Final Fantasy XIV Guide: Leveling Tips

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Leveling up in an MMORPG can be quite daunting, if not taxing. However, in FFXIV, I personally found that it wasn’t the case. Leveling up is actually a lot faster especially if I were to compare it to my experience in World of Warcraft.

Now unlike most MMORPGs (at least to my knowledge) FFXIV allows one character to have the ability to utilize any of the available jobs in the game. However, the levels of each job can differ greatly. So each one has to be grinded individually.

Now there are plenty of ways to do this but take note though as the duty finder only allows one-time daily bonuses to a few selections, so let’s get right down to it.

Duty Roulette: Leveling Dungeons – These are a great way to get a lot of XP in a short amount of time. You basically have to go into queue and wait for others to join you, then you go into a dungeon which gives you a lot of XP by killing mobs but at the cost of time. The sad part is that we have no way of knowing which we’ll end up with as it’s purely random depending on how many dungeons you’ve unlocked through the main story. This also doesn’t include dungeons found in the Duty Roulette: Level 50/60/70. To unlock Duty Roulette: Leveling players must have completed both Sastasha and The Tam-Tara Deepcroft dungeons in A Realm Reborn Main Scenario.

Duty Roulette: Trials – This is most likely the best way and fastest way to level up since it guarantees you fights with the astrals so you only need to beat the boss once then you’re done and get the hefty daily XP bonus. To unlock this all you have to do is overcome 2 of the trials that are in this Duty, like Cape Westwind, The Bowl of Embers (Hard), and many more.

Duty Roulette: Level 50/60/70 – This one guarantees you a normal dungeon route and it’s a random level 50, 60, or 70 dungeons, but it’s a good way to level up. This can only be unlocked though if you’ve unlocked at least 2 of the level 50 dungeons.

Duty Roulette: Main Scenario – This is quite a doozy as it’s a really long one and it doesn’t help your time at all since the cutscenes for these are unskippable. These are basically instances where you go in with a full party as compared to the usual light party. These are made up of the 2 story full party dungeons that happen at the end of the Main Scenario for A Realm Reborn. It is necessary to complete both to unlock this. They can be spammed anytime you want to in order to farm the XP the dungeons have to offer. There a lot of bosses and mobs to go through but you can easily skip some of the mobs if you just want to get through it as quick as possible. Completing this once a day grants you a hell of a lot of XP though so they’re pretty much worth it.

MSQ (Main Scenario Quests) – No matter what, you’ve got to these quest since there’s no way for you to advance to the story, let alone unlock the expansions, dungeons, or raids in FFXIV if you skip these. While troublesome and quite a lot, some are relatively easy but not all is a simple walk in the park. Basically, you’ve just gotta get these over with and watch the cutscenes. However, for what it’s worth, the stories are actually quite good and some scenes may even surprise you.

Fates – These happen real-time on every map of the game. Basically, one small area in the map generates monsters and players have to go in and kill them. For those who are above the Fate level, their levels will be sync in order to make the challenge fair for the players and the system. Doing these grants a quick XP grab and can be done solo, but it’s always best to do it with friends, especially since the world bosses are quite powerful.

Side Quest Grinding – The most basic form of leveling, just seeing any quest that you fancy on taking and doing them for a bit of XP. Keep doing these and you may as well have soaked up all the quest in the land by the time you reach max level. They may not give much in terms of XP but there are a few that hand out rewards that make it convenient for players in one way or another.

And that’s about it for tips on how to level up your characters jobs. It’s really quite convenient and pretty fast once you get used to the system. So happy grinding Warrior of Light (or Darkness).