December 15th Patch Notes

Here is the info for today's patch: [Event Updates] The level cap has been raised to 75. To proceed beyond level 70, the final level cap quest "Shattering Stars" must be cleared. Quests to gain new weapon skills have been added. Various new quests have been added. Several regions that were previously unavailable in the Expeditionary Force system can now be chosen. New target monsters have been added to these areas for the Expeditionary Force missions. Expeditionary regions will include areas that you have visited but are not under the control of your nation or your ally nation. Each expeditionary region will have a minimum level requirement and the following regions will not be available: Ronfaure, Gustaberg, Sarutabaruta, and Tu'Lia When participating in an expeditionary force you will now be able to trigger the appearance of the target monsters an unlimited amount of times. This is changed from the previous restriction of only once a week. Individual conquest points rewarded for a successful expedition have been adjusted. The location of the "???" mark in the quest "Riding on the Clouds" has been changed. A high-ranking priest of the cathedral in Northern San d'Oria has returned from a trying pilgrimage. The location of the "???" mark in the quest "Whence Blows the Wind" has been changed. A new key item that allows you to pass through the Moongate in Ro'Maeve at any time has been added. [Battle Updates] With the raising of the level cap, the skill cap for each combat skill has been increased. The system for calculating the effect of the "Shield Bash" ability has been adjusted. The chance for evading a Shield Bash will be uniformly lowered regardless of an enemy's level. This adjustment makes the ability stronger at lower levels and weaker at higher levels. The accuracy of physical attacks for high-level characters has been increased. The party experience bonus for certain high-level monsters has been increased. While using the job ability "Manafont", black mages will no longer have their spell casting interrupted when taking damage. However, spell casting will still be affected by status effects such as Stun and Silence. Upon activating the samurai job ability "Meikyo Shisui", TP will automatically be raised to 300%. The summoner job ability "Astral Flow" will now last for three minutes. Also, while the ability is in effect the MP cost for maintaining an avatar will be reduced to zero. "Sneak Attack" will now only be successful when performed from directly behind an enemy. The positioning for "Trick Attack" remains unchanged. "Resist" job traits and songs for increasing resistance have become more effective against incredibly tough opponents. Furthermore, the message "Resist!" will now be displayed in the log window when these traits and songs successfully resist an attack. Resistance enhancing meal effects will also be treated in the same way as described above. Adjustments have been made to the "Killer" job traits and "Circle" abilities. Previously, these abilities had a "Haste" or "Slow" effect. However, now when a monster is attacking a PC with the appropriate "Killer" job trait or a PC under the protection of a "Circle" ability, the creature is occasionally intimidated and unable to attack, similar to the "paralyzed" effect. The message "(Monster) is intimidated by (Character's) presence" will appear in the log window when the effect takes place. "Killer" meal effects will also be treated in the same way as described above. In relation to these changes, the "Circle" abilities will now last for one minute and will be available for use once every ten minutes. Spell and song effects such as Reraise will now be canceled when changing jobs. The use of Cure V is now restricted to white mages only. In accordance with the raising of the level cap and newly added magic, the following spells have become available for use: White Magic Flash WHM Lv.45, PLD Lv.37 Temporarily blinds an enemy, greatly lowers its accuracy. Curaga IV WHM Lv.71 Restores HP of all party members within area of effect. Reraise III WHM Lv.75 Grants you the effect of Raise III when you are KO'd. Black Magic Stun BLM Lv.45, DRK Lv.37 Temporarily prevents an enemy from acting. Blizzaga III BLM Lv.71 Deals ice damage to enemies within area of effect. Aero IV BLM Lv.72 Deals wind damage to an enemy. Fire IV BLM Lv.73 Deals fire damage to an enemy. Thundaga III BLM Lv.73 Deals lightning damage to enemies within area of effect. Blizzard IV BLM Lv.74 Deals ice damage to an enemy. Thunder IV BLM Lv.75 Deals lightning damage to an enemy. Songs Archer's Prelude BRD Lv.71 Enhances target party member's ranged attack accuracy. Goddess's Hymnus BRD Lv.71 Grants Reraise to party members within area of effect. Uncanny Etude BRD Lv.72 Enhances target party member's Dexterity. Warding Round BRD Lv.73 Enhances resistance against curse for party members within area of effect. Chocobo Mazurka BRD Lv.73 Increases movement speed for party members within area of effect. *Has no effect inside ferries, airships, or dungeons. Herculean Etude BRD Lv.74 Enhances target party member's Strength. Maiden's Virelai BRD Lv.75 Charms an enemy. Summoning Magic Earth Spirit SMN Lv.1 Summons an Earth Spirit to fight by your side. Combat skills have been raised for the following jobs: Black Mage (Club, Staff) Dark Knight (Axe, Great Axe) Beastmaster (Scythe) Summoner (Club, Staff) Combat skills have been added to the following jobs: Bard (Staff) Ranger (Axe) The following weapon skills have been enhanced: Dragon Kick Shark Bite Spinning Slash Blade: Ten Mistral Axe Cross Reaper Wheeling Thrust Tachi: Yukikaze Tachi: Gekko Full Swing Spirit Taker The skill chain attributes for "Tachi: Gekko" have been changed. New notorious monsters have been added to several areas. Adjustments have been made to the placement and level of monsters in the following level 50-70 areas: Ro'Maeve/Cape Terigan/King Ranperre's Tomb/The Boyahda Tree Dragon's Aery/Den of Rancor/Kuftal Tunnel/Gustav Tunnel Ru'Aun Gardens/Ve'Lugannon Palace/The Shrine of Ru'Avitau Qulun Dome/Monastic Cavern/Castle Oztroja The number of hit points for Orcs has been readjusted. The movement speed of the Behemoth and the King Behemoth has been increased. A knock-back effect has been added to several monster attacks. The distance a character is knocked back by certain existing monster attacks has been adjusted. The best clear time for each battlefield will now be displayed along with the time limit for the battle. [Item Updates] The skill cap for synthesis skills has been raised to 100 (Veteran). New synthesis recipes have been added for each type of skill. Rank 9 conquest items have now become available. Also, the number of conquest points required to purchase "Instant Warp" and "Instant Raise" has been halved. The amount of time taken for treasure chests to reappear will now be random within a set time frame. Treasure chests will now reappear a short time after a trap has been set off by a thief failing to open a chest. A new member has joined the Troupe Valeriano: a Mithra that bundles sets of arrows together so they take up less inventory space. She will group a set of 99 arrows or bolts of certain types into a single "quiver." These quivers can be stacked in groups of twelve, essentially allowing you to carry twelve times the number of arrows. You will now be able to stack up to 99 of the following items: Tathlum/Astragalos/Dart/Dart +1/Hawkeye/Pinwheel/Hyo The new gardening item "tree saplings" is now harvestable from "tree cuttings." Accordingly, the number and types of items harvestable from "tree cuttings" have been adjusted. New items have been added for logging and mining. Also, hatchets, pickaxes, and sickles will break more easily when used repeatedly at the same point. The prices for meals have been adjusted. The status issues concerning the behemoth knife and behemoth knife +1 have been addressed. The status issue concerning the phantom earring has been addressed. The help message issue concerning the darksteel maul and the darksteel maul +1 has been addressed. [System Updates] Mog House functions have been expanded with the addition of the "Storage" menu item. Furniture placed in your Mog House using the Layout command gives you access to extra storage space separate from your Mog Safe, accessible though the Storage menu. The new text command is "/storage". Using this command outside of your Mog House allows you to see what items you have in Storage. The Storage menu is handled in exactly the same way as the Mog Safe, but items stored in furniture can only be accessed from your Mog House. The Storage menu is unavailable at Rent-a-Rooms and when using the Nomad Moogle service. The camera position for the "/sit" command has been lowered to the eye level of the sitting character. The camera angle and degree of zoom will now remain the same when changing areas and after logging out. Pressing the Zoom In and Zoom Out keys at the same time will return the camera to the default setting. The scale of the map will also remain the same after logging out. The "Ammo&Misc.", "Food", and "Others" categories of the Auction House have been further subdivided: Weapons„Ammo&Misc. Ammunition All varieties of bullets, arrows, and other throwing weapons. (e.g. wooden arrow) Fishing Gear Items used for fishing. (e.g. willow fishing rod, lugworm) Pet Items Items for beastmasters and their pets. (e.g. pet food alpha) Food„Meals Meat&Eggs Meals made with various meats. (e.g. meat mithkabob) Seafood Meals made with various seafood. (e.g. boiled crab) Vegetables Meals made with various vegetables. (e.g. roasted mushrooms) Soups All varieties of soups. (e.g. pea soup) Breads&Rice Meals made with any kinds of breads or cereals. (e.g. rice ball) Sweets All varieties of cookies, crackers, and desserts. (e.g. bubble chocolate) Drinks All varieties of beverages. (e.g. pineapple juice) Ingredients Ingredients used for cooking. (e.g. pie dough) Fish All varieties of marine life that can be caught by fishing. (e.g. Quus) Crystals Crystals. Others Misc. Items that do not fall under any other category. (e.g. herb seeds) Beast-made Items constructed or forged by beastmen. (e.g. Goblin mask) Cards All cards. (ace of cups card) Ninja Tools Tools used to cast ninjutsu. (e.g. shihei) Cursed Items ??? The following items have moved to new categories: Bast Parchment Alchemy --> Woodworking Koma Misc. --> Woodworking Zinc Ore Smithing --> Goldsmithing Mythril Ore Smithing --> Goldsmithing Brass Ingot Smithing --> Goldsmithing Mythril Ingot Smithing --> Goldsmithing Brass Sheet Smithing --> Goldsmithing Mythril Sheet Smithing --> Goldsmithing Blessed Mythril Sheet Smithing --> Goldsmithing Brass Scales Smithing --> Goldsmithing Mythril Chain Smithing --> Goldsmithing Brass Nugget Smithing --> Goldsmithing Insect Wing Leathercraft --> Clothcraft Bird Feather Leathercraft --> Clothcraft Giant Bird Feather Leathercraft --> Clothcraft Giant Bird Plume Leathercraft --> Clothcraft Phoenix Feather Leathercraft --> Clothcraft Yagudo Feather Leathercraft --> Clothcraft Chocobo Feather Leathercraft --> Clothcraft Black Chocobo Feather Leathercraft --> Clothcraft Lizard Molt Bonecraft --> Leathercraft Parchment Alchemy --> Leathercraft Slime Oil Misc. --> Alchemy Lilac Misc. --> Alchemy Amaryllis Misc. --> Alchemy Marguerite Misc. --> Alchemy Dahlia Misc. --> Alchemy Cracker Misc. --> Alchemy Twinkle Shower Misc. --> Alchemy Comet Misc. --> Alchemy Konron Hassen Misc. --> Alchemy Kongou Inaho Misc. --> Alchemy Meifu Goma Misc. --> Alchemy Airborne Misc. --> Alchemy Leshonki Bulb Woodworking --> Misc. The level restriction for riding chocobos in the three main nations has been decreased to 15. However, the amount of riding time for characters lower than level 20 will be shortened. The window for the auto-translation function will change size automatically to accommodate the length of different words and phrases. It is now possible to return to previous categories when using the auto-translation function. The following changes have been made to the auto-translation function: New phrases have been added. The phrase "Please" has been changed to "Yes, please." Words and phrases taken from the auto-translation function will have their beginnings and endings clearly marked when displayed in the log window. The following changes have been made to the mouse controls: [Wheel] -Click Open main menu. -Up/Down Operates scroll bar of selected window. *Some mice do not have wheels. [Left Button] -Click Select menu item/Target object (PC,NPC etc.) -Move mouse with button held Moves character. Moving the mouse in a specified direction while the left button is held down will cause your character to run in that direction. [Right Button] -Click Deselect menu item or targeted object. -Click while character is in motion Autorun. Clicking the right mouse button while your character is in motion will engage Autorun. Clicking the right mouse button a second time will cancel Autorun. -Move mouse with button held Moves camera. Moving the mouse in a specified direction while the right button is held down will move the camera in that direction. [Cursor] -In third-person view Moving the cursor to the edge of the screen in third-person view will cause the camera to rotate in that direction. -In first-person view Moving the cursor to the edge of the screen in first-person view will cause your character's view to rotate in that direction. [Windows version only] A dialogue box for the number of sound effects that can be played simultaneously (SoundEffectNum) has been added to the configuration tool. The new items that were to be added as rewards for the current avatar battles (Trial by Ice etc.) that were mentioned in the development announcements, will now be added at a later date. [Known Issues] -The character limit has been exceeded for the names of some items. These names may appear difficult to read under certain circumstances. -There are instances where the additional effects of certain giant monsters' double attacks are not properly displayed in the log window. -When using the auto-translation function on the PlayStation 2 version, it is possible to return to previous categories with the Esc, Backspace, and Delete keys. When using the Windows version, however, this is only possible with the Esc key.


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# Dec 18 2003 at 3:37 PM Rating: Default
How do you enable this "auto-translate" feature they mention? I didnt even know there was one...
# Dec 17 2003 at 4:47 PM Rating: Decent
ok, this mining thing is pissing me off. I discovvered it last week, so i did not have that much time to enjoy it.

Before it was always profitable, now its iffy. If i get extra 1-2 iron ores, i ll make profit, if not, i ll be loosing money.

Here is a thing. on my server, iron ores sell for 600 gil on average. If people stop selling iron ores, the price will go up. I plan to hold my selling untill the price is in 800-900 gil range. Consider it a strike.
zinc should be around 500 gil range, (atm its 300)
silver, i dont know, its so rare where i try t dig it, yet the price is just 300 atm. i m not gonna sell any untill its 500 gils.

darksteel, well its 7k on my server, so its not bad.


what are the new mining tools btw?
santa hats
# Dec 17 2003 at 4:51 AM Rating: Default
how do you get santa hats?
# Dec 16 2003 at 3:15 PM Rating: Decent
Yep. I had the hardest time in Qufim last night trying to keep everyone healed. Between the lag and the slow macros, I had to rapid-pound to heal macros just to keep people up at their last bubble of health!
# Dec 16 2003 at 12:57 PM Rating: Default
is it just me, or do ALL storage type items only give one storage spot ??
(for the dumb, that storage spot it gives you, takes away one spot in your mog safe, and your Storage is only accessible in your mog house, not a rent-a-room.)
RE: Storage
# Dec 16 2003 at 1:17 PM Rating: Default
I've got a chest and a bronze bed and I've got 9 storage spots
RE: Storage
# Dec 16 2003 at 4:07 PM Rating: Default
thats odd, cause my house has an armor chest, brunce bed, workbench, and 2 flower pots and i only got 5 spaces....

im apparently not the only one with the problem, somewhere on the ffxi forums of this site mentionned it too
Macro Change
# Dec 16 2003 at 12:36 PM Rating: Default
Everyone Send Mail about the MACRO change!!

It's gonna hurt Spell Casters Everywhere.
We Totally need to complain them into changing it back.

RE: Macro Change
# Dec 16 2003 at 1:16 PM Rating: Default
Sorry for the previous post everyone

But Hey Check it out,
An emergency verion upgrade

They Fixed the MACRO issue!!! YAY!!!
RE: Chocobo LV 15
# Dec 16 2003 at 12:31 PM Rating: Default
NOTE: Don't try to use the Chocos at the Crags unless you're lv 18 He won't rent to you
R.I.P. Mining
# Dec 16 2003 at 12:17 PM Rating: Default
Mining is dead as a way to make gil. Before it was possible to make thousands in one trip, now you lose money. Is it thier intention to make it near impossible to make any money?
skill chain quest
# Dec 16 2003 at 12:09 PM Rating: Default
Does anyone know where,what,when, and how you get these quests? These sound like a must for us melee types. /em gets an evil gleem in her eye. Now I might be able to solo in Qufim without waiting on a WHM who does not want to hunt Acros for a ruby! hehehe
RE: skill chain quest
# Dec 16 2003 at 3:01 PM Rating: Default
I think you mean weapon skills. I am not sure the details of getting these but I think these will probably be for the new lvls. You are right though i think these will be a boon no matter what for melee Char.
While they are at it why no new RDM spell for high lvl? Do they think that no one wants to be that high lvl RDM?
Taking screenshots
# Dec 16 2003 at 11:56 AM Rating: Default
Regarding screenshots:

Pressing the [PrintScrn] key in-game will take a screenshot. However, for the key to work you must have all windows disabled. The key for toggling windows on/off ingame is the [ScrollLock] key.

I have never had a problem with my Windows key. This is a setting you can set yourself within Windows (someone already posted how to do this.)
# Dec 16 2003 at 11:17 AM Rating: Decent
Odd. I've been using an ATI Radeon 9700 Pro with FFXI since the day of release. It works great.
windows key
# Dec 16 2003 at 4:18 AM Rating: Default
If non of you have noticed...the windows key IS fixed. I probably hit that key about 20 times while in game just to make sure. So did my LS members.
# Dec 16 2003 at 2:17 AM Rating: Default
my tarutaru needs a santa hat asap.
# Dec 16 2003 at 1:18 AM Rating: Default
Sorry but when the f uck are they going to support ATI video cards?
Disabling the WinKey
# Dec 16 2003 at 12:24 AM Rating: Default
Unfortunately there is no Windows Key bug in ffxi. They would have to pray that their not allowing the key to be pressed doesn't kill random keys on different systems if they did try and address the problem. Microsoft itself does however show you how to disable the key yourself if you care to not be lazy.

# Dec 15 2003 at 11:50 PM Rating: Default
what's the deal with the macros? i've heard that you have to wait for the box to show up before you can use them, is this true and is it legit? seems really stupid to me
RE: macros
# Dec 16 2003 at 10:36 AM Rating: Default
Unfortunately this is true, and as a WHM it is the bane of my existence. The macro display that drops from the top *must be visible* for the corresponding number to function now, which can lag up to three seconds. Maybe it's so you're forced to look at the macro set you're using. They must have had complaints to make this change, for some ungodly reason (stupidly using 2-hr job skills?). I'd like to complain it back.

Ponchichi - F Tarutaru
18 WHM - Cerberus
Windows Key
# Dec 15 2003 at 11:35 PM Rating: Default
They fixed the windows key. What is wrong with you? It does nothing now when you hit it.
# Dec 15 2003 at 11:18 PM Rating: Decent
949 posts
Well, since the patch i can no longer run any of my screenshot prgms in game. I use quickscreen capture to get my screenshots...now i cant. Anyone else having the problem? or have a work around for me?

I tried to get Fraps working but i cant figure it out. Will not take any screenshots.
# Dec 16 2003 at 10:26 AM Rating: Default
Supposedly there are keys in the game which perform this function now. Scroll Lock, maybe? I thought in Windows systems, Print Screen *always* took a screenshot. (Ctrl-V to paste it into an imaging program afterwards). Anyway, can I get confirmation on the in-game screenshot key?
# Dec 15 2003 at 10:03 PM Rating: Default
Alright i think a better question is has anybody found any new christmas games/quests up. I am dieing for a santa hat to go with my pumkin hat.
Windows Key
# Dec 15 2003 at 8:23 PM Rating: Default
Do a search on Google for WinKey Kill if the button bothers you :) I run it and can't imagine how it would be tolerable to play the game without it.
What's wrong with you?
# Dec 15 2003 at 7:33 PM Rating: Default
What's wrong with you Dinochi? Why are you so rude? He's right we shouldn't have to do that. This problem should be fixed, we are paying to play the game, make it work with out inconviencing us.
Chocobo cap...
# Dec 15 2003 at 7:17 PM Rating: Decent
crap...why didn't they have the level cap for chocobos this low when I was 15??? I hated running from Bastok to San d'Orea...now this should make it a *little* more tolerable!
window key
# Dec 15 2003 at 7:09 PM Rating: Default
true window key need to be fix asap
# Dec 15 2003 at 6:39 PM Rating: Default
isnt that a dumb question? dont you need the quest to ride them??? =P
RE: uh
# Dec 15 2003 at 7:15 PM Rating: Default
Not if are playing as a sub job that is sub 20. I have a 20 War but if i play as my 15 BLM I can now ride it.
Why not!?
# Dec 15 2003 at 6:38 PM Rating: Default
Why didn't they fix the problem of the windows Key! The single most import thing to fix and they didn't do it.
RE: Why not!?
# Dec 15 2003 at 7:03 PM Rating: Default
moron, take that key out
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