Three weeks ago I made a post outlining my main pre-expansion goals for FF14 and I figure now is a good time as any for an update.
- Complete coils of Bahamut : Attempts have been made to complete turn 7 but no luck so far. This is a fight that requires everyone to pay attention to mechanics and you can’t brute force it. I get a feeling duty finder might not be the best tool for it. In fact I’m suspecting that going forward I won’t kill anything with a DF group without really lucking out.
- Finish Extreme modes: Odin went down so now it’s down to Ramuh and Shivah. I did try my best to get Ramuh and came close twice but I’m still missing the kill. I might try to gather guildies again for another try. I’ve also been on the lookout for groups advertising.
- Get black mage to 50: No progress there. I’m keeping this for later.
- Finish the Zodiac weapon upgrade quests: This is where the major part of my time was invested. I’m now starting book 7 (I was on book 2 last time) and I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know the next step is no cakewalk either but it will feel good to be done with a big step.
The short version is I killed Odin and finished five atma books in three weeks. The longer version is that I spent a good amount of time gearing up and doing a few odds and ends in order to be able to make serious attempts at Coils. I went from iLvl 101 to 110 which is a lot considering I’m getting into the higher range of gear where upgrades are harder to come by. I’m missing two pieces to have a full demon healing set and one more Poetics piece to buy. I should still have a week or two of gearing ahead but after that I’ll be able to focus more on clearing those goals.
The Relic/Zodiac weapon quest
I’ve been asked a few times about what the atma books are and what’s the deal with the Zodiac weapon. I might do a more complete overview of the quest at a later time but for now I’ll do a quick resume for the non FF14 players.
When you get to level 50, one of your options to get an endgame weapon is to complete the Relic weapon quest which gives you an iconic weapon for your class that is good enough to start doing endgame stuff. The early Relic weapon quest is somewhat involved and requires a few dungeons runs, some crafted components and two trials fights but you end up with a great weapon that was pretty much the go-to endgame weapon back when the game released.
With each progressive patch that raised the ilvl of content, the game added quests to upgrade your relic weapon and keep it up to date with the content coming out. However with each step released came a convoluted and often grind intensive quest to upgrade said Relic weapon. Each step also renamed the weapon so that it became Relic + 1, then various versions of Atma and now Zodiac which explains the various names you might see.
The idea behind the Zodiac weapon chain is to offer a slower, but less luck dependent (some will argue that point), alternative to grinding bosses hoping your weapon will drop. It’s also a good way to have a weapon that while not always BiS, is pretty close to it. The alternative, going after boss weapon might mean that you’re stuck with a weapon for a long time before seeing an upgrade.
Why am I doing it? Because it’s FF14 version of the legendary weapon, simple as that. It’s nice that it also happens to be a good endgame weapon but the real reason is being able to say that I own an awesome weapon that people will recognize. It might be petty but I don’t really care.