My adventures in final fantasy xiv

Fights, dungeons, raids and even housing… in a vast world featuring near peerless story with old (and new) gamer friends

As many of my good friends know, I am a lifelong gamer…

I have many great favorites, but thus far there is this one game that I am finding myself talking my friends into joining (not on purpose), constantly researching, constantly going back to/thinking about a lot, and most all I find the at-large player-base to be the most friendly, helpful and welcoming that I have seen in any online game (including WoW). I’ve made many friends in-game already and enjoy playing with them.

So I will list my favorite resources here, because I often go back to look things up, or I am constantly recommending to my friends because they have questions/need help. Here we go!

  • Tegrees Guides: of my favorite youtubers who have quality guides on how to play your class/job properly
  • WeskAlber Guides: another favorite guide maker that makes things easy to understand even for completely new players
  • The Balance Discord: If you are no longer a newbie, this is the reference you want to use to improve your skills. Many theorycrafters staff the Balance community and they crunch the latest numbers to figure out the most efficient/effective combos, openers and style for you to be your optimal best.

MTQCapture is my favorite youtube resource for learning about the next upcoming dungeon/raid that I have to face. I often watch it before I queue up for the first time.

This Chocobo Companions and You: A Guide post has some very useful stats on training your combat chocobo. I used their recommended stats and my chocobo has proven to be a very strong partner during our fights.

From the Chocobo Companion guide above, I use the All-Rounder build. If you want the Attacker, or Defender, or Healer build, login to the forums and read the full post.

If you don’t want to login to see the post, here is a snippet of the All-Rounder build below:

  • +Rank 1(1 SP) – Rank 1 Healer (HoT) [0 SP remaining]
  • +Rank 2(2 SP) – Rank 1 Defender (Enmity WS) + Rank 1 Attacker (WS) [0 SP remaining]
  • +Rank 3(3 SP) – Rank 2 Healer (MND Trait) [1 SP remaining]
  • +Rank 4(4 SP) – Rank 3 Healer (HP Trait) + Rank 2 Attacker [STR Trait] [0 SP remaining]
  • +Rank 5(5 SP) – Rank 4 Healer (Cure) [1 SP Remaining]
  • +Rank 6(6 SP) – Rank 3 Attacker (+HP Trait) + Rank 4 Attacker (DoT WS) [0 SP remaining]
  • +Rank 7(7 SP) – Rank 5 Healer (Acc Trait) + Rank 2 Defender (STR Trait) [0 SP remaining]
  • +Rank 8(8 SP) – Rank 6 Healer (Crit Rate Trait) [2 SP remaining]
  • +Rank 9(9 SP) – Rank 7 Healer (+Potency Buff) + Rank 3 Defender (HP Trait) [1 SP remaining]
  • +Rank 10(10 SP) – Rank 5 Attacker (Acc Trait) + Rank 6 Attacker (Crit Trait) [0 SP remaining]

Gather Together FFXIV: This is the only podcast that I listen to and enjoy for FFXIV. It’s light-hearted, keeps me up-to-date with what’s going on with the game and the presenters come across as very decent and kind human beings.

Documentary on how FFXIV was saved from Disaster

Eureka Anemos Set

Keyboard/Mouse Gameplay Tips (Helpful for ppl with small hands):

I have small hands and made a duty video so a friend could see in action, the extent of finger travel I was doing in fights.

This was to demonstrate how keybinds can be mapped to reduce finger travel. You can basically map your keybinds around the WASD (if you like), which allows reduced finger travel, rather than mapping them to 1234567890-=, then CTRL 1234567890-=, and ALT 1234567890-=, if your hand can’t reach that far.

The video shows my HUD, which I laid out to reduce eye-travel.

Finally, the mouse is good for quickly panning your camera (in the future, attacks will come from behind and all around) as well as allowing you to quickly target party/raid members for healing, as a backup if you forgot a party/raid members keybind.

Link to My Mechanical Keyboard Build

I use the MX Anywhere 2 by Logitech as my gaming mouse. It’s a good size for me, tracks on almost any surface, fast despite being wireless and reliable. The new MX Anywhere 3 looks nice. If anyone has it, leave a comment. I also own the dual joystick Lexip Gaming Mouse, but I prefer my MX Anywhere 2 over it. 

I think people with larger hands, have less issues.

Umm… that’s a lot of links. What exactly is FFXIV?