Hello Beastmasters. I played ffxi from 2003-2006 and recently came back a few months ago. Unfourtunetly my old character was unable to be recovered but with the new leveling system Ive had a much easier time. My old character was a 75 blackmage with experience in Dynamis and Sky, so outside of those two areas I dont know much when it comes to the new endgame. I was leveling beastmaster on the side as well but I only got it to around level 40. Anyways, just wanted to give some background info.
Ive been playing for around 2 months now and am approaching endgame, currently a level 95 beastmaster about to work on the last limit break. I have been to Abyssea only twice and I understand cruor, keys, and farming the key items to pop nms. I have three questions I'd like advice on, and maybe more if I think of them. Also take note that I have a good amount of free time right now but the future is unclear, so while I want to put alot of time and effort into Beastmaster I may have to cut back in the future, which is another reason Im unsure of what tasks to undertake.
1) I really enjoy playing Beastmaster but Ive noticed that pet food and high level jugs are becoming more and more expensive. Ive been all set for awhile now as two of my old friends hooked me up with 1.5mil and Ive spent and made some of it back throughout the leveling process, currently still at about 1mil. I do know some people who are cooks, but what Im wondering is if its worth it for someone who wants to go full time bst to level cooking? I remember people saying cooking was the cheapest craft to level, but im unsure of whether or not that is still true and if the investment will pay off. Would it be a better idea to invest in crafting (and this synergy thing im still not sure about) or would it be a better idea to attempt other things to earn gil for jugs/food? The only gil making methods I really know of would be using seals for BCNMs and (although I havent done it yet) attempting to solo Dynamis to sell the currency.
2) I have looked into some of the endgame weapons for Beastmaster and im not sure which one to go for. If someone could explain how difficult these items are to obtain and how useful they are in general than that would be very helpful. They are of course the relic, mythic and empyreal weapons known as Guttler, Aymur and Farsha. Just from looking at them, it seems to me that Guttler and Farsha are similiar in terms of damage and in that they allow you to use a special weaponskill whereas Aymur includes some special bonuses. I understand Guttler is obtained through dynamis as the Relic weapons were around when I played, though I never attempted one. I kind of understand that Arymur and Farsha involve these new trial type quests but as to the specifics I am not sure.
3) Similarly to question 2, what type of gear should I am for to be a good endcap beastmaster? I know many people who are working on the Abbysea gear and it seems pretty straight forward, get the regular item by spending certain currencies or a rare drop off of certain mobs within abyssea, and then using large amounts of cruor to upgrade them (?). This seems fairly straight forward, if I understand, it correctly and would also be a good way to hit 2 birds with 1 stone in the sense that you must farm cruor to upgrade them which also gets you limit points as well, so farming in abyssea groups would work to both get the gear and merit points at the same time. Or is the farming more specific and involves less chance for acquiring large amounts of limit points?
I have also seen something about AF2 being able to upgrade it but I am unsure if this is worth doing instead of the Abyssea armor. It would seem to me that obtaining the AF2 armor is much easier now that you can solo/duo in Dynamis, making for less competition for the drops. If someone could give more insight onto the types of good endgame gear that would be very helpful.
That is all the questions I have for now, much appreciation to any fellow beastmasters who can help answer them, thanks.