Grievance Hunt Guide

Proper Hunting Etiquette

Please note that the following is purely opinion based, and therefore, is not to be taken with a grain of salt if you disagree with part or the entire whole of this message. Everybody's play-styles are different and there isn't a definitive write or wrong in how people choose to play.

There is a LOT of drama involved in the hunt. There will be hour long shout wars spanning multiple zones if somebody does something somebody else didn't like. The causes of this drama usually stem from people "Pulling Early". Pulling early is a way to describe people or groups of people who attack a mob before a sufficient amount of people have gathered at the site. Sometimes its because they are worried they won't get gold, sometimes they are solo and getting the first hit in means a better chance to get gold, sometimes they are only worried about themselves or their own party and don't care about anybody else, and sometimes they just want to cause Drama.

Although with 3.0 the amount of A and S rank mobs have climbed significantly, there is not a steady stream of them available to players. Because of this, sharing of the hunt mob is highly encouraged. There is a saturation point where there can be so many people at a site that getting a gold rank on the kill becomes difficult, but to me it seems like its a lot easier in 3.0 to get gold. Many times, a system of "Pulling at X:XX server time" has been attempted, and during parts of the day it may actually work, but never count this being the case.

Being the first to pull a mob gives you a lot of contribution to the kill because of the initial aggro bonus generated by being the first to land a hit. Some people think that since they are solo they deserve the right to this first hit because it will help them get a higher rank on the kill. In my opinion this is not the best way to share, and joining a party or creating your own for just this one kill is highly encouraged. Its my opinion the first hit should go to the party who found the mob and announced it for others to come and share. It would also be helpful if the person who found it chose an appropriate time to pull the mob and announced it in shout to the zone. If that person is solo and they found the hunt mob but did not join a party; then in my opinion its ok for them to get the first hit in this scenario. These situations are not always what happens, so be prepared.

Another form of drama is the infamous Miscall or bad info re-lay of information. This might happen when someone sees a shout or a communication of some kind with a position, but no information about what is there, and assumes its a hunt mob and calls it out. Too many miss-calls might get you kicked from a Linkshell, or some people might blacklist you as well.
Sometimes there is a troll, who announces that an S rank is at a certain position and the whole server shows up to an empty field. Sometimes a person finds a normal mob and assumes its a hunt mob and announces it, or sometimes they think a B rank hunt mob is an A rank hunt mob. All of these things cause a lot of drama and should be avoided if possible. Learning the names and identity of all the elite hunt mobs is encouraged to help avoid these mistakes. If you make this mistake, and announce it, rectify it as fast as possible. Let people know that its a miss-call or bad info, creation of a macro for this is sometimes helpful in getting this done.

In Grievance, we have a No Drama Clause that we take to heart. We do not like drama, epically the creation of such Drama; therefore any member of Grievance found to be causing drama might be subject to disciplinary action. As such, here's my Fox's list of the Do's and Don'ts of hunting!

  • Do - Make every effort to get to the hunt mob as fast as possible, and Don't expect people to wait on you otherwise. If you stop to do a fate on the way to a hunt, don't expect it to be alive when you get there.
  • Don't - Pull early. Wait an appropriate amount of time, wait till an appropriate amount of people have arrived, and wait till the announced pull time.
  • Do - Announce and relay hunt mobs appropriately. Be courteous to your party members, to your FC, to your Link-shells, to people in the zone, but also don't spam everybody's chat box with the same mob over and over.
  • Don't - Contribute to the drama or shout wars going on during the hunts. AKA, don't feed the trolls.
  • Do - Help look for hunt mobs when you join a hunting party.
  • Don't - Face-pull mobs. Be careful when approaching and if you accidentally face pull, try to reset it by pulling it an appropriate distance away from its spawn location.
  • Do - Shout in zones to see if anybody needs a particular B rank before you kill it, but make sure you let everyone know its a B rank. Don't relay B ranks into Linkshells.
  • Don't - Call out S ranks during raids. Keep Team-speak clear of announcements as well if people are having conversations. Do obey team-speak etiquette.
  • Do - Spend your seals before you cap out. Always leave a gap of at least what an S rank will give, just in case.
  • Don't - stop believing.
  • Do - Hold onto that feeling.