What A Difference No SQ’s Make

What A Difference No SQ’s Make

*cracks knuckles* Alright, training. I’m down. What will we learn today?

The Main Story Quest of Final Fantasy XIV might not be the best thing ever at the lower levels — but removing the most onerous of the prototypical MMORPG side quests the game is guilty of possessing makes a huge difference for the better. The ability to skip all side-quests comes primarily through a buff that all new characters receive which increases XP gained from all sources by 100% until you reach level 60.

I don’t know if this XP buff ends the moment you get one Job to 60 or whether it is job-independent, but I have a fair while before working that out becomes a concern.

Ah yes, the intensive training necessary to instill the knowledge: Fire bad.

As I was playing through today though, it put me in mind of a post of Syp’s I read earlier in the day asking the question, ‘How could World of Warcraft win me back?’

One thing Syp sees as a potential to draw him back is for Blizzard to have a change of heart over the artificial grinds they introduce. More recently with the allied races and over and over again with flight.

I’m with him on this being a positive change, but it wouldn’t be enough to bring me back right now. But then Syp touched the need to change up the story beats to remove the tedium that BFA has introduced.

The final round of training: Can I make it down this path? Alive?

This second point hardly even registered for me on the first read through of the post, so thoroughly have I divorced the concept of ‘WoW’ from ‘Story’. I keep across the major beats most of the time, but long past are the times I felt any kind of investment in the lore or story.

I don’t know that WoW can ‘fix’ that for me now. I feel like it would almost need a fresh start. And it is this, I think, that Final Fantasy XIV offers me above all else. The MSQ at the point I’m up to isn’t really any better, story or mechanically speaking. But it is without the ‘Grind’ (with capital ‘G’).

In the span of just a couple of hours play, I made meaningful progress in level and story. I’m level 20 as an Archer now and closing in on being able to join one of the game’s Grand Companies. This will allow me to get my Chocobo mount. *squee* or rather, *kwee!* :D

The character and lighting detail is actually really impressive. (Click to see!) Also? Soon I’ll have one of these for this character! Yiss! :D

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2 thoughts on “What A Difference No SQ’s Make”

  1. Hmm, how do I see if I have this buff because I think I don’t have it. My DoW/DoM Jobs are 50, 47, 25, and 10.

    Might be tied to expansions? I only have the base game from Twitch Prime. Account was created ~30 days ago.
    I do have this nifty +30% XP while below Level 30 ring.

    • You can see it as a little tiny buff icon that sort of hovers in the upper right area called ‘Road to 60’ and the XP gained through quest hand-ins etc will always, regardless of your rested state, have at least +100% XP against them.

      But! I just looked at what exactly determines whether you get this buff or not, I thought it was just all new characters. That is actually not the case. It’s only new characters or characters that transfer to a ‘New’ or ‘Preferred’ server.

      I don’t know why but Malboro, where I rolled, seems to be a preferred server even though the population was pretty high.

      Details here: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/news/detail/80cd4583bf743600105b947d6906d0909189e479

      I’ll put a note about this in the post since it’s pretty material!

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