FFXIV – Raids, Patch 5.5, Extended Vacation

It’s been awhile but I’m inspired by Recent Events to talk about Final Fantasy XIV again. I’ve been raiding for almost two months, Patch 5.5 released yesterday (4/13/21) and I’ve spent a day or two as a Wanderer on another server, unable to get home to my Free Company and retainers.

I have, of course, also taken lots of screenshots.

Some of them might contain spoilers for 5.5, alongside Bara Cat Dad, Shadow Mountain.

Eden’s Promise – Savage Raid Tier

A few weeks ago, I was invited to help fill for a static that a friend was playing with. I ended up dropping into E9S, and trying to Main Tank. I didn’t do… awful, but still generally made a fool of myself, but that was kind of the point – The static group is a mix of people new to raiding, some more serious than others, and members of other statics stopping by to help with clears. I’d done some on-level EX content (Mainly Titania Extreme and Memoria Misera EX) but not savage raids.

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Warriors of Light and Shadow – A Year in FFXIV

Columns of Light silhouette a Hrothgar Dancer

For about the last year and a half I’ve been playing a whole lot of Final Fantasy XIV – Close to 3,000 hours.

That’s according to Steam, although the measure includes a lot of idle time. The last expansion, Shadowbringers, released in July of 2019, shortly before I started playing. I originally bought the “Base game” to give it a shot and join some of my friends, who had played through the first 70 levels of the game in prior years, and were kind enough to wait on me to catch up before venturing into the new content.

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