Noctis, Prompto, Ignis, and Gladiolus Skills Explained

Each of your party members can have a unique skill. Progression can be seen at the level up screen when you rest at camps or lodgings.

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Cooking

Ignis is your party’s cook. When you make camp at a haven, he can make meals that grant temporary buffs to all allies. Dishes depend on recipes learnt and the ingredients you currently have. Ingredients can be purchased from shops or looted from defeated enemies. They are also scattered across the map as collectibles. You can get recipes by eating new dishes in restaurants or by defeating specific enemy types. Obtaining skill points will increase your cooking skill and you’ll be able to create more powerful dishes.

Leveling up enables the unlocking of new recipes.

Fishing

When you explore Eos, you will discover fishing spots where Noctis can improve his skill. The first spot is found in the opening chapter when you reach Galdin Quay. Fishing is straightforward, you just need to follow the on-screen commands and instructions. Every caught fish gives a specific amount of skill points depending on the school size and rarity. Leveling up increases Noctis’s fishing abilities as well as gear.

Survival

Gladiolus is the man of survival. The more he walks the higher his skill becomes. The skill is easy to level up, because it’s increasing as you explore Eos. This skill affects the amount of items you get at the end of battles regardless of outcome. At early stages the items you get include potions and they are somewhat beneficial, but at later stages of the game these include ingots with high resale value or elixir consumables that are more valuable.

Photography

Prompto is the party’s photographer. Every photo taken increases his skill which gradually unlocks the abilities to take selfies. Pictures can be viewed while resting at camps or lodgings.

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Betty / December 8, 2016 / Guide

Royal Arms and Where to Find Them

Royal Arms are the powerful weapons from the previous King of Lucis. There are 13 known Royal Arms in the game hidden in the Royal Tombs. Royal Arms play a significant part in the Final Fantasy XV series and involve in many game main story quests.

Royal Arms can be equipped by only Noctis granting him the power of the past king. In compensation to their great power, they consume the wielder life force, HP in this case. Once the third Royal Arms, the Sword of the Wanderer, is unlocked, Noctis acquires a new combat mechanic, his ultimate Armiger ability.

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Some Royal Arms can be found completely outside of the main story quests in the open world. They are mostly located in the deepest part of the dungeon.

Here’s a list of all available Royal Arms with their locations.

Name Stats Location
Sword of the Wise Attack 194
HP +100
Vitality +30
Magic +30
Spirit +30
Main story quest “Legacy” in Chapter 2
Axe of the Conqueror Attack 483
Strength +60
Vitality +80
Main story quest “Legacy” in Chapter 2
Greatsword of the Tall Attack 518
Health +200
Spirit -30
Fire resistance -40%
Ice resistance -40%
Lightning resistance -40%
Dark resistance -40%
Costlemark Tower dungeon, at least level 50 party is recommended
Swords of the Wanderer 153 Attack
Vitality +50
Spirit +50
Main story quest “Sword in the Waterfall” in Chapter 2
Mace of The Fierce 334 Attack
Health +300
Shot resistance -50%
Rock of Ravatogh dungeon, at least level 30 party is recommended
Blade of the Mystic Attack 396
Health +150
Vitality +30
Dark resistance +20%
Main story quest  “The Archaean” in Chapter 4
Scepter of the Pious Attack 237
Magic +150
Dark resistance +50%
Malmalam Thicket dungeon, at least level 30 party is recommended
Bow of the Clever Attack 203
Magic +80
Shot resistance +50%
Balouve Mines dungeon, at least level 50 party is recommended
Star of the Rogue Attack 177
Fire resistance +20%
Ice resistance +20%
Lightning resistance +20%
Myrlwood dungeon, at least level 30 party is recommended
Shield of the Just Attack 251
Health +500
MP +50
Strength -100
Vitality +100
Fire resistance +10%
Ice resistance +10%
Lightning resistance +10%
Dark resistance +10%
Shot resistance +10%
Thommels Glade, slightly west of the Disc
Katana of The Warrior Attack 361
Spirit +100
Fire resistance +25%
Ice resistance +25%
Lightning resistance +25%
Dark resistance -50%
Main story quest “Hand of the King” in Chapter 10
Trident of the Oracle Attack 388
MP +60
Main story quest “Breath of the Glacian” in Chapter 12
Sword of the Father Attack 144
Strength +100
Magic +100
Main story quest almost at the end of the game.

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Betty / December 3, 2016 / Guide

Recommended Side Quests in FFXV

Final Fantasy XV regularly gives you the chance to explore the big and beautiful world of Eos to your heart content. During the journey, you will find a lot of people who are in need of help (marked by the yellow question mark in the world map). Simply talk to them to trigger the side quest.

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Although side quests are a good way to gain EXP, Gil, items, story, and character progression, they are totally optional. It is possible to complete the game without completing even a single side quest. Also, there is no limitation of how many side quests you can accept.

There are over 200 side quests available in Final Fantasy XV. Completing all of them can easily take more than 100 hours of gameplay.

Dave

Dave is the hunter you meet in Chapter 1. Being a hunter, he tends to travel all over the world, and your mission is to find and give him a dog tag. Rewards from completing Dave’s quests are EXP and healing items.

Cid

Cid is a master of mechanic who can do all kinds of mechanical work from repairing Regalia to upgrading your weapons. He usually stays at the Hammerhead. Bring him material and he will upgrade your weapons without any cost.

Cindy

Cindy is your personal car mechanic. In addition to repairing and customizing the Regalia, she will ask you to bring her components to upgrade Regalia from wax to engine, and even beam light.

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Dino

You meet Dino in Chapter 1 in Galdin Quay. He is a jeweler and regularly asks you to bring him stones. Completing his side quests rewards you with EXP and accessories.

Sania

Sania is a biologist who is travelling around the Kingdom of Lucis to find all rare and exotic species. You will first meet her in Coernix Station. Her quests are about catching frogs and finding animal part. Sania quests provide a great amount of EXP with accessories. Totally recommend for leveling.

Navyth

Navyth is a very kind fisherman who gives you fishing equipment just for being his fisherman’ friend and catching a rare fish with him. He first can be found in Duecae. Navyth quest rewards are all related to fishing gear.

Wiz

Wiz is the owner of the Wiz Chocobo Post. His side quests are available after helping him with the deadeye Behemoth problem. Wiz loves the Chocobo to his heart and regularly asks you to help the wild Chocobo.

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Vyx

Vyx is a fat journalist who is staying in Lestallum. Vyx side quests are about taking photos on many important locations over the Eos from the Disc to the Royal Tomb, and even the Imperial Army bases. Vyx quests provide a good amount of EXP with tons of Gil.

Lestallum Vendors

These vendors in Lestallum usually have a problem with their stock. Sometimes they delivery vans get attacked by monsters, they need new supplies, or their contacts with hunters are lost. Helping them on these problems and they will decrease their price in return.

Holly

You will meet Holly in Chapter 8. She works in a power plant and regularly needs a helping hand on the power related task. Her side quests involve fixing pipes, pylon, and lights. Assisting Holly rewards a good amount of EXP and Gil.

Friends

In addition, sometimes your friends, including Prompto, Gladiolus, Ignis, Iris, and even a cat give you a quest as well such as helping Ignis on the the pilgrimage, finding the best cup noodle with Gladiolus, planting carrots with Iris, cooking a food for a cat, and more.

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Gladiolus is having the moment of his life with a cup noodle.

Rescue

During your journey in the Kingdom of Lucis, there are many people who are in danger and need your help. In this type of side quests, your main assignment is to rescue them either by locating and healing them with a potion. Quest reward is normally a small amount of EXP and Gil

Broken Cars

Similar to the rescue quests, some people are very unfortunate that their car become broken during their roadtrip. You can help them buy giving a car repair tool which can be bought from any shop in the gas station. Quest rewards are normally a small amount of EXP and Gil

Scraps of Mystery

This is considered as a hidden quest in Final Fantasy XV. To trigger the quest, you need to find 14 mystery papers hidden over all the Eos. Each paper leads to a different scrap of mystery. After finding all 14 scraps, the quest will take you to a treasure spot with great rewards

Photo Ops

Since Prompto is a party personal photographer, he loves to keep all memory during the roadtrip with his camera as much as possible. Whenever the party passes scenery locations, he will ask permission from Noctis to go there and take a picture with everyone.

Tour

While resting in some locations, mostly camping havens, one of the Noctis friend will ask him to do a special assignment in the morning such as running with Gladiolus, cooking with Ignis, and taking a photo with Prompto. This type of quest does not give EXP nor Gil but 20 AP points instead.

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Character Progression with Ascension Grid and Ability Points

Noctis and his buddies’ combat capability can be improved through spending ability points (AP) on the Ascension grid located under “Ascension” menu. The grid comprises of interconnected ability nodes which are further separated into 7 categories including Stats, Combat, Techniques, Teamwork, Magic, Recovery, and Exploration.

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When the ability node is unlocked, it becomes instantly active giving the permanent ability to the characters right away. Each ability requires a different amount of ability points. Mostly, an early ability requires a few amounts of AP and it needs a lot more once the grid moves further.

Players have a full freedom to unlock any ability nodes they wish. They can fully focus on a combat grid and improve Noctis combat ability alone. Or they can work on improving characters’ base stats, magic, or even spending points on an exploration grid for an additional way to gain AP from certain activities such as fishing.

Each build has its own pros and cons. Before investing in any ability, it is better to make sure that it is suitable for your play style. Although there are so many ways to get AP, a player is always in need of it.

Five Ways to Gain AP

AP can be acquired in mainly five ways: completing quests, leveling up, having the right answer in an interactive conversation, finishing an enemy with a specific attack, and successfully completing certain objectives in battles.

Completing quests and leveling up are quite straightforward. As soon as you finish certain quests, mostly the main quests, or leveling up while resting, a certain amount of AP is rewarded. They are the two steadiest ways to obtain ability points.

The interactive conversation is quite optional. Regularly, a player is required to select a specific dialogue answer. Choosing the right one rewards with AP or EXP. However, without a guide, there’s no way to know what the reward behind each answer is.

Finishing enemies with specific moves, including blindside attack, counter, and warp-striking give an additional ability point as a bonus. This method is the fastest way to get AP in FFXV so far. However, a player needs to know when to precisely finishing an enemy with one of these moves. A recommended strategy is to always look at the overall situation and swiftly execute the move before Noctis’ friends kill it, rather than focusing on a single enemy.

In some battles, especially in an early game, there are special missions that normally comes in a form of successfully execute this move x times. Completing them provide additional APs

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Betty / November 28, 2016 / Guide

Guide to Mastering Combat in FFXV and Their Mechanics

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Weapon Switching

Noctis can equip 4 different types of weapon at the same time and switch it freely during a fight. Since each weapon in Final Fantasy XV is suitable to different situations and enemies, it is significant to change it on the fly and use the right weapon against the right enemy based on your circumstances.

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Combos and Finisher

Pressing an attack button once leads to a single attack. Held or pressed several times triggers a combo attack and ends with a powerful flow dealing significant damage to enemies.

Combo attacks are available both on ground and in the air based on currently equipped weapons. A lance is great at aerial combos while the greatsword is good at AOE ground attacks.

Aerial attacks are very useful against a gigantic or flying enemy. Locking on an enemy is important while executing aerial combos. Warp-striking is an effective method to initiate aerial attacks. Aerial combos can be extended though certain abilities in an ascension grid.

While Noctis is in an animation of attacking, a player cannot cancel that attack and command him to do other things, including switching weapon, dodge, guard, and so on. So, be careful to only execute combos while an enemy is truly vulnerable.

If a combo is stopped in the middle for whatever reasons, a player can execute a finisher attack, which is another form of a powerful blow. To execute the attack, a player needs to press an attack button while Noctis is taking a step backward and disappearing his weapon.

Critical Hits

Any normal attacks, including combos, has an opportunity to strike a critical hit, dealing additional damage to enemies. Some weapon has a buff to increase critical hits chance.

Parry and Counter

Parry and counter are a key to mastering the combat in Final Fantasy XV. They can completely negate enemies’ attack while striking it back at the same time.

If any attack can be parried, an on-screen instructions will appear. When a defense button is pressed at the right time, Noctis parrys that attack leaving his foe to be vulnerable for a counterattack.

A counterattack normally deals 1.5x times damage and has a chance to trigger a link attack with any nearby partner, if he’s about to attack the same target.

Timing is a key to parry. If a defense button is pressed too quick or too slow, the attack will hit Noctis, even though holding the the button. The best time to parry is when the enemy is about to landing its attack.

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Stealth Attacks

The red threat meter on the top of the screen appears when a player is about to be detected by enemies. Different enemies reach differently. Some might detect you faster or slower than the others. Normally, the enemies during an early game has a slow response whereas those in the late game can almost instantly attack a player.

As long as Noctis moves to a different direction as a monster’s, he remains stealth, performs a back attack, and even executes a one-hit kill.

Some humanoid enemies in a certain missions can be eliminated immediately though a warp-strike. The only condition to execute this assassination is to remain silence and attack an enemy stealthily.

Warping and Warp-Striking

Noctis can immediately teleport to any direction and destination he throws his weapon. Warping is a key combat mechanic to both dodge an enemy attack, and then attack it a second later. Holding the warp button while facing a warpable location, Noctic will immediately teleport to it and instantly replenish his MP.

Warping to a locked-on enemy can execute a “warp-strike”. It is a great way to initiate an attack. Warp-strike damage is based on a warping distance, the farer the greater. Additionally, it has a chance to stagger an enemy leaving them vulnerable.

However, it is not recommended to spam warping for two main reasons. First, warping greatly depletes MP and quickly leaving Noctis in a MP burst stage where he cannot restore his MP nor performing any moves that used MP. Second, warping can make Noctis too far away from his buddies leaving him a sole target to foes.
Warp-striking is also a great way to finish an enemy since it rewards an additional MP as a bonus.

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Blindside Attack

Attacking an enemy from behind triggers a blindside attack. It deals a critical hit with a chance to perform a link attack with any nearby buddy. The total damage of blindside combining a link attack is several time higher than a normal attack.

Blindside is especially useful when facing a big yet slow enemy. Simply move around and attack it from behind. This trick both deals significant damage to an enemy and avoids its fatal attack at the same time.

Break

Some enemy’s part can be “break” by a certain attack indicated by a reticle. To break an enemy, lock on to it, move around, and attack at the “breakable” spot”. Doing so triggers different result based on each enemy. Mostly, it leads them into a negative and vulnerable stage.

Technique Attacks

Technique is a special attack executed by Noctis’ buddies, both permanent and guest members. Each technique has different usage and effects. For example, Gladiolus’ first technique, Tempest, can hit several enemies at once within his greatsword range while Ignis’s Mark allowing Noctis to attack all enemies at once one after another.

A technique attack can be used once a technique bar on the left of the screen is full. There are 3 gauges on the bar and each technique attack requires different amount of gauge. The tech bar refills continuously during the battle . As it is reset at the end of each fight, a player should not hesitate to utilize the technique once it becomes available.

Technique attacks can be triggered by pressing the L1/LB button, and then using the direction pad for choosing technique. Normally, the up directional button is for Ignis, left for Prompto, right for Gladiolus, and down for a guest party member.

More technique attacks can be unlocked from the technique tree (APs required) under the ascension grid.

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Armiger Ability

Armiger Ability is unlocked in Chapter 3 after Noctis acquires the Swords of the Wanderer, one of the royal arms. After obtaining the weapon, a new Armiger gauge appears in the bottom-left corner. It is filled overtime during the combat through attacking and defending.

When the gauge is full, press R1+L1 together to execute the Armiger ability, aka Noctis’ Limit Breaks. Upon activating the ability, Noctis’ stats will be increased significantly and completely changes his weapons to all available royal arms. The so called Limit Breaks stop when the gauge is empty.

Wait Mode

Wait mode is designed to help a player having a struggle in the game new real-time combat system or being in a pinch situation where the exact command is required. Upon activating the mode, everything will be immediately paused allowing a player to calmly analyze the battle and accurately command what to do next, including using an item, execute the technique attack, casting magic spells, and so on.

In addition, Noctis/Ignis can analysis enemy information, including weaknesses and strengths, through Libra. The ability is available once unlocked from the ascension grid.

Easy Difficulty

For a new player who really has a trouble dealing with enemies, an easy mode difficulty is available through the Pause Menu >> Difficulty. Activating the easy difficulty decreases enemies’ strengths as well as giving you more time in the wait mode.

Damage and Element

There are two types of damage in Final Fantasy XV: physical and magical. Physical damage mainly comes from weapon whereas the magical damage is from spells.

By making the combat more surreal and complex, there are also five elements in the game: fire, ice, lightning, dark, and ballistic. By default, elemental magic is elemental while ring magic is non-elemental. Weapons can be both: some deals non-elemental damage while some is imbued by an element such as a fire sword, an ice spear, and so on.

Certain enemies have weakness and resistant to different weapons. Some resists to a sword yet weak to a spear or vice versa. Enemy’s weaknesses are indicated by 3 different colors from the number of attack damage: white for neutral, orange for bonus damage, and purpose for decreased damage.

To find out enemy’s strengths and weaknesses, simply activate the wait mode and execute Libra. In order to slay an enemy as fast as possible, using the right weapon and element is necessary.

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Betty / November 26, 2016 / Guide