Wondrous Tails

One of the most exciting new additions in Patch 3.4 is Wondrous Tails, a new weekly system where you share your adventuring stories with everyone’s favorite young Miqo’te, Khloe Aliapoh.

To unlock Wondrous Tails, talk to the Unctuous Adventurer in Idyllshire (x 7.0, y 5.9) to pick up the quest “Keeping Up with the Aliapohs” (level 60). The short quest will lead you to the nearby booth where you’ll find the cutest Miqo’te of all time – Khloe Aliapoh.

Khloe explains that she’s in need of some new stories to share with her friend who needs cheering up, and she gives you a journal in which to record your exploits for her in exchange for some very attractive rewards.

Here’s how it works:

The Basics

Once you’ve completed the quest, go to your Key Items menu and open the journal. On the lefthand side you’ll see a grid of 16 squares, each representing a certain quest or duty. Completing these objectives will reward you with a sticker placed in a RANDOM location on the 4×4 grid on the righthand side of your journal. On the bottom half of the righthand side of your journal, you’ll see the reward list. This outlines the reward conditions and the corresponding rewards that you can earn.

It’s pretty simple. Go through your list of 16 quests or duties, complete those that interest you the most, and get stickers for your effort. The rewards offered each week are the same for everyone, but the objectives on your list will vary from player to player.

Journal appearance in-game

Journal appearance in-game

The Fine Print

Because you can only earn 9 stickers per week and the sticker placement is random, it will be VERY difficult to earn the top-tier rewards. I won’t bore you with the math, but if you place 9 stickers randomly on a 4×4 grid, there’s a 1/476 chance that you’ll complete 3 full lines on your grid. That’s why the top-tier rewards are so impressive—because you’ll need to be extremely lucky to get them!

If you really want the top-tier rewards, that’s where the Second Chance points come in! One Second Chance point is earned any time you complete a duty that rewards a new player bonus (one point per duty regardless of the number of new players in the duty).

These Second Chance points can be used for 2 things: Retry (1 point), or Shuffle (2 points).

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Retry won’t increase your odds of earning the top-tier rewards or affect your sticker placement in any way, but they CAN be used to make earning your stickers easier. Most players will want to complete the easiest and quickest objectives on the list, and using Retry will allow you to re-run one of the already completed duties to earn an additional sticker.

Shuffle, on the other hand, DOES affect your sticker placement. In fact, it completely randomizes the placement of your stickers. Because there are only 24 specific arrangements of 9 stickers that will earn you the 3-lines reward, you’ll want to use Shuffle any time that you have an arrangement of stickers that can’t possibly complete 3 full lines.

The following forum post shows each of the 24 patterns that will work:
http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/305339-The-chance-of-winning-the-3-lines-reward-of-Wondrous-Tails-is-ridiculously-low

Here’s the catch, though. You can ONLY use Shuffle when you have between 3 and 7 stickers. As soon as you place that 8th sticker, there’s no moving them around. Therefore, there’s no way to guarantee that you’ll be able to get the top-tier reward in any given week.

The best you can do is earn 7 stickers and use Shuffle as many times as necessary to get your stickers into an arrangement that MAY earn you the top-tier reward. Finally, cross your fingers and hope that you get lucky with the random placement of the last two stickers.

If it sounds like a lot of work, well, IT IS! The rewards for getting 3 full lines are really valuable, so of course they should be difficult to get. The i250 gear items are also tradeable, so even if you don’t want to use either of the offered rewards, you can still sell them for a huge amount of Gil and buy a piece you do want instead.

If things don’t work out for you this week, there’s always next week! New journals are available from Khloe every week on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. (Earth time).

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Warrior extraordinaire and Midlander heart-throb, Oldbear Stormborn is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Moogle Post. Fiercely dedicated to FFXIV, Oldbear is passionate about giving back to the community he enjoys so much any way he can.

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