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Newbie and Returning players guide
last update 12/12/09
So you decided to play FFXI and if you're not careful you'll probably
get yourself into a whole mess of trouble. The thing about playing an
online game like this is that you either have good manners or the other
players will start to resent you. These are things that I learned from
playing the beta under the nick of "Shadowcat" (no relation to any comic
book characters) and hanging around the retail PC players. I've also
learned that some of this has occurred on the North American launch as
the Japanese players came to resent the total idiocy of a large group of
American newbies. This ensued in something I term as "Stupid Newbie
syndrome" where a block of established players clashes with a large
group of newbies that has just come into the game. To prevent more of
this upon the North American PS2 launch I wrote this FAQ just for you.
You can always find the latest version of this FAQ by emailing me or
going to http://maryadavies.vze.com.
Part 1: getting started-
First off you have to choose your system. Having the PC edition or the
Xbox 360 does not necessarily mean the game will look better or play any
different. (Actually the sky looked a bit washed out on my PC beta but
I'm not too sure if it is the same now as there's been a lot of
updates.) There is virtually no difference between the three versions
and PS2, Xbox 360 and PC players play on the same servers. Also around
are the Japanese players, and they can be a bit hard to communicate with
so be nice.
1.1 System Requirements-
1.1.1 PS2 edition: 1.An older model fatboy PS2.[the thin ones will not
play FFXI as there's no place for the HDD] 2. Sony's Network Adapter
3.USB Keyboard (this is required for chatting on the PS2[no USB headsets
here!], and personally I recommend you get something cheap. Pay $50 for
a KB just to use on a game console is really silly. I currently use a
really cheap logitech but any straight up USB keyboard will work. 4.USB
mouse (optional as I've found this is only useful if you plan on playing
lots of Tetra Master on POL)
Software editions for the PS2: Main installs(these will allow you to
play the game but you may not have access to certain areas): 1.FFXI +
The Rise of Zilart with the HDD(you can find this used if you just want
it to install the game) 2.FFXI Vana'diel Collection 2008(includes all
expansion packs execpt the mini-expansion quests) Expansion Packs(these
are not standalone installs and will not work without one of the main
installs): 1. FFXI: Chains of Promathia 2. FFXI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan
3. FFXI: Wings of the Goddess
1.1.1.a Installing the PS2 edition on a PS3: It is possible to install
the PS2 edition on a Playstation 3 but you first need one of the three
backwards compatible models of that system. No current model of the PS3
will play PS2 games so to get one of these you will have to resort to
going to a used game shop such as Gamestop or using online auction sites
such as Ebay. I will list the model numbers here and briefly describe
1. Model#CECHB01- this model comes with an 20 gig Hard Disk Drive, no
Wi-Fi and four USB ports on the front
2. Model#CECHA01- This model came with an 60 gig Hard Disk Drive and
four USB ports on the front
3. Model#CECHE01- This model game with an 80 gig Hard Disk Drive and
four USB ports on the front. I guess you can see the pattern here as all
backwards compatible models of the PS3 have four USB ports on the front.
Once you're sure that you have one of these models you will need to
download the “PS2 system file” from the Playstation store (it's free).
This will make a 10 gig partition on your Hard Drive and allow you to
1.1.2 PC Edition: *Note- I'm putting Square Enix's stats down here. I'm
also adding an accessory I feel most of you will need.
1.1.2a Software and accessories- The PC edition comes in several
flavors(old and new), but we warned the new ones require a DVD-Rom Drive
Software Editions for the PC: Main Installs(you will need one of these
to make the game run)- 1. FFXI Online + The Rise of Zilart (1st
expansion included in USA edition) [medium=CD-Rom] 2. FFXI: The
Vana'diel Collection (Includes the "Chains of Promathia" expansion +
what was in #1)[medium=DVD-ROM] 3. FFXI: Vana'diel Collection
2007(includes FFXI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan.)[medium=DVD-ROM] 4. FFXI
Vana'diel Collection 2008(has all the expansions minus the
mini-expansion quests)[medium=DVD-ROM] 5. Final Fantasy XI: Ultimate
Collection(includes free keys for the three mini-expansion quests.
Basically the complete edition)[medium=DVD-ROM] [Expansion Packs] *note:
one of the main game installs is required for expansion packs 1. The
Rise of Zilart (included with all NA an EU editions) 2. FFXI: Chains of
Promathia [medium=CD-ROM] 3. FFXI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan
[medium=DVD-ROM] 4. FFXI: Wings of the Goddess [medium=DVD-ROM]
*note:(Recommended Accessories) Dual Shock 2 style gamepad- $10-$30 Or
Playstation to USB adapter- $10(useful if you have PS2 systems about as
you can borrow those controllers) *Note- the reason I recommend these is
that the Keyboard and mouse controls aren't really ideal for the game.
It was mostly designed with the Dual Shock 2 in mind and has some lousy
controls without one IMHO.
1.1.2b Minimum System requirements- Windows 98/Windows 98 SE/Me/2000/XP
Intel 800Mhz or faster processor,128 megs of ram Nvidia GeForce series
with 32 megs of ram or an ATI Radeon 9000 series DirectX 8.1 compatible
sound 6 Gigs of free Hard Drive Space,4x CD-ROM (for install only)
1.1.2c Recommended System requirements- Windows XP Intel Pentium 4
processor 256 megs of RAM Nvidia GeForce FX with 64 megs of ram DirectX
8.1 compatible sound 6 Gigs of free Hard Drive Space 32x CD-ROM (for
install only) Broadband Internet connection
1.1.3 Xbox 360 edition: First off I will say that you DO NOT need Xbox
Live Gold to play FFXI online as you only need a Xbox Live Silver(free).
This is similar to the PS2 edition in that you need a USB keyboard for
chatting. I don't recommend the Xbox360 chatpad as it's gonna be hard to
type fast and execute macros. Also an Xbox 360 with a Hard Disk Drive is
required to install FFXI. None of the arcade editions will work without
first buying the Hard Drive accessory.
Main installs: 1. Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia, Rise Of The
Zilart, Treasures of Aht Urhgan(everything but Wings of the Goddess and
the mini-expansion quests) 2. Vana'diel Collection 2008(includes
everything but the mini-expansion quests) 3. Final Fantasy XI: Ultimate
Collection (has free keys for the mini-expansion quests) Expansion
Packs(these require one of the main installs to work): 1. Wings of the
1.2 Making a Character: First you should know that your job is not set
in stone as you can change it at any time during play by talking to the
moogle in your mog house. You also have a starter weapon in your
inventory when you get into the game(related to the job you just
picked). However the race you choose to be can affect the stats of
certain jobs and make them better or worse depending on which one you
pick. Secondly you should have a basic understanding of the Worldpass
system which I will explain later in this section of the FAQ. I am going
to go over the various races, starter jobs, and areas now as that's the
1.2.1 Races: Hume- these guys are basically the jack of all trades. They
are good at any job you care to pick from warrior to White mage… Mithra
(female only)- These crazy cat girls have high dexterity which makes
them great thieves and rangers. They can have slightly reduced MP in the
mage department though and when they do get hit, they get hit for more.
Galka (male only)- These big bear like guys are dead tough and they make
great Monks and warrior types. They generally have high HP but very low
on the MP department. TaruTaru- these are smart little guys who can get
lots of MP on mage jobs and their intelligence makes them great spell
casters. They can be decent at melee jobs, but it's more in the area of
Advanced jobs. They don't have a lot of HP and this can make playing
warrior hard, but it is workable. Elvaan- these elves are great at melee
jobs from what I hear. They also make pretty good healers because of
their high mind stat; however they're lacking in the MP department.
1.2.2 Starting Jobs: (note: FFXI is a game with many jobs that you can
change your character into if you want. You are not tied to a single
class progression when you start the game.)
Warrior (Standard weapon types: short swords, axes, scythes, spears and
two-handed swords)-this job is adept at all forms of combat and its
secondary purpose is to protect the other players. (Esp. the mages) The
ability "Provoke" learned on level 5 is used to keep the monsters
focused on you and for luring them to you so your party can attack. This
is really the first tank job most of us try to play but at higher levels
it's now seen as a damage dealer.
Thief (Standard weapon types: Daggers, a few claws and short swords) -
my personal favorite job, this job can net you tons of battlefield
treasure to put to various uses. (Such as crafting, but I'll get into it
later) Steal is learned on level 5 and is about as effective as in
previous games in the series, but the latent abilities such as Gilfinder
and treasure hunter more than pick up the slack. Also later the Thief
learns great attack abilities like Sneak Attack and Trick Attack that
greatly increase the amount of damage you can do. This is basically a
dealer of spike damage and also seen as someone who can pull monsters
for XP parties.
Monk (Standard weapon type: claws)- these guys can basically beat up the
monsters. They make for one of the best attacking jobs in the game and
usually have no problems soloing at certain points.
Red Mage (Standard weapon type: short swords)- these guys can use both
white and black magic, plus they don't make bad attackers either. Early
in the game this job works but later it can get to be a total pain or so
I hear. Mostly on this job they've regulated to being healers which is
kinda a crying shame because they are good at casting status aliments
and they have decent sword skills.
Black Mage (Standard weapon types: Clubs, some daggers, and Staves)- The
biggest drawback to playing Black Mage is that you don't get a lot of HP
very fast. On the flipside you get a ton of MP and some great attack
White Mage(Standard weapon types: Clubs, and Staves)- You're gonna be
spending a lot of time using cure spells, but then again you've got
friends everywhere. (It can be hard to level up at the start) This job
is in high demand thanks to the high cost of potions so if you decide to
go here everyone will want you to join them. (If you want a ton of
friends…go this way!)
1.3 Worldpass system: Square Enix basically made this system somewhat
useless since now you can select any world by default. Gold worldpasses
are still sold for the purpose of inviting your friends to play with you
and to get some fun goodies.
1.4 Starting Areas: Note: You get a slight bonus for starting at the
home for you race, but maybe you want some cooler scenery….
Bastok- This place is all about machines and mining. It's also the home
of the Humes and the Galka. Most of the area around this place is
wasteland with a few hills. It's also home to the Alchemy, Blacksmith
and Goldsmith guilds.
San d'Oria- This castle-like town is home to the Elvaans. It's basically
all medieval/renaissance but many of the NPCs can be big snobs. The
notable craft guild that are located here are the Tanning and
Woodworking guilds. The surrounding area is some rather pretty forest.
Windhurst- Probably the prettiest town but sometimes getting around can
be confusing. This place is home to the TaruTarus and the Mithra. It's a
place very steeped in magic and the guilds here are Cooking,
Boneworking, and Clothcraft. The surrounding area is pretty fields and
1.5 Linkshells: I thought I should add this here as sometime during play
you will probably be asked if you want to join one. This is basically a
chat group, and the members of this can hear you anywhere in the current
world you're playing in when you chat on it. Joining one of these is a
good way to get help or find party members. You can also set up your own
Linkshell if you have a couple thousand gil to pay to certain NPCs.
1.6 Return to Vana'diel Campaign- Had a character before and wanna get
back in? If you remember your Playonline account information you can get
Square Enix to restore your characters provided that you(personally) did
not delete your characters when you quit. If you forgot you account info
a tech support rep might be able to get it back for you if you remember
your old address and credit card info. Just go to
http://www.playonline.com to try to get back in.
1.7 Experience Point bonuses- I dually note that most jobs in FFXI can't
solo much past lvl 20 but there are some instances where you can get
bonus XP and I will list those here. Some of these do not require an XP
1. XP bonus rings- When you have enough Conquest points(see Signet,
Sanction and Sigil below) you can use these to buy a ring that has
consumable charges. They are the Chariot Band, Empress Band and the
Emperor Band. These allow for you to have a certain max bonus per real
life day with the worst being the Chariot Band. The best deal if you
think you're gonna try to XP a lot is the Empress Band because if you
use all the charges you'll get the most experience points. If you only
plan on gaining experience points three time a week or less the Emperor
band would be a better choice for you. All of these are rechargeable for
conquest points(original FFXI areas), Imperial standing points and
Allied notes(trade to the guards). There is also a fourth ring call the
“Anniversary Ring” that you can use the charges on every hour but this
is only available through special events and is not rechargeable.
2. Fields of Valor- This was added recently and it's a system that
allows you to gain bonus experience points by killing certain monsters .
You can even do this if the monsters are a lot weaker than your
character as long as you get some experience points for killing them.
You also earn points/notes that can be exchanged for buffs or transport
back to your home nation. When you first wander outside look for a
“field manual”(hey it's a book!) in it there are options for “individual
training” and “elite training”. I suggest you look at individual
training first and pick a page. Each one of these pages contains what I
call a “monster bounty list” and for the newbie areas it's mostly stuff
you would kill anyway. I will list “Individual training” on the pages
for each of the starting areas: North Gustaberg (I-6),(L-8),(D-10)&(J-6)
page 1 Target level: 1~6 monsters to fight: 6 Worms
page 2 Target level: 3~6 monsters to fight: 6 Maneating Hornets
page 3 Target level: 3~7 monsters to fight: 5 Vultures,1 Walking Sapling
page 4 Target level: 3~8 monsters to fight: 4 Quadav,2 Rock Lizards
page 5 Target level: 3~8 monsters to fight: 3 Quadav,4 Ornery Sheep
South Gustaberg (K-8) & (H-9)
page 1 Target level: 1~6 monsters to fight: 6 Bees
page 2 Target level: 2~5 monsters to fight: 7 Stone Eaters
page 3 Target level: 3~6 monsters to fight: 3 Vultures,3 Walking Saplings
page 4 Target level: 3~6 monsters to fight: 7 Goblins
page 5 Target level: 4~8 monsters to fight: 5 Rock Lizards, 2 Crabs
West Ronfaure (I-6) & (G-9)
page 1 Target level: 1~6 monsters to fight: 6 Worms
page 2 Target level: 2~6 monsters to fight: 6 Forest Hares
page 3 Target level: 4~7 monsters to fight: 5 Scarab Beetles,1 Forest Funguar
page 4 Target level: 4~8 monsters to fight: 4 Orcs, 2 Scarab Beetles
page 5 Target level: 4~8 monsters to fight: 6 Wild Sheep, 1 Goblin
East Ronfaure (G-6) & (H-9)
page 1 Target level: 1~5 monsters to fight: 6 Pugil(fish)
page 2 Target level: 2~5 monsters to fight: 6 Carrion Worms
page 3 Target level: 2~6 monsters to fight: 7 Forest Hares
page 4 Target level: 3~6 monsters to fight: 4 Orcs,2 Forest Funguars
page 5 Target level: 4~8 monsters to fight: 4 Wild Sheep,2 Scarab Beetles
West Sarutabaruta (J-8) & (H-6) & (I-10)
page 1 Target level: 1~5 monsters to fight: 6 Mandragoras
page 2 Target level: 2~5 monsters to fight: 6 Savanna Rarabs
page 3 Target level: 3~8 monsters to fight: 5 Crawlers,1 Carrion Crow
page 4 Target level: 4~8 monsters to fight: 4 Yagudo, 2 Crawlers
page 5 Target level: 4~8 monsters to fight: 4 Yagudo, 2 Bees
East Sarutabaruta (F-4), (G-11) & (J-7)
page 1 Target level: 1~6 monsters to fight: 6 Mandragora
page 2 Target level: 1~8 monsters to fight: 6 Bees
page 3 Target level: 2~6 monsters to fight: 6 Savanna Rarabs
page 4 Target level: 3~6 monsters to fight: 4 River Crabs, 2 Crawlers
page 5 Target level: 3~6 monsters to fight: 4 Carrion Crows, 3 Crawlers
3. Besieged- Every so often Al Zahbi(the offshoot of the Aht Urhgan
Whitegate town zone and the first town in the "Treasures of Aht Urhgan"
expansion) will come under attack. It's not very predictable but you can
usually see them coming by selecting “Besieged” from “region info” on the
main FFXI menu. You can gain points by healing and helping to kill monsters
and if you survive until the end you get a nice experience point bonus.
However you do not get the full bonus from this until lvl 65.
4. Campaign Ops(Wings of the Goddess Required)- Anyone can do these
little short quests that gain you some experience points. They are in
the past versions of the starting cities: Bastok[s], San d'Oria[s] and
Windhurst[s] as the starting places. Usually the quests are simple
enough that even a newbie can do them but getting to the past is
something best left to people who've been to the central city of Jueno.
5. Campaign(Wings of the Goddess Required)- similar to besieged except
the whole world is under attack randomly. You can usually pick a zone to
defend or attack depending on the current state of things and if you
survive the battle you get bonus experience points. However you do not
get the full bonus from this until lvl 65.
1.8 Newbie quests- This was added last year but going into the gory
details is very very long. Basically they teach you a bit about the game
while giving you some items and some little bonus XP. I suggest you look
at this in addition to my guide:
1.9 Level sync- This system was added a few updates ago. It lets high
level players join any party if they want to. The gear these players are
wearing caps down to a “Fair amount” which often makes wearing level
appropriate gear better. You can try to ask whatever players you wish to
cap down to lvl 10 but don't get mad if you're rejected.
Part 2: Crafts and making money- Every newbie asks, "How do I make
money?"; well you're in luck because I'm gonna give you some hints.
Whether or not you've played an MMORPG before you should know that one
way to make money is just to sell many of the items that the monsters
drop and this does work but it's only short term. To get rich in the big
game you're gonna have to use what you just found in crafts and/or do
hundreds of quests and this can take a while. Crafts work by using
crystals which monsters will drop if you have signet cast on you. You
can get signet cast on you by any gate guard, but I'll go more into it
when I summarize the conquest. I'm gonna have a summary of the basic
crafts here, but if you want formulas you need to check another FAQ.
Things that are made can be sold at the auction house or by using the
2.1 Signet,Sanction, and Sigil: These are spells that allow you to get
Crystals and earn conquest points(FFXI/Rise of Zilart/Chains of
Promathia areas) or Imperial Standing points(Treasures of Aht Urhgan
areas) depending on what area you are in(note: Sigil does not allow you
to earn Allied Notes from Wings of the Goddess areas). As a newbie you
should really only worry about Signet as those are the areas you will be
visiting for quite awhile. Signet also has a new added effect of
allowing you to use the rest command without losing any TP(I'll go over
this in “Weapon Skills”.) You can use these conquest points and imperial
standing points for cool items down the line or just sell them. The more
points gotten by a nation in an original area the more likely that
nation will own it. Rank is important in FFXI(original) and WOTG as the
number one ranked nation will have access to the best items. Any of the
guards with initials next to their name (I.M., ETC.) can cast Signet on
you and if you are visiting another nation you can visit consulate of
you nation to have it recast as well. Please try to keep it on at all
2.2 Casting lots: This goes along with joining parties and the treasure
distribution system. In a party you can choose to pool your treasure or
have a designated quartermaster. (Personally I prefer to pool my
treasure, but that's just me.) When treasure is pooled anyone in the
party can cast a lot for it and this picks a random number between 1 and
999(Dice Roll!! 999!!). The higher the number the more likely the item
will be yours. The treasure does not auto distribute very well and many
people will be cheated if no one casts lots. If you really need the item
in question you can ask your party members nicely to pass. Passing means
that you don't take a spin on the item and give everyone else a chance
at it. Lotting in XP parties is considered rude so most players don't do
it. I really think it's silly but that's the way it is.
2.3 Crafts: This can make you money but you can also lose some gil as
well. Sometimes supplies aren't easily gotten from the monsters so you
must buy them. Eventually what you make can be worth lots of gil, but
high levels of certain crafts are required.
Alchemy- this is one I wish I'd figured out how to try this one. You can
make potions, Ethers and other such useful things, but you can also
profit by adding certain elemental properties to weapons and armor. This
can really got you some $$$!
Blacksmith- With this craft you can make some great weapons and armor,
but it can run up a tab since the monsters don't always drop what you
need. You can also do some mining but the ore you get is totally random,
and you might just break a lot of pickaxes!
Goldsmith- Worms drop a lot of the raw material to get started in this
craft, but it does end up being abit expensive. The accessories you make
can sell high, but you have to work your way up.
Clothcraft- this one allows you to make cloth armor, beds and other
things and it's actually pretty good. You can combine it with other
crafts such as blacksmith and alchemy to make different types of cool
armor. Oh if you go harvesting for material expect to break a few
Bonecraft- you can end up making some way cool armor with this. You can
also make some good ornaments.
Culinarian- food can have a great effect on your stats. Cooking can make
things that have really cool effects…like MP regen!
Leathercraft – Want to make armor? Or you like to farm tigers or
something that drops skins that don't stack? This is the craft for you
Woodworking- ever wanted to make shields, arrows, bows and furniture?
This might be just for you. Expect to go through a few axes at the
logging points though!
Fishing- this kinda goes with cooking as you usually eat what you catch.
Plan on breaking a few fishing poles and losing bait before you get
good. Also due to new rules new players can no longer fish right at the
start and must wait until lvl 20. This was a measure to curtail
gillsellers/RMT. It can actaully make money for you right out of the gate
and rods and bait are cheap.
Synergy- this was just added and it's mainly to be used to make custom
weapons and armor. As the system has only just barely been fully
released I can only tell you what is known about it at this time.
According to SE this can even require multiple crafters with the
mess-ups sometimes rebounding and casing physical damage to the
crafters involved(On a 75 is isn't much but it could be devastating to
a low level).
2.4 The Auction house and The Bazaar system
2.4.1 The Auction House- This may be the biggest place to buy and sell
things. It's a big building that's marked on most of the town maps and
there's at least one in each major town. Putting junk up for auction is
pretty easy as you just walk up to the counter and select it. A menu
will appear that will let you buy or sell and you select sell and them
item. This does cost a small amount of gil and the selling prices are
determined by the old economic law of Supply and Demand.
2.4.1a Reselling things at Auction House- This is how I made alot of my
early gil and it still works. Alot of people are too lazy to find the
NPC sellers for armor and spells so if the NPC has it for cheaper you
can sell it on the AH for more money. This can also go the other way
as some stuff sells to NPCs for more than the Auction House price.
2.4.2 The Bazaar system- Using this you can set prices for anything in
your inventory, and basically turn your character into a walking shop.
Open the main menu and go over to the second list and select "Bazaar".
Then when it lets you go to your inventory you can set the prices on
things…oh and don't set them too high or you won't sell a blasted thing!
Part 3: Things not to do (manners and monsters) - Every newbie should
know what not to attack and what not to do as not to make the other
players mad. This is what I'm gonna go over right here as nobody likes
dying…esp. when it hurts the conquest and you loose exeperence points.
The other players will be so mad at you if all of your friends (plus you)
go off and do a mass suicide. (Lemmings anyone?) Also use the Check command
a lot on the lower levels, as it will help you. Mage jobs are a bit weaker
when it comes to combat so be super careful there as my estimates are based
mostly on the melee jobs.
3.1 Basic types of Monsters to avoid (lvl 1-lvl 10)- You shouldn't mess
with these guys because you could wind up dead. Dying is never fun since
you lose experience points every time you die (you might even level down
if it goes too far!).
Goblins- these guys really aren't any fun…although warrior types can take
out some lower end ones on lvl 5- lvl 7 Quadav- on the lower levels these
turtle like guys will destroy you and use you for weapon grease! You might
try some lower end ones solo about lvl 6-lvl 7…but use the check command
Orcs- the quadav of San d'Oria these guys also have no sense of humor. You
might try some lower end ones around lvl 6- lvl 7, but be careful
Yagudos- these dumb birds hang around the Windhurst area and you really
should not play with them much. You can try them at lvl 6- lvl 7 but be
Dhalmels- Some fun idiots thought trying to kill these guys on lvl 6- lvl 7
was a good idea! Although they are worth a moderate amount of gil I wouldn't
try these guys with anything but a lvl 10 party.
Sheep- You might be able to take mad sheep or it's weaker cousin
(demented sheep) on lvl 6- lvl 7, but be totally careful!
Crawlers- these worms are nasty becase they use poision. They should be
ok by lvl 6-7 but if you want insurnce and can't use White Magic you
might want to afford some antidotes.
3.2 Manners- This is mostly gonna have to do with annoying things that
people with certain jobs do or have done. First off in general be polite
and don't insult people…after all if you do that where are you gonna get
party members from? Secondly try not to spam too much (like typing
a whole mess…especially in shout mode), don't kick people just
because they are casting lots and thirdly look at these other fun things
you shouldn't do:
Warriors- do not provoke every monster in sight! First off you'll
probably wind up dead and secondly many people around you will probably
die. This will really make a lot of people mad at you!
White Mage- this is just what I consider to be the White mage's oath:
I will help anyone and everyone no matter who they are. I'll cure
them, use protect spells…anything just to help out! I will not charge
money for my services, as I am the one who just wants to help!
General tip 1- Respect the White mage as if you get them mad they may
leave. Also watch their MP and believe them when they say they are low.
If your WHM runs out of MP you're basically dead! Protect them at all
General tip 2- Black Mages have low HP but they also draw the monsters
to them with their spells. They also require protection…especially in
the lower levels….
General tip 3- White Mages sometimes like to help lone players by
curing, and using protect and Shell as they run by. Don't yell at them
for it as they are just trying to help you out! Just thank them kindly
and let them go on their way...
General tip 4- Patience is a virtue...please don't get too mad if you
have to wait around quite a while for a party!
Part 4: Notable quests- These are things ever newbie asks about, but I'm
not going full on into how to find certain NPCs and stuff. I'm just
going into the basic quests that everyone wants to know about:
4.1 How to get a chocobo: You need at least one job on level 20 and you
need 4 Gausebit grass. You can get the grass from Wadi hares in Dangruf
Wadi(a swampy area near Bastok), off flies in Meriphataud Mountains, or
you can just buy them. Once you have the grass head for Jueno and talk
to the guy in the chocobo stables in Upper Jueno. You'll need to feed
the grass to an "injured" chocobo over a period of 5 game days. You
don't have to do it on consecutive game days though…you can log out and
4.2 How to get a Subjob- There are two quests there(note: either quest
will do, but only one is required): One in Selbina (located in the
Valkurm Dunes) and one in Mhaura (located across the ocean form
Selbina…near Windhurst). For the Selbina quest you need to fight certain
monsters to get 3 items: A Magicked Skull (Ghouls), a Damselfly Worm
(Damselfly) and a Crab Apron (crabs on the beach in Valkurm). When you
get these items talk to the guy near the water and give him the items
one at a time using the trade feature (Isaicao). For the Mhaura sub job
quest you need 3 different items: Wild Rarab Tail (Mighty Rarabs),
Dhalmel saliva (Bull Dhalmel) and Bloody Robe (Bogys). Give these one at
a time to the old lady at the end of the pier (Vera).
4.3 How do I get an Advanced Job such as bard, paladin, dark knight,
ETC.? - First off you need one of your starter jobs to be on level 30.
Then you must do quests specifically for each advanced job you want to
Getting Bard- First go speak to Mertaire in the Merry Minstrel in Lower
Jeuno and then the rest of the NPCs in the inn. Go anywhere that
parchment is sold(usually the Jueno auction house for 1,000 gil) and buy
one then travel to the Buburimu Peninsula here you'll find a secret
path(at map coordinate G-9) then find and touch the Song Runes. After a
cutscene, trade a Parchment to the song runes. You'll get the Poetic
Parchment as a reward. Then go to Lower Jeuno Trade the Poetic Parchment
to Mertaire. You'll get a lot of gil from this! Then head to the Valkurm
Dunes and touch the Song Runes at map coordinate (B-7) in the Valkurm
Dunes. You now have the bard class available to you.
Getting Beastmaster- Talk to Dietmund in Lower Jeuno to get this quest.
He'll ask you to cure his son's sickness and to do so you must touch the
'Nightflowers" on Qufim island when they begin to glow (approximately
22:00). To reach the flowers, you must get around the Kraken without
getting yourself killed. The Kraken hears sounds so sneak or Silent Oil
will help out or you can just swap to a level 1 job and make a suicide
run! After that talk to Brutus in the Chocobo stables in Upper Jeuno and
he'll give you the class.
Getting Dark Knight- Talk to Gumbah (House 2nd Floor)[Map Coordinate:
(J-7)] in Bastok mines district until you see a cut scene with Werei,
then go to Palborough Mines 3rd Floor and take the boat at (G-8). After
getting the Chaosbringer, kill 100 enemies with it and then enter
Beadeaux to complete the quest. The Chaosbringer must deal the final
blow in every battle. If a magic spell causes the enemy to die, or if
the enemy suicides, or if you use a weapon skill to finish the battle,
the death doesn't count towards your killing spree. You do not need to
have the sword equipped when you go to Beadeaux, but you do have to have
it on you somewhere.
Getting Dragoon- In North San d'Oria talk to Oiheaurese. Then go to Port
San O'rdia and go into Cargo room then talk to Arminibit and Ceraulian,
then go to the prison under Chateau d'Oraguille where you need to talk
to Novalmauge. Go back to North San d'Oria and talk to Morjean. Then
make sure you have a few pickaxes as you're now headed to the Shakhrami
Maze. Go into the maze and look for the excavation point at map
coordinates <G-7> or <I-8> and start digging until you find a dragon
Egg. Then go back to Morjean and he will send you to Yachemidot. Then go
to the Meriphataud Mountians to the east edge of Doragora's Spine where
you should find a "???". Trade the egg to it as to trigger the event and
then go to Ghelsba Outpost. In a hut there(located at map coordinate
<G-10>, Open the door and a Dragon will appear, beat him to get the
Getting Ninja- Talk to Kaede in a house that you find at map coordinate
<I-5> in Port Bastok. Then go talk to Kagetora in the warehouse also
located in Port Bastok at map coordinate <F-5>. After that talk to
Ensetu in the old house located at map coordinate <I-5> (go into the
room to the left to find him). Now go to the Bastok Minesand travel
through them to the Zeruhn Mines to the Korroloka Tunnel. When you get
to the Korroloka Tunnel go to map coordinate <A-9> where you'll be
warped over to map coordinate <I-11>. Go to map coordinate <k-8> where
you'll find a "???". Talk a look at the object and then you'll have to
fight 3 Korroloka Leech(NMs). After the fight with the Korroloka Leeches
check the "???" to get the key item. Go back and talk to Ensetsu in Port
Bastok at map coordnate <I-5>. Go to the new area Norg and talk to Ryoma
to finish the quest and get Ninja.
Getting Paladin- Talk to Balasiel on the bridge in South San D'Oria (at
map coordinate F-7) to get this first part and then bring him a Revival
Tree Root, that undead monsters (such as ghosts, spooks, and hounds).
[Quick tip: if you've done the quests "A Squire's Test" and "A Squire's
Test 2" you can skip part of this as they are basically the same thing]
Then go talk to Chanpeau (he's standing near a well on the way to talk
to Balasiel) Go to the La Theine Plateau and go to the area of Ordelle's
Caves. First find the entrance closest to the lake(at map coordinate
H-11) then from the entrance of the caves go to map coordinate H-6. From
there head to a large room with Fungars at map coordinate H-7 and go
through the room to get to the waterfall(at map coordinate G-7) Here you
will find two points with a "???" marking them. First inspect the one in
the pool and then quickly look at the one in the center of the room. If
you did this right and you were fast enough you will get the Stalactite
Dew. Go back to Balasial to "Squire's Certificate"(a key Item). After
talking to Balasiel again go talk to the guards on the second floor of
the eastern and western guard posts(those would be Cahaurme located at
map coordinate J-9 and Baurise at map coordinate H-9) Then travel to
Davoi and look at the Disused Wall located at map coordinate D-10. Go
back to Balasiel on the brige and he'll give you a Kite Shield and the
Getting Ranger- First go find Perih Vashai(at map coordinate K-7) in
Windhurst Woods and she'll send you off to watch an old Sabertooth Tiger
die and bring back the bones. Go to Sauromugue Champaign and go into the
far southeast corner (At map coordinate L-10). You should see a
passageway that to the east which leads to a cave. The cave has 3
Sabertooth Tigers for guards and inside an Old Sabertooth tiger will
slowly die. (remember kids: DO NOT ATTACK THE OLD SABERTOOTH TIGER) Once
the tiger dies by himself go examine the bone pile and you'll get the
old fang. Go back to Perih Vashai in Windhurst woods and trade it for
the Ranger's Necklace and the job.
Quick notes: 1. Since the old fang is a key item you have to get the
quest before you can get the item. 2. Tip: A Chocobo and a scroll of
instant teleport can help you finish this quest in no time as you can
avoid the 3 tigers at the entrance.
Getting Summoner- First go talk to Ajido-Marujido in Windhurst walls the
you must go fight Thread Leeches(or that type of monster) in one of the
following places: Buburimu Peninsula, Qufim or the Valkurm Dunes. You
are trying to get the Leeches to drop a key item called "Carbuncle's
Ruby".(this is a very rare drop…perhaps a little Thief can help you out)
Once you get the item go to the "House of the Hero" in Windhurst
Walls(located at Map Coordinate G-3) and select the door. You then have
to take a bit of a road trip as you have to experience the seven weather
elementals. When you visit go through several zones until you get all
seven types of weather that appear in the world. The colors of the ruby
and places where you are most likely to find the weather you need are
1. Red - heat - Valkurm, Rolanberry, Oztroja, Altepa.
2. Orange - sunny skies - Most Zones
3. Yellow - sand - Valkurm, Tahrongi, Konschtat.
4. Green - wind - Tahrongi, Mhaura, La Theine.
5. Indigo - ice - Xarcabard, Beaucadine
6. Blue - rain - La Theine, Pashhow, Rolanberry.
7. Violet - thunder - Konschtat, Jugner Forest. [Quick tip: you
usually know if you got the pattern when you change zones and see a
cut scene. If you didn't see one you didn't get the pattern. You don't
have to be close to the weather…just in the Zone it is happening in…oh
and you can be on a Chocobo] After experiencing all seven types of
weather go to the La Theine Plateau and go to the stone circle (located
at map coordinate G-6) Trade it to the stone with "???" and then you can
Getting Samurai- First go to Kazham then get a Chocobo and head to the
outpost to the south(don't fall in any holes). Go up and to the right
through the tunnel and keep going south until you get to the waterfall
(keep an eye on your compass). Fall into the hole closest to the
waterfall and this will take you into Sea Serpent Grotto. Try to sneak
through, but using Silent Oil or getting someone to cast Sneak on you
would really help out here. Keep going to the right a bit and you should
get to Norg and go up the steps on the right. Go all the way down the
hall to find Jaucribaix and then talk to him and he'll tell you to go
fetch a sacred branch and bomb steel. Talk to Aeka at the bottom of the
stairs and she'll give you the Oriental steel. To the left of the steps
(near the back) you can find Ranemaud who will give you the Sacred
sprig. Just grab a Choboco and go out north to Kazham and head to Jueno.
(ok I recommend you get a party for this part…possibly level 35 and
above) Make sure you have a hachet or two with you and go to the
Meriphataud Mountains and then head east to Zi'Tah. Around map
coordinate J-9(or K-9 …my source doesn't specify) there is a tunnel. Go
through it and look for a "???" on a big tree then use a hatchet on the
"???" point to get a Guardian Tree Ent to come out and get you. Kill
this monster then trade the sacred sprig to the "???" point to get the
sacred branch. Now go to Konschtat Highlands at map coordinate D-8 where
you should see a "???" then trade the Oriental steel to it. You should
call out a monster called Forger, then beat it up to get the bomb
steel.(if you have friends with you make sure they pass so you can get
the item and make sure you lot) Then go back to Norg and talk to
Jaucribaix and he'll talk to you with Gilgamesh then wait 3 game days
and talk to him again. You'll unlock the Samurai job and get your first
Getting Puppetmaster(Treasures of Aht Urhgan required)- Talk to
Shamarhaan at (F-9) in Bastok Markets near the fountain (with your level
30+ job equipped). Talk to Iruki-Waraki at (K-9) in Aht Urhgan Whitegate
(on the top floor). Talk to Ghatsad at (I-7) the Automaton Workshop (on
the top floor). Head to Arrapago Reef and you can get there by taking
the Ferry from Port Ephramad to Nashmau, taking the North exit into
Caedarva Mire and heading to the tunnel at (I-6) into Arrapago Reef.
*Alternatively, use the Runic Portal to the Azouph Isle Staging Point,
and head to the tunnel at (I-6) into Arrapago Reef. Keep Sneak and
Invisible up due to the Chigoes and Treants in the Mire. Use caution
around the imps as they have True Sight. If you want to avoid a few
mobs, it is recommended doing this during the day as the Jnun in
Caedarva Mire are asleep during this time (although they can be easily
avoided during the night).
*If you have blm main/sub job high enough to use "escape", you can simply
take any Ilrusi Atoll assault mission. Warp to the assault entrance area
and when you escape, you will pop right where the Arrapago zone is
(I-6 on Caedarva Mire map). (You do NOT need a Lamian Fang Key for this
quest, but you do for the Corsair quest, Luck of the Draw.) Find the
??? at (H-10) on the first boat, hidden beneath the stairs, to receive
a key item: Antique automaton. Return to Ghatsad (I-7) in Aht Urhgan
Whitegate. Talk to him and give him the Antique automaton. Wait for the
next game day and talk to him again. Return to Iruki-Waraki (K-9)
to receive your Animator and to complete the quest.
*You will also be given a chance to pick your Automaton's name from a
Getting Blue mage(Treasures of Aht Urhgan required)- Talk to Waoud and
agree to his divination. Answer a series of questions (see below). If
you fail, he charges you 1000 Gil. There are several different outcomes,
depending on your answer:
*Skyserpent: "I see the symbol of the Skyserpent. It suggests spending
some time away from battle. For a change of pace, why not try your hand
at harvesting in the Wajaom Woodlands or Bhaflau Thickets? You may make
an unexpected discovery."
*Flameserpent: "I see the symbol of the Flameserpent. It suggests you
take an aggressive stance and not shy away from a challenge. Perhaps you
might try visiting the Commission Agency. A substantial reward could be
yours for the taking."
*Galeserpent: "I see the symbol of the Galeserpent. It suggests a loss
in the near future... Even I cannot predict what this loss may
entail.You would do well to pay close attention to your possessions."
*Stoneserpent: "I see the symbol of the Stoneserpent. It suggests you
will receive a boon from the earth. A boon from the earth...? Ah yes, a
stint at mining may prove beneficial. All signs point towards Mount
*Springserpent: "I see the symbol of the Springserpent. It suggests a
sojourn to the sea. Yes, a tranquil journey on the waves. Replace your
weapon with a fishing pole and fate will smile upon you."
If you succeed, Waoud will mention all 5 serpents, thus starting the
quest: "Sky, Flame, Gale, Stone, and Spring. I see all five serpent
symbols... This sign heralds a turning point in your destiny."If you
somehow get disconnected before paying the 1000 gil (if you fail), when
you get back you can start all over without having to waiting one game
day to try again. Waoud will then mention one of the following three
*Dangruf Stone: "The treasure I would have you seek is a precious stone.
It is said to be as red as blood and found in a land of geysers."
*Valkurm Sunsand: "The treasure I would have you seek is a pinch of
golden sand. It is said to glow with the light of the sun and be found
only on a certain beach."
*Siren's Tear: "The treasure I would have you seek is a jewel. It is
said to glow with a bluish tint and be found near the bank of a certain
river." Waoud will not yet accept the item. Leave and re-enter Whitegate
and talk to Waoud again at least one game day later and agree to help,
answering that his words have moved you to help him. Now trade the
requested item to him; he tells you to take it somewhere else.
*Keep the requested item in your inventory. Head to the Ironbound Gate in
Aht Urhgan Whitegate (H-7) (down the tunnel behind Sajahb) and zone out to
Bhaflau Thickets). Enter the cave at (I-7) to zone into Aydeewa Subterrane.
Head down to the first large room and fall off a ledge into a room with
diremites. These can and will agro by sound. Immediately to the left,
there's a steep ramp that leads down to a spot with leeches, and a large
pool in the center that looks like a Teleporter (H-9). Step into the center
of the pool for a cutscene. (You must have the requested item in your
inventory for it to activate, however you will retain the item after
the quest has been completed.) Answer "yes" to both questions. If for
some reason you answer no three times (don't take his hand, no regrets,
none!), your memory will be erased of the quest. You will have to restart
the quest from the beginning in order to become a Blue Mage.
* You will be transported back to the gates of the Imperial Whitegate
in Aht Urhgan Whitegate (L-8).
* You can now become a Blue Mage.
* You can talk to Waoud again for an additional cutscene. (The "extra"
custcene is necessary to start future Artifact quests.)
Questions: The answer in brackets is said to be the most blue mage like
answer, though for some they might not work. (Check
Wiki(http://wiki.ffxiclopedia.org/wiki/An_Empty_Vessel) for other
1. What is destiny?
[* Is immutable]
* One forges for oneself
* Is unknowable
2. Does the accomplishment of a goal require
sacrifice and hardship?
* Not if you think hard enough.
3. You hold in your hands a forbidden scroll. Reading it will bring
you untold wisdom, but cost all that you own.
[* Read the scroll?]
* Throw the scroll away?
* Burn the scroll?
4. If the loss of one life would save ten thousand, would you offer
yourself without hesitation?
* Offer another...
* I have no such courage.
[* Without hesitation.]
5. Would you choose a tumultuous life where fame or fortune were
attainable, or a tranquil life where both were forever beyond your reach?
[* A chaotic life.]
* A tranquil life.
* A mix of both.
6. You stand on the precipice between life and death. Would you choose
to live life as a beast if it would save you from falling into the
shadowy abyss of the underworld?
* If it keeps me from dying...
* Fall, and keep my humanity.
[* Embrace life as a beast.]
7. A companion in battle turns against you, raising a weapon to attack.
* Brace for the blow?
* Try to reason with him?
[* Cut him down?]
8. A loved one is afflicted with a terrible illness and has little time
left to live. You are asked to end that life by your own hand.
* Seek a cure?
* Leave the world together?
[* Grant the request?]
9. You are in the midst of a fierce battle. The enemy lying at your feet
was once a friend. His breath is ragged and weak.
* Tend to his wounds?
[* End his pain?]
* Ignore your old friend?
10. A superior to whom you owe a great debt orders you to act in a way
that violates your sense of justice.
* Try to remove him from power?
* Carry out the order?
[* Follow your sense of justice?]
Getting Corsair[err..pirate](Treasures of Aht Urhgan required)-
* Talk to Ratihb (J-12), second floor, at the Shararat Teahouse
in Aht Urhgan Whitegate for a cutscene. Note: This cutscene must deal
with Corsair quest, not The Die Is Cast quest that deals with throwing
dice. Talk to Mafwahb (L-9) by the Imperial Whitegate for another
cutscene. Travel to Arrapago Reef *This can be achieved by taking the
Ferry from Port Ephramad to Nashmau, taking the North exit into Caedarva
Mire and heading to the tunnel at (I-6) into Arrapago Reef.
*Alternatively, use the Runic Portal to the Azouph Isle Staging Point,
and head to the tunnel at (I-6) into Arrapago Reef. Keep Sneak and
Invisible up due to the Chigoes and Treants in the Mire. Use caution
around the imps as they have True Sight. If you want to avoid a few
mobs, it is recommended doing this during the day as the Jnun in Caedarva
Mire are asleep during this time (although can also be avoided easily during
* You will need a Lamian Fang Key (or a Thief using Thief's Tools) to open an
Irongate inside Arrapago Reef. You may farm this key either in Caedarva
Mire or Arrapago Reef or can obtain one per Conquest tally by checking a
??? in the Mire (H/I-7) (on ledge at back of small lake).
* You do not need a Lamian Fang Key (or a Thief) to get to the required
???. Use the Ilrusi Staging Point and see below.
* Once inside the Reef, travel north in the tunnel until you see a ship.
Board and walk through it, crossing the plank, and travel down the eastern
shore. Remain alert of any Lamiae (detect by sight) and Draugars
(detect by sound) that may agro you in the reef.
* Travel Northeast to a cave and the Iron Gate (J-10, Lamian Fang Key
required). If you are traveling in a group, just one key will be enough
to let everyone pass.
* Once you go through the first gate, hug the left wall and you will
find another Iron Gate (H-9) guarded by a ghost mob (Sneak). A Lamia
Fang Key is not required to open this gate, just drop Invisible and open it.
(Make sure not to have low HP, or the ghost will aggro you.)
* Once you're past the gate, the Corsair ??? is ahead on a ship (H-10).
There is a Lamia on the ship, stay as close to the entryway/plank as
possible, but near enough to trigger the ??? for cutscene. Arrapago
* Using the Ilrusi Staging Point will put you at (G-5) on Map 2.
* Go to (J-8) to get to Map 1 (point A). [Watch out for the Soulflayer
(True Hearing) along the way.]
* Enter the caves at (I-8)/(I-9) (point m). Now you're on Map 6.
* Exit using the Iron Gate at (G-9)/(H-9). Now you're back on Map 1.
* Go to the ??? marked on the map, (H-10).
* Head to Talacca Cove.
*You do not have to go back to Whitegate to go Nashmau. You can exit into
Caedarva Mire at I-12 of Arrapago Reef Map 1 (where you just did your
cutscene). This will take you to I-6 of Caedarva Mire Map 1, where you
can head to Nashmau by going mostly south or hugging the right wall.
Please take note of aggroing Treants and wandering true sight Imps,
before you reach Nashmau.
* From Nashmau, take the western exit into Caedarva Mire and
head to (E-9)
*You must pass through a cemetery (E-10) to reach the zone, there
are Imps (True Sight) in the cemetery during day & night. During night
hours, the Qiqirn turn into undead, so if you can avoid the imps, sneak
is still advised to avoid aggro'ing undead. Watch HP (blood) aggro, also.
* Once inside the cove, travel along the left shore until you find a ???
(located on a big rock outside a tunnel). [There are no regular enemies in
* Check the ??? for a cutscene. You will receive a key item: Forgotten Hexagun.
* Travel West from the ??? into the adjacent tunnel.Check the Rock Slab for
the final cutscene. (Ensure you have at least one free inventory slot.)
*You will now be able to become a Corsair! After the cutscene you will
receive a Corsair Die. If you did not receive Corsair Die, free up one
inventory slot and check the Rock Slab again.
* Optional: Go back to Ratihb for final cutscene. (This "optional" cutscene
is necessary to start future Artifact quests.)
Getting Dancer(Wings of the Goddess expansion required)- Speak with
Laila (G-7) in Upper Jeuno Pick "I surely do" then choose "never", she
will ask you for a Stardust Pebble. Speak with Rhea Myuliah standing
right next to her for a cut scene. Head to Lion Springs Tavern in
Southern San d'Oria and talk to Valderotaux for a cut scene where you
will ask Valderotaux for permission to dance on stage. *During the
cutscene you can choose any options, and the results will be same.
Return to Upper Jeuno and talk to Rhea Myuliah again, she will inform
you about a pebble that is lying at the bottom of Lake Mechieume in
Jugner Forest. Exit to Batallia Downs and head to the Cavernous Maw
(H-5) go to the past then Batallia Downs (S) -> Jugner Forest (S).
Follow road to J-6 then go around the mountain to your right to reach
NOTE: If this is your first trip to the past, and the cutscene drops
you in Sauromugue Champaign (S), it is recommended that you unlock a
Cavernous Maw in a different area before leaving the past. If you do
not, you will have to get past Banishing Gates 1 & 3 in present-day
Garlaige Citadel in order to return to the past. The Banishing Gates
in Garlaige Citadel (S) can be bypassed by one person. You can have
someone with access to the past go through Garlaige Citadel (S) and
Tractor you up. Also note that taking a Chocobo from Southern San d'Oria (S)
does not get you directly to the pebble. You will find Glowing Pebbles at
I-5. Click them for a cutscene. You will then obtain a Stardust Pebble Key
Item. Return to Upper Jeuno to speak with Laila (G-7) once more.
Now you may become a Dancer. You must zone in order for Dancer to appear in
your Job levels list.
Getting Scholar(Wings of the Goddess Expansion required)- Head to
Batallia Downs (S) as your level 30+ job and go to (J-10) to enter the
Eldieme Necropolis (S). In the Eldieme Necropolis (S), talk to the NPC
named Erlene at (J-8). She will ask for 12 sheets of Vellum. After
talking to Erlene, you can talk to Tucker in Crawlers' Nest (S) and flag
a mini-quest to obtain one sheet of Vellum for every 12 rolanberries
traded to him. Note that Tucker will only take up to four stacks of
rolanberries per trade and will only trade with you a total of three
times. This means that to get the stack of Vellum you will need to trade
him four stacks of rolanberries three times. If you're not on BLM, RDM,
SMN or BLU already, change jobs to one of those. Go back to the Eldieme
Necropolis (S) and trade 12 sheets of Vellum to Erlene for another
cutscene. Activate your Two Hour Ability: Azure Lore, Manafont,
Chainspell, or Astral Flow and talk to Erlene for a third CS. You will
receive the Grimoire and can now become a Scholar. You must zone in
order for Scholar to appear in your Job levels list.
Part 5: MMORPG terms- These are things that you should know before you
start asking a lot of dumb questions. Many of you have probably never
played an MMORPG before so here goes nothing:
5.1 General Terms-
Newbie- this is a person that just started playing the game (it's not
really an insult but it can be if you're stupid!) AF Armor- Stands for
Artifact Armor, and this is the vanity armor for any job. It looks like
the specific job you have from FF5 or FFT! High level characters can do
quests to get this cool stuff and there's also an alternate version
called Relic armor or AF2.
Melee job- means any job that does physical damage to the monsters!
Aggro- this means that the monster in question will attack unprovoked
(before you even think about getting it)
Hate- basically this draws the monsters to you. It seems to accumulate
over time with certain jobs and also with powerful attacks and certain
NM- short for named monster or notorious monster. These creatures are to
be avoided by all but high level players or people on certain quests!
BCNM- Stands for Burning Circle Notorious Monster. You can fight these
by trading several of the item called "beastman's seal" to a certain NPC
in Jueno. If you win you'll get loads of rare items for you and your
EF- Stands for Expeditionary Force. You may be called upon to join one
to help out in the conquest by taking over an area.
Smiley- if you haven't been on an IRC chat you wouldn't know what a chat
smiley is. The Japanese players have their own versions (see this URL
for info: http://club.pep.ne.jp/~hiroette/en/facemarks/list_index.html)
that are different than ours. I'll put a few basic ones under here: :( -
sad :) - Happy :P - stick your tongue out (Raspberry)
LOL- in a chat this mean "Laughs out Loud"…you'll sometimes see this in
place of the standard FFXI set of emoticons
ROFL- this means "rolls on the floor laughing"…it's made when someone
thinks something is really funny
LFP- this means, "looking for a party"…oh and please don't shout it that
Tank- this is the guy who takes all the punishment…it's usually a
warrior with provoke, a ninja in some cases, or a Paladin and he'd
better have good armor!
NPC- Stands for Non Player Character. These are the guys you get
missions and quests from and who usually run shops and guilds.
GM- Short for GameMaster, these guys are the mods or the "guys in
charge" of FF11. You can call them from your menu, but don't do it for
trivial matters. They always have high defense armor and "GM" by their
5.2 Job Abbreviations- I'm sorry, I've been using some of these through
the whole FAQ and I haven't explained yet. Well I'm making up for this
oversight right now! WAR- Warrior THF- Thief MNK- Monk RDM- Red Mage
BLM- Black Mage WHM- White Mage BRD- Bard PLD- Paladin NIN- Ninja SMN-
Summoner DRK- Dark Knight BST- Beastmaster DRG- Dragoon SAM- SamuraiRNG-
Ranger BLU- Blue mage SCH- Scholar COR- Corsair PUP- Puppetmaster DNC-
Part 6: FFXI Emoticons- 6.1 Well here we are about to list these
interesting chat commands. Some of them are used a lot of the time…while
others are just left by the wayside. Some of these are a bit
/amazed -look amazed
/angry- Look angry at a person…or just be angry
/bow- just take a bow…I used it to thank people
/cheer- cheer on your teammates…fun when someone gains a level
/clap- clap for someone…like above I used it when someone gained a level
/comfort- try and make them feel better
/cry- *Sniff* my friend just died!
/dance- Dance around(add 1-5 and really dance now)
/disgusted- Look disgusted
/doubt- just doubt something
/doze- I'm sleepy! *yawn*
/em- basically this is like '/me' in IRC and with it you can make your
character do anything in text. (* Shadowneko steals your hat! *)
/farewell- extreme goodbye…to your friends
/fume- brood over something
/goodbye- wave goodbye
/grin- smile…you're on Shadowneko's camera!
/joy- very happy!
/kneel- kneel before anyone you want! (I'm not worthy!)
/muted- just mute yourself and others
/no- just say NO!
/nod- nod yes
/panic- PANIC! (oh no that goblin is way too close)
/point- point to something
/poke- poke your friends
/praise- way to go!
/psych- get psyched up
/salute- salute someone…I used it to thank people a lot
/smile- Smile a little smaller
/stagger- stagger around a bit
/stare- stare…at the wall for all I care…
/sulk- sulk about something
/surprised- look surprised
/sit - sit down
/think- look like you're thinking about something
/upset- be really upset
/wave- wave at passers by and such
/welcome- welcome a friend
Part 7: Security and Gillsellers/RMT-
A lot of players have had their accounts stoen due to these gillselling
jokers. I will talk about them abit later but now here's how to protect
Security for PC edition by Elizara- Info taken from
/ though it is out of date. I will be updating this here even tho I
didn't write that thread.
First, GOODNESS GRACIOUS, never use IE. IE BAAAD. Internet Explorer is
so full of holes, it might as well be swiss cheese.
I'd say install Firefox immediately:
Once you do, install these IMMEDIATELY; do not pass go, do not collect
$200. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865 <<==Adblock
Plus https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/722 <==Noscript
To set up Adblocker Plus, open its options, then make sure all options
are checked (check thread for what you should check, that has not
changed much). As for filters; here's what you should install. There are
links to install, so you shouldn't worry. Don't install the filters that
thread lists since those are out of date. (They will autoupdate to
these, but why put in old version when you can install the newest
without jumping though hoops?) https://easylist.adblockplus.org/
<<==Install EasyList and EasyPrivacy from this page.
http://www.fanboy.co.nz/adblock/ <=Install Fanboy's List
http://www.keyvan.net/2006/11/remove-ads/ <== Install the Google/Yahoo
ad blocker filter. Rest of the setup is pretty much the same. As for
free antivirus programs, recommended is
http://www.avast.com/ <==Avast! Antivirus
http://www.avira.com/en/pages/index.php <==Avira Antivirus Personal
For the pay ones, ESET Smart Security is highly recommended.
As for firewall; do not install the one in that thread. It is no longer
being updated. Recommended however is
http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/ <<==Comodo Firewall. It doesn't use
a lot of system resources and is pretty nag free unless something is
wrong or you are installing something. Also, make sure you got some kind
of spyware scanner installed and use it once a week. Again, here's the
recommended list. I'd say pick one that has something in taskbar and one
on demand scanner; too much in memory can choke even the best computer.
Install this in any case: http://free.antivirus.com/hijackthis/
This basically shows what is running on your system; there are plenty of
people on boards out there that can analyze the logs. I'd suggest getting
a base log of your system. Anyway, other than that, here we go.
http://www.safer-networking.org/<==Spybot Search and Destroy (has a taskbar
http://www.malwarebytes.org/ <==Malwarebytes Antimalware (is a on demand
http://www.superantispyware.com/ <==Super Anti Spyware (has a taskbar app)
After that, check for these programs AND REMOVE THEM. They are bad news.
Adobe Acrobat Reader =>>Replace with http://www.foxitsoftware.com/
Quicktime player ==>>Replace with http://www.free-codecs.com/download/
quicktime_alternative.htm <==Quicktime Alternative
Real Player ===>Replace with http://www.free-codecs.com/download/
real_Alternative.htm <==Real Alternative.
Getplus from Adobe is VERY BAD and can open up a honking huge security
hole; and you can get it without you even knowing you did when you
install Flash. To remove it or avoid it, follow these instructions:
Also, MS tried to make a Firefox extension that can make your computer a
sitting duck ><. Here's how to remove that sneaky .net framework
Also highly recommended after you do all this; BUY THE FFXI SECURITY
TOKEN(Square Enix sells these for $10). Together, doing all this can
save you from 99% of all account hackings.
Buying Characters, items and Gil for real money- DO NOT DO THIS! First
off most of the stuff for sale was probably stolen from some hardworking
player and if you buy the stuff you're encouraging those gilselling
clowns to do this(in fact you may be their next victim). Also buying a
high-level character is not a good way to experience FFXI since it takes
a lot to get top level in the game and you're expected to know how your
job works. In this game hard work pays off so just keep at it and do
Part 8: Endgame activities and PVP-
8.1 PVP- This games has no full pvp or duels but what we do have are
what I call two PVP “Sports”. They are called Ballista and Brenner.
Ballista is a soccer/hockey game where you try to put “petras” in the
opposing team's goal after you've killed someone. Brenner is more of a
capture the flag game where you kill people in your way. These are
somewhat unpopular with most FFXI players so you'll have to con your
friends into playing with you. There are however some more crowded
servers where people play this all the time. You do not have to be top
level to play but it helps to have a few levels under your belt before
8.2 Endgame Acitvites- Honestly I have no idea why people are so
obsessed with the endgame activities in MMOs especially this one. A
common question I see on message boards from players of World of
Warcraft is “Are there raids in FFXI?” and the short answer is basically
no. What we do have is a lot to do in between but the closest thing to a
WoW raid is what we call Dynamis. This is basically a nightmare
zone/alternate dimension where the evil beastmen have taken over
Vana'diel. The reason for coming here is that it's the only place that
drops Relic armor and upgradeable relic weapons. Relic weapons can be a
real obsession as they start out as the worst weapons and can be
upgraded using Ancient currency(which also drops in Dynamis) and other
items to eventually become the best weapons in the game. This takes
forever and costs lots and lots of gill and multiple trips to Dynamis
with varying rules as to who gets the currency(depending on the rules of
the endgame LS you joined). A friend of mine has Excalibur and it took
him two to three years to get and as for me...well I'm not that
8.3 Other endgame activities-
Limbus(You must have completed the Chains of Promithia expansion to
enter)- Similar to Dynamis but it usually requires fewer players and is
shorter. You do this so you can get upgrades to the AF armor and some
HNM- Crazy players hunt these badboy monsters for gil and items. Some of
these monsters only show up once every 24 RL hours. Casual players, like
me, are just not that obsessive..
Salvage- You do this to get special gear and a lot of your
abilities/stats are locked when you start. You kill monsters and search
for items or dropped items(off monsters). Gear also drops here, but it
takes a lot of gil and time to upgrade, as well as multiple runs.
Nyzul Isle- Time for 100 floors of pain. The objective here is to slowly
make your way through all of these 100 randomly generated floors with
random objectives(after you make it through so many it saves your
progress). The reward here is a special weapon that teaches a special
weapon skill and special gear.
Part 9: End credits and sources-
Special Thanks to: Kopopo formally of Midgardsormr- for checking my
place and race names to make sure they are spelled right, and for some
The former members of Savanna’s Superstars linkshell on Midgardsormr-
also for helping me out with this FAQ with suggestions
The former members of the MithraPride linkshell on Midgardsormr- thanks
cool cats, you also gave me some good ideas!
My sister, Mary Alice (her character is Elizara) – For some
spellchecking, editing, the security section and for the logo for the
text version of this faq. Also for creating a HTML version of this
faq(which you can find in a few places if you look) and for some info on
Windhurst and on white mages.
Swipe of crystalrecipes.com, and Midgardsormr's former MithraPride
linkshell- for letting me use a great deal of his ADV job quest list for
Ffxiwikipedia for the new information
And last but not least-
FireMyst of RPGamer.com for inspiring me to write this FAQ with his FFXI
review…that review gave me some big hints as to the "Stupid Newbie
syndrome" that was occurring in the retail…
Windurst.org - for helping me remember the details of the sub job and
the Advanced Job quests!
Square-Enix-usa.com - for the system requirements for the PC edition
crystalrecipies.com - for more help with the Advanced job quests…Thank
ffxi.allakhazam.com- for help on the Samurai quest!
wiki.ffxiclopedia.org- for the new job information and for the
information on the new Fields of valor system.
Part 10: helpful links-
Pikko's Pots(gardening database)-
FFXI Encyclopedia(great if you're stuck for general info)-
FF Recipe(crafting database JP/English)- http://www.ffrecipe.com/
FFXIAH(logs prices for the Jueno Auction House)- http://www.ffxiah.com/
Kida's Fishing Database- http://www.finalfishing.info
Part 11: FAQ-
1. “Why do I have to pay for FFXI as I already paid for Xbox Live?”
I've seen this on message boards like 100 times. My short answer is “Why not
the rest of us playing on other systems have had to pay since 2004?” and
you guys are no different. Square Enix sees exactly $0 of that $50
ripoff fee you paid Microsoft to play Halo online(since most online
games are free on every other platform known to man[and yes I stole that
line from screwattack XD]). Also FFXI is one of the very few games you
can play with Xbox live silver(free) so if you paid MS just for FFXI
you've been ripped off.
2. “Is the game worth it?”
I really think so and FFXI is one of the better MMORPGs out there. Some
people think WoW is hot but I don't think so. My advice is to try to get
your first job to lvl 30, do a few missions, unlock a few jobs and decide
for yourself if you hate it or not. Depending on the server there are still
plenty of other newbies to work with.
3. Isn't this game old? Is it dying?
There are new players coming in all the time and the last time SE did a
count there were over 500K subscribers. FF14 might make a dent later
but I'm not so sure...
That's it for now and no matter how stupid the question I don't mind
answering it. I don't get many emails anymore because my old fansite
went down. People think that you bug FAQ writers by asking them
questions but you won't be bugging me.
Disclaimer: Jon Davies (Shadowneko) is in no way affiliated with Square
Enix INC. This is copyright Feb. 2004 by Jon Davies as an unpublished
work and may not be used in any way shape or form without my express