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#1 Jun 11 2014 at 11:25 AM Rating: Good
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I quit around the time the level cap was raised to 95 or 99. I had quit for a couple of years before and came back when I heard the level cap was going to rise and as it did, 80, 85, 90 etc I was having the most amazing gameplay in Abyssea as Monk and Ninja mainly. That time of the game for me most definitely surpassed anything previously. Especially as all the mystery's and atma's were found out, proc's, and 4-5 man teams just going wild, anyone with BNS got some serious satisfaction, and I had the best game play ever really. Then my PC broke, and I couldn't get FFXI to work properly on my new PC, and windower just wasn't working so I ended up leaving again.

I've been thinking more and more about returning, I had everything a MNK should have for that time period (BB, AF3+2's, a nice att H2H ToM weapon, just missing the emph H2H).

So what is the game like now? I've heard Abyssea is now dead in terms of armor is weak now, and no1 really exp's there anymore.

~So where do ppl earn all the merit points from?
~Is MNK still a top DD? (I saw the combat merit section has increased drastically, that is obviously win/win as H2H merits do more than any others)
~Can End Game now still be done in teams of 4 ppl?
~What is the population like, anyone know if Sylph is busy?
~Could someone give me some links to what some good weapons are like now, and armors that are not to hard to get?
~Do ppl still hang out in Port Jeuno?

FInally - is the gameplay as exciting as when the first 3 level caps and abyssea expansions occurred?, is the game dying?, Should I leave FFXI in the past and start on FFXIV?


I heard about this 'Trust' thing and don't like the sound of it, I don't want to play with other NPC's, I love solo-ing however, having a list of things to get done on my own while waiting for friends to log on etc. Why did SE just dump ToM?

Sorry about long post fellow Monks, Im just trying to get a picture of what the game is now like and whether it is worth coming back home!
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#2 Jun 12 2014 at 7:28 AM Rating: Good
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Having spent some time researching, how easy/hard is it to get the new reforged AF(level109), AF+1, relic(level 117), and relic+1 (119)?

It makes all the emp AF+2 armor I spent so much time enjoying and low manning to get pretty useless - is reforged Empyrean going to come out?
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#3 Jun 12 2014 at 9:03 AM Rating: Good
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Having spent some time researching, how easy/hard is it to get the new reforged AF(level109), AF+1, relic(level 117), and relic+1 (119)?

It makes all the emp AF+2 armor I spent so much time enjoying and low manning to get pretty useless - is reforged Empyrean going to come out?

You can get reforaged AF/Relic ilvl 109/119 entirely if you want to farm sparks, but its not recommended as skcnms and high lvl mission bcnms would faster in getting chapters but it does take some gil to do if you're not already farming salvage/dynamis daily.

It remains to be seen if there will be reforaged empy armor but its possible when they decide to give Run/Geo a 3rd set of JSE armor.

Edited, Jun 12th 2014 11:04am by Szabo
#4 Jun 13 2014 at 8:41 AM Rating: Good
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So regarding the reforged armor;

1) Do you need the original AF armor or the AF+1 or both


2) I saw some of the ingrediants come from general crafting items, does that mean things like gold ore/ingots/thread are expensive? Does it mean mining and old BCNM's are done a fair bit again now? I have Goldsmithing high enough to make platinum ingots I think so I guess thats a start, and I used to love mining back in the day.

3) Looking at the reforged relic armor, that looks like a whole different ball game with some items incredibly hard to obtain - is this the case and is it THAT much better than the reforged AF?
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#5 Jun 13 2014 at 9:55 AM Rating: Good
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Sandmasterr wrote:
So regarding the reforged armor;

1) Do you need the original AF armor or the AF+1 or both


2) I saw some of the ingrediants come from general crafting items, does that mean things like gold ore/ingots/thread are expensive? Does it mean mining and old BCNM's are done a fair bit again now? I have Goldsmithing high enough to make platinum ingots I think so I guess thats a start, and I used to love mining back in the day.

3) Looking at the reforged relic armor, that looks like a whole different ball game with some items incredibly hard to obtain - is this the case and is it THAT much better than the reforged AF?

You can just get the regular af but it will cost like 5 more chapters to get them to ilvl109, not really terrible unless you're farming sparks for chapters.

It depends on your server, I know crafting items that require level 100+ are very expensive. Old ksnms that drop some mats like damascene cloth, black beetle blood, oxblood, and malboro fiber can be soloed. I know I farmed contaminated colliesuem when malboro fibers were like 200k each and it is 100% drop.

Rrforaged relic armor mats are expensive because some come from newer events like delve and voidwatch. Some pieces are better than reforaged af.
#6 Jun 13 2014 at 1:29 PM Rating: Good
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I would say to just farm Limbus for AF+1 and do exp trial for relic AF, saves you a few chapters and you can make some spare change at that ;) More papers for more jobs or utility of certains pieces :) Especially on Mnk, hose 2 events are easy too!
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#7 Jun 13 2014 at 1:59 PM Rating: Good
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Thanks for replys, sounds good, I'd look forward to an Emph reforge addition as I Iove the way they look, especially ninja and turning them into +2's was substantially easier then making relic+1's or even AF+1's, thinking about it I must have most monk AF+1, can't remember that far back now,

If playing Abyssea from 75-the patch that raised the level cap to 99 (everyone was just going farming emp weapon mad at that point) was 10/10 Fast, Fun, enjoyably OP due to certain atma's and the occasional setup to do over 99,999DMG and quick to get things done, what is the state of the current game?

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#8 Jun 13 2014 at 4:18 PM Rating: Good
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The game is a lot easier now, if you can find a good ls then you can be pretty much set on catching up as all end game can be done with a single party with the right set up.
#9 Jun 24 2014 at 12:47 PM Rating: Good
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I was looking through some of the new equip, and how are the Rigor Baghnakhs not game breaking? The +DMG wow'd me, but the additional DMG from the +H2H skill just makes them amazing - how hard are they to get casually? They would be great if we just threw 1 punch, but throwing 2 punches with that equipped alongside all the DA/TA.... Then I look at the comparative ninja and thf weapons and I feel really sorry for them, Ninja especially because I love that job.

I presume with those or the ilevel 119 version equipped can team up with a WHM and another MNK and pull in rediculous amounts of exp/merits in Abyssea? Just having that kind of power at my fingertips has more or less made returning a definite.

How easy/hard is Plasm to get?

I really think I need to give this game a 4th and final return to experiance Delve and some of this amazing equipment.

Edited, Jun 24th 2014 2:50pm by Sandmasterr
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#10 Jun 25 2014 at 11:10 AM Rating: Good
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Go with Eminent Baghnaks 1st, then try to get Oats from Tojil or Tins from T4-T5 KI from Delve 2 NMs ;)
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#11 Jun 26 2014 at 9:12 AM Rating: Good
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Those Eminent Baghnakhs look sweet as long as you ws on que, very nice DMG/Delay the the +ACC and att on it compensates the difference in H2H skill, wouldn't Eminent be superior in some situation?

The only thing that worries me is I had MNK sorted with emph armor+2 and other dribs and drabs with the fire route ToM H2H weapon, would comming back to the game mean I wouldn't be able to do the fights in delve for ilevel 109-119 equip or even get the sparks for the Eminent Baghnakhs as I would be considered gimp? Or could I solo the sparks for the weapons in the least so I have a decent H2H weapon to join groups with.

I've checked my FL several times now and not one friend is ever online, im chatting to a couple on FB trying to get them to come back too, its always nice to either have a friend to help get you up to speed or a couple of ppl to start out with in a similar situation.
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#12 Jun 27 2014 at 9:39 AM Rating: Good
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What the **** is the level cap these days?

edit: nvm it's still 99...

Edited, Jun 27th 2014 11:40am by Nilatai
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#13 Jun 27 2014 at 12:35 PM Rating: Good
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Sandmasterr wrote:
Those Eminent Baghnakhs look sweet as long as you ws on que, very nice DMG/Delay the the +ACC and att on it compensates the difference in H2H skill, wouldn't Eminent be superior in some situation?

The only thing that worries me is I had MNK sorted with emph armor+2 and other dribs and drabs with the fire route ToM H2H weapon, would comming back to the game mean I wouldn't be able to do the fights in delve for ilevel 109-119 equip or even get the sparks for the Eminent Baghnakhs as I would be considered gimp? Or could I solo the sparks for the weapons in the least so I have a decent H2H weapon to join groups with.

I've checked my FL several times now and not one friend is ever online, im chatting to a couple on FB trying to get them to come back too, its always nice to either have a friend to help get you up to speed or a couple of ppl to start out with in a similar situation.


You can farm sparks on a level 1 job. They are for all levels so gear doesn't matter. You can also buy basic 117 gear using sparks - or you can use bayld (sparks are easier to start with but bayld gear is nicer to look at)
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#14 Jun 27 2014 at 1:05 PM Rating: Good
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Thx Olorinus,

Sup Nilatai, do you ever fancy a return to the game? You missed out on its golden era 3years back when the level cap rose from 75-99, Playing and discovering the secrets of Abyssea was something special and a type of gameplay I'll never forget. Now they rise the level above 99 with ilevel gear, so I guess the cap atm is something like 119. Im going to come back anyway for a fourth and final blast at the game, as fked as this sounds, I need to break up with my current gf as she wouldn't understand or accept the time I'd be spending infront of my PC, shes 11years older than me, and at 42 she knows next to nothing about computers, and doesn't like a single computer game or even phone app and ive tried and tried. Also I always put on weight when I've played FFXI, then lost it during the break's i've taken so I'd probably rise from 11stone to 13 if I played another year or 2 of FFXI. Just waiting now for a couple of 'YES!'s from old FFXI friends to return aswell then its all systems go!

Thx all for responces, much appreciatdĀ¬!
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#15 Sep 11 2014 at 1:49 PM Rating: Good
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Actually I came back after Abyssea started up. I think it was 2012?

I'm not sure how I'd feel about coming back. I've started play XIV. :3
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