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#1 Jan 26 2012 at 11:53 PM Rating: Good
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Hey folks, A friend and I have been long time MMORPG fans and we're looking into giving FFXIV a try. I played a while back when it first came out and have heard the game has become playable now so I am excited to give it another shot. Was wondering though, how much content can two players expect to enjoy (as far as regular activities, we know we can party up for hard stuff). I know that in FFXI two players can do a great deal on their own if they commit to certain jobs. However, in games like WoW and Rift two players can often be a burden on one another as far as leveling and endgame is very 5-10-25 party centric. Any advice on how we would do in FFXIV would be appreciated, what can we expect to enjoy, accomplish, not do, etc. Thanks again, I'm sure there are many "is this game for me" threads and I appreciate the consideration given to my friend and I.
#2 Jan 27 2012 at 2:41 AM Rating: Excellent
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Hey quinnmz, me and my girlfriend started the game about a month ago and have been playing as a duo exclusively thus far.

As far as we can tell, you and your friend will have no problems doing content together as a duo, whether it's leves, dungeons or quests (although certain parts of quests require you to not be in a party) it'll be a blast to do with a friend. You can link leves (i.e. work on the same leve together) if you have the same leves and if you don't you can still help out each other for a smaller reward. As for difficulty, you can adjust the difficult of leves +3/6/9 levels so make sure to make use of that.

Some dungeons may require 3-4 players (4-7 players is considered a light party) but if you are at the right level for it (i.e. not too low) you should have no problem with them minus bosses.

From what I hear, end-game in FFXIV is done with a group of 8 (also known as a full party).

If you're into gathering/crafting, being a duo won't hinder you here because more than one person can gather from a single node at a time (until exhaustion, which is when a player finishes all their attempts, however sometimes it doesn't exhaust).

And finally don't worry too much about having to commit to certain jobs, as long as you are both not tanks (Gladiators), there should really be no concern!
#3 Jan 27 2012 at 5:33 AM Rating: Excellent
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So far there are a few contents that are very hard to duo:
High lvl free-roaming old NMs (the NMs are lvl 60ish)
Faction Leve NM (lvl 60ish)

Or a few that require a party more than two:
Ifrit (min 8)
Moogle (min 8)
Darkhold (min 4)

Duo you can do the following:
Sposhae (no requirement, lvl 15+ recommended)
Totorak (min 2 max 4, lvl 25 to start but can be hard to duo at 25)
Low-mid lvl NM (from lvl 25-35)
Strongholds (might not get very far inside, but the first few chests are duo-able. Lvl 50)
And everything else, including Chocobo Escort (might require a lot of AoE ability to duo)

In 1.21 (next month), you get a few new stuff to do. No words yet on the requirement, but they are: Hamlet Defense (likely to be something like Behest/Chocobo Escort, as in no min number of ppl required) and 2 new instance dungeon (maybe lvl 35 and 50, if so then lvl 35 is most likely duo-able like Totorak).

Edited, Jan 27th 2012 6:34am by Khornette
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#4 Jan 27 2012 at 10:59 AM Rating: Decent
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Most leves and quests can be duoed. Company leves, and some of the Class quests require that you solo them.

If you are going to duo, there are some pairings that work very well especially at high levels:
Gld/*: Gladiator can help hold a mob, while your partner takes any DD job, and you try and hold the mobs off them
Con/*: the Con keeps the DD healed, while the DD tries to kill the mob(s) as fast as possible)
Lnc/Lnc: One word for you... Stun
Thm/Thm: One word for you... Fire (but seriously, skeletons+fire=LOTS for xp, you nuke them before they slaughter you, then heal and repeat).

Other than that, my wife and I haven't found combos that really cleaned up as well. Lnc does have one issue, leg sweep being AOE can cause issues if you are near a lot of mobs.

#5 Jan 27 2012 at 1:32 PM Rating: Excellent
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Thanks for the info, another thing I liked about FFXI: great community. I am excited to rejoin it.
#6 Jan 27 2012 at 4:14 PM Rating: Decent
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quinnmz wrote:
great community. I am excited to rejoin it.


Should I tell him, or should you...? >_>
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#7 Jan 27 2012 at 4:31 PM Rating: Excellent
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My sister and I have a really good time duoing. We have used several different class combinations and all have been fun. I would suggest both of you level conjurer for cure and pugilist for Second wind for survivability unless one of you plans to be a dedicated healer.
#8 Jan 27 2012 at 8:06 PM Rating: Default
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If you are expecting the same type of community that was abundant in FFXI, then sorry but be prepared to have all your hopes broken, the FFXIV community is a cannibal, silent, reclusive one, but if you wanna make the best out of it, avoid the official forums, get a LS(It is the only way to even notice that this game is not an offline game) and just praise yoshida, does not meter what, just praise yoshi p for he is your savior.
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#9 Jan 28 2012 at 12:41 AM Rating: Good
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Ostia wrote:
If you are expecting the same type of community that was abundant in FFXI, then sorry but be prepared to have all your hopes broken, the FFXIV community is a cannibal, silent, reclusive one, but if you wanna make the best out of it, avoid the official forums, get a LS(It is the only way to even notice that this game is not an offline game) and just praise yoshida, does not meter what, just praise yoshi p for he is your savior.


Sure let's come to these unofficial forums where sour grapes like Ostia can still post freely about a game they don't play anymore but feel compelled to come back to related forums all the time to troll.

Official forums are now much better off now that non-subs like Ostia can't post anymore.
#10 Jan 30 2012 at 7:32 AM Rating: Default
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Gansky wrote:
Ostia wrote:
If you are expecting the same type of community that was abundant in FFXI, then sorry but be prepared to have all your hopes broken, the FFXIV community is a cannibal, silent, reclusive one, but if you wanna make the best out of it, avoid the official forums, get a LS(It is the only way to even notice that this game is not an offline game) and just praise yoshida, does not meter what, just praise yoshi p for he is your savior.


Sure let's come to these unofficial forums where sour grapes like Ostia can still post freely about a game they don't play anymore but feel compelled to come back to related forums all the time to troll.

Official forums are now much better off now that non-subs like Ostia can't post anymore.



True, I mean, who'd actually like to discuss how to make the game better when you can pay twelve dollars a month to read posts from all the sycophantic white knights who only tolerate that FFXIV is the pinnacle of MMO perfection. Pretty easy choice for me.
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