JP Week in Review - Week 2017-21

posted 2 hours ago by Australian Derek - Comment this post

Hope you've had an awesome week facing off against the fun FFIV Apocalypse bosses and that your lucky draws have been kind. 

 

Another short week in the Japanese version of the game with not a huge lot of things added but we've got the busy end of month bonus event period coming up so the break is still welcome. Let's check it ou!

 

JP Week in Review!

 

Launch of FFXV Event A Photographer's Journey 

  • Introduction of Prompto: Support 5, Machinist 5, Shooter 5, Combat 4, Celerity 4
  • Introduction of Aranea: Combat 5, Dragoon 5, Darkness 5, Celerity 4
  • New Machinist 5 ability Spark Offer: 2 x ST Lightning ranged physical damage, medium chance to minor imperil lightning. 
  • New USB released for Prompto
  • New OSB released for Aranea (apparently DeNA have not given up on OSB entirely)
  • New BSB released for Prompto, Aranea
  • New LM relics released for Aranea, Prompto, Noctis
  • Just one banner for this event, and we also did not get a full throttle battle for this event which I believe is a first since full throttle debuted.

 

May 2017 Record Mission Campaign launched

  • Featuring Record Missions for FFVI, FFVII, FFIX, FFX and FFXI. There are three missions for each realm - complete stage, complete stage with party including (character), complete stage with only (character). They can all be completed in one run with just a solo party of (character).
  • Also included a relic draw banner including a new USB for Kimahri and BSB2 for Yuffie. Actually a pretty decent water banner with some other nice consolations so check the relic listing out in game and see what you think!

 

Nightmare Dungeons

  • FFV Nightmare rotates back in, a good chance to catch up on any dungeons or CM you might have missed previously, or maybe farm some orbs!

 

+Fire relics Lucky Banner released

  • One time pull, half price, featuring relics that confer a fire damage bonus and SSB or better. The pool is kind of narrow, though there are some great prizes on offer. Check the relics in game against your fire situation and maybe give it a shot!

 

And there you have it, still enjoying the break. Do tune in next week to hear what exciting new things DeNA has in store; we're expecting a FFVIII event today and I believe the scheduled end of month bonus event is set to be for FFVII.

 

 

As always, keep up the good work and keep saving those mythrils!

 

Best wishes from Australia, Derek.

JP Week in Review - Week 2017-20

posted 1 week ago by Australian Derek - Comment this post

Hope you've had an awesome week testing yourselves on the new 180 CM and 220 A+ fights. We've had some great clears shared on the FFRK Slack Chat so do join us if you need some help or just want to get involved with the community! 

 

Back to a short week in the Japanese version of the game, let's check it ou!

 

JP Week in Review!

 

Launch of FFIII Event Rainbow of the Water Maiden

  • Introduction of Aria: WHM 5, Bard 5, Dancer 4, Support 3
  • No new abilities this week 
  • New USB released for Refia, Cloud of Darkness, Desch
  • New BSB released for Aria, Arc
  • New LM relics released for Refia, Arc, Aria, Cloud of Darkness, Desch, Ingus (Banner format changed to include an extra LMR)
  • Event returns to the format trialled with the last FFII event - shorter one page event released in full day one, Revenge battles from previous event added as bonus battles. 

 

Nightmare Dungeons

  • FFIII Bahamut rotates back in, a good chance to catch up on any dungeons or CM you might have missed previously, or maybe farm some orbs!

 

Enholy/Endark Lucky Banner released

  • One time pull, half price, enholy/endark SSB or better. This one has had a lukewarm reception and I actually skipped myself. A great chance to fill out your holy/dark teams if they're coming up short, but not a lot of S Rank gets if you already have an established BSB team for those elements. 

 

And there you have it, a chance to catch our breath! Do tune in next week to hear what exciting new things DeNA has in store; we're expecting another XV event today and the next Record Mission campaign to kick off in a couple of days time. 

 

 

As always, keep up the good work and keep saving those mythrils!

 

Best wishes from Australia, Derek.

JP Week in Review - Week 2017-18,19

posted 2 weeks ago by Australian Derek - Comment this post
Hope you've had an awesome week tearing up the FFXII event which marks the end of an era, with D220 Ruin+ incoming with the next event and the relocation of Cid Missions to D180 Ultimate++. Time to ramp up!
 
I gave myself last week off due to a busy period at work but in the meantime the Japanese version of the game has exploded with the Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary x Golden Week celebrations. This is going to be a big one so let's get to it!

 

JP Week(s) in Review!

 

Launch of BRA★BRA collaboration Stage of Glittering Melodies
  • No new characters
  • New Bard 5 Ability Demon's War Song: grants Demon ATK +10/20/30/40/50% for a short duration based on number of stacks. This stacks with all ATK buffs.
  • New Bard 5 Ability Devil's Anthem: grants Devil MAG +10/20/30/40/50% for a short duration based on number of stacks. This stacks with all MAG buffs.
  • New USB for Edward, Mog
  • New BSB released for Echo, Kefka
  • New LM relics released for Edward, Mog.
 
Launch of Dissidia Final Fantasy Event Gathering of Heroes
  • No new characters
  • No new abilities
  • New USB released for Gabranth
  • New CSB released for Garland, notable for doing 22 hits on entry!
  • New LM relics released for Gabranth, Garland and Kuja
  • A slightly different format here with each of the stages being a single boss round only with no trash. Easier on stamina and faster to clear, I thought this was a great change of pace!

 

Launch of Episode: Magicite part 2

  • Introduction of Holy and Dark magicite dungeons to round out the existing 6 elemental dungeons, however we are still missing a bio dungeon.
  • Mist Dragon (holy) and Black Dragon (dark) will be available to face after the first set of 6. They seem to be siginificantly more difficult than the first lot of bosses so be prepared!
  • Upon completion of Mist Dragon and Black Dragon a new Urara RW will be available in magicite dungeons, which appears to be ATK/MAG 30% plus haste (Onion Burst without commands)
  • Half price Magicite Dungeon campaign launch to commemorate this release
 
Launch of Dungeon Update 38
  • Taking us back to FFVI, FFXIII, and also FFX-2
  • Recurrence of the JP style DU lucky banner - 1 free single pull, everything else full price
  • Recurrence of limited time half price stamina for all story dungeons. A great chance to catch up or keep up!

 

Nightmare Dungeons

  • FFIX gets a new nightmare dungeon with the appearance of Nova Dragon, including the standard set of 200/250/300 dungeons. First impressions are this seems like a pretty easy boss but the trash can really pack a punch so be prepared!

 

Introduction of Daily Missions

  • At this stage the only addition is 3 cid missions to clear a dungeon rewarding 10,000 gil, 1,000 Gysal Greens, and 1 mythril. Pretty easy to collect just running the things you would be doing anyway, and they refresh every day. Let's hope they stick around!

 

Golden Week Festival

  • I won’t go into the schedule in detail as it has been covered at length elsewhere, such as the megathread written by CareerSMN. I will cover some hilights "briefly" though:
  • Twitter refresh campaign - one free stamina refresh each day by posting tweet from in game.
  • 2 x Mythril dungeons awarding 30 Mythril each.
  • A never ending shower of login gifts.
  • "Free" Tyro USB2 6* Book awared for completing the FF30th Anniversary dungeon. This is a direct upgrade to his OSB offering a small all stat buff and hastega to the party, as well as dealing 17 hit entry damage with an amazing animation!
  • 2 phase orbfest featuring two 3 x orb dungeon sets during each phase with upgrade material dungeons running all the way through. These also feature the return of the Golden Vault and Roulette - get ready to farm some chips!
  • 3 x Lucky banners leading in to the festival: Healing BSB only, BSB/USB/CSB only, 6* only.
  • Set of 5 x Festival Banners - these are your standard fare, but the relic distribution is a staggering 4 x USB/CSB and 10 x BSB. An amazing set of banners to grab some great prizes on!
  • Free 30 pull to commemorate the FF30th Anniversary. One time only but you haven't lived until you've seen 30 relic balls on the screen at once. The pool included all SSB, BSB and OSB relased prior to the FFV even "Four Hearts", so lucky players could get some cool relics for free!
  • 30 Anniversary Selection - this was an interesting banner. being one time only and gems only. It included all SSB+ relics released prior to the FFV Four Hearts Event in the draw pool. Upon completion of your pull, you could choose a BSB from a selection list of over 116 bursts!
  • Crystal Tower Selection - if the last draw seemed cool but you don't want to spend gems fret not, this is a similar deal but you can pull with mythril. One time only full price draw, SSB+ relics released prior to Bra Bra event Stage of Glittering Melodies in the draw pool. Upon completion of your pull, you could choose a BSB from a list of 15 bursts. This really is 30A selection lite, but there might be a gap in your account you can fill with a selection burst.
 
 
FFRK Report #22 Released
  • Hot of the press today we get a tease of the upcoming event schedule and campagains. Publishing late has it's benefits it seems - I got you this time DeNA!
  • Event schedule FFIII (tomorrow), FFXV, FFVIII, FFVII
  • Another Record Mission campaign is scheduled to be launched this month, featruing dugeons from FFVI, FFVII, FFIX, FFX and FFXI.

 

 

And there you have it, what a busy stretch it's been! Do tune in next week to hear what exciting new things DeNA has in store with the upcoming FFIII event and also a leaked EnHoly/EnDark Lucky Draw!

 

 

As always, keep up the good work and keep saving those mythrils!

 

Best wishes from Australia, Derek.

 

JP Week in Review - Week 2017-17

posted 4 weeks ago by Australian Derek - Comment this post

Hope you’ve had another awesome week and have enjoyed testing yourself against the new Apocalypse++ raid bosses.

 

We've had another quite week in the Japanese version of the game in the lead up to the imminent 30th Anniversary celebrations. Let's check it out!

 

 

JP Week in Review!

 

Launch of the FFT event Unyielding Sword Oath

  • Back to the original event format which is a bit of a bummer. Hope to see the FFII format make a return soon!
  • Introduction of Meliadoul: Support 5, Knight 5, Combat 4
  • No new abilities this week
  • New USB for Rapha, Delita, Ovelia, March
  • New BSB for Meliadoul
  • New LM Relics for Rapha, Marach, Delita, Ovelia

 

Nightmare Dungeons

  • FFT rotates back in as a recurring dungeon with the standard set of 200/250/300 difficulties available. A good chance to clean up any dungeons or CM that you have missed before, or farm some orbs if that takes your fancy.

 

Golden Week Festival

  • Not quite upon us yet, but we have already enjoyed the lead in 3 x lucky draw banners, being Medica BSB only, BSB or better only, 6* relics only. Some amazing banners to look forward to for global!
  • I won’t go too much further into the schedule as it was discussed briefly last week but will link the megathread written by CareerSMN for those interested.

 

 

And that’s all she wrote for this week. Do tune in next week to here about all the amazing additions for this year’s Golden Week festival, and also the upcoming Bra Bra collaboration. Some of the new additions will shock you!

 

 

As always, keep up the good work and keep saving those mythrils!

 

Best wishes from Australia, Derek.

When I started working on FFRK Central in August 2015, I wasn't sure where it would take me. What started with a desire to see how FFRK worked turned into a 20-month long adventure from which incredible things such as the FFRK Slack chat and the Crystal Chronicles podcast emerged.

Thruout the last few months, my interest (and the time invested) in FFRK declined and I started to feel that I no longer had the required credibility to host The Crystal Chronicles. While Ben, Mark and Derek were nothing but incredibly supportive, the fact that I had nothing but my usual mispronunciations to contribute to the show really irritated me and I could see that it affected the quality of the episodes we were producing.

After talking with the guys about it once more, we decided to take a week off and see how we felt afterwards. Unfortunately, after thinking about it all week, I could but realise that the motivation was no longer in me. I had barely played the last event past obtaining the new characters and even that felt like a chore. I waited as much as I could, hoping I'd feel any different but nothing changed. So after one more discussion with the guys, we all agreed that the time had come for us to end our collaboration after 58 incredible episodes. I'm going to miss those Wednesday night talks and our loyal Twitch crew. We worked really hard to give quality content to our listeners and I hope it showed. 

Now, about FFRK Central. I don't think I'm going to be making much more development, mostly for the same reasons I've mentioned above. Because of this, I have terminated the Patreon campaign because it doesn't feel right to take people hard earned money and give nothing in exchange. While I don't plan on shutting down the site, I'm going to be adjusting a few things over the next few weeks, mostly for financial reasons. You're welcome to keep using the profile feature of the site as long as it keeps working and I'll try to make the small adjustments here and there when new game updates break the site. This being said, I will no longer be making maintenance datamining posts or other major feature development. I'm also going to be slowing down my implication around the @ffrkcentral Twitter feed.

FFRK Slack chat. Don't worry, it's not going anywhere anytime soon. The FFRK Slack community is a thing of its own and it doesn't belong to me. It's gonna keep being active, awesome and alive for as long as people still use it and I'll still hang around, that's for sure.

To end this already long post, I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone on FFRK Slack chat, our loyal Twitch viewers and everybody who supported this project thru Twitter and Facebook. I know it's ridiculously cliché but I couldn't have done it without your support. While I can't help feeling like I'm letting everybody down, I hope you'll understand my decision and that you won't hold it against me too much.

For those who would like to keep in touch, you're welcome to follow me on Twitter at @Fuitad. I can also be reached by email at Fuitad [at] Gmail [dot] com.

Thank you and take care!

-- Pierre

JP Week in Review - Week 2017-16

posted 1 month ago by Australian Derek - Comment this post

Hope you're enjoying the post anniversary catch up and the buzz of the anticipated bevy of FFXI beauties joining us soon.

 

We've had another quite week in the Japanese version of the game which to be honest is a nice opportunity to catch your breath and recharge before things ramp up again at the end of the month. Let's check it out!

 

JP Week in Review!

 

Launch of the FFII event Inherited Blazing Will

  • Overhaul of event structure: this is a beta test, which sees the full event content all the way up to 220 released on day one. This is shorter with only one page of dungeons (no part one/part two). A few days later, a second mini set of revenge dungeons from a previous FFII event were added. Over all the change seems positive if a big break from the familiar format.
  • Introduction of Scott: Spellblade 5, Combat 4, Knight 4, White 4, Black 3
  • New Spellblade 5 ability Freeze Strike: 2 x AOE ice physical damage.
  • New Darkness 5 ability Crimson Cross: 4 x ST dark physical damage, self 30% max HP damage.
  • New USB for Gordon, Minwu, Emperor, Leon
  • New BSB for Scott, Ricard, Josef
  • New LM Relics for Gordon, Minwu, Emperor, Leon

 

Nightmare Dungeons

  • FFII rotates back in as a recurring dungeon with the standard set of 200/250/300 difficulties available. A good chance to clean up any dungeons or CM that you have missed before, or farm some orbs if that takes your fancy. 

 

Empower Wind/Water/Earth Lucky draw

  • One time half price 11 pull, SSB or better. This is potentially an amazing banner to pull on depending on your dupe situation with 24 empower element BSB present in a pool of 32 relics.

 

7th Nico Livestream held

  • This has largely been a massive preview of the upcoming 30th Anniversary celebrations to be held over Golden Week. I will share a link to the thread written by CareerSMN rather than cover it all at length again. Needless to say this appears to be a massive festival that will cast a huge shadow over even the amazing 2nd Anniverary celebrations. 
  • Event schedule announced a bit further out: FFII (ongoing), FFT, BraBra collab, FFIII.
  • Magicite wave 2 teased, including announcements of Holy and Dark magicites to be added and also a new story character - Shadow Smith. 

 

And I think that's a wrap for this week. Whoo boy does it look like a cracker end to the month, gird your mythrils and wallets because it looks like A30 is coming in hot!

 

As always, keep up the good work and keep saving those mythrils!

 

Best wishes from Australia, Derek.

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