FFXIV Lancer (LNC) Leveling Guide

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

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“Stick them with the pointy end”. Being here means you’re leveling up a Lancer! Well fate has THRUST you into the right place! Get past the early game FAST with our Lancer Leveling Guide! Good thing for you, Lancers are pretty resilient soloing!

HOLD UP! this Lancer Leveling Guide should be used along side the FFXIV General Leveling Guide. Of course, if this is your first character – follow your story quest! You might as well check out the basics of a Lancer, too, if you’re new.

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

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

Lancer: the early levels.

A newbie lancer are ye?! Get to work ASAP skewering your hunting log! A low level character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES is the most efficient EXP source early on. For you (Lancer), you’ll be wandering around Central and North Shroud a lot. Your objective right now is to get past the early levels. If you feel like using leves, you can gain some EXP doing levequests in The Bannock (Level 1 & Level 5), it’s  north of Bentbranch Meadows (Central Shroud). Feel free to smash any FATE you might encounter!

protip: If you have cross-class skills, use them! Second Wind (PGL 8), Bloodbath (MRD 8) and Protect (CNJ 8) are hands down the most useful cross-class skills. They allow you to tackle enemies you have no business being up against! They also prevent a lot of deaths which are the main cause of leveling downtime.

Level 4 skill reminder – Vorpal Thrust: Your first COMBO attack. This combos FROM True Thrust. Get used to the concept of combos and how they work. You’ll be doing it a lot.

Level 8 skill reminder – Impulse Drive: (FOR THE MORE EXPERIENCED PLAYERS) ID gives a bonus of +10 average potency versus TT+VT combo. While I don’t recommend doing this… since they removed the back attack off ID this is actually a thing. It’s dead boring, though.

Just do whats mentioned above and you’ll reach 10 in not time… 10 now? Grats! Complete all your hunting logs in this tier. You’ve also gained your first unallocated attribute points: dump them all into STR. Before you go, Check the Lancer guildmaster every 5 levels – level 1 5 and 10 for now – Don’t delay your class quests! Try to check in every 5 levels for the remainder of your leveling process!

Level 10 skill reminder – Leg Sweep: Your first OFF GCD attack. Mainly you’ll be using this to boost your damage. However, keep in mind you can save it to STUN and CANCEL annoying monster attacks.

Lancer Level 10 to 16

Right after hitting level 10 the first thing you wanna do is Guildhests. Haven’t got them unlocked? Travel to almost any nearby town (likely Bentbranch Meadows) and unlock it. Doing Guildhests gives a beefy first-time completion EXP bonus on ANY class. ALSO UNLOCKED is the ability to 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. IF YOU DIDN’T HEAR IT: EXP bonus for first completion is for ALL CLASSES!!

Make your way (hopefully via teleport) to Aleport in Western La Noscea. This place is THE place level up around this range. Lots of FATES, lots of PEOPLE = profit. FATEs not showing up? Get some Levequests in Aleport. Too easy? Scale it up to +4! Too hard? Swiftperch has leves that can be tuned to level 10 to 14!! Grind in this map until your Lancer reaches level 16.

Level 12 skill reminder – Heavy Thrust: Gives a +DMG buff that is VERY SIGNIFICANT. Always keep this up even if you do not hit from flank! You can change your opener to ‘Approach enemy and flank attack them with Heavy Thrust”

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

Level 16 – the turning point: FINALLY! Lancer level 16! You’ve unlocked Duty Roulette: Low level  dungeon. Successful completion of this gives a GIGANTIC EXP BONUS ONCE A DAY. ((Challenge Log)) ((Do you have it)) Unlocked? Do it now!! (It initially unlocks at level 16) Unlocking challenge log is detailed in the General Leveling Guide. After hitting 16, the road to max level is much, much easier.

Dungeons as LNC: You might do too much damage for low level tanks to keep aggro sometimes (depends on tank quality). One trick is to cross-class a DoT (Venomous Bite or Fracture), so you can spread out damage. Don’t be too harsh on low level tanks… they might actually be NEW to it! It isn’t cool to purposefully pull aggro from your tank.

Skill reminder level 18 – Life Surge: A welcome cooldown for soloing and otherwise. An ensured crit with lifesteal! Use it on your strongest attacks (Vorpal Thrust for now) to keep your life up. Do not forget its damage potential either.

Lancer: finishing up to level 20: Finish your hunting log if it’s not done. If you want to try another place (Don’t blame you if you’re sick of aleport) Go to: Bentbranch Meadows (East Shroud) and Camp Drybone (Eastern Thanalan). They’re both similarly leveled (15~) zones. Double check and complete all LNC class quests (head to your guildmaster)and place all unspent stat points in STR! Ok? Go!!!

Lancer Level 20 – 30

You know what to do at this point: Daily Guildhest, Daily Low Level Roulette, FATES + Leves. See if you can handle Quarrymill (South Shroud) and continue FATE grinding and Levequesting there. If you’re here and your gear is really bad, you’re gonna feel it! But you’ve been doing daily Dungeon Roulette – hmm… HMM?!  If I haven’t told you enough, Accuracy Food REALLY helps out!

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

Skill reminder level 22 – Invigorate: A KEY skill in the endgame. You might be reading this guide purely to be getting this (or Blood for Blood). Regains TP, nuff said. In a solo/leveling perspective, use it to sprint!

Alternate FATE spot mid 20’s: One mildly popular but oft forgotten spot is the Highbridge Area in Eastern Thanalan (Like this). This place is great for both active and AFK farming! This FATE chain is great to camp or while queued for dungeon (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 – Full Thrust: This is your first combo finisher. Does massive damage, and comboes from True -> Vorpal -> Full. Usage of life surge should now be paired up with this. This makes leveling a lot easier since things die significantly faster with Full Thrust combo!

At Level 28: Try your luck at the tropic waterscape we all love: Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea! Levequest and FATE here until you reach L30 (You might need a party if your gear is bad). Levelled up to 30? I’ll remind you yet again… allocate all stat points into STR, smash any unfinished hunting logs, and and finish your class quests in Gridania before doing ANYTHING ELSE.

Skill reminder Level 30 – Phlebotomize: ‘Phleb’ comboes off Heavy Thrust, which means it comes out early on in our rotation. Not a bad thing since it’s a DoT. While it may feel wasted on weaker monsters, Phlebs high potency won’t make you regret using it in most scenarios.

Lancer 30 onwards: What to do?

So, if you’ve completed your (final) L30 LNC class quest (Phlebotimize learned means you’ve done it). From here you have two main choices:

  • Dragoon (requires Marauder 15 and LNC 30)
  • Alternate job path for Lancer not yet released.

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

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

Good job piercing into the heavens of EXP! I certainly wish the Lancer Leveling Guide was useful! You’ve still got a ways to go – but you’ve done good so far! 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 Archer (ARC) 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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Hey there! If you’re here – I’d say you’re leveling an Archer. You’re in luck because Archers are a pretty great class to solo with! I hope our Archer Leveling Guide will help you pew pew through the early game – quick and easy.

HOLD ON! this Archer Leveling Guide is best used in conjunction with FFXIV General Leveling Guide. Just a reminder, if this is your first character – follow your story quest! If you need to know more about the: basics of an Archer, check that out.

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

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

Archer: the early levels

Just became and Archer huh? Start sniping your hunting log. A level one character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES is the best and easiest method for EXP early on. In your case (Archer), you’ll be wandering around Central and North shroud 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 The Bannock (Level 1 & Level 5), it’s  north of Bentbranch Meadows (Central Shroud). Remember to do as many nearby FATES as possible.

protip: Got some cross-class skills? Second Wind (PGL 8), Protect (CNJ 8), and Bloodbath (MRD 8) are your best bets for now. They do two things: make dying less of an issue, and allow you to kill higher level mobs.

Level 2 skill reminder – Straight Shot & Heavy Shot: Long story short, always make sure the Heavy Shot crit+ buff is on before you do anything else, DPS wise. This becomes increasingly important in the future – get used to it now!

Level 4 skill reminder – Venomous Bite: This skill is a DoT, so it requires 2 things for it to gain value. 1) Making it last its full duration, and 2) Never ‘clip’ it by reapplying it too soon. Generally speaking, starting a fight with Heavy Shot into VBite will be your opening DPS for a while.

Level 8 trait reminder – Heavier Shot: This trait grants a %chance on doing Straight Shot, that your next Heavy Shot is an auto critical. Obviously, bomb it as soon as it comes out. (Don’t worry about overriding your existing buff – the crit damage is worth it)

Level 8 skill reminder – Miserys End: A ranged execute that can only be done when your target has low HP. It’s off GCD, so make full use of this whenever it’s up!

You  should get to Level 10 Archer following what’s mentioned above. Reached level 10 now? Beat up your first tier hunting log before going ahead. You’ve also just gained some unspent attribute points – place them all to DEX.  In case you forget, Check in with the Archer 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!

Archer Level 10 to 16

Level 10 Skill Reminder – Shadowbind: While binds aren’t exactly useful in solo PvE, just use it as an off-gcd

The first thing you want to do if you’ve hit 10 is Guildhests. Haven’t  unlocked ‘em yet? Head to a nearby town (likely Bentbranch Meadows) and unlock it. Guildhests give you great EXP bonuses for first time completion with any class. PLUS 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 REPEAT: Bonus EXP for first time completion applies for EVERY CLASS!

Make your way (hopefully teleport) to Aleport in Western La Noscea. Aleport is the universal “pre 20” zone. A chunky amount of people level up here, and a chunky amount of FATES to go with them. FATEs down right now? Get Levequests from Aleport. Too easy? +4 to difficulty! Too hard? Swiftperch has L10+ leves. Shoot and grind your archer butt 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 – Repelling Shot: An off-GCD escape! Learn to use this backward jump to reposition or to DPS; and when to save it for what purpose. For soloing, just press it to avoid AoE’s!

Level 16 – the turning point: Once you hit Archer 16, you can unlock Duty Roulette: Low level  dungeon. Completing this gives a, no joke, LARGE EXP BONUS ONCE A DAY. Do you have Challenge Log? No? Get it! (It initially unlocks at level 16) Check out how to unlock Challenge Log in the General Leveling Guide. After level 16, future levels are a breeze in comparison. Queue up now!

Dungeons as a ARC: Take it easy on low level tanks – they might not actually know how to play well yet. Multi-DoTing every enemy with Venomous Bite is a good way to get a little value in the early levels. As a DPS, pulling from your tank is not cool.

Skill reminder level 18 – Quick Nock: A frontal cone AoE. Useful when attacking 3 or more enemies.

Archer: finishing up to level 20: Hunting log – if it’s not complete do so NOW. I don’t blame you if you get tired of Aleport: Bentbranch Meadows (East Shroud) and Camp Drybone (Eastern Thanalan) are also 15+~ Fate and Leve zones. Put unused stat points to DEX, and finish up any ARC class quests you haven’t done.

Archer Level 20 – 30

Keep following the same formula of Leves, hunt logs and FATES, Daily Guildhest, Daily Low Level Roulette. Get on over to Quarrymill (South Shroud) and do FATES + Leves in this area. If your gear is considerably under levelled, you’re gonna start to feel the pain in this level range – but you’re Dungeon Roulette – like I told you, hmm? If I haven’t told you already (but I did), Accuracy Food is LEGIT.

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

Level 22 Skill Reminder – Swiftsong: Gives a small bonus to movespeed out of combat. It’s not much, but it’s worth keeping in mind. Any ‘speed’ increase to leveling is welcome.

Level 24 Trait Reminder – Enhanced Venomous Bite: Significantly increases the timer for Venomous Bite. This is extreme VALUE, yielding an insane amount of DPS for the TP and GCD spent.

Alternate FATE spot mid 20’s: One oft overlooked FATE grinding place is the Highbridg area (Like this), This place contains a massive EXP FATE chain, and many random FATES. If you’re semi-AFK waiting for dungeon queue to pop – camp the highbridge chain (Something you’ll get used to as an ARC).

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

At Level 28: Teleport or swim to Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea. Leve and FATEgrind here until you level to 30. Finally 30? As always, all unused points into DEX, wrap up unfinished ARC hunting logs and ARC class quests.

Skill reminder Level 30 – Windbite: Finally, our second DoT. Keeping track of both of your DoT’s should be second nature in the coming levels – it’s the very backbone of your DPS. (As you’ll see later with River of Blood..)

Archer 30 onwards: What to do?

Once you’re done with the (final) L30 ARC class quest (If you have Windbite, you’re good to go). From here you have two main choices:

  • Bard (requires Pugilist 15 and ARC 30)
  • Alternate job path not yet released

If you’re going straight away to BRD – continue with our Bard Leveling Guide. You might still need to level PGL 15, though –Pugilist Leveling Guide.

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

Thanks for using our Archer leveling guide! Remember – more PEWPEW less QQ, and the levels will come! 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 Marauder (MRD) Leveling Guide

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

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Hi! Reading this means you’re leveling up a Marauder. A great class to solo and party with, this Marauder leveling guide can help you level up faster and easier than it already is! Let the carnage begin!

Please NOTE, this Marauder Leveling Guide is meant to be used in along side the FFXIV General Leveling Guide. Just a reminder, if this is your first character – follow your story quest! If you need to know more about the: basics of a Marauder, you can check that out. Don’t know where the MRD guild is? It’s in Limsa. If you have any Accuracy Food, good. Is your battle chocobo ready? Good.

Hold on, I’m above L30 – I’m a Warrior! Then get over to the WAR Leveling Guide.

Marauder: the early levels

If you’re fresh Marauder – go start up with your hunting log. A level one character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES is the fastest way to level up in the early levels. In the case of Marauders, you’re gonna be walking around Lower and Western La Noscea  a lot. The early levels are bad… if you really wanted to, you can get more EXP here by doing levequests in Red Rooster Stead (Level 1 & Level 5), which is a west of Tempest Gate from Limsa (Lower La Noscea).

protip: If you have some cross-class skills availabe – hands down Protect (CNJ 8) and Second Wind (PGL 8) are your best bets. They will prevent alot of deaths, and will enable you to kill enemies you have no business killing.

Level 4 skill reminder – Skull Sunder: This is your introduction to combos. This skill combos from Heavy Swing, and deals extra damage if successful. You’ll have quite a few more of these in the future, but it’s good to be aware of what and how combos work as early as now.

Level 6 Skill reminder – Fracture: An extremely good DoT (especially later on), you should open all fights with tougher enemies using Fracture. As with all DoT’s, you have to make sure enemies live long enough for them to suffer the full duration for a DoT to gain “value”.

Level 8 Skill reminder – Bloodbath: Super underrated. Bloodbath gives you ‘lifesteal’, allowing you to take on more enemies than you should be able to.

You can get to level 10 Marauder just doing the above. When you hit level 10 – make sure to complete all unfinished hunting logs before going forward. Also, check your unspent attribute points – place them all in STRENGTH.  Dont forget, Go back to the Marauder guildmaster every 5 levels – level 1 5 and 10 – make sure these class quests are done before moving on. Do this as soon as possible for each 5 level interval in the future!

Level 10 Skill Reminder – Brutal Swing: An off GCD skill that you should be using always for DPS, or saving to interrupt enemy skills. Get used to it!

Marauder Level 10 to 16

Once you hit level 10, you can now do Guildhests. Not unlocked yet? Go to the nearest town (likely Swiftperch) and unlock it. Guildhests have a large EXP bonus for first time completion with any class. ON TOP OF THAT, 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 EACH CLASS on your first completion!

Now go next door over to Aleport in Western La Noscea. Aleport is THE place to grind FATEs in this level – it’s highly populated and the FATEs spawn fast and close together. Again, if FATEs aren’t popping – take the levequests in Aleport. Too easy? Max out the difficulty meter. Too hard? Leves in Swiftperch. Go on and grind until you reach level 16.

Level 12 Skill Reminder: Overpower, Literally an OVERPOWERED SKILL, does very decent frontal cone AoE damage and generates a huge amount of threat. Very useful in dungons, and useful solo when smacking 3+ guys at once.

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

Level 15 Skill Reminder: Tomahawk, obtained by completing the L15 MRD class quest, is your only ranged attack. While not super useful for soloing, it’s good for dungeons… speaking of…

Level 16 – the turning point: Once your Marauder hits 16, you can unlock Duty Roulette: Low level  dungeon. This gives a CHUNKERSON EXP BONUS ONCE A DAY. If you haven’t unlocked Challenge Log, do so. (It initially unlocks at level 16) Find out how to unlock Challenge Log in the General Leveling Guide. Once you reach Level 16, the rest gets a lot easier. Queue up for it ASAP!

Cross-class skills: Since you’ll be doing dungeons, getting Flash (GLD 8) is a great way to save TP (Don’t abuse overpower spam!). Less downtime is always good. Oh, its great for tagging FATEs, too.

Dungeons as a MRD: Tomahawk the guy you want the group to kill first, then Flash or Overpower the enemy team once or twice before doing your single target combo. This tanking microguide (this paragraph) will get you a LONG WAY.

Level 18 Skill Reminder – Maim: an EXTREMELY power skill which bolsters damage by a significant amount. It MUST be combod from Heavy Swing for this effect to take place. Always, and I mean always have this up.

Marauder: finishing up to level 20: From here, finish off your tier 2 hunting log. If you want a change of scenery Bentbranch Meadows (East Shroud) and Camp Drybone (Eastern Thanalan) are also L15+ areas. Once again: allocate all stat points to STR, and complete all MRD class quests before moving on.

Marauder Level 20 – 30

Keep doing what you’ve been doing to get up to this point: Daily Guildhest, Daily Low Level Roulette. Head over to Quarrymill (South Shroud) and do Fates/Leves in this area. You might be feeling the effect of sucky gear by now – but you’ve been doing the Dungeon Roulette – right? Again, Accuracy Food is a larger help than you might imagine.

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

Level 22 Skill Reminder – Berserk: A crazy DPS cooldown… use it OFTEN. A nice bonus when soloing, and integral for single target tanking – this skill is much more important than you can imagine as a young Marauder.

Alternate FATE spot mid 20’s: A great place to reddit/watch shows/movies while  camping the fates around the Highbridge area (Like this), there’s an very high number of FATE’s here, but they’re chained up. This is great when waiting for your queue to pop (Not likely a problem for Marauders).

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

At Level 28: Move on to Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea. FATE and Leve it up here till you hit 30. Hit 30? Again, before going, allocate all unused stat points to STR, complete all MRD hunting log entries, and MRD class quests.

Marauder 30 onwards: What to do?

After completing your (final) L30 MRD class quest, you get Butchers Block (skill). From here you have two main choices:

  • Warrior (requires Gladiator 15 and MRD 30)
  • Alternate job path not yet released

If you’re planning to level a WAR – you can jump right to our Warrior Leveling Guide. You may still need the Gladiator Leveling Guide, too.

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

Thank you for using our Marauder Leveling Guide! Hope it helped a bit! You’ve come far – but you’ve still got quite a bit of an ‘axe to grind’! 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 Gladiator (GLD) Leveling Guide

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

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So – if you’ve found yourself here you’re leveling a Gladiator. While not the most exciting of classes, the upside is you wont be dying anytime soon. Hopefully this Gladiator Leveling Guide will help you get past the early levels.

BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE, this Gladiator Leveling Guide is meant to be used with the FFXIV General Leveling Guide. Just a reminder, if this is your first character – follow your story quest! If you need to know more about the: basics of a Gladiator, you can check that out. Don’t know where the GLD 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 Paladin! Then get over to the PLD Leveling Guide.

Gladiator: the early levels

If you’re a brand spankin’ new Gladiator – go start up 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 the case of Gladiators, you’re gonna be walking around Central and Western Thanalan a lot. 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  (Level 1 & Level 5), it’s north of Steps of Nald from Ul’dah (Western Thanalan).

protip: Got some cross-class skills? Protect (CNJ 8), Second Wind (PGL 8) and Bloodbath (MRD 8) are the best for now. They increase your survivability by a ton, and decrease downtime the most. Try it!

Level 4 skill reminder – Savage Blade: Your first combo skill! It introduces you to the combo system, and, if it isn’t obvious – you should be doing this.

Level 6 Skill reminder – Fight or Flight: On a short cooldown, ‘FoF’ provides a significant damage boost. There’s literally no reason to hold on to this – use it often! Later on, it’s important for tanking in dungeons too.

Level 8 Skill reminder – Flash: Ahh Flash… love it or hate it, this skill is the ultimate FATE tagging skill. I wont go into detail here, but ‘tagging’ enemies with flash is a good thing in FATES.

You can get to level 10 Gladiator just doing the above. Hit level 10? Double check to  complete all unfinished hunting logs before doing anything else. Also, check your unspent attribute points – put them all in STRENGTH.  Again, Go back to the Gladiator guildmaster every 5 levels – level 1 5 and 10 – ensure your class quests are done before moving on. Do this as soon as possible for each 5 level interval in the future!

Why allocate to STR? You don’t need VIT for low level content as GLD – STR makes your journey to endgame just a little bit quicker. Fear not, you can respec on the cheap at any time.

Gladiator Level 10 to 16

Once reach level 10, you should do Guildhests. Haven’t unlocked them? Go to the nearest town (likely Horizon) and unlock it. Guildhests give big EXP bonuses for first time completion with any class. AAAAND 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 EACH CLASS on your first completion!

Now make the trip to Aleport in Western La Noscea. Aleport is the ultimate place to FATEgrind in this range – FATES are many and close together, plus a lot of people level here. No FATES coming up? Do Levequests from Aleport. Too easy? Slide the difficulty to +4. Too hard? Leve in Swiftperch. Do your thing here and grind to L16

Level 12 Skill Reminder: Riot Blade, THIS SKILL IF OFTEN OVERLOOKED. It does MORE damage than Savage Blade comboed. So until you get Rage of Halone (30), use Riot Blade as your DPS while soloing. Oh, you get mana when you do it, too.

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

Level 15 Skill Reminder: Shield Lob, learned when completing the L15 GLD class quest, is your only ranged attack. Not the best for soloing, but useful for dungeons. Speaking of dungeons…

Level 16 – the turning point: Once your Gladiator hits 16, you can unlock Duty Roulette: Low level  dungeon. This gives a BEEFY EXP BONUS ONCE A DAY. Haven’t unlocked Challenge Log? You should. (It initially unlocks at level 16) Find out how to unlock Challenge Log in the General Leveling Guide. Once you hit Level 16, the rest of the way is much faster. Queue up ASAP!

Dungeons as a GLD: Shield lob the the guy you want people to attack first, then flash the group twice before doing your single target combo. This little sentence will get you FAR.

Level 18 Skill Reminder – Shield Bash: a niche skill you should be aware about. You know those annoying AoE skills that you’re lazy to run away from? Shield bash is your friend. Interrupt them!

Gladiator: finishing up to level 20: Complete your hunting log if you haven’t. If you’re sick of Aleport: Bentbranch Meadows (East Shroud) and Camp Drybone (Eastern Thanalan) are also L15+ areas. Once again: allocate all stat points to STR, and finish all GLD class quests before moving on.

Gladiator Level 20 – 30

Just grind it up as you have been doing till now: Daily Guildhest, Daily Low Level Roulette. Travel to Quarrymill (South Shroud) and do Fates/Leves in this area. Having sucky gear at this point sucks – but you’ve been doing the Dungeon Roulette – haven’t you? Again, Accuracy Food is a larger help than you might imagine.

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

Level 22 Skill Reminder – Provoke: Useful for an ultimate long range pull, but more useful still – it ‘provokes’ any monster to hit you (placing you at the top of its aggro list). Obviously a useful tool for dungeons.

Alternate FATE spot mid 20’s: A great place to actively (or AFK camp) fates around the Highbridge area (Like this), there’s a bunch of FATES here and they’re chained up. This place is value if you’re waiting for your queue to come up (Not likely a problem for Gladiators).

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

At Level 28: Move on to Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea. FATE and Leve it up here till you hit 30. Once you’re 30, make sure to allocate all unused stat points to STR, complete all GLD hunting log entries, and GLD class quests.

You can also breathe a sigh of relief as you’ve finally learned Rage of Halone.

Gladiator 30 onwards: What to do?

After completing your (final) L30 GLD class quest(You’ve done it if you have Rage of Halone). From here you have two main choices:

  • Paladin (requires Conjurer 15 and GLD 30)
  • Alternate job path not yet released

If you’re planning to level a PLD – you can jump right to our Paladin Leveling Guide. You may still need the Conjurer Leveling Guide, too.

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

Hope you found our Gladiator Leveling Guide useful! But, you still got quite a bit more Halones to Rage – 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.

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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 :)

Thanks for using our Thaumaturge leveling guide! I hope you found it useful! But your hot and cold relationship with leveling will have to continue for a bit more… 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 Conjurer (CNJ) Leveling Guide

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

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Hello! If you’re reading this, you’re probably leveling up a Conjurer. While not the easiest class to solo with, hopefully this CNJ leveling guide can help you level up faster!

First of all, this Conjurer Leveling Guide is meant to be used in conjunction with FFXIV General Leveling Guide. Just a reminder, if this is your first character – follow your story quest! If you need to know more about the: basics of a conjurer, you can check that out. If you don’t know where the CNJ guild is – it’s in Gridania. If you have any Accuracy Food, good. Is your battle chocobo ready? Good.

Conjurer: the early levels

If you’re fresh Conjurer – go start up with your hunting log. A level one character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES is the absolute best way to level up during these starting levels. In the case of Conjurers, you’re gonna be walking around Central and North Shroud a lot. The early levels suck, if you really wanted to, you can get more EXP here by doing levequests in The Bannock (Level 1 & Level 5), which is a bit north of the Bentbranch Meadows Aetheryte (Central Shroud).

protip: If you have them, you can get Invigorate as a cross-class (better sprints), or Raging Strikes to help you out on tougher enemies. It’s not really a big deal though.

Level 6 skill reminder – Cleric Stance: Conjurers gain the skill “Cleric Stance” upon hitting level 6. This skill is arguably the most important tool for CNJ’s leveling up – and beyond. What does it do? Cleric Stance makes your DAMAGE SPELLS higher, and HEALING SPELLS lower. As long as you’re doing offensive spells, have it on. Toggling this skill is integral to your speed in leveling up, all the way up to end-game raids. Be comfy with it as early as now!

DPSing as Conjurer: It’s a good practice to start every fight with Aero. Only spam Stone if the enemies are really weak.

Level 8 Skill reminder – Protect: Always have protect on! It’s a good habit you’ll want to foster as early as now. And it makes leveling easier! Protect makes you take less damage from all sources!

You can attain level 10 Conjurer doing the above. Once you hit level 10 – make sure to finish off any unfinished hunting logs before proceeding! Also, check your unspent attribute points – allocate them all in MIND Also, please Go back to the Conjurer guildmaster every 5 levels – in your case, level 1 5 and 10 – make sure these class quests are done before proceeding. Do this as soon as possible for each 5 level interval in the future!

Conjurer Level 10 to 16

Once you hit level 10, you can now do Guildhests. If you haven’t unlocked them already, go to the nearest town (likely Bentbranch Meadows) and unlock it. Guildhests give a chunky EXP boost the first time you finish it with any class. ASIDE from this, 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. as reminder: you get the bonus for EACH CLASS on your first completion!

Feel free to head on over to Aleport in Western La Noscea. Aleport is the best way to grind FATEs – it’s highly populated and the FATEs spawn quickly, and in close proximity. Again, if FATEs aren’t popping – take the levequests in Aleport. Too hard? Take levequests in Swiftperch! Go on and grind until you reach level 16.

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

Reminder Level 15: Fluid Aura, a skill obtained by completing the L15 CNJ class quest, is super useful. Make sure to get this ASAP. It’s an off GCD DPS ability, and pushes most enemies away. Combined with cures, you can solo most enemies in a realistic level gap.

Level 16 – the turning point: Once your Conjurer hits 16, you can unlock Duty Roulette: Low level dungeon. This gives a MASSIVE EXP BONUS ONCE A DAY. And If you haven’t unlocked Challenge Log, do so. (It initially unlocks at level 16) You can check out how to unlock Challenge Log in the General Leveling Guide. Once you reach Level 16, the rest of the way is much easier. Queue up for it ASAP!

Cross-class skills: At this point, if you have them, you might as well take Swiftcast (THM 26) and Virus (ACN 12) as cross-class skills. They’re arguably the most useful cross-class skills you can get, and they’re very useful in dungeons.

Conjurer: finishing up to level 20: From here, wrap up your tier 2 hunting log. You can also do the higher level fates on the left side of Aleport. Before you proceed, I will remind you again to allocate all stat points to mind, and complete all CNJ class quests.

Conjurer Level 20 – 30

Keep doing what you’ve been doing to get up to this point: Daily Guildhest, Daily Low Level Roulette. Head over to Quarrymill (South Shroud) and do Fates/Leves/Hunting logs in this area. Around this point the lack of gear might be hurting you – thankfully you’ve been doing the Dungeon Roulette – right? Again, Accuracy Food is a larger help than you might imagine.

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

Reminder Level 22 Stone II: Conjurers learn Stone II at this level. It is strictly stronger than Stone I and should be replaced in the hotbar ASAP. What purpose does Stone I have, then? It’s still used in very corner case raiding as it provides a 20% Heavy (Movement speed debuff)

Alternate FATE spot mid 20’s: If you’re semi-AFK camping the fates around the Highbridge area (Like this), there’s an ultra high density of FATE’s here, but they’re chained up. This is great when waiting for your queue to pop (Not likely a problem for conjurers).

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

At Level 28: You can head on over to Costa Del Sol, Eastern La Noscea. FATEgrind here, Levequest grind here until you reach 30. Hit 30? Again, before proceeding, allocate all unused stat points to mind, complete all hunting log entries, and CNJ class quests.

Conjurer 30 onwards: What to do?

After completing your L30 CNJ class quest, that’s the last one. From here you have two main choices:

  • White Mage (requires Arcanist 15 and CNJ 30)
  • Alternate job path not yet released

If you’re planning to level a WHM – you can go right ahead to our White Mage Leveling Guide. You might also need the Arcanist Leveling Guide, too.

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

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FFXIV Fishing Leveling Guide (UPDATED 50 to 60)

UPDATED to L60! How to level up Fishing Quickly!? Confused with Fishing Levequests? Looking for FIsh & Fishing Spots? Power Level your Fisher!

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Either you’re really bored, are a completionist, or ran out of things to do. If you’ve found yourself in this page it will at least make your journey to 50 Fisherman less painful. First of all, you might want to check out our Gathering General FAQ, and [Fishing General FAQ] before you begin. Already familiar? Let’s get to it.

THE PRE-50 GUIDE NEEDS SOME REFINEMENT, but has the high impact notes for each tier.

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

Are you leveling your Fishing 50 to 60? Click on it. Seriously.

Navigation: [01-15] [16-35] [36-50] [50 to 60] [Summary]

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] [16-35] [36-50] [50 to 60] : [Summary]