Final Fantasy XIV is retiring its GARO collaboration with patch 5.1

    
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Oh no, manchildren!

The GARO collaboration with Final Fantasy XIV has lasted a long while. It’s still ongoing right now, even; if you want to pick up the gear you can go do that right now, and if you want to work your way up to one of the achievement-based horse mounts, that’s still eminently doable. But at long last, there is an endpoint in sight… albeit not a very urgent one, as the collaboration is set to end with the launch of patch 5.1.

You may notice that patch 5.1 post-dates the upcoming expansion launch, which will be 5.0. That means that the collaboration’s actual end date is likely to be some time in October or November, based on FFXIV’s reliable patch schedule (which would have 5.1 about three and a half months after the expansion launch on July 2nd). So you don’t need to urgently rush to get any equipment you want right this second… but you should definitely plan on finishing up anything you want from the event before it’s over.

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Toy Clown

PvP in FFXIV isn’t that fun, but I’ve been doing the PvP roulette most days and won’t have issue getting the costumes I want. I’ve gotten some pretty fancy mounts in my time in FFXIV and I keep going back to my beloved chocobo, so it’s not a big thing to have those. Which is good, since I’ve seen less than 5 wins for my grand company in the past two years. I have no idea why Maelstrom ALWAYS wins and is a large part of the reason why PvP isn’t that fun. It just isn’t when you know the outcome.

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Matt Redding

Thanks for the notice. At one point I got sets for every job, and then I deleted them due to not having storage space because I heard they could be re-obtained from the compensation NPC. I didn’t realize doing so was tied to getting the title for wearing the sets and I had bought sets for jobs I didn’t have at that level. DOH. I have to do it over.

Replacing sets for several jobs seemed like a lot of work (and queuing for pvp was dead at the time) so I put it on the backburner. Now I’ll have to resume the work.

And by the way if anyone does not have the mounts let me tell you… they are gorgeous and worth all the hard work to get them. When Ixion was new I flew in to a group on the 3rd Garo mount and had someone literally scream “What the hell is that mount it’s better than the damn spark pony I’m trying to get now??”

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Sorenthaz

Too bad they completely ruined Feast’s ‘casual’ queue (used to be 8v8 practice, now you’re stuck with 4v4 practice and it requires 1 melee, 1 ranged, 1 healer, and 1 tank) so now it’s much more difficult to get into Feast matches. I still have to somehow get 19 wins from there + like 29 in total between that and the other game modes.

If there’s one thing FFXIV has been horrid at, it’s definitely their poor management of their PvP. And yet for some reason they keep dumping art assets into seasonal rewards for it that aren’t obtainable elsewhere.

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Carlo Lacsina

I made a fun discovery just the other day. You can actually buy lvl 1 versions of the skins with MGP! Its makes leveling other classes even more fun just because of that.

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cursedseishi

The MGP versions are good (and thankfully count for the achievements too for the PvP-averse), but it definitely sucks the MGP versions can’t be dyed last I’d checked. Nice if you just want the pieces, sucks if you want to customize and control your look.

This is reminding me I need… 50+ PvP battles myself between the Feast and elsewhere for these achievements though… I am not looking forward to that at all… Never been the biggest fan of the PvP aside from some easy tomestones, but in all the matches I’ve played in my server Twin Snakes dominate, Maelstrom sits middle and the Flames end up dead last…

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Matt Redding

Yeah that’s the downside of the MGP version, undyeable.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah but the main problem is that you can’t dye those. Also my issue really isn’t with getting the marks for the gear (daily frontline gets you potentially 2k if you get a win, also can be increased to some extent with an FC buff for wolf marks earned), but getting the wins for the mounts. The changes they did to Feast killed its casual 8v8 mode so no one queues for it nowadays.