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Table of Contents:
Introduction | Login Distribution | Job Levels | Jobs | Merit Points | Items |
Synthesis Skills | Economics | Linkshells | Expansion Data | Your Voice | In Closing


Introduction

On May 16, 2009, FINAL FANTASY XI celebrated the seven-year anniversary of its launch in Japan! This past year has brought us the first of three new add-on scenarios featuring a variety of new stories expanding on the world of FINAL FANTASY XI.

To better understand the game’s players, we tried something different for the 9th Vana’diel Census and performed a preliminary survey. Using the results of the survey for reference, we’ve attempted to show the current state of the community by analyzing and looking at the data from every side possible!

*All research is based off data obtained May 2009.

Login Distribution

The below graphs represent the login data for the third week in April 2009.

The simultaneous logins graph shows that there are always a considerable number of players logged in to FINAL FANTASY XI at any time, this number increasing at the peak times of each region. The consistent player presence within the game helps create a healthy environment for player communication and community activities.

« Simultaneous Logins » *Indicated in JST
The 9th Vanadiel Census-Login

Now let’s take a look at how much time players spend logged into the game each day. According to data acquired from the servers, 85% of players are logged in to FINAL FANTASY XI for an average of 1 to 3 hours a day. This is a considerable increase from last year’s 75%.

Additionally, the average play time for a character this year comes to 126 minutes (about 2 hours and 6 minutes), a significant decrease from last year (171 minutes).

« Login Time Per Character »
The 9th Vanadiel Census-Login Time
Tinybox11-3 hours or less
Tinybox24-6 hours
Tinybox37-9 hours
Tinybox410-12 hours
Tinybox6b13-15 hours
Tinybox5b16-18 hours
Tinybox919-21 hours
Tinybox7b22-24 hours

Additionally, the average play time for a character this year comes to 126 minutes (about 2 hours and 6 minutes), a significant decrease from last year (171 minutes).

« How players' time is spent » *Survey results
The 9th Vanadiel Census-Login Time2
Tinybox1Leveling up/Improving skills.
Tinybox2Obtaining items and gil.
Tinybox3Communicating with other players.
Tinybox4Doing missions and quests.

“Leveling up/Improving skills” was the most popular answer, followed by “Obtaining items and gil,” indicating the primary activities occupying players’ time.

Quite some time has passed since FINAL FANTASY XI’s service first started, and the fact that leveling up continues to remain the most popular activity in a game populated by so many veterans is a testament to the variety of different play styles offered by FINAL FANTASY XI’s wide selection of jobs. Another likely influence is the introduction of the Level Sync system. Thanks to this system, the amount of time required to find compatible party members has been significantly reduced.

Through the addition of new features such as Campaign and Fields of Valor where even small numbers of players can enjoy themselves for short periods of time, and with the re-evaluation of the rate of experience gain, players can have fun and make progress even if they are only able to log in for a short time.

Job Levels

Next, we’re going to take a look at just how much job levels have changed in the past year.

The below graph details the level distribution of main jobs from level 2 to level 75 (excluding level 1).

As an overall trend, the levels have shifted to the higher side. This is a change we see every year and is evidence of the community’s continual growth and maturation. The most noticeable change since last year would definitely be the sudden increase in level 5 players. This is probably a result of many of our players wanting to join in the fun with last year’s Mog Bonanza (last year the Mog Bonanza required that participants be at least level 5 and purchase a Mog Bonanza Marble).

Let’s take a look at the population distribution of main jobs. Level 75, in particular, sticks out. In the first Vana’diel Census since the level cap was set at level 75 in 2004, the percentage of level 75 characters was at a measly 1.70%, but this year that percentage has climbed all the way to 15.60%! Much like last year, the percentage of characters from level 2 to level 30 has decreased and the percentage of characters level 31 and up has continued to grow. It is clear that the reason for these changes is due to the introduction of the Level Sync system, the increase in the amount of experience gained from monsters below “decent challenge,” and the addition of the Fields of Valor.

« Main Job Level Distribution (Level 2-75) »
The 9th Vanadiel Census-Job Levels
« Main Job Distribution (Level 1) »
Job Levels Population Distribution
1 62.47%


« Main Job Level Distribution (Level 2-75) »
Job Levels Population Distribution Level Distribution
2 2.05% Levels 2-10
24.98%
3 1.80%
4 1.72%
5 6.51%
6 2.33%
7 2.73%
8 2.18%
9 1.69%
10 3.97%
11 2.04% Levels 11-20
18.79%
12 2.08%
13 1.71%
14 1.58%
15 2.51%
16 1.48%
17 1.69%
18 2.11%
19 1.18%
20 2.41%
21 1.33% Levels 21-30
9.96%
22 1.03%
23 0.86%
24 0.86%
25 1.42%
26 0.86%
27 0.74%
28 0.61%
29 0.55%
30 1.70%
31 0.91% Levels 31-40
17.43%
32 0.81%
33 0.69%
34 0.61%
35 0.74%
36 0.73%
37 8.61%
38 1.87%
39 0.73%
40 1.73%
 
Job Levels Population Distribution Level Distribution
41 0.91% Levels 41-50
5.06%
42 0.92%
43 0.61%
44 0.46%
45 0.48%
46 0.37%
47 0.30%
48 0.26%
49 0.20%
50 0.55%
51 0.35% Levels 51-60
3.43%
52 0.34%
53 0.30%
54 0.26%
55 0.32%
56 0.27%
57 0.24%
58 0.28%
59 0.25%
60 0.82%
61 0.54% Levels 61-70
3.68%
62 0.44%
63 0.39%
64 0.32%
65 0.36%
66 0.49%
67 0.29%
68 0.25%
69 0.21%
70 0.39%
71 0.24% Levels 71-75
16.67%
72 0.25%
73 0.25%
74 0.33%
75 15.60%
Total 100% 100%

Jobs

This section looks at the distribution of jobs and the most popular combinations for main and support jobs. This year, we used both in-game data and the results of the preliminary survey for the analysis.

For the breakdown of players’ main jobs, we used the results from the survey for the question “What is your favorite main job?” and the data from the game regarding which main jobs players had actually set their characters to.

Last year, standard jobs made up 74% of the jobs in the game, but this year that percentage has dropped to 62% as the percentage of extra jobs rises. Even so, standard jobs continue to occupy the top 6 most popular main jobs and are in no danger of being dethroned by the extra jobs.

On the other hand, it could be said that the results of the survey represent the main jobs that have captured adventurers’ hearts. The one extra job that successfully infiltrated the top spots dominated by standard jobs is the paladin, surpassing the incredibly popular white and black mages to take the number 2 spot. Likewise, the samurai has managed to defeat such popular jobs as the warrior, monk, and thief by taking 6th place.

« Main Job Rankings »
[ Survey Results ]
Ranking Job Relative Percentage
1 Red Mage 12.44%
2 Paladin 8.73%
3 White Mage 7.56%
4 Black Mage 6.77%
5 Thief 6.59%
6 Samurai 6.42%
7 Monk 6.20%
8 Dragoon 5.91%
9 Warrior 4.99%
10 Dark Knight 4.78%
11 Blue Mage 4.46%
12 Ninja 4.27%
13 Summmoner 3.85%
14 Beastmaster 3.71%
15 Puppetmaster 3.12%
16 Dancer 2.62%
17 Ranger 2.52%
18 Bard 2.21%
19 Scholar 1.51%
20 Corsair 1.34%
 
[ Game Data ]
Ranking Job Relative Percentage
1 White Mage 14.06%
2 Red Mage 13.07%
3 Black Mage 12.50%
4 Thief 8.39%
5 Warrior 7.79%
6 Monk 6.49%
7 Paladin 5.51%
8 Ninja 4.73%
9 Samurai 4.27%
10 Bard 3.01%
11 Dark Knight 2.97%
12 Dragoon 2.73%
13 Dancer 2.67%
14 Blue Mage 2.60%
15 Beastmaster 2.39%
16 Summoner 1.93%
17 Ranger 1.49%
18 Ranger 1.41%
19 Puppetmaster 1.07%
20 Corsair 0.92%

Moving on, let’s take a look at the main and support job combinations. Of all the countless combinations of jobs available in the game, according to game data, the most popular combination was the White Mage/Black Mage combo, followed by the Black Mage/White Mage combo. This two-job combination has had an iron grip on the top two rankings for quite some time, coming out on top both last year and the year before that.

The combinations taken from the survey results represent the jobs players picked to go with the main jobs they had selected in the main job distribution section above. The fifth most popular job combination in actual game data, the Thief/Ninja combo, climbed to first place in the survey results. Conversely, the most popular main job, the red mage, was not able to take the first place in the survey results, possibly due to different playing styles depending on the job combined with the red mage, yet managed to take several other of the top 15 rankings.

« Main Job/Support Job Rankings »
[ Survey Results ]
Ranking Job Support Job Relative Percentage
1ThiefNinja5.49%
2Red MageWhite Mage4.42%
3PaladinWarrior3.85%
4Red MageNinja3.51%
5Blue MageNinja3.37%
6Black MageWhite Mage3.16%
7Black MageRed Mage3.07%
8WarriorNinja2.91%
9White MageBlack Mage2.87%
10White MageScholar2.61%
11SummonerWhite Mage2.50%
12Red MageBlack Mage2.48%
13NinjaWarrior2.37%
14DancerNinja2.24%
15MonkWarrior2.22%
Others52.93%
 
[ Game Data ]
Ranking Job Support Job Relative Percentage
1ThiefNinja5.49%
2Red MageWhite Mage4.42%
3PaladinWarrior3.85%
4Red MageNinja3.51%
5Blue MageNinja3.37%
6Black MageWhite Mage3.16%
7Black MageRed Mage3.07%
8WarriorNinja2.91%
9White MageBlack Mage2.87%
10White MageScholar2.61%
11SummonerWhite Mage2.50%
12Red MageBlack Mage2.48%
13NinjaWarrior2.37%
14DancerNinja2.24%
15MonkWarrior2.22%
Others52.93%

Finally, we take a look at the reasons why players pick the jobs they selected in the survey. While fun in first place and compatibility with solo play in second place make up the majority, one cannot help but nod in agreement with many of the different choices made. Our results show that helping friends is more popular than wearing fashionable equipment. It seems these players have learned that no armor is tougher and no blade stronger than a trustworthy ally!

« Reasons for choosing one's main job » *Survey results
The 9th Vanadiel Census-Jobs
Tinybox1It's fun.
Tinybox2It's good for solo play.
Tinybox3It's what I'm best at playing.
Tinybox4It's popular in parties.
Tinybox6bI can use it to assist my friends.
Tinybox9I like the equipment it allows me to use.
Tinybox5bI haven't unlocked support jobs yet.
Tinybox8bOther.


Merit Points

In this corner of the census, we’ll be introducing the merit point data we’ve accumulated over the past year. We’ve arranged merit points by category and aim to answer the questions “What abilities are being upgraded to what level?” and “How many people are there upgrading those abilities?” Let’s start out by taking a look at status upgrades.


« HP/MP »


Maximum total number of upgrades: 8 levels

Points necessary for each upgrade: 1/2/3/4/5/5/5/5
The 9th Vanadiel Census-Merits
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As a general trend, there aren’t many items at levels 5 to 7, but there are a large percentage of items at level 8 and at levels 1 to 4. The reason for this is likely due to the maximum total number of upgrades being set at 8 where most players divide those 8 levels into 4 for HP and 4 for MP or decide to focus solely on HP or MP, either maxing out their upgrades or trying to do so.



« Attributes »


Maximum total number of upgrades: 5 levels

Points necessary for each upgrade: 3/6/9/9/9
STR
DEX
VIT
AGI
INT
MND
CHR
The 9th Vanadiel Census-Merits2
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Next, we move on to attributes. Strength is the clear winner here, followed by the popular attributes dexterity and intelligence. The reason for strength’s popularity is likely due to the significant additional damage obtained through its upgrades and the fact that it can be utilized by such a wide variety of jobs.

In addition to the extra damage added to regular weapon attacks, many players have likely chosen strength upgrades in order to increase the damage caused by most of their weapon skills.



« Combat skills »


Maximum total number of upgrades: 20 levels Maximum for weapon skills: 8 levels Maximum for defensive skills: 4 levels

Points necessary for each upgrade: 1/2/3/3/3/3/3/3
Hand-to-hand
Dagger
Sword
Great Sword
Axe
Great Axe
Scythe
Polearm
Katana
Great Katana
Club
Staff
Bow
Gun
Throwing
The 9th Vanadiel Census-Merits3
Guarding
Evasion
Shield
Parrying
The 9th Vanadiel Census-Merits4
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Next up are the combat skills. When it comes to weapon skills, the different weapon upgrade choices are linked to which jobs are most popular and also to those weapons that are used by the most jobs.

For defensive skills, evasion is the single most popular upgrade. We believe that this is due to evasion being the only defensive skill shared by all jobs. Additionally, the selection of equipment that enhances evasion is wider than for any other defensive skill and players can more easily assemble a set of equipment that maximizes evasion.



« Magic skills »


Maximum total number of upgrades: 16 levels Maximum per item: 8 levels

Points necessary for each upgrade: 1/2/3/3/3/3/3/3
Divine Magic
Healing Magic
Enhancing Magic
Enfeebling Magic
Elemental Magic
Dark Magic
Summoning Magic
Ninjutsu
Singing
Stringed Instrument
Wind Instrument
Blue Magic
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Continuing on, we come to magic skills. The magic skills are very much connected to the popular job rankings with the concentration of upgrades primarily focused on enfeebling magic and elemental magic. Because these two kinds of magic are closely related to resist rates and aggressive actions, they are the two most quickly upgraded magic skills for red mages and black mages who have reached level 75. At the same time, however, a bard who has reached level 75 will most likely want to upgrade wind instruments and singing, and a blue mage who has reached level 75 will want to upgrade blue magic. To a player possessing multiple jobs, choosing which magic skill to upgrade may be an even more difficult decision than choosing a weapon skill.



« Others »


Maximum total number of upgrades: 8 levels Maximum per item: 4 levels

Points necessary for each upgrade: 1/2/3/4
Enmity Increase
Enmity Decrease
Critical hit rate
Enemy critical hit rate
Spell interruption rate
The 9th Vanadiel Census-Merits6
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Next, we move on to other skills. Critical hit rate has unquestionably crushed the competition here with spell interruption rate and enemy critical hit rate coming in far behind in second and third place. The decision to increase or decrease enmity depends on the job. Players with multiple jobs will become more and more wary of permanently affecting their enmity as they level up, and that is part of the reason why there are so few players who choose the enmity-related options.


We’ve finally come to the last section, merit points spent on jobs. There is no right or wrong way to use merit points. But, by looking at the choices senior adventurers have arrived at by trial and error, we can benefit from their wisdom. The results are really quite fascinating. For those of you who have already reached level 75 and for those of you who are climbing towards that goal, we present this data as a reference. Enjoy!


« jobs »
Group 1

Maximum total number of upgrades: 10 levels
Maximum per item: 5 levels
Points necessary for each upgrade: 1/2/3/4/5

Group 2

Maximum total number of upgrades: 10 levels
Maximum per item: 5 levels
Points necessary for each upgrade: 3/4/5/5/5

[ Warrior ]
Group 1
Berserk Recast
Defender Recast
Warcry Recast
Aggressor Recast
Double Attack Rate
The 9th Vanadiel Census-Merits7
Group 2
Warrior's Charge
Tomahawk
Savagery
Aggressive Aim
The 9th Vanadiel Census-Merits8
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[ Monk ]
Group 1
Focus Recast
Dodge Recast
Chakra Recast
Counter Rate
Kick Attack Rate
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsMonk1
Group 2
Mantra
Formless Strikes
Invigorate
Penance
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsMonk2
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[ White Mage ]
Group 1
Divine Seal Recast
Cure Cast Time
Bar Spell Effect
Banish Effect
Regen Spell Effect
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsWHM1
Group 2
Martyr
Devotion
Protectra V
Shellra V
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsWHM2
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[ Black Mage ]
Group 1
Elemental Seal Recast
Fire Magic Potency
Ice Magic Potency
Wind Magic Potency
Earth Magic Potency
Lightning Magic Potency
Water Magic Potency
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsBLM1
Group 2
Flare II
Freeze II
Tornado II
Quake II
Burst II
Flood II
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsBLM2
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[ Red Mage ]
Group 1
Convert Recast
Fire Magic Accuracy
Ice Magic Accuracy
Wind Magic Accuracy
Earth Magic Accuracy
Lightning Magic Accuracy
Water Magic Accuracy
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsRDM1
Group 2
Dia III
Slow II
Paralyze II
Phalanx II
Bio III
Blind II
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[ Thief ]
Group 1
Flee Recast
Hide Recast
Sneak Attack Recast
Trick Attack Recast
Triple Attack Rate
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsThief1
Group 2
Assassin's Charge
Feint
Aura Steal
Ambush
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsThief2
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[ Paladin ]
Group 1
Shield Bash Recast
Holy Circle Recast
Sentinel Recast
Cover Effect Length
Rampart Recast
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsPLD1
Group 2
Fealty
Chivalry
Iron Will
Guardian
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsPLD2
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[ Dark Knight ]
Group 1
Souleater Recast
Arcane Circle Recast
Last Resort Recast
Last Resort Effect
Weapon Bash Recast
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsDRK1a
Group 2
Dark Seal
Diabolic Eye
Muted Soul
Desperate Blows
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsDRK2
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[ Beastmaster ]
Group 1
Killer Effects
Reward Recast
Call Beast Recast
Sic Recast
Tame Recast
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsBST1
Group 2
Feral Howl
Killer Instinct
Beast Affinity
Beast Healer
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsBST2
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[ Bard ]
Group 1
Lullaby Recast
Finale Recast
Minne Effect
Minuet Effect
Madrigal Effect
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsBRD1
Group 2
Nightingale
Troubadour
Foe Sirvente
Adventurer's Dirge
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsBRD2
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[ Ranger ]
Group 1
Scavenge Recast
Camouflage Recast
Sharpshot Recast
Unlimited Shot Recast
Rapid Shot Rate
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsRNG1
Group 2
Stealth Shot
Flashy Shot
Snapshot
Recycle
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsRNG2
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[ Samurai ]
Group 1
Third Eye Recast
Warding Circle Recast
Store TP Effect
Meditate Recast
Zanshin Attack Rate
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsSAM1
Group 2
Shikikoyo
Blade Bash
Ikishoten
Overwhelm
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsSAM2
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[ Ninja ]
Group 1
Subtle Blow Effect
Katon Effect
Hyoton Effect
Huton Effect
Doton Effect
Raiton Effect
Suiton Effect
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsNIN1
Group 2
Sange
Ninja Tool Expertise
Katon: San
Hyoton: San
Huton: San
Doton: San
Raiton: San
Suiton: San
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsNIN2
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[ Dragoon ]
Group 1
Ancient Circle Recast
Jump Recast
High Jump Recast
Super Jump Recast
Spirit Link Recast
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsDRG1
Group 2
Deep Breathing
Angon
Empathy
Strafe
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[ Summoner ]
Group 1
Avatar Physical Accuracy
Avatar Physical Attack
Avatar Magical Accuracy
Avatar Magical Attack
Elemental MP Cost
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsSMN1
Group 2
Meteor Strike
Heavenly Strike
Wind Blade
Geocrush
Thunderstorm
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[ Blue Mage ]
Group 1
Chain Affinity Recast
Burst Affinity Recast
Monster Correlation
Physical Potency
Magical Accuracy
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsBLU1
Group 2
Convergence
Diffusion
Enchainment
Assimilation
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsBLU2
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[ Corsair ]
Group 1
Phantom Roll Recast
Quick Draw Recast
Quick Draw Accuracy
Random Deal Recast
Bust Duration
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsCOR1
Group 2
Snake Eye
Fold
Winning Streak
Loaded Deck
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsCOR2
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[ Puppetmaster ]
Group 1
Automaton Melee Skill
Automaton Ranged Skill
Automaton Magic Skill
Activate Recast
Repair Recast
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsPUP1
Group 2
Role Reversal
Ventriloquy
Fine Tuning
Optimization
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[ Dancer ]
Group 1
Steps Accuracy
Haste Samba Effect
Reverse Flourish Effect
Building Flourish Effect
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsDNC1
Group 2
Saber Dance
Fan Dance
No Foot Rise
Closed Position
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[ Scholar ]
Group 1
Grimoire Recast
Modus Veritas Duration
Helix Magic Acc./Atk.
Max Sublimation
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsSCH1
Group 2
Altruism
Focalization
Tranquility
Equanimity
Enlightenment
Stormsurge
The 9th Vanadiel Census-MeritsSCH2
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Items

As with last year's census, we'll be focusing on the number of fourth stage and completed relic items that exist in all Worlds.

It goes without saying that the most popular relic has remained the unchallengeable Aegis, both in the number acquired and in the increase since last year. But the relic that has gained the most ground on the Aegis is the scythe Apocalypse, which had showed incredible growth and popularity in last year’s census as well.

The number acquired has stopped at 372, about half of the Aegis’, but the increase in scythes from last year is only 15 short of the Aegis’ shield increase. Likewise, the number of other relic items acquired is beginning to encroach on the Aegis’ domination, with the dagger Mandau and the instrument Gjallarhorn continuing their increase since last year and the great katana Amanomurakumo showing leaps in popularity.

« Relic Acquisition (4th stage and final stage » *All Worlds
Equipment Type Stage Relic Name Number Acquired Increase/Decrease from Last Year
Hand-to-Hand Fourth Stage Caestus 21 -6
Final Stage Spharai 179 +54
Dagger Fourth Stage Batardeau 66 +7
Final Stage Mandau 421 +183
Sword Fourth Stage Caliburn 67 +16
Final Stage Excalibur 214 +67
Great Sword Fourth Stage Valhalla 27 +4
Final Stage Ragnarok 61 +16
Axe Fourth Stage Ogre Killer 18 +1
Final Stage Guttler 22 +6
Great Axe Fourth Stage Abaddon Killer 21 +2
Final Stage Bravura 122 +76
Scythe Fourth Stage Bec de Faucon 113 +48
Final Stage Apocalypse 372 +231
Polearm Fourth Stage Gae Assail 19 +2
Final Stage Gungnir 51 +23
Katana Fourth Stage Yoshimitsu 28 +6
Final Stage Kikoku 299 +80
Great Katana Fourth Stage Totsukanotsurugi 105 +34
Final Stage Amanomurakumo 244 +151
Club Fourth Stage Gullintani 24 +8
Final Stage Mjollnir 37 +8
Staff Fourth Stage Thyrus 5 +1
Final Stage Claustrum 19 +3
Bow Fourth Stage Futatokoroto 24 +1
Final Stage Yoichinoyumi 112 +53
Gun Fourth Stage Ferdinand 17 +8
Final Stage Annihilator 154 +58
Instrument Fourth Stage Millennium Horn 49 +5
Final Stage Gjallarhorn 326 +121
Shield Fourth Stage Ancile 136 +45
Final Stage Aegis 612 +246
Total Fourth Stage 740 +182
Final Stage 3,245 +1,376

This year, we also researched mythic weapon acquisition. You may be surprised by the number of adventurers who have acquired mythic weapons, but there are still several weapons that have not been acquired on any of the Worlds.

Who will be the first adventurer to forge these mythic weapons? Keep your eyes peeled. This could turn out to be quite interesting.

« Mythic Weapon Acquision » *All Worlds
Equipment Type Weapon Name Number Acquired
Hand-to-Hand Glanzfaust 2
Kenkonken 2
Dagger Vajra 2
Carnwenhan 3
Terpsichore 1
Sword Murgleis 1
Burtgang 14
Tizona 4
Axe Aymur 0
Great Axe Conqueror 6
Scythe Liberator 1
Polearm Ryunohige 0
Katana Nagi 1
Great Katana Kogarasumaru 3
Club Yagrush 3
Staff Laevateinn 1
Nirvana 1
Tupsimati 0
Gun Gastraphetes 0
Death Penalty 0

Synthesis Skills

Just like last year, we’ve made a graph showing the percentage of characters with skill ranks of craftsman or above. This year we’ve also researched the number of items acquired through trading guild points and the number of Ebisu Fishing Rods, the fisherman’s “relic item,” acquired.

Let’s start off with the percentage of characters with skill ranks of craftsman or above. Note that characters whose synthesis skills have not improved at all are not included in the data.

Despite the introduction of various new battle systems altering the needs of players, not a single skill has changed more than 3 points since the last census and we are left with virtually the same results as last year.

The reason for these results may be due to the great deal of effort and expenses necessary to raise a synthesis skill to a high level and to the difficulty of raising multiple skills to craftsman level and above. Another reason may be that many items created through upper level synthesis skills are consumable items.

« Percentage of Characters Craftsman or above » *All Worlds
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Tinybox1 Cooking
Tinybox2Alchemy
Tinybox3Woodworking
Tinybox4Clothcraft
Tinybox6bFishing
Tinybox9Leathercraft
Tinybox5bBonecraft
Tinybox8bSmithing
Tinybox10Goldsmithing

Next, we take a look at items acquired through guild point exchange.

These items are essential to any self-respecting guild member, and each possesses a unique appearance. Because players can obtain moglifications by possessing both certain signboards and furnishings, we predicted that there would be no major difference in the numbers of each acquired. But regardless of synthesis skill, the furnishings have been acquired at least twice as much as the signboards! This may be due to exchangeable signboards being added later than furnishings, and certain signboards requiring 50,000 more guild points than the furnishings.

« Items Acquired Using Guild Points » *All Worlds
Furnishings (Skill: 88 and up) Signboards (Skill: 88 and up) Aprons (Skill: 68 and up) Equipment (Skill: 48 and up) Rings (Skill: 58 and up)
Fishing 2,504 1,548 7,446 9,071 ---
Woodworking 5,259 1,937 11,063 11,620 1,467
Smithing 2,609 1,184 5,018 7,853 1,096
Goldsmithing 1,807 736 4,042 20,071 886
Clothcraft 5,234 2,216 11,471 24,115 1,024
Leathercraft 3,529 1,388 6,480 10,080 1,367
Bonecraft 3,460 1,388 6,677 14,379 1,252
Alchemy 4,296 1,562 12,874 12,401 598
Cooking 4,709 1,735 19,510 17,716 1,817

Lastly, we’ll move on to Ebisu Fishing Rod acquisition. The Ebisu Fishing Rod is an item that can be obtained as a reward for the quest “Indomitable Spirit.”To start this quest, you will need to have a synthesis skill level of adept and 95,000 guild points. To complete the quest, you will also need the very difficult-to-obtain items Saber Shoot and Opal Silk. This mission’s severity is part of the reason why fishermen think of the Ebisu Fishing Rod as their relic item. Through our research, we learned that a total of 941 characters have acquired the Ebisu Fishing Rod across all Worlds. The Ebisu Fishing Rod may be incredibly difficult to obtain, but the two items required to complete the Indomitable Spirit quest have been added to rank 2 of Mog Bonanza and have given fishermen everywhere hope for the future!

« Ebisu Fishing Rod Acquisition » *All Worlds
Number Acquired
941

Economics

Why don’t we stop to take a look at the most important thing to every practical adventurer, their gil!

« Weekly Income » *Survey results
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