[FF14] [Guide] Novus Upgrade Guide & My Love for Brayflox (Braypox)

So anyone who has successfully obtained an Animus would know that in order to farm all 9 books, you need to farm 13,500 Myth tomes. Translated into Myth speedruns, or Brayflox Shortstop, that’s 270 runs.Having done so many runs before, this dungeon being stale for me is an understatement ._.Yesterday, I finally had the time to complete that 1,500 more Myth tomes required for Novus weapon. The quest after Animus goes like this:
1. Go talk to the guy that upgraded your Atma into Animus.
2. Then follow his directions to find some NPCs elsewhere, some being in Black Brush Station and others in Mor Dhona.
3. You will need to collect 3 “Superior Enchanted Ink”s, which cost 500 Myth each (can be bought from Myth gear vendor).
4. Now turn in all your quests and now you can exchange 3 Inks for your weapon scroll! (2 Inks for Curtana and 1 for Holy Shield in the case of PLD)

Superior Enchanted Inks
Superior Enchanted Inks

So, how does all this work? I want my Novus NAO! 😡

In order to obtain your Novus, you have to go through crazy grinding/waiting/raging all over again. But Animus should have trained you well… Firstly, the scroll let’s you add stats to it by fusing materia on. Each stat has a cap to it, eg. Accuracy on Holy Shield is capped at 13. Furthermore, each weapon has a max number of infusions possible, so for Holy Shield, it’s 22 infusions (if you get Parry to 13 and still want to get Acc up, Acc will then cap at 9). You may choose more than 2 stats to upgrade though, but the total stats will be 22 anyway. Main stats of a weapon will be automatically upgraded to a i110 equivalent weapon stat (Str and Vit for Holy Shield will be upgraded to 12 and 14 respectively from 11 and 12). By merging the scroll with your chosen stats and the Animus, you will get your main stats PLUS those stats you melded onto the scrolls (this is the way to customize relic weapons with the stats you choose!). After successfully infusing the required number of melds, you can return to the guy to upgrade your Animus to Novus!!

Opening up the scroll
Opening up the scroll

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Acc, Parry, Spell/Skill Speed, Crit cap at 44 points, Piety caps at 33 (some classes have 23 cap) while Det caps at 31.

Melding materia onto the scroll requires 2 items: the materia and an Alexandrite.

Materia
You will eventually need materia of a stat (that you want on your weapon) of all tiers. Initially you start with tier 1 materia, and progressively tiers 2, 3 and 4s will be required (although they will all only add 1 point onto the scroll D:). There is a chance of failure as you meld more and more of the same tier.

Alexandrite
The limiting factor. There are currently 3 ways to obtain these horrible things:
1. 800 Myth, more Braypox pls I love it ^^ 800 Myth and exchange for a Treasure Map from Auriana.
2. Fate grinding. Any fate anywhere in the game I think. Drop rate reported to be similar to Atma stones 😛 (The only way to not get Alexandrite from digging)
3. Daily Expert Roulette. Obtain the quest from Brangwine in Mor Dhona, complete the Roulette, get a Treasure Map, dig up the treasure, fight a bunch of mobs and tada, Alexandrite 😀 Be wary though since some mobs are rumored to be disgustingly strong. For safety reasons, bring a buddy along.

My first Alexandrite! :3
My first Alexandrite! :3

The logical way of approaching this would be to get that Roulette map every day, and choose between Fate grind and Myth grind for your spare time. Sounds sad, but relic weapon upgrades have always been sad T.T Fate grind is all about RNG again, while you can probably squeeze in some spiritbonding and chocobo leveling while doing it. Myth runs would be pure agony, but it’s reliable and much faster.

I had not completed the quest to summon Chocobo out before this, so I'm simply fascinated about posing beside him
I had not completed the quest to summon Chocobo out before this, so I’m simply fascinated about posing beside him

In conclusion, take it easy man. There should be other ways to obtain those Alexandrites in future patches (one being the daily monster hunts), and upgrading the scroll slowly doesn’t affect you Animus weapon at all! You can still run around showing off the glow and raid with a powerful enough Animus in the meantime. Also, Novus just got released so a further upgrade isn’t gna happen anytime soon. At least for me, I’m having fun doing lame stuff, like queuing for Expert Roulette with i55 gear 😀

Digging out those low-level, partially spiritbonded gear... for some fun.
Digging out those low-level, partially spiritbonded gear… for some fun.

Here’s a vid of that painful run (for Pie and the poor healer, fun for me and Minty :P) if anyone’s interested. It’s sad, and I even died once, so try not to follow what I did in there. Decently-geared tanks should be pulling more mobs for the DPS to aoe them down fast. I’ll probably capture a better run next time, especially one of the shorter Myth runs.

References:
https://i.imgur.com/ZQ0jDZ3.jpg?1
http://www.reddit.com/r/ffxiv/comments/27drfz/novus_upgrade_requirements_and_methods/

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[FF14] [Random] A few days into 2.28, but having done nothing, really. D:

So the new patch (2.28) was introduced a few days ago. I did not have to chance to experience it much even until now since i was super busy this week. Quite a few quality of life changes were made to the game, which are always good to have, as well as several important new stuff. These include the upgrades from relic Animus to Novus, Fantasia potions being sold, which is another rarely-introduced cash item for this game (the previous being extra retainer I think), sightseeing vistas and achievements, and also the option to preview gear/clothing in shops/market board/crafting log while shopping!For the full patch notes: Patch 2.28 patch notes

Firstly, Novus… As we all know, I just got my Animus, and the next upgrade is already available. And even to just start the quest chain rolling, it requires another hefty 1500 Myth. The number looks familiar, and I’m not thrilled at all.

You need 3 Superior Enchanted Ink for the first part of the quest. Bray, again ._.
You need 3 Superior Enchanted Ink for the first part of the quest. Bray, again ._.

As I did not have much time in-game this week (not even capped Sol yet D:), I could not get past this stage to experience the monstrosity following this part of the quest. From what I’ve read, you need A LARGE AMOUNT of an item called Alexandrite, and you need to do fate grinding, with the drop being it instead of Atma now (not sure though, or was it a treasure map, then use the map to hunt an Alexandrite?); or you have to gather another 800 Myth for a treasure map… Each Alexandrite can then be used to meld a materia onto an upgrading scroll, adding one point to a stat of 2 that you choose. So you can choose to upgrade/include 2 stats to your relic weapon, the other 2 being base compulsory stats (for PLD it’s Str and Vit). It’s rather complicated and I’ll probably post on it again once I’ve researched more on it. Right now, I’m in no hurry to get a Novus. Let the pros/grinders try out all possibilities first and identify any shortcuts or “most efficient-way-to-do-it method” before I spend more effort on it 😛

Btw, Pie got Atma pretty quickly, after refusing to farm fates for so long… Good luck to him with Myth farming, while I continue to be busy with project and waiting for our other friends to level.

For some players out there, looks of their characters are of extremely high importance. To me, if a game does not have pretty character designs and customisability,  I would really not enjoy playing it as much. This might be a reason why I’m so in love with Final Fantasy games >.- Thus, Fantasia potions are my best friends (as well as the glamour system, and now, the preview option on market board as well). When I first made my character, it was Hyur. Then I found flaws in the face, and I soon went to try being a cat. Well, if you play a game which has another race as good looking as the “human” race, why not just play that race? But now, I bought the potion and changed back to Hyur ._.

Every trip to the character creation tool takes an hour or 2 easily
Every trip to the character creation tool takes an hour or 2 easily

Firstly, I’m bored being a cat. Cats are everywhere, and it doesn’t feel great being just another cat out there. Secondly, I chose Keeper of Moon the other time, so it’s a fantastic Healer race, but one of the worst Tank races. Hyur Highlander is actually a superb option for a Tank, but meh, imo they are ugly. The fish/shark race, never gna touch them. Lalafell too. So I guess I’ll settle with Hyur Midlander again 😀

Unlike being a cat, Hyur males pull off headgear and earrings REALLY WELL!
Unlike a cat, Hyur males pull off headgear and earrings REALLY WELL!

That’s about all for now 😐 Haven’t got the time to even cap Sols, so I definitely have not tried out vistas and many of the other new features of 2.28. To all, have fun!

 

[FF14] [Guide] FF14 2-Star Crafting and 100% HQ

***A new post regarding macro rotation for 40/40 1* mats is now up @ 40/40 1* Mat Rotation 2.0. Do check it out if you have been using the old rotation!

This is a writeup from a long time ago, but since there hasn’t been many changes made to crafting, the information might still prove useful for many crafters out there. However, I am by no means a full-time crafter, and i definitely do not have all crafts maxed out. Therefore, I am limited in terms of crafting skills that I can use for maximizing effectiveness. On the bright side, it also means that what is described below can be achieved with alot less work and investment into crafting than some of the other methods out there. Hope you like it and find it useful!

For anyone who has done crafting in FFXIV but did not put much effort and time into researching the stats needed for 100% HQ, or has absolutely no clue what/how 100% HQ can be done, here’s some of my experiences with regards to this matter.

 

What is 100% HQ?

In FFXIV, crafting is done with 2 progress bars, one for craftsmanship, and one for quality. The progress made on the quality bar will determine the percentage chance for a HQ product at the end of the craft. Thus, a 100% HQ rotation used is simply using crafting skills in a specific rotation, and obtaining a full bar in quality, while at the same time, successfully crafting the product before durability goes below 0.

The reason why this is significant is that even though HQ products can be made at quite a steady rate even with less stats than what I displayed before, the normal method is through a combination of skills that rely on RNG, like Hasty Touch, Tricks of the Trade (ToT), rinsing and repeating before finishing with a Byregot’s Blessing (BB). Even with Steady Hand 2 (SH2), Hasty Touch is at 80% success rate for a 100% increase in quality = RNG factor 1. For ToT, only “Good” procs allow you to use it to replenish 20CP = RNG factor 2. Without enough procs of Hasty Touch (HT), BB will not be very effective and without enough ToT activations, you might not get enough durability back to spam more HTs, or worse, miscount the amount of CP you have left and end up failing the synthesis altogether. Yea, failing synthesis sounds stupid, but trust me it’s very easy to lose count of the CP needed for the finishing sequence, especially on 40/40 durability mats.

 

Minimum Requirement in Stats Needed for 100% HQ Rotation

Nothing much to explain here, black and white figures. Craftsmanship 357, Control 344, CP 355. This applies to the specific rotation I use for my 100% HQ. I do not have enough CP so I use CP food to achieve 355. When melding, do remember that you can leave ONE of the stats slightly below the requirement and make up for it with food.

 

Minimum Cross-class Skills Needed for 100% HQ Rotation

50 Weaver for Careful Synthesis II, 50 Carpenter for Byregot’s Blessing, 37 Culinary for Steady Hand II, 15 Blacksmith for Ingenuity and 15 Leatherworking for Waste Not.

Careful Synthesis 2: 100% chance for 120% craft progress, one of the best synthesis skills since it requires 0 CP, and automatically has 0 RNG involved, allowing it to be used outside of SH2 charges.

Byregot’s Blessing: OP crafting skill. Single best quality skill by a mile. Anyone keen on crafting higher level stuff should work on getting this skill. Your eyes will pop when you see quality increases by 2000+ one of these days.

Steady Hand 2: After learning and using this skill, I get the same feeling I did when I forced myself to get to Black Mage 26 for Swiftcast. Might not seem that needed at first or second glance, but once you learn it and start using it, you will feel like all the time spent to get it was sooooo worth it. 70% to 80% chance on HT is A LOT of difference, and in our case here, it makes Basic Touch 100% success. Imagine if you only have Steady Hand I, you will need to use Standard Touch (80% quality skill) for a no RNG quality increase, and that requires 14 more CP per try. Good luck with getting 400+ CP on your character… which is impossible.

Ingenuity: One would not realise the importance and usefulness of this skill until he/she crafts a twinthread or higher item. Drops the item level to your own level and increases quality gain by a significant amount, and even more so for synthesis progress! Try it and you will be surprised how much durability you can save just by popping this skill before completing a craft.

Waste Not: Often deemed as useless, since Manipulation is better for durability issues most of the time. I agree with that as well, but in our case, we cannot use any other durability skills, simply because of the CP restrictions. The skill description says half durability use in 4 turns, but in actual fact, if you only use it once in your whole rotation, having the effect up for 3 turns is the same. Completing the craft at 0 durability or -5 durability doesn’t make a difference. At 56 CP cost, it’s the only one we can use to add 2 durability turns to our rotation.

 

The Rotation

In fact, there a few rotations that can be used to achieve 100% HQ. Different ones require slightly different stats and cross-class abilities as requirements, so choose yours accordingly, the one which is closest to what you possess currently.

Inner Quiet > CSII > Waste Not > SH2 > Basic Touch x 5 > Great Strides > Steady Hand > Ingenuity > Standard Touch > Great Strides > BB > CSII x 2

One might ask, is it really 100%, since it looks like it barely achieves the goal. What happens if I get a POOR on my BB turn? Well, I personally have not experienced that before, and I too, am rather fearful of that chance. I am not 100% sure whether it will still be 100% in quality bar if that occurs (one should never underestimate how much GS + BB combo can do), but I can safely tell you that by using 2 HQ mats along with the other mats needed while crafting, odds can be overcome.

 

Example Given

Vanya Robe of Healing. For me, I will simply synthesize a NQ vanya silk by using ING and CSII. Next, Vanya Robe Lining is 80/80 durability, and that’s what our rotation is made for. HQing this robe lining should be a breeze with our rotation, and further gives you the confidence in the 100% HQ method. Finally, put all the mats together and tada, HQ Vanya Robe of Healing is made.

The question here is, which other mats should I use as HQ mats for the final step? Personally I use those that I can make myself from simple NQ mats. Yes I am referring to Twinthread. Why buy the HQ mats from other professions and pay them processing fee (the amount they charge more than the cost of mats) when I can make my own weaver HQ stuff and use their cheap NQ ones!? And then you ask, so how do I reliably HQ Twinthread?

 

40/40 Durability Mats Make me Mad

Tbh, this was the main reason why I thought of posting on this topic. There are many guides around on the topic of 100% HQing 80/80 Durability i70 stuff already, so it seems I’m just repeating. But when I search for 100% HQ i55/70 40/40 mats, or specifically TWINTHREAD, nothing comes up. After a long search, I deduced it is impossible to do it, and slowly, I realize it’s true. With only 40 durability, there is no way we can have enough Inner Quiet stacks into the rotation with only WN, but by using Manipulation, we will still not be able to achieve 100% quality through the use of BTs alone. But there must be at least a best possible way to do it in a fixed rotation, or rather, how high of a percentage HQ can we achieve if we use a fixed rotation?

 

The Rotation, for 40/40 Mats

Really, only bother with this when you are looking at ilvl 55 and above stuff. But actually, using this method will 100% hq 40/40 mats of lower item levels, so why not?

Inner Quiet > SH2 > BT x 2 > Manipulation > BT x 2 > SH2 > Ingenuity > Standard Touch > Great Strides > BB > Standard Synthesis

HQ %: ~75-80%
Fail %: 0%

This is done using the same stats for the Vanya stuff, however, only CP and Control must be at that specific figure as described above. Craftsmanship, on the other hand, can be as low as 296 to pull this off. I generally use this all the time now to craft my Twinthreads, since I can macro the rotation up and stop being stressed over Twinthread, pressing left and right over HT/ToT all day… But if you are a perfectionist and want all HQ, well, go ahead and try the HT RNG method then. I’ve tried both and I would say the yields are similar. When HT procs do not go well, which happens quite often for me, it’s a NQ for sure. And you waste so much time and energy going through the “HT/ToT/hoping for success and procs/screaming cos of repeated 80% success chance failures” rotation.

***A new post regarding macro rotation for 40/40 1* mats is now up @ 40/40 1* Mat Rotation 2.0. Do check it out if you have been using the old rotation!

 

Conclusion

The hidden message from this post: I’m lazy, and so are most serious crafters. If we can guarantee 100% HQ on something, we will use that method. If we can get by with 80% HQ rate on smaller stuff like Twinthread, we will (or at least I WILL) happily macro it and enjoy chatting with friends while semi-afk crafting mats.

**I mentioned “Macro” in my Twinthreads section, but I have to remind you, though both rotations are fixed, I DO NOT recommend using a macro while crafting the main items like Vanya and stuff. This is to prevent accidental delays/lag that will skip certain steps if the animation from a previous step somehow has not finished. Only use macros for making mats like Twinthread or below, or the mats in your respective classes.

***The reasons why I simply made NQ Vanya Silk in my example given:
1) There is no need to HQ it at all, since the next step that uses it up is a 80/80 step and I can HQ it no matter the mats used anyway.
2) Vanya Silk is a i70 40/40 mat and is a pain in the *** to HQ. Twinthread is already hard enough to HQ reliably, let alone an i70 version of it.

I hope I have answered most of the questions I raised :/ And I hope this helps fellow crafters in FFXIV! Though I cannot find any guides on 100% HQ 40/40 mats, I DO NOT doubt the existence of them, or other rotations with higher HQ% than mine. If you are aware of one, please kindly share with me and others. Thanks!

This article was written back in 2013, and stuff like 3-star recipes and i70 crafting weapon has been introduced. I hope to have the time to delve deeper into crafting again (since my return i haven’t been crafting much), and hopefully share more about the “new” crafting stuff ^^

 

Sources:
http://www.reddit.com/r/ffxiv/comments/1p8t6q/the_100_hq_0_rng_2_star_rotation%5D(this
http://www.reddit.com/r/ffxiv/comments/1mh6um/crafting_guidetheorycrafting_dont_let_crafters/

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