FFXIV Level Up: How does it work and is it worth it?
The system increased the level of Final Fantasy XIV allows players to increase the level of their character to 70 or purchase items to omit significant parts of the story. This is useful for players who want to catch up with their friends or get straight to the end of the game without spending hours of story content and cutscenes.
I’ve always said that Final Fantasy XIV is a Final Fantasy game first and an MMO second.
That’s especially true for the story, which is often praised as one of the best (if not the absolute) of its genre.
Of course, the bar is not particularly high for that. But Final Fantasy XIV hasn’t diluted its storytelling at all in any way to accommodate the MMO component.
This can make joining the game as a new player particularly daunting.
This is a game that has been completely rebooted, changing dramatically in the process, and has since seen the release of some massive expansions with a lot of history.
That’s a lot to take in as a new player. Especially if you’re in a rush to catch up with your friends who are doing all the fun things.
Obviously, many Final Fantasy XIV veterans will tell you to take your time, to immerse yourself in the world and history, whenever possible.
But for some players, that just isn’t an option.
Maybe you just want to play the game as is now, without going through years of old content. Even if you skip all the scenes, it will take you a couple of months to catch up (trust me, I speak from experience).
Fortunately, XIV offers a couple of methods to get you started fast if you want to skip all the trouble and jump right into high-level play. And Level Boost is a mechanic that will help you achieve it.
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How do I get the XIV level increase?
First things first, you will need to go to the online store and look for the “Tales of Adventure” category.
You will notice that it is divided into three subcategories, and this is due to the way the impulses are structured.
XIV has a lot of story value, and it gives players the option to level-skip without skipping the story content.
This is a double-edged sword because the current system allows you a bit of flexibility in what you want to drive, but it also means that you have to buy two separate items (at a potential cost of fifty dollars). to increase the level and skip the story at the same time.
If you are simply looking to level up a job instantly, you want to purchase the relevant item “A Hero’s Journey”.
These are individual for each class in the game and will provide you with a number of bonuses along with leveling up.
If you want to instantly level up a Dark Knight to 70, you will need to purchase the “Tales of Adventure: A Dark Knight’s Journey II” token.
Don’t worry about the numbers, now they will all work the same way.
If you want to skip the story as well, you will need to purchase a token separately.
There are currently three of these available, but we’ll likely see another one coming with Endwalker.
And these are expansion-related name-based elements that you skip:
Tales of Adventure: A Realm Reborn, Heavensward, and Stormblood.
Fortunately, you don’t need to purchase all three individually if you want to jump straight into Shadowbringers.
Purchasing Tales of Adventure: Stormblood will skip Stormblood and all previous content.
How do level upgrades/story jumps work?
Once you have purchased the item from the online store, you can retrieve it from a Delivery Moogle in the game.
You’ll also get some additional bonuses to make your life a little easier after the jump: Those who simply skip the story will receive Allagan Platinum Pieces worth half a million Gil and ten Silver Chocobo Feathers, which can be redeemed for gear.
If you’ve leveled up with a Hero’s Journey token, you’ll earn Allagan’s Half Million Platinum Tokens and a full set of accessories to jump-start your chosen class.
You will need to use the item within a large settlement (basically a rested EXP zone). And you will be logged out in the process, but once you log back in, the change will have continued.
For those of you leveling up, don’t worry, you’ll be automatically equipped with a full set of level-appropriate gear.
You can further increase your character now with the included accessories and sell all your Allagan Platinum pieces for some sweet girl too.
And obviously, you won’t be able to level up / skip stories unless you have the relevant expansion keys activated in your service account.
You cannot omit content that is not owned by you.
Is it worth increasing the level?
This is a tough question to answer because honestly, I’m in two minds about the Final Fantasy XIV story experience as a long-time MMO player.
It is true that the story is very good.
But the problem is that there is a lot.
I’m glad I took the time to reproduce each expansion, even if I was skipping most of the scenes.
If you just want to get to the end and play challenging and fun content with your friends, leveling up might be the way to go.
Because it takes a long time to get to that point naturally.
But if you really want to dive into Eorzea, understand all the memes, and care about the world you’ll spend so much time fighting in, don’t level up or skip the story, at least not for your first character.
Anyway, the leveling itself doesn’t take that long.
There are a number of ways you can increase your EXP gain naturally and learn your job skills from the inside out along the way.
So really, it all comes down to what’s important to you.