FFXIV Blacksmith Leveling Guide (Stormblood Updated)

STORMBLOOD UPDATED! “Are these leves real?” Blacksmith power leveling to 70 ASAP! BSM Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

Heat the forges and start Blacksmithing! This Blacksmith Leveling Guide will hopefully make your journey to 70 quick and easy!

Steeling yourself in Stormblood?
[Blacksmith level 60 to 70]! Nao!

Blacksmith Leveling- Navigation:
BSM Level [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50] | [5o-60] | [60-64] | [64-70]

Before you begin…

Where is the Blacksmith Guild? How to become a Blacksmith? You can become a Blacksmith by visiting the Blacksmiths Guild in Limsa. If you have at least L10 in any combat class – you can begin smithin’ it up!

Updating your Blacksmithing Gear is quite important if you’re going to be crafting your own leve items. We have a Crafting Gear Guide to help you out on that.

Blacksmith Class Quest Item Reference:

BSM 01: Bronze Ingot
BSM 05: 3x Bronze Cross-pein Hammer
BSM 10: 12x Bronze Rivets
BSM 15: Bronze Spatha, Spiked Bronze Labrys
BSM 20: Iron Cross-Pein Hammer (Materia Enhanced)
BSM 25: (HQ) Steel Ingot
BSM 30: (HQ) Plumed Iron Hatchet
BSM 35: (HQ) Steel Bhuj
BSM 40: (HQ) Wrapped Crowsbeak Hammer
BSM 45: (All HQ) Cobalt Knuckles, Buccaneer Bardiche, Cobalt Shamshir
BSM 50: (HQ) Cobalt Winglet (Melded with: Savage Might Materia III)

Just use the above as a quick reference if completing multiple Blacksmith class quests at once.

Levequest Items Discussion?

Every tier has 3 kinds of Leves:

  • [1]Single Submit Leves: Levemete & submission are just a short walk from each other.
  • [C]ourier Leves: Levemete is from the [H]ometown, to be submitted to the [L]ocal Levemete.
  • [R]epeatable Leves.

Notes: [1]Single and [3]Repeatable Leves (1 each) are from the [H]ometown, and [L]ocal levemete. [C]ourier leves will always give the Highest EXP per craft, but require alot of time, and travel costs. [3]Repeatable leves will always give the Highest EXP per Leve. If you value your leves alot or don’t have many left, these are good. But, they are thrice as expensive. We will recommend the best [1] and [3] levequest(s) for every tier. Note that this depends on server prices and might not apply to you. We will comment on every tiers [C] levequest but will likely never recommend it. Use [C] levequests at your own discretion! Also, a Precursor item means it requires a fully crafted item AS A MATERIAL, which is bad.

Useful links to have open: Crafting Gear Guide | Blacksmith Leves Guide

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Blacksmith Level 1-15: The early levels

These levels are EASY since all materials you need can be bought from the guild NPC. There’s no excuse not to craft ’em!

BSM Early Levequests

We DO NOT advise using “non-courier” Leves for these low levels. Below you will find a list of items for courier leves, which originate from Limsa Upper Decks.

Doing the Courier / Reverse Courier route is the way:

Level 1:  Bronze Rivets x5 / Bronze Dagger [ Red Rooster Stead ] Level 5: Bronze Head Knife / Bronze Pickaxe [ Red Rooster Stead ] Level 10:  Bronze Knuckles / Spiked Bronze Labrys [ Swiftperch ]

If you do end up doing non-courier:

BSM 1 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Bronze Saw [ Red Rooster Sea ] BSM 5 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Bronze Bastard Sword [ Limsa ] BSM 10 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Bronze Spatha [ Limsa ]

Grand Company Submissions:

Pressing CTRL+U and clicking on “Next Mission Allowance” shows you a list of items your grand company requires. Submitting them in your GC’s homebase will yield roughly 1 levequests worth of EXP. This is great as it doesn’t eat up your levequest allowances.

A “star” on an item means they need it really badly! Meaning you get DOUBLE the EXP rewards. Generally speaking GC submissions should be done as long as you have materials for it.

You don’t need to craft the items yourself – you can simply submit items you buy from the Marketboard or obtain by any other means.

BSM Level [0-15] | [15-35] | [35-50] | [50 to 60] | [60-70]

FFXIV Botany Levequests (Evaluation) & ‘Best per tier’

Find out the best botany leves per tier, and how to maximize the use of levequests for you botanist.

Welcome! This is a quick resource about the best botany levequests per leve tier. If you’re reading this you’ll wanna read: Botany Leveling Guide. Not much else to put in this intro – but I suggest you read the short mini-guide before the table. Also, always remember…

When in doubt: “Flower Elf” and “Catgirl Fishing” best.
“Lala” and “King” are garbage.

Inequality!!! Not all botany levequests are equal. Of the 4 types of leves you can get, 2 are far better than the other 2. Like I said: Flower Elf > Catgirl Fishing > Lala/King (Equally bad). The problem is the massive difference between the good and the bad… in any case – avoid the latter if you can.

Evaluation Botany Leves: are the what I called the “Flower Elf (FE)” and “Catgirl Fishing (CF)”. If you get the highest possible evaluation rating – you get a chunky EXP bonus. This is what you want! This can be hard to do if your gear is severely outdated.

Levequest Engineering: is the process of ‘forcing’ certain levequests to pop for you. How is this achieved?

  1. Accept all available botany levequests when you reach a new levemete.
  2. Complete them all BUT DO NOT SUBMIT THEM.
  3. Only submit and gain the rewards for “FE” or “CF”.
  4. FE and/or CF should be available again from levemete.
  5. Only submit the “King” and “Lala” variants when you’re ready to go next tier.

List of Botany Levequests (Evaluation)

So I’m going to be listing all Flower Elf (FE) and Catgirl Fishing (CF). Any other leve not listed here is of considerably LESS value. Please note that FE>CF, and read the ‘levequest engineering’ section up top. Not every tier have both.

Leves marked (L) are Botany Temple Leves which cost 10 Leve Allowances, but give larger rewards.

LEVEQUEST LINKING SEEMS TO BE BROKEN FOR XIVDB FOR NOW

LvlFlower Elf (FE)LinkCatgirl Fishing (CF)Link
58A Taste of Their Own Medicinehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1174/A-Taste-of-Their-Own-MedicineWatching the Western Wallhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1172/Watching-the-Western-Wall
58Thank You for Smoke Screening (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1177/Thank-You-for-Smoke-Screening-(L)Blending In (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1175/Blending-In-(L)
56The Anointing of the Deadhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1168/The-Anointing-of-the-Dead-
56Nectar of the Goddess (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1171/Nectar-of-the-Goddess-(L)-
54Chewed Up and Snuffed Outhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1162/Chewed-Up-and-Snuffed-OutYout Mother Is Medicine and Your Father Is the Wildhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1160/Your-Mother-Is-Medicine-and-Your-Father-Is-the-Wild
54Hybrid Theories (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1165/Hybrid-Theories-(L)Exotic Remedies (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1163/Exotic-Remedies-(L)
52--Ladies and Gentianshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1154/Ladies-and-Gentians
52--Coat The Harm (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1157/Coat-the-Harm-(L)
50Warm in Their Bedshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1150/Warm-in-Their-BedsDoes This Look Infectedhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1148/Does-This-Look-Infected?
50No Rest For The Thicket (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1153/No-Rest-for-the-Thicket-(L)Secondhand Smoke Screen (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1151/Secondhand-Smoke-Screen-(L)
45See How They Shinehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/713/See-How-They-ShineCaught in the Long Grasshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/710/Caught-in-the-Long-Grass
40Sign of the Crimeshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/709/Sign-of-the-CrimesPlague on Both Our Forestshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/706/Plague-on-Both-Our-Forests
35Catch My Drifthttp://xivdb.com/?leve/705/Catch-My-DriftA Stash of Herbshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/702/A-Stash-of-Herbs
30--The Palm in Your Handhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/698/The-Palm-in-Your-Hand
25--Over the Underbrushhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/694/Over-the-Underbrush
20--Nowhere to Slidehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/690/Nowhere-to-Slide
15Briar in the Holehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/689/Briar-in-the-HoleThe Quick and the Deadhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/686/The-Quick-and-the-Dead
10The Heart of the Hedgehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/685/The-Heart-of-the-HedgeWest Bank Storyhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/683/West-Bank-Story
10--A Chest of Nutshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/682/A-Chest-of-Nuts
05--Let the Sun Shine Inhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/678/Let-the-Sun-Shine-In
05--If a Tree Fallshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/679/If-a-Tree-Falls
01--Waking Woodhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/674/Waking-Wood
01--East Bank Storyhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/675/East-Bank-Story

Well, it’s a basic resource! Hopefully it was useful to you! GLHF Leveling up your botanist! It gets better after 50, trust me! For more FFXIV updates like us on Facebook! Message us on Twitter! See you around, “Plantsbane”!

FFXIV Mining Levequests (Evaluation) & ‘Best per tier’

Find out the best mining leves per tier, and how to maximize the use of levequests for you miner.

Hey guys! This is a short guide detailing the best mining levequests per leve tier. If you’re here you’re probably going to want to see: Mining Leveling Guide. There’s not much else to say about that, I guess – but I’ll have a brief explanation for the newer players:

When in doubt: “Flower Elf” and “Catgirl Fishing” best.
“Lala” and “King” are garbage.

Sadly, not all mining levequests are equal. Of the 4 types of leves you can get, 2 are far superior than the other 2. As stated earlier: Flower Elf > Catgirl Fishing > Lala/King (Equally bad). The problem is the massive disparity between the good ones and the bad ones… in any case – avoid the latter if you can.

Evaluation Mining Leves: are the aforementioned “Flower Elf (FE)” and “Catgirl Fishing (CF)”. If you get the highest possible evaluation rating – you get a massive EXP bonus. This is what you’re after! Careful, it can be a pain if your miner has bad gear.

Levequest Engineering: is the process of ‘forcing’ certain levequests to pop for you. How is this achieved?

  1. Accept all available mining levequests when you reach a new levemete.
  2. Complete them all BUT DO NOT SUBMIT THEM.
  3. Only submit and gain the rewards for “FE” or “CF”.
  4. FE and/or CF should be available again from levemete.
  5. Only submit the “King” and “Lala” variants when you’re ready to go next tier.

List of Mining Levequests (Evaluation)

So I’m going to be listing all Flower Elf (FE) and Catgirl Fishing (CF). Any other leve not listed here is of considerably LESS value. Please note that FE>CF, and read the ‘levequest engineering’ section up top. Not every tier have both.

Leves marked (L) are Mining Temple Leves which cost 10 Leve Allowances, but give larger rewards.

LEVEQUEST LINKING SEEMS TO BE BROKEN FOR XIVDB FOR NOW

LvlFlower Elf (FE) Catgirl Fishing (CF) 
58Dragonproofinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1204/DragonproofingSticking It Outhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1202/Sticking-It-Out
58Sharlayan Sympathizers (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1207/Sharlayan-Sympathizers-(L)Pommeling The Enemy (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1205/Pommeling-the-Enemy-(L)
56Mortarin'http://xivdb.com/?leve/1198/Mortarin%27--
56A Spire For New Heights (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1201/A-Spire-for-New-Heights--
54Talk About Boundarieshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1192/Talk-about-BoundariesFrom Creepers to Squattershttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1190/From-Creepers-to-Squatters
54HIstory Needs Some Revisions (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1195/History-Needs-Some-Revisions-(L)All Of These Bases Belong to Us (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1193/All-of-These-Bases-Belong-to-Us-(L)
52--Permit for Destruction of Religious Propertyhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1184/Permit-for-Destruction-of-Religious-Property
52--Rose Never Lets Go (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1187/Rose-Never-Lets-Go-(L)
50The Merits of Upcyclinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1180/The-Merits-of-UpcyclingTaken for Granitehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1178/Taken-for-Granite
50Breaking Beacons (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1183/Breaking-Beacons-(L)The Basics of Forgery (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1181/The-Basics-of-Forgery-(L)
45Hybrid Hypotheseshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/753/Hybrid-HypothesesMetal Has No Masterhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/750/Metal-Has-No-Master
40Not Losing Our Heads This Timehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/749/Not-Losing-Our-Heads-This-TimeNature is a Monsterhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/746/Nature-Is-a-Monster
35Mythril Madnesshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/745/Mythril-MadnessRocks for Brainshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/742/Rocks-for-Brains
30--I Kidd You Nothttp://xivdb.com/?leve/738/I-Kidd-You-Not
25--Fool Me Twicehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/734/Fool-Me-Twice
20--Look How They Shine for Youhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/730/Look-How-They-Shine-for-You
15The Doom that Came to Belah'diahttp://xivdb.com/?leve/729/The-Doom-that-Came-to-Belah%27diaA Man's Gotta Dreamhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/726/A-Man%27s-Gotta-Dream
10We Do This the Hard Wayhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/725/We-Do-This-the-Hard-WayThat's Why They Call It Fool's Goldhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/723/That%27s-Why-They-Call-It-Fool%27s-Gold
10--Break It Uphttp://xivdb.com/?leve/722/Break-It-Up
05--Do They Ore Don't Theyhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/719/Do-They-Ore-Don%27t-They
05--Vanishing Pointhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/718/Vanishing-Point
01--Who Needs the Paperworkhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/715/Who-Needs-the-Paperwork
01--Rubble Bubblehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/714/Rubble-Bubble

The information was compiled by my very beautiful girlfriend. :D Who helps me out from time to time.

Well, it’s a basic resource! Hopefully it was useful to you! GLHF Leveling up your miner! It gets better after 50, trust me! For more FFXIV updates like us on Facebook! Message us on Twitter! See you around, “Rockbreaker”!

FFXIV Leveling Guide! Powerlevel quickly! (any class)

How to get EXP fast and powerlevel any DoW or DoM! Get to max level as fast as possible with the least BOREDOM :)

ffxiv general leveling guide tips powerleveling

Leveling up quickly in FFXIV is harder than you thought? We’ve all been there – looking for ways on how to level up faster. Well in this general leveling guide I’ll be listing all ways I know of to make life to max level a little less painful. Just to clarify, this guide is for any combat class. And mostly does not apply to gathering or crafting classes. If you’re a new player, or an old-timer leveling an alt – it’s good to read this to remind yourself on what to do (and maybe learn something new).

Check out: Tips specific for Level 50 to 60

This guide is BEST used along with the class-specific leveling guides:
Are you Leveling up a: Gladiator, Marauder, Conjurer, Thaumaturge, Arcanist, Archer, Pugilist, Rogue, Lancer.
Are you already a: Paladin, Warrior, White Mage, Black Mage, Scholar, Summoner, Bard, Monk, Ninja, Dragoon,
Soon… Dark Knight, Astrologer, Machinist

Is this your first Character?

If yes – then the ultimate advice would be to FOLLOW YOUR STORY QUEST. Don’t stress out too much about random side quests. Keep following your story quest until you do not reach the level requirement, then read more below on how to gain EXP.

Side Quests: give the most bang for you buck in terms of time/exp, next to story quests. They’re also present anywhere you’re doing story quest. So pick them up. Do not linger in a zone to complete side quests. Once your story takes you elsewhere, go.

However, these above two points only apply to your “first” characters… for the rest of us, the below tips serves as a good reminder what to do when you need to gain levels. Ran out of level appropriate sidequests & story quests? Read below.

Level 1+: Challenge Log

This thing is chunky. Maximizing your challenge log is mega value EXP at any level. This is first unlocked at level 16 (15?), and can be abused by any level character thereafter. Completing any entry in the challenge log reaps you some sweet EXP and or Gil. New player? How do I unlock Challenge Log? Players can unlock the Challenge Log by completing the level 15 Rising To The Challenge. (Location/NPC: I’tolwann, Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (x11,y10)).

Here are the ones we’re aiming for in terms of leveling up a combat class:

challenge log for leveling up preview ffxivDungeons

  • 5x Dungeons
  • 3x Dungeons via Roulette
  • Guildhest
    • 3x Guildhest
    • 10x Guildhest
  • Levequests
    • 4x Unique Levequest types
    • 20x Levequests
  • Player Commendations Given: x5
  • Fates
    • complete FATE in 5 different zones.
    • complete 10x unique FATES.

All of the above give BONUS exp upon completion. It resets every week so you don’t have to rush! You gain bonus EXP depending on your current level, so the higher the better.

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Level 1 (And every 10 levels after): Hunting Log

Hunting Logs. Basically a list of enemies to kill for large bonus EXP. I would suggest completing these each time you reach levels ending in 5 (5,15,25 etc…). Monsters can be difficult if you rush these, (IE trying to complete your level 20 log once you hit 20 or 21). Aside from dungeons, doing this triggers rested EXP so it gives quite a boost.

Don’t skip Hunting Logs! ALWAYS complete it before entering the next tier (20,30,40 etc). For example, before you hit 40, make sure your tier 3 hunting log is done with. You’ll regret it – trust me.

Level 10+: Guildhests

Starting at level 10, and every 5 levels thereafter, you get to do 2 new Guildhests. These give chunky as hell EXP, and is worth every second you spend queueing. Again for the sake of Challenge Logs, Guildhests contribute to quite a few: 3x Guildhests, 10x Guildhest, and indirectly 5x Player Commendations Given.

If you need to spam Guildhests, “Under the Armor” seems to be the de-facto spamming hest for the population at large.

Daily Roulette: Guildhest gives you 5-10% of your EXP bar.. so theres no reason not to do these.

Surprisingly a lot of people don’t know that the ‘first time completion bonus’ applies to each new class you do it with!

Level 10 to 15: The deadzone

There is a massive lull here for some reason. Remember to leverage all sources of EXP. Leveling up gets significantly easier once you hit 15 so, suck it up for for now. What’s the best way to get to 15? (without outside help)

Fategrinding + Levequests spamming in Aleport: Hands down this is the way.

Level 15+: Dungeons & Duty Roulette

The below image is the very essence of “GET EXP FAST”

ffxiv leveling tips daily roulette low level and guildhest

Dungeons are a massive source of EXP. The only bad thing about these are the queues. So if you’re DPS, you might want to look at other activities while waiting.

Duty Roulette: Low level almost GUARANTEES a level up. You also tick up one on the Challenge Log for dungeons completed via Roulette. This is THE goldmine for EXP and if you just did this once a day you’ll max out every class in no time. (This is first unlocked at level 16).

This is where your rested EXP gets chunked (good thing), and always remember to eat food prior to each dungeon. The 3% bonus EXP is always welcome.

There are 2 entries which relate to dungeons in the Challenge Log: 3x Dungeons via Duty Roulette, 5x Dungeons completed. While the bonus EXP isn’t huge – if you do Low level roulette for 5 days you’ll nail both. And you’ll probably have 5 more levels to show for it!

If you have rested exp, dungeons are the best source of EXP. If not then FATES are probably the next best thing…

Fate Grinding

Good ol’ Fates. Or bad ol’ Fates? Anyone whose been around certain has done their fair share of these. Whether you like emor not Fates are a great source of EXP. While you can fategrind in any map, there are generally some maps which are more popular than others. Here’s a quick list to find where you should be at:

10+ WLN Aleport
15+ ETH both sides of the map are serviceable…
20-26 STH Quarrymill
26-32 ELN Costa
32-39 CCH Coerthas
39-44 MD Mor Dhona
45-50 NTH Bluefog / CPP

These are by no means set in stone. Going earlier means better gains in EXP due to chains. However, being underleveled means you cannot solo these fates – so you’re going to need a party. Start one! Or put up a Party Finder! Getting maximum contribution in fates while in a party is much easier and faster compared to solo. The only downside is you cannot queue while in party.

Again, for the value moves, FATEs have 2 Challenge Log entries tied to them: 10x Unique FATES, FATE completed in 5 maps. These are quite easy to fulfill and you don’t even have to go out of your way much for them.

Levequests

While not the fastest method, it fills out the gaps and gives the feeling of changing things up. Thankfully there are two Challenge Log entries related to Leves: 4x unique Levequest types, 20x Levequests completed. Not all levequests are equal: keep in mind that you do not need to kill all enemies – you must simply complete the levequest objective. This leads to some leves taking too long for good value. Keep this in mind when spamming – leave out the sucky leves.

The amount of levequests you can do are limited by your daily levequest allowances. You gain 3 Levequests allowances per 12 hours. This is only relevant when you’re newer or when level caps are raised, otherwise they will stockpile to 100 easily…

protip: 4x Unique Levequest types (Challenge log) can easily be completed by doing regular battlecraft leves and GC leves in any given town which offer them.

protip: 20x Levequests (Challendge log) : if you’re lazy, you can spam 19 low level crafting leves that you can buy from NPC’s, then complete the 20th one with your combat class. The Challenge Log EXP bonus is granted FULLY to the active class, regardless how you spread out the leves.

Small boosts, reminders and tips

ALLOCATE YOUR STAT POINTS: Don’t be like me who discovered I had 15 unused ones when I was leveling BLM. When you’re leveling up, always pick offensive stats. (STR, INT, DEX respectively). Healers pick MND of course… It’s a pretty huge boost! And it’s a lot better than having them un-allocated…

3% EXP from food buff: It may not sound like much but it’s a welcome bonus. You can buy any cheap food from NPC’s (Boiled Egg comes to mind).

Chocobo: While not super effective, having the trusty bird around will make life a bit easier.

Heat of Battle: Free Company boost “Heat of Battle” gives bonus exp % to enemy kills. Awesome for dungeons.

Accuracy problems: This hampers your leveling process more than you think! If you happen to come across gear with accuracy, keep it. Or craft/meld them yourself! Also, cheap accuracy food goes a LONG WAY.

Is there anything I missed? Or anything you want to add? Let us know in the comments!! Good luck leveling up, and hopefully you “have fun”. If you save even an hour by reading this, that’s one hour less lost to the void of leveling! As always, Like us on Facebook for more FFXIV updates!

FFXIV Rogue (ROG) Leveling Guide

How to level up your Rogue (ROG) fast! Useful cross-class skills, reminders, and the best places to be in any level – HERE!

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Finding yourself here probably means you’re leveling a Rogue. Well, if you don’t wanna be part of the hidden village of nooblets, you’ve found the right guide! You’ll easily sneak past the early levels with our Rogue Leveling Guide! Rogues deal a good amount of damage compared to other classes early on, so you got that goin’ for ya.

WAIT RIGHT THERE! this Rogue Leveling Guide is best used along with the FFXIV General Leveling Guide. Of course, if this is your first character – follow your story quest! If you’re new, it’ll do you good to check out the basics of a Rogue.

Not sure where the ROG guild is? It’s in Limsa. You have Accuracy Food? Good. Is your battle chocobo (+Gyashl Greens) ready? Good.

Wait a sec, I’m above L30 – I’m a NIN! Then check out the Ninja Leveling Guide.

Rogue: the early levels.

Fresh off the Rogue block?! Go out there and slice up hunting log! A low level character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES is the best and most practical source of EXP in the early levels. For you (Rogue), you’ll find yourself up and about Lower and Middle La Noscea a lot. Your mission right now is to rush past the easly levels! If you’ve got a lot of leves, and feel like using them, do some levequests in Red Rooster Stead (Level 1 & Level 5), which is a west of Tempest Gate from Limsa (Lower La Noscea). Again, go out of your way to do all FATEs you can handle!

protip: Got some cross-class skills? Second Wind (PGL 8), Bloodbath (MRD 8) and Protect (CNJ 8) are pretty much the best you can ask for. They drastically minimize risk of death, and allows you to kill monsters with a higher level than your own! All in all, reducing your downtime significantly!

Level 2 skill reminder – Perfect Dodge: I might as well tell you now. You know those quests or FATES that you have to interact (pick up) something? Getting interrupted by enemies? Well, Perfect Dodge prevents that. A small boon, but still.

Level 4 skill reminder – Gust Slash: Your first combo skill. GS combos off Spinning Edge. Get used to the basics of a combo so you’re familiar with the concept early on. Golden rule is never break a combo!

Level 6 skill reminder – Wasp Venom: ALWAYS keep this on. This is a free, passive buff to your damage. Make it a habit to ALWAYS have a venom!

Level 8 skill reminder – Mutilate: Your first DoT (Damage over time). Keep in mind, for DoT’s to gain max value, enemies must survive at or near the full duration. Use it for tougher enemies!

Review the tips mentioned above and you should level up to 10 in no time… Finally 10? Grats! Make sure your hunting log (tier 1) is complete. You’ve also gained your first unallocated attribute points: dump them all into DEX. Before proceeding, Check the Rogue guildmaster every 5 levels – level 1 5 and 10 for now – Get your class quests done ASAP! Try to go back to your guildmaster every 5 levels from here on out.

Level 10 skill reminder – Hide: Well, theres not so much to say about Hide. If you need to go around places without being seen, keep this in mind.

Rogue Level 10 to 16

The very first thing you want to do as you hit 10 is Guildhests. Still unlocked? Go to a town nearby (likely Swiftperch) and unlock it. You got a large EXP bonus for completion of a Guildhest on every class you do them on. AND ALONG WITH THIS  is unlocking the queue for Daily Roulette: Guildhests, to get bonus exp once every day! For now, queue up the guildhests Under the Armor and Basic Training: Enemy Parties. SAYING IT AGAIN: You can get the completion bonus EXP for EVERY CLASS.

You should be close to (closer via Aetheryte…) Aleport in Western La Noscea. Everyone levels here at this range! Lots of people and a bunch of FATEs means a bunch of EXP. No FATEs at the moment? Check out the Levequests Aleport. Too easy? +4 the difficulty slider! Too hard? Swiftperch offers L10-14 Leves!! Grind your way to Rogue level 16 in this area.

Level 12 skill reminder – Mug: Ignore the stealing part. Treat it as an off-GCD damage skill. What’s off-GCD? You can use it while your other skills are on ‘cooldown’. Basically fitting it in between two skills. Value!

Level 15 skill reminder – Assassinate: An ‘execute’, meaning you can only do this when the enemy is low life. It’s off GCD, and is pretty much a mirror skill of Mercy Stroke.

Reminder Level 15: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Basic Training: Enemy Strongholds, and Hero on the Halfshell.

Level 16 – the turning point: AT LAST! Rogue level 16, you’ve unlocked Duty Roulette: Low level  dungeon. Completing it successfully merits a MEGA EXP BONUS ONCE A DAY. Have you heard of or unlocked Challenge Logs? If not, what are you waiting for! (It initially unlocks at level 16) How to unlock the Challenge Log is mentioned in the General Leveling Guide. Getting to max level after hitting 16 is a lot less stressful. Go!

Dungeons as ROG: You might do too much single target damage for new tanks (Take it easy on these guys, they may actually be new players/tanks)! Open up fights by DoTing the entire pack before smashing whoever the tank is hitting. It’s not cool pulling aggro from your tank.

Skill reminder level 18 – Goad: A nice skill for party play. Goad grants TP regeneration to a party member (cannot be cast on self, sadly). Always handy, use it during boss battles or larger packs (Overpower!)

Rogue: finishing up to level 20: Check up and finish any missing Hunting Logs. I’m not blaming you if you’re sick of Aleport… If so you can check out: Bentbranch Meadows (East Shroud) and Camp Drybone (Eastern Thanalan). They’re both roughly the same level zones. Go ahead and go to your guildmaster once you’re 20 and do the class quest. If you have any stat points: stick em into DEX! Alllright, lets continue!

Rogue Level 20 – 30

You know how it goes by now (If not, lemme remind you, son) – Daily Low Level Roulette, Daily Guildhest, FATES + Leves. Test out if you can handle Quarrymill (South Shroud) pick up Leves and FATEs around here. If you’ve got to this point with SUCKY GEAR, you’re gonna start noticing the effects! Thankfully you’ve been gathering gear from Dungeon Roulette – like I told you to, correct?!  In case you forget, Accuracy Food is a HUGE help!

Reminder Level 20: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Pulling Poison Posies & Stinging Back.

Trait reminder level 20 – Fleet of Foot: Well, it makes you move faster. Great for leveling, great for dodging mechanics. I just decided to point this out in case you’re wondering why you seem a little faster :)

Skill reminder level 22 – Sneak Attack: A massive nuke. As long as this is up, use it! You will typically be doing this as an opener via Hide -> Sneak Attack when soloing.

Alternate FATE spot mid 20’s: One place that should heavily be considered is  Highbridge Area in Eastern Thanalan (Like this). Great for actively farming FATEs (even better when ‘afk camping’ the FATEchain)! If you queue up for dungeons and wanna ‘relax’ but still get chunky EXP every so often – this is it (Melee DPS and waiting for queues go hand in hand).

Reminder Level 25: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – All’s Well that Ends in the Well & Flicking Sticks and Taking Names.

Level 26 Skill Reminder – Aeolian Edge: Your basic combo finisher! Spinning Edge -> Gust Slash -> Aeolian Edge does massive damage, and should make your solo life much easier.

At Level 28: Go and ‘test the waters’ at  Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea! (Too hard? Party up!) This will be your FATE and Leve grindzone until you reac h30. If you’ve finally levelled to 30, Let’s wrap things up! Allocate unused stat points into DEX, erase any unfinished hunting logs, and and head on over to Limsa to grab your last class quest before doing ANYTHING ELSE.

Skill reminder Level 30 – Kiss of the Viper: For the most part, this is identical to your other venom (Wasp Venom) for now. Just reminding you, you have two venoms, make sure ONE is up for gods sake. You can’t stack both btw.

Rogue 30 onwards: What to do?

Once you’re done with the (final) L30 ROG class quest (If you got Kiss of the Viper, you’re good to go!), you have two main choices:

  • Ninja (requires Pugilist 15 and ROG 30)
  • Alternate job path for Rogue not yet released.

If you’ve chose Ninja- continue with our Ninja Leveling Guide. You might need to level Pugilist 15, go ahead and use the Pugilist Leveling Guide, too

Sadly, there is no second job path for Rogues yet – but i’m looking forward to updating this filler sentence in the near future :)

Congratulations sneaking, slicing and dicing your way past the early game! I sincerely hope the Rogue Leveling Guide was helpful! The journey isn’t over, but you’ll get there soon enough! For more awesome FFXIV updates, go ahead and Like us on Facebook – and if you need to drop a line, follow us on Twitter!

FFXIV Arcanist (ACN) Leveling Guide

How to level up your Arcanist (ACN) fast! Useful cross-class skills, reminders, and the best places to be in any level – HERE!

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Leveling an Arcanist, right? Why else would you be here! You (and Carbuncle) have found the right guide to help out! Hopefully our Arcanist Leveling Guide will show you the way past the early game! Luckily, Arcanists are one of the easiest classes to solo with! 2v1 is so unfair, after all!

WAAAAIIIT! this Arcanist Leveling Guide is designed to be used with FFXIV General Leveling Guide. Of course, if this is your first character – follow your story quest! Need some reminding on: basics of an Arcanist, check that out.

Don’t know where the ACN guild is? It’s in Limsa. Have some Accuracy Food? good. Is your battle chocobo (+Gyashl Greens) ready? Good.

Wait a sec, I’m above L30 – I’m a SCH/SMN! Then check out the Scholar Leveling Guide OR the Summoner Leveling Guide.

Arcanist: the early levels.

Just got them Arcanist robes ey? Start off by wiping up your hunting log. A level one character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES is the most efficient EXP source early on. For you (Arcanist), you’ll find yourself up and about Lower and Middle La Noscea often. Your goal right now is to blaze through the early levels. If you’ve got a surplus of leves, you can gain more EXP by doing levequests in Red Rooster Stead (Level 1 & Level 5), which is a west of Tempest Gate from Limsa (Lower La Noscea). Do all nearby FATES if they pop!

protip: You got some cross-class skills? Protect (CNJ 8) is the most helpful. Also Aero (CNJ 4) is AMAZING. Trust me… spamming ruin sucks. Second Wind (PGL 8) isn’t the best but might serve in a pinch. It might be worth getting a level 4 CNJ just for Aero…

Level 2 skill reminder – Bio: Your first DoT (Damage over time), but not your last. (Hopefully you have Aero, too) DoT’s need time for it to reach passable value. Do NOT DoT enemies that will die quickly, or enemies with extremely low HP.

Level 4 skill reminder – Summon I: Well, this is why you’re an Arcanist right! Always and I mean ALWAYS have good ‘ol Carbuncle up. It’s literally FREE damage.

Level 6 skill reminder – Aetherflow: The most important skill in any Arcanists toolbox. Restores mana and gives you Aether flow stacks to use on certain skills like….

Level 8 skill reminder – Energy Drain: In terms of soloing – use this to nuke enemies OFTEN. Many times, you’ll just have aetherflow stacks sitting around doing nothing. There’s no reason to save these while soloing! Energy Drain is an off-gcd skill, to boot.

You’ll hit level 10 in no time using the above methods.Got to 10? Grats! Finish up your hunting log if you haven’t already. You’ve also gained some stat points to use – place them all to INT. Don’t forget, Go back to the Arcanist guildmaster every 5 levels – level 1 5 and 10 in this case – always you do your class quests! Get this done ASAP for every 5 level interval in the future!

Level 10 skill reminder – Miasma: Your second DoT. Open every fight with Miasma>Bio>Aero. This also applies heavy on enemies!

Why INT as arcanist? Well, since you can’t queue up as healer until level 30, and you can’t use Cleric Stance either… leveling up with points in INT is just more sensible. You can always respec cheaply when you hit 30!

Arcanist Level 10 to 16

Upon getting level 10 get right to doing Guildhests. You haven’t unlocked them? Check out almost any nearby town (likely Moraby Drydocks) and unlock it. Completing a Guildhest gives a large first-time completion bonus with ANY class. IN ADDITION  you can queue up for Daily Roulette: Guildhests, to get bonus exp once every day! For now, queue up the guildhests Under the Armor and Basic Training: Enemy Parties. I’LL SAY IT AGAIN: First time EXP bonus for completion is for ALL CLASSES!

Make the trip (hopefully not walking)  to Aleport in Western La Noscea. As the dothraki would say “Leveling in aleport at this level is best. It is known”. A cluster of fates and a clusterf*ck of people mean lots of EXP! FATEs dried up? You can take Levequests from Aleport. Too easy? Rank it up to +4! Too hard? Do Levequests (10-14) in Swiftperch! Now grind it up in this manner until your Arcanist reaches level 16.

Reminder Level 15: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Basic Training: Enemy Strongholds, and Hero on the Halfshell.

Level 15 Skill Reminder – Summon II: A ‘Tank’ summon. This little guy can be useful if you’re fighting harder enemies. Try it out! Some people like this guy over our little blue friend. (This is obtained via ACN class quest L15)

Level 16 – the turning point: At last! Arcanist level 16! You’ve unlocked Duty Roulette: Low level  dungeon. Completing this successfully gives you a SHOCKING EXP BONUS ONCE A DAY. Have you got Challenge Log Unlocked? Do it if you haven’t! (It initially unlocks at level 16) See how you can unlock the Challenge Log in the General Leveling Guide. Once you’ve reached level 16, the rest of the journey is considerably easier!

Dungeons as a ACN: Simply DoT every enemy in the pack BEFORE ruin spamming. If you pull aggro doing this, then it is your tanks fault. Take it easy on low level tanks, though… they might actually be NEW PLAYERS, so adjust if needed. It’s never cool to pull from your tank as dps.

Skill reminder level 18 – Sustain: A massive heal over time to your pet. Yep, if it wasn’t easy enough already… In the end-game this skill isn’t used often but you would be best served not to forget it exists.

Arcanist: finishing up to level 20: Seek and destroy any unfinished logs! Sick of Aleport? I dont blame you! Check out: Bentbranch Meadows (East Shroud) and Camp Drybone (Eastern Thanalan). They’re are also 15+~ FATE and Levequests zones. Make sure you’ve done all ACN quests (head to your guildmaster), and if you have stat points – put them in INT!

Arcanist Level 20 – 30

By now you know the drill on grinding: hunt logs, FATES, Daily Guildhest, Daily Low Level Roulette, Leves… By now you can test out Quarrymill (South Shroud) and continue FATE grinding and Levequest there. If your gear is massively outdated you’re going to start feeling it badly NOW… but you’ve been doing daily Dungeon Roulette – right…RIGHT?!?!  I’ll remind you yet again… Accuracy Food is much more helpful that you think!

Reminder Level 20: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Pulling Poison Posies & Stinging Back.

protip: If you have the cross-class skil Swiftcast, you can use it with Resurrection in tandem for dungeons. A useful combo until the endgame!

Alternate FATE spot mid 20’s: Often looked over and quite underrated, the Highbridge Area in Eastern Thanalan (Like this). This place is chock full of FATE’s and there’s like 5 in ONE CHAIN! This chain is great to camp while AFK or waiting for your dungeon queue (Waiting for queue is second nature to melee DPS like ACN).

Reminder Level 25: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – All’s Well that Ends in the Well & Flicking Sticks and Taking Names.

Level 26 Skill Reminder – Bio II: Your third DoT. At this point you should change your opener to Bio II -> Miasma -> Bio I. I don’t know if other people do it differently, but this order seems most practical (lines up the refreshing time).

At Level 28: Get your suntan lotion and visit the beaches of Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea. Do the usual levequesting and FATE-grinding until you get to 30. Reached 30? For the millionth time – place unused attribute points into INT, finish your hunting log if you haven’t already, and head back to your guildmaster in Limsa for any unfinished class quests.

Skill reminder Level 30 – Bane: One of your few AoE skills… this one’s pretty deadly in small groups (exactly 4 is best). It spreads all your existing DoT’s on target to 3 other guys. Extremely powerful!

Arcanist 30 onwards: What to do?

If you’ve completed with the (final) L30 ACN class quest (Bane  learned? You’re good to go). From here you have two main choices:

  • Scholar (requires Conjurer 15 and ACN 30)
  • Summoner (required Thaumaturge 15 and ACN 30)

If you’re going Scholar – continue with our Scholar Leveling Guide. If you still need Conjurer 15, go ahead and use the Conjurer Leveling Guide.

If you’re going straight to summoner – continue with our Summoner Leveling Guide. You might still need to level up THM. In that case use the Thaumaturge Leveling Guide.

Good luck with your journey from here on and thanks for using our Arcanist Leveling Guide! Time to catch ‘em all with either SCH or SMN! For more awesome FFXIV updates, go ahead and Like us on Facebook – and if you need to drop a line, follow us on Twitter!

FFXIV Pugilist (PGL) Leveling Guide

How to level up your Pugilist (PGL) fast! Useful cross-class skills, reminders, and the best places to be in any level – HERE!

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Chances are you’re leveling a Pugilist if you’ve found yourself here. Well you’ve found the right guide! If all goes well our Pugilist Leveling Guide will help you punch through the early game barrier!

WAIT UP! this Pugilist Leveling Guide is best used in conjunction with FFXIV General Leveling Guide. Notably, if this is your first character – follow your story quest! Need a refresher on the: basics of a Pugilist, check that out.

Don’t know where the PGL guild is? It’s in Ul’dah. Have some Accuracy Food? good. Is your battle chocobo (+Gyashl Greens) ready? Good.

Wait a sec, I’m above L30 – I’m a Monk! Then get over to the MNK Leveling Guide.

Pugilist: the early levels

So Hamon just gave your Pugilist weapon? Begin with beating up your hunting log. A level one character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES is the most efficient EXP source early on. In your case (Pugilist), you’ll be wandering around Central and Western Thanalan often. Your mission is to clear the early levels ASAP. If you’ve got leves to burn, you can get more EXP here by doing levequests in Scorpions Crossing (Level 1 & Level 5), it’s  north of Steps of Nald from Ul’dah (Western Thanalan). Always tag FATES whenever they’re nearby!

protip: (Cross-Class skills) (Do you have them)? Protect (CNJ 8), and Bloodbath (MRD 8) are what you need for now. They help you kill mobs with a much higher level than you, and significantly reduce the risk of dying.

Level 2 skill reminder – True Strike: This is your first example of a combo. Pugilists are THE combo class so get used to it! It’s important to READ all your skills to get an idea of what they do (and in your case.. WHERE to do them).

Level 6 skill reminder – Snap Punch: The third part of the combo, and your basic combo finisher. Grants a stack of Greased Lightning which increases damage dealt! Keeping your GL stacks is a huge part of being a great PGL/MNK. Get used to it now!

Level 8 trait reminder – Second Wind: The legendary Second Wind. The best damn cross-class skill for struggling in the early levels. Use it often to save yourself from the respawn prompt.

You’ll be Level 10 Pugilist in no time following the above tips. At level 10, finally? Complete any unfinished hunting logs before going on. You gained your first set of  unspent attribute points – place them all to STR. Finally, Check in with the Pugilist guildmaster every 5 levels – level 1 5 and 10 in this case – make sure you do your class quests! Do this as soon as you can for every 5 level interval in the future!

Level 10 skill reminder – Haymaker: A great skill for soloing. Use it when it procs. Its large potency and slow debuff are nothing to scoff at.

Pugilist Level 10 to 16

If you’ve reached level 10. you should get right to doing Guildhests. Haven’t got it unlocked? Go to almost any nearby town (likely Horizon) and unlock it. Completing a Guildhest grants a large first-time completion bonus with ANY class. ON TOP OF THAT you can queue up for Daily Roulette: Guildhests, to get bonus exp once every day! For now, queue up the guildhests Under the Armor and Basic Training: Enemy Parties. AGAIN: First time completion EXP bonus applies for ALL CLASSES!

Teleport (or…walk)  to Aleport in Western La Noscea. Aleport is everyones favorite zone in this level range. Lots of people and lots of FATES means fast spawn times! No FATEs at the moment? Do some Levequests from Aleport. Too easy? Max the difficulty to +4! Too hard? Leves in Swiftperch are 10-14! Punch and grind your pugilist up to level 16…

Reminder Level 15: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Basic Training: Enemy Strongholds, and Hero on the Halfshell.

Level 15 Skill Reminder – Touch of Death: Your first DoT as a monk. Keep in mind DoT’s need to run at or near their full duration for it to be worth doing. Only consider this when fighting only the toughest of enemies!

Level 16 – the turning point: If you’ve reached Pugilist 16 at last, you can unlock Duty Roulette: Low level  dungeon. Successful completion of this yields a ENORMOUS EXP BONUS ONCE A DAY. Have Challenge Log Unlocked? Hurry up and do so! (It initially unlocks at level 16) You can find out how to unlock the Challenge Log in the General Leveling Guide. Once level 16 is over and done with, everything else gets considerably eaiser. Queue up now!

Dungeons as a PGL: You do more single target damage than you imagine. Touch of Death on multiple enemies if your tank is still new or learning – it’s never cool to pull from your tank.

Skill reminder level 18 – Twin Snakes: A large increase to damage output. This buff should never be down! Any monk worth his gloves should learn how to track and refresh Twin Snakes properly. That includes YOU.

Pugilist: finishing up to level 20: Track down and beat up any unfinished hunting logs! If you want a change of scenery ‘cause you’re sick of Aleport: Bentbranch Meadows (East Shroud) and Camp Drybone (Eastern Thanalan) are also 15+~ zones where you can FATE and Levequest. Check in with your PGL Guildmaster for any available quests, and allocate all attribute points to STR!

Pugilist Level 20 – 30

Keep doing what you’ve been doing to reach this point: Leves, hunt logs and FATES, Daily Guildhest, Daily Low Level Roulette. Move to greener pastures AKA Quarrymill (South Shroud) and continue FATE grinding and Levequest spamming. If you have lower than average gear at this point in the game – you’re gonna feel it BAD… but you’ve been queing Dungeon Roulette – or have you? I’ve told you before, and I’ll tell you again – Accuracy Food is life.

Reminder Level 20: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Pulling Poison Posies & Stinging Back.

Level 22 Skill Reminder – Fists of Earth: This is a toggled stance that reduces your damage intake. Its FREE! It’s in your best interest to get used to “always having a fist” on – you’re a pugilist after all.

Alternate FATE spot mid 20’s: Often looked over and quite underrated, the Highbridge Area in Eastern Thanalan (Like this). This place is chock full of FATE’s and there’s like 5 in ONE CHAIN! This chain is great to camp while AFK or waiting for your dungeon queue (Waiting for queue is second nature to melee DPS like PGL).

Reminder Level 25: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – All’s Well that Ends in the Well & Flicking Sticks and Taking Names.

Level 26 Skill Reminder – Arm of the Destroyer: A most SHAMEFUL AoE skill. But I might as well talk about it. Do not underestimate the silence (use it to cancel annoying skills soloing and in dungeons). If you’re using it for damage, I wouldn’t use it on any less than FOUR enemies.

At Level 28: Travel and enjoy the sunny coastline of Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea. FATE and Levequest it up until you get to level 30. Hit level 30? I’ll remind you again – put every stat point into STR, finish any hunting logs if available, and check back on the good ‘ol guildmaster for any PGL class quests you might have left off.

Skill reminder Level 30 – Demolish: Another DoT which takes the place of Snap Punch in your combo. Only do this versus tougher enemies! Like any DoT, don’t clip it!

Pugilist 30 onwards: What to do?

If you’re finished with the (final) L30 PGL class quest (Demolish learned? Then you’ve done the class quest). From here you have two main choices:

  • Monk (requires Lancer 15 and PGL 30)
  • Alternate job path not yet released

If you’re rushing to MNK – continue with our Monk Leveling Guide. If you might need it to get level LNC 15, might as well endorse the Lancer Leveling Guide.

Sadly, there is no second job path for Pugilists yet – but i’m looking forward to updating this filler sentence in the near future :)

Thanks for using our Pugilist leveling guide! Here’s good luck to bashing your way to 50 – your enemies will need it. For more awesome FFXIV updates, go ahead and Like us on Facebook – and if you need to drop a line, follow us on Twitter!

FFXIV Thaumaturge (THM) Leveling Guide

How to level up your Thaumaturge (THM) fast! Useful cross-class skills, reminders, and the best places to be in any level – HERE!

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I assume you’re leveling a Thaumaturge – you’re reading this after all. Luckily, obliterating enemies from afar will be easy! Being the softest class in the game, however… If all goes well – this Thaumaturge Leveling Guide will help you blaze (and freeze) your way past the early game.

BEFORE WE BEGIN, this Thaumaturge Leveling Guide is should be utilized with the FFXIV General Leveling Guide. Remember, if this is your first character – follow your story quest! If you need to know more about the: basics of a Thaumaturge, give yourself a refresher.

Don’t know where the THM guild is? It’s in Ul’Dah. If you have any Accuracy Food, good. Is your battle chocobo ready? Good.

Hold on, I’m above L30 – I’m a Black Mage! Then get over to the BLM Leveling Guide.

Thaumaturge: the early levels

If you’re a fresh off the wagon Thaumaturge – begin with your hunting log. A level one character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES is the most practical way to get EXP early on. In your case (Thaumaturge), you’re going to find yourself around Central and Western Thanalan often. Your goal is to GTFO of the early levels ASAP. if you really wanted to, you can get more EXP here by doing levequests in  Scorpions Crossing (Level 1 & Level 5), it’s  north of Steps of Nald from Ul’dah (Western Thanalan). Remember to tag all nearby FATES in the process.

Protip: Got some cross-class skills? Protect (CNJ 8), Cure or Physick (CNJ 2, ACN 4) and Second Wind (PGL 8) or are among your best choices for now. They will decrease your risk of death by a large margin! Which is the only thing BLM’s should be worried about.

DPSing as a THM: Far too often THM’s or BLM’s will just go full retard and forget how to DPS properly. If you’ve paid any attention:

  • Casting Ice first REMOVES any existing Astral Fire Stacks and gives a stack of Umbral Ice
  • Umbral Ice gives HUGE MP regen.
  • Casting Fire first REMOVES any existing Umbral Ice stacks and gives a stack of Astral Fire.
  • Astral Fire gives a HUGE bonus to Fire Damage, but zeroes MP regen.

So yes, cycling between these two is the very basic idea of the THM DPS Rotation. Get used to it early!

Level 4 skill reminder – Transpose: Okay, another oft forgot skill. Transpose will be your friend for a LONG TIME. You see how After fire, casting ice will leave you WITHOUT A BUFF, then casting ice again will give you Umbral ice. Transpose skips a step: Casting this while you have either buff will ‘tranpose’ it to the opposite buff! Get used to this skill. You’ll be using it far into your career!

Level 6 Skill reminder – Thunder: A basic DoT. Not much to talk about Thunder for now. Don’t use it on regular enemies since they wont survive long enough for the DoT to gain value – if you DO cast it, cast Thunder during Ice phase.

You’ll reach Level 10 Thaumaturge in no time following the advice above. Got to level 10? Finish your first tier hunting log before you proceed. You also got some unspent attribute points – put them all in INT.  Also, Go back to the Thaumaturge guildmaster every 5 levels – level 1 5 and 10 – make sure your class quests are done! Do these ASAP for every 5 level interval in the future!

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Thaumaturge Level 10 to 16

Level 10 Skill Reminder – Sleep: Soloing? Questing? Levequests? Running away? Cheesing objectives? SLEEP IS YOUR FRIEND. There are a bunch of ways sleep will make your life easier – it’s up to you to figure them out! Some people say using sleep is too cheesy… Well, if life gives you cheese… make nice cheese-centric dishes…

The first thing to go once you get to level 10 is do Guildhests. Not unlocked yet? Go to the nearest town (likely Horizon) and do so. Guildhests grant significant EXP bonuses for first time completion with any class. AND you can queue up for Daily Roulette: Guildhests, to get bonus exp once a day! For now, queue up the guildhests Under the Armor and Basic Training: Enemy Parties. AGAIN: you get the bonus for first completion for EVER CLASS you’ll do it on!

Travel (hopefully instant) to Aleport in Western La Noscea. Aleport is the de facto zone to grind  in this range – FATES are clumped up close together and everyone grinds here. FATEs aren’t up? Get Levequests from Aleport. Too easy? Increase it +4. Too hard? Leve in Swiftperch. Grind like this until you hit L16

Reminder Level 15: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Basic Training: Enemy Strongholds, and Hero on the Halfshell.

Level 15 Skill Reminder – Scathe: You get this when finishing the L15 THM class quest. It’s a no-cast time filler spell that you can use while moving. It’s a tool you’ll want to get used to. It’s not one of the more defining THM skills – but it’ll do you well to keep it in mind.

Level 16 – the turning point: Upon hitting Thaumaturge 16, you can unlock Duty Roulette: Low level  dungeon. This gives an INSANE EXP BONUS ONCE A DAY. No Challenge Log yet? Get it! (It initially unlocks at level 16) Find out how to unlock Challenge Log in the General Leveling Guide. After level 16 all future levels will come by alot easier. Queue up now!

Dungeons as a THM: Fire often pulls in low level dungeons until about 30~ range. When you feel your aggro is gonna pull on the next hit or two – just switch target or ‘chill out’. Pulling doesn’t make you cool.

Skill reminder level 18 – Fire II: Fire II is your shiny AoE tool you’ll be using till the imaginable end of time. Don’t get suckered into thinking it’s good when there’s only 2 enemies. Use Fire II only when there’s 3 or more targets. You’ll thank me later.

Thaumaturge: finishing up to level 20: If it’s not yet done – finish your Hunting Log. If you’re sick of Aleport: Bentbranch Meadows (East Shroud) and Camp Drybone (Eastern Thanalan) also have level appropriate FATEs and leves. Allocate all statpoints to INT, and finish the THM class quests before you go on.

Thaumaturge Level 20 – 30

Continue grinding as you’ve been grinding – different place, same strategy: Daily Guildhest, Daily Low Level Roulette. Travel to Quarrymill (South Shroud) and do Fates/Leves in this area. If your gears bad at this point, you’re gonna start feelin’ it… but you’re doing Dungeon Roulette – or so I hope. Drill it in your mind, Accuracy Food isn’t irrelevant .

Reminder Level 20: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – Pulling Poison Posies & Stinging Back.

Level 26 Skill Reminder – Swiftcast: It’s not uncommon for you to be reading this for you to get up to this point. Swiftcast is a massively important cross-class skill. Its implications for BLM aren’t too relevant for now, but it’s best used to speed up an FII or TII for now. If you’re a healer or summoner reading this – grats!

Alternate FATE spot mid 20’s: Another underrated FATE zone is the Highbridge area (Like this), there are a lot of FATEs here, and the FATE chain is mega value. If you’re just AFK waiting for your queue to pop – this is the place to be (As THM you’ll do a lot of waiting).

Reminder Level 25: Queue up for the two new Guildhests – All’s Well that Ends in the Well & Flicking Sticks and Taking Names.

Level 28 trait reminder – Thundercloud: Every tick of thunder gives a small chance to proc Thundercloud. This makes your next Thunder (or any rank) free, have no cast time, apply its entire damage at once, leave the DoT… well you get the picture. Naturally, use the highest ranked thunder available when this procs.

(Image: thundercloud proc hud)

At Level 28: Get over to Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea. Leve and FATE grind here until you level to 30. Finally 30? As always, all unused points into INT, wrap up unfinished THM hunting logs and THM class quests.

Skill reminder Level 30 – Convert: A niche skills which you should learn to maximize. Convert has two main uses. A) recovering from messed up rotations (if you’ve played up to this point you’re no stranger to it), B) Giving you extra mana to extend Fire phase. Hopefully you’ll use more B’s than A’s in your time as BLM.

Thaumaturge 30 onwards: What to do?

Once you’re done with the (final) L30 THM class quest (You’ll know you’ve done it if you have Convert). From here you have two main choices:

  • Black Mage (requires Archer 15 and THM 30)
  • Alternate job path not yet released

If you’re going straight away to BLM – continue with our Black Mage Leveling Guide. You might still need to level ARC 15, though – Archer Leveling Guide.

Sadly, there is no second job path for Thaumaturges yet – but i’m looking forward to updating this filler sentence in the near future :)

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FFXIV Fishing Leveling Guide (Stormblood UPDATED)

STORMBLOOD UPDATED! How to level up Fishing Quickly!? Confused with Fishing Levequests? Looking for FIsh & Fishing Spots? Power Level your Fisher!

Bring out your rods and baits and let’s head on over to Stormblood Fishing!

Navigation:
[01-15] | [15-35] | [35-50] | [50-55] | [55-60] | [60-70] : [Summary]

Key Info per section:

  • Fishing quest item & location.
  • Levequest fish and notes about them
  • If grinding, what’s the best fish/spot to farm? (Most useful)
  • Grinding summary per tier

Before you begin…

For those who haven’t even unlocked the fishing class: The Fisher’s Guild is in Limsa Lominsa.

To gain maximum EXP as a Fisher and level up fast, keep note of the following. Key points are: Choosing the right fish/spot/lure for you level. Also, Keeping key pieces of gear up to date (To up HQ chance, and reduce “got away”). Our Gathering Gear Guide is something you should keep open while leveling up: If you’re curious, here’s the equipment I prepared for my journey to 50.

Have a pile of Rabbit Pie (you can buy it from the Limsa food vendor in the market). If you can, pack some Jack-o-Lanterns, too.

Fishing Class Quest Items

For fishing, you might want to check the Market Board and buy up all the brainlessly cheap fish to make this a little bit less of a hassle. You can submit fish as quest requirements that are bought from NPC/Auction house!

Fisher 01: Lominsan Anchovy x 5
— (Right outside the guild, Bait: Lugworm)
Fisher 05: Harbor Herring x3
— (Right outside the guild, Bait: Pillbug)
Fisher 10: HQ Princess Trout
— (Middle La Noscea: any river, Bait: Crayfish Ball)
Fisher 15: Navigators Dagger  x5
— (Western La Noscea: Brewers Beacon, Bait: Rait Tail)
Fisher 20: Warmwater Trout  x5
— (Upper La Noscea – Oakwood, Bait: Crow Fly)
Fisher 25: Shadow Catfish
— (Fallgourd Float, Bait: Moth Pupa > Striped Goby > Shadow Catfish)
Fisher 30: Fullmoon Sardine x 10
— (South Umbral Isles (Night), Tackle: Spoonworm)
Fisher 35: Desert Catfish
— (Sagoili Dunes, Bait: Rolling Stone)
Fisher 40: Raincaller x5
— (Old Gridania. Whispering Gorge, Rain. Bait: Stem Borer)
Fisher 45: Cloud Cutter x5
— (Whitebrim, Bait: Hoverworm)
Fisher 50: Mazlaya Marlin (North Bloodshore, Double Mooch)
— (Double Mooch, Bait: Floating Minnow)
— (Harbor Herring > Ogre Barracuda > Mazlaya Marlin)

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

This tiers grinding summary (~1-15)

FromToMAXLocationMapBaitNotes
155Limsa Lower DecksLLLugwormCatches many relevant Levequest fish.
51010Murmur RillsNSHCrayfish BallThe absolute best spot in this tier. (Gridania->Yellow Serpent Gate)
101515SwiftperchWLNPillbugCatches many relevant Levequest fish.
152020AleportWLNRat TailNot many choices in this tier.
202326Yug'ram RiverETHButterworm( night ) 100% Black Eel. Just alt-tab during daytime :)

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Fishing Level 1-5

Fishing Quest Level 1: Lominsan Anchovy x 5
Fishing Quest Level 5: Harbor Herring x 3
Level 1 Fishing Levequests:
Limsa Adventurers Guild & Red Rooster Stead.
Level 5 Fishing Levequests: Limsa Adventurers Guild & Red Rooster Stead.

Where to find Lominsan Anchovy & Harbor Herring? These can be found right outside the guild. The bait you use should be Lugworm and Pillbug respectively. I suggest just grinding it out here until you reach level 5. You would have caught 5x Lominsan Anchovy and 3x Harbor Herring by then.

Level 1 Levequest Fish
(?) 3 Merlthor Goby : Limsa Lominsa lower decks | Lugworm
(?) 3 Malm Kelp: ^
(?) 3 Lominsan Anchovy: ^
(?) 3 Finger Shrimp: ^

These are really… REALLY not worth doing EXP wise. But given how lazy I was (and other people surely) to muck around in lower levels, you can use these to speed the process up immensely. If you have 100 leves lying around… go for it!

FSH Level ~1-5 Grinding spots
Just fish around the front of the guild :) (See advice above). If you’re lazy just buy up 5x Lominsan Anchovy, 3x Harbor Herring, all the cheap Merlthor Gobies and Malm Kelps you can and just submit stuff to the Levequest guy.

Fishing Level 5-10

Fishing Quest Level 10: HQ Princess Trout
Level 5 Fishing Levequests:
 Limsa Adventurers Guild & Red Rooster Stead.
Level 10 Fishing Levequests:
Western La Noscea, Swiftperch.

Where to find Princess Trout? In virtually any river you find in Middle La Noscea (Use Crayfish Ball). Exact rivers it can be found in: Nym, Rogue, West Agelyss and The Mourning Widow)

Level 5 Levequest Fish
(?) 3[9] Sea Cucumber [R] :
(?) 3 [9] Harbor Herring [R] :
(?) 3 Ocean Cloud :
(?) 3 Coral Butterfly :

I didn’t really bother looking for a good spot to fish these up since the grinding spot mentioned below far exceeds hunting for levequest fish in this tier. I feel that in this tier either you go out and grind it, or buy a pile of these fish off the MB and spam the levequests. Fishing these up just for submission straight up loses to the grinding option.

FSH Level ~5-10 Grinding spots

This may seem out of the way, but fishing in Murmur Rills (NSH) using Crayfish Ball is the absolute best and fastest spot to reach level 10!

Fishing Level 10-15

Fishing Quest Level 15: Navigators Dagger  x5
Level 10 Fishing Levequests:
 Western La Noscea, Swiftperch.
Level 15 Fishing Levequests:
Lower La Noscea, Moraby Drydocks.

Where to find Navigators Dagger? Use Rat Tails in Brewers Beacon, Western La Noscea. Fairly easy catch, no problems here.

FSH Level 10 Levequest fish
(?) 3 [9] Harbor Herring [R] : Swiftperch, WLN | Goby Ball
(?) 3 [9] Pebble Crab [R] : ^
(?) 3 Moraby Flounder : ^
(?) 3 Tiger Cod : ^

Swiftperch using Goby Ball has a small chance to get you ALL of the fish you need! Save the Rothlyt Oysters and White Corals – they’re used for the next tiers leves.

FSH Level ~10-15 Grinding spots

Thankfully Swiftperch is the best choice for both leve-fishing AND grinding. Continuously fishing and submitting make this tier extremely fast to get through. No reason not to just sit your butt in Swiftperch and grind.

Fisher Level: [01-15] | [15-35] | [35-50] | [50-55] | [55-60] | [60-70] : [Summary]