althea_valara: A female red mage from Final Fantasy 11. (Default)
Not much progress today. The day seemed to get away from me.

When I left off last night I was standing outside the warp point to Galuf's world, so today started off with jumping into the breach. I had a mere two battles on Pao island before the suggestion of camping occurred, which I think is the quickest I've ever seen it. Bartz, my Mystic Knight, was no match for the Abductor, oh well.

When I got control of Galuf I immediately changed his job to Dragoon and equipped him accordingly. The first encounter with Gilgamesh was short - a mere three jumps had him fleeing. Then it was time for the MOST AWESOME MUSIC EVER! Gilgamesh fight 2 was likewise no issue. Dragoon jumped, Mystic Knight melee'd, and Bard and White Mage healed. I was level 19.

We made our way to Regole, where I was forced to do some grinding. One of the things ilove about the Fiesta is interacting with other players on Twitter. Like so:

[ profile] AltheaValara  :As usual, have to grind for gil outside Regole so I can clean out the shops. 14k to go, ugh.
[ profile] JuliusTheOrange How does Regole stay famous for its alcohol when it has such great shops? The "backwater" should be a city by now.
[ profile] AltheaValara :LOL! So true!
[ profile] JuliusTheOrange : Three accomplished warriors travel to another world, but they are unprepared for a shop which can afford to give out a free ribbon.


Grinding done, I continued on to the moogle forest, saying my normal prayer not to encounter the beast by the sealed castle. The praying worked, for no beast was seen. Down the hole after the moogle! 

I was a bit nervous about Tyrannosaur, because he hits HARD. He did indeed kill my Dragoon and Bard, but my Mystic Knight was able to take care of him with Fira spellblade.

Next bit of action was Quelb, to pick up Requiem, which is a must for Drakenvale. And my bard was indeed the MVP going up the mountain. Saved Golem easily, and then it was the Dragon Pod fight, which may be my most hated fight. I tried three times with no luck. The Lamia Harp did good damage on it, but eventually I would dfie thanks to all the status effects. I swear, fighting that fight it feels like the ATB crawls, even though I know it's going normal speed.

I ended the night with a plea on Twitter for help. My email has been dinging while I wrote this, so I mat already have replies. Even so, I'm done for the night: round 4 with Dragon Pod will have to wait until tomorrow.
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So I did start off the day by redoing the escape from Karnak castle, so I could get Esuna. I also got the ribbon this time, though I doubted I would be making use of it.

I set Lenna and Far is as white mages, then it was off to the Library of the Ancients. I arrived there at leveling 15. Bad news: an enemy in the library has Level 5 Death. So I resigned myself to doing some grinding... battle later, I was done. Nice!

Into the library I went. With two Mystic Knights and two White Mages, I wasn't expecting any problems. And sure enough, I had none. Ifrit went down to Blizzara spellblade, and Byblos to Fira spellblade. I was level 16 for both fights.

Back to Karnak to get a ship. Exploration time! I visited Jachol and did shopping there, but did not do the cave, because fuck skulleaters. Next it was up to Istory to get Romeo's Ballad, which would be very important to my future Bard. While up there I fought Ramuh, because why not.  He ended up killing Galuf and Faris, leaving me with one Mystic Knight and one White Mage, but we still won on the first try. I was level 17.

Onto Crescent. Oh noes, our ship! Into the chocobo forest, where we finally got access to our first assigned job, Bard. We took a side trip to Lix to pick up the song there and do some shopping, then it was back to the Library.

Then it was everyone's favorite boss (not), the Sandworm. I had Faris set as my Bard, so I tried to Ballad him, but as I expected, not only didn't it work but the holes countered with gravity, oops. Still, for a Sandworm fight, it went pretty easy. Just was a bit long. Faris had !White 1 set, so she helped with the healing. I beat him on the first try. I was level 17.

Next up, the most pathetic boss of the game, Crayclaw. My Mystic Knights had Coral Swords equipped, which he is weak to. Four hits, done.

To Tycoon Meteor to retrieve the Adamantite. Oh look, a boss! Adamantoise killed my bard and white mage, but I was still able to win thanks to the Blizzara spellblade of my Mystic Knights. 

Adamantite delivered! Time for the floating ruins. Would I have enough items on me? We shall find out!

I didn't bother to cast spellblade for the first four sets of cannons, letting the Coral Swords take care of them. I had no issue killing them, but after all four I was pretty drained of health and man's. Used a bunch of potions to heal up, and all five ethers I had on me. Freshly restored, it was time for Soul Cannon!

It was not a challenge. I may have yawned during the fight. Even with spellblade on, my mystic knights weren't doing much damage. But my white mage and Bard (who had !White 3 set by this time) had no problems keeping HP healthy. It was a long fight, but I won easily. I was still level 17 for this fight.

The Ronkan Ruins are my least favorite dungeon, because I used to get horribly lost in it. I've now played the game enough that I don't get lost, but I still don't like the dungeon. I ran from all encounters with Ronkan Knights or the frogs. I also ran from Hydra, because fuck Hydra. 

And then it was time for Archeoaevis. I dare not use spellblade as his weakness changes during the fight. Without it, the fight went long. I was hitting for low triple digits. But two healers made it easy to keep up, and I won on the first try.

I tweeted for my earth job and got Dragoon, which I was rather disappointed with. I suppose I should be grateful for another damage dealer, but I would have rather had summoner. Oh well.

We said goodbye to Galuf and Krile, but immediately made plans to follow them. This required charging up the meteors with adamantite, but there were monsters at three of the meteors, because of course there were.

First up: purtobolos. Trivial: I sang them to sleep with Romeo's Ballad. Ended the fight still at max HP & MP, yay.

Next up: Titan. I put protect up on all characters, hoping it would be enough to survive his final Earth Shaker. It was. My bard died, but my white mage and mystic knight both survived.

Healed up, then it was Manticore time. This was the roughest fight so far. Near the midpoint of the fight, both my bard and white mage died. I tried to get them back up, but was unsuccessful. So I said a prayer, and continued on with just my mystic knight. I alternated using elixirs with attacking. This put a sizable dent in my meager elixir store, but I won!

I flew to the warp point, and then saved the game, as it was a good place to stop. Coming tomorrow: Galuf's world.

althea_valara: A female red mage from Final Fantasy 11. (Default)
The Final Fantasy V Four Job Fiesta officially started late last night! I watched a few hours of The Run, which was illuminating. For one, there was a rule that you must use the four designated jobs, but you could change which character was with job. This was news to me; in the past, I assigned a job to a character and that character stayed that job for the rest of the game. This rule will definitely make my run easier this year.

During The Run, the streamers had to beat Omega and Shinryu, and all four of them did. On the first try, even! AMAZING! So far, it's looking like I'll be able to take on both of them myself.

This year Gilgabot did a series of polls, asking people to choose one job over another. The results were an option at registration, which I chose to do. My first assigned job was Bard. Sweet - Bard allows you to do Omega and is great against undead enemies. Since Bard isn't unlocked until later in the game, this meant I would be using Freelancers till the Water Crystal at least.

Freelancers make things pretty easy. I beat Karlbos at level 5, and Siren at level 7. I tossed potions at Siren during her undead phase.

Magissa and Firza went down on my first try, though Galuf died. I was level 9.

Garula was ridiculously easy. Since freelancers can equip any weapon, I had the powerful Ashura on Bartz and the Power Whip on Far is. The whip has a paralyze effect, and it landed on Garula without any issue. Bartz then made short work of him. Garula never got off an attack.

I tweeted for my water job, and was assigned Mystic Knight. Okay, I have some gil farming to do, I thought. I had to buy spells and upgrade their armor. That done, I then headed for Karnak.

After the events in the castle, I didn't shopping in Karnak itself. I had to do more gil farming to afford everything I wanted, though. Once I was all Mythril'd up, I headed in the Fire Ship.

The enemies in the ship were no issue. As for the boss, well, I had Mystic Knights! It should be easy, I thought.


I Blizzaga'd up and proceeded to thwack at Liquid Flame. The first two forms were no issue, but then it changed to the hgand form, and my Mystic Knights started whiffing. And whiffing. And whiffing. In desperation I changed Far is to a knife, thinking that it was something with the mythril swords, and she landed her attack, huzzah!

But then I died to Blaze.

Hmm. Try again. And again, nothing but whiffs on the hand form. I tried for a good ten minutes and not a single hit.

It finally occurred to me that maybe it was the spell on the blade causing the whiffing, and not the blade itself. Because I had tried switching Far is to a knife again, but I put the spell back on it before I attacked, and it was whiff city. So I swapped weapons again, this time back to the mythril sword... And her attack landed, hooray! From there on the rest of the fight wasn't too bad, though Galuf and Lenna died. I was level 14.

And then it was time to escape the castle. I got a good many treasures, but missed the Ribbon. Well, I probably wouldn't be using it anyway. I hesitated when I was going for Esuna, because time was running out, so ended up skipping it. Death Claw was no issue, though my attacks only did double-digit damage.

I then tweeted for my Fire crystal job, and was assigned.... White Mage.

Crap - I should've gotten Esuna. Well, I hadn't sacved the game yet, so I saved it in a new slot, while I decided whether or not to do the escape again. I probably will - it's a bit annoying with mystic knights but not TOO bad.

And that's where I left it for today. A good first day, I think, and my jobs are looking good.


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July 2017



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