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.
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.
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.
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.
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.