First, I'm Azury Ariella of Wutai if you have any questions.
Hey everyone, I've been busy trying to take every job to 20 lately, and in the process I've managed to discover the most efficient + fastest way to get from 1-20 under the new SP system. Note that i'm phys 50 and it may take a bit longer if your physical level is low.
If you want to have fun (instead of being efficient) please try my old guide which is only updated on zam. It still works to 20: Old Guide
This new guide is PURELY for efficiency, and allows you to push any job to 20 within 1 day. Please search Azury Ariella on Wutai for proof of this in my history. I realize its more like 27 hours than 24 hours but i did sleep inbetween for 8 hours and i AFK a lot.
To save you time heres an example from my history:
dec - 16: archer rank 5 @ 1:50 am est
dec - 16: archer rank 10 @ 2:40 am est
Sleep for like 8 hours
dec - 16: archer rank 15 @ 5:56 pm est
AFK a bunch
dec -17: archer rank 20 @ 4:20 am est
total approx time with sleep + afk = 27 hours.
Also this game is -broken-. People who say that its not broken are delusional. This guide + my history proove you can get to 20 in a day under the new system. And i have yet to see anyone post a viable party set up or mob to solo that beats coblyns. Just compare my original guide with all its variation to this new guide.
Levels 1 - 10: Gridania
Kill star marmot and funguar right outside of the city. Just chain them non stop. If you have a healing ability use it to avoid ever having to rest. Personally I like bloodbath, but any ability will be fine :p.
Reason: Gridania is dead compared to other zones, there are LOTS of mobs, and they go down -easily-.
Levels 1 - 10: Ul'Dah
Kill doblyn and marmots by camp black brush. The best camp is the hill -right- by blackbrush. It has like 30 mobs on it and can have 2 ppl killing non stop before respawn becomes a problem.
Levels 9 - 20: Gridania: camp Emerald Moss
Kill thistletail marmots. There are about 5 different camps with a ton of them. Just kill them -non stop-. If you have multiple hp-regen moves use them all. You should be able to chain like 5-10 in a row before needing to sit and heal for 20 seconds. I usually just find one camp, clear it out, afk for 15min, come back, clear it out again, etc.
Reason: Many people say to start coblyns at this point but i find that they don't respawn fast enough and as such are considerable slower to SP on.
Levels 18 - 20: Gridania: camp Emerald Moss
Kill young opo-opo's. There's a nice camp for them right near the hyrstmill hamlet. I still found marmots faster but if there is competition this is the place to be.
Levels 20 - 50:
COBLYNS. Nothing else. If you're going to solo, solo coblyns. Simple as that. Enjoy a month of grinding on the exact same mobs. They are seriously the only efficient mob to solo grind on, and parties seem to be slower. Use YG and search coblyn for a reference to their locations and levels and such.
Teaming up 20 - 50: If you -really- want to party you're only 2 real options are behests and leves. However from many people I have talked to, soloing coblyns are still considerably faster.
Thank you, Good luck on your adventures. If you have any suggestions for alternative places to SP or strategies to level in parties, please post them.