I did my first Besieged in forever. I had just arrived back in Whitegate from Mount Z on Black Mage, so I went as BLM80/WHM40 and skilled my not quite capped Elemental/Enfeebling/Dark magic skills.
Being able to Haste people as Black Mage could bring back /WHM to a number of situations. Duoing with a NIN or /NIN mainly.
iPunch™: Frozen Edition
I logged back in just in time to join an LS merit party. Or post-75 leveling party. (What are we calling them?)
You youngsters may not remember it, but us old folks used to walk uphill knee deep in snow both ways to get our EXPz back before ToAU. Well, one way when you were a Black Mage (or insane fucking Dragoon) soloing King Buffalo. Thankfully, we weren't going to merit...EXP...TP Burn....whatever...on AoE Plague (TP reducing) spamming Buffalo. No, Square-Enix added some new Ahriman mobs all the way up the top of Ule. Range by Jormy.
They're casters, of course. Most of the spells are single target, elemental debuffs, or other stupid shit though, so that makes them super easy with Elegy and/or Hojo on them. TP moves tend toward annoying or irrelevant (Arrow Shield) than threatening. They have Eyes on Me which does ~600HP damage unresisted. It's magic damage though, so it won't interrupt casting. The only physical one is Blindeye which with its long charge time and being single hit I think only landed twice.
As far as money drops from EXPing goes, I ended up with a buttload of Dark Crystals, some Ahriman Wings, and lots of Ahriman Lens. The latter of which provide materials for Prism Powders better than the non-EX ones. It's kind of meh from a making gil while leveling perspective.
The EXP rolled in though, and I got more than halfway to 78 from 200 EXP into 76.
I also found a fun bug where I start to use Tornado Kick with 301 skill, swap out my Faith Torque to have under 300 skill, and Tornado Kick doesn't go through. Of course there's still the bug with the WS not showing up in the WS list until unequipping and putting back on my weapon.
So that was my evening. I made a nice big dent into 80 Monk. Combined with what I've read about Perfect Counter at 79 (it's like Seigan Third Eye Counters for 1-3 hits) I'm looking forward to dinging into 80.