Final Fantasy XI (FFXI) Ballista

Strategy 006: Hyper Experimentation

The topic of quarrying has been commonly discussed within the Ballista community, primarily regarding ‘hyper’, a mode in which a player is able to quarry excessive high tier items.  As previously mentioned in Strategy 005, prominent factors that supposedly increase the odds of a player quarrying high tier items include: (1) the accumulation of one to three deaths, (2) expended job abilities, (3) the use of a petra shovel, and (4) being on the losing team.

By now, it’s clear that these conjectures are most likely true.  However, exactly how many deaths are required?  The difference between one and three deaths is quite significant, so is it one, two, or three?  Furthermore, is there a certain ‘window of opportunity’ before this ‘hyper’ state ‘wears off’?  Does acquiring kills affect anything?

In order to answer my curiosity, further investigation of ‘hyper’ was done with Aya’s help.  Throughout the experimentation, job abilities were kept expended with the exception of low reset duration abilities, such as Provoke, Third Eye, and Hasso.  Quarrying for items was done near the Rook with changing the quarrying location every so often.  The quarrying results are as follows:

Match: #1
Trial: #1
Score: 0 – 0 (Draw)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Poison Potion
Nothing
Remedy
Baraero Ointment
X-Potion
Barstone Ointment
Carnal Incense
X-Potion
Barblizzard Ointment
Carnal Incense

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #1
Trial: #2
Score: 0 – 0 (Draw)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Nothing
Poison Potion
Prism Powder
Eye Drops
Carnal Icense
Demoralizer
Daedalus Wing
Hi-Potion
Hi-Potion
Prism Powder

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #1
Trial: #3
Score: 0 – 0 (Draw)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 1 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Hi-Potion
Lethe Water
Hi-Potion
Catholicon
X-Potion
Barstone Ointment
Poison Potion
Catholicon +1
Pear au Lait
Hi-Potion

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #1
Trial: #4
Score: 0 – 0 (Draw)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 2 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Nothing
Pamama au Lait
Catholicon +1
Poison Potion
Eye Drops
Spiritual Incense
Barblizzard Ointment
Eye Drops
Prism Powder
Demoralizer

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #1
Trial: #5
Score: 0 – 0 (Draw)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 3 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Barwater
Body Boost
Megalixir
Nothing
Elixir
Hi-Potion
Hi-Elixir
Catholicon +1
Daedalus Wing
Poison Potion

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #1
Trial: #6
Score: 0 – 0 (Draw)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 4 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Nothing
Petra
Celestial Incense
Body Boost
Baraero Ointment
Pamama au Lait
Poison Potion
Celestial Incense
Max-Potion
Barwater Ointment

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #1
Trial: #7
Score: 0 – 0 (Draw)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 5 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Healing Powder
Pear au Lait
X-Potion
Eye Drops
Catholicon
Nothing
Prism Powder
Prism Powder
Spiritual Incense
Poison Potion

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #1
Trial: #8
Score: 0 – 0 (Draw)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 1 Kill(s)

Pearl au Lait
Catholicon +1
X-Potion
Pear au Lait
Pamama au Lait
Nothing
Demoralizer +1
Max-Potion
Demoralizer
Catholicon +1

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #1
Trial: #9
Score: 0 – 0 (Draw)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 2 Kill(s)

Elixir
Max-Potion
Barfire Ointment
X-Potion
Remedy
Pamama au Lait
X-Potion
Lethe Water +1
Poison Potion
Barblizzard Ointment

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #1
Trial: #10
Score: 0 – 0 (Draw)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 3 Kill(s)

Hi-Elixir
Daedalus Wing
Petra
X-Potion
Celestial Incense
Hi-Potion
Hi-Potion
Pamama au Lait
Barwater Ointment
Spiritual Incense

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #1
Trial: #11
Score: 0 – 0 (Draw)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 4 Kill(s)

Poison Potion
Elxiir
X-Potion
Hi-Potion
Elixir
Nothing
Eye Drop
Daedalus Wing
Poison Potion
Nothing

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #1
Trial: #12
Score: 0 – 0 (Draw)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 5 Kill(s)

Lethe Water
Catholicon
Daedalus Wing
Pear au Lait
Nothing
Hi-Potion
Nothing
Pamama au Lait
Nothing
Lethe Water +1

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #13
Score: 0 – 0 (Draw)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Poison Potion
Carnal Incense
Nothing
Catholicon +1
Catholicon
Nothing
Pamama au Lait
Lethe Water
X-Potion
Hi-Elixir

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #14
Score: 0 – 0 (Draw)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Petra Water
Poison POtion
Hi-Potion
Demoralizer
X-Potion
Baraero Ointment
Nothing
X-Potion
Barstone Ointment
Lethe Water

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #15
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 1 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Baraero
Petra Water
Carnal Incense
Carnal Incense
Remedy
Spiritual Incense
Nothing
Barblizzard Ointment
Nothing
Daedalus Wing

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #16
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 2 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Healing Powder
Barthunder Ointment
Hi-Potion
Barwater Ointment
Nothing
Lethe Water
Barthunder Ointment
Petra Eater
Elixir
Pamama au Lait

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #17
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 3 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Nothing
Pamama au Lait
Revitalizer
Catholicon
Catholicon +1
Pamama au Lait
Catholicon +1
Poison Potion
Hi-Potion
Daedalus Wing

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #18
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 4 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Demoralizer +1
Nothing
Nothing
Hi-Potion
Petra Water
Eye Drops
Spiritual Incense
Remedy
X-Potion
Baraero Ointment

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #19
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 5 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Remedy
X-Potion
Body Boost
Lethe Water
Nothing
Baraero Ointment
Max-Potion
Demoralizer
Poison Potion
Poison Potion

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #20
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 6 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

X-Potion
Demoralizer
Nothing
Eye Drops
Barblizzard Ointment
Barstone Ointment
Healing Powder
Pear au Lait
Remedy
Elixir

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #21
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 7 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Poison Potion
Pear au Lait
X-Potion
Body Boost
Remedy
Catholicon
Nothing
Celestial Incense
Poison Potion
Hi-Potion

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #22
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 8 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Hi-Potion
Body Boost
Giant’s Drink
Poison Potion
Max-Potion
X-Potion
Nothing
Catholicon
Max-Potion
Remedy

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #23
Score: 0 – 4 (Losing)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 9 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Remedy
Body Boost
Poison Potion
Lethe Water
Nothing
Barstone Ointment
Remedy
Nothing
Poison Potion
Pear au Lait
Daedalus Wing
Celestial Incense
Daedalus Wing

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #24
Score: 1 – 0 (Winning)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 1 Kill(s)

Remedy
Nothing
Lethe Water
Hi-Potion
Petra
X-Potion
Pamama au Lait
Eey Drops
Barwater Ointment
Baraero Ointment

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #25
Score: 1 – 0 (Winning)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 2 Kill(s)

Hi-Potion
Petra
Poison Potion
Barblizzard
X-Potion
Hi-Potion
Nothing
Celestial Incense
Elixir
Barfire Ointment

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #26
Score: 1 – 0 (Winning)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 3 Kill(s)

Pamama au Lait
Carnal Incense
Lethe Water
Pear au Lait
Petra Eater
Prism Powder
Nothing
X-Potion
Hi-Potion
Barthunder Ointment
Barstone Ointment

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #27
Score: 1 – 0 (Winning)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 4 Kill(s)

Demoralizer
Barblizzard
Pear au Lait
Pear au Lait
Remedy
Elixir
Hi-Potion
Petra Eater
Nothing
Barwater

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #28
Score: 1 – 0 (Winning)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 5 Kill(s)

Poison Potion
Baraero Ointment
Lethe Water
Barwater Ointment
Hi-Potion
Barfire Ointment
Hi-Potion
Spiritual Incense
Nothing
Pamama au Lait

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #29
Score: 1 – 0 (Winning)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 6 Kill(s)

Lethe Water +1
Nothing
Prism Powder
Demoralizer
Eye Drops
Spiritual Incense
Max-Potion
Demoralizer
Nothing
Pamama au Lait

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #30
Score: 1 – 0 (Winning)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 7 Kill(s)

Lethe Water
Barfire
Petra
Nothing
Carnal Incense
Nothing
Catholicon
Nothing
Celestial Incense
Remedy

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #31
Score: 1 – 0 (Winning)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 8 Kill(s)

Celestial Incense
Nothing
Hi-Potion
Carnal Incense
Hi-Elixir
Poison Potion
Nothing
Carnal Incense
Remedy
Baraero Ointment

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #2
Trial: #32
Score: 1 – 0 (Winning)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 0 Death(s), 9 Kill(s)

Eye Drop
X-Potion
Barthunder Ointment
Catholicon
Barblizzard Ointment
Eye Drops
Demoralizer
Spiritual Incense
Poison Potion
Daedalus Wing
X-Potion
Spiritual Incense
Catholicon +1

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #3
Trial: #33
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 1 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Barthunder Ointment
Petra Eater
Poison Potion
Barstone Ointment
Nothing
Hi-Potion
Poison Potion
Max-Potion
Prism Powder
Lethe Water +1
Pamama au Lait
Barblizzard Ointment
Body Boost
Lethe Water
Barthunder Ointment
Poison Potion
X-Potion
Remedy
Lethe Water +1
Nothing
X-Potion
Hi-Elixir
Carnal Incense
Spiritual Incense
Hi-Potion
Spiritual Incense
X-Potion
Celestial Incense
Catholicon
Hi-Elixir
Petra
Pear au Lait
X-Potion
Demoralizer
Poison Potion
Hi-Potion
Nothing
X-Potion
Nothing
Nothing
Max-Potion
X-Potion
Barstone Ointment

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #3
Trial: #34
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 2 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Nothing
Hi-Potion
Nothing
X-Potion
Lethe Water
Pamama au Lait
Barthunder Ointment
Nothing
Hi-Potion
X-Potion
Celestial Incense
Nothing
Petra
Catholicon
Poison Potion
Pear au Lait
Nothing
Carnal Incense
Baraero Ointment
Barblizzard Ointment
Daedalus Wing
Pamana au Lait
Poison Potion
Barstone Ointment
Barfire Ointment
Demoralizer
Remedy
Nothing
Hi-Potion

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #4
Trial: #35
Score: 0 – 0 (Draw)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 1 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Poison Potion
Hi-Potion
Barwater Ointment
Nothing
X-Potion
Nothing
Barblizzard Ointment
Barfire Ointment
Poison Potion
Pear au Lait
Pamama au Lait
Daedalus Wing
Catholicon +1
Remedy
Barthunder Ointment
Poison Potion
Pear au Lait
Barthunder Ointment
Poison Potion
Elixir
Max-Potion
Hi-Elixir
Remedy
Daedalus Wing
Poison Potion
Barfire Ointment
Baraero Ointment
Catholicon
Lethe Water
Max-Potion

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #4
Trial: #36
Score: 0 – 0 (Draw)
Job: DRG/SAM
2hr: Up
Status: 1 Death(s), 1 Kill(s)

Elixir
Petra Eater
Demoralizer +1
Catholicon
Petra Eater
Eye Drops
Baraero ointment
Nothing
Elixir
Drachenessence
X-Potion
Remedy
Nothing
Healing Powder
Celestial Incense
Carnal Incense
Celestial Incense
Max-Potion

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #4
Trial: #37
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: WAR/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 2 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Hi-Potion
Poison Potion
Barwater Ointment
Prism Powder
Catholicon
Poison Potion
Giant’s Drink
Catholicon
Healing Powder
Barstone Ointment
Poison Potion
Pear au Lait
Barstone Ointment
Poison Potion
Pear au Lait
Barstone Ointment
Nothing
Nothing
Catholicon +1
Barfire Ointment
Barstone Ointment
Giant’s Drink
Healing Powder
Pear au Lait
Poison Potion
X-Potion
Barblizzard Ointment
Barfire Ointment
Pamama au Lait
Pear au Lait

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #4
Trial: #38
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: DRG/SAM
2hr: Up
Status: 2 Death(s), 1 Kill(s)

Poison Potion
Hi-Elixir
Catholicon +1
Nothing
Max-Potion
X-Potion
Max-Potion
Petra Eater
Body Boost
Nothing
Giant’s Drink
Smelling Salts
Prism Powder
Poison Potion
Nothing
Celestial Incense
Revitalizer
Prism Powder
Body Boost
Daedalus Wing
Daedalus Wing
Drachenessence
Celestial Incense
Daeadlous Wing
Poison Potion
Nothing
Catholicon
Body Boost

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #5
Trial: #39
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: SAM/WAR
2hr: Down
Status: 1 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Prism Powder
Remedy
Poison Potion
Eye Drops
Daedalus Wing
Max-Potion
Nothing
Barstone Ointment
Barstone Ointment
Lethe Water +1
Catholicon +1
Remedy
Nothing
Petra

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #5
Trial: #40
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: DRG/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 1 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Poison Potion
Prism Powder
Remedy
Petra
Celestial Incense
Nothing
Lethe +1
Elixir
Poison Potion
Catholicon
Barwater Ointment
Nothing
Catholicon
Smelling Salts
Remedy
Daedalus Wing

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #5
Trial: #41
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: SAM/WAR
2hr: Down
Status: 2 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Hi-Potion
Poison Potion
Barstone Ointment
Revitalizer
Poison Potion
Celestial Incense
Nothing
Barwater Ointment
Celestial Incense
Petra

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #5
Trial: #42
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: DRG/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 2 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Celestial Incense
Poison Potion
X-Potion
Hi-Elixir
Elixir
Hi-Elixir
Poison Potion
Pear au Lait
Daedalus WIng
Pear au Lait
Barblizzard Ointment
Barblizzard Ointment
Eye Drop
Nothing
Hi-Potion
Poison Potion
Drachenessence
Petra Eater
Nothing
Barthunder Ointment
Barfire Ointment
Poison Potion
Nothing
X-Potion

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #5
Trial: #43
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: SAM/WAR
2hr: Down
Status: 3 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Petra Eater
X-Potion
Petra
Nothing
X-Potion
Body Boost
Celestial Incense
Petra
Body Boost
Eye Drop
Poison Potion
Revitalizer
Elixir
Spiritual Incense
Remedy
Nothing
Celestial Incense
Nothing
Poison Potion
Spiritual Incense
Giant’s Drink
Nothing
Petra
Eye Drop
Eye Drop
Pamama au Lait
Hi-Elixir
Petra
Poison Potion
Prism Powder
Demoralizer
Elixir
Megalixir
Body Boost
Elixir
Elixir
Revitalizer
Poison Potion
Lethe Water +1
Barthunder Ointment
Barblizzard Ointment
Petra
Revitalizer
Revitalizer
Petra Eater

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

Match: #5
Trial: #44
Score: 0 – 1 (Losing)
Job: DRG/SAM
2hr: Down
Status: 3 Death(s), 0 Kill(s)

Lethe Water
Poison Potion
Spiritual Incense
Elixir
Demoralizer
Revitalizer
Poison Potion
Revitalizer
Lethe Water
Barwater Ointment
Body Boost
Celestial Incense
Demoralizer
Revitalizer
X-Potion
Revitalizer
Barthunder Ointment
Pamama au Lait
Hi-Potion
Baraero Ointment
Poison Potion
X-Potion
Hi-Elixir
Eye Drop
Revitalizer
Nothing
Hi-Elixir
Drachenessence
Elixir
Petra Eater
Lethe Water
Nothing
Carnal Incense
Poison Potion
Nothing
Eye Drop
Barblizzard Ointment
Nothing
Drachenessence
Body Boost
Nothing

♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦♣♦

The key to the experiment is consistency.  From the data, what struck me the most was how common Daedalus Wings and Carnal Incenses were.  Although they’re both useful items, they can be obtained even without a single death.  Another interesting find was that it seems as though a player must acquire at least one death before having access to Body Boosts.  The player who didn’t die was never able to quarry a single Body Boost; however, as seen in trials 5, 6, 19, 22, and 23, a player who has died will have a decent chance of quarrying a Body Boost within the first 10 attempts.  Revitalizers don’t seem to come at a steady rate until the third death.  Although it’s still possible, it’s unlikely to quarry a Revitalizer with only one or two deaths.  Three deaths appear to be the minimum amount in order to achieve ‘hyper’, as depicted in trials 43 and 44.  Trials 39 to 42 had nowhere near the quarrying power as 43 and 44.

The amount of kills doesn’t seem affect anything.  The ‘killer’ in this experiment received no deaths and was mostly only able to quarry low tier items.

There doesn’t appear to be some sort of ‘duration’ for ‘hyper’.  From trial 43, the true ‘hyper’ didn’t ‘activate’ until much later on—which suggests that as soon as the mode ‘hyper’ is achieved, it should last the duration of the game.

Score doesn’t seem to matter too much.  As trial 5 shows, a player can still obtain several good items with both teams having the same score.  The next course of testing would have to include achieving ‘hyper’ while on the winning team—which is quite possible, as it has been several times already.  Of course, word is much more credible with concrete evidence rather than hearsay.

From the analysis, the two dominant factors that affect hyper are (1) the accumulation of three* deaths and (2) expended job abilities.

As a side note, I also wonder if using items, such as ointments, instead of tossing them away affect quarry results.  That will probably be difficult and tedious to test, though.

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These quarry results remind me of a few recent 2:2 hako games that we had.  It was Evv and Loblolly against Aya and me.  Hey, don’t blame me.  Evv insisted.  Anyway, since Loblolly lacked experience, sufficient gear, and SAM subjob (DRK/SCH), the only way for Evv (SAM) to win was to achieve ‘hyper’.  Based on this fact, Aya (DRG) and I (DRK) decided to avoiding killing Evv and leave him hanging with roughly 25% HP as much as possible.  Despite that Aya and I were winning, we ended up getting much better items than Evv.  In fact, as memory serves, I believe Aya was able to quarry a few Revitalizers and Megalixirs.  Evv, on the other hand, wasn’t able to quarry powerful items of any sort, as he only died once or twice more than half way through the game.

Furthermore, looking back at my most recent video of a hako match posted on my Youtube channel, I achieved four deaths before being able to quarry Revitalizers consistently (total 3).  However, there are some cases in which a player does not die three times and yet is still able to quarry Revitalizers consistently—such as in the case of Elegy in this match.  Despite that he only died once, he was able to use Benediction three or four times.  In that case, luck was probably on his side, as three deaths is definitely the spot-on number.

5 responses

  1. Great testing dude, nicely done. thanks you two. three deaths huh? hmm. keeping tabs on how many times enemies die might be a smart approach from now on.

    September 5, 2011 at 2:36 am

    • V

      Thanks. It took a while. If Aya didn’t come, I probably would have been in Dio for a 3rd reserve.

      It would be difficult not to kill some players, though, but definitely can be done. I always see JPs busting their 2hrs at the start of the game. With this information, I think it would be safer to use 2hr abilities after two deaths. It seems too risky otherwise, as there’s no guarantee that a Revitalizer will pop without a third death.

      September 5, 2011 at 3:08 am

  2. DreTheBoss

    After reading this, I believe that constant kills without dying results in a weak quarry rate. If we were to hypothetically think of our kills/deaths as a counter, each kill YOU acquire takes away ONE death so to speak. Since this factors in with what you can acquire with regards to only deaths, the test you did only provide information that 1 kill (or -1 death) can result in such hyper quarrying techniques.

    So basically start of the match, get a kill with your name in regards, your death counter would be -1. Likewise for dying it would be +1. Even though deaths are a major factor, it still doesn’t ultimately determine your quarry rate. Thus keeping track of your deaths like this may not be so important or relevant, but its something to think about.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm

  3. DreTheBoss

    To be more clearer, If you aren’t dying, you’re not getting shit.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm

  4. Evviva

    Thanks for your hard work, V and aya. Outstanding~

    September 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm

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