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This will be a general rundown of ways to optimize experience per hour, in order to expedite the leveling process. However, it is important that efficiency should not take precedence over fun. If you don't find these practices enjoyable, please take whatever methods will help you avoid burnout.
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Quite a number of bonuses can be applied to increase EXP earned. Most of these bonuses stack additively with one another, unless otherwise noted in the sections below.
Meals can be consumed for a wide variety of buffs, as well as a 3% bonus to EXP gain for 30 minutes. The duration can be extended to 60 minutes by consuming multiple servings of the same food. Only one meal bonus can be active at a time. This bonus applies to EXP gained from defeating enemies, synthesizing recipes, and gathering items.
|Squadron Battle Manual||120m||+15% EXP earned from defeating enemies (does not stack with FC Actions)||Reward from Squadron Missions|
|Company-issue Engineering Manual||180m||+150% EXP earned from synthesis (Up to 250,000). Effect halved after level 40.||Purchased from Grand Company Quartermasters for 1,440 Company Seals|
|Company-issue Engineering Manual II||180m||+150% EXP earned from synthesis (Up to 500,000). Effect halved after level 50.||Purchased from Grand Company Quartermasters for 2,300 Company Seals|
|Commercial Engineering Manual||180m||+150% EXP earned from synthesis (Up to 1,750,000). Effect halved after level 70.||Level 50 Crafter Class Quests, Purchased from a Scrip Exchange for 30 White Crafters' Scrip|
|Revised Engineering Manual||180m||+150% EXP earned from synthesis (Up to 2,000,000). Effect halved after level 80.||Purchased from a Scrip Exchange for 30 White Crafters' Scrip|
|Squadron Engineering Manual||120m||+20% EXP earned from synthesis (does not stack with FC Actions)||Reward from Squadron Missions|
|Company-issue Survival Manual||180m||+150% EXP earned from gathering (Up to 250,000). Effect halved after level 40.||Purchased from Grand Company Quartermasters for 1,440 Company Seals|
|Company-issue Survival Manual II||180m||+150% EXP earned from gathering (Up to 500,000). Effect halved after level 50.||Purchased from Grand Company Quartermasters for 2,300 Company Seals|
|Commercial Survival Manual||180m||+150% EXP earned from gathering (Up to 1,750,000). Effect halved after level 70.||Level 50 Gatherer Class Quests, Purchased from a Scrip Exchange for 30 White Gatherers' Scrip|
|Revised Survival Manual||180m||+150% EXP earned from gathering (Up to 2,000,000). Effect halved after level 80.||Purchased from a Scrip Exchange for 30 White Gatherers' Scrip|
|Squadron Survival Manual||120m||+20% EXP earned from gathering (does not stack with FC Actions)||Reward from Squadron Missions|
The Armoury Bonus is a bonus applied to EXP gained by combat classes when below the level of your highest class. The bonus is +100% for levels 1-79, reducing to +50% for levels 80-90. Despite what the in-game Active Help entry implies, this bonus does not otherwise change depending on the discrepancy between levels. This bonus applies to EXP gained from the following activities:
- Defeating Enemies
- This includes the EXP gained from defeating Bosses inside of Dungeons.
- Completing Battlecraft Levequests
- Completing Guildhests
- Participating in FATEs
- Completing Duty Roulettes, once per day
- Completing Deep Dungeons
Rested EXP is gained by resting or logging out in areas designated as sanctuaries. Sanctuaries are typically areas around an Aetheryte as well as City-States, such as Limsa Lominsa, Gridania, and Ul'dah. Sanctuary status is indicated by a crescent moon symbol to the right of the experience bar. Rested EXP provides a 50% bonus to EXP gained from defeating enemies, synthesizing recipes, and gathering items. Because of this, rested EXP is consumed as a percentage of the bar, rather than a flat amount.
The current rested bonus is displayed on top of the experience bar. The dark orange portion indicates how much EXP can be earned before the bonus fades. If the bar is blue, it indicates that the bonus will carry over to the next level. It takes 7 days to gain a full bar of rested EXP, at which point no more will be accrued.
Free Company Actions
|The Heat of Battle||Increases EXP earned through battle by 5%.|
|The Heat of Battle II||Increases EXP earned through battle by 10%.|
|The Heat of Battle III||Increases EXP earned through battle by 15%.|
|Helping Hand||Increases EXP earned through crafting by 5%.|
|Helping Hand II||Increases EXP earned through crafting by 10%.|
|Helping Hand III||Increases EXP earned through crafting by 20%.|
|Earth and Water||Increases EXP earned through gathering by 5%.|
|Earth and Water II||Increases EXP earned through gathering by 10%.|
|Earth and Water III||Increases EXP earned through gathering by 20%.|
Certain Equipment provides a bonus to EXP gained when worn, up to a certain level. This bonus applies to EXP gained from defeating enemies, synthesizing recipes, and gathering items. The following is a list of equipment that grants a bonus to EXP, as well as how they can be obtained:
|Moogle Cap||+20%||10||Pre-ordering A Realm Reborn|
|Helm of Light||+20%||10||A Realm Reborn - Collector's Edition|
|Friendship Circlet||+20%||25||Recruit a Friend Campaign|
|Brand-new Ring||+30%||30||Complete all Hall of the Novice training exercises for a single role|
|Ala Mhigan Earrings||+30%||50||Pre-ordering Stormblood|
|Aetheryte Earring||+30%||70||Pre-ordering Shadowbringers|
|Menphina's Earring||+30%||80||Pre-ordering Endwalker|
The Road to 80
Some Worlds with lower populations are occasionally designated as Preferred Worlds. This designation gives characters newly created on those worlds a passive buff called The Road to 80, which applies to any class below level 80. The Road to 80 provides a multiplicative 100% bonus to all sources of EXP, calculated after applying any other bonuses. For more information about Preferred Worlds, please refer to the Play Guide entry on population balancing.
Prior to Level 15
Battlecraft Leves, FATEs and your class Hunting Log should get you to 15 in fairly short order (a couple of hours, tops). Leverage as many of the above bonuses as you can. Once you hit 15 you can queue Sastasha, and level 16 will allow you to use Duty Roulette: Leveling.
- Duty Roulettes with emphasis on:
- Others that can be worthwhile depending on queue times:
- Roulettes to be avoided for EXP:
While queuing, participating in level-appropriate FATEs and completing one-time Hunting Logs will allow you to use your downtime. Prior to level 60 Battlecraft Leves are available. After 60, Stormblood and later zones have an EXP Up mechanic for FATEs. Beginning with Shadowbringers, players also have the Shared FATE system to work on.
- Tribal Quests become available beginning at level 41. Each expansion has a different set of tribes oriented towards different playstyles. You can complete 12 tribal quests a day, but only 3 from any particular tribal NPC. A Realm Reborn tribes have more than one quest-giver NPC, but later tribes do not.
- The Hunt has both daily and weekly bills that offer some EXP. Generally quick and easy to do while waiting in a queue.
- Challenge Logs unlocked with a level 15 quest.
- Wondrous Tails unlocked with a level 60 quest.
- Elite Marks have bills that are weekly for B-ranks. The EXP for the weekly is terrible so they are primarily done for hunt currency.
Once you have exhausted all of your repeatable options, the fastest EXP per hour is going to be your highest available leveling dungeon. Leveling dungeons are those whose level doesn't end in a 0. As an example, when you get to level 50 run the level 47 dungeon, The Aurum Vale, until you can switch to the level 51 dungeon, The Dusk Vigil. Level-cap dungeons (50/60/70/80) are designed to dispense Allagan Tomestones and loot to help players gear themselves, and not for Experience.
Alternatives are available when queue times are very long (15 minutes or more, common during off-hours and for DPS):
- Palace of the Dead (falls off hard after level 60)
- Heaven on High (requires level 61+, falls off at 70)
- Eureka does not provide regular PvE Experience like Bozja does. It has it's own internal leveling system ( Elemental EXP) and is primarily for completing Stormblood relics and artifact armor.
Additional, last-ditch options (for horrifically long queues) that are designed to be slower than human players include:
The Duty Support System
The Trust System
The primary source of gear between level 15 and 50 will be Dungeon drops. For leveling dungeons, you are guaranteed one piece of gear for your class at the end of the dungeon. It drops directly into your inventory, and must be a piece you do not already have. This gear is Green rarity and has stats like High Quality white (crafted) gear. There is a new dungeon set in each leveling dungeon.
Once you hit level 50 you can begin using Poetics Tomestone gear. This was the last, best purchasable gear from that expansion's endgame. It lets you skip the gear treadmill and will last 5 levels into the next expansion.
Additionally, completion of your Job Quests (and later, Role Quests) nets you a passable set of Artifact Armor. These sets are also Blue rarity and are a decent start if you don't have Poetics gear yet.
If you are flush with Gil, you can procure crafted gear from the Market Board. Be sure to only purchase High Quality gear as Normal Quality has a 10% stat penalty. This may not sound like much, but it's enough that level 56 NQ gear will be worse than level 50 Poetics gear! So don't bother with NQ after level 50.