Even though I've stopped playing FFXIV since this latest review update I still keep tabs on the game. It was known that after the introduction of Jobs and their AF armor that the AF weapons would be coming soon. 1.22b just hit with the first part of the AF weapons quests. The thing that throws sand into my mangina is that they've dubbed them "Relic" weapons and have given them a quest chain matching the cash and timesink of the XI counterpart. This is reposted from the ZAM forums.
So is this about right so far?
Step 1 - Earn 25,000 seals and buy the key item "On the Properties of Beastment"
Step 2 - Obtain Inferno Seal x3, Tremor Seal x3, Vortex Seal x3 from Rank 2 Hamlet (gold chest requiring 60K+ scores)
Step 3 - Talk to Rowena and Exchange for a Soiled Promissory Note
Step 4 - Go to Gerolt and start Quest "A Relic Reborn"
Step 5 - Gather HQ mats and craft or buy Class-Only Weapons (prefferably HQ)
Step 6 - Double meld the gear with 2 Teir IV Materia of a specific Type as follows:
PLD = Mailbreaker + ? (Most Likely +HP based on AF stats)
MNK = Avengers + Manathirst IV (+MP)
WAR = Rampager + Touch of Rage IV (Emnity)
DRG = Obelisk + Savage Might IV (Crit Attack)
BRD = Sarnga + Heaven's Eye IV (Accuracy)
WHM = Alkaurops + ? (Most likely Mind based on AF stats)
BLM = Astrolobe + Hell's Fist IV (Magic Potency)
Step 7 - Kill chief NM of one specified Stronghold.
MNK = Flamefist in Zaha'rak
Step 8 - Gather 3 Materials from 6th Chest available at end of AV and CC Run
Items: Miser's Mythril (Aurum Vale), Alumina Salts (Cutter's Cry)
Step 9 - ?
In case none of you know; the Mailbreaker as an example requires hq peices to make the NQ version. The HQ peices use some mats that are ingame as NQ only and cost 100k each from npc, you can't farm them.
RNG for HQ blade item @ 100k a pop. Than you have to hope-to-hell you get +1 sword. Than you have to double meld that sh*t with two tier IV materia which is ~5% success to begin with.
And the quest system isn't done yet, no one knows the finish line....
For those unfamiliar with the seals - 25k GC seals solo is a months worth of farming. 9 hamlet seals require near perfect Hamlet Defense and even then is <5% drop for ONE seal. Considering HD only happens every few days, this could literally take you 6-12 months to complete. Then to HQ AND Double Meld is RNG madness hat would cost millions. Then the rare materials from PERFECT speed runs is even more icing on the cake.
Needless to say this is a really fucking stupid thing for them to do. They've made AF armor fairly accessible to all players, with enjoyable quest lines and fights. This... Abortion of a weapons quest shows just how disconnected they are when it comes to endgame content and player expectations. This isn't 1998 anymore. Yoshi-P keeps preaching the gospel of modernization but this reeks of timesink laziness.
If this is how shit is going down for 2.0 they just need to leave the fucking genre entirely.