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  1. #11
    Then again there is a job called Beastmaster what you lvl from 1-75 solo if you wanna take on the world by yourself

  2. #12
    You may be in luck, I'm going to be on reduced playing hours but I have BRD 21 (Bard) and DRK 10 (Dark Knight) I need to level to 37 for sub jobs* for RDM (Red Mage). Hence I may spend a bit more time in social and out of end game for a little while.

    Sub jobs are jobs you use to complement your main job. For example a Red Mage main job often uses WHM (White Mage) or BLM (Black Mage) to complement its abilities. The two I am levelling are for more limitted situational use. Your sub job is half the level of your main hence why I need only to level to 37. When you start you will not have a sub job, the ability to use one is unlocked by a quest at level 18.

    Edit DJ is right, however Beastmaster is what is refered to as an Advanced job. When you start the game you will have access to the basic jobs:

    Warrior (WAR)
    Monk (MNK)
    Thief (THF)
    White Mage (WHM)
    Black Mage (BLM)
    Red mage (RDM)

    Once you reach level 30 on one of these jobs you can start to unlock the advanced jobs (think there are 12). Unlocking each one requires the completion of a quest with quests varying in difficulty.

    A word of warning FFXI is not a solo game in general, you will need to group with others and that is the core of the game.
    Last edited by Tsingtao; 17-10-2007 at 08:24 AM.

  3. #13
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    Parties are where the fun is! you can get some useless peeps but for the most part its great! I hate these threads, you make me want to play it again...

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by Malc View Post
    I could allways party up with any of you guys on here right? providing you're playing at the same time as I am.

    Is it really not possible to go at it all on my own?

    Sorry for all the questions, i'm very inquisitive.
    There are plenty of lvl capped events that are required to complete if you want any kind of 'FF experience' from the game. Particularly the Chains of Promathia mission line (imo easily the best part of the game from a pure Final Fantasy perspective).

    This basically means the introductory missions can only be completed by people lvl30 or under, so if you take a lvl44 character in with lvl40+ gear you will be reduced to lvl30 and have all your gear removed. It's not uncommon for people to keep sets of lvl30/40/60 gear for such events. On the other hand you can complete these sets of missions when you are at the exact level and then sell off all your gear after you're done (storage space will be an issue if you plan to play without using extra characters for storage).

  5. #15
    Also, on the subject of subjobs it's important to realise they need levelling independently.

    Whenever I had a friend start I'd recommend they level Warrior and Monk (or thief) neck to neck. Level warrior to lvl5 for example (3/4 hours) then the same for another melee role before jumping back on warrior for lvl10, then the other up to lvl10.

    That way you can embark on the subjob quest at lvls 14-18 for both jobs... People can get really unlucky with this quest as you need three rare drops from enemies in a certain area, so it's best to try and aim for these items over eight lvl-ups rather than four.

    That way as soon as you hit lvl18 you can unlock your subjob, apply it, and then decide how you want to spend the next 15lvls (given the choice of two 'main' jobs).

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    I'll try putting it into perspective...

    1) 360 Beta is released and n00b Fallows begins MMO addiction.
    2) n00b Fallows takes the usual Final Fantasy stance and goes pure melee FTW (picks warrior)
    3) n00b Fallows lvls up to lvl18 and unlocks the subjob... now lvl18 warrior / lvl1 Thief....
    4) n00b Fallows has to go back and lvl Thief up to at least lvl9 unless I really want to look 't3h nab'. I start again as 1THF/1WAR, then lvl to 4THF/2WAR, 6THF/3WAR, 16THF/8WAR etc etc (18WAR/1THF won't get you parties, 18WAR/9THF will)
    5) n00b Fallows gets to lvl15THF/7WAR then sacks it off... back to WAR18/THF9
    6) n00b Fallows lvls up to 30WAR/15THF, then solos the Paladin advanced job quest at 5am like a true pro, all because healing yourself is good.
    7) pro Fallows starts again as lvl 1PLD/1WAR.... The potential is there to take Paladin up to lvl60 without having to worry about topping up the warrior subjob.

    5 months later the beta ends and I wasn't playing at the time to get my character transferred to a proper server... so I'm forced by nab S-E to start again.... Due to the lack of healers on the beta I decide to start as Whitemage...

    I lvl up both WHM and BLM to lvl10 at the same time, I'm waiting for real life mates to catch me up so I spend two weeks farming and making dosh... they end up quitting so I decide to lvl both jobs up to 37 at the same time before deciding which one to take further... I end up with both at lvl60, and the choice of being able to fit two caster roles in a party depending on what's required (usually leads to faster party formation/invites)

    I hope that makes sense.

  6. #16
    I'd also recommend rolling either a tanking job (Warrior, then Ninja or Paladin) or a healing job (both Red Mage and White Mage, complemented by Summoner subjob for bigger mana pool) as both those party roles were in massive demand last time I played lvls20-60, that's going back six months though now.

    After WoW my days of trying out damage dealing classes are over. Finding parties is a grind in itself...

  7. #17
    I'd recommend finding a job you enjoy and playing it, playing a high demand job is great but FFXI is a long haul. You don't want 3 years of playing something you hate. Never choose a job based on demand.

    Parties for any job aren't that bad, you just form them yourself. I've levelled every job into party levels now bar a few and all are easy enough to level.

    Mind you if you just want 75 as fast as possible go bard, huge invite rate no expensive gear and pretty dull in end game.

  8. #18
    What are the graphics like on the 360 version, and how smooth does it run? I don't want to be playing a choppy mess for ages...

    Untill I get the game, I will not fully understand what you're all talking about, but i get the jist of it. It was either Final fantasy or Fantasy Star universe, but I weren't keen on that when i played the beta, so I'll probably get this.

  9. #19
    sorry for the double post...

    Can you lose XP in this, and go down levels if you die or play really badly?
    Last edited by Malc; 17-10-2007 at 04:41 PM.

  10. #20
    Yes and yes

    Exp loss really isn't too big a deal these days however, as the amount you gain back for recieving a basic level raise spell has been increased quite a bit, so it's not as much an issue in a party or group anymore as any mage job worth it's salt can cast raise 1 with the correct sub job.

    It can be a bit of a pain if you die while soloing tho. Having to return to your home point from death costs you a fair bit.

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