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#1 Sep 06 2013 at 7:45 AM Rating: Default
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So - what do you all do about mob marking?

I play on PS3 (I am trying to re-configure it so that all I need to use is my keyboard and mouse that I have plugged in instead of the controller...targeting !><!), so the marking is a little cumbersome. I have heard there are some macros that can help, but I am still an extreme newb at FFXIV marcros.

The only time I have used marking so far is by marking a weak target in a group of 3-4 as "1" and saying "sleep 1 to pull please", then I will target the next weakest mob, shield lob as they are incoming, burn flash, then go into my flexible rotation.

I guess the main points would be: Do you all use marking and find it very helpful? And: Is there a smooth system to mark mobs besides becoming a savant at PS3 targeting and marking?

PS - I think GLDs are the best tank class in game, simply because if you are a smart GLD, you can hold AE aggro with little to no problems, but if you are a smart MRD, you cannot mitigate your damage any better : D
#2 Sep 06 2013 at 8:16 AM Rating: Decent
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The only time I have had to mark enemies is when I have had DPS and CCs that don't realise that A) DPS should be focusing on my target and B) CC should be cast on targets that I am not attacking. Now as I get up into the higher level dungeons I am sure I will need to mark more often but, as a PS3 player myself, it isn't too hard to hit the square button while targetting something to bring up the little menu for marking.

Also, you said this...
MidnightPyre wrote:
The only time I have used marking so far is by marking a weak target in a group of 3-4 as "1" and saying "sleep 1 to pull please", then I will target the next weakest mob, shield lob as they are incoming, burn flash, then go into my flexible rotation.

You might want to reconsider having someone pull with Sleep as all the hate of the group jumps to that person, it is just that much more work for you. Lead in with your Shield Lob and pick up hate from everyone by using Flash, then let the CC use Sleep. It will make you life a lot easier.



Edited, Sep 6th 2013 10:17am by princessary
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#3 Sep 06 2013 at 8:35 AM Rating: Default
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princessary wrote:
You might want to reconsider having someone pull with Sleep as all the hate of the group jumps to that person, it is just that much more work for you. Lead in with your Shield Lob and pick up hate from everyone by using Flash, then let the CC use Sleep. It will make you life a lot easier.
Edited, Sep 6th 2013 10:17am by princessary


Good point - I was trying to interupt their path to the mage by using flash when they near, but that is probably an extremely unstable way to do things : D
#4 Sep 16 2013 at 10:58 AM Rating: Default
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I use a simple shield lob macro to auto mark:

/macroicon "Shield Lob"
/marking attack1
/ac "Shield Lob" <t>
#6 Sep 23 2013 at 2:37 PM Rating: Decent
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from testing the above macro in combat more it is probably better to add a /marking off command before the /marking attack1 otherwise it will toggle the mark on and off should you lob your shield at the targeted mob.

The easiest way I have found to mark with a gamepad/PS3 is to set up your combat and out of combat hotbar selection in the character customization screen. In the customization screen you can select which bars you want to cycle through if you spam R1 (instead of the normal way of hodling R1 and pressing a face button or d-pad).

e.g. if you click the Crossbar 1 and Crossbar 2 check boxes under the weapon drawn section then when you draw your weapon and spam R1 it will cycle between bars 1 and 2. I usually add an extra bar (e.g. bar 3) to cycle through when weapon is sheathed and use that bar for things like choco, teleport, hunting log, duty finder, w/e out of combat stuff I use a lot.

I put all the marks on bar 3 and usually have bars 1 and 3 chosen for cycling when my weapon is out (I keep bar 2 for more skill and will turn on 1,2 and 3 if I need anything skill-wise on bar 2), then if I need to change any marks I can spam R2 twice or w/e to bring them up quickly. It is really fast if you only need one bar for abilities and can just cycle between attacking and marking.

So before combat you press R1 two or three times or w/e to cycle to the mark bar (e.g. bar 3). Mark everything up, then spam R2 a few
more times to get back to your abilities then proceed. If you do your marking right and get it all down while weapon is sheathed then you can set your weapon drawn crossbar to bar 1 and 2 (abilities only) and not even cycle through the marks.

You can still select any bar at any time with R1 + button.

Reddit post (combat vs. noncombat hotbars, the ones selected will be cycles through if you spam R1):

http://www.reddit.com/r/ffxiv/comments/1lc103/
#7 Sep 23 2013 at 4:41 PM Rating: Decent
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I actually don't bother with making macros to do the marking. I just simply mark off the targets before the pull if possible - if not, then I do it during the fight.

I have them assigned to Alt + 1, Alt + 2, etc. It's a little more work but that way I don't have to remember which of my abilities cause markings. I'm not sure how well this will work on PS3 though!
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