The new leveling system that Square has implemented is perhaps the biggest change in the Final Fantasy series. You will still gain experience points for fighting monsters AND doing missions. The types of experience points you earn will vary depending on the monster.
However, the experience points for leveling will be calculated until you rest your party by camping or spending a little gold in a hotel. We’ll take a look at which of these experiences is the best and how to maximize them for the quickest leveling.
The use of the day and night cycle promises a unique experience for this game. Each cycle will be about one hour of real world time. Players are free to explore as much as they want during the day, riding in the car, attacking monsters, and gaining gold. Night is different and somewhat relevant to the night/day change seen in games like Minecraft or even as far back as Simon’s Quest.
Camping during the night will protect you from excessively powerful creatures and also give you time to rest and progress your characters. As a result, there’s no more 24-hour a day seven-days-a-week grinding in the Final Fantasy series.
Instead, you have to rest your character to keep them well-prepared for the demands of the game. Without regular sleep, your character will start to lose stats and abilities.
And, as mentioned above, you don’t really earn your experience points until you rest.
Now camping in the haven is the least expensive way to gain experience points. It costs you no money and lets you have fun with your party sitting around the campfire, cooking, and interacting.
Ignis, your driver and chef, will prepare these delicious meals. Some will increase your HP, buff your status, and offer other bonuses. Ignis will also increase their cooking skills over time to create better food.
Although camping is a major feature for this series, it isn’t the best way to increase your levels. Staying in a hotel could gain you an experience multiplier which will boost your levels quickly. For example, staying in a caravan boosts your experience by 1.2 times while a typical motel boosts it by 1.5 times. The luxurios one at Galdin Quay will boost your experience by two times, though it costs 10,000 gil.
As there’s no way that you can get that kind of gil so early in the game, your best bet is to stay at the caravan for 1.2 times boost and get the 1.2 times boost. Staying here costs only 30 gil and you can get a good food at the Hammerhead at a very cheap price as well.
This option is your best bet because it will allow you not only the chance to boost your experience quickly, but to also save up money for better weapons. The boost is a big deal even early in the game, either, as the basic monsters will only give you a small amount of experience points compared to monsters later in the game.
Since the mid-game, you have more change to experience the fun of camping, as you won’t have a chance to stay at the hotel/caravan much. Camping also gives Ignis time to become a better cook for when diner’s meals are becoming very expensive yet provide bad buffs. It is better to save up gil later in the game to invest in both great weapons and healing items.
Once you’re regularly beating monsters that drop heavy levels of experience points and completing several quests, you can then head over to the hotel and enjoy 1.5x exp bonus.
For the post-game content, staying at Galdin Quay and get the double-experience points bonus once in a while is a good idea. That time you won’t need much gil anymore and this will give you the kind of boosts you need later in the game, as the experience points you’ll have collected will be large enough to make that expensive stay at the inn worth it.
All of this experience grinding will also make you a better Final Fantasy XV player. This will make it easier for you to have fun with the game and to explore its many areas in an engaging way. Clearly, the leveling system for this game promises an interesting experience that will challenge fans of the series.
While there is a side way of leveling up early, the important thing to remember is that it only benefits Noctis. He will gain 1,000 experience each duel that he has with Gladiolus, but you need to weigh the pro’s and the con’s with respect to the rest of your team not getting any experience as well. Still, it might be worth it just to get the initial training down and there isn’t much downside other possibly being inefficient with your leveling.
By camping right at Ausace Haven you can start the grinding process of not only picking off simpler enemies, but you can also make sure you are figuring out all of the controls. You will already get tremendous experience right off of the bat, but by eating roast stew early on you can increase your experience thanks to the bonus.
If you wait for the Magitek Soliders and the pack of wild Garulas to attack, then you can pick up some significant experience as well as gain some logistical information about the way that battles work. There will be some specific changes to combat but there will also be some familiarity. The battles you see running along the lake won’t be terribly hard, but they will keep you on your toes in order to get experience with the battle system so you will need to learn how to go through the combat system instead of just smashing easy kills.
The next few levels you should spend some time trying to head towards Chocobo Outpost. When it comes to attacking the Mesminer near the wall you should use the phantom sword mode. Be careful with the Mesminer at first, but you should be able to attack and take it down in a relatively short period of time. After getting enough experience with the Mesminer, continue onward to the Chocobo Outpost and keep taking out any of the Garulas you come into contact with.
The key to this process is jumping into the trailer and then catching up on your Z’s. Noctis and company will not only need to rest just due to health, but the way that the day and night cycles work your characters need to sleep in order to actually combine all experience and level up your bro band. The worst thing you can do is try to avoid getting rest when you need it in the initial grinding because your health and abilities just aren’t strong enough to take chances. Getting rest isn’t just important, but it ensures easier run through of the previous process.
At the end of the day if you do follow this simple leveling guide you should be able to net significant amounts of experience and get you up to speed quickly. It may take a little bit of time to get this run through down pat, but you will be more than able to start significantly racking up experience points and getting your characters leveled up in no time at all. The one point to note is that you can’t gather your experience up unless you go camping, so for as much as you earn you will still need to have Noctis rest up in order to level up. And continue an open world exploration next morning.