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Dragon Girls, Ninjitsu and Multiclassing: Why I’m Loving FFXIV


What have I been doing recently? Why, levelling Ikralla Adnap in Final Fantasy XIV, of course! She finally hit level 30 in Rogue, and I immediately set about getting the Ninja job unlocked.

It’s an interesting character concept. You have 3 core abilities called Mudras, special ninja hand signs, and you use these in various combinations to make attacks happen. The Mudras are Ten (the first one you get), Chi and Jin, and a 4th ability called Ninjitsu is what you activate to unleash the attack.

Using 1 mudra on its own sees you throw a massive shuriken, using Chi then Ten makes an enemy explode and deal fire damage to it and enemies around it, Chi > Jin > Ten increases your attack speed, and so on and so forth. Mess up a combination? You temporarily wear a bunny hat so everyone can laugh at you.




I like this about FFXIV. It has interesting class mechanics (at least, Ninjas do. Not played with other classes much yet). Rogues do too, in that they have certain attacks do double damage when executed after other specific attacks. You use Spinning Edge, which doubles the damage of Shadow Fang or Gust Slash, the latter of which also doubles the damage of Dancing Edge (which does even MORE damage when you attack an enemy’s flank) or Aeolian Edge (which deals further damage when you use it behind your enemy). Rogues are about positioning, or at least about knowing how your ENEMY is positioned, and using the appropriate attacks.


Also, my character is not a cat girl anymore, but a dragon girl! The Au Ra race were introduced with the Heavensward expansion, and I used the Fantasia potion I receieved for being subbed a certain amount of time on changing her! No regrets. Never looked back.

Dragons are fuckin’ RAD.

That girl on the right is an NPC called V’Kebbe, and she’s pretty cool herself.


I will one day be clad in the most garishly-coloured armour I can find, but until then, she’s wearing unflattering greens and manky browns.

Another concept I like about FFXIV is that 1 character can be every class. I levelled Ikralla initially as a Pugilist, then switched to Rogue when the opportunity arose. She’s currently sitting in Limsa Lominsa as a Culinarian, a non-combat class that creates buff foods, but I can switch to a gathering class, magic class, a combat class or another crafting class merely by going to their “guild” location, completing a quest, then equipping that class’s weapon!

There’s a benefit to levelling like this too. Some abilities are marked as being cross-class ones, meaning that you can use that as ANY class. When she was fighting as a Rogue, I can’t even begin to fathom how many battles I might have lost without the Pugilist healing ability.


Anyway, enough gushing. Here’s a Cactuar from Final Fantasy 8. Have a nice day, kids.


Pokemon, Warcraft, Reborn Realms.


Because this is ostensibly a warlock-specific blog, I am compelled to talk about warlocks most of the time. Sometimes, I like to chat about WoW in general, and I have been doing that more often recently.

Sometimes, I don’t have a terrible amount to say about Warcraft, and that’s fine because there’s other games I play and I can talk about them. After all, this is MY blog, so what I say, goes!

What I will say? In the beta, the different specs have SOMETHING that is wrong with them. Affliction feels really boring. You have nothing to do beyond refresh a DoT before it falls off, and channel Malefic Grasp 2.0. Ooh, a trinket proc? Use haunt!

Demonology… feels weak. I will not disagree that it needed tuning, it was above and beyond most specs. Trouble is, the nerf it received was above and beyond too. Soul Fire has been nerfed to the point where Touch of Chaos is always better than it. Touch of Chaos is also better than Demonbolt!

Destruction is one of those oddities. It appears to be literally the opposite of the hunter. Hunters are strong when forced to move compared to other classes, yet average when everyone can plant their feet and settle to a normal rotation. In beta, Destruction is really strong when you stand still, but when you move, you have nothing. I’m pretty cack-handed, so running around while attempting to target Rain of Fire is just too annoying.

Conflagrate is a different matter entirely. It hits hard, casts instantly… but is an important part of the general rotation, and has 2 charges on a 12 second recharge. It’s not a good idea to “bank” these just in case of movement, as they provide the rotationally-important Backdraft buff. Saving Conflag charges reduces the amount of Incinerates you cast, and can cause you to burn away your mana very quickly if you continue to spam it.

Destruction has another quibble, and this time it’s PvP related!

PvP?! *hisssssss*

PvP?! *hisssssss*

See, because you’ll be forced to stand still to cast as Destruction (you sure as hell know your opponent isn’t just gonna stand in your Rain of Fire), you’re gonna take a lot of hits. Charred Remains, however, has FANTASTIC synergy with Searing Flames. Ember generation boosted at the cost of damage, and Ember Tap costs half an ember, and heals for 50% more.

Basically, people are finding themselves to be nigh-unkillable, but at the cost of very little damage. General consensus is that this is going to end up nerfed as well, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Final Fantasy 14

Brief update on Raenah #2.



She’s got her tank pet, which means she’s past level 15! I’m still finding it fun. Arcanists, it seems, have a REAL focus on damage over time spells. Bio and Miasma are my main damage dealers, along with Ruin spam, but thanks to tankbuncle here she can spend a lot of her time DoT-ing numerous foes, and he’ll pick them all up.

It’s just like levelling a warlock!

Pokemon X

So I’m in Snowpoint City, and I’m gonna get my 8th badge soon enough. Wanna see my team?

I don’t care, you’re seeing them anyway.

Pangoro, lv68

Pangoro, lv68

Xerneas, lv55

Xerneas, lv55

Celebi, lv61

Celebi, lv61

Charizard, lv62

Charizard, lv62

Bisharp, lv52

Bisharp, lv52

Staryu, lv46

Staryu, lv46

As you can probably guess, Xerneas, Staryu and Bisharp are recent additions to my (previously INCREDIBLY fire-weak) team, hence their lower levels. Training training!

At some point, I want to get a Xatu, as that’s my favourite pokemon alongside Pangoro and Butterfree, and I’m THAT sort of trainer. Golurk too.


Awesome indeed.

And true to my nature, every town I go into that has a clothes shop, I buy EVERYTHING from. Customization is a BIG thing for me, evidently!

This is what happens when customization goes horribly wrong.

This is what happens when customization goes horribly wrong.

#wow #ffxiv #pokemon

Change The Curtains, Lay New Carpet, Play New Games


It’s been forever and a day since Siege of Orgrimmar was released.

Warlords of Draenor is released in a couple of months.

I’m feeling a reduced desire to play, I have to confess, so I took the plunge on Friday and bought Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and I’ve been playing it on and off. Sure, I have a few things to do before Warlords is released (Getting Garrosh heirlooms in particular) and I’ll do them on server reset days, but Raenah the Warlock is moving over for Raenah the Arcanist for the time being!

"You gave us the same name?! Ugh!"

“You gave us the same name?! Ugh!”

World of Warcraft still holds a massive piece of my heart, but so does Final Fantasy, and you know what? 14 is similar enough to WoW to be familiar and comfortable, but different enough to feel fresh and unique! I enjoy being able to move the basic UI around and resize it without having to download an addon to do so. I like the fact there’s throwbacks to previous Final Fantasy games (Moogles! Summoner horns! Chocobos!). I like the job system!

Arcanist is the closest I could find to Warlock. They have pets, those pets can tank, they have DoTs!

And she hates it when you disturb her reading.

And she hates it when you disturb her reading.

I still have things to do with Lixiu. Cat people haven’t replaced my love of Pandaren, and I will play Warlords extensively, but it’s nice for a change of pace to play something else!

"Fine! Go! See if I care!"

“Fine! Go! See if I care!”

#warcraft #ffxiv #mmo