... and a collective yawn comes from this player on the list.
Might as well go over it...
There is a Consolation Prize this year... Any ticket matching none of the last numbers gets a Mog Missile (a firework when, shot off, shows the picture of a Moogle in the air).
Yay. *twirls pinky finger*
It's been almost 2 years since the last Mog Bonanza, so basically to compare that one to this one might be somewhat of an apples-to-kumquats sort of a thing, but here we go:
Winning conditions are the same as before -- a number will be drawn for each of the 5 tiers. Players with marbles which match the last relevant number of digits win a choice from the list.
Rank 5: Single number drawn, last number of the 5-digit marble matches to win it.
No changes at all from the last full Mog Bonanza. Statues or entry slips.
Yawn. I don't even know if there's anything on that list I don't have that I want!
Rank 4: A two-digit number is drawn, last two digits match to win it.
A number of changes from 2011.
Wyrm Beard (mistyped in the 2013 announcement, but, from context, it's the Wyrm Beard)
Single items for the Black Belt quest.
Bonanza Kupons S and L
S is the set of seals (just the seals) which allow a player to promote any one full job of Empyrean Armor from Base to +1. L is some of the pre-AV Sea Torque drops (Jailers, Ix'Aern NMs, etc.)
Removals from 2011:
Pretty much everything else, and none of it's been promoted. This was the tier you saw everything from the Joyeuse to the Animator +1 (the latter which I think I even have!) to the Fiat Lux helm to the Einherjar original Odin helm.
In their place:
Redeyes: An event vanity item from the Wings of the Goddess preview in-game event which dispenses an Angelwing firework every 24 hours.
Probably, at this level, about of the level of the Odin statue! Bleh.
Skill gain items for combat and magic skill. Have the Prouesse Ring.
It's a Ranged "weapon" for bards which increases both Hymnus and Scherzo proficiencies. It appears as if it's a Salvage II item. (A number of the new items here are either NNI or Salvage II, expect this to be a pattern.)
That's a Synergy item from Legion. Take an HQ item of new Abjuration equipment from Voidwatch or Legion, slap one of these onto it, and it adds another (fixed) statistic effect.
And the five Ark Angel weapons which allow the players to assume Ark Angel costumes.
See the Redeyes. Yawn.
I'm not sure there's a single thing even in Rank 4 that I want. Maybe the magic skill-up earring.
Rank 3: Three-digit number drawn, last three digits match to win it.
Again, the top three ranks have gil options. Take all the gil gathered by the Bonanza sales, split it into three pools, divide each by the number of winners.
The pool in Rank 3 is 27% -- the 2011 prize was 681,586 gil.
Pretty much a 100-piece in Dynamis now, at least on Leviathan outside of the Jadeshells.
Nomad Moogle Rod
Gives a gift to another party member. Another extinct event item. WHY in Rank 3, I have no freaking idea!
Synergy item that dispenses food. Large furniture piece, probably an ooh and aah deal -- not much else.
And that's all, it appears.
Salvage I bodies, Fiat Lux body and Great Sword, original Odin body, couple of high ZNM pre-PW drops, Sandworm King Arthro Velocious Belt...
In Their Place:
ONE Pulse Cell of your choice from Voidwatch
Salvage II HQ body pieces. Take the new level 45 body drop from Salvage II, add 15 Plans which drop in Salvage II and 15 Imperial Currency, and you get these bad boys.
And a bunch of Salvage II drops (or perhaps expansions of other content which were planned for Dec. 2012, but delayed!) no one has seen yet. (These items were added in the same December 2012 update in which Salvage II was added to the game.) Unless noted, no one on the known relevant databases in the game has one:
Melee Level 99 back piece DEF: 10 HP: +30 DEX and AGI +3 Accuracy +10 Subtle Blow +5
99 WAR PLD DRK BST SAM NIN neck slot Accuracy and Attack +5 Double Attack +2%
99 Mage jobs Waist slot. DEF: 7 HP and MP +15 Magic Accuracy +5 Emnity -1 Conserve MP +3
99 BST Only Axe. DMG: 75 Delay: 276 HP +40 Accuracy and Attack +10 Pet gains Regen.
99 NIN Only Katana. DMG: 45 Delay: 190 Attack, Accuracy, and Evasion +5, Enhances Dual Wield
Probably a Salvage II body, which one would require a good hard look if I won. The BST axe is very tempting, as is the backpiece.
Rank 2: Four-digit number drawn, last four numbers of your marble match to win.
Gil pool is 23% of all sales, 2011 winning was about 5,750,000 gil.
Black Belt (completed)
The Cat's Eye seems to be a source of controversy, given it's value. The Cat's Eye, a holdover from 2011, completes automatically the 30,000 Alexandrite requirement for the Mythic weapon (Duties, Tasks, and Deeds). This, on the current market, would make the Cat's Eye worth somewhere in the range of 400-450 MILLION gil.
To give an idea: A relic, right now, would probably be just north of 100 million on Leviathan, if you priced out the Ancient Currency.
When you see some of the Rank 1 prizes, you'll understand why this is a bit of a question to some.
The two items from high-level fishing required for the Ebisu Fishing Rod.
Bonanza Kupon EA
This Kupon gives the winner a complete set of Empyrean Armor +2, for any one job of their choice.
Removed (again, with no promotion or relegation -- it's no longer considered important enough to be a Mog Bonanza prize):
The Shinryu bodies
The Tinnin (L4 ZNM) Staff
The (regular) Dynamis Lord Shadow Mantle and Ring
The Novio Earring, available indirectly from Jailer of Love
and the Pandemonium Key, which allows access to the PW fight
In their place:
Arise and Meteor, the two Voidwatch-exclusive 99 spells
Their value has gone down so precipitously, how are they considered on the same level as the Cat's Eye, even if the latter is non-cashable?
The five Neo Nyzul Isle bodies at Floor 100.
Ahh, so a legitimate player might actually see one this millenium? *cough*
This increases the skill rate gain on crafting by a factor of about 25%. Extremely sought-after item, as a result. Only available through high-level fishing.
Provenance Watcher (Voidwatch finale) melee headpiece drop. DEF: 47 Attack +5% and +12 to STR, DEX, INT, MND, and VIT
Provenance Watcher mage headpiece drop. DEF: 37 INT, MND, and CHR +15 Emnity -6, Magic Accuracy +10, Enhances "Fast Cast"
And, apparently again, at least one more piece of currently-unattainable gear which was added in December of 2012:
99 Mage Body Piece. DEF: 55 INT and MND +10 Magic Accuracy and Magic Attack Bonus +8 Increases magic burst damage and adds a Refresh effect.
Probably a melee Neo Nyzul piece here.
Rank 1: A five-digit number is selected, and it must match a number on one of your marbles to win a Grand Prize
Gil pool is 23% of all sales. 2011 Grand Prize gil was about 98,500,000 gil.
Ebisu Fishing Rod (completed)
Any 10,000 Ancient Currency piece.
This prize is USELESS at Rank 1. This should now be a Rank 2, if it's offered at all.
Why? Unless there is about a 30-50% decrease in the number of marbles bought, the gil alone is a better buy here. Not to mention some of the rest of the prizes on Rank 1. Like these next three:
Mog Bonanza Kupons RW, MW, and EW
I'll save you the bother. If you win Rank 1, you can take your choice of any Relic, Mythic, or Empyrean Weapon in the game, advanced to the level 90 level increase. (The Ochain and Daurdabla were listed, but it wasn't clear as to whether those would be at level 90.)
Now do you see why the 10K currencies are now useless? Why get a 10K currency when you can get the whole weapon, and advanced to level 90?
Pandemonium Warden and Absolute Virtue Kupon choice sets
In their place:
The top prize in Dynamis. Arch Dynamis Lord's sword. Level 90 WAR/PLD/RDM/BRD/DRG/COR/DNC DMG: 56 Delay: 218 HP and MP +75 STR and VIT +15 Enhances resistance to Terror and gives the additional effect of stealing positive buffs off anything it hits.
Probably a Mythic or Empyrean here.
But, on balance, what a bunch of meh! You'd almost have been better waiting til May and tossing some Adoulin stuff in here!!