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#1 Jun 24 2011 at 9:51 PM Rating: Decent
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I will start playing FFXIV soon, and not only me. I think alot of new players need some help, advice or a suggestion to enjoy playing.
I heard about FFXIV world being a bit confuse.
So, what new newbies players should know before playing and inside FFXIV world ?
#2 Jun 24 2011 at 10:29 PM Rating: Default
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Uninstall immediately, then wait for the PS3 release or the charging of subscription fees before reinstalling.
#3 Jun 24 2011 at 11:16 PM Rating: Excellent
Well start by reading the forums - If you can survive that you will probably be able to survive in game. Seriously though read some of the Wiki's that have been made and learn through experience like most of us have done. :) Hope you enjoy.
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#4 Jun 25 2011 at 12:27 AM Rating: Excellent
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Find a good Linkshell.

Until more content is released, this is the most important factor in determining whether or not you will enjoy your time in game.
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#5 Jun 25 2011 at 12:56 AM Rating: Good
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-Find a good linkshell.

-If you start in Limsa or Gridania, make your way to Ul'dah. This is currently the player hub on most servers.

-Do research on the good leves.

-Level Conjurer to 12 for Stoneskin/ShockSpikes/Cure and Thaumaturge to Rank 3 for Sacrifice. These will greatly help your soloing potential early on.

-Keep up to date with storyline. There's a rank quest at 1, 10, 15, 20, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42, and 46. There are also class quests for every class at rank 20, 30, and 36.
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#6 Jun 25 2011 at 1:19 AM Rating: Good
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1. Find a Good Link shell- Highest Priority, friends are what keep me playing this game.

2. Rank up a few key classes. THM to 20 (for Sac2, siphon mp, THM is an incredibly strong class), LNC to 20 (Feint and combat run speed). These can be done relatively fast by ranking up by chaining Horizon Behest. Basically rank up to about r16 by any means you can, which can be done over the course of a day, then do the Horizon behest on the half hour 1200 1230 etc etc. You can get r20 on any combat class using this method, with most people tapering off around r28-30ish at that camp.

3. Start collecting good static/fail leves, if you're going to go this route. Keep in mind though that if you run statics you will be missing out on a lot of things, primarily faction points and class marks, neither of which you can earn by intentionally failing leves for SP boosts. I would recommend not doing static leves for your first r50 combat class, and simply take it easy. However dungeon combat is right around the corner, so powering to r50 does have a lot of merit atm.
#7 Jun 25 2011 at 1:22 AM Rating: Decent
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#8 Jun 25 2011 at 8:25 AM Rating: Decent
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As a fairly new player myself(this is my first post on these forums), I have a question as well. I've been looking feverishly for a way to gain more Guild Marks after completing a guild quest for the Pugilist's Guild and only getting 2,000. I'm told that Guild Marks are leve rewards, but this has never once happened to me. Is there some sort of trick to it?
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#9 Jun 25 2011 at 8:40 AM Rating: Decent
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Nope that's it. Keep checking every city. Make sure when you do see a leve with marks that you boost it with old leves.
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#10 Jun 25 2011 at 8:47 AM Rating: Decent
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RedGalka wrote:
Nope that's it. Keep checking every city. Make sure when you do see a leve with marks that you boost it with old leves.


Every city, really? My character hasn't even left Thanalan yet... like, ever. I suppose what I should be doing instead is grinding, rather than doing levequests.

One more question, if I may(and you've been quite helpful, so thank you). Are the guild mark rewards for the guild that corresponds to whatever class you're currently using, or is it completely random?
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#11 Jun 25 2011 at 8:52 AM Rating: Decent
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If you just follow the roads you'll eventually end in one of the two other cities. You don't have to go there... It's just if you want marks really badly you'll have a higher chance of getting some if you check there too.

The guildmarks are a currency and each class has it's own type. There is a special currency tab in your inventory where you can see all your different marks.

If you want to rank up faster, check out behest. The battlewarden guy that pops up at each leve camp.

Edited, Jun 25th 2011 4:52pm by RedGalka
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#12 Jun 25 2011 at 8:58 AM Rating: Decent
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RedGalka wrote:

If you want to rank up faster, check out behest. The battlewarden guy that pops up at each leve camp.

Edited, Jun 25th 2011 4:52pm by RedGalka


Yeah, I love behests. Those are the most fun part of the game to me.
Thanks for your help. I'll probably start up again on Monday. For what it's worth, I bought this game in May and I love it to pieces.
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#13 Jun 25 2011 at 9:01 AM Rating: Good
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gabrielgb00 wrote:
I heard about FFXIV world being a bit confuse.


Aye, it be... it be.
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#14 Jun 25 2011 at 9:31 AM Rating: Decent
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As previously mentioned,my first recommentations would be to get most of your jobs up to level 10. This will give you a broad base of abilities to create your character with. Level 20 is a big unlock for many jobs (ability/quests). In response to the question about guildmarks - you will only begin to get these as your level approaches 20. The more classes around r20 you have, the more opportunity you will have for guildmarks. If you complete a leve from another region you can trade it in with two stars, each giving a ~12% bonus to the reward. Trade up to four levels at once to almost double your reward. Crafting levees are more random, and you don't know what you'll get until you pass them in to the proper NPC. The exp curve is overly generous up until r23.

To level crafting, you shouldn't have to buy anything until you have a good idea what is going on. Levequests will provide you with lots of exp until around 10. At that time you can begin supplementing levequests with standard crafting items, which by then, you should have accumulated many from crafting/adventuring (grass, cotton, hides, ore, logs.)

The travel loop I usually do is: starting in Gridania pick and complete best leves, teleport to Ul'dah, choose and complete best leves finishing with Camp Horizon, run west to the ferrydock, take boat to L.L., Complete leves and teleport to Gridania. Taking advantage of the Ferry will save anima for you, allowing you to do this loop basically everyday.
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#15 Jun 25 2011 at 9:41 AM Rating: Decent
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When you get rank 10(*) the rank 20 camp will start giving you marks for that class.
When you get rank 20(*) the rank 30 camp will start giving you marks for that class.
etc.

So if you only get Pugilist up high, you will never notice marks from other classes. Only when their ranks get in range.


(*) It's either rank 10,20,30... or rank 13,23,33... don't remember whichone.
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#16 Jun 25 2011 at 9:56 AM Rating: Decent
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I can buy the weapons for most classes in Ul'dah, right? Also, is there really much of a need for Archer unless I plan to play it?
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#17 Jun 25 2011 at 10:46 AM Rating: Decent
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The r 13, 23, 33 seems more accurate to me, although its been a while since I really paid attention to that. The main reason I leveled up archer was for Quickstride (around r20). Other than that ability, if you do not plan on playing archer, I would think you could get by fine without other archer abilities. Quickstride is just a movement boost, which I use mainly to speed up running from camp to camp and in town (not a necessity.) It also comes in handy to run past aggressive mobs.

You will probably want to buy one of each of the crafting arms (primary hand only for now). Then look at the abilities of each class, and take a weapon for each class you want to play. Of the classes, there is only one job I have not leveled (except for DOL), which I am saving for future expansions and whatnot.
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#18 Jun 25 2011 at 11:04 AM Rating: Good
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ShienSarvong wrote:
I can buy the weapons for most classes in Ul'dah, right? Also, is there really much of a need for Archer unless I plan to play it?

Through the wards in ul'dah, you should be able to buy weapons and tools for every class.

As for archer, there are a good number of reasons to level it, such as a passive that lower enmity ( Out-of-Sight ), the sprint-style ability ( Quickstride ) , a decent number of AoE abilities ( Wide Volley ), at least one defensive ability ( Decoy ) and mostly, two pretty good buffs ( Raging Strike, Hawk's Eye )

Essentially, you should check out the Archer Ability List and see what kind of abilities you'd like to use and see on your main someday.

WolfOak wrote:
The r 13, 23, 33 seems more accurate to me, although its been a while since I really paid attention to that.

It's Rank10, 20 and 30. Once you hit Pug10, you'll see marks for Pugs at the rank20 camps (Horizon). You won't SEE the rank20 camp until you have one Rank13 job, though, so you won't see the marks until then in that case.

Edited, Jun 25th 2011 1:06pm by Docent42
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#19 Jun 25 2011 at 11:44 AM Rating: Decent
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There is a rank thirty camp, yes?
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ShienSarvong wrote:
There is a rank thirty camp, yes?

1, 10, 20, 30 and 40 (cap for Guildleves At the moment)

There's actually 2 rank 30 and 2 rank 40 camp per citystate, meaning there's 6 rank 30 and 6 rank 40 camps in game at the moment.
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#21 Jun 25 2011 at 12:12 PM Rating: Decent
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Docent42 wrote:
ShienSarvong wrote:
There is a rank thirty camp, yes?

1, 10, 20, 30 and 40 (cap for Guildleves At the moment)

There's actually 2 rank 30 and 2 rank 40 camp per citystate, meaning there's 6 rank 30 and 6 rank 40 camps in game at the moment.


Thank yew veddy much. I'm sure that the leves I get in Ul'dah will point me in the direction of one of Thanalan's rank thirty camps for my rank twenty Pugilist.
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#22 Jun 25 2011 at 12:40 PM Rating: Decent
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What I found myself doing around your levels, was city loops like I described before. The above post mentioned multiple camps at high levels - this is particularly nice because you can start to settle into the area you like the most, which consequently frees up more anima making teleoprting easier when you need them. Some of the lvl 30 camps are as near to town as the lvl 10 camps. You've probably run past the lvl 30 camp for Ul'Dah many times on your way to the lvl 20 camp (Cederwood maybe?).


***edit*** the benefit of going from town to town to get levequests is so you can pick the BEST rewards. There are some nice exp leves in each area, and nice item/gil/mark rewards. I would genereally pick ~3 per town, also being strategic with which cards I pass in. When trading levecards, first look for the highest Guildmark reward, then trade in as many 2star cards you can (max of 4). Levecards can have different star values for different tradeins, so it can be wizer sometimes to save a levequest for a tradeing when it has a value of 2star. I think the logic is something like: one star for completion, and one star for a different location (although nothing really seems absolute).

Edited, Jun 25th 2011 2:48pm by WolfOak
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#23 Jun 29 2011 at 7:10 AM Rating: Decent
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UltKnightGrover wrote:
-If you start in Limsa or Gridania, make your way to Ul'dah. This is currently the player hub on most servers.


I just started yesterday, and chose Gridania because I like the forest look. But in about 6 hours of playing, i think I've seen maybe 6 other people. Did I ***** myself by picking Gridania? I'm not THAT far into the game, should I just restart a new character in Ul'Dah?
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#24 Jun 29 2011 at 5:01 PM Rating: Decent
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It hardly matters socially - what you have chosen is the mystic forest themed main story. To my knowledge there is no way currently to change nations for more story like in XI.

If you want the forest/moogles in your storyline, Gridania is fine. Once you make your way to each city touch the crystal and transportation is simple. You can simply get to Ul Dah and stay there if you want with no real impact. In short, I feel it is insignificant starting again for the purpose of being in that city. Just go there.
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