I recently received my Prouesse Ring and have begun working on my Terminus Earring and I thought I would share my short story of my time experience and just hand out some simple tips for anyone trying to get it.
So, after about a week total of time down in Zeruhn Mines and about 120 merits, I finally have acquired my Prouesse Ring. It was a long, hard fought battle, but I succeeded. Now, I know most people would say, "In the time it took you to get the ring, you could have capped whatever skill you wanted to and then some." While that is very true, eventually it just turned into something that I really just wanted to have. Just to say that I got it.
Now, for anyone who is interested in attempting to acquire the ring or earrings or all the skill up accessories, I came up with a few little tips to help anyone out. Nothing game breaking here, just simple things to keep in mind.
-Patience is a virtue. It's most likely going to take a while. Some people are lucky and get there's in a couple of hours, for me that wasn't the case. Patience is going to be your best friend.
-Farm it on THF if you can. Me personally, I don't have THF high enough to do the pages and use tools, so I farmed it on SAM, but using THF allows you to use Thief's Tools, which gives you a free hint on the brown caskets and in turn allows you to open a lot more caskets.
-Try and farm the caskets when the Moogle power Mystery Boxes is in effect. While it's not a game breaker, it really helps a lot on casket drops and will go a long way to expediting the process.
-Take frequent breaks. Don't let yourself get overwhelmed and frustrated. There were so many times when I thought it wasn't worth it and I was never going to get it. You need to persevere and stay positive.
-Kind of goes hand in hand with the above, but a change of scenery could be helpful. While keeping a maxed level 5 Treasure Casket Discovery will essentially speed up the time it takes to get what your looking for, I found that for me, it was better to leave when I capped merits, sold my stuff, spent the merits and got some change of scenery. It kept me from going insane.
-Finally, if you have friends, take them along. The EXP from the pages is good and goes really quick, as most people know, when you have a bunch of people killing the mobs. A lot of my farming in Zeruhn Mines was with some friends and it made the whole experience a lot more bearable.
I know this isn't anything terribly interesting, but I felt inspired. Haha. But anyways, in conclusion, I'm interested in hearing from everyone else. For those who have gotten some or all of the skill up items, how was your experience and how long did it take you to finally see that item in the casket? And if there is anything else anyone would like to share, please don't hesitate to.
Oh, also, thanks to Trinironnie and Tasios and anyone else I may have missed that helped me farm the ring. Trinironnie, I hope you got your ring finally. You were at it longer than I was. :(