Final Fantasy XI (FFXI) Ballista

About LS


Throughout my many years of playing the game, Ballista is the only part of FFXI that I still play.  Ballista has been and will probably remain dominated by JP because almost all NA don’t understand the game well enough to stand even the slightest chance against them.  Although the Ballista Royale in 2006 didn’t reflect the “standard” Ballista form, it showed that the JP annihilated the “top” cross-server NA players with a final score of 44 – 0, verifying JP supremacy.

Most NA perceive Ballista as WoW or any other hardcore PK’ing game, but it’s far from that.  It’s a game that requires teamwork and scoring—almost like a virtual sport.  Instead of promoting good sportsmanship, the NA bring “PK’ing ethics” into Ballista.  Because of the typical NA style of play, which may include cursing, vile-mouthing, or even the absence of skill, the JP tend to belittle, scorn, and show little to no respect toward foreign players.

The JP normally presume that NA playing Ballista is synonymous to chickens trying to fly, but that time has come to an end.  My friend Teishii/Desutaru (who I call “T”) leads an NA Ballista LS on Siren, the server which holds the highest class Ballista.  After gathering some of the most passionate and competent NA Ballista players from several different servers, we were able to form a team strong enough to play competitively against the most powerful and populous JP Ballista LS called GanBallistar.  Getting the ball going proved to be a difficult challenge, as we lost roughly 15 consecutive games during the first two weeks.  Even after gathering the most skilled NA players, our losses seemed endless against the formidable GanBallistar.

On the night of June 11, 2010, we endured our regular routine of beatings in Diorama, but as time neared its end, we were only able to play one last match before the reservation expired.  With the team in low spirits, losses invited further losses, but despite our defeats, T praised our efforts, encouraged us to stay sharp, and brightened our hopes for a better tomorrow.  As a supportive leader, he brought the fire back in the game.  That night—that one, last game—we did the impossible.  We won.

Finally, after the torturous streak of losses, as well as learning from our experiences, mistakes, and advice from others, we defeated the JP players of GanBallistar at their own game—a game in which no group of NA has ever reigned victorious.  That glorious match sparked the beginning of a revolution.  Our celebration was phenomenal with colorful displays of firecrackers, Angelwings, Datechochins, and other ceremonial items going off.  Even the JP cheered for us, applauding our victory and offered us many generous compliments.  It was a magnificent and unforgettable moment.

Our victory was no fluke, though, as we triumphed through the games ahead of us.  After witnessing our success first hand, the JP realized that not all NA are amateurs.  Today, the generalization that “NA suck at Ballista” has been amended to “most NA suck at Ballista.”  Having newfound respect towards NA, the JP are more cooperative with us during official matches (Jugner, Pashhow, Meriphataud), leading to better teamwork and more enjoyment within our flourishing Ballista community.


Moved to Lakshmi. Story yet to come/to be written.


Moved to Carbuncle. Story yet to come/to be written.

18 responses

  1. It’s great to see that Siren’s tradition of Ballista excellence is still going strong even today. Harkens back to the old days when folks like Edarior, Illverin, DLK, and the rest of the NA champions were still around. =)

    September 8, 2010 at 3:47 am

  2. medb

    Hi Not sure if i’m gonna still be around in dec., but if I am could you put a section on the site as to what the 60 drk,sam,warr,ninja,and maybe brd should wear? Then I could compare notes ,don’t get much feedback. Keeping in mind I have very little gil so I would have to farm. It would maybe give me something to do til dec.. thanks if you can

    November 10, 2010 at 11:20 am

    • teishi

      Hey Medb, we have something like that in the works, but we’re all a little busy with school and etc right now. If you send me a message(deshi0 on youtube or, we can talk about some equip sets there, for now.

      November 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm

  3. medb

    Just looking for advice on 60 level equipment for rng,drk,sam,ninja, so I can compare notes.
    You are staying there right! My email is thanks

    December 2, 2010 at 11:25 am

    • V

      Hey Medb, just send Teishi an email, and he should be able to give you more details.

      December 4, 2010 at 7:13 pm

  4. Shy

    Hello guys, i’m coming back to game and i would like to know how’s Ballista going on Lakshmi. I played Ballista for years and years long time ago when all caps (30-40-50-60-75, old days…) were overcrowded. Which cap are going on there? 60? How many people usually? Which time during the day? Only JP evening time or EU evening time too? Sorry for the load of questions. Thanks

    April 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    • teishi

      Hey Shy, lakshmi ballista is 60cap only, every match at all times of the day. Can be a bit big at times but certainly going strong here.

      April 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

  5. Reading this little blurb made me feel all warm and gooey! It’s great to hear that your LS has improved relations and understanding between JP and NA players. Although I’m not usually a fan of PVP, it’s easy to see that you guys are very passionate about what you do and I applaud you for it!

    August 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm

  6. tei

    Greets from Japan.. how is everyone?

    August 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm

  7. Aya:]

    hi T, love you miss you need you etc! hope you’re having a good time in japan ‘.’;

    August 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm

  8. Evviva

    Moved to Lakshmi. Story yet to come/to be written.”


    January 7, 2012 at 11:13 am

    • V

      Eventually ;

      January 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm

  9. Evviva

    I just noticed a post by Kingfury on the official forums that I need to share.


    Unfortunately, so far all attempts to create good PvP content made by the Devs haven’t been imbued with a true “Healthy competitive” spirit to their systems, so you end up with PvP that feels devoid a soul.
    It should (in my opinion) feel like a professional sport feels, or something that everyone wants to watch with popcorn. A true colosseum event which pit the most skilled players against each other would be truly epic. Until the Devs produce something that gives this kind of feeling, anything else would be lacking.

    Imagine routing for your favorite player or player team as they advance towards something Super Bowl-like where other players have also endured dozens of battles to reach the final face off match. Again, it would be something that would draw crowds of players as a scheduled event and with the proper implementation, could become a main stay story wise as well as player training goes. Something like the line that Proximo says in Gladiator:
    “So finally after 5 years of scratching a living in flea infested villages we are finally going back to where we belong, the Colosseum. Oh you should see the Colosseum, Spaniard. 50,000 Romans watching every movement of your sword, willing you to make that killer blow. The silence before you strike, and the noise afterwards, it rises, rises like…like a storm, as if you were the Thunder God himself.”


    To everyone reading this blog:
    Ballista IS a sport, if you’re looking for straight mindless PvP, whack-a-mole type of shit…. move on.

    Ballista is incredibly complex, extremely demanding AND a pleasurable team based competitive game.

    August 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm

  10. Crippl3Dre

    I agree…but that shit cray

    August 13, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    • Cripple3Dre2

      That shit cray no doubt

      August 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm

  11. Crippl3Dre

    You messed it up Ev! Don’t need the ‘e’ if your adding 3!!! ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa… fuck I’m bored

    August 19, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    • Crippl3Dre2

      idk what you’re talking about mang

      August 19, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      • Pik

        I thought it was a score count.
        Cripple 3 – Dre 2

        August 21, 2012 at 10:17 am

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