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HOW TO BEAT FFXIV’S OPERATION ARCHON

Operation Archon is the last story quest of the base game. As such, players need to beat it to unlock postgame content and beyond. However, to beat it, you need a full team of eight, as well as a sound strategy to follow. Don’t worry, this won’t make you spend your hard-earned FFXIV Gil.

Read on for the strategy and team composition.

FFXIV OPERATION ARCHON

Team Composition

You have 8 slots. Assign four slots to damage dealers, two to tanks, and two for healers. This way, you can separate into two teams. Two damage dealers, a tank, and a healer make up each team. As for why, it will be detailed in the strategy section.

For recommended classes, Summoners are valuable since they can call in creatures to temporarily fill in the roles of downed allies. They’re also exceptional damage dealers through their damage over time effects. Then there are White Mages, who have the best HP recovery skills and buffs. However, even if you haven’t recruited any of those two, you’ll still be able to beat the quest if you follow the strategy. That is, as long as you also complete the roles.

Strategy

There are two tankers in the team. While one takes on the boss, the other acts as an off-tank. At a certain point in the fight, extra mobs will appear. It’s the off-tank’s job to keep those enemies from harassing the main tank. That’s why you’ll need two teams. One will focus on the boss, and the other will focus on the extra mobs that will appear.

Now, the boss has three major damage-dealing attacks to avoid. First, it shoots sparks in front of it. A critical hit can OHKO DPS and healers in range. Avoid being in front as much as possible if you’re not a tanker. Second, it shoots out a ring of fire that will damage anyone caught inside. You’ll see the range of the ring where it will land. Lastly, it will fire missiles that can kill anyone in the middle of the explosion. A red circle will appear where the missile will land. The main tank will have to drag the boss out of range so the DPS can continue dealing damage while avoiding the missiles.

Keep on damaging the boss while being mindful of the above strategy, and you’ll see the fight to the end.

Additional Notes

It doesn’t matter which Final Fantasy classes you recruit. What’s more important is being able to follow the strategy and having the right characters for each role. The teams can be broken into 3 and 5, as long as one character fills each role in the three-man team. They should also be able to keep the extras at bay so the other team can do their jobs properly. Communicate and work with your teammates, not against them.

If you find your attacks are not effective from behind the boss, try going to the side. Pay attention so you don’t end up in front of it though. Healers should keep the party’s HP topped up as much as possible as they join in the attack.

And that’s that for Operation Archon! Following these instructions should let you finish the fight easily so you can get back to farming FFXIV currency. Continue enjoying Final Fantasy XIV!

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Side to Side: Which Faction Should You Be in WoW: Battle for Azeroth

Those who have been playing World of Warcraft for quite some time now don’t find it difficult to choose between Alliance and Horde. In World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth, however, the choice between the two is going to be tougher. This is all thanks to the changes this expansion has made to both factions. So if you can’t decide, here’s a look at the key differences between the two to help you out.

WoW Azeroth or WoW Horde

A Matter of Morality

The storyline comes first and most important for the lore-invested WoW player. The Alliance is still these goody-two-shoes whose plan is to reclaim the lands and honor (not to mention the WoWc gold) they lost to their rivals. On the other side of the pond, the Horde is having quite a bit of an identity crisis. With Sylvanas at the helm committing all sorts of unsavory acts, this group of maligned but proud and honorable races must examine what it truly means to be a noble Horde, and defend itself from an untrusting and altogether angry Alliance.

If you want to play it safe, stick with the Alliance. If you want a side that wants to do good but also has a good deal of internal issues, then you’d be better off going with the Horde.

Strategic Location

Locations, and in turn, quests, play a big role in World of Warcraft. So if you think a faction’s territory is not something to consider when deciding one’s faction, maybe Battle for Azeroth will change your mind. Because aside from the fact that many new locations for this patch are faction-exclusive, they’re also quite the sight to behold.

For the Alliance, there’s KulTiras, the thalassocratic home of the Proudmoores. Isolated ever since the fall of the Alliance of Lordaeron, the island is finally returning to prominence once more, as the current Alliance is now in need of ships that they can supply.

KulTiras is divided into three zones: Tiragarde Sound, the main city that is under the control of the Proudmoorehouse; Stormsong Valley, where ships are sent to be blessed by priests; and Drustvar, a mountainous region that was once inhabited by a druidic race called Drust.

As for the Horde, they get Zandalar, the homeland of the Zandalari trolls and the birthplace of all troll civilizations in Azeroth. While the Alliance is trying to get the Proudmoores back into their fold, the Horde is trying to recruit the Zandalari trolls.

The three zones in Zandalari are Zuldazar, the most ancient city in all of Azeroth; Nazmir, which was the center of troll civilization before it was reclaimed by swampland; and the hostile deserts of Vol’dun.

Racial Arms Race

Last but definitely not least would be Allied Races. Heck, if there’s something that can convince a player to join a particular faction, it’d be this!

Allied Races are new races for each faction. To unlock hem, you’ll have to finish certain series of quests. For the Alliance, it’s Dark Iron Dwarves, Void Elves, and LightforgedDraenei; and for the Horde, it’s Nightborne (Elves), Mag’HarOrc, and the HighmountainTauren.

As you can see, they’re not completely new races; more like variations of pre-existing races. Nevertheless, they’re very much worth trying out because of their unique abilities. For example, Void Elves have Spatial Rift, which allows them to create rifts in time and space and teleport through it. Cool, isn’t it?

It’s never easy to choose a side, especially when both of them have something equally good to offer that the other side does not have. Still, you have to, because this is a war, and to participate, you have to pledge allegiance to one team.

So what will it be: Azeroth or Horde?

World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth Rise of Azshara Heart Essences

RISE OF AZSHARA HEART ESSENCES

The newest update patch for Battle for Azeroth introduces two new areas, as well as everything that comes along whenever one opens up. That means new characters, quests, stories, mounts, pets, dungeons, and even a new raid! WoW Classic is still a month or so away, so this patch provides a good way to spend your time while as await the release of Classic.

Now, one of the more important features it brings are the Heart of Azeroth Essences. Here’s all you need to know about these items, from where to get them to how to use them.

All About Heart of Azeroth Essences

Essences are a new item category that will strengthen your character. Up to three of them will fit into your Heart of Azeroth. They have a Major as well as a Minor effect. The former is an active skill, while the latter is a passive skill. Depending on the slot you place them in, either both effects or only the minor one will be active. You can only equip unique essences, that is, you can’t have two of the same essence equipped.

Try out combinations and figure out what’s best for you!

How to Unlock Heart of Azeroth Essences

Once you’ve achieved building the hub in Nazjatar, MagniBronzebeard will give you a quest called Essential Empowerment. Finishing the questline will let you unlock the Essence Forge and earn an achievement as well as your first essence. It also serves as a sort of tutorial for the system, so be sure to take note of the explanations!

Doing the quests will also unlock the slots for your Heart of Azeroth. The first one will unlock both Major (active) and Minor (passive) skills for an essence, provided the Heart is at an appropriate level. Further levels will unlock two slots that will allow you to use only the Minor effect alternating with stamina boosts. Your character must be level 120 to unlock your HoA’s first slot.

To learn a new one, you have to return to the Forge. However, they can be swapped out anywhere you may swap talents. You may also use a Tome of the Quiet Mind or similar items for the same effect.

Where to Get Heart Essences

Many activities give these Heart Essences. PvP, raid bosses, quests, Mythic+ dungeons, reputation rewards, and more will reward you with essences. Each one would fit certain roles in a party (tank, DPS, healer), but there are some characters in any role can use.

Furthermore, you may upgrade them to improve the skills they provide. At the highest rank, there’s a cosmetic effect that will set you apart from the crowd. You may rank up essences to rank 3 without having to learn them. However, getting from 3 to 4 requires it.

You may also buy them from the Auction House with WoW gold. That’s a convenient way to find a specific essence. Of course, you might also find someone who’s selling a maxed out essence. You can just buy it from them so you won’t have to go through the process of ranking it up yourself.

And that’s all for the topic of this article. The new features and areas are sure to be a breeze with the right essences. Remember to have fun with the Rise of Azshara update!

Enjoy World of Warcraft!

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Go the Distance: OSRS Range Training Guide

OSRS RANGE TRAINING GUIDE

In OSRS, aside from the fact that bows look cool, Ranged is a good skill to grind because it grants you considerable accuracy compared to other combat-related skills. However, it can be quite difficult to level up. If you’re clueless about how you can go about going from 1 to 99, here’s an invaluable guide.

Shooting With Style

Before you go off and start shooting, you need to know that there are three styles for Ranged, namely:

  • Accurate – With this style, you receive 3 unwritten bonus levels in ranged, making your shots more accurate. This boost makes it a recommended choice for those who have only recently taken up the skill. And for even more perks, every point of damage earns you 4 EXP in Ranged and 33 EXP in hit points.
  • Rapid – This style gives you the same EXP rates for every point of damage. It also allows you to shoot more often. Be warned, however, because your shots will be less likely to hit their marks.
  • Longrange– What makes this particular style unique is that it splits EXP bonuses to Ranged and Defence, with each receiving 2 per hit. Although it has a significantly slower rate of fire than the other two, it more than makes up for it with the 3 unwritten bonus Defence levels. Aside from utility purposes, this is for players who want to shoot two birds in one stone and level up their Defence as they grind for Ranged.

Cannon Law and its Alternatives

Now we move on to the weapons. The Ranged arsenal is a wide one, but if you want to rake in the most EXP in the shortest amount of time, here are your best options:

  • OSRS Cannon – Also known as the Dwarf Multicannon, you can use this to grind Ranged from level 1 to 80 simply by shooting caged ogres in the Combat Training Camp. It’s not only cheap, but also a fast and convenient way to grind because you no longer have to move elsewhere for a long time.
  • Throwing Knives– You throw these things to rock crabs in order to gain a steady stream of EXP. While the iron throwing knives used to be popular and are still a viable way to grind, it’s been superseded by steel and mithril knives as they offer the same attack speed and better range for less OSRS gold.
  • Mithril Darts – Upon reaching level 20, you’ll unlock Mithril Darts. Aside from their great speed and coveted bonuses, they’re also quite affordable.

Definitely Not Cannon

Once you get past level 20, here are the weapons you should use if you’re not going to stick with the OSRS Cannon.

  • Bow and Crossbow – If you want to a cheap way to level up in your early twenties, you can start with the Shortbow and Bronze Arrows. Once you reach level 28, get yourself a Dorgeshuun Crossbow. It’s a cost-effective option, as the bone bolts are only worth three coins each. Plus, with crossbows, you don’t need to finish any quests just to unlock and equip them.
  • Karil’s Crossbow – at level 70, Karil’s Crossbow is a highly underrated weapon. It fires bolt racks and is more like a shortbow, which means it has a slower rate of fire but higher damage. Also, you won’t be able to equip a shield while wielding it, but the fact that it deals so much damage more than makes up for it. Besides, you’re a Ranged user anyway so you’ll be at a safe distance.
  • Chincompas and Blowpipes – after level 80, you can then move on to Ape Atoll Dungeon and shoot chincompas and red skeletons. A blowpipe is also a good alternative.

So there you have it–the styles and tools of the trade! Now that you know them, what are you waiting for? Aim to be a master marksman in Gielinor! It’s one of the best things you can be.

PATH OF EXILE GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS

If you want to know what it’s like to farm PoE orbs and PoE currency, then why not try out Path of Exile for yourself. A game with a large community that’s more than willing to help beginners like you, this dungeon-delving RPG gained an even bigger audience share since its release on the PS4. Path of Exile is inspired by Diablo 2 that focuses on getting loot, slaying hoards of enemies, and upgrading your character’s intricate skill tree. That being said, despite being a free game, Grinding Gear Games pulled out all the stops to make this game worth your time. With the game highlighting deep gameplay mechanics, our guide will explain what Path of Exile has to offer such as its class system and more along with helpful tips to get you started.

Main Attributes

There are three main attributes in Path of Exile: Dexterity, Strength, and Intelligence. By gaining 10 points in each of these abilities, you’ll gain bonuses added to the stats of your character. Here are the effects in which you can get when upgrading these attributes.

Ability Effects
Strength Your maximum HP will increase by 5 points. Melee damage to be increased by 2% per upgrade.
Dexterity Your accuracy will increase by 20 points. Evasion to be increased by 2% per upgrade.
Intelligence Your maximum mana pool will increase by 5 points. Energy shield to be increased by 2% per upgrade.

It’s important to upgrade attributes as gears in Path of Exile often have minimum requirements. Meaning that in order to equip a high-level weapon, you’ll need to have a certain amount of points to your main attributes to be able to use it.

Path of Exile Classes

There are seven playable classes for you to choose from in PoE: Duelist, Templar, Witch, Ranger, Marauder, Shadow, and Scion. These classes come equipped with different starting stats and begin at a different spot on the Passive Skill Tree.

Duelist – The Duelist class fights through the use of melee attacks. They can also summon AI minions to fight alongside them. Their attributes are Strength and Dexterity.

Templar – The Templar fires projectiles and offers a variety of lightning-based attacks. Their attributes are Intelligence and Strength.

Witch – A Witch is a female spellcaster that boasts high magic damage. Similar to mages, Witches use staffs to draw out their power. Their main attribute is Intelligence.

Ranger – The Ranger class uses a bow as their primary weapon, but can wield a sword as well as a secondary weapon. They are dexterous and nimble, making them a class that is very much agile. Their main attribute is Dexterity.

Marauder – The Marauder is a melee fighter that has great strength. A juggernaut that’s meant to be either be a defense-oriented tank or high damage dealer, their main attribute is Strength.

Shadow – The Shadow is a fighter that slices its foes through the use of short-range weapons and traps in battle. A cunning class with great speed, their main attributes is Dexterity and Intelligence.

Scion – The Scion class is not available at the beginning of the game, but instead can be permanently unlocked by rescuing her on Act 3. She can adjust to any character build, making her a flexible class. The Scion’s main attributes are Dexterity, Intelligence, and Strength.

PoE’s Passive Skill Tree: A Spider’s Web

The Passive Skill Tree of Path of Exile looks a tad bit intimidating due to its somewhat complex spider-web appearance. But don’t fret as it doesn’t take very long to figure out exactly how it works. This expanding map is what makes Path of Exile unique to its competitors.

As you go up a level, your character will also gain a skill point. You can collect up to a total of99 skill points from leveling, but you can further earn 24 more from quests. Each of these skill points is to be added to your skill tree. If you add the points to the smaller nodes on the map, it’ll offer you small bonuses such as permanent additional points to your main attributes and/or small boosts to your damage. The larger nodes offer more unique upgrades to your abilities. Basically, choosing where to put your skill points in these large nodes is what makes your skill tree stand out apart from the others.

It’s best to first plan out exactly how you’ll be allocating your points down the line since the Passive Skill Tree is so massive. Should you completely want to try a new build, you can earn “Refund Points” through certain quests to re-allocate your skill points in a different build that you may desire. Do note that you can’t buy skill points with PoE orbs or PoE currency; you’ll have to earn them the hard way!

BACK TO THE START: REASONS TO PLAY WORLD OF WARCRAFT CLASSIC

Nostalgia is one hell of a drug. And in the case of World of Warcraft, that drug is so potent that the fan clamor for a WoW Classic was big enough to convince Blizzard to release one. Now, if you’re not one of those who weren’t lucky enough to experience the early days of what’s arguably the most influential MMORPG, there’s a question to be settled: Is it worth the trip back in time?

The short answer is a resounding yes—and for a wide variety of reasons which we’ll now discuss.

Experiencing What the Old Times Were Like

If you’re a fan of a particular game franchise but didn’t start at the first-ever game, it’s only natural to be curious about how the title that began. That’s kind of the same thing if you didn’t land in Azeroth during its Vanilla days; the only difference is the same game engine. But before you think that there’s very little difference because it’s technically still the 2004 MMO people came to love, you should remember that Blizzard has made a lot of changes to the game since then.

Surely, you’re wondering what it was like without its many additional locations (and many Quality of Life improvements), so you might as well experience what it’s like. The only thing you’ll lose is your cluelessness.

Enjoying the Old Way

Speaking of quality-of-life changes, they were introduced to the game in a gradual manner. The same is true with the graphical improvements. That’s why outside of the expansion-related content and changes, not a lot of people noticed the subtle updates. Trust us; what didn’t seem like much to the unobservant eye is going to feel like a world of difference once it’s gone.

And who knows? You might actually find those missing QoL features–for combat, WoW gold farming, and many other things–as a good thing. For example, without the Quest Tracker, you’ll have to actually read the quest log in order to know where you should go or who you should talk to next. It may be a bit of a slog to some, and understandably so, considering how a lot of gamers have grown up and are now constantly busy professionals. However, for more traditional and more dedicated roleplayers, this is going to be something they’ll want. No UI; like a true adventurer in Azeroth, you open what is the equivalent of your journal, actually read it, and locate objectives on your own.

Going Back to the Past… and the Future

It has become undeniable that technology shapes society. The same is undoubtedly true in Azeroth. Surely, the many changes implemented by Blizzard have affected overall WoW community behavior, so imagine removing all the things that have shaped the population into what it is today. It’s still going to be nothing like how the original playerbase was back in the early days since the Classic’s player base has already been exposed to more recent content, but the loss of many QoL features, gear, and items is going to make things feel like a blast from the past. Even if it’s something you didn’t experience firsthand, at least you’ll have a glimpse of it!

Last but not least, playing WoW Classic can give you a newfound appreciation for the mainline WoW. Finally seeing an older, smaller Azeroth can help you see the newer, bigger one in a different light. You might even start to realize that for all of the faults you can find in the game today, it’s now far better than it used to.

World of Warcraft is more than a decade old, so it’s about time the more dedicated players either return to its roots—or go there for the first time ever. Regardless of which of the two you are, you should definitely try it out. Who knows? You might actually have fun in old Azeroth!

 

PICK THE BEST MMO FOR YOU!

The Elder Scrolls Online, World of Warcraft, and Final Fantasy XIV are currently among the most popular MMOs out there right now. With so many top-tier games to choose from, how do you pick which one to play? Do you want a good storyline? Do you look for the best combat system? What about content?

There are so many things to consider, but fortunately, we’re going to make it a little easier for you. We’ll be focusing more on the content and gameplay, so there’s no talking about the currencies (FFXIV Gil, ESO and WoW’s gold), nor any leveling up or farming guides. Each of us has different preferences, so we’ll just explore the games’ strengths and weaknesses and let you choose for yourself.

World of Warcraft

By virtue of being the “senior” among the three, we’ll go with World of Warcraft first. WoW boasts massive content, a huge world to explore, and hours upon hours of gameplay.

Strengths:

  • Has the most content
  • Good combat system
  • Class customization (to an extent)

Weaknesses:

  • No benefit to exploration
  • Raids are a little daunting for beginners
  • Content updates usually rehash old content in new environments

WoW has been going on for fifteen years. It’s has had seven expansions, bringing the level cap higher and higher to its current total of 120. Each expansion also added quests and additional activities to do. However, fatigue may be setting in, as some players have noted that new content updates are getting a little lackluster. Progression also gets slow at a certain point, and leveling becomes a sluggish, slog to 120. After that, there’s not much to do afterward, especially if you don’t like raiding and dungeoneering.

World of Warcraft is for those who won’t mind rather repetitive content and quests. Those who love raiding with others or with a guild will also enjoy this game. It is not for those who like good stories (though some zone questlines may tickle your fancy), nor those looking for varied content.

Final Fantasy XIV

FFXIV is the middle child who suffered a life-threatening accident only to be revived three years later, bigger and better than ever before. In other words, it shut down soon after its first launch due to a slew of negative reviews. In 2013, it got re-released with the subtitle A Realm Reborn, which players received more favorably. Now, it’s enjoying a sizable number of consistent subscribers who enjoy the game.

Strengths:

  • Good storyline
  • Varied quests
  • Many, many activities are available for players

Weaknesses:

  • No class customization
  • Combat is slower compared to the other two

For the record, progression is tied to the main quest. While those who like good storylines won’t mind, those who do not could end up quitting before getting to the better content. It’s neither strength nor weakness, as you can decide whether it’s something you want to sit through or not. Anyway, since the story is an important part of the game, it kind of makes or breaks the FFXIV. It has a trial version, so you may see if you can sit through the story or not. If you can, great! If not, that’s fine, you can try the other games on this list instead.

Elder Scrolls Online

Hailing from the acclaimed makers of the Elder Scrolls series, the youngest entry of the three featured games is as good as it gets. It has solid gameplay, and while it doesn’t have the scope of content that the other two have, it more than makes up for it in other ways. Like FFXIV, it had a troubled first release but was better received the second time around.

Strengths:

  • Solid combat system
  • Good progression system
  • Class customization

Weaknesses:

  • Non-linear gameplay
  • Works better as a single-player game

The game’s non-linear gameplay allows players to go wherever they want. Enemies they encounter will have levels scaled to the player’s level. It also has a different combat system than the other two, being more action-based. The two other games have tab-targeting systems, which could be something that you don’t like.

Additional Notes

World of Warcraft doesn’t have a player housing feature. It’s something to consider, especially if you like that kind of feature. ESO may be more appealing to fans of the series, similar to Final Fantasy XIV. There’s also the graphics, and whether you prefer the cartoony look (WoW), the anime look (FFXIV), or the realistic look (ESO).

Then there are the subscriptions to figure out. WoW is on a subscription basis, while the other two are free to play with limitations. You can subscribe for access to more content, as well as receive other advantages. Otherwise, you may try them out for a bit to see if they fit your preferences.

If in-game economics is your thing, doing some research on that topic would definitely help. FFXIV currency can be farmed without even fighting once. You can just focus all your time in leveling your professions and crafting things to sell. In ESO, you’re more likely to use your crafted items as there is no auction house. Player owned shops are tied to guilds. WoW’s crafting system is abysmally bad and not even worth mentioning.

At any rate, go and pick the one that tickles your fancy the most! Sometimes, you really need to try it out for yourself to make a decision. Just make sure to enjoy the game!