Are you a Final Fantasy fan or a PS3 / PS4 owner, who’s trying out Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn as your first MMO? If you’ve ever tried out games like The Old Republic on PC, I wouldn’t blame you for expecting to feel overwhelmed.
Fortunately, the in-game tutorials are very good, and walk you through almost everything you need to know. But as this popular thread on the official forums shows, because the game is so huge it can be easy for little things to slip by. So here’s an overview of what newbies need to keep in mind as they play FFXIV!
Do the main scenario quests first
This is the main storyline of FFXIV, the part that’s most like playing a single-player Final Fantasy game. Not only does it introduce you to the controls, it’s also the only way to unlock certain features like mounts and the retainer system, which lets you hire an NPC to sell things to other players.
Unlock your class’ job at level 30
As a rule of thumb, level 30 is a good point to run around and catch up on other things you’ve been wanting to try out. This is partly because in order to get the best gear and abilities, you’re going to need to level another class to 15 in order to unlock an advanced job, like White Mage for the Conjurer class.
By that point you should have also unlocked mounts, retainers, and airship travel, and started earning Grand Company seals, just by playing main scenario quests. So why not try out a crafting or gathering class, or …
Take on a few sidequests
While none of them are essential, some of them have rewards worth mentioning, like the kitten and puppy pets and /dance emotes. The “My Feisty Little Chocobo” sidequest in Camp Tranquil is how you unlock the ability to use your chocobo as a battle pet, while other sidequests unlock the ability to dig for treasure maps, send your retainers to gather stuff for you, or get your haircut changed with the aesthetician. So keep an eye out for the exclamation point symbols on the map!
Level a new class the easy way
You’ll have completed most of the main scenario quests at your level by the time you start in on a new class. But you can earn the first-time victory bonus for completing a guildhest once for each of your combat classes, and once you’ve completed them all you can also use the duty roulette for additional bonuses. Levequests currently give the fastest EXP for any class, but around 30 or so you can use the Party Finder to group up for rapid-fire FATE EXP around Costa del Sol if you’re playing a combat class.
Crafting and gathering classes will mostly be doing levequests , but don’t forget to do supply and provisioning quests at your Grand Company HQ. Crafters will want to seek out levequests you can do rapid-fire, and then craft a ton of the object required. Checking off all the entries on your crafting, gathering, or hunting log gives you a large EXP bonus, and food gives a smaller one.
Pay attention to people recruiting for their linkshells or free companies, both in-game and on the forums. A linkshell is like a chat group, and you can be in multiple linkshells at once, but you’re tied to a single free company. Depending on how good they are, you might get EXP bonuses and be able to share their estate.