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You need to level up?

Ok so some of you are new, some of you are returning after a long hiatus. Whatever the situation here are some very basic, basics to keep in mind.

Always have food with you. Yes, crafted food is a good thing. Even if it is a crafted boiled egg. The reason being, 3% additional experience provided during a dungeon run, or even killing things in the open areas. Later you will use that food in conjunction with the exp buff to add additional buffs to your abilities. ie: Crit/ vitality ect.

If under level 30, to the the Novice hall. After gaining basic info upon completion you wil be awarded a "Brand new Ring". This ring will provide you 30% for jobs level 30 or BELOW. ALSO, when you are running roulettes and are lucky enough to be stuck in a dungeon like say TOTO RAW D:<. All is good, slide that bad boy on for a Sweet 30% additional gain of exp killing things! Unfortunately it only works for war/magic ; (
*Pre ordering certain expansions would provide a item: Earing to 50 exp buff OR new Shadowbringers expansion purchase earing provides exp buff to level 70

If you enter a dungeon with a Player with the "crown" that participates in the "mentor system" you will recieve a bonus of 20% from level 1 to level 20.
This SHOULD stack with food exp/ FC buff/ ect.
**Foot note...should also stack with Crafting items for exp buff and gathering. Have not confirmed recently but will update if not accurate.

IF you belong to an "Free" Company Ask them to please intiate: Heat of battle II this will provide an additional percentage of experience for quite a few hours! If they say no, unless emotionally attached to the group promptly LEAVE. An FC should be helpful, courteous, and provide SOME perceived value.

There are various items from pre-sales, Mog station Glam clothing, to refering friends that also provide experience. I'm going to side step all that and focus on what YOU can acquire in-game to level up organically.

Challenge log: I CAN NOT stress enough the importance of the challenge log. Gil / GC seals/ and Experince in nice chucks for simply completing certain "tasks".
(*The challenge log can be unlocked by completing the level 15 quest Rising to the Challenge, available from I'tolwann in Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (X:11, Y:10).

Ok so Boring and sometimes you run into people LESS than desired. BUT, you also meet really GREAT people, acquire some really great instance experience, gain gear for leveling, or gear for turning in to your gc for seals.
IF you happen to be a tank you will receive MORE gil and sometimes a cluster for materia (you will learn more what materia is later in the game) if you happen to be the "adventure in need".

Leveling: unlocks after a few dungeon so keep your eye out. Also you acquire a TON of experience!

50/60: meh experience but good to run just to remind yourself of mechanics

Normal raids: Meh experience, questionable whether or not everyone will follow basic mechanics. up2U

Trials: Exp is okish, but TYPICALLY these are fast & easy. Typically...always the odd ball where it sucks.

Allied Raid: GREAT EXP! Lonnnngg wait, long instance but well worth it. Just make sure you have unlocked Ct/ St/ Wod. ( Labyrinth of The Ancients "CT" /Syrcus Tower "ST"/ The World of Darkness "wod". To unlock CT to begin the quest string is:
"Legacy of Allag" Giver: Outlandish Man Mor Dhona
Follow this quest until All three are completed.
UPDATE 4/2019 this has been streamlined VERY MUCH! No reason not to complete this. MUCH quicker to complete all the necessary requirements!

Main Story Quest Roulette: INCREDIBLE EXP! Must MUST do once you have completed this part of the main story line. This is your bread and butter exp gains. NOW, be warned, this is a LONG string of pointless cutscenes that are NOT skippable. BUT, again the exp is great. Later the tomes are not too bad either. But yea, grab a snack, or tab alt to youtube, get comfy you are in for a long boring instance.


Hunts provide a nice chuck of exp, and HUNT seals that will help with free teleports and other nice features. Check your "Hunt log" prior to level 50 for hunts and the experience gained.
Talk with your GC to initiate hunts at lv50.
Talk with Aytienne Foundation Lv60. Clan hunts
Talk with Estrild in Shiokaze Hostelry to unlock the next stage AFTER unlocking the B rank hunt at Foundation.

Palace of the Dead: Levels 1-60. Long, grind that takes you through multiple floors. As you progress and reach level 50 inside your experience gain is far more impressive. Although I recommend this as a means to an end, I'd personally ONLY use this as a supplemental use when all roulettes are completed, challenge log is done, and you want to get a little more experience to get that level you are so close to.

Heaven on High: The FOLLOW up to palace of the dead only for levels 60-70. More of the same, but at least slightly more engaging mobs to kill. Slightly.

Grand Company Squadron Missions: This allow you and 3 of your NPC crew to aimlessly kill things. I found the exp to be meh, but you'll need FIVE different dungeons ran AND sucessfully compelted to rank up your GC rank so might as well get them over with while earning some exp!

And of course, spam the dungeon that is AT your level, or CLOSEST to your level to be on par with max experience gained.
eg: You are level 57, well then time to spam a Level 57 Dungeon. That dungeon being every healers favorite "The Vault".

BEAST TRIBE DAILY QUEST: ( Thank you Mahdi for reminding me of this method )
LV 50 Beast Tribes Include:

-Amalj'aa Daily Quests:
Begin the quest by talking to Swift in Ul'dah - Steps of Nald.
Also Great way to farm Lower Level Crit/Det Materia and some crafting ores

-Kobold Daily Quests:
start the quest in Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (X:12,Y:12)

-Sahagin Daily Quests
start the quest in Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (X:13,Y:12).

-Sylph Daily Quests
start the quest by talking to Vorsaile Heuloix in New Gridania (x9,y11).

-Ixali Daily Quests
To unlock Ixali Daily Quests, talk to Scarlet in New Gridania (x9,y11) to begin the quest titled A Bad Bladder. Players must have previously completed the quest In Pursuit of the Past.
NOW this Tribe is PRIMARLY an excellent method for leveling Crafters, it does involve SOME combat experience here and there.

LV 60 Beast Tribe:
Vath Daily Quests
players must complete level 50 quest The Naming of Vath. Players can start the quest in by speaking to Vath Storyteller in The Dravanian Forelands (x24,y20).

Vanu Vanu Daily Quests
To unlock Vanu Vanu Daily Quests, players must complete the level 50 quest Three Beaks to the Wind. Players can start the quest in Ok' Zundu by speaking to Sonu Vanu (x11,y14)

LV 70 Beast Tribe:
Kojin Daily Quests
Unlocked in Isari (X:6.8 Y:13.3).

Ananta Daily Quests
unlocked in The Fringes (X:30.2 Y:25.7) by completing the quest Brooding Broodmother.

Few Notes on Beast Tribes:
-There is a daily allowance of beast tribes you can perform, be mindful of them.
-If you begin a beast tribe quest from another tribe you will be locked from begining another Tribe's quest until you have competed all prior tribe's quest.
-Each tribe offers a mount for purchase after you have leveled up your Rep to Max!
-A few beast Tribes will also offer to Max levels a limited "Dance Emote" only acquired through them.
-Many tribes offer items from their vendors that can assist you crafting/ desynth purposes/selling

That concludes Leveling up, please let me know if I missed any other methods...which I'm certain I did. I should really be working, the plus side is I've looked REALLY busy while typing this :D

As an addition, here is a quasi Helpful link for all that are BRAND NEW to the game. This will assist with things to keep an eye out for! And just to clarify, this is based upon your Main Story Quest LEVEL, not your current level!!! (eg: Character level is 22 gladiator but you are on story level 14)

*edit 2/8/19 wanted ephasis to each catogory for easy viewing Along with add Mentor 20% buff from levels 1-20
*edit 4/25/19: Ty to Mahdi for reminding me of Beast Tribes Exp. Also Added Startup quest chain for Ct/ ST/WOD has been streamlined!

Kommentare (23)

Annabel Ashcroft

Faerie [Aether]

Nice guide Lolo

As someone currently leveling Rogue, I agree with much of what you said.

Early leveling though, you forgot the hunting logs, they are super good at the under 50 levels to bump up your exp. Of course, leveling roulette is king. I went up 15 levels in 2 days because of roulettes and dungeon running

Also, the squadron dungeons are actually REALLY good running them with low level characters. You get full dungeon exp from everything when doing them and all the goodies for yourself.

Cenric Asher

Famfrit [Primal]

This is a fantastic list of info! I'm still learning certain things, but honestly I got a friend into FFXIV and she's literally doing free trial run/first MMO/going in mostly blind. This might be really helpful for her!

Lolo Menehune

Siren [Aether]

I'm very happy you both find this useful : )
The Hunting log is a very fruitful method Anna, both starting out and close to max level. The plus side also being hunt seals which can then be traded in for seeds to grow to color your chicken's feathers, land speed boost in arr areas, retainer credits, and the big one TELEPORTING tickets.
Cenric if you ever have any question please do not hesitate to ask!

I'm hoping all of our silent readers can

Lolo Menehune

Siren [Aether]

opps..hit the send button too quickls D:
I'm hoping all of our silent readers can pick out at least a few things that they find helpful, or maybe they forgot about.

Cenric Asher

Famfrit [Primal]

:D Thanks Lolo! Really appreciate it a ton. Right now I've been super lucky, the times I wasn't on point with my rotation/strategy as BLM people have explained how to fix it. Get the sense things will shift when I hit Heavensward though. I'm level sixty atm and haven't gotten ley lines yet because haven't been able to access the next job quests. Mainly I just want to make sure that within being limited to the PS4 controller hotbar I don't become deadweight in dungeons lol.

Lolo Menehune

Siren [Aether]

Cenric, the fact you even CARE to improve is commendable and refreshing! As long as you are enthusiastic toward improvement you will never be dead weight.

Niyaz Epocan

Cactuar [Aether]

Wow this is great! I am not entirely new to FFXIV but it's good to get a refresher of what should be done when coming back after a break. Very nicely collected info!

Yoru Kuro

Phoenix [Light]

Lolo, good post :)
As Annabel said, the bestiary is one source of exp that is missing. Nevertheless it is complete and well detailed ^^

Not very useful for me though xD but good to have a refresher for the next expension ^^

Lolo Menehune

Siren [Aether]

Thank you all for the kind words ^_^
Just in case it was not seen! Under Honorable mentions

Hunts provide a nice chuck of exp, and HUNT seals that will help with free teleports and other nice features. Check your "Hunt log" prior to level 50 for hunts and the experience gained.

Talk with your GC to initiate hunts at lv50.
Talk with Aytienne Foundation Lv60. Clan hunts
Talk with Estrild in Shiokaze Hostelry to unlock the next stage AFTER unlocking the B rank hunt at Foundation.

Tifka Stormmoon

Siren [Aether]

Field Company? And here I thought it was Free Company all this time XD

I didn't realize where that ring came from. My wife lost hers, so now I can instruct her where to get it again.

Vidette Swiftbolt

Raiden [Light]

I wish gaining xp from mobs in the open world was also an option. Lots of resources just roaming around.. and some mobs probably have never been seen.

Lolo Menehune

Siren [Aether]

LOL Tifka, changed the wording to FREE company :D Thank you catching that :P

Lolo Menehune

Siren [Aether]

Emeralda, it kinda is..if you count Fates. Now in stormblood you have the bonus EXP area fates that can be somewhat viable. I'd only use this as an option if you are a solo type player, need GC seals and have the patience of Mother Teresa. The plus side is, some big fates yeild achievements or "items" as reward for full credit.

Kahori Harukawa

Coeurl [Crystal]

Most of you new/returning players will realize that we have a new MSQ Patch coming up. Don't worry about this if you're nowhere close to that. Focus on the work you can do and work your way through the Main Scenario, as all of us, at some point, will have to be a WoD. So just enjoy the journey!

Lolo Menehune

Siren [Aether]

I was asked how good is the road to 60 and can it be combined with any of the above items/methods.
The answer is absolutely! Keeping in mind, the ring is only valid up until level 30, and the buff until level 60. But still, food buffs, roultettes, are AMAZING.

Lolo Menehune

Siren [Aether]

Edited 2/8/19 to add Mentor exp buff of 20 % that stackes with food buff/ fc Buff from levels 1-20 in dungeons/open field killing/
Also added headers to each category.

Mahdi Draaken

Faerie [Aether]

dont forget beast tribes!
ARR ones til 50
HW ones from 50-60
and the SB from 60-70

great daily xp as well!

Lolo Menehune

Siren [Aether]

Ahh yes Mahdi thank you! I'm trying to keep it updated.

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas [Aether]

Damn Lolo, if only you had posted this a week earlier! I already finished playing my lowbie alt on Tonberry, haha. Good job still!

Lolo Menehune

Siren [Aether]

Thank you Siglinde : ) I'm updating it as much as possible!

Esper Eidolon

Diabolos [Crystal]

A bit of an off shot but their are also leve quests up to 60. They’re not great but help for crafting and gathering still I think?

Lolo Menehune

Siren [Aether]

I thought about that, and consider it too Espy but am a little bit hesitant recommending them. Although you are very correct you can gather some experience from them I'd rather gently nudge other's to use their levels toward crafting or gathering!
Aside for:
Spawning an S rank
Using them to complete challenge logs for a healthy amount of EXP. ( true benefit )
Achieve the title "Lord Protector" / "Lady Protector"
Some Gil via the leve itself, items sold from chests.
Procure items for HW Relic

Vanilla Nuttap

Leviathan [Primal]

Love the guide. Thanks for sharing it!
P.S. Nice hair do. ;-)
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