In the Final Fantasy games, a Phoenix Down is an item that you use to revive characters that have died. Also, in the FF games, casting healing spells or using healing items on undead characters actually hurts
them instead of healing them. And since Phoenix Downs instantly bring a character back to life, they have the reverse effect on undead characters: instant death.
vemynal wrote:dont play ffxi, past level 30 it becomes a level grind equivilant to the gear grind in wow at its worst
FFXI's grind is actually about average for an MMO. I think you've just been spoiled by WoW's super easy grinding.
If you think FFXI's grind is bad, go play Lineage II
. Now there's
an MMO with insane grinding!
vemynal wrote:and more then half the time u delevel due to losing 10% of the required exp to get to the next level every time u die.
Actually, it's 8%, and you only lose that much if you go back to your homepoint. If you get a Raise, the amount you lose is considerably less. And even then, in the lower levels, you lose such a small amount of EXP that it can be regained in just two or three fights. And by the time you're high enough level for the EXP loss to actually be substantial, the Raise spells get so powerful that they return almost all of the EXP you lost. And if you're dying more than half the time, you're doing something horribly wrong.
EXP loss upon death is actually very common in MMOs. It's not just FFXI that does it.