Update Notes

Nocturnal Souls is constantly in flux with new features and content. We aim to roll out new features and functionality once a week; however, scripts and new content can be rolled out as often as it’s created without downtime. Thanks to our testing and development team for all their hard work!

Here’s the latest changes and enhancements:

14 August 2022

Retail Client Update - August 2022

30220802

For a refresher on how to update your client, click here. In Check Files and/or when typing /ver in game, the new version number should be 30220802_2 or higher.

  • Zone ID shifts in: Marjami Ravine, Bhalfau Thicket
  • Added two new zones: Throne Room V and Outer RaKaznar U2
  • Added two new status effects: Taint and Haunt (assuming for Sortie)
  • Renamed Outer RaKaznar U to Outer RaKaznar U1.
  • Message ID shifts in 58+ zones, including all cities.
  • The Locus mobs in Bhalfau Thicket have been removed for the time being.
Note

Community members who are using high-definition DATs, such as Ashenbubs, are recommended to use XIPivot to sideload their files to making updating month-to-month easier. Be sure to grab it to get the latest textures. Players who use Xi-View should update from Caradog or KenshiDRK depending on which one they use.

Ensuring you have the latest versions can fix several issues with chat windows crashing clients, icons not showing up right, etc.

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE Updated the Heroics Couriers' task for Smithing incorrectly asking for rhodium ingots; it now asks for molybdenum ingots.
  • UPDATE Added a dialog to the Quasilumin in The Garden of Ru’Hmet to inform players that the escort component of COP 8-2 is not required.
  • UPDATE Added an additional packet push when players dismount their chocobo that should resolve an issue where players dismount out of range of others and cannot be seen.
  • UPDATE Updated several mob drop lists in The Boyahda Tree to better reflect what those targets should be dropping.
  • UPDATE Updated two item prices in the !craft Blacksmith to be more inline with guild vendor and auction prices.
  • UPDATE Updated the duration of our custom version of Heavenward Howl to be 180s plus a bonus from Summoning Time, similar to Ecliptic Growl, to make it easier to maintain this buff on the party.
  • BUG Updated the base spell list for The Grinch so that he no longer casts Blaze Spikes–which was upgrading his normal Ice Spikes to Dread Spikes making him more Grinchy than expected.
  • BUG Updated the skillchain element of Silent Storm to properly be Wind, not Water.
  • BUG Updated the Lentus Grip and Plumose Sachet to allow for account sending.
  • BUG Updated the recipe for an Hajduk Ring to provide a high-quality result at HQ1.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where weaponskills that miss wouldn’t immediately update the player’s UI making it look like they could weaponskill again.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where Samurai’s Zanshin would reproduce the last hit, rather than create a new hit–this could cause blocked/guarded/countered hits to repeat the action unintentionally.

7 August 2022

Beat the Heatwaves

The summer event, Beat the Heatwaves, comes to a close for another year. The next event, Fall Harvest, will start in late September.

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE Added a reminder to players working on their relic weapon quests that the weapon must be equipped to get credit.
  • UPDATE The relic +2 JSE neck for Dragoons has been updated to replace Pet: Magic Attack Bonus with Pet: Breath+ which translates into Wyvern Breath+ found on other Dragoon gear. A means for existing players to trade their neck piece in for the updated version will be coming in future updates.
  • UPDATE Added in an additional check to (hopefully) prevent an edge case where a player cannot receive a Raise due to the client missing the packet.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where mythic weapon checks would set at the wrong phase for some players. This flag has been changed to simply look for the proper, completed mythic weapons in the player storage (inventory, wardrobes, etc.). Margret, for entry into Reisenjima Hinge, and Aurix, for gaining entry into Dynamis Divergence and upgrading Relic armors, both use this new check. We’ll be shifting all REMA checks to use this new system in a future update.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where monsters with NIN or BRD subjobs would not proper cast their spells.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where higher level Ark Angels would favor their lower level abilities has been fixed, including, in Escha Ru’Aun, the ability for the Ark Angels to attempt to self-skillchain under certain conditions.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where ranged weaponskills wouldn’t pull a player out of invisible or sneak.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where some avatar magic spells (e.g. Shiva’s Blizzard II and IV) had a typo in their TP effect and were not receiving their full TP effect.

31 July 2022

Miscellaneous

  • BUG (hotfix) Adjusted the HP damage calculation for Spirits Within and Arrogance Incarnate when used by AAEV and other mobs with very high HP values (this doesn’t make it where you it won’t one-shot you, but not… always? 😁)
  • BUG (hotfix) Addressed an issue causing Goddess Hymnus not to provide the proper Reraise III effect.

24 July 2022

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE Wyverns now gain the proper levels from the dragoon’s main hand weapon when at level 99. With the relic necklace, wyverns can now reach level 120 and gain improved hit rate, damage reduction, and overall level difference calculations when doing and taking damage.
  • UPDATE The fishing quest in Selbina has been re-enabled and is now set to calculate winners once a week during the Conquest calculations.
  • UPDATE The Moonshade Earring’s latent effect for Beastmaster is now Ready/Sic Recast Reduction -3s instead of Fencer.
  • UPDATE Added the beryllium, oxidant, and gashing bolts, including their custom recipes, quviers, and effects.
  • UPDATE Addressed an edge case where players could trigger an NPC during synthesis and it would not cancel the synthesis.
  • BUG (hotfix) Addressed an issue where Adelbrecht had an incorrect dialogue after aligning to The Fighting Fourth in Bastok [S].
  • BUG Addressed an issue where the onMobMagicPrepare wouldn’t fire. Several mobs who either shouldn’t cast due to conditions (e.g. Seriyu during Hundred Fists) or should cast certain spells due to conditions (e.g. Merrows during Medusa’s encounter) should now work properly.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where the Scouts Coalition would say it needed 100 enemies defeated in one dialogue, but 75 in another. 75 is correct and the dialogue has been updated.
  • BUG Addressed Feather Storm (Blue Magic) to no longer vary crit chance based on TP, but to vary the chance to poison.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where Gnoles were classified as beastmen and Dvergrs were classified as undead.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where Cait Sith would use Regal Gash instead of Regal Scratch at lower levels.
  • BUG Addressed a missing resist and accuracy check for Spectral Floe, Entomb, and Anvil Lightning’s additional status effects.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where Holy and Arcane Circles were 10m recasts instead of 5m.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where Grape Diafuku/+1 food had entirely wrong stats (now that it actually has the stats printed on the item box).
  • BUG Addressed a potential nav mesh error when some monsters get ‘stuck’ on the edge of a zoneline.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where the crafting recipe for Amph. Leather x3 used willow logs instead of distilled water.

17 July

Retail Client Update - July 2022

30220309

For a refresher on how to update your client, click here. In Check Files and/or when typing /ver in game, the new version number should be 302206705_0 or higher.

  • Zone ID shifts in: Batallia Downs, Qufim Island, and Bhaflau Thickets
  • NOTE: At this time, the new “Locus” tier of mobs hasn’t been added to Bhaflau Thickets. As these have more XP than Apex, yet only give exemplar XP, they don’t have a lot of value for our ecosystem. We’ll continue to review as we look at new tiers of NG+ and other systems that these could play a part in.
Note

Community members who are using high-definition DATs, such as Ashenbubs, are recommended to use XIPivot to sideload their files to making updating month-to-month easier. Be sure to grab it to get the latest textures. Players who use Xi-View should update from Caradog or KenshiDRK depending on which one they use. Ensuring you have the latest versions can fix several issues with chat windows crashing clients, icons not showing up right, etc.

Beat The Heatwaves 2022 - Phase II

  • Players can now purchase additional items from the Event Moogles based on the number of heatwaves they have. Having 50 heatwaves shows the maximum items in the store. There are several seasonal furnishings, costumes, the Lotus Katana (used to synergy craft the
      Zanmato 
    ), and the limited time Redeyes sunglasses that grant a daily stack of Angelwings!
  • The chance for Fire Feathers to drop has been slightly increased.

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE Added the missing Attack and Evasion latents to the Shetal Stone.
  • UPDATE The limited time Citrullus Shirt celebrating the release of Beastmaster has been removed from the Login Coffer.
  • BUG (hotfix) Addressed an issue where Call Beast and Bestial Loyalty could summon jug pets of a higher level when sync’d below the requirements.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where physical blue magic would use the caster’s item level instead of player level when sync’d below 99.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where Dynamis Divergence Quadav Ninjas would rapid fire Ore Toss, even in melee range. 🪨 🪨 🪨

10 July

Beat The Heatwaves 2022 - Phase I

King chillin' by the beach

The heat is back with new rewards! This release includes phase one of the event with the next update coming out as part of the 17 July update.

Here’s what’s new in 2022:

  • The bonus rewards offered to players from the Event Moogle on successful completion of the BCNM have been updated to find rewards that the player does not already have (there are 22 in total). In addition, the Agent appearance set has been added.
  • The stat bonuses for gaining excessive amounts of heatwaves has been removed. Heatwaves now serve as a currency to acquire Fire Feathers (for those very unlucky with Summer Heats drops), trigger fireworks drops, and trigger gem currency drops.
  • The custom augmented rewards are back! Players have a chance to acquire a variety of accessories that come pre-augmented on successful completion of the event BCNM.
  • The Golden Bomb mount has been added as a potential (very rare) reward from the Event BCNM.

Click here for more information!

Hunts System 2.0

The Hunts system has been revamped to add more mob families and more variety throughout the day.

  • Hunts are now two-hour windows throughout the day.
  • Each hunt window has two potential family targets and common-type targets have multiple windows throughout the day.
  • The !hunts command now tells players the current targets, the next targets, and our server time (all times are in server time, which is US Central).
  • The max level of mobs eligible for hunts has been increased to 180 for level 99 players.
  • Several new mob families have been added, including many that are Apex mobs for those grinding higher level XP/merits.
Families Start Time End Time
Lizards & Dragons 00:00 01:59
Lumorian & Luminion 02:00 03:59
Arcana & Archaic Machines 04:00 05:59
Voragean & Empty 06:00 07:59
Beasts & Aquans 08:00 09:59
Vermin & Amorphs 10:00 11:59
Plantoids & Birds 12:00 13:59
Undead & Demons 14:00 15:59
Birds & Lizards 16:00 17:59
Amorphs & Plantoids 18:00 19:59
Demons & Dragons 20:00 21:59
Aquans & Arcana 22:00 23:59

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE Odin (all forms) now has his proper Odin abilities. You should take a moment to look these up. 😁
  • UPDATE Avatar and Jug magic abilities should now cap at 99999, not 65535.
  • UPDATE Several ability and weaponskill distance checks should now properly account for the large model size of the mob (Behemoths, Hydras, etc.) when determining if you’re “close enough” to use the skill.
  • BUG Several forms of Shell gained by monsters could cause their Magic Damage Taken to overflow causing them to take incorrect amounts of magic damage.

5 July

Beastmaster Updates

  • UPDATE (hotfix) The !petstats command now uses the :getStat() method instead of :getMod() to return proper amounts, just not the armor modifiers and buffs.
  • UPDATE A complete revamp of how the Recast charge packets work to send the proper user data to the clients. With this, the Beastmaster Sic/Ready Recast merits have been re-enabled. This should fix the ‘offset’ issues that all charge abilities have, including Strategems and Quick Draw.
  • UPDATE The READY_SIC_RECAST modifier has been added and added to the one item in the game that has it–the Charmers Merlin.
  • UPDATE The logic for how aftermaths are used for pets has been reworked. When a player uses an aftermath that affects pets (e.g. the Mythics), the Aftermath effect is placed on both the player and the pet, not just the player. This should address the issue where pet stats went wrong when the pet died while the player’s aftermath was still up (and then on wearing off the player, their stats went into the negative).
  • BUG Addressed an issue where the ACCP modifier was not wired up at all. 🤦‍♂️ This addresses the issue with Reward’s Accuracy Bonus modifier for pets (and probably a dozen other places we used that mod and never realized it wasn’t actually wired up).

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE The Quick Draw Elemental Bonus has been added to the Corsair’s Empyrean armor (boots) where appropriate. This effect places a short-duration buff on the target of Quick Draw that causes it to take increased elemental damage for the corresponding element. At this time, we have opted not to have it wear off after the first corresponding damage hit.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where Detonator’s 2000 TP fTP was 25, not 2.5.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where the cRatio calculations for melee weaponskill pDIF was not being set in the right location and the min/max was being left to a wider band than it should have been. Players should see their melee weaponskills have a much tighter damage range when used at the same fTP and cRatio values. This did not affect ranged or magical weaponskills.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where players attempting the AQ60 quest could bypass the level restriction requirements of the fight. The fight now verifies all players are level sync’d properly or will not update.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where magic that was nullified or absorbed by the target based on corresponding element was treated as a ‘miss’ rather than a nullification or absorb. Feeding a target the element they absorb will now properly heal them.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where the item level check of a player was still being considered when the player was level sync’d causing weaponskills to do extraordinary damage while sync’d. Item level calculations no longer kick in unless the player is level 99.
  • BUG Removed the Sacro Cord from the Auction House as it cannot be sold or traded.
  • BUG Addressed an issue with Bounty Shot not having the proper subpower to trigger treasure hunter.

26 June 2022

Beastmaster Updates

  • UPDATE Disabled the Merit for Ready/Sic Recast reduction until we can address a way to better handle this with the charge system. Under the right circumstances, players could cause the charges to go negative and would need change jobs to reset.
  • UPDATE Added several missing jugs to Theraisie and standardized the prices for these jugs.
  • UPDATE Added an AI logic check that prevents ready moves from being issued to pets that are not in a state that they can receive moves (such as mid-way through performing another action). This should resolve the issue where players could spam ready moves and use their charges up, but the pet not perform the action.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where NoviceNed could be summoned in town. No rabbit PVP matches, sorry.
  • BUG Addressed a few jugs missing their Auction House categories and not being able to be sold.

Summoner Updates

  • UPDATE The battle logic for TP moves for avatars has been separated out from monsters (similar to what we did for jugs). This allows us a finer level of control without affecting mob skills. With this, physical avatar moves once again have their TP modifiers such as bonus damage, increased critical hit rate, and increased accuracy.
  • UPDATE Magical blood pacts can now properly be magic burst–not just Ramuh’s Thunder or Shiva’s Blizzard spells, but the actual magical blood pacts too like Fenrir’s Lunar Bay and Carbuncle’s Meteorite.
  • UPDATE Addressed a logic check where main-job SMNs avatars didn’t receive their MATT/MACC scaling at 99+.
  • UPDATE Increased the sub-99 ratio for HP multiplier for low-level avatars. At level 20, players should see 125-150 more HP on their avatars compared to before.

Miscellaneous

  • BUG Updated the Marinara Pizza recipe to provide the proper quantities for NQ and HQ results.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where the watermelon snow cone could not be consumed.
  • BUG Addressed Gulltop’s onSpellHit event failing to fire due to an incorrect variable.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where Chocobo Jig II had a 0.00y range (aka single target).

21 June

Unleash the Beast!

What were our goals?

  • Create a viable Beastmaster job, keeping true to the player-and-pet relationship while making the job useful both solo and in small group play.
  • Address the issue that Charm, Tame, and other abilities are not useful at high levels as charmed pets cannot not scale properly.
  • Add a uniqueness that aligns to our faster paced battle system.
  • Add a bit of our own custom flair to the job to make it unique to the NocSouls ecosystem.

What’s been done?

  • Beastmaster is now fully functional… plus some!
  • All missing traits have been added, such as various family “killer” effects, Fencer III, and Resist Amnesia I-V. BST is the most Amnesia resistant class out there!
  • All retail jugs have been added, wired up, and have fully functional ready commands and charges.
  • Aymur, Farsha, and the Totemic, Ankusa, and Nukumi armor sets, and many more gear pieces have been updated to have their missing beastmaster modifiers.

What’s custom?

Numerous “NocSouls” specific features have also been added to make the play style more aligned to the fast paced game play on our server.

  • Beneficial effects provided by jugs are provided in AOE to the entire party, not just the Beastmaster.
    • Raaz’s Zealous Snort now provides its benefit via “Potency” to stack with standard Haste effects. While Potency’s tool tip says it grants crit, this effect does not grant anything beyond what Zealous Snort normally grants.
    • Crab’s Bubble Curtain provides BLU-esque Magic Shield (-20% MDT, +150 MEVA, no magic “stoneskin” immunity).
  • 40 custom high-quality jugs have been added for pets that had no corresponding HQ jugs. Players can activate those pets by equipping the non-quality jug and using Bestial Loyalty.
  • Jugs now automatically engage (“Fight”) when the player engage a target. Similar to automatons and avatars, the player can switch targets and the pet will remain on the initial target.
  • Jugs now scale similar to how Avatars and Wyverns scale based on master level. Beastmasters also gain additional scaling and enhancements for pets over level 99.
  • Jugs now gain buffs from Heroic Empowerments and New Game+ ranks.
  • Jugs' magical ready moves now vary on TP similar to physical moves and can now properly Magic Burst on skill chains.
  • Jugs' physical ready moves now have a higher fTP modifier if they use more ready charges to provide more potency to these abilities.
  • Jugs' physical ready moves now have the ability to multi-strike based on the jug’s double, triple, and quadruple attack rating.
  • Jugs now gain the passive traits of their selected jobs, such as Hippogryphs gaining triple attack as they are thieves.
  • Jugs now have their expected family traits, such as reduced water damage taken by pugils, treasure hunter gained by ladybugs, and reduced physical damage taken by crabs.
  • High-quality jugs are even better! All high-quality jugs have a +25% increased base combat damage multiplier.

What commands did we modify?

  • Call Beast has been modified to improve the new Beastmaster experience.

    • Players now gain Call Beast at level 1 by beastmasters (must be a beastmaster main job).
    • Level 1 to 22 players (pre-jug) can use Call Beast to summon Novice Ned , a rabbit familiar that aids the beastmaster until jugs are available.
    • Novice Ned isn’t affected by the 0 ~ -2 level variance of normal jugs (mostly so he doesn’t try to spawn at level 0, or -1). 😄
    • Level 23 and beyond, Call Beast requires the appropriate jugs to summon pets.
  • Bestial Loyalty has been updated to not expend an equipped high-quality jug. If a low-quality jug is equipped, it will be expended and summon the HQ version of that pet. Custom HQ pets have been added to all jugs where no HQ version previously existed. (e.g. Lyrical Broth)

  • Charm* has been redesigned. This ability now provides a “Deus Ex Automata”-esque functionality that can summon a player’s equipped jug pet in an emergency.

    • Players now gain Charm at level 80.
    • The recast of Charm is set to 60s.
    • Players must be engaged with a target to use this ability, have an equipped jug, and not have an active pet.
    • Jug pets summoned by Charm will immediately engage the target.
    • Jug pets summoned by Charm will have a Weakness effect on them that lasts for 60s. The duration of this effect can be reduced by CHARM TIME modifiers on gear. If players can reduce the this below the 60s threshold, the pet will summon without any Weakness effect.
  • Familiar has been updated to increase the bonus rates from 10% to 20% and provide bonuses for ranged attack, magic attack bonus, magic accuracy, and magic defense.

  • Reward has been redesigned. The associated pet biscuits have been updated to provide unique effects in addition to an improved regen effects.

    • Base recast has been reset to the ‘retail’ recast of 90s due to the additional effects and increased healing.
    • Base pet healing is now based on the pet’s maximum health and is the same for each biscuit. A biscuit can heal a maximum of 10% of the pet’s total HP, with the REWARD HP BONUS adding an additional 1% per modifier. REWARD HP BONUS caps at 50% as per retail.
    • The pet regen amount is now based on the pet’s level, in 10 level increments, with level 1-10 pets regening 1 HP/tick and level and 116+ pets regening 80 HP/tick. Similar to the healing effect, this does not vary by biscuit.
    • Each biscuit provides an additional benefit to the pet depending on the type of biscuit. These bonuses scale on the MND of the Beastmaster and last 90s.
    • Biscuit effects
      • Alpha: Defense + Magic Defense Boost
      • Beta: Attack + Accuracy Boost
      • Gamma: Evasion + Magic Evasion Boost
      • Delta: Subtle Blow + Store TP
      • Epsilon: Critical Hit Rate
      • Zeta: Double Attack
      • Eta: Magic Attack + Magic Accuracy
      • Theta: Severe Damage Reduction (Migawari)

What did we pass on?

  • We did not add the new August 2020 traits Tandem Strike and Tandem Blow as the “you and your pet are attacking the same target” as the accuracy bonus would provide little value to players and wiring it up would have been unnecessarily difficult at this time. We’ll continue to evaluate this for the future if we ever wanted it to do something different.

Why did we do away with the concept of charming mobs?

In reviewing how charmed targets work, there was no way to consistently ‘scale’ a charmed monster to equate to what a jug could provide as the monster’s stats had already been calculated. In addition, once monster get more than 8 levels higher than a player, then chance to charm floors down to 0%. Monsters in most 99+ content are 30-40 levels higher than the player. Finally, as we looked at play style, many of our end-game arenas are battlefields without viable monsters to charm which forces Beastmasters to use jugs.

These were all taken into account when deciding to shift to a jug-only based system. In addition, this allows us to better tune and scale pets, add new pets as necessary, and apply unique bonuses that can only be applied “on spawn” when a jug pet is summoned.

Custom HQ Pets

40 custom high-quality jugs have been added for pets that had no corresponding HQ jugs. These jugs can be activated by using Bestial Loyality with the NQ jug equipped. The following jugs have custom, high-quality pets associated to them:

Jug NQ Pet HQ Pet
alchemist water Homunculus AngularAlfie
seedbed soil FunguarFamiliar TitanicTony
sun water AmigoSabotender CheekyCarl
cng. brain broth CraftyClyvonne CunningCamikio
rzr. brain broth BloodclawShasra EquitableEqui
l. carrot broth LuckyLulush JaggedyEarTak
c. plasma broth FatsoFargann GrizzledGendo
deepbed soil DiscreetLouise HeartyHeliodor
mlw. bird broth SwiftSieghard IrateIsabella
wool grease DipperYuly JauntyJoliet
vermihumus FlowerpotMerle KindlyKiyomi
d. herbal broth NurseryNazuna LivelyLerra
gob. bug broth MailbusterCeta MassiveMasao
b. carrion broth AudaciousAnna NoisyNancy
c. grass. broth PrestoJulio OpulentOrnella
svg. mole broth BugeyedBroncha PersistentPaul
cl. wheat broth GooeyGerard QuirkyQuill
b. carrion broth GorefangHobs RaucousRyan
lucky broth FaithfulFalcor StrategicSkade
shadowy broth CrudeRaphie BlissfulBroadam
briny broth DapperMac UniqueUlysses
wormy broth SlipperySilas VainVince
auroral broth TurbidToloi XenialXef
airy broth AmiableRoche MercurialMila
aged humus SweetCaroline WanderingWebby
blackwater broth HeadbreakerKen YearningYoshiro
crackling broth AnkebiterJedd ZippyZorathic
creepy broth CursedAnnabelle AmbusherAzria
crumbly soil BrainyWaluis BashfulBelinda
dire broth GenerousArthur CharmingCameron
furious broth SuspiciousAlice DaringDelta
livid broth WarlikePatrick ExpectantEarl
lyrical broth RhymingShizuna PoeticPetunia
meaty broth BlackbeardRandy GorgeousGeorge
muddy broth ThreestarLynn HumbleHamilton
pale sap HurlerPercival IncongruousIto
rapid broth FleetReinhard JammingJonel
saline broth SharpwitHermes KawaiiKalie
trans. broth HeraldHenry LoneLeonidas
wispy broth BraveHeroGlenn NavalNathan
Tip

High-quality pets have a higher damage ratio and stats than non-quality pets!

New/Updated Beastmaster Equipment

  • Beastmaster’s can now complete their Relic JSE necklace with Aurix.
    • HQ+2 is pre-augmented with: STR/DEX +10, Pet: Double Attack +10%, Pet: Att/Ratt/Acc/Racc +15
  • The relic armor gloves (Monsters and Ankusa) have the “Enhance Beast Affinity” modifier pre-applied similar to how it is pre-augmented in retail.
Note

We’re certain there’s sub-99 gear out there for BST we’ve missed. If you find a piece, a) check that a higher level item doesn’t already have those mods and replace it, b) check to see if those mods even do anything (see above), c) submit a suggestion to the Members Portal to add the item. If the item is truly unique and not replaced by something that already exists, we’ll consider adding it.

Other Beastmaster Enhancements

  • Updated Pet Augments that apply haste to use the new /1024 scale.
  • Updated the logic to allow pets to have additional effects (used by Slugs who have chance to enslow, may have other uses in the future).
  • Custom recipes for Transcendence Broth jug have been added with three different combinations of fish. 4x Ulbukan Lobster, 4x Mackerel, or 4x Blindfish with a water crystal and 105 cooking will grant the combine. Blindfish provide the most jugs per combine.
  • Added Ruszor meat as drops from Ruszors and Savage Ruszors for use in jug and biscuit recipes.
  • Added Warthog meat as drops from Cicatricose Raaz in Kamihr Drifts for use in jug and food recipes.
  • Added Mandragora sprouts as drops from Fuliginous Mandragora in Cirdas Caverns for use in jug recipes.
  • Added Lucerewe meat as drops from Lucerewe families in Kamihr Drifts for use in jug recipes.
  • Added various shrooms, including verboshrooms, as drops from Funguar families in Sih and Moh Gates and Cirdas Caverns.
  • Increased the drop rate of hippogryph feathers in several monster families for use in various armor synthesis.
  • Added Ziz Meat to the Chef in !craft for use in biscuit and food recipes.
  • Added Gnatbane to Mog Gardening via Harvesting 40+.
  • Added Locust Elutriators to Mog Gardening via Logging 80+.

Other Pet Normalizations

As we reviewed and updated the logic around jug pets, we also reviewed how other pets operated for their base stats and scaling. In general, a few areas were addressed:

  • Pets, in general, had far too excessive Attack and Accuracy compared to targets (most pets had 2-3x the attack that Naga Raja (the 170 dummy) has in defense). This is a hold over from early tuning of pets to try to normalize damage. We now know that STR/DEX plays more of a role than attack once the defense is at a 1:1 ratio.
  • Similar to jug pet scaling, avatars and automatons now have a level-based ‘growth’ multiplier to prevent pets from being absurdly overpowered at lower levels. Pets come into their full power once players reach 99 (or beyond).
  • Avatars and wyverns, in general, had a weird formula to calculate HP and MP based off a “level 1 tarutaru”. These now calculate based on level and job alone similar to jugs. Many pets now have more HP at higher levels and no longer have the MAX_HP_BOOST effect that monsters could sometimes dispel from pets.
  • Wyverns, in general, how have a bit more health and resistance to damage. The increase in health also provides a higher damage output for their Breath attacks as it’s based on their HP pools.
  • Avatars now have their job traits for their jobs and now have unique jobs based on their skills and general role (some Avatars had unique jobs to begin with, such as Fenrir, while all others were BLM/NONE by default).
    • Carbuncle: WHM/BLM
    • Fenrir: DRK/BLM
    • Ifrit: WAR/BLM
    • Titan: PLD/WAR
    • Leviathan: BLM/WHM
    • Garuda: BLM/RDM
    • Shiva: BLM/WAR
    • Ramuh: BLM/RDM
    • Diabolos: BLM/DRK
    • Cait Sith: BLM/WAR
  • Similar to jug pet ready moves, avatar and automatons now benefit from multistrikes. Players can now optimize their pet damage output in new ways by gearing to certain skills (such as maximizing multistrikes for Shiva’s Rush or Sharpshot’s String Shredder). Similar to players, the maximum number of hits any skill can do is 8.

Magic-based Weaponskill Formula Fix

It was brought to our attention by a very passionate member (and to most server owners, it seems) that we were calculating magical weaponskills incorrectly. The joys of PEMDAS. The updated data is based on BG-Wiki and Studio Gobli and recent retail testing during Welcome Home campaigns.

Previously, the magic WS base damage formula included adding the dSTAT (INT, in magic’s case) into the base damage calculation. The formula matched how physical weaponskills were calculated:

dmg = 
  (152 + (iLVL - Player Lvl) * 2.45) 
  + dSTAT) 
  * fTP

Instead, the proper formula for magic WS base damage is unique to magical weaponskills adding dSTAT outside of the base damage that is then used by the fTP multiplier and including MDMG or Magic Damage (found on many magical weapons/REMAs).

dmg = 
 (152 + (iLVL - Player Lvl) * 2.45) 
 * fTP) 
 + dSTAT 
 + MDMG

So why are we using dSTAT instead of dINT? It was found that not all magical weaponskills have the same dSTAT formula, which is 8 + ((Attacker INT - Target INT) / 2) clamped at +/- 32 and, in fact, not all weaponskills even use an INT comparison which, in hindsight, makes a lot of sense for the SMN, SCH, BST, and ranged weaponskills.

  • Garland of Bliss compares MND to MND, multiplied by 2, and caps at +/- 1276.
  • Omniscience compares MND to MND, multiplied by 2, and caps at +/- 651.
  • Primal Rend compares CHR to INT, multiplied by 1.5, and caps at +/- 651.
  • Leaden Salude compares AGI to INT, multiplied by 2, and caps at +/- 1276.
  • Trueflight compares AGI to INT, multiplied by 2, and caps at +/- 1276.
  • Wildfire compares AGI to INT, multiplied by 2, and caps at +/- 1276.
  • Sanguine Blade compares INT to INT, multiplied by 2, and has a higher cap at +/- 651.
  • Vidohunir compares INT to INT, multiplied by 2, and has a higher cap at +/- 651.

Not all magical weaponskills are even affected by dSTAT. With the stat comparison exclused from the damage formula, these weaponskills have the unique benefit that while their damage can be lower, it’s more consistent against higher INT targets focusing more on Magic Accuracy and Magic Attack Bonus than dSTAT.

  • Blade: Yu
  • Cloudsplitter
  • Herculean Slash
  • Infernal Scythe
  • Seraph Blade
  • Seraph Stirke
  • Shining Blade
  • Shining Strike
  • Tartarus Torpor
  • Uriel Blade

In addition to this formula change, we’ve addressed the long-standing issue where hybrid WS were missing their MAB bonus hit component. These weaponskills now properly provide an additional magic component to their overall damage based on the initial physical damage hit.

  • Blade: Chi
  • Blade: Teki
  • Blade: To
  • Flaming Arrow
  • Hot Shot
  • Tachi: Goten
  • Tachi: Jinpu
  • Tachi: Kagero
  • Tachi: Koki

So that’s the baseline, where did we go from there?

  • With our higher stats, the +/- 32 cap didn’t align to our stats. We have updated this to +/- 128 for all weaponskills that do not have a specified, higher cap.
  • Rather than bumping up the arbitary 152 base damage or the 2.45 multiplier, we opted to remove the negative side of the level difference check and grant a bonus to players using item level gear. Rather than level 119 weapons adding +20 base damage, they now add +100 (a 5x gain). The importance of jumping from 99 to item level weapons will now have a much more noticable jump using these weaponskills!

That means our base formula is now:

dmg = 
 (152 + ((MAX(iLvl - Player Level),0) * 5) * 2.45) 
 * fTP) 
 + dSTAT 
 + MDMG

A player with a level 119 weapon equipped would see a consistent base damage of 397. This is then multiplied by the weaponskills fTP with the dSTAT and MDMG added to it for the final result. This creates the intended consistent damage output that magic weaponskills should have.

= (152 + ((MAX(119 - 99),0) * 5) * 2.45)
= (152 + (20 * 5) * 2.45)
= (152 + (100) * 2.45)
= (152 + 245)
= 397
Tip

While we removed the level difference check for base damage, it’s still there for the magic hit rate, which, similar to all magic, determines if the ability hits for full power, half, quarter, eighth, or a sixteenth. Ensuring proper magic accuracy is critical to ensure consistent damage values.

Examples

Here are a few examples with the base stats provided to give an average example of the damage provided by those weaponskills. To perform these tests, we used MAB+ focused gearsets (with sufficient MACC to hit the target) without food or player/group buffs. Weaponskills were tested at 1000 TP, 2000 TP, and 3000 TP to 5 times each to provide an average. All tests were performed against the Level 150 training dummy (Reisenjima tier) on non-elemental favor days.

Weaponskill Job MAB MACC Old Average New Average Caveat
Sanguine Blade PLD/BLU 529 186 ~8828 ~8019 Uses increased dSTAT range.
Uriel Blade RDM/BLU 529 186 ~9901 ~6623 No longer includes dSTAT.
Aeolian Edge THF/RDM 555 253 ~9614 ~4798 Uses ‘default’ dSTAT calc.
Wildfire COR/BLU 1210 775 ~35230 ~19500 Uses AGI/INT dSTAT calc.
Leaden Salute COR/BLU 1210 775 ~26400 ~16800 Uses AGI/INT dSTAT calc.
Blade: Ei NIN/RDM 585 328 ~13759 ~11319 Uses ‘default’ dSTAT calc.
Tachi: Koki SAM/RDM 390 279 ~2470 ~3056 Now includes hybrid hit.

Q&A

  • With this change, how will it affect my gear?

    • For most players, it won’t. Magic Attack Bonus remains the primary way users who are performing magical weaponskills should ramp up their damage. Some players, who have focused primarily on Magic Attack Bonus though will need to re-evaluate their Magic Accuracy as the excessive amounts of base damage over compensated for a difference in Magic Accuracy vs. Magic Evasion on some encounters, especially those Lv150 and higher. At most, players who are at 99 and stil using non-item level weapons are encouraged to upgrade to take advantage of the item level bonus.
  • What can I do to increase my numbers?

    • If you see consistent damage, but it’s low, you can increase your attributes (INT/AGI/CHR) if the weaponskill is modified by a dSTAT to pump up your base damage. You can also use Absorb-{Stat} and Impact to reduce the target’s attributes.
    • If you see consistent damage, but it’s low and your dSTAT is fine, increase your magic attack bonus for a better multiplier. You can also reduce the target’s magic defense using spells like Acrid Stream and Benthic Typhoon, weaponskills like Shattersoul and Vidohunir, and ready abilities like Pestilent Plume and Swooping Frenzy.
    • If the weaponskill you’re using is tied to a REMA, be sure to check out that REMA. The +WSD on those weapons can provide a tremendous enhancement to base damage.
    • If the weaponskill does not have a dSTAT component and has a low fTP, consider testing out if Fotia gear provides a better advantage by increasing the fTP by 0.20 (with both pieces).
    • If you see a lot of varience in your damage, you’re likely low on accuracy. Look at increasing your magic accuracy with gear and augments for a more consistent damage rate. You can also reduce the target’s magic evasion with spells like Frazzle II or the Death Blossom weaponskill.
  • I don’t see a big change in the hybrid weaponskills. Should I?

    • It depends. The hybrid weaponskills are hard to perfect because you want a heavy hitting physical hit to base your magical counterpart hit off of. It’s hard to gear/augment for BOTH at the same time. You can account for this by gearing for one and using party buffs to boost the other making these shine in balanced groups more than solo. However, overall, these each gained a damage component that should add something to the overall damage.
  • I can do {x} damage with {x} physical weaponskill. Why isn’t my {x} magical weaponskill stronger?

    • It depends. Most magical weaponskills have a lower fTP compared to physical weaponskills. They also cannot crit, cannot multistrike, and cannot miss. They’re a melee player’s token against physical resistant mobs without being sidelined. They also benefit from the same things that benefit casters–Frazzle, Impact, Absorb-INT, and other Magic Defense Down effects (for you BLUs out there, Tearing Gust’s debuff is -30 MDB, so 30 less MAB that you need).
  • OMG, Corsair is still so powerful, even though theirs went down!?!

    • Yeah, and we’re always evaluating weaponskills. Corsair simply has access to so much MAB that most have 2-4x what any mob in the game has for MDEF. In addition, Corsair is one of the few, if only classes, that the magic WS is also their Aftermath WS on their primary weapon and they can equip both a ranged weapon and an ammo (Living Bullets have +25 MACC and +35 MAB on them) and the weaponskill self-chains and, for Wildfire at least, the fTP is the same at 1K as it is at 3K.
    • Wildfire and Leaden Salute are also the bread and butter of a COR with these WS being their REMA weaponskills, where as the other WS are all just part of the kit. The damage output is fairly aligned to a) being a ranged weaponskill and b) other REMA weaponskills like Ukko’s Fury and Jishnu’s Radiance (which is physical, for whatever reason).

Login Point Coffer Update

The login point coffer has been updated with new rewards!

Byakko Mount Poroggo Cassock
Chocobo Masque Ranine Staff
Raaz Mount Red Raptor Mount
Citrillus Shirt Lost Sickle

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE Added New Game+ attribute modifiers that now apply to all pets, including jugs, avatars, and automatons! Player pets at NG+10 will have +50 to each of their attributes.
  • UPDATE Updated the Heroic Empowerments logic to also apply to jug pets.
  • UPDATE Added usable scripts for Warthog, Prime Warthog, and Prized Warthog Stewpots food items.
  • UPDATE Increased the enmity bonus for main job summoners' avatars from +10 to +50.
  • UPDATE Updated the Empyrean Empowerments for Pets to now apply to beastmaster jugs.
  • UPDATE Added Death Resistance to all endgame encounters to prevent the slight chance that it could trigger using some weapons and/or Avatar abilities.
  • UPDATE Armageddon’s Empyrean bonuses have been brought in line with the other magic damage weapons at +100 MATT and +160 MACC (Farsha and Redemption are both +100 MATT, Almace is +70 MATT, Twashtar is +50 MATT).
  • UPDATE The +40% STR/+40% MND WSC bonus for Cloudsplitter when using Farsha i119 III has been updated to only have +40% MND.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where the weaponskill distance check could occur too late allowing players to weaponskill farther than the normal distance.
  • BUG Addressed an ammo check that wasn’t checking for (and removing) ammo when players performed the ranged WS Last Stand, Numbing Shot, and Wildfire.
  • BUG Addressed (hopefully) the issue with zero HP “zombie” players in some edge cases.
  • BUG Adderssed an issue where the 3K TP bonus for some physical blue magic spells was not triggering (sub-3K was).
  • BUG Addressed an issue with Decimation not varying its accuracy based on TP.
  • BUG Addressed a potential exploit around purchasing from crafting guilds.
  • BUG Addressed an issue with Dhalmel Steak granting Attack+% rather than “food” Attack+% causing the bonus to be weaker than it should be.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where Wyverns wouldn’t use the correct skill animation when player’s used Super Jump.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where Grape Daifuku/+1 was missing the STR modifier.
  • BUG Addressed an output logging discrepancy where the final damage didn’t reflect bonuses at the map server level, such as Overwhelm merits (damage was performed, but log showed less).
  • BUG Addressed an issue where the Magic Shield effect from Shadow Emperor and the blue magic Magic Barrier provided ‘full immunity’ to debuffs instead of just a magic reduction effect.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where monster-based breath attacks would not properly account for -Damage Taken and -Breath Damage Taken modifiers. This also affected Ifrit’s Conflag Strike which was hitting higher than it should have been on certain breath-resistant targets.
  • BUG Addressed issue with Automaton’s Cannibal Blade not being the correct damage type (Slashing).
  • BUG Addressed an issue where Cait Sith’s Level ? Holy might not fire with back to back casts.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where Summoner’s “Retreat” and “Release” granted -10 CE and could unintentionally remove the player from the target’s enmity list.

19 June

Unleash the Beast Event

Unleash the Beast is celebrating the rollout of the updated Beastmaster job this week.

  • 19 June - Normal Weekly Maintenance @4p
    • Minor updates; prep for #makebstgreat rollout.
  • 20 June - Normal NocSouls Day
  • 21 June - #makebstgreat @ 9p CT
    • Rollout #makebstgreat; likely a longer update, 1-2 hours.
  • 22-23 June - Bonus NocSouls Days
    • Bonus rewards while leveling; a great time to get some Beastmaster levels or work on NewGame +.
  • 24-25 June - Bonus Drop Rates in Reisenjima Henge
    • Don’t forget drops are personal! Team up for faster wins and more upgrades!
  • 26 June - Normal Weekly Maintenance @4p

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE Added missing skills to Plovid-, Arcolith-, and Macuil-type monsters.
  • UPDATE Addressed some incorrect skills in Defiant-type mobs to be the correct damage types and/or have the correct effects.
  • BUG Added several missing item modifiers on Arjuna Breeches.
  • BUG Addressed a typo in target name in one of the Red Mage Master job quests.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where a dragoon’s wyvern may not heal certain party members.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where Eminent Bolt Quivers were sold for 3200g, not 32000g.

12 June

Retail Client Update - June 2022

30220309

For a refresher on how to update your client, click here. In Check Files and/or when typing /ver in game, the new version number should be 30220603_0 or higher.

  • Zone ID shifts in: Batallia Downs, Qufim Island, and Eldieme Necropolis [S]
  • No message ID shifts.
Note

Community members who are using high-definition DATs, such as Ashenbubs, are recommended to use XIPivot to sideload their files to making updating month-to-month easier. Be sure to grab it to get the latest textures. Players who use Xi-View should update from Caradog or KenshiDRK depending on which one they use. Ensuring you have the latest versions can fix several issues with chat windows crashing clients, icons not showing up right, etc.

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE (hotpatch) Added missing latents on the Arbatel Gown +1 for enmity reduction while an Addendum was active.
  • UPDATE (hotpatch) Added missing item modifier for Kilmaform bonus on the Arbatel Loafers +1.
  • UPDATE Updated the logic used for Steal to pull randomly from the list of items available, not simply the first item in the list.
  • UPDATE Updated the base sell price and saleability of nearly 200 items based from retail captures.
  • UPDATE Updated the dialogue provided by Shami when trading seals to include the proper seal type and counts from retail captures.

5 June

Heroics

  • UPDATE The base TP regain granted to most heroic zones mobs has been shifted out of the onMobSpawn scripts and into individual monster scripts so that idle monsters don’t just stand around gaining TP, then immediately fire off a TP move when engaged. Named and spawned encounters will start their TP gain once engaged in combat for the first time.

Adventure Quest

  • UPDATE Added a warning message when Trystol grants players the level 60 quest that they’ll be restricted to level 65 for the encounter.
  • UPDATE Adjusted the drop rates of job testimonies to make them more available to players and update the level 60 quest to no longer consume the testimony to make it easier to attempt the fight multiple times.

Miscellaneous

  • BUG Addressed a null check that would cause an encounter’s adds to not spawn under certain conditions.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where Dhalmel Steak gave Attack+% rather than “Food” Attack+%.
  • BUG Addressed an issue with some corsair die showing the wrong message when used and/or having the wrong animation (no functional change).
  • BUG Addressed an issue in merit calculations with Assassin’s Charge causing it to sometimes not activate.
  • UPDATE Adjusted a small batch of NMs that had scripted respawn windows and put those as fixed times in the database.
  • UPDATE Adjusted Ouprie’s skill list to be the proper Vampyr skill set.
  • UPDATE Adjusted Reisenjima Henge’s version of Arch-Omega’s form shift timer from 30s to 60s.
  • UPDATE Adjusted the drop rate of some augments that had climbs associated to them, but didn’t reward at the same drop rate as others with similar climbs.
  • UPDATE Added missing desynth recipe for Medusa’s Armlet.

15 May

Retail Client Update - May 2022

30220309

For a refresher on how to update your client, click here. In Check Files and/or when typing /ver in game, the new version number should be 30220427_2 or higher.

  • Zone ID shifts in: Batallia Downs, Southern San d’Oria, Bastok Markets, and Windurst Waters.
  • No message ID shifts.

Miscellaneous

  • BUG Addressed an issue with Anantaboga, Irza Ima, and Dea not having the correct skills in their skill lists (Dea not having any skills).
  • BUG Addressed an issue with Nosferatu not having the correct main job (Dark Knight).
  • UPDATE The ah_max_fee has been updated from 10,000g to 10,000,000g to urge players to not price things at insanely high prices.
  • UPDATE Added endeath effect to Heimdall’s Doom weapon. This works similar to Lightreaver and cannot affect targets classified as NMs.
  • UPDATE Adjusted Samurai’s Blade Bash to show the proper player animations for Great Katanas, Spears, and Staves.
  • UPDATE Addressed an issue with Empty Thrash not always activating when monsters attempt to use it.
  • UPDATE Addressed an issue where Tsurumaru and Heshikiri-Hasebe were missing their Save TP modifiers.
  • UPDATE Addressed an issue where some lower level gear was missing the Absorb Duration+% modifiers. These are added at a percent gain (as the ‘seconds’ listed in the wikis aligns to what the percent gain is too).
    • Ignominy Burgonet +2, Black gearset, Onyx gearset, Chuparrosa Mantle

Known Issues

  • The NPC IDs in The Boyahda Tree are off, though since they didn’t shift in this month’s update, apparently they have shifted before and were missed. The Grounds Tome and everything still works, it’s just cosmetic and will be addressed in a future update.

1 May

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE Added Utsusemi Casting item modifier to the Magoraga Bead Necklace.
  • BUG (hotfix) Addressed an issue where AQ 99 would not properly proceed on the final step after granting players their reward.
  • BUG Addressed an issue with an incorrect latent on the Frenzy Sallet; changed to ‘poison’ rather than ‘negative regen’ to ensure it wakes players up if slept.
  • BUG Addressed an issue with Ouryu’s adds not standing back and casting spells so that the fight mechanics would play out properly.
  • BUG Addressed an issue with dragon’s Sable Breath and Geotic Breath not properly being able to detect if targets were in front or not.
  • BUG Addressed an issue with Byrgen in Abyssea-Altepa mistakenly dropping scorpion loot.

24 April 2022

Spring Break 2022

The Spring Break 2022 event has come to an end for the year. Our next event, Summer Heatwaves, will start in June or July this year.

Addressing Multi-Target Mob TP Move Issues

Earlier this week, a player pointed out that their group was seeing multiple adds spawn in the Hanbi encounter at a time while Hanbi was still at high health. Hanbi should only spawn one add at a time until its health gets lower. That lead to a rabbit hole that the checks for when monsters do weaponskills, specifically those spawning adds, were running for each target hit. If two targets get hit by a frontal, the methods fire twice as the same time. There’s a chance that there’d be enough delay between each call that adds would spawn twice, monsters would level up twice, etc.

After some review and testing, we’ve rewritten how the base code handles monster TP moves to add a single instance of this event to the system that fires when a monster TP move finishes, not when it hits a target. The “for each player hit” remains as there are some effects that do trigger on every player hit. This has the most significant impact to Heroics zones where these types of mechanics first came into era.

Escha Zi’Tah

  • Azi Dahaka - Should no longer echo Fiery Breath on all of the adds for each target hit by the initial Fiery Breath.
  • Fleetstalker - Should no longer level up for every target hit by Soulshattering Roar.
  • Vidala - Should no longer level up for every target hit by Roar.
  • Wrathare - Should no longer gain 10-15 blink shadows for every target hit by Whirl Claws.

Escha Ru’Aun

  • Amymone - Should no longer level up for every target hit by Nerve Gas.
  • Ark Angel GK - Should no longer force the Wyvern to spawn or use the wyvern breath attack for every target hit by a TP move.
  • Byakko - Should no longer level up for every target hit by Disorienting Waul.
  • Duke Vepar - Should no longer spawn an add for every target hit by Sticky Situation.
  • Emputa - Should no longer try to force its horn back for every target hit by Dark Recital. This should not be a noticeable mechanic change.
  • Hanbi - Should no longer spawn a demon (or 3) for every target hit by any of its TP moves.
  • Naphula - Should no longer attempt to cast Meteor for every target hit by Cackle and should no longer spawn adds for every target hit by Hellsnap.
  • Palila - Should no longer spawn vultures for every target hit by Reverberating Cry or Debilitating Surge and vultures should no longer use Damnation Dive on the enmity target for every player hit by a TP move.
  • Tenodera - Should no longer level up for every target hit by Exorender.
  • Vir’ava - Should no longer spawn adds for every target hit by Atropine Spore or Deracinator. This should not be a noticeable mechanic change since there was already a 35s cooldown on them.
  • Yilan - Should no longer spawn adds and level up for every target hit by Chilling Roar.

Reisenjima

  • Crom Dubh - Should no longer gain a random bulwark (out of the 3) for each target hit by a TP move. This was likely causing him to gain all three at once.
  • Erinys - Should no longer spawn adds for every target hit by Calamitous Wind.
  • Maju - Should no longer gain a heavy regen effect for every target hit by Oppressive Gaze when Maju is not blinded.
  • Mauve-wristed Gomberry - Should no longer randomly use Throat Stab on a target for each target hit by Ritual Bind, causing him to likely Throat Stab the same target multiple times.
  • Neak - Should no longer gain multiple shields and damage reductions for each target hit by Aurous Charge.
  • Quetzalcoatl - Should no longer echo Reverberating Cry with adds for each target hit by the initial Reverberating Cry.
  • Sabotender Royal - Should no longer level up for every target hit by Chupa Blossom.
  • Teles - Should no longer gain the full buff list for every target hit by Ravenous Wail. This should have no mechanical change as the status effects would just override each other.
  • Vinipata - Should no longer spawn adds for each target hit by a TP move and should no longer echo TP moves with adds for every target hit by the original TP move.

Thank you to everyone who’s been playing Savage Mode. 😄

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE The Daken augment has been removed from DB80’s Aumoniere +1 and a new augment has been added.
  • BUG Jailer of Fortitude has had its model updated and should no longer phase in and out while fighting.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where Chain Affinity’s gear modifiers were not applied to the base damage calculation of the spell.

10 April

Retail Client Update - April 2022

30220309

For a refresher on how to update your client, click here. In Check Files and/or when typing /ver in game, the new version number should be 30220329_1 or higher.

  • Zone ID shits in Western Altepa Desert and Reisenjima.
  • Message ID shifts in all zones (which is always scary–that means they’re planning something).
Note

Community members who are using high-definition DATs, such as Ashenbubs, are recommended to use XIPivot to sideload their files to making updating month-to-month easier. Be sure to grab it to get the latest textures. Players who use Xi-View should update from Caradog or KenshiDRK depending on which one they use. Ensuring you have the latest versions can fix several issues with chat windows crashing clients, icons not showing up right, etc.

Spring Break - New Words

Here are this week’s hints:

  • When the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ rises, howls echo in the night.
  • Looking up, you _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ and take in the heavenly sights.
Tip

A reminder: Some of the rewards from the event are rare/ex. If you already have the reward, the output will tell you that you cannot have more than one of the item. You do not lose your eggs when this happens.

Apex Monsters

The apex monsters have been added to Promyvion - Holla, Promyvion - Dem, Promyvion - Mea, Promyvion - Vahzl, Crawler’s Nest [S], and Alzadaal Undersea Ruins. These are higher level than other areas with targets upwards of 147.

All together, there’s ~550 new mobs added to the zones and adds a significant number of new monster targets for players doing hunts at 99 and looking for some extra XP and gil. There may be some updates to the hunt system too with such a wealth of new mobs at 99 to choose from.

Crawlers Nest Apex Mobs

In addition to the new zones, the apex monsters in the other zones have been aligned to their retail versions and adjusted to be designed for small, balanced groups to farm using traditional ‘camp’ tactics rather than roaming/AOEing. This is an alternative to other camps in the game, not a replacement for it.

<subtle_hint>There may also be other things coming in the future that apex mobs will critical in… this is just the first step…</subtle_hint>

Enhanced Bonuses

  • Apex monsters now take increased damage from magic bursts. This is specific to magic bursts and encourages small groups to work together and focus on their burst damage to quickly kill these targets. In the future, are looking at ways to rotate/adjust damage weaknesses to allow players to strategically pick which mobs they want to target based on their party makeup (e.g. weak to magic on Lightsday in one zone, weak to weaponskills on Darksday in that same zone, etc.).
  • Apex monsters reward an additional exp bonus that can break the normal ‘per mob’ cap and allow players working on higher ranks of New Game+ to see better per mob XP returns than what can be possible on traditional monsters. The higher the monster level, the higher the exp bonus, ranging from +25% in lower zones to as high as +75% on rare mobs in high level zones.

Zone Levels

Only the Apex-flagged monsters in these zones were adjusted. All other mobs remained the same.

  • Moh Gates

    • Level range set to 125-127.
    • Removed aggro flag from Apex Eft; added to Apex Raptor.
  • Sih Gates

    • Level range set to 125-127.
    • Removed aggro flag from Apex Jagil; added to Apex Mandragora.
  • Dho Gates

    • Level range set to 128-130.
    • Added aggro flag to Apex Jagil and Apex Crab.
  • Woh Gates

    • Level range set to 131-133.
    • Included Velkk Abyssal, Junglemancer, Mindmelter, and Tearlicker as ‘apex’ mobs (per wiki) with levels and HP accordingly.
  • Outer Ra’Kaznar

    • Level range set to 134-136.
    • Removed aggro flag from Apex Bat and Apex Twitherym.
  • Inner Ra’Kaznar Court

    • Level range set to 137-139.
    • Everything aggros! :D
    • Added Dishelved Naraka, Enigmatic Vampyr, Inimical Corse, and Powercrazed Dvergr as ‘apex’ mobs (per wiki) with levels and HP accordingly.
  • Promyvion - {all}

    • Level range set to 139-142.
    • New Apex Idle Drifters, Apex Livid Ragers, and Apex Woeful Lamenters
    • These targets are spread around each floor in all four Promyvion zones.
  • Alzadaal Undersea Ruins

    • Level range set to 143-147.
    • New Apex Archaic Cog and Apex Archaic Cogs.
    • These targets are in side rooms near the entrances to each Salvage zone.
  • Crawler’s Nest [S]

    • Level range set to 129-140.
    • New… lots of mobs. Seriously, there’s nearly 200 mobs crammed in this tiny spot!
    • Pathway to the camp is around (I-10); the gate can be opened now.

Hot Zones

Working on New Game+ and fighting the exp drop at rank 7? Hot zones are here! Hot zones provide players an experience point bonus when they meet the requirements.

Tip

We may be adding additional facets to the Hot Zones in the future as we review usage and rewards.

Requirements

  • Players must be participating in New Game+ rank 7 or higher.
  • Players must be fighting Apex-type monsters in the zones (almost always named Apex {something}, such as Apex Crab).
  • The hot zone must be “active” based on the time of day. The times listed are matched to server time, which is US Central.
Zone Time Slot
Moh Gates 00:00 to 02:00 CT
Sih Gates 02:00 to 04:00 CT
Dho Gates 04:00 to 06:00 CT
Woh Gates 06:00 to 08:00 CT
Outer Ra’Kaznar 08:00 to 10:00 CT
Inner Ra’Kaznar Court 10:00 to 12:00 CT
Promyvion - Holla 12:00 to 14:00 CT
Promyvion - Dem 14:00 to 16:00 CT
Promyvion - Mea 16:00 to 18:00 CT
Promyvion - Vahzl 18:00 to 20:00 CT
Alzadaal Undersea Ruins 20:00 to 22:00 CT
Crawler’s Nest [S] 22:00 to 00:00 CT

Be sure to check BG Wiki’s Apex Monsters guide for where the mobs are in each zone and recommended strategies.

Tips

  • Focus on one or two mobs at a time. Apex mobs have a lot more health, but with the magic burst strategy, can be quickly brought down through co-op.
  • As these targets are intended to be pulled 1-2 at a time, classes lacking AOEs can find these areas as useful alternatives to other AOE-focused camps.
  • Each zone tends to have a ‘safe area’ to make pulls. Be aware of what mobs aggro and what mobs do not. Very few mobs actually link, so pulling back to camp is generally safe.
  • Looking for a bonus? With all these new types of mobs, be sure you’re farming something that is the hunt for the day!
  • Because the bonus to Apex monsters is increasing the “XP over cap” that the mobs can provide, Dedication and other experience point bonus effects have an added value on these targets.
Note

Are the apex mobs the “best exp in the game”? As with most things–it depends! They are an alternative to AOE pulling in other zones and/or group play vs. solo play (as the hot zone bonus does not degrade based on party members). It’s an option, not a requirement.

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE With the addition of the Apex monsters in the Promyvion zones, the names of some mobs and NPCs should be re-aligned. This was a cosmetic/UI change and not a functional change in these zones.
  • UPDATE The Ranger ability Scavenge now checks for the player’s inventory being full before attempting to use it rather than after to save putting it on cooldown.

3 April

Spring Break is here!

Spring Break Egg Hunt

It’s springtime in Vana’diel and those feisty Spring Hoppers are back and hording their letter eggs. Find them in West Ronfaure, East Ronfaure, West Sarutabaruta, and North Gustaberg. This event will run maintenance on 24 April 2022.

2022 Changes

  • This year, we’ve added new egg words to the list and will be updating it each week with new rewards, including some new hidden words. All prior year words have been revealed.
  • The amount of HP % that players must inflict on the Spring Hoppers to force letter eggs to drop has been reduced.
  • Spring Hoppers now have a chance to reward letter eggs more often, but will run away to a new location in the zone after being engaged in battle for a random amount of time.

Click here for the full event details.

New Login Rewards

New login rewards have been added including a brand new mount, new Great Katana style lock, and the spring yukatas back for the season.

  • Mutsunokami
  • Troll Gun
  • Otokogusa Yukata [M]
  • Onnagusa Yukata [F]
  • Artemis’s Bow
  • Iron Giant Mount

Recycle Bin

The Recycle Bin system has been added! Players who accidentally drop items can now retrieve those items through the Recycle Bin.

  • The Recycle Bin is cleared every time the player zones.
  • The Recycle Bin holds a total of 10 deleted items.
  • Temporary items and linkshells are not caught and will drop when deleted.
  • Deleted items are returned to the player inventory when restored.

We’re still reviewing ways of tying this into the treasure lot system so that ‘fall to the ground’ items would go to the recycle bin; so hoping for that in the future.

Besieged Day

Sundays and Thursdays are now Besieged Days. Players can gain 2x imperial standing points when defeating named encounters in Besieged.

Be sure to check the home page on the Members Portal for the Besieged timer.

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE Several crafting guild items now stack to 99 per modern retail: triturator, shagreen file, spindle, workshop anvil, mandrel, tanning vat, bundling twine.
  • UPDATE Added new “Augments Bounty Shot” modifier for the Sylvan and Amini Glovelettes; this modifier increases Bounty Shot’s treasure hunter potency.
  • BUG Revamped the Absorb-{STAT} spells to be more reliable and add proper support for the “Augments Absorb” modifiers.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where players could not purchase things with gil if they had the exact amount of gil necessary to buy the item.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where the Dumakulem’s Ring was categorized in the wrong Auction House section.

Members Portal

  • Players can now advanced search for items that are ‘known drops’ or ‘crafted’ (synthesis or synergy)–these are mutually exclusive lookups.
  • Players can now advanced search for items with pet mods specifically. Selecting ‘Mod check for pets?’ and selecting an item mod from the drop down will limit the check to just pets. Without having this checked, the item mod search is now specific to player modifiers.

21 March

Miscellaneous

  • BUG Addressed an issue where latents for Damage Taken modifiers (mod #160) would not properly add/remove when used in a gear swap.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where storage sizes would not properly update when increased via quests. This applies to the Mog Locker quests.
  • BUG Addressed an issue the TP attack bonus modifier on Blade: Kamu was 1.3125 instead of 3.00.
  • BUG Addressed an issue with the Mine Shaft #2716 mobs not having onMobDeath methods and any potential issue this could have caused with quest progression.

13 March

Retail Client Update - March 2022

30220309

For a refresher on how to update your client, click here. In Check Files and/or when typing /ver in game, the new version number should be 30220309_0 or higher.

  • Zone ID shifts in Western Altepa Desert, Reisenjima, and Crawler’s Nest [S].
  • Message ID shifts in Western Altepa Desert and Ru’lude Gardens.
  • New items and mounts (coming soon)
Note

Community members who are using high-definition DATs, such as Ashenbubs, are recommended to use XIPivot to sideload their files to making updating month-to-month easier. Be sure to grab it to get the latest textures. Players who use Xi-View should update from Caradog or KenshiDRK depending on which one they use. Ensuring you have the latest versions can fix several issues with chat windows crashing clients, icons not showing up right, etc.

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE The blue magic spell Diamondhide has been updated to have the proper 90s recast.
  • UPDATE Hispid Rarabs in West Sarutabaruta [S] now have the proper (higher) level range of 93-94.
  • UPDATE Added a new recipe for ‘slice of bluefish’ using Uskumru as a base.
  • UPDATE Updated the logic around blue magic magic bursting to prevent the message from showing when Burst Affinity is not active.
  • UPDATE Updated the logic around blue magic magic bursting to properly account for Magic Burst Bonus I and II gear mods when magic bursting with Burst Affinity.
  • UPDATE Removed Throne Room [S] and Stellar Fulcrum from the list of allowed Nexus Cape zones to prevent exploiting.
  • BUG Fixed an issue with Flourish III’s showing an improper message when used.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where the CHAKRA_MULTI and CHAKRA_REMOVAL mods were incrementing the Handbell and Geomancy skills (these were working prior, but improperly adding GEO skills too).
  • BUG Addressed an issue where some Antlion-type mobs would ‘roam’ like worms while underground.
  • BUG Addressed an edge case where HP% of mobs would divide out to 0 even when the mob still had HP.
  • BUG Addressed a potential exploit around auction house transactions.
  • BUG Addressed a potential crash condition when breaking an alliance’s last party.
  • BUG Addressed an edge case where the target of a magic spell could be null (already dead) by the time the logic processes to cast on it.

13 February

Retail Client Update - February 2022

30220204

For a refresher on how to update your client, click here. In Check Files and/or when typing /ver in game, the new version number should be 30220204_0 or higher.

  • Implementation of the new inventory packets and systems and sizes of a few other packets.
  • Zone ID shifts in Quicksand Caves.

This update requires both the client update and updates for Ashita and Windower. Players who have been using --noupdate to delay updating their launchers should remove that and let plugins and addons update. There is no guarantee that plugins and addons have been updated to support this–especially if players are using older, abandoned projects. Please review notices on the Ashita and Windower discords or on the github repositories of the associated tools for more information. It is suggested that players unload all plugins, addons, and DAT modifications while updating, then add in each one independently.

In addition, please keep in mind that this has increased the size and number of inventory packets significantly. Players who fill up these inventories can (and will) see additional zoning delays, especially on lower speed connections. Players who are multiboxing will amplify that.

Note

Community members who are using high-definition DATs, such as Ashenbubs, are recommended to use XIPivot to sideload their files to making updating month-to-month easier. Be sure to grab it to get the latest textures. Players who use Xi-View should update from Caradog or KenshiDRK depending on which one they use. Ensuring you have the latest versions can fix several issues with chat windows crashing clients, icons not showing up right, etc. If you’re using AshenbubsHD’s Tide font, be sure to update to the latest version to get the new HD target icons and proper menus.

Mog Wardrobes & the Recycle Bin

  • At this time, we have decided to grant all players access to the additional new wardrobes. This grants players 320 new wardrobe slots for their equipment. Plugins and addons will need to be updated to recognize these additional wardrobes
  • We have locked the Recycle Bin system for now as we investigate additional ways to use this system and provide more value out of it than was originally intended. Stay tuned.

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE Players can acquire the Abyssea Enhancements via our custom Cruor menus now. The cost is 500 cruor and it applies all of the buffs to the player for the remainder of their stay in the zone. It also addresses the issue where the prior system would let you keep applying the buff and stacking it… eventually giving max stats. Sorry, the values are once again a single application and based on how many abyssites of Merit or Furtherance the player has acquired. This scales accordingly:
    • Max HP: +20% to +80% (+10% per abyssite of Merit)
    • Max MP: +10% to +40% (+5% per abyssite of Merit)
    • Attributes: +20 to +50 (+10 per abyssite of Furtherance)
  • BUG Addressed an issue where the ID shifts in Dho Gates prevented fishing. The Tusoteuthis Longa awaits!
  • BUG Addressed an issue where players would benefit from the ammo damage bonus twice when using Corsair quick shots.

6 February

Version Lock - January 2022

With the upcoming changes to inventory, storage, and other packets with the February 2022 retail release, we are currently locking to the January 2022 release for the time being.

If you play retail, it is suggested you create a copy of your whole FFXI directory before updating to the February 2022 release, then rename the directories depending on which server you’re playing on.

For example, you could do something similar to the following, but at this time, we do not officially support this and instead suggest players hold off on updating until we fully understand and can migrate to the February 2022 client.

  • Make a copy of the \PlayOnline\FINAL FANTASY XI directory in the same location and name it \PlayOnline\FINAL FANTASY XI - Jan2022.
  • Keep your existing \PlayOnline\FINAL FANTASY XI directory as your ‘main’ game that you update.
  • When you want to play on NocSouls, rename your \PlayOnline\FINAL FANTASY XI directory to something else, such as \PlayOnline\FINAL FANTASY XI - Feb2022 and rename your copy back to \PlayOnline\FINAL FANTASY XI.
  • This can help bypass the issue that the game writes its registry keys expecting a singular location of the game, but still allows you to have multiple copies.

Again, at this time, we are version locking to the 20211225_1 version of the game until further notice.

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE Added the Barrage Turbine automaton attachment. Players can acquire the attachment from Yoyoroon in Nashmau. It consumes wind manuevers every ~60-70s; for each wind manuever it consumes, the automaton’s ranged attacks do an additional hit.
  • UPDATE Additional message IDs have been updated which should address an issue with Treasure Caskets in ~47 zones.
  • UPDATE Several “A Crystalline Prophecy” NPCs and quest markers (QMs) have been hidden around other common quests to prevent confusion on which ??? to engage.
  • BUG Addressed a code formatting fix that could have prevented some users from finishing the Bastok mission ‘The Chains that Bind’.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where the gendered DNC Artifact gear wouldn’t show up in the Adventurer Coffer for Dancers.
  • BUG Addressed a missing null check for spikes effects from some conditions that could cause a zone crash.

30 January

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE (hotfix) Addressed an issue where the AQ DRG10 quest provided the wrong weapon type.
  • UPDATE Updated the Fire Bomblet ammo item (stat rock) to no longer stack so that Bellhop and other addons do not try to force it into a stack and cause players to lose augments.
  • UPDATE Removed the requirement that players enter Fei’yin from Beaucedine Glacier to get the San d’Oria Mission 5-1 update. Players should be able to teleport in now and receive the proper cutscene.
  • UPDATE Removed the out-of-date !trainer command as it’s no longer used since the revamp of the training dummies.
  • BUG Addressed an issue in the calculation of weaponskill hit rate that caused targets higher than level 160 to clamp at 99% hit rate, not 95% hit rate, causing a higher than expected hit rate on these targets. This should only affect, currently, a few targets in Reisenjima and Escha Ru’Aun.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where the message when spawning Gotoh Zah the Redolent showed a duplicate message.
  • BUG Addressed an issue where several duplicate NPCs were present in the world–their ‘cutscene’ versions showing at all times.
  • BUG Addressed an issue with the Ginsen item having additional, incorrect modifiers.

17 January

Retail Client Update - January 2022

30211225

For a refresher on how to update your client, click here. In Check Files and/or when typing /ver in game, the new version number should be 30211225_0 or higher.

  • Addressed dialogue and cutscene ID shifts in 200+ areas.
  • Shifted mobs and NPCs in Alzadaal Undersea Ruins (again).
Note

Community members who are using high-definition DATs, such as Ashenbubs, are recommended to use XIPivot to sideload their files to making updating month-to-month easier. There’s also an Ashenbubs update this month. Be sure to grab it to get the latest textures. Players who use Xi-View should update from Caradog or KenshiDRK depending on which one they use. Ensuring you have the latest versions can fix several issues with chat windows crashing clients, icons not showing up right, etc.

Miscellaneous

  • UPDATE Update the augment system to check that players have 3+ inventory slots when trying to remove augments to account for inventory shifts with Bellhop that could cause a “not enough inventory space” to be returned and the player lose the item.
  • BUG Address an issue where COP’s Dawn would not properly increment the quest status when viewing the cutscene in Al’Taieu.
  • BUG Address an issue where the BCNM battlefield start event may not fire due to a race condition.

2 January

Winter Celebration Event

The Winter Celebration event has come to a close for this season and will return next year. All bonuses are now inactive, BCNM daily timers set back to normal, and entry requirements for The Grinch BCNM are on off-season mode (no longer requiring completion of the event).

The Spring Break event will be coming in a few months!