Final Fantasy XIV: How To Efficiently Level Combat Jobs

Final Fantasy XIV is one of the the biggest MMORPG’s going. The MMORPG genre isn’t known for being the most respectful of the player’s time. Usually there’s a large expectation from the game’s developers that the players will stick around for weeks upon weeks to be ready for the games content. Final Fantasy XIV has its own twist on the MMORPG genre in more ways than one.

The developers have made sure that there are systems in the game that allow players of all types to level up everything they may need. Some of these systems are lesser known or even ignored by the average player, and should be used way more by those who are wanting to level an alternate class. In this leveling guide we will go over the handful of ways to approach leveling in this masterful MMORPG.

How To Efficiently Level Combat Jobs

Before getting into the specifics there are a few things to touch on. Joining a Free Company should be at the top of any player’s list. Not only will this allow players to make more friends, but also Free Companies have the ability to activate a handful of buffs for everyone on the roster. Up to three can be active at a time, and the ones that are going to be beneficial to those grinding combat levels will be: The Heat of Battle, Reduced Rates and Meat and Mead respectively.

The Meat and Mead buff will make food effects last longer and combining that with any food you can get your hands on will increase your XP gains by 3%! The popular food items in the game to eat are Boiled Eggs, Orange Juice and Lowland Grapes. When we start talking about the other systems in the game, remember that these effects will also apply there as well.

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When exploring Eorzea there are constant world events happening. Looking at the map, there are purple circles that pop up on a timer, and sometimes they rely on completing another FATE in the area. See what we mean in the image above.

Completing FATEs is best done in a party, usually you can find leveling parties in the Party Finder or even in the chat for the map you are in. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to ask fellow FC members join in too. Experience gain is going to be way faster than expected when you find yourself in a full party roaming from FATE to FATE.


Every player should already be doing their daily roulettes in the game. If you aren’t, then hey, this is your reminder! Besides doing that, you can also queue for any dungeon in the game that is around your level. Aim to queue for dungeons that are right at your level though if you want to ensure the fastest results. With the XP boosts and queuing for dungeons at your level, you can expect to level up every two dungeons. If you are leveling a Tank or Healer, submitting yourself to running any of the roulettes on the first page of Duty Finder will also give you a huge boost in experience points.

Deep Dungeon

Deep Dungeons are an underutilized aspect of Final Fantasy XIV. Currently, there are three different versions of Deep Dungeons called Palace of the Dead, Heaven on High and Eureka Orthos. In Palace of the Dead players can level up their character classes to level 50. In Heaven on High players can ascend to level 80. Finally, in Eureka Orthos players can max out their warriors of light to level 90!

What makes Deep Dungeons unique is your class within the dungeons level up differently than outside in the “real game”. What this allows players to do is get a feel for the class they are playing easier. So, instead of grinding two days to get to level 50 by doing FATEs and Dungeons, you can play for maybe an hour or so in Deep Dungeon and get to that level.

Deep Dungeons are randomly generated each session. Getting to floor 60 in Palace of the Dead will get players the most experience. Once you hit floor 60, you can exit and reset the floor back to 1. Once your class hits 60 outside the Palace of the Dead, you can go queue for Heaven on High. Then when the class hits 80, you can queue for Eureka Orthos.

We hope this guide helps you in levelling up your Final Fantasy XIV characters. If there are any other ways you think are better for leveling, please let us know below!