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#1 Jan 31 2011 at 12:13 PM Rating: Decent
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I know they list crafters, and those that fight mobs as jobs. Never having played the game. I want to both craft and fight. Should I buy a secondary character then? Not sure yet, what I want to be yet, but I do love crafting and fighting? MY daughter will most likely play with me, and she likes caster types. I usually pick a support class like a warrior. They look like they have some very unique and interesting crafting types.
#2 Jan 31 2011 at 12:19 PM Rating: Good
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You can switch classes at will, there is no need for a second char.
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#3 Jan 31 2011 at 12:21 PM Rating: Good
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You certainly can buy another character to craft with if you want, but I haven't. It is pretty easy to play any class with a single character in this game. All you need to do is change the weapon/tool in your main hand to play any class you want.

the official ffxiv website, the lodestone, has a lot of good information to get you started:

http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com






Edited, Jan 31st 2011 1:23pm by Libtech
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#4 Jan 31 2011 at 12:22 PM Rating: Good
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Max on suggestion, its ok to ask more than one question per post. I would come up with a list of all the questions you have for us the community to answer. Its easier than us seeing post after post after post.

To answer your question you only need one character to do everything in the game and play every class. BY levelling multiple classes it improves your talent pool and make grinding physical experience to max level.
#5 Jan 31 2011 at 12:34 PM Rating: Good
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I would advise against buying a second character to craft with - it is better to have all crafts on your main so that you can take advantage of free repairs
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#6 Jan 31 2011 at 12:37 PM Rating: Good
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Thank you for the helpful advice.
#7 Jan 31 2011 at 12:58 PM Rating: Good
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Just so you know, the whole separate craft character was a common thing to see in FFXI. The reason, was because you had limited inventory space, there was a limit of 1 craft past level 60, you had limited AH selling slots, and you didn't have to worry about repairs, not to mention the mailbox system made transferring much easier.

Considering none of that applies anymore, it is hands down a better choice to craft on your main char, I can see virtually no reason to use a second character for it now, especially considering that we will get even more retainers eventually.
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#8cornyboob, Posted: Jan 31 2011 at 2:20 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Yes to hold the stuff you craft to sell it. because crafting requires sub crafts and holding all the mats to skillup and use for recipe's requires more then 300 slots that you get with one character and 2 retainers.
#9 Jan 31 2011 at 3:19 PM Rating: Good
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This parallels the decision to level a secondary character for any reason.

I enjoyed having a Galka SAM and a Taru BLM in FFXI. Having to do Endgame access missions twice was the only major drawback. (Having the extra HP and STR on a Galka melee character was noticable, having the extra MP on the Taru Mage doubly so).

For FFXIV, having just one character seems to work best because:
1.) You can pull abilites from any class you have leveled (such as Cure II for your melee)
2.) Crafting abilites are shared (use Blacksmith abilities while Weaving, etc.)
3.) Gathering abilities are shared. (unlock a Fishing ability and it will be useful while Mining, for Example)

You would end up leveling a few of the classes twice to have multiple characters with everything available that you want. The lack of a mail system is prohibitive to trading between alternates right now. Finding a friend that wants to help you do a trade is the only way currently.
#10 Jan 31 2011 at 4:19 PM Rating: Default
To be honest I will probably end up having three characters. I have State for Alchemy with my stats set to cap INT and provide some Off-Hand boost as well. TO be honest I do not want to ever have to reassign my stats over the corse of a hole day just to opt for a DoW class. Could I pull it off with a DoM? Probably bt then also I would have to reassign a lot to VIT as well. This is just fairly unacceptable.

I would prob end up doing characters that would share strengths... I plan on leveling THM on State so it will still prob be my main since I plan on having high INT/PIE anyway, and can avoid having to waste too much stats on MND since there is ample supply of MP gear, and MP replenishing abilities, but with the need for cross class abilities to opt any job, its a pain to grind on a gimped class when you know your gonna craft so much that reseting stats will hurt your output.

In the end I will prob end up with 3 or 4 characters, and gladly pay for them all.

State Alchemist: ALC/BOT/THM (A INT/PIE build. Although BOT will prob end up on a different character.)
Char #2: LNC/BOT(A STR/VIT/DEX build. And some crafting like bsm/arm/gsm maybe idk.)
Char #3: GLA (Will level a bunch of stuff to opt my class but will end up going a pure VIT/DEX/MND build for def/acc/m.def.)

This will allow me to save time between switching stats around all the time.

(I am actually hoping that they eventually offer some kind of 100% stat reset that you either have to trade an item to be able to do, or pay a fee and maybe only allow it like once every so often.)

Edited, Jan 31st 2011 5:21pm by StateAlchemist2
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#11 Jan 31 2011 at 4:39 PM Rating: Decent
RufuSwho wrote:
This parallels the decision to level a secondary character for any reason.

I enjoyed having a Galka SAM and a Taru BLM in FFXI. Having to do Endgame access missions twice was the only major drawback. (Having the extra HP and STR on a Galka melee character was noticable, having the extra MP on the Taru Mage doubly so).

For FFXIV, having just one character seems to work best because:
1.) You can pull abilites from any class you have leveled (such as Cure II for your melee)
2.) Crafting abilites are shared (use Blacksmith abilities while Weaving, etc.)
3.) Gathering abilities are shared. (unlock a Fishing ability and it will be useful while Mining, for Example)

You would end up leveling a few of the classes twice to have multiple characters with everything available that you want. The lack of a mail system is prohibitive to trading between alternates right now. Finding a friend that wants to help you do a trade is the only way currently.


When i need to mule some items i usually just slap them on my retainer and "buy" them from myself. since theres no tax i'm not losing money and if i want to send that money back i just "buy" and item off the alts retainer for the amount i want to send back.

If trusting people are hard to come by this method can work wonders.
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#12 Jan 31 2011 at 4:55 PM Rating: Good
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I usually only have time to log on and go through my 8 regionals and 8 locals, fix a few things, and browse markets for a few minutes. I can't image also logging into a second character
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