish or keep going until level 50 while grinding faction with the Ixali. It is something I need to think about.

Lastly, is alt number two, Inga. This is my character with the most troubled history. They started as a Lalafell summoner on an european server to play with a friend. Then they got abandoned, played again, changed to a Viera, got the story skip to get straight to Stormblood, went through the summoner changes of Shadowbringer then changed main job to Samurai.

I am not entirely sure what I want to do with this character. The only thing certain is that I want to change them back to Lalafell, rename them and transfer them over to Ultros, where all my other characters are.

I will admit the thought of changing back to a Lalafell makes me miss playing a Viera already and almost makes me tempted to make a 4th character. The only thing stopping me from doing that is because I know they would be even more neglected than my other alts!

Also, the reason I am changing them back to a Lalafell is because in my mind that is the race they were meant to be. That and I want a character that can enter the dwarve’s houses. Yes, I know I am weird.

Their main job is a bit more complicated. I was starting to get the hang of playing a summoner when Shadowbringer changed it in significant ways then I just couldn’t figure out how to play it anymore. Changing to samurai was a bit of hasty decision as I wanted to get to Stormblood ASAP with a job I knew I’d liked. Samurai fit the bill and started at level 50 which would make everything easier for me.

However I still feel like this character should be a summoner. I know, it is irrational and I should just accept that maybe summoner, at least in its current form, isn’t for me.

But Endwalker will revamp the Job from the ground up and from the preview videos I’ve seem it might be actually something I enjoy playing. It is at least worth a try.

Well, that is about it for me in terms of Final Fantasy XIV. If you play the game too, how is everything for you? All ready for Endwalker? Or are you also horribly behind like me? 🙂

4 thoughts on “[FFXIV] Back to the grind”

  1. I’ve pre-ordered Endwalker so I’ll have early access, but the 1st week or 2 will be me leveling up Sage and Reaper to 80, and I still haven’t bothered to finish 5.3 (I’m just before the final trial for it — I hate trials, though, so whenever the MSQ has one I tend to hit a wall for a while), so I’ll need to catch that up too, so by the time I actually move into the Endwalker zones, the locust plague will have already gone through.

    • I pre-ordered Endwalker too but I won’t be unlocking Reaper or Sage right away. I’d like to do some gear consolidation before unlocking any new jobs and since I have jobs all over the place that will take a while. D:

      As for the Main Story, I am even worse. I haven’t even finished 5.1 since I don’t have the iLevel to do the required dungeon. But thanks to these Praetorium runs I might be able to get the gear for at least that one. XD

  2. Kind of feel like a tissue in the wind with FF14 right now, not really goal oriented as just having fun where the game brings me.

    I’m certainly looking forward to the expansion, but also super happy to let the masses plow through before me. Never feels like I’m missing out, so why rush?

    • For some reason I can’t play MMORPGs like that. I am always trying to reach some goal, usually an unrealistic one then I end up burning myself out and need to take a break from the game.

      As for rushing, normally I wouldn’t care about it either. But willing or not there will be people spoiling the story over on Twitter so I’d rather try to avoid spoils as much as possible.

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