I've recently returned to FFXIV, about six days ago, after I stopped playing 6 weeks or so into the CE release. I just had a few questions for veteran players and people who have been playing for some time. It would be great to get some different opinions and thoughts, and I would appreciate the helpful advice! :)
First Topic - Leveling
1.) I've heard that group grinding is pretty good now, if not better than solo. Is solo grinding xp/sp still effective? I also heard I should farm on mobs 8 - 10 ranks above me, is this the most efficient? So, after I do my battle craft leve's I should just grind on mobs until the leve reset?
2.) Speaking of battle craft leve, if the reward for the leve is guild marks for a class I'm not leveling... should I just ignore doing the leve using that class or should I get the marks anyway? Is there a way to get guildmarks for the class I want to rank up? For instance, I want to get my Gladiator to 50 but the leve rewards always give me something like pug / lance / conj guild marks, how can I get Gladiator ones?
3.) Is there still a fatigue system? I think I recall that this is no longer in effect?
4.) Coblyns? Are they still the normal for grinding exp/sp? I've found several posts about grinding spots for parties and solo but not sure which are up to date!
Second Topic - Crafting!
1.) When crafting, should I rank up one DoH class at a time or multiple in conjunction?
2.) Should I grind out crafting ranks or just do the leves?
3.) Is there good times to craft and bad times to craft, like FFXI if you pointed in the direction of your element there was an increased chance of success and stuff.
Third Topic - Gillionaire!
1.) I know people hate this question, but how to make some gil. I know quests and leve give you gil, but that seems rather small when compared to the price for gear. For instance, a piece of level 27 gear (body) costs between 60-100k that's just one slot! Is crafting the way to make some gil or should I just continue to do quests and leves? I'm just worried I won't be able to afford gear then I'll be a rank 40~ Gladiator using rank 20 gear.
Fourth Topic - Suggestions and Tips
1.) Are there are any tips you could offer? Like, while leveling up crafting make sure to do X Y or Z at the guild? Or Grand Companies? I haven't had much interaction with the guilds I've been leveling, is that a mistake?
Fifth Topic - THANK YOU!
I know this was a lot of questions, but hopefully some people can answer a piece here or there and this may help newbie players or returning players get back into the game. I'll try to keep this up to date and add quotes from people when a question is answered! I appreciate any and all feedback that is shared and hope to see you around :) Thanks again!