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Posted: Aug 14th 2010 12:27PM (Unverified) said

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This was one of the few articles where I actually had the patience to read all the way through. Mostly because I totally agree with your view on lower levels and player population and I've also really wondered if it would be possible to make any headway by soloing. Please continue this column! :D

Posted: Aug 14th 2010 12:34PM nunix said

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I mostly-solo'd a galka WHM up to level 30 (both pre- and post-subjob) off of the field manuals, and it worked well. Don't forget to use tabs to give yourself the boosts; the food isn't worth it, but the regens definitely are.

Valkurm is tough to get started in until you can handle the goblins. Page 1 is fine with the hill lizards (do this from the Konschtat side of things), but then you have to get through the tunnels and the blind-alley goblin/elemental area to break into the wider clearing to take out a single stupid rabbit. And then go back to get a new page. Lizards can also obviously be challenging with the petrification.

One thing I got from playing the game this way was that I really learned the different areas (as I also went around and ran pages in.. pretty much every territory there was). Some areas/pages are better than others due to mob density and what else might be around making life difficult. Plus you get to spend time in zones that pretty much no one else does. It really breaks up the usual level-treadmill.

Posted: Aug 14th 2010 2:09PM Dblade said

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You could solo the entire game as a starting job, but it would get very slow, you would be underskilled on your main weapon and magic, and you'd need help for many capstone quests like your limit breaks later on. Leveling though can be done almost entirely solo.

Mostly what you'd want to do is fight dc/ep mobs till level 20, then after focus on ep. Around 30 the mobs start to get HP boosts relative to you which makes a lot of them a pain, and their attacks start to hurt. However depending on your class you can supplement exp with besieged (for healers) and campaign ops. Once you get to 55, you can start to get decent exp soloing in campaign.

Thing is though, if you want to go pure solo, just level black mage to 18, white mage to 37, then unlock beastmaster. BST can solo the game completely, and even some notorious and endgame monsters. A pair of BST are also great for duoers, because more than one BST makes leveling a lot easier. BST also is inexpensive to gear. It's only problem is that it brings very little to organized endgame events.

A big plus is that you learn the game as playing as bst. You learn aggro management, enemy repop, how to survive links, and a lot of tricks. You aren't being powerleveled to 75, or half-afk as a dd in a colibri camp. Playing BST will make you a better FFXI player because of that.

Posted: Aug 14th 2010 2:29PM (Unverified) said

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Three years ago this experiment would have been the concoction of an evil super genius hellbent on ending all animal species and fauna one at a time in the world of Vana'diel. And now it's just a walk in the park. Where have we gone wrong!!

There's now a multitude of ways of earning fast experience but it still requires the hurdle of knowing high level people and having connections (MMM, Abyssea, SMN burn), considering that fact it's pretty sad that there was only one real addition for the casual soloist which were training regimens (and, well, mobs randomly dropping treasure boxes with healing items in them that are most useful).

When I tried to solo in FFXI, I fell into the habit of "Man this sucks, standing here for two hours seeking and there's nobody around, guess I'll just go outside and wail on some stuff for 40 exp." Now, for those of us that haven't played FFXI, Easy prey at higher levels sometimes means easy for some jobs and death defying for other jobs (namely damage dealers that cannot heal themselves). Ultimately it degraded to the point of just standing inside the mog house looking at the linkshell chat occasionally for hours on end not wanting to do anything. (Bonus point: Also applies to WoW! Dalaran bank + Trade chat anyone?)

Once you hit 70+ though you can somewhat solo comfortably with perhaps some, dare I say it, fun. Campaign is pretty great, albiet slow if you want to be on the fast track. Thought there are some great rewards to be had, once you earn Medals rank you can buy a spiffy new experience ring that's better than Empress/Emperor. Though it probably would have been more useful to have that in the beginning huh...

Posted: Aug 14th 2010 8:36PM Monkey D Luffy said

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Makes me want to start playing again.
I restarted a few months ago and quit because there was hardly anyone on and i wasn't aware that anyone other than BST/DNC could solo.

I really need something to do untill FFXIV or Cata comes out. :(

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