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

Combat Guide Based on 50 Minutes Gameplay

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Instead of September 30, Final Fantasy has postponed to November 26, 2016. In compensation for this bad news, the developer team released a new 50 minutes gameplay video showing all important systems especially on the gameplay of the game. This article is going to talk about everything we learned so far from this new gameplay footage.

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The video started with the backstory of Noctis and his friends escaping from a gigantic monster who set everything on fire. Then, it quickly swapped to chapter one that prince Noctis is on his way to meet his bride-to-be, Lady Lunafreya at Altissia, capital of Accordo. After that, all important gameplay are gradually displayed.

Here’re what we have learn from the video:

Main Menu

Main menu is a key part of Final Fantasy XV where you can take a look at all current status of your characters such as current HP/MP, attack, defense, EXP, and more. Gil, AP points, and the total number of playtime are also displayed here. In addition, you can literately control everything from here. There are 8 sub menus inside as followings:

Map – Show map of the current area. It can locate outposts and other points of interest. Areas you visit and objects you encounter as well as quest destination will be automatically added to the map. It can be updated by talking to tipsters at diners, and new points of interest in surrounding areas will be automatically added to the map.

5 sub menus can be found inside the map: return to rest point, return to car, call car, tow car, and return to entrance.

main menu

Quests – Check the list of all undertaken quests, both in progress and completed, and select a destination to display on the map. It is still unconfirmed how many side quests you can take at once though.

Gear – Equip weapons, accessories, outfits and techniques to all characters. Noctis can equip up to four weapons at the same time, while his friends can only equip two. Noctis and his friends’ outfits can be changed based on their attire. They can wear black jacket, military uniform, or even sport attires.

There are 13 types of weapon in FFXV: sword, greatsword, polearm, dagger, handgun, shield, machinery, royal arms, fire, thunder, blizzard, summon, but the last one is still unknown.

Ascension – Assigning AP (Ability Points) to all characters. AP is the game abilities system such as Libra (lock on to an enemy while in cover to scan for weaknesses), Accessory Slot (equip two accessories), Phase (automatically evade attacks while holding down square), and a lot more.

AP can be earned by leveling up, completing quests, strategic ops, and even by impressing friends in conversation.

Skills – Still do not sure what is it about since the game hasn’t shown it yet.

Magic – Craft spells using the elemental energy you have collects, then equip magic flasks to use them in the field. Magic can be equipped though “Gear” menu as well.

Items – Shows all items in possession

Photograph – Shows all photograph taken by Prompto

Item

Item can be purchased at a various shops or NPC inside the game. An NPC inside the diner is going to be your main supplier. Recovery items, cooking ingredient, and more can be purchased here. Recovery items are quite similar to the previous installments: potion to recover HP, elixir to recover HP and MP, Phoenix Down to revise a fallen character, and an antidote to cure status alignment.

However, the only different is that potion now restores half of HP, instead of a slight exact amount of HP. Hi-Potion can store full HP. And elixir is not a rare item anymore. It can be purchased from an NPC but restores only half of HP and MP. You need to use Hi-Elixir for full HP and MP.

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Purchasing items from an NPC at the diner

Quests

There are mainly two types of quests in Final Fantasy XV: main quests and side quests.

Main Quest – It’s a primary way to progress the game story. It will begin after Noctis have a conversation with a certain character marked with a red icon. Sometimes during the conversation, a player is able to decide the flow of conversation eg when Noctis talked to Cindy in an early game regarding the Regalia, a player had 3 choices to question Cindy which are to ask for a discount, ask for a loan, and ask Noctis’ friends. The conversation that impresses an NPC will be rewarded with Ability Point.

The main quest will be always marked in red for both icon and quest title in the mini map. And after you completed it, a certain NPC, mostly a quest giver, will contact and tell you what to do next.

Side Quest – It’s an optional quests received from various. It comes with different rewards for example, hunting quest gives gil and exp, weapon upgrading quests give a more powerful weapon, and so on.

Hunting quest can be received from an NPC at the diner. The NPC will tell you available monsters in a hunting list with recommended level and rewards. Complete hunts to earn starts and increase your hunter rank. Increasing the rank will allow you to undertake more challenging hunts.

After accepting the quest, it will mark with different colors based on quest types. Hunting quest will be marked with yellow, blue for weapon upgrade, and so on.

Elemental Magic

Unlike previous installments, a player now requires to collect magic ingredient called “elemental energy” in order to case elemental magic such as fire, blizzard, and thunder. The energy can be absorbed from deposits found near havens (camping areas) and in other places around Eos. Some enemies also drop elemental magic as well.

After obtaining some amounts of elemental energy, a player needs to craft spells under “Magic Menu” and then equip magic flasks in order to use it during combat. Each magic flask gives different abilities as well based on components. For example, combining fire energy with a potion can cast a fire magic dealing damage to enemies and healing allies at the same time. The amount of damage is based on numbers of energy used in the spell craft.

It is recommended to always equip a magic flask. A proper combination of fire magic can deal a maximum damage at 9999 easily even in an early game making it becomes very useful when dealing with hordes of enemies or a difficult boss.

elemental magic harvest

Camping and Cooking

Camping at havens is the only way to get all EXP counted up from the day as well as getting a status-boosting meal. Ignis uses ingredients to prepare meals at camp. Each recipe requires different ingredients and provides different buffs.

For example, an open-faced breakfast sandwich, increasing attack by 30, requires two Gighee hams and two birdbeast eggs while Veggie Medley Stew, increasing attack by 20 and maximum HP by 150, requiring each of funguar, sheep milk, and laiden potato. Food buff only lasts for a day.

As soon as you acquire cooking ingredients necessary for a new recipe, Ignis’ will learn how to do it automatically. There are mainly four ways to obtain cooking ingredients: monster drops, loots, fishing, and buying from an NPC.

One thing to remember is that a player will not level up without camping and risk to encounter a difficult beast at night. For example, a level-30 iron giant can appear at night even in an early game.

cooking menu

Fishing

Fishing is Noctis’ specialty. There are four things you need for fishing: Line, Lure, Rod, and Reel. Different line provides different durability. Different lure is suitable for a different fish. Rod and reel are for attack and defense.

To begin fishing, go to a fishing spot and press “x”. As soon as a fish bite a hook, immediately move L stick to a designated direction. Then, try to reel it in without breaking tension of the line.

fishing

Regalia

Regalia is a main transportation in Final Fantasy XV. It will take the band of bros from places to places. When the game progress to some point, it can be modified into an airship. Noctis can drive it himself (manual drive) or ask Ignis to do the job (automatic drive). However, Ignis will not drive at night when the demons are out.

To start the automatic driving mode, select a destination from the list of locations and Ignis will drive there using the shortest route. Locations can be a parking spot, quest location, and any point in the map. When choosing a location, the game will tell you how long it takes to reach there.

When the driving starts, you can see a new icon showing how close you are to the destination. And when Noctis pass a specific location, he will talk to his friends about it. Driving seems to be limited than what we expect since we can only drive on the road.

regalia

Chocobo

A player should be able to ride a chocobo in Chapter 2 at the Chocobo Post after defeating the dead eye, the one-eye behemoth from the Episode Duscae. Chocobo can be customized by color and medal. A player can use seeds and fruits found in the wild to create dyes to change chocobo’s color.

Medals can be obtained by winning a chocobo race. It is only a decorative item which does not give any buff.

A chocobo can run, glide, and even swim. It is possible that there will be areas that are only accessibly by riding a chocobo at a later point of the game.

white chocobo

Noctis is riding a white chocobo

Royal Arms

Royal arms are mystical weapons embodying the power of the rulers of old and only eligible for the king bloodline, Noctis. These weapons are incredibly powerful but cost MP to wield. There are thirteen known royal arms each located at a royal tomb.

Noctis can easily get the first royal arm after meeting Cor. It is quite difficult to get the rest since most royal tombs are all abandoned and full of traps and monsters. Sadly, we still do not see the power of these weapons from the gameplay video.

royal arms - sword of the wise

Combat

Combat from the gameplay video isn’t that much different than in the past. See this article for more information.

Betty / August 22, 2016 / Combat

Expected Available Mini Games in FF15

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When it comes to the world of Final Fantasy, there are more games and mini games around than anyone could deal with. From Chocobos and card games, down to digging for treasure or player versus player battle, the Final Fantasy series has continued to reinvent itself by breaking up the monotony of the main game with mini games galore.

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While there is still no confirmation of what will be in the next title in the series, Final Fantasy XV is set to have at least a few of the video games we have come to know and love. Expect some of the following mini games in the next Final Fantasy series.

Justice Monsters Pinball

While little is actually known about the game itself, it almost appears that this will be a mini game available to play in the actual title. It appears that Noctis and company will not only be able to kick back and play this form of pinball, but it also appears that Justice Monsters five is a mini version of an RPG in itself. With Chocobos, bosses, and spells all possibly making the jump into the game as well, this could be something fun for all of the players to incorporate into their own game.

Whether Noctis and friends actually spend a considerable amount of time playing Justice Monsters, whether it is a central part of the game, or whether you can even earn prizes and gil as in previous titles all remain to be seen. One thing is certain, however, and that is you can take a pitstop and play the mini game so long as it is included in the final version. The trailers do appear to have it though, so who knows?

justice monster pinball

Chocobo Spotting

It may be a little bit difficult to know exactly what they are doing and how much they will be involved in the game itself, but there has been some footage leaked that shows Noctis and his company moving about and exploring the world. While this might not be an actual mini game and could just be part of the exploration and travel of the game itself, having open world chocobos seems to be a breath of fresh air for the series.

With the traditional chocobo ability of running and sprinting, you have an easy method of travel. Throw in the jumping, gliding, and even what appears to be drifting while running at top speeds, and you can fairly easily see why these chocobos will be some added fun in Final Fantasy XV.

Fishing Galore

What better way to take it easy when you are in the middle of a national war then to to have a nice and relaxing hobby like fishing? Noctis apparently is going to be able to have a reel and rod in hand and hopefully catch some fish in the process. There are questions as to whether or not other prizes can be caught or if you will just be able to use the fish to eat, but in either case there is more than enough excitement to be able to play something that hasn’t been seen for a few titles in the Final Fantasy series.

ffxv monster hunts

Card Games Anyone?

While there is yet to be any photographic evidence from a gameplay point of view when it comes to playing cards, there have been some pieces of artwork that point out Noctis and his band of merry men holding and throwing cards around. Could it be a return to prior games like Tetra Master or Triple Triad? Or, could this just be a jfun image meant to have gamers guessing? The fact is this type of mini game continues to fit in well within the Final Fantasy series, and anything you can do in order to collect cards and have countless battles along the way also seems realstic even if it isn’t going to be included in the Final Fanntasy series.

Hunting Beasts

Some players and fans may not consider this a “minigame,” but there is reason to be excited about the fun that is tracking down your foes and picking them off. As with hunts in prior versions of the Final Fantasy series, there is big gil offered as a reward if you can slay any of the beasts. However, you also need to consider the bigger that the reward is, the tougher the foe will be to even take them down in the first place. Keep this in mind before hunting down some of the biggest baddies.

ffxv monster hunts

As news continues to come out, there will possibly be even more evidence about the mini games and everything else that will also be included in the next installment of the Final Fantasy series. Even if they don’t add any more, there certainly seems to be more than enough games to keep you distracted.

Betty / July 5, 2016 / Gameplay