Holy cow! So this month has been SUPER busy I had to start writing this ahead of time. I’ve made huge leaps in terms of progress, though it’s mostly older content clean I’ve been doing. (At least before I got distracted with Dead Rising 4). I did however get my Tanking feet very wet while grabbing the achievement for the Tank Relic (Yes those damn things again!). Technically, it was before that with farming Garuda to grab NIGHTMARE the final pony I needed and after three LONG years, I finally have the damn thing! Which now means I have all the Extreme Primal Ponies from A Realm Reborn, next will be the Birds from Heavensward.
I still suck at tanking like real bad, couldn’t hold aggro against Garuda, though I suspect a level 53 vs several level 60’s or above I was in for trouble anyways! In the end I switched out to my relax class which seems to have become Summoner. I still main Scholar of course and will continue to do new content as a Scholar, but when I don’t need the pressure, or am in no particular rush, I tend to favour Summoner. The long DPS queues can often allow me to do other things, such as levelling crafting and gathering classes.
I also Tanked through Amdapor Keep, which in itself is a major step away as the only other dungeon I’ve ever done is Sastasha and well that’s not really hard! No one died so there’s that, took a little longer than normal but I wasn’t pulling big groups, I doubt I even could. I need to figure how to manage HP before I start trying to be a hero.
I also for some reason beyond my own comprehension decided to do the Kettle to the Metal quest, a variation of the Relic Quest from A Realm Reborn, so a time sink of around 3 hours later (I pretty much just used poetics and farmed the Mysterious Maps for Alexandrite), and I earn myself an outdoor Housing item! Well at least I can brew my guests a cup of tea now. I think truthfully I just wanted the in game achievement? I have also kind of started working on the Tank Mount as well. So lots of miscellaneous progress there.
So what beyond that, erm, well Armourer and Blacksmith are both level 45 now so they are the final two Disciple of the Hands below 50. Not really sure how my crafting and gathering classes all ended up at 50 before my combat classes but there you have it. Botanist is now above 53. And Fisher has as of yesterday finally hit 60, it’s actually surprising how quick you can level Fisher under the right conditions especially with boost of upto 200% exp! I’ve seen HQ fish yield as much as 50k exp in a single go.
With the Fishing I was also able to do the Beast of Brewers Beacon Quest and net another achievement. Seems I’m rapidly wrapping a few of these up this month! Meaning a lot of this month was spent wrapping up achievement based quests, and working toward various bits and pieces, like my gear upgrades, capping Mendacity every week can be a chore! Speaking of which I also finished the Zhloe chain as well and was able to move onto M’Naago’s custom delivery chain. Not nearly as simple as Zhloe’s!
As I said I kinda got waylaid late in February after I picked up Dead Rising 4 in the PSN sale, but I’ve still been working things through. I’ve also been tracking the stuff I sell in the market. After dropping 16 million gil on a new house I wondered how I could make it back and in what kind of time frame. So far I recouped around 3 million, though ended up spending a fair bit to gear up my Fisher.
Flax, Cedar Logs, Rainbow Cotton Bolls, and Mythril Ore have been my regular farms for easy and quick money. Fleece also sells really well. Glamour Prisms did well after 4.2 dropped but quickly saturated the market and lost any real value, 1500 gil to around 400 within a few hours. I built a small program using access to allow me to track profit and losses and what those were, though it doesn’t include teleport fees.
So with 4.25 on the horizon I can focus on the new Hildabrand though I pray there is more than last time, that was kind of disappointing. And hopefully the new weapons? Where are they anyways kinda SUPER late for their arrival? Still the rest of the month will be spent gearing up my classes and levelling crafting and gathering.