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"Final Fantasy XV": Character Leveling Tips and Tricks

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Update: 6-11-2017

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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.

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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!

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.

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.