9 Final Fantasy XIV starter tips I learned by obnoxiously asking questions

Part of the… fun? tradition? experience? of playing a new MMO to you is learning the ins and outs of its systems, particularly what makes it different from the rest of the crowd. My FFXIV guild has been really patient in explaining all of the little quirks that this game throws at you (in some ways, FFXIV is traditional MMO down to its core, but every so often you hit a system or feature that’s downright strange and new).

In the interest of sharing information, here are a few tips that have been helpful to me:

  1. Leave most side quests for alts; the MSQ/fates/leves/dungeons should be enough to level up first job.
  2. Dyemongers in the cities sell some (but not all) dyes for outfits which can be used at lower levels to create uniform-looking wardrobes. That’s the best we can get until the glamour system at level 50.
  3. First time through each guildhest awards a nice chunk of XP per class.
  4. Adjust UI to show all bags at once and target percentage, among other things.
  5. Set your free port to Limsa Lominsa as the ferry offers free trips to the Mist later on.
  6. This guide will help keep you on track, especially with side features/missions that you didn’t know existed.
  7. Type /busy as soon as you log in to avoid gold spam whispers
  8. No, there is no on-screen FPS counter that you can activate. Guess that’s what FRAPS is for.
  9. There really isn’t much personal customization of your build aside from what few cross-class abilities you choose. Everyone pretty much dumps their bonus points in the same main stat for that job/class.

3 thoughts on “9 Final Fantasy XIV starter tips I learned by obnoxiously asking questions

  1. Miskav February 9, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    As for point 8: You can see FPS if you have “System settings” open. It’s in the top right of the system settings window.

  2. pkudude99 February 9, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    Well, he did say “on screen” fps counter…. 😉

    IMO #1 is bass-ackwards. You get a massive xp boost for your alt-jobs hat your highest job doesn’t get, so IMO do all the quests on the main job to help it level, then the alt-jobs get the xp bonus on the FATEs, leves, and dungeon runs for the most efficient leveling of them. But on the 1st play through, do it all and experience it all!

    #5 is only relevant if your FC has a house in Mist 😉 That said, setting Limsa as your free one and then using the aetheryte to go to Arcanist’s Guild, then ferry to Vesper Bay takes a LOT of running out of the MSQ.

    And for #9, there’s really no customization at all — even the cross-class abilities are pretty much cookie cutter too, since only 3-4 of the possible 5 are generally useful.

  3. Miskav February 10, 2016 / 9:07 am

    Oh god the whole Limsa -> Vesper Bay thing. Before I figured that out I had Horizon as my favored destination, I can still run from Horizon to Vesper Bay with my eyes closed.

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