Quests in Final Fantasy 15 Explained

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Quests in Final Fantasy are separated into two categories: main story quests and side quests. Side quests are even categorized further down into three types: hunting quests, regional quests, and only-for-fun. Main story quests involve around the story progression on Noctis, how he reclaims back his throne, and fulfill his destiny.

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.


Side quests like hunting quests, on the other hand, do not relate much to the game story but gives player additional rewards. Regional quests are quest lines specified to certain places and locations. Only-for-fun quests do not give anything but fun to do.

From time to time during the story progression, a player is given 2-4 choices in a conversation. Although choosing any choice eventually leads to a similar conclusion, it comes with different rewards, mostly AP or EXP. Over 200 side quests are available in Final Fantasy XV. Completing the game perfectly can easily take more than 200 hours of playtime.

Main Quest

Final Fantasy XV has 16 chapters in total with many main quests in each. Main quests focus on Noctis’ destiny and his responsibility as the sole heir of the Lucis Kingdom.

According to Hajime Tabata, the first half of the game revolves around Noctis finding 13 royal arms hidden all around the Eos. Gameplay is like an open-world where a player can journey and make an exploration in anyway they want.

The second part of the game is more linear that a player is required to follow specific steps to help Noctis take back his homeland from an invasion of Niflheim and save the world from falling into the complete darkness.

Main quest locations and destination are marked with a red exclamation mark on a map. They can be completed one after another right away without any condition. It is possible to focus alone on the main quests and complete the game story without even having to do a single side quest. The game director claimed that main quest rewards alone are enough for character progression.

It should normally take around 40+ hours to complete the game story.

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Hunting Quest

Hunting quests, marked by a yellow monsterish icon on a map, are additional sources of income helping a player to have enough gil for purchasing necessary healing items and equipment. They work like a monster hunt where a player needs to hunt down certain monsters and claim for rewards.

A list of monsters with rewards, including gil and item, and requirements can be found in any Diner NPC (Noctis and his party can eat here for additional food buffs as well) . Each NPC provides different monster lists. And each monster has different conditions. Some can be found all days and nights, some only during the day, and some only at night. The amount of rewarded gil decreases significantly when hunting the same monster for the second time.

A monster-hunting poster is another way of accepting a hunting quest. It can be found everywhere during the road trip. However, only one monster hunting quest can be accepted at a time.

Each monster also requires specific monster hunting ranks starting from one to ten. Completing a hunting quest for the first time rewards a hunting rank(s). When hunting ranks reached certain amount, more difficult hunting quests can be accepted.

Considering it is a great resource of Gil and experience for leveling, a player should check a hunting quest the same time they have the map updated from the diner NPC. Some monster location is located pretty close to the main quest destination making completing two quests within the same time highly possible.

It is not necessary to accept the same hunt twice unless its location is, again, near the main quest destination.

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Hunting quests can be accepted at the diner.

Regional Quest

At present, not much information is revealed on a regional quest. What we have known so far is that this type of quest is different based on specific NPCs in each region. Weapon upgrade from Cid is an example of the regional quest.

Cid is located in Hammerhead. He is a friend of King Regis as well as his personal car mechanic. Cid is also the same person who repairs Regalia for Noctis and his party. From time to time, a player can upgrade a weapon with him by finding certain upgrading materials.

Regional quest is expected to provide an additional story to the main story quest as well. It should be about the whole events happened in Eos, Noctis’ relationship with other characters, the game background story, and more.

Since there seem to be different types of quest in the regional quest, it should come with different rewards. Some provides an upgraded weapon, some might be materials to customize Regalia, and some might be gear and so on.

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Only-For-Fun Quest

This type of quest literately does not give anything. It does not provide any legit reward or story, but only for an entertainment purpose. The only-for-fun quests include fishing, chocobo racing, mini-games, and more.

Betty / November 10, 2016 / Guide

Final Fantasy XV Guide to Ascension and AP System

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After the announce of the delay back in August, Final Fantasy developer team has been releasing new video footages to fans continuously showing game development, stories, combat system, and more. This time in Pax West, a new video was released talking about one of prominent features we want to know the most, the skill progression.

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You can read my review here.

Final Fantasy fans actually have a glimpse of “Ascension” system before from the 50-minute gameplay but still have no idea much about it. This time Hajime Tabata and his team explained further what it is about. Weapon, magic, and battle styles were discussed here as well.

Character Progression through AP

Skills system in Final Fantasy XV can be progressed under “Ascension” in the main menu. It is pretty similar to “Sphere Grid” system in Final Fantasy X. Each skill node is unlocked with AP point which can be earned by levelling up, conversation and complete specific objectives during combat.

Gaining AP through levelling is pretty straightforward. For a conversation, sometimes if a player answers something during conversation, either with other NPCs or buddies, AP will be rewarded. For completing objectives, some combat have additional adjectives such as performing something 3 times. AP is given if a player succeeds it.

AP points are shared to all 4 characters. If a player currently has 59 AP points, it does not mean that he has 59 points for Noctis, 59 for Gladiolus, and so on. These points need to be spent between all four characters.

If one player invests too much in Noctis’ skill, it can result in other members not being skilful enough in tern of what they have equipped. This might create a further problem later in the game.

A freedom in FFXV character progression is one of the charms in this game.

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Active and Passive Skills

Since Final Fantasy XV is an action game, there are both active and passive abilities. For example, passive ability can be about spending 24 AP to equip two accessories which active skill is about dodging in midair by pressing “X” or performing an airstep. There’s even a skill node to do an airstep unlimitedly in battle with the cost of MP.

Libra, locking on to an enemy while in cover and scan for weaknesses, is another example. Some enemies, a player need to use an advanced level of Libra called “Enhanced Libra” to scan for weaknesses. Damage can be boosted based on enemy weaknesses as well. This creates more depth to gameplay combat.

In addition, each person in the four party members has their own specific skill tree. Gladiolus, for example, is a shield of the party. He can activate “Equip Shield” allowing him to equip a shield for his secondary weapon. Without this skill, Gladiolus is unable to wear a shield.

Ignis, on the other hand, has a skill to analyse enemies’ weaknesses called “Libra”.

The skill system displayed in the Pax West 2016 is still under development. The final stage might be different.

Skill Nodes

There are several categories of these skill nodes that a player can activate making that character to be good at different thing. Some character can be a heavy hitter, another might be good at magic, some is a hybrid, and more. The developer team is improving the skill system to make it easier for a player to predict what kind of characters they are building.

Character progression can be done in anyway a player want. Some might want to play strategically by planning everything up ahead. Some might want to only focus on action. Because of this, they are many way to play Final Fantasy XV. It is recommended to activate skills that will support each player playstyle the most. Each style has pros and cons.

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Weapon and Upgrade Options

Equipment is another important part of combat gameplay in Final Fantasy XV. It is under “Gear” menu. As mentioned earlier, some secondary weapon requires a certain skill. If a player wants to equip a shield for Gladious, the skill to equip shield need to be activated first.

Noctis can be an exception since he can equip almost all of the available weapons in the game.

Weapons in Final Fantasy can be upgraded as well. It indicates by a “yellow plus sign”. If any weapon has it, it is upgradeable. Machinery weapons such as a “Bio Blaster” or an “Auto Crossbow” can be upgraded as well.

Throughout the main story, a player needs to collect royal arms, a powerful weapon only available to the king of Lucis bloodline. It consumes MP when attacks.

Since a lot of weapons will be available later in the game, royal arms included, there is no need to stick only a single weapon. It is better to collect all of them and try to equip the one that suit to a player’s battle style the most.

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Warp Strike

Warp Strike is a core part in FFXV combat allowing Noctis to freely warp instantly to various locations with amount of MP consumption. To execute, a player need to simply press a “Y” button (in XBox) and warp there to attack an enemy. Warp out can be performed in a similar manner. This makes the combat in Final Fantasy XV really fun.

One thing to keep in mind is a player cannot keep warp striking continuously without stop. It causes a player to quickly run out of MP and in a “Statis” mode.

Warp strike attack will be different based on a weapon that is currently equipped.

Battle Styles and Magic

There are many battle styles Final Fantasy. This includes “showing off”. A player can invest skill nodes having multiple visual effects. For example, one skill allows a player to creating a character shade when dodge successfully making it very flashy.

There’s a caster style as well by focusing on magic. Magic can be crafted through “Magic” in a main menu by combining elemental energies: fire, ice, and lightning together can create a hybrid magic. Moreover, a player can fuse elemental energies with an item to create an addition effect. For example, mixing magic with a potion is resulted in a heal cast. Some effect includes a “Tri-Cast” by casting magic three times.

Each magic has different effects based on environment and it should be equipped in a weapon slot the same way as other weapons.

The full interview can be seen below:

Betty / October 3, 2016 / Gameplay