During beta phase 3 part 1 on June 14 to 16, 2013, I was able to level my pugilist (PUG) to 15 and was happy with the progress and fast pace of the game. I was so looking forward to part 2 of beta phase 2 on June 21 to 23rd, 2013 as I had a lot things planned for my PUG.

My level 15 PUG is ready to kick some @$$
My level 15 PUG is ready to kick some @$$

Beta phase 3 part 2 started on Friday, June 21st, 2013 at 5am EDT so to maximize my play time, I woke little bit early and played for 1 hour before I had to get ready for work. Of course, my wife was not thrilled that I woke up early to play games but oh well….. she could deal with it :).

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Loading screen when you are at Limsa Lominsa. Each main city has its own loading screen art. You should check out each of them πŸ™‚

When I logged in, I managed to get into a party for my next main story quest which was 4-person instance : Sastasha. The quest itself was pretty straightforward and all we had to do was going through the dungeon, killed the pirate captain and the void monster. The pirate captain was pretty easy but the void monster was not so much. It could spawn additional monsters from unnatural ripples unless we clicked on the ripples to prevent the monster from spawning. It took few tries before we finally beat the boss, Denn the Orcatoothed (of course, I forgot to take some screenshots during the fight itself 😦 ).Β From the boss’ loot, I got my first unique-untradable item Foestriker’s Skirt.

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Our party at Sastasha consists of PUG, GLA, ARC and CNJ.
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Did another Sastasha run with a different party. We were getting ready for the boss fight and it took us few tries before we finally beat Denn the Orcatoothed.
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Next instance is The Tam-Tara Deepcroft (TTD) and it’s part of main quest. I had bit of hard time finding the NPC who started the quest.
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TTD instance was pretty straightforward and was fairly easy. Our group were able to complete in one try. With this quest, we needed to destroy all cultist orbs. There’s nothing particularly difficult with this instance and everything went pretty smoothly. Our party was able to finish it within 25 minutes.
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Copperbell Mines was next instance as part of main story after TTD.
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The boss of Copperbell Mines instance is Kottos and it’s a tough one because it spawned minions which were also tough. Our party was able to beat the mission by focusing on Kottos alone and ignored other minions.
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After xth, mission was accomplished.
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Minfilia is such a cutie πŸ™‚
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best lalafell statue ever
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Our next mission is to beat Ifrit, one of Primals. It’s literally best custscene in FFXIV: ARR Beta
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Obviously, Ifrit was not easy and it took our group at least 5 tries, if not, more to beat Ifrit. One party member decided to ‘accidentally’ get disconnected.

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That pretty much sums up my experience for Beta Phase 3 part 2. Enjoy full gallery below.

Looking forward for Beta Phase 3 part 3 this weekend.

New Beta Test Schedule for this weekend:
June 28, 2013 (Friday), 2:00 a.m. to June 30 (Sunday), 2:00 a.m. (PDT)

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