Final Fantasy 15 Leveling Strategy

Final Fantasy XV has finally come out and it is delivering on the kind of exciting new story and game play elements that have become the standard for this long-lasting and popular series. The reviews have been glowing and fans are falling in love with the game once again.

Learn how to unlock all secrets and hidden stories with this Final Fantasy XV Strategy Guide by Killer Guides. Complete walk-through, step-by-step levelling strategies, character progressions, combat tricks, side quests, hidden items, gear, gil making, and more are included in this detailed manual.

You can read my review here.

As always, Square has shaken things up a little bit with this release. They’ve added a cool new day and night cycle and the ability to camp and hang out with your party members. The new system that they’ve implemented for leveling is perhaps the biggest change. You will still gain experience points for fighting monsters and doing missions. The types of experience points you earn will vary depending on the monster.

However, the experience points for leveling will be calculated until you rest your party by camping or spending a little gold in a hotel. We’ll take a look at which of these experiences is the best and how to maximize them for the quickest leveling.

Understanding Day and Night Cycle

The use of the day and night cycle promises a unique experience for this game. Each cycle will be about one hour of real world time. Players are free to explore as much as they want during the day, riding in the car, attacking monsters, and gaining gold. Night is different and somewhat relevant to the night/day change seen in games like Minecraft or even as far back as Simon’s Quest.

Camping during the night will protect you from excessively powerful creatures and also give you time to rest and progress your characters. As a result, there’s no more 24-hour a day seven-days-a-week grinding in the Final Fantasy series.

Instead, you have to rest your character to keep them well-prepared for the demands of the game. Without regular sleep, your character will start to lose stats and abilities.

And, as mentioned above, you don’t really earn your experience points until you rest.

Now camping in the haven is the least expensive way to gain experience points. It costs you no money and lets you have fun with your party sitting around the campfire, cooking, and interacting.

Ignis, your driver and chef, will prepare these delicious meals. Some will increase your HP, buff your status, and offer other bonuses. Ignis will also increase their cooking skills over time to create better food.

Although camping is a major feature for this series, it isn’t the best way to increase your levels. Staying in a hotel could gain you an experience multiplier which will boost your levels quickly. For example, staying in a caravan boosts your experience by 1.2 times while a typical motel boosts it by 1.5 times. The luxurios one at Galdin Quay will boost your experience by two times, though it costs 10,000 gil.

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Early Game

As there’s no way that you can get that kind of gil so early in the game, your best bet is to stay at the caravan for 1.2 times boost and get the 1.2 times boost. Staying here costs only 30 gil and you can get a good food at the Hammerhead at a very cheap price as well.

This option is your best bet because it will allow you not only the chance to boost your experience quickly, but to also save up money for better weapons. The boost is a big deal even early in the game, either, as the basic monsters will only give you a small amount of experience points compared to monsters later in the game.

Mid-Game

Since the mid-game, you have more change to experience the fun of camping, as you won’t have a chance to stay at the hotel/caravan much. Camping also gives Ignis time to become a better cook for when diner’s meals are becoming very expensive yet provide bad buffs. It is better to save up gil later in the game to invest in both great weapons and healing items.

Once you’re regularly beating monsters that drop heavy levels of experience points and completing several quests, you can then head over to the hotel and enjoy 1.5x exp bonus.

Post-game Content

For the post-game content, staying at Galdin Quay and get the double-experience points bonus once in a while is a good idea. That time you won’t need much gil anymore and this will give you the kind of boosts you need later in the game, as the experience points you’ll have collected will be large enough to make that expensive stay at the inn worth it.

All of this experience grinding will also make you a better Final Fantasy XV player. This will make it easier for you to have fun with the game and to explore its many areas in an engaging way. Clearly, the leveling system for this game promises an interesting experience that will challenge fans of the series.

galdin quay hotel

Betty / December 2, 2016 / Leveling

Leveling Strategy in an Early Game

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When you are looking to jump into the next Final Fantasy installment, Final Fantasy XV, then you have to be ready to hit the ground running. After all, while the graphics may be fun and exciting, and you might even have an enjoyable time just wandering around and exploring, you also need to get your party leveled up as soon as possible.

Learn how to unlock all secrets and hidden stories with this Final Fantasy XV Strategy Guide by Killer Guides. Complete walk-through, step-by-step levelling strategies, character progressions, combat tricks, side quests, hidden items, gear, gil making, and more are included in this detailed manual.

You can read my review here.

While little is still known about how the title will flow itself, there is absolutely a few things you need to start doing with respect to your character and the rest of the party. Make sure you think about the following before you even start playing and then follow this path to move forward.

Here are leveling tips for an early game:

Training is Significant

While there is a side way of leveling up early, the important thing to remember is that it only benefits Noctis. He will gain 1,000 experience each duel that he has with Gladiolus, but you need to weigh the pro’s and the con’s with respect to the rest of your team not getting any experience as well. Still, it might be worth it just to get the initial training down and there isn’t much downside other possibly being inefficient with your leveling.

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You have a chance to train with Gladiolus since an early game. Make sure to do it.

Camping Near Ausace Habem

By camping right at Ausace Haven you can start the grinding process of not only picking off simpler enemies, but you can also make sure you are figuring out all of the controls. You will already get tremendous experience right off of the bat, but by eating roast stew early on you can increase your experience thanks to the bonus.

Circle The Lake

If you wait for the Magitek Soliders and the pack of wild Garulas to attack, then you can pick up some significant experience as well as gain some logistical information about the way that battles work. There will be some specific changes to combat but there will also be some familiarity. The battles you see running along the lake won’t be terribly hard, but they will keep you on your toes in order to get experience with the battle system so you will need to learn how to go through the combat system instead of just smashing easy kills.

Head To The Chocobo Outpost

The next few levels you should spend some time trying to head towards Chocobo Outpost. When it comes to attacking the Mesminer near the wall you should use the phantom sword mode. Be careful with the Mesminer at first, but you should be able to attack and take it down in a relatively short period of time. After getting enough experience with the Mesminer, continue onward to the Chocobo Outpost and keep taking out any of the Garulas you come into contact with.

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Be Sure To Sleep

The key to this process is jumping into the trailer and then catching up on your Z’s. Noctis and company will not only need to rest just due to health, but the way that the day and night cycles work your characters need to sleep in order to actually combine all experience and level up your bro band. The worst thing you can do is try to avoid getting rest when you need it in the initial grinding because your health and abilities just aren’t strong enough to take chances. Getting rest isn’t just important, but it ensures easier run through of the previous process.

At the end of the day if you do follow this simple leveling guide you should be able to net significant amounts of experience and get you up to speed quickly. It may take a little bit of time to get this run through down pat, but you will be more than able to start significantly racking up experience points and getting your characters leveled up in no time at all. The one point to note is that you can’t gather your experience up unless you go camping, so for as much as you earn you will still need to have Noctis rest up in order to level up. And continue an open world exploration next morning.

New Combat System

When it comes down to it, every Final Fantasy game is similar. The plots and stories are unique but follow the same path. Names and places are paid homage to in each chapter and installment of Final Fantasy. Even some of the monsters will wind up having the same names and attributes. However, despite the similarities on the surface, you also need to be prepared to learn the differences or else you can wind up biting off more than you can chew really fast.

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This might seem like it’s too easy of a task for many players, but when you consider the fact that brand new real-time combat features have been added with new skills to use while fighting. Final Fantasy XV has bought in the feature of having real time monsters and enemies available in front of you which has been used in the previous installments. This means you can have a much more exciting game feel and not have to deal with the loading screens such as with some of the titles in the past.

However, you will also have the ability to use real-time combat, something that has not been seen so far in a final fantasy series. When you push buttons and select spells, that’s what happens. The point is you absolutely don’t want to go after someone so strong that it will just discourage you. Some features include the hard lock on mode (which should be able to be accomplished by pressing R1, then R3).

Betty / August 5, 2016 / Leveling

FFXV Guide to Camping and Cooking

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Perhaps in response to the widespread fan backlash against Final Fantasy XIII’s linearity, recent Final Fantasy XV trailers have put a heavy emphasis on just how much the game allows you to explore the world. From driving along scenic paths with friends to eating out at trendy restaurants, the game screams road trip — albeit a road trip populated by massive monsters that loom large against lush environments. It is only natural, then, that Tabata and his team decided to use one of the staples of road trips as a new gameplay mechanic: camping.

Learn how to unlock all secrets and hidden stories with this Final Fantasy XV Strategy Guide by Killer Guides. Complete walk-through, step-by-step levelling strategies, character progressions, combat tricks, side quests, hidden items, gear, gil making, and more are included in this detailed manual.

You can read my review here.

Details of this mechanic remained vague for quite some time, but a recent question and answer segment at the Jump Festa 2015 stage event shed some fascinating light onto the subject at hand.

Final Fantasy XV features a prominent day/night cycle, with each in-game day coming and going in approximately one hour of real time. During the day, the party can ride in the car or run along the wayside, fighting any monsters that enter their sight as they will. When night approaches, the player is given the option to camp out for the night or suffer the consequences.

Camping

FFXV CampingLike many of the features of Final Fantasy XV, camping in-game takes a lot of inspiration from camping in real life. Just like how staying up for extensive amounts of time can affect humans in the real world, refusing to sleep in Final Fantasy XV will affect your characters’ status in a negative fashion. Any buffs a character might gain from a healthy lifestyle and sleeping cycle, such as increased spirits or a positive attitude, will cease to be applied if they stay up too long. The characters become more alive like this, Tabata explains, and so the player will gain more empathy towards them. The party can also engage in typical campfire activities while camping, such as cooking up a meal with ingredients purchased in towns or salvaged off of wild monsters.

On a more necessary note, camping is the only way for players to use up any experience they might have gained during the day and level up. If a player doesn’t ever take a moment to give Noctis and his friends a quick rest, they’ll find themselves paying the price as their under leveled characters struggle to make ends meet. This is, however, a great mechanic for any savvy players who might want to try out a low-level or challenge run. Options are always welcome in video games, and with the way camping in Final Fantasy XV is shaping up, it looks like the best is yet to come.

Cooking

noctis and his comradesIt’s also revealed that cooking can help the team level up. This might be quite different from what FF vets are used to, and it might sound ridiculous, but it somewhat makes sense. Combat gives you XP points, that’s a given. This time, camping converts your party members’ collective XP into gained levels. This could also mean that your party can be stuck at a specific level over a period of time until you can camp. Meals will be prepared by Ignis, the group’s driver and chef. These meals will give your group replenished HP, status buffs and other bonuses. There will also be a Cooking Level system for Ignis to learn different kinds of meals as the game progresses.

Betty / February 26, 2016 / Feature, Guide, Leveling