Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Flat Shield, "Set:" Items, Thoughts on the Version Update & More!

This humble author discovered the source of the Flat Shield. Stats:
Flat Shield
[Sub] All Races
INT+1 MND+1 MP recovered while healing +2
LV 30 WHM BLM RDM PLD DRK SMN BLU SCH
(I also just now figured out how the align HTML tag works.)

It looks like a really nice shield from 30-51 and the elemental staves. Combine it with the Rare/Ex hMP+ Club from West Sarutabaruta for /healing and an INT/MND+ Club for nukes/cures. Best of all, it's source isn't something most people can do. (It's a level 100 Fish that you need a Lu Shang's Rod to catch.)

"Set:" Items!

There's also a number of "Set:" items that actually look really nice. The first is this pair:
Helenus's Earring [Rare][Ex]
LV60 All Jobs
HP+5
Set: "Magic Atk. Bonus"+5
Magic Accuracy+5

Cass. Earring [Rare][Ex]
LV60 All Jobs
MP+5
Set: "Magic Atk. Bonus"+5
Magic Accuracy+5
These two are sisters or something in Greek mythology. There's no info on where they come from yet, but it's probably safe to assume that they're a pair.

While Novio (MAB+7) and Static (Magic Burst damage+5%) are still best for Magic Bursts, which no one uses anymore, and Novio and Moldavite (MAB+5) are best for free nuke damage, on anything remotely hard the Magic Accuracy +5 will probably trump them in unresisted damage over time.

It could also be a good pair to get for Dark Magic skill and magical Blue Magic.

The next are two juicy melee rings:
Lava's Ring [Rare][Ex]
[Finger] All Races
+5 +5 +5 +5 Set: DEF:+6 Accuracy+12 Attack+6
LV 55 All Jobs

Kusha's Ring [Rare][Ex]
[Finger] All Races
+5 +5 +5 +5 Set: DEF:+6 Accuracy+12 Attack+6
LV 55 All Jobs
These two are named after brothers in Hindu mythology, so it's safe to assume they're probably a set. This is better than two Sniper's/Woodsman Rings. It's also potentially free which makes it better than spending 6 million gil on two Toreador's Rings or Sniper's +1's.

You'd basically have two Divisor Rings which work 100% of the time post-55. (Accuracy +6, Attack +3).

But what about something for the tanking job types? Well, PLD/NIN (all people use) would benefit from the preceding two Acc/Att+ rings, but they get some tank-specific love too:
Nasatya's Ring [Rare][Ex]
[Finger] All Races
Physical damage taken -1% Set: HP+50 MP+50
LV 55 All Jobs

Dasra's Ring [Rare][Ex]
[Finger] All Races
Magic damage taken -1% Set: HP+50 MP+50
LV 55 All Jobs
-1% damage taken and HP+50 & MP+50. Not bad at all. There's better stuff you could use, but there has been for all of these so far.

Rangers aren't left out either:
Altdorf's Earring [Rare][Ex]
[Ear] All Races
Ranged Accuracy+1 Set: AGI+8
LV 60 All Jobs

Wilhelm's Earring [Rare][Ex]
[Ear] All Races
Ranged Attack+1 Set: AGI+8
LV 60 All Jobs
These two are...german...let's say brothers. I don't feel like checking Wikipedia yet again. :-P

This beats out Drone Earrings x2, but you'd still probably want Triumph Earrings for WS. They probably won't cost you 1.5 million gil though, so I kind of like these better. You can also use them about 12 levels sooner.

So there's a little bit of "Set:" loving for everyone. How useful they'll end up being will probably be determined by how you get them. If it's from Moblin Maze Mongers, then nobody will end up getting them because no one does MMM because MMM IS FUCKING LAME.

Thoughts on the Version Update

I've gotta say I'm underwhelmed. I logged in and did some fishing yesterday and didn't see anything new.

Well, I traded in two new fish to Zaldon for the Inside the Belly quest, but I'm not counting that. (Also, if you're on Hades go buy my overpriced Flat Shield for 300k :P)

I could try to start the Shantotto thing, but I hear it's pretty fucked. (Here, here, here, etc.) There's crafting that has to be done by the player in it too which is pissing people off. I haven't attempted it, but having nearly all my crafts to 60 I wouldn't anticipate problems.

If these synths are "different" in that you can do them at any level with the same chance of success/failure and skill up to at least 60 they could be potentially pretty awesome. The only reason my Smithing and Goldsmithing aren't 60 yet is because it's going to cost me 1-2 million gil to cap them.

New Inside the Belly Fish?

There's been some updates to the Wiki as people try new fish and find ones that work. There's also this odd excerpt listing of "new items" from FFXIAH.com that shows these:
Crayfish
This crustacean can be found all over Vana'diel.
0
Dark Bass
This freshwater fish lives in lakes and marshes across Vana'diel.
0
Pipira
This ornery freshwater fish lives in the rivers of Mindartia.
0
Black Eel
This freshwater fish lives in the rivers of Gustaberg.
0
Moat Carp
This freshwater fish is found in lakes and marshes all over Vana'diel.
0
Copper Frog
This amphibian is common in marshes and lakes across Quon.
0
Shining Trout
This freshwater fish lives in the clear streams to the north of Quon.
0
Bastore Sardine
This saltwater fish lives in the coastal waters of the Bastore Sea.
0
Quus
This saltwater fish can be found all over the southern seas.
0
Tiger Cod
This saltwater fish lives primarily in the Sea of Shu'Meyo.
0
Ogre Eel
This saltwater fish lives in the reefs along the Bastore Sea coast.
0
Nosteau Herring
These saltwater fish can be found all over the northern seas.
0
Gold Lobster
An arthropod found on the Bastore sea floor.
0
Bluetail
These large saltwater fish are common in the coastal waters near Mindartia.
0
Giant Catfish
This giant freshwater fish lives in the lakes and marshes of Quon.
0
Giant Donko
A giant freshwater fish found in the lakes of Zepwell Island.
0
Monke-onke
This giant freshwater fish lives in the lakes and marshes of Mindartia.
0
Istavrit
This saltwater fish inhabits the reefs of the Arrapago Islands. Its fins are extremely poisonous.
0
Gigant Octopus
This gargantuan cephalopod makes its home beneath the boulders that litter the floor of the Bastore Sea.
0
Veydal Wrasse
This enormous saltwater fish is named after a legendary admiral.
0
Gugru Tuna
Schools of these saltwater fish can be seen swimming the southern sea currents.
0
Bhefhel Marlin
This giant saltwater fish can be found in the Bhefhel Gulf. Also known as the "Bhefhel Demon."
0
Bladefish
This rarely seen giant saltwater fish has teeth as sharp as knives.
0
Rhinochimera
This enormous saltwater fish has a swordlike tusk growing from its head.
0
Three-eyed Fish
A rarely seen giant saltwater fish with three eyes.
0
These are all OLD pre-existing fish. I'm curious if their .DATs got bumped to new numbers or something. Or if these are some of the new fish that can be traded in.

Some of them definitely can be traded in, like Bladefish for instance, and a few were known to be able to be traded before this update. But is the guy taking Crayfish now? That's like a level 3 cap fish. Will people be able to get Onion Swords or something from them?

It's something I'll definitely have to check out.

But really if Fishing is the most interesting thing about this update to me...I think it's fair to say this one was pretty lame.

2 comments:

  1. The fish that have been found in dats, I believe are the fish that can be fished up in the.... dun dun dun... new MMM voucher.

    It's a competition where you fish up what you can; each different fish being worth a certain amount of points. The MMM findings page on BG should give you all the details. ^^

    You're not getting away from us that easily. :)

    Arc.

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  2. I completely agree on MMM. 100%. No, 200%. Probably more, but I'm going out to eat.

    Death to MMM!!!

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