First of all, welcome to the wonderful world of Eorzea. It’s a very pretty place and you can easily get wrapped up in taking screenshots and group pose photos with your character. There is soo much to see and do in this magical world, I hope you enjoy your time with us all there. If you’re an mmo veteran or new to the online gaming experience, there is always something for you in Eorzea. (okay, cheesy time over. But in all honestly, Eorzea is amazing. So much time and effort went into creating it and it’s beautiful).
As a new player to XIV, there are a couple of things I’d like to help you out with. As an in-game mentor I am always on the lookout for ways to help. So by using my blog I want to achieve this. Hopefully I can turn this into a frequent FAQ kind of series, so I will keep my eyes open for anything to add in the future.
Right, let’s get to it shall we? For this first installment, we have skills, gear and “jumping”.
First, learning your job’s skills is important. Knowing how to use them will help you as a player greatly. If you look at the game website, there are breakdowns of each job and all of the skills and combos to go with them. You can also check in-game. All of the skills have information pop up when you hover over them on your hotbar(s), the same goes for the Actions & Traits section in your in-game menu. The information provided will help you get a grasp of what each of the skills do and what other skills you can use them with to gain a damage boost etc. For example, knowing that a certain skill can stun a target can be very useful for when you get to somewhere like Hakkuke Manor.
As you level up and as you do your job’s quests, you’ll gain new skills. Read the information on these as you learn them, then you can work out how to fit them in with your playing style. (When you reach level 60 and level 70, especially as a DPS, there will be more detailed skill rotations, these are worth researching as they will maximise your damage during battles). Another thing to note, especially for Melee DPS, is that some attacks will work better when executed from the enemies flank rather than from behind. You can find out which ones these skills are by reading the information accompanying them.
It’s amazing how much of a difference upgrading your gear makes to your stats. It can make job quest duties easier, and also give you more of a boost in dungeons. (The higher level gear also looks better too). By having low gear, you will get hit by more damage during battle and if you are a healer, you won’t be able to heal to your full potential, ultimately making everything a little bit more difficult than it should be.
A great thing to do is to go to the dungeon closest to your level and just farm away. Collect every piece of gear that you can. (Usually, by the time you have done this, you will have levelled up enough to start collecting on the next dungeon. It may sound tedious, but for levelling, it works). If you have some high level crafter friends in-game, and don’t have the time to spend hours farming gear, it might be worth asking them if they can make you some gear too. Don’t forget, you can also get gear from some side missions too.
As a first-time player, I would not recommend buying the job jumping potion. (A potion that will allow your character to jump ahead to lvl 60 in a specific job). I bought this for my sub-character, Rina, but it didn’t go so well. I picked a job that I didn’t have as Freah, my main character, thinking that it might be nice to try something new. I picked Astrologian and found it very hard to get the hang of it for a while. And the cards were nothing but confusing. However, since then I have become an Astrologian as Freah and learnt it from the beginning. This, in my opinion was a lot more beneficial as I could learn how to use everything from scratch. And as a result of this, I now really enjoy playing as that job.
Jumping can be great for a sub-character, but only if it’s a job that you already know or have the time to spend learning.
Story jumps however, I have no negativity towards. You may miss out on a lot, but you can always rewatch the story at an Inn.
So there you have it, I hope these small pieces of advice help you in some way. Keep tuned for the next installment.
Coming up on the blog soon: How I’ve decorated my in-game house, Japanese level updates and retainer profiles.
Until next time ^^