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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is the much more successful re-launch of FFXIV. I have been playing it quite a bit lately, and in my opinion it is the most entertaining MMORPG to come out in quite some time.If you are thinking about picking up the game (which I highly recommend), I will be posting some tutorials and guides over time in between my Starcraft2 and Diablo3 posts, starting with this FFXIV leveling guide.
The first thing to mention is that in Final Fantasy XIV, you can level up every class with a single character. There are currently 8 main classes in game: Gladiator, Pugilist, Marauder, Lancer, Archer, Conjurer, Thaumaturge, and Arcanist. These are the 8 classes which you can currently level up. Advanced classes like the Monk and Bard share levels with their parent class (Pugilist and Archer in this case) so if you have a 50 Archer, you unlock Bard just by doing a quest.
It is important to make this distinction because different leveling paths are recommended for different characters. You will have to level more than one class in FFXIV – not only do the advanced jobs require multiple classes as a prerequisite, but you can also use up to 5 select abilities from other classes when using your main class.
Methods for Earning Experience Points in Final Fantasy XIV ARR
Grinding: Grinding refers to killing enemy monsters for experience points. “Experience Chains” do exist in FFXIV – each time you kill an enemy at your level or higher, if you kill another one within a short amount of time, you get bonus experience points. The higher the chain goes, the more experience points you earn, but the shorter the time between kills. Chains cap out when there is only 10 seconds on the timer after a new enemy kill. Solo grinding is not very effective past level 10 in FFXIV, but grinding does work in part
Questing: Quests provide experience points much like in other MMORPGs, similar to WoW. Additionally, there are Levequests which provide experience points and are somewhat akin to daily quests.
Dungeons: In FFXIV, there are a variety of 4-man dungeons spread throughout the levels that you can complete for experience points. Most dungeons are unlocked by completing the main story line quest, although Nedrick Ironheart in Vesper Bay and Sibold in Ul’dah will unlock a few more dungeons you can access while leveling.
Guildhest: In the Duty Finder, you will find something known as a “Guildhest”. Guildhests are essentially short instanced fights which result in experience points and gil upon completion. There are 2 Guildhests available every 5 levels starting at level 10 and ending at level 40, but you have to complete all available Guildhests to unlock the next tier, regardless of current level.
FATEs: Full Action Timed Events, or FATEs, are dynamic world quests that spawn constantly throughout the game world. They are marked on the map zone wide for whatever zone you are currently in and are denoted by a pink emblem. FATEs provide a massive experience points reward upon completion, so they are a favorite for players looking to level up quickly. FATEs also provide seals for your Grand Company, which you can use for a variety of rewards and to increase your rank. You can also trade in 10,000 seals to reset a given class’s attribute points, so save up!
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