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papercup
08/07/21 4:00:18 PM
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Lali-ho, Adventurers! Whether you're a seasoned Warrior of Light and Darkness, or a potato sprout, this is the place to discuss all things FFXIV! Want to discuss the latest and greatest raid? We got you covered! Or you're grinding out a relic weapon? Tell us about it! Oh you want to be a master crafter, but you don't know your touches from your syntheses? Don't worry, we're here to help!

What is Final Fantasy XIV? It's an MMORPG in the long and storied Final Fantasy series!

Do I need to play any of the previous FFs? Nope! Aside from some references and homages, FFXIV is a standalone game and story in its own world called Eorzea!

What can I do in Eorzea? Lots of things! You can hunt monsters, mine ores and minerals, or harvest plants, you can fish, race chocobos, play card games, gamble your life away in the casino, raid, delve dungeons for loot and gold. The list goes on!

Sounds fun! What's the catch? Yes, it's true, FFXIV is a paid subscription game. $12.99 a month minimum.

I don't know... is there a free trial? Absolutely! https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/ Last year they updated the free trial to include all of A Realm Reborn and Heavensward. Yes, really! You can play 2 entire games, completely free, at no cost, no time limit! Every quest, class, dungeon, raid, everything between 2.0 and 3.55, completely free! Forever! Only catch is social features are limited, no FCs, no tells, no friends. And spending any money at all on the game will immediately end your free trial.

You said something about raiding and fighting monsters? FFXIV follows the "trinity" school of design for MMOs. There are broadly three roles, Tank, Damage(DPS) and Healer. And under these there are currently 17 Job classes to play as. There's something here for just about anyone! https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/jobguide/battle/ There's also over a hundred dungeons and raids in the game, it's teeming with content!

This game sounds pretty big. Are there resources? Sure, tons of them!
For general info on items and dungeons and quests try Gamer Escape https://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Main_Page
Or perhaps you prefer the wiki format, try Console Gamers Wiki, it has much of the same info! https://ffxiv.consolegameswiki.com/wiki/FF14_Wiki
Or maybe you're looking to raid or optimize your performance. Try The Balance! https://thebalanceffxiv.com/
Or maybe fishing is more your thing? https://ff14angler.com/ has all the information you'd ever want, and more!
What's that, you'd rather craft or gather? http://garlandtools.org/
Oh you want game news and character data? https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/
You want to find out how you're doing in battle? Try FFLogs! https://www.fflogs.com/ (But don't tell squenix!)

And I got more where those came from, just ask!

I hear everything is locked behind the story? Yes, absolutely everything in this game requires you to follow the story, or MSQ. And over the years the MSQ has expanded and expanded and expanded. There are hundreds and hundreds of quests to get through at this point. And every 3-4 months they add even more. But if story isn't your thing, you can purchase level and story skips in the game's real money store, the mogstation. Though personally I like the story, especially later on in Heavensward and Shadowbringers and the journey is really something to experience, so I would not recommend doing so.

Shadowbringers has concluded its story content, and now players are eagerly awaiting the Endwalker expansion coming out this November. The expansion promises to bring 2 new classes, a melee DPS called Reaper, and a healer called Sage! Along with that, Endwalker is going to conclude the story set up in A Realm Reborn, and with that a brand new story will begin in 6.1. There will also be a new 8-man raid called Pandaemonium, and a 24-man raid about The Twelve. Viera are getting a male variant, belts are being removed and inventory slots are being redistributed, and stats are going to be squished, but everything will be balanced in a way so you shouldn't notice much of a difference in difficulty of old content. There's also going to be a personal farm zone. Yes, something akin to Stardew Valley is coming to FFXIV! It's an exciting time to get into the game, so what are you waiting?

And feel free to discuss FFXI! And don't be hesitant to share your lodestone profile!

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ParanoidObsessive
08/07/21 4:03:19 PM
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Random off-the-wall question:

Does FFXIV separate players into different servers named after summoned monsters, or is that just a FFXI thing?

Just popped into my head for some reason, and now I'm curious.
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papercup
08/07/21 4:03:51 PM
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https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/character/9511421/

Here's me! I've done all the raid content I want and all of that good stuff, so until Endwalker I'm trying to fill out my Mount collection! So I stepped back into Zadnor this morning to work on the Resistance mounts. Didn't really make much progress in that regard, but I'll have more time tomorrow to really dive deep into that. Also, according to FFXIV Collect, I'm ranked 903 in the world for mounts collected. >_>

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papercup
08/07/21 4:09:40 PM
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ParanoidObsessive posted...
Random off-the-wall question:

Does FFXIV separate players into different servers named after summoned monsters, or is that just a FFXI thing?

Just popped into my head for some reason, and now I'm curious.

So there's 8 data centers, soon to be 9. 3 in Japan, 3 in NA, 2 in Europe and 1 coming to Oceania next year.
The data centers are:
Japan: Elemental, Gaia and Mana
NA: Aether, Crystal and Primal
Europe: Light and Chaos

And each data center has multiple servers, and every server can play with anybody in the same data center. And servers are named after all sorts of things. Monsters. Characters from past FF games. Weapons. Spells. Etc.
So like I play on the Gilgamesh server in the Aether data center. Other servers in Aether include Faerie, Cactuar, Adamantoise, Jenova, Midgardsormr, Sargatanas and Siren. But other servers in other data centers have names like Moogle, Balmung, Mateus, Malboro, Excalibur, Exodus, etc. etc.
So, yes they name them like that, but they also pull names from other sources too.

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ReggieTheReckless
08/07/21 4:26:30 PM
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No XIV, but if you want XI dis me: https://www.ffxiah.com/player/Lakshmi/Avereith

Looking forward to reading a lot of XIV stuff I don't understand again! ha
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papercup
08/07/21 9:53:48 PM
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Ayy my BLU group completed all the Extreme trials! So we *might* try to get the people required to do the Ivalice raids next weekend or something!

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Judgmenl
08/07/21 10:32:44 PM
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Played for the first time since like 2014 and finished up the ARR campaign. While the ending of that story arc was nice, I like to play non-DPS roles (aka healer) and apparently healing is basically DPS in this game so I'm leaning towards not playing. I don't think I will get any fulfillment out of this game.

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Entity13
08/07/21 10:51:15 PM
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papercup
08/07/21 10:57:10 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osvUOqeDwD0

Yes, healers do dps!

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Blighboy
08/07/21 11:22:54 PM
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I recently redownloaded the game cause boredom

I played like a year ago to level ~12

-At what point does the story get "good". As best I can remember I was just running around a city and then killing small animals for hours last time. Felt like a very dated setup.
-How much control do you have over your armour appearance, or how much is tied to class or stats.

Probably gonna end up dropping it again but it's not like I have anything better to do with my time.

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Entity13
08/07/21 11:47:10 PM
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Blighboy posted...
-At what point does the story get "good". As best I can remember I was just running around a city and then killing small animals for hours last time. Felt like a very dated setup.

It had good points around 28, 32, 43, 49, and early 50 while following so many jrpg and mmo tropes. Then around 2.4 when you fight Shiva, things take a turn for the better. Most people don't really notice how much better it gets until a certain banquet. Then comes HW and the story is mostly good beyond that point.

Blighboy posted...
-How much control do you have over your armour appearance, or how much is tied to class or stats.

At level 15 you unlock glamour. There are some class or role limitations for certain sets and pieces, but there's also a ton of stuff you can wear that isn't locked behind your class/job or level. It used to be unlocked at 50, but SE realized at some point in late HW or early StB people want to partake in the true endgame asap. So it's from a question at 15.

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papercup
08/08/21 6:36:06 PM
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Spent ALL day in Zadnor. Got 6 Field Notes! Still need 9 more. 3 in Zadnor, 3 in Delubrum Reginae, and 3 in Bozja. And while I'm working on this I'm also having a chance at getting other mounts, and also getting prepared for DR Savage!


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ReggieTheReckless
08/08/21 8:27:04 PM
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I'm doing the kraken club BC in FFXI on and off out of boredom and trying to get the club obviously, 0/278 so far, ha!
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Judgmenl
08/08/21 8:28:09 PM
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Played this for a little bit and figure the game still wasn't for me. I did not get any joy out of it but I'm no longer going to criticize people for playing it as I can see why they do.

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papercup
08/09/21 6:40:20 PM
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Yeah I totally understand why somebody wouldn't like the game. First time I tried it I wasn't super into it, but I picked it back up in Heavensward and then it clicked for me.

At least you didn't do this lol
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFie73O-HE4

Also, only 2 more Field Notes left in Zadnor!

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Judgmenl
08/09/21 6:42:19 PM
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Definitely would not say it was awful and the story isn't bad at all. I'd probably be more inclined in saying I've grown out of this type of game.

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Judgmenl
08/09/21 6:44:53 PM
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Wait what the fuck that's Quin lmao.
That guy is a total shitter and probably did that for the shock value.

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papercup
08/09/21 6:46:04 PM
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Yeah the XIV community has been ragging on him for a few weeks over this XD

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Judgmenl
08/09/21 6:47:16 PM
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This is what I don't like about gaming right now. I know that guy from PoE. He is super popular there but I don't think I've ever actually seen him stream. Too many people trying to make money and be asmongold.

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papercup
08/11/21 8:06:55 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFy38KJfH3A

Also I just spent 4 hours in Zadnor just to spawn the Llofii FATE and CE just to get her notes. Completed both several times and didn't get the notes. x_x

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Entity13
08/11/21 10:33:59 PM
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papercup posted...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFy38KJfH3A

Also I just spent 4 hours in Zadnor just to spawn the Llofii FATE and CE just to get her notes. Completed both several times and didn't get the notes. x_x

The main of some of them...

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papercup
08/13/21 7:57:27 AM
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Oh, yep, Cruise Chaser is a store mount. $30. Okay Yoshi. :|

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bulbinking
08/13/21 9:06:26 AM
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papercup posted...
Oh, yep, Cruise Chaser is a store mount. $30. Okay Yoshi. :|

Can it at least seat 4 people?

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Sequiro
08/13/21 9:45:27 AM
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Been trying to get absorbed into FF14, so far no success.

Had the base game bought back long ago, played the beta and at some point I think I got the base game off a humble bundle or something. With all the FF14 talk I dusted it off, upgraded and jumped in. been playing a couple weeks.

None of the classes feel good to me, I can't find any class that is real fun, actually distinct, sure the effects are all different in appearance but they all just become this overly messy light show. The few classes...excuse me jobs... I'm actually interested in are locked behind a level grind forcing you to play a class you don't want to get to them. I shouldn't have to play 50-60 levels of a class I don't like. This is not "fun". Classes are completely function locked, no different builds your job is set in stone what you are (tank healer dps). Basically trying to create your "fantasy" is much harder if not impossible in FF14 than it is in WoW. You are far more limited and pigeon holed in this game. The storylines seem ok, but they mostly do it in with the in game engine and they do to much slow movement and posing making these scenes take so twice as long as they need to. As someone that typically loves story in my games I find my self cursing at the screen to hurry the fuck up.

I also dusted off another MMO I had from ages past. Lord of the Rings Online (lotro) and been playing that and the visuals and animations are pretty dated (though still pretty in their own right) but besides that, its quite immersive. Its attention to detail with the lore to the books is staggering, so much content. You can live and breath Middle Earth. Lotro is kicking FF14s ass for me and I'm probably at this rate going to let my FF14 sub end and just go Lotro until either a new MMO comes out thats got that something special or Blizzard gets their shit together and fixes WoW. FF14 isn't turning out as good as all the recent hype would indicate.

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papercup
08/13/21 10:30:45 AM
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bulbinking posted...
Can it at least seat 4 people?

Looks like a 2-seater

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bulbinking
08/13/21 3:08:43 PM
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papercup posted...
Looks like a 2-seater

If it was accurate it would seat 8 like what happens in the fight but you would need to raise price to not anger people who bought space whale (like me)

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papercup
08/13/21 3:12:57 PM
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Got my Llofii notes from Zadnor, only need 7 more! Did a DR normal run. Got one note. The one I already had XD

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papercup
08/14/21 5:01:05 PM
#28:


Got my second Menenius note! I'm done with Zadnor notes!

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Jen0125
08/14/21 5:30:04 PM
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Does anyone know if there's a website database with images of all the armor and weapons? I want to find a cute headwear to work on for my summoner but I don't know how to see them all.

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papercup
08/14/21 5:41:00 PM
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https://ffxiv.eorzeacollection.com/

I think this might be what you're looking for

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Jen0125
08/14/21 6:27:30 PM
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papercup posted...
https://ffxiv.eorzeacollection.com/

I think this might be what you're looking for

Awesome! Ty!

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papercup
08/15/21 2:21:03 PM
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Did DR twice this morning and didn't get a single note. @[email protected]

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papercup
08/15/21 11:57:20 PM
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https://i.redd.it/5ugocxiqtkh71.jpg

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papercup
08/17/21 6:11:57 PM
#34:


Finally got a second set of notes from DR. Just 50 more runs to get the other two. >_>

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papercup
08/18/21 2:41:14 PM
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Got the Queen's Guard notes! Just need Save the Queen and 3 from Bozja and Al-aklil is mine!

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InfestedAdam
08/18/21 2:49:11 PM
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papercup posted...
And feel free to discuss FFXI! And don't be hesitant to share your lodestone profile!
https://tinyurl.com/en3ed7cm

https://tinyurl.com/f4ms9xss

I am still hoping one day we can race change to Tonberries. Given the lore within the scholar's job quest. I believe the in-game Tonberries were formerly Lalafells before a curse changed them.

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bulbinking
08/18/21 2:51:48 PM
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InfestedAdam posted...
https://tinyurl.com/en3ed7cm

I am still hoping one day we can race change to Tonberries. Given the lore within the scholar's job quest. I believe the in-game Tonberries were formerly Lalafells before a curse changed them.

And I used to like tonberries too

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papercup
08/18/21 9:39:27 PM
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Rathalos get! Mount dropped on my 49th clear, so I just let somebody else get it and I did one more so I could just buy mine.

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papercup
08/18/21 9:58:16 PM
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papercup
08/19/21 10:31:36 PM
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Got my last DR note! Just 3 to go, all in Bozja!

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papercup
08/22/21 3:29:36 PM
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I'm doing multiple Castrum runs and multiple FAF fate chains every day and not getting the notes x_x

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papercup
08/23/21 3:27:45 PM
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Can I just say Bozja is the most boring zone in the game? Waited almost 3 hours for faf to spawn ONCE. didn't get the notes.

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Zareth
08/23/21 5:55:19 PM
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Why is Alphinaud the worst character design ever. I want to punch him in his fucking face.

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Entity13
08/25/21 3:16:26 AM
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papercup posted...
Can I just say Bozja is the most boring zone in the game? Waited almost 3 hours for faf to spawn ONCE. didn't get the notes.

Pagos exists, so you'd be wrong. lol

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papercup
08/26/21 3:31:45 PM
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Yes! Finally got Sartauvoir's note. Just need Lyon and I'm done!

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Entity13
08/26/21 9:10:21 PM
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papercup posted...
Yes! Finally got Sartauvoir's note. Just need Lyon and I'm done!

Well done.

I finally saw Ruby's mount drop on my 15th clear, but had the second highest roll. ;-;

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Entity13
08/26/21 10:22:34 PM
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A couple runs later, I got my mount. Just Hades, Emerald, SoS, and Diamond to go.

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papercup
08/26/21 11:23:23 PM
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Congrats! In my experience Hades' mount drops pretty frequently these days. At least when I did the farm for my mount, it dropped 5 times in like 7 runs.

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papercup
08/27/21 9:46:58 AM
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The Rising is on, I was planning on *maybe* buying a mount or something during the sale, but I got super lucky and managed to snag a PS5 in a restock this week, so I think I'll hold off on spending more money for the time. Also they disabled buying gift codes on discounted items due to "fraudulent activity". Uh... okay....

Also, during the Live Letter, Yoshi said in 6.0 they are buffing Cape Westwind. So, Rhitahtyn's Revenge is coming. :0

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Entity13
08/27/21 12:36:08 PM
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I am imagining they'll cap the fight at something like iLV 60, or even 90, so everyone gets to experience the mechanics again.

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