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Knowledge of Nym: Analyzing the final pre-patch Last Fantasy XIV producer’s letter

Properly, it seems like we’ve received no precise new data on the following growth. I’m undecided methods to really feel about that. I imply, certain, I didn’t actually anticipate to listen to about it when this dwell letter had different issues on its thoughts, however on the similar time it felt believable. Are we actually going to have a whole growth proven off to us in February? Is that the cleaner and extra simple route Last Fantasy XIV is taking this time?

Eh, no time to consider that, there’s a brand new patch to research!

I’m probably not shocked to be taught that we’re getting the patch on December eighth, which locations it at a reasonably good juncture from the final patch; it additionally exhibits that the group has clearly tailored to crucial modifications and we’re again on a extra regular replace cadence. This letter was a bit lighter on particulars and extra about displaying issues off, however there’s nonetheless data to select at simply the identical.

Blue Monk

Blue Mage is getting new artifact gear and one other degree bump! I’m going to be sincere, I didn’t see this coming but it surely actually makes me really feel like one other restricted job is extra probably earlier than the following growth. In any case, I don’t see us getting one other degree increase, and we didn’t get these on a very tight schedule total. That’s hardly sure, however my guess is that the experiment appears to have largely labored. And in the event you’re nonetheless mad about Blue Mage… hey, lots of people do prefer it and it appears to have labored out. Sorry, man.

After all, there’s not far more to say apart from to hope you’ve received your self updated earlier than the midpoint patch, probably someday in January. However I wouldn’t be shocked in any respect if we’re getting BST or PUP as a brand new restricted choice.

The extra meaty modifications we have been instructed about, after all, are the modifications being made to Monk… and actually, they’re modifications that make sense and make the job much less annoying. Rebalancing would be the key to this, however simply giving the job a flat excessive velocity takes away the Greased Lightning upkeep that basically outlined the job for a lot too lengthy. It does reduce the buildup, however I feel it’s a worthwhile loss for Monk being made extra constant. It additionally makes issues like Twister Kick truly helpful in fight.

I’m a bit shocked we’ve seen two jobs majorly rewritten mid-expansion, which is uncommon. Each Monk and Ninja now have gotten some fairly notable overhauls, and whereas the top outcome has performed extra equally than MCH has, it’s nonetheless a giant set of alterations. Nonetheless, I don’t need that to sound like a criticism; I feel it’s to the group’s credit score that these points are thought-about worthy of main modifications even mid-expansion.

Hand.

Right here come the brand new challenges

So our subsequent trial is certainly Emerald Weapon, and we’re wrapping up Eden as anticipated. The primary two bosses we all know of appear to be they’re one other journey on Last Fantasy III, which is odd within the excessive… but it surely does make a little bit of sense, for the reason that full trailer for this growth included a really notable leitmotif from that sport’s overworld however is in any other case unconnected save for the prominence of the Crystal Tower within the Crystarium.

Severely, there’s the Cloud of Darkness, and the opposite boss seems prefer it may very well be both Cerberus or Scylla. The actual query is why we’d be summoning reminiscences of those bosses, which do appear to be they’d be remixes of previous fights like what occurred with the primals.

After all, it’s additionally price noting that within the footage we’ve got, the wolf-monster appears to be preventing out in Lakeland or one thing prefer it. That may be attention-grabbing, to say the least.

Emerald Weapon, in the meantime… effectively, it’s going down in a castrum we’ve lengthy seen with out visiting, and that’s form of good. I’m nonetheless interested in the place they’re planning to go along with this one, though it additionally appears extremely probably at this level that we’ll end issues off in opposition to Diamond Weapon. There’s little doubt going to be some attention-grabbing lore right here, which is one thing worthwhile.

As all the time, I discover the conventional variations of those fights to be a bit perfunctory, however I do like seeing the hooked up story. I simply want they’d make the struggle themselves a bit extra related, you recognize? Ah effectively.

Not birb.

Drag-on

It’s all the time troublesome to get a way of what’s coming subsequent within the MSQ from the trailers. Trailers deceive, trailers tease, and trailers ship one thing that’s not truly as clear as you suppose it could be. So it’s too early to make sure about something. However I feel there’s no less than one attention-grabbing factor to unpack about that fast dragon shot we get within the begin of the trailer.

Right here’s the factor – that’s not a boss in something we find out about. It’s not a trial boss as a result of we all know who that’s. It’s completely unconnected from the rest. And whereas it makes use of the identical mannequin skeleton as Bahamut… who might or not it’s? What’s it?

Properly, I’ve a thought on that: We do have two wyrms of the First Brood unaccounted for, Vrtra and Azdaja. We all know that they’re out and alive, and we don’t know something past that.

Each Vrtra and Azdaja have been infamous monsters in Last Fantasy XI, it’s price noting, and each of them had an analogous black-violet kind of colour scheme. It’s completely believable that it is a main introduction as a kind of wyrms joins into the principle story… particularly since stated dragon seems to indirectly coincide with the scene of Fandaniel strolling towards what’s presumably the WoL.

What does that imply? I don’t know. It might imply that my prior concept about the place we’re going subsequent is improper; the presence of dragons may effectively trace at Meracydia, which was the traditional dwelling of the First Brood earlier than a few of them moved north. It might additionally imply that one of many wyrms has additionally sojourned and now occupies area in Ilsabard. Heck, it might simply be a tease of one thing completely unrelated and be an entirely unreal dragon indirectly.

However the trailer undoubtedly feels a bit scattered and prefer it’s promising large issues. I don’t know what’s coming subsequent right here, but it surely looks like there’s so much happening with the general story. There’s plenty of content material the place I can’t start at guessing what it’s teasing. Stuff with Lyse, stuff in Ala Mhigo and Limsa Lominsa except for Sharlayan, all kinds of imprecise hints and teases about the place the story could be going subsequent.

I don’t know what occurs subsequent, however there certain is so much to chew on and marvel about. And fortunately, we’ve got nearly every week left to marvel earlier than we begin getting some solutions.

Suggestions, as all the time, is welcome in mail kind to [email protected] or within the feedback under. Subsequent time, I’ll be speaking in regards to the patch notes earlier than the patch itself. You know the way these go.

The Nymian civilization hosted an immense quantity of information and studying, however a lot of it has been misplaced to the individuals of Eorzea. That doesn’t cease Eliot Lefebvre from scrutinizing Last Fantasy XIV every week in Knowledge of Nym, internet hosting guides, dialogue, and opinions with out a lot as a hint of rancor.

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