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Final Fantasy XV: Character Leveling Tips and Tricks

Updated on June 23, 2017

Final Fantasy XV: Thank you Square Enix

Thank you so much for continuing to wow us fans and for the new wows you are giving for the new ones!
Thank you so much for continuing to wow us fans and for the new wows you are giving for the new ones! | Source

Final Fantasy XV: "A Final Fantasy for Fans and First-Timers".

I still own a copy of Final Fantasy for the NES and this old fan feels like a first-timer, too! I am having so much fun.
I still own a copy of Final Fantasy for the NES and this old fan feels like a first-timer, too! I am having so much fun. | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Experience Tips and Tricks

Experience is totaled whenever you stay the night at a Campground, Camper or Hotel.
Experience is totaled whenever you stay the night at a Campground, Camper or Hotel. | Source

Special Thanks

Thank you once again, Sammi for getting 99 Treasures in Justice Monsters V and for your insight into yet, another game you're not actually playing and for not pimp slapping me when I said, "Okay... now do that three more times". LOL

A very special thank you to Paul Osborne for pointing out the value of slowing down and reading everything. I'm getting ready to write a section in this article based on his advice regarding the Ascension.


Update: 6-11-2017

Hi Everyone!

Using CTRL + F will help you look for specific information within this ever-growing article. I have been very careful to make titles for each section of the guide to help you out. :-)

I've spent the last month since my previous update to do some more research and move the game forward to Chapter Eight. Currently, I am level 90 and just finished clearing Vesperpool area of any quests and dungeons that were inaccessible until then.

Many miles of walking around in the game on foot has garnished me a Skill Max for Ignis' Cooking, Prompto's Photography and Gladiolus' Survival. Noctis' Fishing Skill is at 5 but I am saving that side-quest for now.

At this time, I've learned that each character has rather unique accessories and weapons that only the corresponding character can use. For example, The Camera Strap which only Prompto can equip allows him to get more pictures each game day. I will be starting a separate guide for weapons and accessories today after I finish this huge update.

I will post new additions to this article covering these two subjects as well as trying to provide a better understanding of how you can stack Noctis' Weapons Stats.

Final Fantasy XV: A Foreword about the Guide

Final Fantasy XV has one of the most complex leveling systems ever put in a game. This point might be easily argued except in the real aspect of leveling that I am referring to. There are numerous weapons upgrades, the Nexus sphere grid, the character's individual skills, individual character levels, Elemancy and even the Regalia all have obtainable upgrades. The intent of this guide is to cover each individual aspect of leveling.

Here is the known list of up-gradable characters, items, and magic: (Each part of this list will be carefully covered individually and in depth.)

Weapons: Weapons marked with a yellow cross can be upgraded by taking them to Cid, Cindy's dad. Each weapon you have Cid upgrade becomes a Side Quest, in the game. This comes in real handy when you're looking for a key item Cid needs. Be warned though, the higher you upgrade a weapon, the longer it takes Cid to finish the job and that can take, 'Game Days', where you will find yourself having to make do without that weapon. So, bear that in mind.

Machinery: Machinery can be upgraded by Cid, as well. Just like with Elemancy, Machinery can and will affect your team as it does the monsters your fighting. Definitely, bear this in mind before using either.

Techniques: Techniques are used for a variety of reasons during battle and are leveled up by use. The main drawback to using techniques is the way the camera switches to the character issuing the technique while you are still in the middle of fighting which, leaves you vulnerable. It's best to save techniques for when you are, "Hanging".

Ascension: This is your sphere grid in Final Fantasy XV. Each node, or Nexus, allows you to boost eight various aspects of the characters and game. Most guides recommend starting with Ignis' Nexus, Aftertaste which increases the duration of the side effects gained from eating his cooking at camps. However, I say go for anything that boost AP such as, Happy Camping. Ability Points, or AP, is used to pay for everything in Ascension and can cost up 999 AP for a single node. Opening up the character accessory slots is always a good idea, as well. Either way, both Nexus nodes are under Ascension>Exploration.

Skills: Each character in the game has a unique skill. Initially, the most useful skill would be Ignis' cooking quickly followed by Gladiolus' Survival Skill. The meals Ignis' cooks, grants really great and long-lasting side effects. The Survival Skill allows Gladiolus to find better item drops from defeated enemies. Noctis and Prompto's Skills are more of a novelty at the beginning of the game.

Elemancy: In Final Fantasy XV, you actually get to create spells simply by mixing and matching items with elemental properties. In a return to Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy XV uses draw-points for gathering magic. However, just like Machinery, Elemancy affects everyone, friend or foe, in range of the blast. It's actually funny to watch your team rolling on the ground and twitching after using Thundaga. LOL.

Character Levels: Experience gained from battles, side-quests and unlocking certain Nexus nodes, will accumulate throughout the course of the game-day. When a character obtains enough experience, they go up a level. Gaining levels increases character stats and can unlock new techniques, skills and abilities.

I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting something that I will come back and add later. For now, let's take a real close look at each of these.

Final Fantasy XV: Tips and Tricks

Warp-Striking is an awesome attack but Warp-Hanging has it's benefits too!
Warp-Striking is an awesome attack but Warp-Hanging has it's benefits too! | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Tips While Playing

Final Fantasy XV is a beautiful game with lots to discover and explore. However, as many of you may have figured out from my Fallout 4 Guide Series; I enjoy sucking all the goodies out of a game.

Recently, I bought a copy of Final Fantasy XV and the journey began. Right off hand and really quick, all the copyright stuff belongs to Square Enix and kudos to them for making an awesome, “Hack-and-slash”, RPG that is really a lot of fun.

Getting the hang of the controls takes a bit of doing but there is the in-game tutorials to help you get the hang of the basics. However, something you need to know right away is how to use items in battle and the game is anything but clear on the matter.

During battle, press R2 on your PS4 Controller or RB on the Xbox Controller. Doing so bring up your item list so you can heal. Also, clicking the R2/RB and pressing right on the directional brings up a rather unique option… you can use the camera to take pictures. You can also click R2/RB when free-roaming to use items and snatch pictures as well.

NOTE: Before bedding the group down for the night, make sure and check your experience. If you have gained a nominal amount, camping is your best bet but if you got lucky and took out a Cactuar in the Weaverwild, staying at the hotel in the Longwythe Rest Area for 300 Gil, will garnish you a 1.5 X Experience, bonus multiplier.

Final Fantasy XV: Paul's Advice

Final Fantasy XV: Paul's Advice on Ascension

The key to any aspect of the game is to slow down and read everything. Final Fantasy XV is an awesome game with a lot of details. However, if you take the time to read the descriptions, you will avoid costly mistakes.

Paul pointed out to me that any Ascension Sphere that says, "...number of levels gained", means just that and the effect does not continue to work with each additional level you gain after taking the perk.

In short, avoid taking any of those spheres until you are maxed out on levels. HP times Level 99 is much, much better than HP times level 10.

Instead, focus on the exploration spheres for bonus AP and EXP as well as the accessory spheres.

Basically, for maximum usage of any, "...number of levels gained", simply means waiting until you are Level 99 before unlocking them.

Final Fantasy XV: Master Mechanic Cid

Cid can upgrade your weapons and machinery...with the right item.
Cid can upgrade your weapons and machinery...with the right item. | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Cid and Upgrades

Being a master mechanic, Cid provides a unique service after you leave Galdin Quay with the help of Dino, a reporter. The service Cid offers is the upgrading of any Weapons or Machinery earmarked with a yellow plus.

In order for Cid to upgrades these items, he will require certain odds and ends to do so which, luckily become small side-quests. If you have taken the time to run around the Hammerhead area, you should have some of his earlier, and easier, requests on hand.

Again, do not forget that when you upgrade a weapon or machinery, it can take several game-days for Cid to complete which equates to you having to play without the item you have him currently upgrading.

Currently, I have upgraded the Engine Blade to Engine Blade III based on items I found while staying within the Hammerhead region. In order to upgrade from Engine Blade III to the Ultima Blade, you need a, Sturdy Helixhorn.

In order to obtain a Helixhorn, you will have to venture to a region in Cleigne called, Lestallum Outpost. Talk to the local Tipster for the hunt, "The Last Spiracorns". Take the hunt but be mindful, when you fight the Duplicorns, focus on attacking their horns to increase the chances of getting the Sturdy Helixhorn drop. If you don't get one, repeat taking the hunt until you do. Once you have the Sturdy Helixhorn, head back to Cid to finish the Engine Blade III side-quest and to receive your, Ultima Weapon.

It will be some time before I make it to Cleigne, since it is located far west of anywhere I have access to at the moment. Still the Engine Blade III is totally doable early on and boosts MP, Strength and Magic, dramatically. At level 28, Noctis and the Engine Blade III have a combined attack power of 382.

Cid also upgrades Machinery. In order to upgrade the, Auto-Crossbow, you will need a Cactuar Needle which can be obtained in the Weaverwild from a Slactuar but only very early in the morning does he appear.

The Bioblaster is upgraded by Cid using an item called, Dynamo which is a rare item that dropped by Midgardsomr outside of Glacial Grotto Dungeon located in Cleigne. You can also obtain the item by defeating high-level Magitek Arm mechs during the quest, Engaging the Empire.

Courel Whisker for the Drain Lance III can be found outside of the Keycatrich Ruins later in the game. Just pop into the area from time-to-time after each story progression until they appear in the area.

As more weapons and machinery is discovered in the game, those will be added to this list along with relevant information.


Final Fantasy XV: Techniques

Techniques, both good and bad.
Techniques, both good and bad. | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Character Techniques

Update: June 22, 2017

Update: Ignix has a technique called, "Enhancement". Unlock this technique as soon as possible. The technique allows Ignis to add the best elemental to Noctis' attacks. Not only does this cause Noctis to do more damage, but it's a fairly easy and quick way to know which Elemancy is going to be the most effective.


If any of you are old enough to remember Killer Instinct: Gold for the Nintendo 64, then you probably recall the biggest issue with the game. An issue commonly found in Final Fantasy XV and Techniques that amplify the problem even more.

When using a technique, the camera changes to the character during the Technique's cut-scene. This leaves Noctis vulnerable since you won't be able to see him. If you thought the fight going behind the bushes was frustrating for blinding you, using a Technique totally leaves you with zero options for changing the view or swinging the camera around, so to speak.

To fix this problem, before using a technique, have Noctis warp to a Hanging-point before issuing the command. This way, he's safely out of the way and instead of getting killed, he'll heal up during the cut-scene.

Since Noctis already has the family wizard's blood in him, he doesn't have Techniques available. However, his teammates do. Each technique levels up as it is used and more techniques are unlocked by leveling up, among other means.

The Snapshot Technique of Prompto is gained in Ascension and can be upgraded to garnish AP as well. These nodes are available under the Exploration Tab of Ascension.

Final Fantasy XV: Skills

Still got some fishing to do but the Noctis Fishing Guide is it's own article.
Still got some fishing to do but the Noctis Fishing Guide is it's own article. | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Skill Overview

Update: June 22nd, 2017

Update: Here is the promised Skill Updates.

The characters in Final Fantasy are very unique in a broad spectrum of ways. One such way is that each character has, “Skills”. These skills influence the game in variously different ways.

Ignis prepares their meals when camping out. Noctis likes to go fishing in his spare time or when a side-quest requires it. Prompto is a shutter-bug and takes pictures you can save and share. Gladiolus, however, has a rather unique skill. He grabs everything after a battle and the higher his skill level, the better the items he gets.


Final Fantasy XV: Noctis and Fishing

Noctis catching his first fish!
Noctis catching his first fish! | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Fishing Skill Overview

The, "Bait and Tackle", menu houses a lot of information requiring a more in-depth article and a lot more research!
The, "Bait and Tackle", menu houses a lot of information requiring a more in-depth article and a lot more research! | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Prince Noctis

Prince Noctis going incognito! LOL
Prince Noctis going incognito! LOL | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Noctis Lucis Caelum

Update: June 22nd, 2017

Update: After starting the Fishing Skill side-quest for Noctis, I discovered just how huge this undertaking will be. So far, I've discovered fifteen fishing spots and are indicated on the map by a fish with a hook sitting on top. It will take time to learn everything about each spot for an article dedicated to this subject alone.


Noct, as his friends call him, has several unique abilities that will be covered individually. However, fishing is a Skill that only levels up by successful catches.

Footnote of sorts: I just found the spot where I can fish in Leiden which is the map posted above. Leiden is massive and takes game days to move around while exploring every nook and cranny. Still, perseverance paid off and I found a spot to level up at. Now, the trick is finding time in between treasure, ore and food harvesting but more on that later.

Noct can acquire fishing lures throughout the game but take a moment before you start fishing and be sure you’re using the right bait in the right spots. In your item inventory, you can check out your bait and tackle. Each bait has a brief description which includes which type of fish the bait is best suited for. A Horned Bluegill was my first catch in the Ostrum Gorge.

Final Fantasy XV: Hammerhead Fishing Location

Ostrum Gorge fishing location.
Ostrum Gorge fishing location. | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Ostrum Gorge Fishing Area

Ostrum Gorge

As clearly marked on the map, there is a nearby camping ground for catching rest between fishing trips. Also, in the area are Leiden Tomatoes that sell for 100 Gil each and the usual magic draw points. Nice tribute to Final Fantasy VIII.

In my free time this week, I will be hanging out at the campground and spending my days fishing until I get Noct’s fishing level up. Here is my recommended set-up before you begin your fishing trip at Ostrum Gorge.

A) Leave your car, The Regalia, at the gas station in Hammerhead. Talking to the guy at the diner will renew almost all plants, treasures and ore in the region. So, be sure to go see him each morning after camp.

B) Either run back to the camp in Ostrum Gorge or, if it was the last place you bedded down, warp to the campsite.

C) Gather all of the items in the immediate area near camp, including the tomatoes on the other side of the storage/fort.

Once you’ve rounded up everything and killed a few Sabertusks… their claws sell for 90 Gil a piece… it’s time to go fishing.

Fish during the daytime. Fishing at night garnished zilch on my hook and until I obtain new lures, the lures currently available seem to work best during the day.

Footnote: Although the lures work best for certain types of fish, they have been known to hook other types as well.

Final Fantasy XV: Gladiolus Amicitia Skills

Platinum Ingots is well-worth walking everywhere!!!
Platinum Ingots is well-worth walking everywhere!!! | Source
"Fitter Survival" - A certain chance of obtaining more items after defeating an enemy during battle.
"Fitter Survival" - A certain chance of obtaining more items after defeating an enemy during battle. | Source
"Fittest Survival" - I really should break down and stock pile AP until I get this one. LOL
"Fittest Survival" - I really should break down and stock pile AP until I get this one. LOL | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Gladiolus Skill Levels

Update: June 22nd, 2017

Update: Gladio's Ultimate Skill was a bit confusing since the other nine are geared towards healing and refilling but his final skill, "Platinum Puller", was a bit off-center. However, this skill is awesome! Every time Gladio picks up one, you just made 10,000 Gil. Also, there are Ascension Skills that will help assist him in acquiring more of any item he gets.

Gladio, as the guys call him, is the powerhouse of the team with a serious knack for grabbing items off of defeated foes. Fact is, picking up items after battles is his Skill and one well-worth leveling up.

With each Skill Level, Gladio grabs better items after battle. At Level One, he picks up Potions but by Level 5, he is capable of grabbing: Potions, Remedies, Hi-Potions, Ethers and Elixirs.

In order to Level up Gladiolus’ Skill Set, you simply have to run around… a lot. The easiest way to accomplish this is to leave the Regalia in Hammerhead and walk around the entire area while fighting and collecting items.

At the end of each day, any Skill experience gained will be added the same way Experience is added when the group camps.

Final Fantasy XV: Ignis and Cooking

Ignis is a campfire gourmet!
Ignis is a campfire gourmet! | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Ignis Scientia Cooking Skill

Iggy, as the team calls him, is a campground cooking guru. Although leveling up his cooking skill will unlock a new dish for Iggy to create, the real inspiration for his dishes comes from a variety of sources.

Ignis only cooks at campgrounds. Bear this mind, as he will not prepare their meals at campers and hotels.

Dining at restaurants will sometimes inspire, Ignis. Be sure to try each dish a diner carries for more inspiration and new dishes.

Sometimes, harvesting a new vegetable will inspire a recipe. By the same token, defeating certain enemies might inspire a new menu choice.

Oddly enough, reading certain signs or posters will unlock a new idea for Ignis to whip up in the kitchen, so to speak.

Ultimately, his culinary skills come with the great undertaking of exploration. Look everywhere and check everything. Read the signs and billboards and try out all the local cuisine.

Final fantasy XV: Best Recipe for Experience

The Stacked Ham Sandwich!!!
The Stacked Ham Sandwich!!! | Source

Final Fantasy XV: The Stacked Ham Sandwich

This ultimate Dagwood is definitely one heck of a sandwich and as such, it lives up to it's size.

This is a really great recipe that's fairly easy to obtain once you get out of Liede. Simply to head to Wiz's Chocobo Ranch and take on Wiz' Quests. Doing so will unlock, The Chubby Chocobo. Buy the sandwich and Ignis will get inspired for the, "Stacked Ham sandwich".

Recipe:

Garula Sirloin

Fine Gighee Ham

Aegir Root

This is a really easy recipe to get the ingredients for. All around Wiz's Chocobo Ranch, you will find herds of Garula.

Fine Gighee Ham can be bougth from the shop in your car.

Aegir Root grows just east of Hammerhead Rest Stop near the campground closest to Insomnia Main Gate. I believe there might be some growing close to the ranch but I will have to check first.

Final Fantasy XV: Food and Favorites

Telling the difference between Retro-Characters and their counterparts in cooking, can be tricky at first.
Telling the difference between Retro-Characters and their counterparts in cooking, can be tricky at first. | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Dishes and Dinners

The menu Ignis can create or unique and based on whatever inspires him. However, cooking for the team bears great side-effects worthy of mentioning in detail.

Individual characters are represented on dishes with a Retro-Character design. At first, I had difficulty telling the difference between Noctis, Gladiolus and Ignis. Finding the four of the represented at a weapons shop solved that small mystery. Prompto’s blonde hair was a dead giveaway.

Not only will the food give the team a boost in a wide variety of ways, it also builds relationships. By cooking a meal a particular character likes, that character receives various bonuses.

Try working on Ignis’ Aftertaste Nexus which increases the duration of every meals effect. The duration increases with each activated node starting at the default, until nightfall (max: 12 hours). The first node has a maximum duration of 24 hours with the remaining two consisting of 36 and 48-hour maximum lasting potential.

Final Fantasy XV: Ignis Skill Set

I would give anything to try some of these dishes... like, Kenny's Salmon.
I would give anything to try some of these dishes... like, Kenny's Salmon. | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Prompto Argentum Photography

The guys enjoying the great outdoors!
The guys enjoying the great outdoors! | Source
Selfies! From time to time, Prompto will ask Noctis, who would he want to see more pictures of.
Selfies! From time to time, Prompto will ask Noctis, who would he want to see more pictures of. | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Photography Skill

Update: June 22ns, 2017

Update: Prompto can get an accessory called, "The Camera Strap". This accessory can only be used by him but it allows him to capture more pictures. He also has a Technique called, "Snapshot", that is unlocked in Ascension.

Prompto Argentum enjoys being the group shutterbug. After you choose to call it a day and bed down, you will be given the opportunity to save pictures Prompto took throughout the day.

Prompt, as his friends call him, does have one drawback… he only takes a maximum of ten pictures at a time. However, to cob that problem, you can take up to 200 pictures by pressing R2/RB to bring up the item menu. Using the direction, press to the right and follow the onscreen commands while playing as Noctis.

While looking at the pictures, the guys will make comments about them. Also, if select a picture during review, or from archives in your main menu, you can press, “Share”, on the PS4 and then, “Triangle”, in order to save a screen capture.

When Noctis is taking pictures, take advantage of the zoom feature to scan the area. With the added ability to jump, climbing in the game to the top of hills and anything you can work your way up, will garnish some spectacular views and photographic opportunities.

Just remember, Noctis cannot take pictures in battle. However, using zoom, you can grab pictures of most monsters, or Daemon, from afar. The best use for this is to scout the area around a Daemon to make sure there are no other enemies lurking nearby.

Final Fantasy XV: Battlefield Photography

If I thought my publisher would let me, I would post every picture I have saved from the game.
If I thought my publisher would let me, I would post every picture I have saved from the game. | Source
The Infamous, Red Iron Giant...
The Infamous, Red Iron Giant... | Source
Classic Battles around every corner with a ton of new and unexpected ones.
Classic Battles around every corner with a ton of new and unexpected ones. | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Elemancy and Noctis

Magic is as wide-open as any region in the game!
Magic is as wide-open as any region in the game! | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Elemancy Drawback

Magic is a two-edged sword. Use with extreme caution!
Magic is a two-edged sword. Use with extreme caution! | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Killcast

So far, my most powerful spell!
So far, my most powerful spell! | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Elemancy

Update: June 22nd, 2017

Update: As you level up, Spells will start to take less and less of a toll on your team. Of course, having the right gear on the guys helps a lot, too! Celestriad can be won by playing Justice Monsters Five and getting 99 Treasures in the game.

Also, my opinion of Elemancy has changed drastically. Granted, it is hard to get the hang of at first but it really does deserve to have its own guide and with that thought in mind... I will be publishing one soon enough.

When you first start the game, Elemancy can be very overwhelming. As a take from Final Fantasy VIII, Noctis will find draw-points normally near campgrounds where he can draw fire, lightning and blizzard.

Just to forewarn you, all spells you cast in battle affect you and your team. Why, I have absolutely no idea and it is really annoying. However, use a little creativity when composing spells and you will do okay. For example, mixing any element with an antidote provides the spells with the element plus poison. As stated, this will poison you and your team when used in battle. To fix this particular issue, equip your teammates, and yourself, with accessories that null poison. However, that's only one solution to a much bigger problem.

When mixing drawn magic with items, and each other, you can create all kinds of powerful spells. Once you have the spells created, you can actually assign them to Noctis or the other characters.

One spell I created was made to cast either, Firaga, Thundaga or Blizzaga with a nasty side effect of lowering an enemies attack level by 99. Unfortunately, when I used the spell, the enemy, and my guys, were all running around hitting each other for zero until the spell wore off.


Final Fantasy XV: Elemancy

Sheer Power!!!
Sheer Power!!! | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Experience Tips

The better the lodging, the better the experience multiplier!
The better the lodging, the better the experience multiplier!

Final Fantasy XV: Experience Tips and Tricks

The core component to leveling your characters is experience which is gained by a variety of means. Whether you run around defeating daemons or complete side-quests, there's always ways of earning Experience and AP, throughout the game.

Here's the best two places in the Hammerhead region for gaining tons of experience and fairly quickly but neither is easy and you really should go prepared.

The first and best way, is to take down the Cactaur running around in the Weaverwild Region at the crack of dawn. Defeating the Cactuar garnishes 3,333 Experience. Having a Beast Whistle helps tremendously but cannot be obtained until Chapter 4. However, I've killed two so far without even trying to find them. Keep using Warp-Strike on the Cactuar and he'll go down quickly.

The second best source of experience, and the easiest to find on a regular basis, is the Bandersnatch. You get 2,064 EXP., for knocking this big guy down. The Bandersnatch is located north of Hammerhead Garage. You will find the huge monster roaming around down in the pit where there's a small pond. Definitely, easier said then done. The best strategy, for me, is to use the Warp-Point, Warp-Strike technique. The pattern is pretty simple. Warp-Point to Hang, followed quickly by, Warp-Strike with a succession, not to exceed, four quick attacks before quickly, warping back to the highest hanging points. Avoid using the points by the pond and stcik to the ones around the outer edge of the pit walls. The Bandersnatch can still easily attack you at the pond and by using the wall-points, your Warp-Strike will inflict much more damage. The rest is simply using hi-elixirs to keep everyone on there feet until the battle is won.

While the Cactuar shows up randomly, you can find a Bandersnatch down in the pit, on a daily basis, almost. Either way, if not both... make sure to get the most out of the experience you gained by staying in the best lodging you can afford.

Campgrounds offer zero bonuses to experience earned. Campers offer 1.2 X Experience for 30 Gil and although the expensive hotels that cost 10,000 Gil offer 2X Experience, like the one in Galdin Quay, I would highly recommend staying at the hotel in the Longwythe Rest Area. For a meager 300 Gil, you get 1.5 X Experience for a bonus.

Under Ascension, focus on Happy Camper for an AP Bonus and Happier Camping for an EXP Boost for normal camping trips, or while working on Ignis' Cooking Skill. The Roadrunning and Roadlife nodes are a great way to pick up experience and ability points. For each game mile you travel in the regalia, you get 10 EXP and 1 AP. Neither is worth a lot, alone but every source of experience and ability points should be exploited first and foremost.


Final Fantasy XV: Cactuar

Rare, Elusive and worth 3,333 Experience Points!!!
Rare, Elusive and worth 3,333 Experience Points!!! | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Cactuar

Cactuars can be found in the Weaverwilds at sunrise... even showing up on time does not make this fight any less rare or elusive. However, if you get lucky and find one, here's the only way I found to beat its speed.

Keep using Warp Strike. The Cactuar is too fast for normal attacks and will escape, if you are not careful. Stick to Warp Strikes and watch out for his blistering Needle Attack. Definitely, boost your HP and your attack before hunting this Daemon.

Final Fantasy XV: Noctis and the Bandersnatch

The Bandersnatch appears commonly in the pit north of Hammerhead Rest Area and is worth 2,064 Experience Points.
The Bandersnatch appears commonly in the pit north of Hammerhead Rest Area and is worth 2,064 Experience Points. | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Bandersnatch

The Bandersnatch is a very big Daemon that enjoys living north of Hammerhead, down by the pond in a pit. He's huge, mean and loves to stomp...a lot. Every hit he connects with is life-threatening to your team.

The easiest way to beat the Bandersnatch is using Warp Points. However, avoid the centralized Warp Points and stick to the outer wall Warp Points. Use these for Warp Strikes that have a high probability to stun the Bandersnatch, making it vulnerable. Either way, Warp Strike followed by no more than five quick hits before warping out, is your best bet and it's very effective.

The instant you are hanging from the higher Warp Points, check everyone's health and use R2/RB to heal up. Then, Warp Stirke the Bandersnatch again. Keep repeating this pattern and he should go down without anyone getting killed. If anyone falls in battle, they do not get experience from the fight. So make sure you keep everyone on their feet before dropping the Daemon Bandersnatch.

Unlike the Cactuar, the Bandersnatch shows up on a regular basis and is well worth the battle. Definitely, take five to ten Elixirs with you, when you go to face him. A few Phoenix Downs would be good as well.


Final Fantasy XV: Nighttime Battles

Giants roam the land at night. Be very careful!
Giants roam the land at night. Be very careful! | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Iron Giants

Iron Giants and other Daemon like to roam the land at night. Unless you enjoy taking an unmerciful beating, avoid going out at night. Even driving in the Regalia will still lead to encounters.

Iron Giants are beatable in the eastern regions of Liede. However, in the west... they are flat-out powerful and even at Level 27, I found myself running with the Regalia still parked in the middle of the road. I hit that beast with the kitchen sink and it still kept healing. Granted, they are not normal Iron Giants... they are this...

Final Fantasy XV: Red Giant

This is a Daemon Suicide Mission waiting to happen!
This is a Daemon Suicide Mission waiting to happen! | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Red Giant Warning

This version of the Iron Giant is far more powerful and likes to heal. Even worse, they do exceptional damage. It has been said that they have no weakness to exploit but there are a few tips that may or may not help.

Red Giants use a very powerful fire-based attack. One recommendation is to hit a Chocobo Dispenser and buy a shake since it provides 90% elemental defense boost against the three main ones: Lightning, Fire and Ice. However, that option is not available at the beginning of the game.

UPDATE: Playing Justice Monster V at the local Crow's Nest Diners will give you access to the Celestriad by getting 99 Treasures in the game. Each Celestriad gives 30% protection against all three elements.

Another tip was keeping the fight going until Daybreak. Sunlight apparently kills the Red Giant slowly. Holy is reputed to work but again, none of this will help you at the beginning of the game.

Ultimately, avoid these guys until you become far more powerful then what the beginning of the game will afford you without using the tips in this guide. It is not impossible to beat a Red Iron Giant while still in chapter one of the story but waiting until you are above Level 40, highly armed and loaded with Mega-Elixirs is seriously recommended.

Final Fantasy XV: Justice Monsters V

Final Fantasy XV: Justice Monsters V

Justice Monsters V is a game within the game that looks like a Pinball game. However, it does not play like one. It more closely resembles a bounce the ball-type game. Initially you're given four of six random, "Orbs".

Each Orb represents an element and adhere's to the basics of relevancy of lightning versus water, as an example.

The important part to note is that this game does provide some very unique, "Treasures". Collect treasure icons by aiming for the bumpers. Doing so fills up the, "Slot Machine Meter". Two treasure chest in slots will get you two treasure icons. However, get all three treasure icons in a row and get a total of five treasure icons.

Warning, You can only fill the meter four times per level. If you do not accomplish getting all four slot machines chances before beating the Level Boss, you will forfeit the remaining balance of, "Bumper Slots".

Now, down to brass tacks: Here's the list of available prizes:

10 Gil Game
02 chests: Potion
05 chests: Hi-Potion
10 chests: Elixir
15 chests: Hi-Elixir
20 chests: Garnet Bracelet - Strength +30
25 chests: Carbon Bangle - Max HP +150
30 chests: Amethyst Bracelet - Strength +35
35 chests: Titanium Bangle - Max HP +200
40 chests: Mega Phoenix
45 chests: Sapphire Bracelet - Strength +45
50 chests: Gold Bangle - Max HP +500
60 chests: Oracle Earring - Magic +200
70 chests: Ruby Bracelet - Strength +50
80 chests: Platinum Bangle - Max HP +700
90 chests: Emerald Bracelet - Strength +60
99 chests: Celestriad - Reduces Fire, Ice, and Lightning damage by 30%

10,000 Gil Game (Near Alessio in Altissa)
05 chests: Hi-Potion
10 chests: Mega Phoenix
15 chests: Ruby Bracelet - Strength +50
20 chests: Platinum Bangle - Max HP +700
25 chests: Emerald Bracelet - Strength +60
30 chests: Centurion Bangle - Max HP +1000
35 chests: Mystic Circlet - Magic +250
40 chests: Moogle Charm - EXP +20%
45 chests: Legatus Bangle - Max HP +1200
50 chests: Blue Diamond Bracelet - Strength +80
60 chests: Gigas Bangle - Max HP +1500
70 chests: Assist Suit - Max HP +500, Strength +30, Vitality +20
80 chests: Dark Matter Bracelet - Strength +100
90 chests: Onion Bangle - Max HP + 2500
99 chests: Wind-up Lord Vexxos

Final Fantasy XV: Closing Thoughts

Leveling up isn't just about experience or character levels. Leveling is all about maxing out everything: characters, weapons, skills, the Ascension grid and so forth. Take a balanced approach and definitely take your time with moving the story-line forward.

There are a host of things to do and discover in Leide Region. Look everywhere and help everyone. Speaking of, make sure you keep a car repair kit on you at all times. Travelers break down sometimes and to save yourself from running back and forth, keep one or two handy.

Leide can be broken down into three areas that garnish different uses. To the north and to the east of Hammerhead Rest Area are the following points of interest: The Bandersnatch, a Giant Hairy Horn just east of the Pond/Pit worth 1,400 Gil. Three sets of Leiden Tomatoes that sell for 100 Gil, each and your first fishing location. You'll also find some very useful items by following the yellow side-road that leads to an overlook of Insomnia.

The second area, northwest of Hammerhead is loaded with Leiden Peppers which are great when combined with various Elemancy. The Cactuar hides in this region and there are several treasures to be obtained.

The third area in west-southwest of Hammerhead and contains several Ore locations, a wide variety of plants and treasures. This area is also full of enemies with three campgrounds within the region. If you want to work on leveling up Gladiolus and Ignis, this is the best area to do. It's wide open which requires a lot of running on foot which is how Gladiolus levels up his Survival Skill. For Ignis, he only cooks at campgrounds, so this area is a great place to practice his cooking. Unfortunately, non of the daytime monsters are out of the ordinary. However...

NEVER go out at night unless you want to commit suicide. Even at Level 27, I'm still having trouble with the Iron Giant varieties that show up after dark. Even driving the car at night will still get your into battles. Stick to daylight hours, look everywhere and don't be afraid to explore. The game is very clear on what your main mission objective is. So, don't worry about accidentally progressing the story.


Final Fantasy XV: Special Timed Quests

Getting ready to go take on this Timed-Quest!
Getting ready to go take on this Timed-Quest! | Source

Final Fantasy XV: Timed Quests Experience Tip

Timed Quests are a really great way to make some fast experience. Each round I have performed so far versus the Cactuars or the Saphyrtails has given my team around 50,000 experience each time.

Here's my favorite pattern for these quests:

Camp in Gualden Quay and have the Stacked Ham Sandwich to get the, "50 x Experience Boost", before taking on any, Timed Quests.

Drive the Regalia to the location for the Timed Quest, hop out and take care of the current Timed Quest.

Afterwards, use the map to return where you lasted rested. Run to the Hotel out on the pier. Yeah, it costs 10,000 Gil but it gives you a 2 x Bonus Experience.

Here's a quick overview of the math.

50,000 EXP

X 1.5

__________

75,000 EXP

X 2

__________

150,000 EXP


Obviously, this a rough average on experience earn since the quests are changed frequently. Still, you get the idea.

Now, head back to the campground, kill some crab things running around nearby to get the warrior's Fanfare AP bonus and spend the night at the camp while have the, Stacked Ham Sandwich.

The next morning, simply use the map to return to the car and repeat.



Final Fantasy XV: Experience at work

XV makes leveling so much fun and a lot less like, "farming".
XV makes leveling so much fun and a lot less like, "farming". | Source

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