With a mere month or so to go for Final Fantasy XIV and its upcoming Shadowbringers expansion, there’s a mad rush going on. A rush by all Final Fantasy XIV players to level up jobs to 70, complete unlocks and prepare themselves the best they can for this summer’s blockbuster. Final Fantasy XIV’s popularity has increased this past year, what will all the MMORPG coverage its been getting. Not to mention, Square Enix’s masterful use of fan festivals and marketing has done much to bring in fresh players to the game. If you are one of them, we’re here to help. If you’re looking to get to the level cap of 70 and prepare for Shadowbringers, here’s what you need to know.
Is Leveling Fast?
The answer is now, barring a few exceptions. As a new player to Final Fantasy XIV, the most important thing you need to do is to complete main story quests. These are abbreviated to MSQ’s from here on out. MSQ’s are important from the beginning of A Realm Reborn right up until current content. Why? Because almost all significant gameplay unlocks such as mounts, dungeons and more are gated behind completion of Final Fantasy XIV’s MSQs. There are about 144 MSQ’s in the base game that you need to complete before you get to Heavensward, the first expansion. This is sufficient to get you to level 50 an beyond. This is a slow process generally that will take you just over a week to reach if casually playing 3-4 hours per day. Remember the mention of exceptions? That would be if you pre-ordered the Shadowbringers expansion and received that 30% XP earring. That will help speed things up. Furthermore, making a new character on one of the preferred worlds also has a buff that significantly speeds up leveling, so it can be done sooner that a week.
Should I Skip Side Quests?
In the ARR base game, there are hundreds of side quests that fleshes out the game world. These are side stories that often time adds flavor that has nothing generally to do with MSQ. They also offer less XP rewards, so you should skip them if you’re in a rush to get to 70 and to the end of Stormblood. Saving side quests is also a good idea if you plan to level other Jobs down the line, and these skipped quests can be revisited for XP farms as MSQs are not repeatable.
What Should I Do Besides MSQ
This is perhaps the most important bit. Just following the MSQ from A Realm Reborn, to the Heavensward per-requisites and to the Heavensward expansion isn’t enough to get you past the line in terms of XP. Especially in the two expansions, you’ll find that there’s a level requirement gap that jumps suddenly and now you have to look around for other means of XP. To mitigate you facing this issue, here are some general tips with priority taking a higher place on the list:
- Duty Roulette: Do them every day, and there are four of them (Level appropriate dungeons, Leveling, Trials and Main Scenario) and each offers a damn good chunk of XP.
- Palace of the Dead: Unlock this piece of content and run it between Duty breaks or when you’ve done them all.
- Participate in FATES: This content on the world scales and is also a good way to level you companion which has benefits for solo players that are new to Final Fantasy XIV.
- Eat food: Certain consumables like food offers a 3% XP bonus that will help during gaming sessions where you’re killing things.
Is There No Simpler and Quicker Way?
There is, but it’ll cost you both money and more importantly, rob you of the enjoyment of an immersive story-line, especially for the Hevensward expansion. On the Mogstation, players can purchase an optional MSQ skip potion that gets rid of the base game content and Heavensward expansion in one go for about 15 Euros. You’ll still need to start and finish the Stormblood expansion plus the Shadowbringers prerequisites, but this potion cuts the time in half than doing it without. At the end of the day ask yourself: do you mind missing the best part of the game, which is the story content or not? If the answer is no, then swipe that card.