With the recent release of FFXIV (Final Fantasy 14) a number of people are looking for help in starting the journey through Eorzea due to the rather steep learning curve of Final Fantasy 14. In this article we aim to cover a few of the basics while providing advice on what guides to look for.
After you have created your new character in FFXIV you will find yourself in Limsa Lominsa, Gridania, or Ul’dah depending on where you chose to begin. After the initial cinematic you will find yourself within the city’s walls with little direction. To begin your true journey you can start the city’s initial tutorial quest which will take you through several areas of the city you chose to start in. While getting around takes some time to get used to, the opening quests are rather straight forward. Many walkthroughs are available for these and can easily be found. The problem arises when you look to continue from that point forward.
The easiest way to level is by completing levequests. You can find levequests at the Adventurers’ Guild in the city you begin in. The opening quest line will bring you right by them.
In Limsa Lominsa you will want to speak to Piralnaut or T’mokkri inside The Drunken Wench.
In Gridania you will want to speak to Gontrant or Tierney inside Carline Canopy.
In Ul’dah you will want to speak to Totonawa or Eustace inside The Quicksand.
You can only complete 8 regional levequests every 36 hours currently. Square is considering lowering this (it was 48 hours during Beta).
The trick to leveling quickly is to pick up as many levequests as possible and going to the related camp to complete them all at once. However, you do not want to forget about the local levequests – this is where you can really level quickly. You can complete as many local levequests as are available which will result in a lot of experience. Often you will receive nearly 6,000 experience per local levequest.
Local levequests are crafting tasks where you must create certain items and deliver them to the NPC noted on the leve. Besides the experience and rewards the best thing about local levequests is that all the materials are provided for you! This means you do not have to waste money leveling your crafting skills or spend countless hours grinding to increase your physical level.
This also means that once you have connected to the other 2 city states you can complete dozens of levequests every 36 hours. Connecting to the other cities is easier than you may think, but you will want a map to guide you there.
After you have made it to about level 13 things become a bit more difficult and this is when you will want a full guide to level efficiently. You can hit the level cap within a couple weeks with the right guides.