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#1 Sep 06 2011 at 2:36 AM Rating: Decent
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Hey guys :) I'm starting FFXIV soon. I've heard it's terrible, but there's a patch that's supposed to make it much better coming soon, and i've always been an FF fan (not so much they're new games though...) and FFXIV is something i've always wanted to play.
What should I know before playing it? What's the best class for solo levelling etc
#2 Sep 06 2011 at 2:41 AM Rating: Excellent
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As far as classes go, none of them are particularly better for soloing (arguments will be made in favor of certain classes in this thread I guarantee you but...) the best approach is to level a few different classes, and mix and match their abilities.

For instance, leveling Thaumaturge to 20, and gaining access to its tier 2 heal, MP drain and MP drain spikes, makes it much easier to solo on Gladiator at higher levels.

The best thing to do is make sure to start somewhere where you can bug someone with questions, and to join an linkshell/company/guild as soon as you can. If you start on Lindblum, feel free to look me up, I don't mind being bugged for questions/low level gear.
#3 Sep 06 2011 at 3:16 AM Rating: Good
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For solo leveling? Lancer is the easiest/most efficient, in my experience (I have all the battle classes at ~30 (Lancer and Archer 44+)).

The Surge abilities and a few abilities from Pugilist and Marauder (such as Featherfoot, Second Wind and Bloodbath) make it a very self sufficient soloer.

Runner up would be Archer (just for being able to end fights quickly).

They may not be miles ahead of other classes when it comes to soloing (it's very viable in FFXIV), but you asked for the best, and those are the ones I've had the most success with.

Edited, Sep 6th 2011 3:17am by Kirby
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#4 Sep 06 2011 at 4:03 AM Rating: Good
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Thanks for the help :)
I'll start in Lindblum and i'll either play as a Thaumaturge or Archer.
I'm so excited to start playing :D
#5 Sep 06 2011 at 4:55 AM Rating: Decent
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It's nice to get various classes to 20 (and really not that tough to do) to make a starter's kit of abilities.

Prime Conditioning (R20 Pug, need to buy) & Fleet of Foot (R20 Lnc, need to buy) are always nice to have. Fast Cast (R20 Con, need to buy) is also really nice for Thm.
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#6 Sep 06 2011 at 5:01 AM Rating: Good
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With XIV, Is it hard to get started? I remember when I played XI (for about 2 days) I had no idea where I was going, or supposed to be going. Will I need a starter's guide? And If so, which guide would you recommend?
#7 Sep 06 2011 at 5:03 AM Rating: Decent
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Sorry for all the questions

Edited, Sep 6th 2011 7:04am by wilikas
#8 Sep 06 2011 at 5:16 AM Rating: Good
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FFXIV does explanations of game mechanics a lot better than FFXI did (at least when I played), though it's still ambiguous with where you should be going, or what you could be doing to experience all the game has to offer.

I'd suggest asking someone in-game, as they can offer quick responses to any little or more specific questions you might have.


Oh, make sure you start off as a Disciple of War/Magic. You can always buy a beginner Tool for crafting/gathering later.

To start off with:
  • Wander around your city and find out where the Market Wards, Repair NPC, common vendors are
  • Try some of the quests that NPCs offer (you'll see an ! above their names if they have one for you)
  • Do a few introductory Leve Quests, and once you get the hang of those, "real" Leves at the Rank 1 camp.
  • After doing those, try out other classes, such as gathering and crafting. You get beginner weapons and tools as rewards for the Rank 1 leves


  • Maybe you'll find something you enjoy, and/or a Linkshell to chat with. Exploring is generally a pretty fun use of time.

    Edited, Sep 6th 2011 5:17am by Kirby
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