FFXIV Armorsmith Leveling Guide L1 to 80 | 5.3 ShB Updated

Shadowbringers Updated! “How bad can it be?” Armorer power leveling to 80! ARM Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

403 Issues SHOULD BE SOLVED: After a very convoluted hunt to discover why and how this was happening - I took a rather extreme approach to squash the problem. There should be no more of this issue going forward.

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ARMorsmith leveling 70 to 80!

ShB 5.3 UPDATED! Dwarf Beast Tribe and Ehll Tou

Recent Update Log

5.3 Updates

  • Dwarf Beast Tribe quests added in ShB tier as a notable EXP source.
  • Ehll Tou added as Custom Delivery client option.

Previous updates

  • Kai Shirr added as Custom Delivery client option in ShB tier.
  • L70 to L80 section essentially revamped: New Skills & Rotations! 5.2ish was a clusterF. Skills changed TWICE in a short span of time. All is well now!
  • L70+ Gear recommendation:  Yellow Scrip gear is now recommended, for a number of reasons (Mainly, barely need stats for 70 to 80 leveling)

If you’ve been here before and need quick navigation:
ARM Leveling Guide – Navigation: [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50]
[50-60] | [60-64] | [64-70] | [70-80]

Tired of getting beat up and decided to make your own armor, huh? Let this Armorsmith Leveling Guide help you find your way! Hopefully, your journey to 70 won’t leave you with dents!

First page is very long – but you can use our quick scroll to: Basics | Leveling begins!

Before you begin…

Where is the Armorsmiths’ Guild? How to become an Armorsmith?
You can become an Armorsmith by visiting the Armorsmiths’ Guild in Limsa. If you have at least L10 in any combat class – you’re good to start hammerin’!

Ok, so we’re in the middle of updating ALL crafting guides –
We recommend the use of a few guides during your leveling process,
in varied current state of usefulness:

Armorsmith Levequests List: A table featuring all levequests for ARM 01 to 50.

Crafting General Leveling Tips: This guide was made back right after beta. It’s not updated, but it’s missing two key features: Ixal and Challenge Log. (Old but still useful)

Crafting Gear Guide: is still useful, but written a long time ago. It’s messy but contains a great table as to when you can and should update core pieces. (Old guide, kinda messy)

Armorsmith Class Quest Item Reference:

ARM 01: Bronze Ingot
ARM 05: 3x Bronze Hoplons
ARM 10: 12x Bronze Plate
ARM 15: Decorated Bronze Barbut, Bronze Buckler
ARM 20: Iron Hoplon (Materia-Enhanced)
ARM 25: (HQ) Steel Ingot
ARM 30: (HQ) Steel Chainmail
ARM 35: (HQ) Steel Frypan
ARM 40: (HQ) Mythril Cuirass
ARM 45: (All HQ) Mythril-plated Caligae, Reinforced Mythril Elmo, Mythril Sollerets
ARM 50: (HQ) Cobalt Haubergeon (Melded with: Heaven’s Eye III Materia)

Just use the above as a quick reference if completing multiple Armorsmith class quests at once. 50 to 60 is found in that segment of the guide.

How to use this guide?

Each listed tier has some self-explanatory sections such as:

  • Next class quest Item required.
  • Relevant Armorsmith levequest locations.
  • ARM Levequests items discussion (tier specific).

We will be using a few amount of ‘codes’ here to make your life easier, as long as you understand them.

  • [H] : HOMETOWN, which in ARMs case is Limsa.
  • [L] : LOCAL levemete. This changes every tier.
  • [C] : COURIER LEVE. From [H] to [L].
  • [RC] : REVERSE COURIER. From [L] to [H].
  • [R] : REPEATABLE , or a “Triple”.

Basic [H] and [L] leves are the BASELINE for value. [C] and [RC] give more than the basics, but require travel time. [R] gives the most of all, but is a massive time and material sink.

In this guide, I will try to recommend the best levequest for each type.

Useful links to have open: ARM Leves List | DoH Gear Guide

 

Ixal Beast Tribe Daily Quests: Bonus Crafting/DoH EXP !

Putting it here to remind or notify you that such a thing exists, but:

I SUGGEST USING THESE ON CRAFTERS L15+ (use on low level if forced)
Since the early levels are quite easy. (But you can unlock it asap)

Starting Quest: A Bad Bladder
NPC & Location: Scarlet at New Gridania (9, 11)
Prerequisite MSQ: Pursuit of the Past

These dailies are best used to push past “bad tiers”, or simply on your highest level non 50 crafter. I suppose you can also use them on crafting classes which are lagging behind for one reason or the other.

If you’re super fresh and have all low level crafters, and happen to unlock it early – you CAN do them now. While I don’t recommend it, I suppose it’s better than them just disappearing!

Armorsmithing 0 to 5: The beginning!

[H] 1x Bronze Skillet: NPC BUYABLE MATERIALS
[H] 3x Bronze Ingot: NPC BUYABLE MATERIALS
[C] 3x Bronze Plate: Recommended due to large EXP.
[RC] 1x Bronze Alembic: Recommended due to large EXP.
[L] 1x Bronze Hoplon: NPC BUYABLE MATERIALS
[L] 1x Bronze Rivets: NPC BUYABLE MATERIALS

“What is the Courier, Reverse Courier Cycle?”
A courier levequest starts from your Hometown (in ARMs case: Limsa) and ends in the local levemete (in this tiers case Red Rooster Stead). The idea is to get, complete, get, complete in a circle to maximize the EXP of your travel time.

So ARM 01 tier – it’s getting the quest from Limsa to submit 3x Bronze Plate in Red Rooster Stead, then taking the reverse courier quest from Red Rooster Stead and then submitting 1x Bronze Alembic in Limsa. This is one of the best ways to get out of the early tiers.

“How do I get to Red Rooster Stead!?”
It’s a non-aetheryte town outside Limsa. Just click on the Limsa Aetheryte, choose Tempest Gate (Lower La Noscea) then walk towards Red Rooster .

The other way to spend leves in these low tiers is to “spam the best single leve”. In this tiers case, is to buy materials from the ARM supplier and craft>submit Bronze Rivets in Limsa.

ARM is a bit special… You can begin your early levels (and subsequently the beginning of every tier) by crafting as many Bronze Ingot/Rings/Rivets and Plates as soon as they’re available to craft. Even quick synthing 20-99 of each shouldn’t be too expensive. This method is great to preserve your much needed levequests and should be taken advantage of in this early phase (for a tiny trade off in gil). In case you’ll ignore this little section, don’t worry – I’ll be sure to repeat myself in future tiers, hehe.

Like I said, you can do this much easier/lazier if you buy completed Bronze Ingots from Limsa Lower Decks (8,11).

Armorsmith 05 to 10

All levequest items below have 100% NPC Buyable Materials.

[H] 1x Bronze Barbut: Unnotable.
[H] 1x Bronze Haubergeon: Unnotable.
[C] 1x Bronze Sallet: Recommended.
[RC] 1x Bronze Chain Coif: Recommended.
[L] Bronze Scutum: Unnotable.
[L] Bronze Sollerets: Recommended.

Again, reminding you about my comment about Ingots/Rings/Rivets/Plates from previous tier.

Courier  <-> Reverse Courier cycle: Nothing noteworthy here, again, the mats are all obtainable from ARM supplier.

Or the best single: While the cost between the choices on singles is irrelevant, Bronze Sollerets win in the least hassle department.

Armorsmith 10 to 15

All levequest items below have 100% NPC Buyable Materials.

[H] 1x Iron Skillet: Unnotable
[H] 1x Bronze Plate Belt: Unnotable
[C] 1x Bronze Sabatons: Recommended.
[RC] 1x Bronze Gauntlets: Recommended.
[L] 1x Brass Alembic: Unnotable
[L] 1x Amateur’s Skillet: Recommended.

Again, reminding you about my comment about Ingots/Rings/Rivets/Plates from previous tier.

Courier  <-> Reverse Courier cycle: Nothing notable about the items here… Both of them have materials that are available from the ARM Supplier.

Or the best single: Amateur’s Skillet is the easiest to craft and least hassle amongst the bunch here. While it doesn’t really matter which single you choose here, Skillet definitely wins by a few inches.

Summary of this chunk

Courier / Reverse Courier is best in early tiers

Level 1: Bronze Plate [Limsa] / Bronze Alembic [Red Rooster Stead] Level 5: Bronze Sallet [Limsa] / Bronze Chain Coif [Red Rooster Stead] Level 10:  Bronze Sabatons [Limsa] / Bronze Gauntlets [Swiftperch]

Of course, we also can recommend the best singles:

ARM 1 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Bronze Skillet
ARM 5 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Bronze Barbut
ARM 10 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Iron Skillet

ARM Leveling Guide – Navigation: [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50]
[50-60] | [60-64] | [64-70] | [70-80]

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FFXIV Mining Leveling Guide (80 Shadowbringers Updated)

Shadowbringers Updated up to Level 80! Level up Mining Quickly! Stop wasting time! Power Level your Miner!

403 Issues SHOULD BE SOLVED: After a very convoluted hunt to discover why and how this was happening - I took a rather extreme approach to squash the problem. There should be no more of this issue going forward.

First of all, you might want to check out our Gathering General FAQ, and Mining General FAQ before you begin. Already familiar? Let’s get to it.

Key Info per section:

  • Mining quest requirement & location.
  • Mining Levequests location / Best leves.
  • Nodes unlocked, and material list.
  • If grinding, what’s the best item to farm? (Most useful)

Leveling your Miner 70 to 80?
Shatter deez stones in Shadowbringers!

ShB 5.3 UPDATED! Dwarf Beast Tribe and Ehll Tou

Recent Update Log

5.3 Updates

  • Dwarf Beast Tribe quests added in ShB tier as a notable EXP source.
  • Ehll Tou added as Custom Delivery client option.

Previous updates

  • Kai Shirr added as Custom Delivery client option in ShB tier.
  • L70 to L80 section essentially revamped: New Skills & Rotations! 5.2ish was a clusterF. Skills changed TWICE in a short span of time. All is well now!
  • L70+ Gear recommendation:  Yellow Scrip gear is now recommended, for a number of reasons (Mainly, barely need stats for 70 to 80 leveling)

Miner Leveling Guide – Navigation:
MIN Level: [01-15] | [16-35] | [36-50] | [50-60] |[60-70] | [70-80]

FFXIVGuild MIN Guides
Mining Leveling Guide | MIN Levequests | Mining Node & Material Locations

Before you begin…

For those who haven’t even unlocked the mining class: The Miner’s Guild is in Ul’dah.

Make sure you know all about gaining EXP most efficiently. We have a Gathering General Leveling Guide for this. Key points are: Choosing the right levequests (ones with evaluation can potentially give insane EXP), keeping key pieces of gear up to date (for getting maximum EXP per node), and making the most out of every node (using skills properly).

Our Gathering Gear Guide is something you should keep open while leveling up.

Regarding Mining Class Quest Items, it’s ideal to farm for them BEFORE you hit the next quest. (For example, farm Wyvern Obsidian while you’re level 26-29). As a quick reference, we will put all items needed here (they are mentioned again in more detail on every section).

Our Mining Node / Material Locations Guide will help you with this, and when looking for specific items.

Mining Class Quest Items

LevelItem to gatherQtyLevelItem to gatherQty
MIN 1Copper Ore10MIN 53Mythrite Ore (HQ)10
MIN 5Bone Chip50MIN 55Titanium Ore (HQ)10
MIN 10Obsidian99MIN 58Hardsilver Ore (HQ)10
MIN 15Cinnabar (HQ)10MIN 60Adamantite Ore (HQ)3
MIN 20Grade 1 Carbonized Matter99MIN 63Beggar’s Mythril Ore
MIN 25Effervescent Water (HQ)15MIN 65Feather Iron Ore
MIN 30Wyvern Obsidian (HQ)15MIN 68Serpentine
MIN 35Raw Amethyst (HQ)20MIN 70Pummelite
MIN 40Jade (HQ)20
MIN 45Electrum Ore (HQ)20
MIN 50Darksteel Ore3

Useful links to have open: Mining Node Locations | Gathering Gear Guide

 

Mining Level 1-5

Mining Quest Level 1: 10 Copper Ore
Mining Quest Level 5: 50 Bone Chips
Level 1 Mining Levequests:
Ul’dah Adventurers’ Guild & Scorpions Crossing.
Level 5 Mining Levequests: Ul’dah Adventurers’ Guild & Scorpions Crossing.

Where to find Bone Chips? You can complete both of these quests in one go, to save time.  So make sure you have both sets of items ready before you return to Adalberta (10 Copper Ores and 50 Bone Chips). If you’re lazy you can also buy this from tradecraft merchant NPC’s (not recommended).

Level 5 Node Locations Unlocked: Central Thanalan (Four Sisters, Stonesthrow) Western Thanalan (Gate of the Sultana)

Level 1 to 5 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Bone Chip0505Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Wind Shard01005Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Lightning Shard01005Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Muddy Water0305StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Copper Ore0105StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Wind Shard01005StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Lightning Shard01005StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Muddy Water0305Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Copper Ore0105Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Fire Shard01005Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Water Shard01005Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Muddy Water
  • 70 Bone Chip (50 for the quest)
  • 99 Copper Ore (optional)

This part should be easy. After gathering all of those Bone Chips, you should be well past level 5. Return to Adalberta and claim your rewards and gear upgrades. IF Grinding: farm copper ore.

Mining Level 6-10

Mining Quest Level 10: 99 Obsidian
Level 5 Mining Levequests:
 Ul’dah Adventurers Guild & Scorpions Crossing.
Level 10 Mining Levequests:
Western Thanalan Horizon.

Where to find Obsidian? Yup, 99 Obsidian. Get used to this. You can find Obsidian in Western Thanalan (The East Hammer). Again, you can buy this from NPC’s but I wouldn’t advise it.

Level 10 Node Locations Unlocked: Western Thanalan (The East Hammer), Central Thanalan (Royal Allagan Starway)
Lower La Noscea (Cedarwood).

Level 6 to 10 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Tin Ore062310The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Zinc Ore092610The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Soiled Femur082610The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Water Shard01010The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Obsidian1010The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Tin Ore062310Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Zinc Ore092610Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Soiled Femur082610Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Lightning Shard01010Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Earth Shard01010CedarwoodLower La Noscea10c
Raw Sunstone072410CedarwoodLower La Noscea10c

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Tin Ore, Zinc Ore, Soiled Femur
  • 20 Raw Sunstone.
  • 119 Obsidian (99 for quest)

While 99 Obsidian may seem pretty grindy, getting stacks of materials is something you should get used to. IF Grinding: farm everything equally, except Sunstone.

Minin g Level 11-15

Mining Quest Level 15: 10 High Quality Cinnabar
Level 10 Mining Levequests:
 Western Thanalan, Horizon.
Level 15 Mining Levequests:
Eastern ThanalanCamp Drybone.

Where to find Cinnabar? The HQ Cinnabar shouldn’t be hard to get. They’re found in Western Thanalan (Horizon).

Level 15 Node Locations Unlocked: Western Thanalan (Copperbell Mines, Horizon), Central Thanalan (“Western Thanalan” Exit).

Level 11 to 15 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Iron Ore1415Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Water Shard0115Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Iron Sand1415HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Cinnabar1515HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Copper Sand1115HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Water Shard0115HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Rock Salt1215Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Ragstone1315Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Lightning Shard01015Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Iron Ore1415Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Water Shard0115Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Iron & Copper Sand, Rock Salt, Ragstone.
  • 30 Cinnabar (10 HQ for the quest)
  • 99 Iron Ore (Even more preferably!)

I have to remind you: Unearth is good.
IF Grinding: farm iron ore. LOTS of it.

Miner Leveling :
MIN Level: [01-15] | [16-35] | [36-50] | [50-60] |[60-70] | [70-80]

More FFXIVGuild MIN Guides
Mining Leveling Guide | MIN Levequests | Mining Node & Material Locations

Other FFXIV Gathering Guides
Gathering General Guide | Botany | Fishing


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FFXIVGuild Leveling Guide Directory

Just a tiny post showing all combat class leveling guides

Just a quick directory listing down all leveling guides for combat classes. Mainly to save menu space, which is in preparation for the site visual update.

Some are still missing, as these guides are what I was making before Heavensward was released. I hope to delete this sentence soon!

NavigationBase Classes (~30) | Jobs (30+) | DoH | DoL

Base Class Leveling Guides

General Leveling Guide: Designed as a main supplementary resource to be read alongside the class-specific guides (Combat Class)

 

Job Leveling Guides

General Leveling Guide: Designed as a main supplementary resource to be read alongside the class-specific guides (Combat Class)

Crafting (DoH) Leveling Guides

Gathering (DoL) Leveling Guides

NavigationBase Classes (~30) | Jobs (30+) | DoH | DoL

The job leveling guides are missing quite a bit of them, ey? I plan to update this very soon.

In any case, while this mini-guide doesn’t have any unique info… I need to make it for menu space saving and I guess it’s not a bad thing to have anyways. (This goes hand-in-hand with the whole site visual redesign)

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FFXIV: The Ultimate Starters Guide (+ Heavensward)

Look No Further.

Jumping into the world of FFXIV A Realm Reborn? New to the game, and need that extra hand to give you a headstart? You’ve come to the right place! The goal of this guide is to give you a birds eye view of what will help you get settled into FFXIV, providing you links to detailed information along the way! This guide may be long, but worth it!

Step 1: Pre-order / Buy the game

Can’t play a game without buying the game! You will need the base game, and at some point I imagine you would want to pick up Heavensward as well.

  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PC/PS3/PS4, Standard or Collectors)
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (PC/PS3/PS4, Standard or Collectors)
  • The above links are for Square NA (North America) Accounts.

You can also use Playstation Network Cards to buy!

 

Step 2: Download the Client and Patch

Bought it? Nice. Now to make an account for FFXIV (Square Enix Link) first. Then, you need to download the latest ffxiv client.(Link downloads the file) Run the client and patch if needed. All set?

 

Step 3: Create a Character!

Three choices in character creation: Class – Race – God.

Classes – who, what why?

The decision of your starting class will affect you in the early game only. Since in FFXIV you can eventually max out ALL CLASSES AND JOBS with one character. Check a brief description of the ffxiv classes here. We’ll also put each class guide here, for your reference.

 

Base Class (Advanced Job) General Guides
Disciples of War: Archer (Bard) | Gladiator (Paladin) | Lancer (Dragoon) | Marauder (Warrior) | Pugilist (Monk) | Rogue (Ninja)
Disciples of Magic: Arcanist (Scholar)(Summoner) | Conjurer (White Mage) | Thaumaturge (Black Mage)
Heavensward Jobs: Dark Knight, Astrologian, Machinist
Stormblood Jobs: Red Mage, Samurai

Again you’re not locked into your class forever. It simply determines your starting city: Archer, Lancer, Conjurer: Gridania. Thaumaturge, Gladiator, Pugilist: Ul’dah. Arcanist, Marauder: Limsa Lominsa.

Race – does it matter?

Our Racial Stats Guide will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about classes. Here are the main things you must take into consideration

  • The difference between the best and worst race for your class is negligible. (But this wont stop min/maxers)
  • Every race has a sub-race for Physical stats, and one for Magical stats. Choose appropriately.
  • Aesthetics is the main reason to choose between races.

God – does it matter?

The final step is Choosing Your God. TL;DR God choice is pretty much irrelevant right now.

 

Server Choices – does it matter? Actually yes.

SERVER CHOICE is also very important. Testing your lag to various server groups should be one of your main concerns. If you have a JP server as your lowest ping, but are afraid of not having any English people to talk to, dont be afraid! Tonberry server is the “unofficial” non-legacy server for people like us. Masamune is the Legacy counterpart.

Alternatively, if you’re part of the Asian/Oceanic region and want to play on NA, Behemoth is the “unofficial” server for this. (Please comment if we are wrong)

Step 4: Leveling up

Seriously, check out the General Leveling Guide (Class specific links inside)

Get to level 10! If this is your first character, you must… and I mean MUST: FOLLOW YOUR STORY QUEST. Around level 10 you unlock your first new features, Levequests, Guildhests and the ability to Change Classes. FFXIV actually has a lot of unlockable content as you level up. Luckily we have come up with an ‘Unlockable content guide & checklist’ so you won’t miss out. For now  do Guildhests! Queue up for them now and gain some quick & massive EXP.

What to do when you are Level 15?  Reaching level 15 story quest also unlocks the airship pass – now is the perfect time to pickup your crafting & gathering classes, as you will be forced to visit the other cities anyway! Keep in mind there is no downside to unlocking ALL CLASSES at this or any point. (Except maybe main hand inventory space). You also unlock Duty Roulette, a key tool in leveling up quickly.

During this quest to travel around the main cities, make sure you unlock your Challenge Log while in Limsa!!! Make sure you check out a list of the unlocks. From here on I will only be mentioning the extremely important ones.

FFXIV Leveling Guides

You might want to refer to the Unlockables checklist now and then.

What crafting classes should I try? Here’s a quick and dirty list.

  • Weaver makes armor for: Conjurer, Thaumaturge, Arcanist. (likely Astrologer)
  • Leatherworker makes armor for: Pugilist, Rogue, Archer. (likely Machinist)
  • Armorsmith makes armor for: Gladiator, Marauder, Lancer (likely Dark Knight)
  • ALL CLASSES NEED SOMETHING FROM EVERY OTHER CLASS anyway. These are just the “main” ones.

Note that ever class can benefit from Goldsmithing (Accessories), Alchemy (Consumables), and Culinarian (Food Buffs)

What gathering classes should I try? Again, a loose list.

  • Mining supports: Armorsmith, Blacksmith Goldsmith.
  • Botany supports: Weaver, Carpenter, Alchemist, Culinarian.
  • Fishing supports: Alchemist, Culinarian. (General guide oddly missing. Linked leveling guide)
  • Leatherworker needs a little from all classes, and monster drops.
  • ALL CLASSES NEED SOMETHING FROM EVERY OTHER CLASS anyway. These are just the “main” ones.

Don’t worry – you’ll eventually want 50 in all classes, so it’s more of a “What do I get first” than something you lock-in to forever.

Very soon after, you’re going to be doing the newbie dungeon trio.  SastashaTam-Tara Deepcroft and the last ‘tutorial dungeon’, Copperbell Mines. Don’t act like a newb fighting the Copperbell Ooze. Since you’re around Copperbell, Unlock the armor Dye system. For characters who didn’t start in Ul’dah, this is a good time to get it. Don’t worry though, you’ll be visiting Vesper Bay A LOT.

 

Key unlock reminders

Materia – Level 19 (story quest): You’ll have a quest “Life, Materia and Everything”. This would be the best time to unlock the Materia System. Keep an eye out for the quest Forging the spirit. For melding materia you need to Level up a DoH, and it’s unlocked in the same camp.

Chocobo Mount – Level 20: (See: our Chocobo Guide) Getting your first mount isn’t a main story quest actually. But it’s arguably the most worth-it sidequest ever. Increasing your travel speed does wonders for leveling speed, and sanity. The starting quest is My Little Chocobo, found in your GC base. Speaking of GC’s…

 

Which Grand Company do I choose??

Ah, the good old question. Basically there isn’t much difference between each GC game wise. They dont currently offer anything game-breaking end-game wise, so it’s purely aesthetic. The clincher? It determines which city you’ll personally be visiting a lot. So it’s in your best interest to choose the city you like best. Are all cities equal? In my opinion, No.

  • Limsa (Maelstrom): Marketboard is next to Aetheryte. GC Base requires an extra load screen.
  • Gridania (Twin Adders): Marketboard requires an extra load screen. GC Base is next to Aetheryte.
  • Ul’dah (Immortal Flames): Marketboard requires an extra load screen. GC Base is next to Aetheryte.

In this point of view, Gridania and Ul’dah are similar, and Limsa is the outlier. It’s not a huge difference, since people usually hang out in their FC houses anyway.

 

Key unlock reminders

Chocobo Battle Companion : (See: our Chocobo Guide): At level 30 you can unlock your fighting chocobo via the quest My Feisty Little Chocobo. Very useful little guy to have. Just a reminder, you can mount your battle chocobo by right-clicking it.

 

Level 30: Advanced Job (soulstone quest)

Do NOT delay getting your ‘soulstone’ any more than you need to. Check the Job Requirements Guide. Becoming an advanced job requires a few things:

  • Level 30 in the primary base class (Finishing all class quests).
  • Level 15 in the secondary base class.
  • Sufficiently progressed in story line.
  • (Heavensward classes act differently – to be updated)

From here you should be able to handle yourself. Make use of our guides! Check the main menu above, or use the search functionality in the upper right. Don’t be afraid to ask us questions either (Twitter is best for this)!

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