Final Fantasy XIV Strategy Guide

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Oct. 6, 2010 - PRLog -- Before you can enjoy the adventure promised by the XIV edition of final fantasy series, there are things that must be done foremost. In order to do it right, it is best to have a guide to get started in the game. First, the benchmark is a good source of information about the basics of the game. You can get all information you need at the official benchmark site of the final fantasy series. Familiarize yourself with the rules, statistics, and characters of each race.

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After the update download, it is time to pick your race. In the XIV of final fantasy, there are 5 options of races, with each race having its dose of strengths and weaknesses. These 5 races are:Elezen—best at dealing closer-range damageHyur—the mediocre race; it is neither good nor bad at anything.Lalafell—best at making potions, spells and magicMiqo'te—best at dealing damage from a distant rangeRoegadyn—best at dealing massive damage

Each race has two clans, and each clan has its distinct characteristics and traits that can be of advantage at some point during the game. There could be no perfect race in the final fantasy XIV but you can have a race to work to your advantage.

During the game, you will need to use a Guardian and Birthday sign. Although it may sound too early to pick a respective sign at this point, you can always regard these signs as your character savior, and hence, should be given careful deliberation. For example, one Guardian sign is a keeper of fire. By playing as a conjurer and be a master at casting spells of fire, your skills can be given a boost and your damage a higher amount by your Guardian. Many players find them amazing even during the initial phase of the game.

Getting started with the  BattleAfter creating your character and choosing your race, you are now ready to get started and play the game. The final fantasy has many cities and city states. However, this guide selects the Limsa Lomisna city to be the standard city in describing the strategies herewith. Bear in mind, though, that the strategies are applicable to all cities in the Eorza.

To get started, sail a boat bound for Limsa Lomina. Of course, the voyage is packed with adventures such as series of combat against the monsters. You must not let your guard down even for a second as monsters of wide variety will attack your ship. The battle on your ship shall serve as an introduction to final fantasy's battle system.If you have played the XIII edition of the final fantasy series, you would have noticed immediately that some elements of the battle system will have another appearance in the XIV edition. The use of the stamina gauge is something that you should learn immediately. Most massively multiplayer online role playing games base your abilities and attacks on a dice roll. In the latest edition of final fantasy, however, you are given the privilege to be in control of your character and its accompanying abilities. While before, you must wait for your character's animation to complete before you could use its abilities, here, you can use the ability at anytime as long as you have the stamina for that ability.

Making a wise decision is always a winner. During the game, make certain that you have the skills and abilities to win out before you engage someone in a battle. Each time you aim at an opponent, there will be a colored shield appearing inside a target box adjacent to the enemy's name. The colored shield indicates your chances of winning against him. Thus, if the color is yellow or red, it means that you stand no chance against such opponent. If the color is green or blue, it means you will come out victorious. Of course, the color can be affected by the number of members you have in your party, as well as your rank and level.

Earning Gil
Pursuing a few quests will enable you to earn points for leveling up and scanty Gil. By then, you would realize that you have outgrown your gear. To earn more gil, you need to have a job. The best job to apply is fishing as you can just sit idly on one spot for a few hours until you caught fish, which you will sell for Gil to a non-playing character. You can also cook the fish and eat.

To start fishing, you need a fishing pole which can be obtained from the Fisherman's Guild located on the south of the city on its first level. After the fishing pole, you will also have to acquire some bait. Secure yourself with lugworms and go straight to the docks just outside the Fisherman's Guild. Use the fishing pole as your main weapon and slug worms for your pack slots.

The massive game resembles much of the real life. At first, you may not be adept at fishing. But over time, you will hone your skills and catch different types of fish easily. As you cast your fishing pole into the ocean for the first time, you would notice a depth meter, which indicates the type of fish you would likely to catch. The best catch to have is the clams as they sell with the highest price. Clams can be caught at the bottom of the ocean, hence, your fishing rod should reach that far. Fish can be caught in the middle of the ocean, while kelps are on top of it. However, depth meter is not absolute as you could catch any type of fish at any part of the ocean. Still, it is worth a try.After the depth meter, it is time to learn the jig system. After you cast your line into the ocean and you feel that something bites, you have to jig the line. The jig system works like a ‘hot and cold' system; you have to monitor your text box to ascertain whether you are getting cold or hot.

Though you may earn Gil from fishing, mining or hunting, the amount may not be as fulfilling as the one you will receive when you complete your quests. These jobs are only good for part time, they should not be treated as a career in the game.  Read more at

Switching Races and Gear
Now that you have earned enough Gil, you may want to treat yourself with new gear in preparation for the adventures that lay before you. Most of the shops in Limsa Lominsa are located on the first level. You can reach the area by taking the elevator. Go straight on your left as soon as you exit the elevator. Continue treading until you see several shops. This is the East Hawker's Alley or West Hawker's Alley. This is where you can shop for weapons of different classes. In final fantasy XIV you can switch your character and your job instantly by equipping yourself with a particular gear and weapon that belongs to a particular class or character. If you are playing a Conjurer and you want to switch to a Gladiator, you can just purchase a sword, and you become the character.

Being able to switch on to another character does not oblige you to do so. It is just your privilege. If you play as a magic user, and you want to deal a direct damage, you have to remember that you have spent all your attribute points in non-strength approaches. Eventually, you would find this boring and plan on creating a new character. If you have to, choose the character that is best suited for dealing direct damages.

It is also here when all players converge to sell and buy goods that they have found during their quests and adventure. For now, most of what you need can be found from other players. The makers of final fantasy XIV promised that there will be an auction house soon. Until then, try negotiating with some players about your needs. So, there goes everything you need to know about the crucial first 10 hours of your game. If you think you missed out on something, find your way through the guide here. Remember that what matters most is that you should be having a good time playing the final fantasy XIV.

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