O Lightning, O cranky l’Cie
Wherefore art thou, my badass shero?
Almighty RNG god, who art in this freeimum game’s code.
Though greedy be thy developers, and rarest my idol be
Just lemme summon Lightning, okay?? Please!! Don’t make me beg…
Time flies when you’re stuck in the daily freemium grind! It has been over two months since I started playing Square Enix’s profit-driven mobile RPG adventure. I admit that I am slowly losing interest as the days go by, but I ‘m still intrigued enough by the story to keep going. Staying true to the freemium formula, they have been adding tons of limited time events. Regularly checking these out have added a bit of spice to the kinda dull daily routine. Here’s an update post on what I’ve been up to thus far.
An increased chance of Lightning WAS in the forecast
My favourite character is a minimum 5 Star quality unit. Translation: She’s super rare (and also very, very awesome). I knew from the start that I was better off going outside in a thunderstorm with a bottle if I wanted to catch a wild Lightning. The cruel developers decided to taunt me by doing an increased drop rate event for my shero. I had been waiting for a special occasion like this so I had a ton of Lapis saved up. Despite a multitude of summons, and 70 whole real life cents spent, my spark of hope was fully discharged. I can also say I have 4 Snows, Vanille, and Fang now. I’ll take this as a sign the RNG god hath forsaken me.
One of the random strangers I’m friends with has been blessed with my shero though. I at least get to use her once a day, for as long as they keep her as their party leader. I can say she truly does kick ass! Her Army of One limit ability destroys everything, she has the Thundaga spell, the full party Cura heal, hits twice per normal attack, and she auto-retaliates without mercy against anything dumb enough to attack her. An unneeded reminder about why she’s my badass idol.
Fall before Vanille, the cutesy bringer of Death
In my attempt-to-get-Lightning summoning blitz, I was initially disappointed when another l’Cie named Vanille broke out of a crystal. Don’t get me wrong, all of the hapless l’Cie from Final Fantasy XIII have a special place in my heart (OMG, I loved that game SO much ❤ *sniffs*), but she’s NOT who I really wanted. I like to whine on Twitter whenever stuff like this happens to me and some nice folks pointed out that Vanille pwns in the Arena, an area where you fight against other player teams. Sure she looks all innocent, but she packs a powerful Limit ability: Death itself!
Vanille’s Death limit ability has a high chance of instantly KOing most things in the game, including other player teams. All of the story bosses appear to be immune to it, but it’s quite useful for clearing packs of tough monsters. Oh and does it ever boost my PVP confidence in the Arena mode! Now my enemies will face the same fate as those giant turtles I farmed in FFXIII. In addition to unleashing swift death, Vanille also does a decent job of debuffing and healing.
Let’s have a pointless pop star promotion
Imagine my surprise when I logged in one day to find pop sensation Ariana Grande in my mobile video game. I’m not judging anyone who likes her music, but it’s definitely not my thing, nor was I impressed to see Square Enix doing in-game things with famous IRL humans. I swear to god, if Justin Bieber is the protagonist of Final Fantasy XVI, I’m DONE with the damn series. I’m sure this would be common ground between me and the FFXIII rage trolls too.
My personal stubborn crankiness aside, the event itself was actually well thought out. The glitzy stages had her music playing in the background. Her unit was also called Dangerous Ariana, which is a play on her song “Dangerous Woman” (No, I’m not listening to it right now. Really! Okay fine, I am… I was curious, and it’s for science) . I had no idea what the random lipstick/microphone items were for so I wasted very little NRG on this.
The signature Final Fantasy story continues
The story is my major motivation for logging in daily. I won’t spoil anything, but I’ve completed a side excursion that almost made me cry. After that I had to take a leveling break since the story bosses were starting to crush me. I also gathered a few Espers I had missed. One was the badass lightning god, Ramuh. The tone of his dialog made it seem like he was personally rubbing it in that I will never summon my favourite shero.
The story break allowed me to boost my party of choice to all mid level 5 star in the Vortex of Desires area. Everyone also has an Esper to add to their stats as well. Snow paired with Ramuh is the closest I’m going to get to having my favourite character (he definitely could have used the Lightning resistance boost in FFXIII). A few of my random stranger friends also have amazing 6 Star party leaders that have been helping me out along my freemium journey. Let’s see how long the narrative will keep me playing for!
Stats Thus Far
Party Levels: Snow (5 Star, Level 58), Rain (5 Star, Level 60), Laswell (5 Star, Level 35), Fina (5 Star, Level 74), Vanille (5 Star, Level 45)
Unique Units Summoned: 84 Not-Lightnings
Espers Acquired: Siren, Ifrit, Golem, Shiva, Ramuh
IRL Money Spent: $0.70 CDN
Where I’m At: Ballen Passage – Entrance
Wannabe Writer’s Notes
- Pro tip: If you use the Android OS, I highly recommend the Google Rewards app. Basically, Google periodically sends you random, very short surveys and rewards you with Play Store credits for finishing them. This is what I use to buy music and freemium game items so technically I haven’t spent ANY actual money on this game yet. Google is already spying on me so I might as well get rewarded for it!
- My new tattoo is healing nicely, but it’s so damn ITCHY!! I feel bad about smacking Lightning in the face, repeatedly, but there’s no other way to make it stop! I’m sure Fang is smirking out there somewhere in FFXIII land.
- My taste in music varies quite a bit: Korn, Pink, Shakira, Katzenjammer, Two Steps From Hell, K.Flay, Les Friction, Pop Evil, In This Moment, Halestorm, Nine Inch Nails, many Monstercat artists, and lots of video game music remixes (to name a few). I listen to whatever my heart likes I guess.
- And to every rage troll who mindlessly hates on me, my pink haired shero, and her epic Final Fantasy trilogy: