Eeesh. So not too long ago I finished Final Fantasy XIV’s ‘A Realm Reborn’ (or 2.0) main story. I discovered that there were a hundred quests standing between me and the next expansion — Heavensward. Each of those quests can have multiple parts, too.

The Moogles are coming! Run for the hills, the Moogles are coming! (One of my friends almost refused to engage in this, believing there was no such thing as a bad Moogle. Hah.)

Since then I learnt this stretch has a name. ‘The Horrible Hundred’ is what the community lovingly refers to the ARR post-game content as. It’s a rite of passage. A trial to be passed to earn your way into the much nicer content that follows. *sigh* Yep. I recognise the sentiment. Right now in the thick of it, it’s enough to at least make me rethink the position. How I’ll feel on the other side of it with some time gone by? Hard to say. The rose-tinted glasses may come into full swing. ;)

Although if I’m being honest, I’ve been in a sort of middle space between pushing on and procrastinating. I’ve absolutely been playing more Final Fantasy, I didn’t go back to avoiding logging in. But I started working on unlocking a bunch of the level 50 dungeons and collecting a full set of Bard Ironworks gear (including the bow! Woo.)

The gear is significantly higher ilvl than what even the post-game quests are providing (ilvl 120 on the Ironworks, I’m being offered ilvl 70 otherwise). It makes the content amusingly easy for the time being and this does at least help speed it up.

Learnt to Love the Journey Yet?

Thinking on it, and the experiment I set myself to try appreciate more of the MMO experience — the low and mid-game experience in particular — instead of just pushing hard for the endgame I wouldn’t say has been a failure per se.

But I wouldn’t say it has been a resounding success yet either. I think the mere fact I was able to step off the train for a while to get gear and unlocks that I know to be completely unnecessary and serve no purpose toward the current endgame to be a positive indicator.

At the same time the drive to simply get through it all and reach the end hasn’t gone away. If anything it is increasing as that point gets closer. To be fair it’s not 100% about getting to the very end, a large part of it is also a drive to reach the new (and new to me) content… Still.

I guess it would be fair to say it’s still a work in progress. I’ve completed 20 / 100 of this quest chain, so another 80 in which to practice! (And of course the expansions to follow.)


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Rakuno · July 21, 2019 at 1:32 pm

Hang in there! Heavensward will be worth the pain!

That Ironworks gear is pretty good, even more so if you upgrade it. Should last you until level 54 if you do so. Plus if you decide to level other Jobs that can use it (like Machinist) it will be a nice set to have by then.

    Naithin · July 21, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    I should really look into the upgrade stuff actually. I haven’t done so yet. I’m already level 55 too, but I’ve got that from MSQ queuing for the allagan poetic tomestones, so haven’t hit the difficulty spike or attendant ilvl jump of heavensward yet. Hehe.

    I don’t think I’ll level too much more than 55 before hitting heavensward now though, because the XP from the post game quests is teensy tiny. =)

    Looking forward to next stage in any case!

Bhagpuss · July 22, 2019 at 1:25 am

I started a reply and then turned it into a post at my own place. The bit I left out was this:

Here’s a question: if an NPC in the game sold a potion, at a reasonable price, that auto-completed all 100 quests, would you buy it and use it?

What if it was only available via the cash shop?

Or how about if there was an NPC who gave a single quest with a lore-appropriate narrative, reasonably fast and easy to complete, which skipped you past all the other 100 quests?

Would it make a difference if the mechanic that allowed you to by-pass the 100 also left those quests available for optional completion at a time of your choosing?

In other words, would you still do these quests if you didn’t have to? And how nuanced a decision would that be?

    Naithin · July 22, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Good question!

    ‘Would I do these quests if I didn’t have to?’ I think breaks down to two major cases — although there are a few varieties within each of those too perhaps.

    Case 1: The quests were still mandatory by default (i.e., the structure of FF is what is today)
    I would not purchase any skip ability/potion on a first playthrough. It would be exceptionally unlikely I would ever do a second. But if I for some reason DID have to, and the pricing was reasonable as you say — then I would consider it very hard indeed. It wouldn’t matter too much in that case whether the quests were still able to be completed later or not.

    Case 2: The quest structure was more ‘typical’ of an MMO without a hard linear chain — and whereupon reaching the necessary level I could go straight to the appropriate expansion zone.
    In this case I would almost certainly skip them and never look back. At least, under my old MMO philosophy I would have. There may be more to say on this in response to your post. :)

Kluwes · July 22, 2019 at 1:45 am

I’m currently running through this too after avoiding it for a year. I knew it was long I didn’t realize it was 100 quests long. I was hoping to get into Heavenward this weekend but a quick check on the wiki still has me 48 quests away!

    Naithin · July 22, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Also, if you haven’t done the the three primal trials in hard mode you’ll end up having to do those back to back in the Patch 2.5 content at some point too. They can be very quickly done with a high level willing to jump in unsynced with you, but if you’d rather do it ‘properly’ then the queue times can be a bit rough.

Eddelstienesser · July 27, 2019 at 1:09 pm

Hah! I’m currently walking a friend through The Hundred right now with a friend, and yeah, I need to constantly encourage them. I’d never heard the term before now buuuuuuuut, it’s accurate! I can assure you it is worth it though, and if you need any morale boost, I’m sure most veterans know your pain. If you find yourself in need of gear improvements, and don’t already have 100 offers, I’d be more then happy to help if you have access to Gilgamesh. Anything to support more FF14 articles to read :) :) :)

    Naithin · July 27, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Haha, thanks Eddel!

    I’ll definitely push my way through it. I still haven’t finished the 2.2 patch quests yet, but getting there. Today been kinda distracted a bit by gaining access to Lost Ark, but from what I’m told I can’t expect that access to last long.

    Even if it does though, I still really really want to see the newer FFXIV content. Like. Really. :)

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