Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Fine Tuning

Once again, the seas have settled.

A lot of events are becoming second nature now. 11 min Limbus runs, daily Kings, and weekly Salvage. I've grown pretty resistant to terrible drop rates and unsuccessful missions, so there's no need to bitch anymore.

I'll still do it, of course. That's just who I am!

Anyway, let's start with some new stuff from the update.

Cobra legs and feet, finally. These followed on from the hat and hands in the last update, and kept faithful to their stats and set bonus. Things like Acc+, Store TP+, and Enmity-, make it perfect for PUP. Mainly due to the fact it also adds +Counter the more you stack it, which is grand for soloing, and let's face it, PUP needs all the Acc+ it can get.

I also switched around Ulthalam's ring with the old Eucphoria ring for +1 Store TP. Whyyyyy? Because adding that last +1 gives me exactly +20 Store TP from gear alone, meaning it's a lot faster to get 100% TP now.

I love this set. Mainly because PUP is on something other than a mage set after level 65. I'm working on getting Enkidu's Mittens and Body from ZNM (The other 3 pieces are crap!) mainly for WS, because they sure are ugly as hell.

Unfortunately, the cobra set is gay as hell. HOT PANTS!

This was lol. Ever since the update, all 3 cities in the past have been under COMPLETE lockdown. Meaning, all Campaign areas are beastmen controlled, the cities have had to ally up with outside forces to drive them out. Windurst has Maat on their side! I watched him solo a few Gigas. He hits like a TRUCK!

Limbussss! We're finished with Ultima again, and we're something like 2/4 Omega. Last one dropped utter crap as always, but here's hoping the next one will be better? ;/ In any case, I nabbed this for RNG. Once I cap Rapid shot, this will stack up nicely for ranged-only fights like Cerb, Odin, campaign and of course, Barrage!

Meritted my ass off these last two days. Before the update, I got 10 merits. After grabbing another 10, PUP is complete ...again. I'm pretty sure they won't touch merits for a long time, because those blue numbers and the fact I need 40 more merits for DRK and RNG, make my cry tears of joy and sadness at the same time.

Lastly, a visit from the big guy Odin again. Now we can do this fortnightly, using the 3-mule-3-feather trick. He dropped rubbish. M Body, lolNhead, and some Shadow gear. The 2880 Ampoules are sexy as hell though, and even if you fail or time out, you get Ampoules based on how many mobs you kill. We timed out at 10% on Wing 3 last night, but got 1980 Ampoules! Awesome! 13/15k for Bucaneer's Belt! Aw yeeee!

June's been a pretty smooth month so far. Let's hope it stays that way!

Friday, 20 June 2008

Ugh

Fuck you Count Dracula.

0/17.

Hate this diiiiiiiiiickhead.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Compiled Ob Data

I have way too much time on my hands.

This is a thread I made on BG, a collection of all the info surrounding Ob and it's attachments. I finally managed to get Steam Jacket (from the AH, lol) and proceeded to do some tests, which are listed there.

I'll do a proper update when it's not 5.35am.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Jkun Wright: Ace Evaporator

Wow.

Now here's a story, all about how, my life got flipped turned upside down. Again. We started the day with Omega. Surprise surprise. Freelot head and feet. Nobody wants that shit ever. Feeling a little pissy, I scrounged an Assault to do Salvage. (I'm still not Captain, which is pissing me off.) Zidi said I can join him and Kami in their little RvB static, which would take a lot off my mind.

Salvage was Arafaggo. We got Ayuki's 35 Marduk hands, 2 freelot 25 Skadi legs, and lots of death by trying to get close-up shots of the boss for ZNMs. ;/

So having everyone else do Nyzul or exp or whatever, I went and watched Dr Who.

I came back and popped over to see if KV had popped because Artal, my friend, got the ToD yesterday and we proceeded to camp today. I had nothing else to lose after wasting the whole day afking.

Reigns came, a Taru who has been camping with me up until we lots the ToD and got it back again. At this point, we had enough to stall it. Then another LS came. It was 3v3. We sent Artal to go check the weather. 2 days of heat spells, then sandstorms. Eastina, a RDM, turned up. So we waited.

And waited.

And waited.

Then on the day it was meant to be a sandstorm, no pop. No pop at 09:00, 12:00, 15:00, 18:00. Then, in the corner of my eye I saw a huge black cloud fly over my head. BUT IT WASN'T A CLOUD. IT WAS KING FUCKING VINEGAROON!

Artal leaped at me, Chi blasting the face off of it. I stunned and proceeded to kite. We got Rage on NIN to help kite, and I ran away to gather people. The LS was taking a night off from Saturday events, and to my surprise, they all came.

Every single person in the LS came to KV.

We all buffed up, got TP, and zerged him to death. The last two KVs went this smoothly too. But the last two KV's didn't put out. Reigns was up for helm, so it was no biggie. I just like collecting titles.

However, Reigns had to afk. About 1 hour into camp, he had parent aggro and to avoid Draw-In we booted him from the pt. We waited for him to come back but it was too late by the time it died...

I was speechless. Zid said, he stands by the rule: "You camp it, you get it". I don't know if it was all the heat and sandstorms in Altepa, but after all this time helping Reigns camp it for hours straight, I forgot I also wanted it for myself.

A big thank you to Azu and Reigns for helping camp up until now and keep both of our hopes up, Artal for getting the ToD yesterday and claiming like a bitch! Rage for holding him until the LS gathered, and everyone in ED who made this almost forgotten dream come true.

To quote Ains: "You almost look like a real DRK now". Thanks...Dick.

Friday, 13 June 2008

June 2008 Update Day!

Monday was update day! Even though it took 5 hours to download in the end, I've been up until 6am mostly every day since then exploring and adventuring.

I haven't even started on most of the new content such as Campaign Ops and WotG Missions, but I've mainly been helping solve the new "Zeny NM" mysteries, theories and strategies.

ZNMs are basically NMs that drop a plethora of new gear without having to spend hours camping or killing placeholders. Every few NMs are set on difficulty "Tiers", and after clearing certain NMs from certain Tiers, you can progress onto harder ones with even better drops. These NMs are popped by taking images of creatures using the Soultrappers from Pankration. Every few days the creature changes, and you can trade up to 10 images a day. When you have enough "Zeny" from trading images, you can buy pop items for NMs. I love this system and hope they never ever change it.

So! As soon as they came out, reports were announced there was new job-specific items available to Puppetmasters. Since I have so much pride in this job since the day it came out, I had to find out how to get my hands on them. Luckily, they drop from a ZNM named Ob, a tier 1 Automaton that only costs around 1000 Zeny to pop.

I was astounded at the amount of people who helped me. From day 1 of the update until now, me and a lot of people in ED have developed a little static-type bond when it comes to ZNMs. We go farming for images together, go for Astral Candyless adventures walking to all the ??? pops, and actually get drops by low manning the majority of these NMs.

Back on topic. Ob. He's an automaton. Originally, he starts off as a Harlequin, and under 50% he would spam Magic Mortar like these was no tomorrow. We used to start off fighting normally until 50%, then kite and have BLM nuke it to death. We did this 5 times before...

...we found out it can change frame.

IT CAN CHANGE FRAME? YOU MEAN, NO MORE MAGIC MORTAR? That's right! It seems this NM is one of the hardest Tier 1s...UNLESS you have a PUP in the party! PUP actually has a use! Recently, it seems whatever maneuvers are up, Ob will leech from them and change frames dependant on element. Wind and Thunder makes him Sharpshot, which is the easiest in my opinion. Valor is quite easy too, but honestly, as long as you don't get Harle or Stormy, which both have access to Magic Mortar, then the fight is a joke. I still feel happy we managed to kill it 5 times before we noticed this method, haha.

So! Onto the drops!

Firstly, a PUP specific earring. It gives a 20% bonus to Regen when using Repair. It also stacks with AF feet. Now E100 can have stat effects removed, and get +36 more HP per tick with Oil+2.

Next up are attachments. The update gave light to two Valoredge specific attachments: Coiler and Steam Jacket. Coiler, can add a whopping 10-40% Double Attack depending on the number of Thunder Maneuvers that are up, and Steam Jacket will reduce damage of the same type over time (ie: Melee hits, ranged attacks, magic). So we have pretty much a mini-Ridill and Aegis for E100. The double attack is incredibly powerful, procing right before and after a WS occasionally, and generating so much hate that the poor soul ends up tanking!

I still need to get my hands on Steam Jacket, and will posts tests ASAP. (I have 2 more Ob pops waiting in storage!)

A few other fights we did are below!

This Lil'Apkallu was adorable to fight. It would sometimes flee in terror before unleashing 3 waves of AOE TP moves, then running around in circles covering his face, embarrassed. A very fun and enjoyable fight.

Next up was a Colibri who liked to charmga us all, a Puk who would go apeshit with Windshear at low TP, a blue Chigoe that could debuff you with every horrible spell imaginable, a dozy, slow BLM-friendly Marid, and randomly, a 20% Skeleton that we nabbed and got out asses handed to us before he waltzed away as if we'd never met.

Congrats to Bodde on his new A.Feet ripoff, Medi and Truechaos on their sexy Gardua SMN heads, and Darkkghostt for getting us Tier 3 Access and a Mamool Ja lord pop! Go team!

We also went out to see what all the fuss was about with Ixion.

...But then with half the LS in bed we decided to leave him alone.

Next up, Nyzul! I got these adorable and pretty decent clogs for PUP. The CHR and evasion are useful for Maneuvers, and they match Pahluwan and Usukane perfectly in terms of looks. :D Unfortunatly I'll have to upgrade to the new set of Cobra feet that came out with the new Campaign rank, but that's a story for another day (Mainly becasue they're pretty ugly :/)

The new merit increases have me at 4/5 Optimisation. I have 2 more merits from Campaign, and I need 8 more to cap PUP Tier 2 again. Whee!

But lastly, all-in-all, after only exploring half of the new content thus far, it's been a lot of fun. I feel like I've really began to fit in well with the LS this week. Making new friends such as Bodde, Bari and True, rekindling old friendships with Darkk, Gipi and Medi, and even hanging with old timers like Zidi and Kami, has given me a lot of courage when talking in /lschat and getting back to being my own little loud self again. I don't take comments to heart, and roll with the punches, replying to insults with insults. It's all good, even if I am depicted as a mithra-elvaan-loving pedo.

It's also let me do something I haven't done since I came to Fairy. Lead. It feels...nice. I have people asking me what the plan is, what NMs we can do, what drops what and where it's popped from. It just feels so nice to be needed and looked up to again. I guess that's the type of person I am, and I hope I can pull through enough to fight the big ZNMs with everyone at the end of the road, knowing my interest in these silly little things was the thing that started it all off.

But it's not just me, it's everyone who helped take pics, buy pops, and kill the NMs in the end that are the real leaders. Here's to you guys, let's go kick some more ass!

Monday, 2 June 2008

I'm with Ares

omg, finally! FINALLY!

FINALLY, LONGBOW PUT OUT! After all these treacherous months! We also did Arrapago the next day, and FINALLY got Bdob's Pigaches for Alldira. We also saw our first of two Gate Widows, along with a Marduk's leg piece for Quin. (Ayu wasn't there! I feel so sad for her!)

Before I move on, here's what Enyo's, Phobos's, and Deimos's body pieces look like, just for the record!

So after handing them in the next day along with those ingots from the last update...

Woo! The road I chose way back last July (JULY. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? It's true, check this entry!) has finally come to an end. A lot can happen in a year, ne? Mucho thanks goes to CDC for starting off the whole Salvage experience, and morning ED Salvage once again for all the help and effort it took to obtain the pieces and ingots. NO THANKS to the bloody QQs, who are stingy as shit and refuse to drop anything! Dicks.

I've also accumulated 8/10 Merits for the June update. Once I hit 10 + 9999 I'll stop I guess. RNG Tier 1 can wait. I want me some capped PUP abilities!

...Though killing Mamools for 8 hours straight kinda makes me want to crawl into a hole and die.

Stay tuned!