Finally! The swimsuit! Has arrived!!!
This week, Eorzea celebrates Firefall Faire~!
>> The Lodestone (Official FFXIV’s site) article about this event. <<
This article has some details about the event. It also has maps that mark location of NPC in town, as well as <pos> of the Bombard’s spawn area.
Also, if you obtain all 5 sets of swimsuit, it will unlock an out-of-game reward; making and downloading desktop wallpaper for your PC!!! You can design it!
Read more about it, and/or access it at The Lodestone. <<< You will have to identify yourself by logging in at this site (it’s FFXIV’s official website) with your SquareEnix ID (the same one you use to log in to the game).
If you’re not interested in getting PC Wallpaper, you can just pick a set of swimsuit that you want, and just concentrate on getting correct ashes to trade for it.
I’m kinda busy now so I won’t talk much, just going to post some screenshots.
Lunar Summer Halter (top) & Lunar Summer Tanga (bottom) for females.
Lunar Summer Top & Lunar Summer Trunks for males.
Obtained from talking to the event NPC (at a stall with HUGE balloons decorations, you can’t miss it) in any town, you will be forced to join because you were tricked to sign your name (reminds us of President Naja in Aht Urhgan, no? XD). This is the uniform. Should you lose this set for any reason, you can re-obtain it by talking to the NPC and ask for another uniform. The payment is 1 pinch of any colour of Bombard Ash from the event’s monster.
Today we (4 of us, plus my bro bringing his GF’s character) went to hunt in Limsa Lominsa first.
Well, we accepted the quest in Ul’dah. But when we viewed Journal and checked the map, it was at Camp Skull Valley. Boy, I hate how I keep forgetting that Journal Map can have multiple destinations. And in order to see the other markers, you have to manually select from the list on top right of the map shown.
Oh well, I said I wasn’t going to talk much ><;; But I gotta write about the quest a bit…
In short, you find the Event NPC in town (Ul’dah, Limsa Lominsa, or Gridania, doesn’t matter, all are the same).
*Warning: As soon as you trade for any reward by paying the Bombard Ash to the NPC, the quest will become COMPLETED, thus you won’t be able to check spawn map anymore.*
You sign up for the task, then go out to the field (specific areas) to participate. To participate in the Bombard operation, you go find the spot where it pops (or where it passes) and use various emotes on it. /laugh /wave /rally /dance /pose for examples. The idea is to lure or scare it away so it go on the path. Then when the Bomb reaches the destination (Festive Furnace), you have to wait for it to die, then you can claim a Bombard Ash from NPC (hurry, because if you’re too slow, NPC will start to walk away for the next Bomb, and you won’t be able to get the Ash from that round).
What the hell is going on in this Bombard quest and what to do to get the ash?
Well, the general idea is that you have to use emotes (/wave /dance /pose /cheer /clap, for example) on the Bombard NPC to make it go forward. If no one uses any emote on it, it will just stop and not moving. Now, while you try to “escort” the bomb to destination (Festive Furnace), there will be monsters (for Coerthas, enemies are Fire Elemental, and for other 3 regions it’s some kind of Djigga or Chigoe, I can’t remember) that comes in a group of 3 which will continuously attack the Bomb. You have to try to make the bomb get to the Furnace quickly before it dies. You can kill the enemies (but they will come again later). You can buff the bomb. You can even cure the bomb. If the Bomb’s HP goes to 0, it dies. And, without it getting to the Furnace, you get no ash.
Once bomb is trapped in the Festive Furnace, it will die, and you can claim its ash from the NPC.
To trade in for a reward, you have to return to the town NPC and select item, then pay the specific colour of Bombard Ashes, as the NPC indicates. There are 4 types of Bomb Ash in this event, which are Red, Blue, Green, and Black. You will get the option to get various types of Fireworks. 4 of them are what you need to get, in order to get the specific colour of Swimsuit. Red, Green, Blue sets only require 3 Pinches of Bombard Ash (of the corresponding colour). Then you take the Firework to a designated spot (the Gold Court at the center of Ul’dah, for example) and talk to the NPC, they will tell you to use your Firework at the machine. You talk to the machine and select which Firework you want to use.
After using a Firework in the machine, the NPC will give you a set of swimsuit, same colour as the firework you used.
Each region will give you one colour of Bombard Ash. Each region has 2 Bombard camps, you can use either one.
La Noscea (Bloodshore for Wineport, or Skull Valley for Aleport) gives Red Bombard Ash.
Thanalan (Horizon for Silver Bazaar, or Drybone for Golden Bazaar) gives Blue Bombard Ash.
Black Shroud (Emerals Moss for Hyrstmill, or Tranquil for Quarrymill) gives Green Bombard Ash.
Coerthas (Riversmeet for Falcon’s Nest), or Glory for Owl’s Nest) gives Black Bombard Ash.
- Update -
I went to the Bombard spot near Riversmeet, and it is HORRIBLE!!!
The path is full of aggressive monsters of level 40 and above. Gnat, Toad, Bat, you name it. We failed with 3 people in the event (after finishing EXP party, we swung by and scouted there to sneak a peek at the Bomb and decided to try it). Mainly we failed because while we were busy dealing with aggro, I died, and Bombard King was attacked by Fire Elementals. This thing repeated so many times that the Bomb died mid-way. Also, we didn’t have proper healer.
Later today we will try the other camp, where I still have yet to discover. Ragna something (an adventurer I met at Hyrstmill) told me it is in Glory Field.
- Update -
Today we went to Camp Glory and walked towards Owl’s Nest for Bombard King. And yes this camp is WAYYYYY easier. Only 2 things aggro here, wolves of some sort (lv 25-28) and humanoids in the cave (about lv 28). Got 3 pinches of Black ash easily, and the Bombard King didn’t take much damage, since we could concentrate on him instead of worrying about aggro.
As to how many pinches of ash you will need, it depends on what item you want. I’ll list the reward available for a trade from event NPC (Damn, I miss the Moogles at festivals in FFXI, want them here!).
Reward exchanges and prices:
Well, I got 10 sparklers from trading green ash, so I’ll assume it comes as 10.
10 Lominsa Sparkler : 1 Red Bombard Ash
10 Gridanian Sparkler : 1 Green Bombard Ash
10 Ul’dahn Sparkler : 1 Blue Bombard Ash
Red Lion : 3 Red Bombard Ash
Blue Spinner : 3 Blue Bombard Ash
Green Comet : 3 Green Bombard Ash
Azeyma Candle : 3 Red, 3 Blue, 3 Green, and 3 Black Bombard Ash (OMFG!)
So, if you want all colours of the swimsuit, you will have to hunt from every region. In order to have correct colours of Bomb Ash to trade for all the big Fireworks.
I like this mix & match combination. Red & Blue! ^_^
Oh, and we had lots of fun today. (Poor sheep! /pat /pat)
Corn initiated an attack on a poor sheep on the way to Aleport. So we all joined in and hit it with Stone Throw, since we were all crafting jobs at the moment.
P.S. The event area could be SUPER crowded. It could be hard to target the NPC, and you wouldn’t want to try to type emote command while running after the Bomb, since it can get frustrating. So you might want to use the F11 button (or whichever one that you set as target closest NPC) in combo with emote macro.
P.S.2 I finally got my last set! Solar Summer Swimsuit! Had to buy the ultimate Firework (Azeyma’s Candle) and launch it in order to get this final swimsuit set. This firework is all Red, Green, and Blue fireworks in one
Solar Summer Halter & Solar Summer Tanga ~~~ <3