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Disciples of the land - The way of the miner
So... you want to be a miner?
Being selected for beta 3 and with feedback no longer required from SE, I thought the best way to help the community will be to share my experience for which has become my favorite class in FFXIV.
In this thread I will try to address the common questions that are floating around in the boards, and talk a bit about the specifics of the class, including abilities, the mini-game of mining and the required items.
Some of the information is still incomplete (I started this at the work) I will try to update more once I get back home, but please be patient, there is still a lot of stuff I don't know, moreover if you have more accurate information that the one I'm presenting here please post it in this thread to update it together with the proper credit to you.
--- First Guild Quest ---
- Have finished Nation quest up rank 15 (the first two)
- Miner rank 20 (and obviously a pickaxe to equip)
- Go to the mining guild in Ul'dah as a miner and speak with the person at the left side of the counter.
- Then speak with the girl at the entrance of Nanawa mine (north of Blackbrush camp) for a cut-scene.
- Speak a second time to get the list of items that you need to mine.
- Go to the map (through the journal) and check the spots marked with "???" will appear close to the 3 low level camps of Ul'dah (Blackbrush, Drybone and Horizon).
- Get to each of the spots and use "Lay of the land" in order to find the closes mining spot to them (the proper level of the ability is required for each camp Blackbrush = lvl 1, Drybone = lvl 2, Horizon = lvl 3), mine until you get the requested items.
- Go back to the mine and speak again with the NPC at the entrance.
- To finishing the quest go back to Uldah and speak with Linette in the Mining Guild
- 20000 gil
- 2000 guild marks
Q:As a miner, will I have any kind of fighting capability?
A:I would say NO, you only real attack consist in throwing rocks at the enemies which inflict minimum damage, although after rank 3 you will receive a trait to stun with those rocks, the only utility I have found for these attacks is to run away from aggressive enemies.
Q:What is it necessary to become a miner if I started as a different class?
A:The only thing you need is a pike, currently in beta we can buy it from a vendor in the markets, but chances are that any starting city will have a it available.
Q:What is this primary tool and sub tool everybody is talking about?
A:Disciples of the land and hand (addressed from now on as DoL and DoH respectively) have 2 type of tools, for miners the primary tool is the pick for ore mining spots, and the secondary (sub) tool is sledgehammer for quarry spots.
Q:If there is two types of mining spots what is the difference between them?
A:Ore spots are usually on the outside (this may not be a rule but so far is what experience dictates) and require a pick to be mined but the most important characteristic of these spots it's a mini-game that will trigger once you interact with them.
The second type of spot (I call them quarry spots, but it's just a personal nick name) appear inside caves or relatively closed spaces (Thanks to Daimakaicho for this clarification) and require the sledgehammer, there is (at least in beta) no mini-game associated with them, once the option is selected from the menu and you simple watch the animation, and obtain the item.
Additionally mining spots have levels, which determinate their difficulty
Q:How many times can I mine from an spot?
A:The number of mining attempts you can do depend on your mining level and the level of the spot, certain spots will be virtually impossible to mine unless you have the appropriate level for them.
Initially you can mine up to 5 times from a mining spot level 1 as a level 1 miner.
Q:I bet a lot of people is trying to mine, can more than 1 person mine in a single spot?
A:Yes any number of players can mine from a single mining spot at the same time.
Q:How do mining spots work?
A:So far it appears as if each mining point has a defined number of "drops" and each player has a number of "attempts". it will allow players to mine from it until it's completely depleted, currently in beta "fresh" mining points have more "drops" than a single person can extract in all his/her attempts.
Q:Which DoH are supplied by the items obtained by mining?
A:As long as beta 3 recipes goes, Goldsmiths, Armorers and Smiths use the materials obtained by miners, which in time may be the main source of materials for the equipment used by DoW (Disciples of War).
Q:Where is the mining guild? and when can I join?
A:The mining guild is in Ul'dah and you can join after reaching miner rank 20, it triggers a new set of quests (similar to the history line) and both gil and guild marks will be rewarded from them.
For the job abilities and the mini-game involved please consult the guide on the wiki.
Feel free to use this thread to answer questions related to mining, and to post any new information.
Edited, Nov 15th 2010 11:44pm by kenage