Looking to get a good start in Final Fantasy XV? These tips for things to do first in the new Final Fantasy will help make sure you get off on your quest on the right foot!
While there’s no one right way to distribute APs, there’s an early game strategy that can pay off big. Several abilities on the exploration tree enable characters to build AP from performing everyday activities. Of these Happy Camping and Happier Camping are potentially the best to take early. You’re going to be doing a LOT of camping in FF 15, and gaining extra AP from this necessary and frequent activity is eventually going to yield big rewards. The short-term sacrifice in AP will be more than mitigated by the long term gains from developing this tree as early as possible.
One of the most powerful weapons in your arsenal isn’t a sword or a spell. It’s a menu option. By switching your combat mode in the Options menu from Active to Wait, you’ll set battles to stop whenever you’re not moving. From the Wait view, you can access enemy vulnerabilities, get the lay of the battlefield, and take a look at your allies. You can even bolster making decisions from Wait Mode by spending AP in the Wait Mode Ascension ability tree, to deal more damage or increase the amount that time is frozen for.
To block, hold square (PS4) or X (Xbox One) down when prompted. Don’t tap it. Tapping won’t block, holding will. And since blocking opens up parries and real chances for teamwork damage, this is an especially important for more difficult battles. (The same goes for locking on to enemies.)
Final Fantasy 15’s combat is action-oriented, but it’s not always simple. The brief, unobtrusive, and optional combat tutorial will make sure you understand the basic nuances of attacking, defense, mobility, and team combat that you might not pick up just by jumping in.
Parry, Flanks, and Utilize Teamwork
While you’re going to be tempted to spam offense in many encounters, don’t neglect the powerful influence of defense and stealth. Successful evasions followed by a parry can create openings for more damaging counters. Flanking attacks and hits from the rear can deal much more damage, especially against higher-level enemies. And your team members special powers and Techniques are tremendously important. You should utilize teammates special attacks at every opportunity. And don’t forget you can crouch behind large objects to quickly recover HP and MP!
From the very first outpost you’ll find an inactive Chocobo Rent-a-Bird station. In order to activate them, you’ll have to go on a short but tough sidequest starting in Chapter 3: The Open World, where Prompto will ask to visit the Wiz Chocobo Post as part of the Friends of a Feather side quest. The quest will culminate in a Beast Hunt to take down a ferocious level 15 Behemoth, but if you are strong and careful, you can take out the beast and gain the ability to rent Chocobos, letting you move much faster than simple running – and you’ll be able to use this increased speed in placed where the Regalia can’t get to.
Recipe ingredients are practically always worth the trouble to gather. A well-cooked meal can significantly bolster your party’s abilities before a big fight, but you can’t make the best food if you don’t have the best ingredients. If you see a foodstuff icon nearby, divert and gather some ingredients. Also keep an eye out for Mineral Deposits and the occasional Treasure Spot.
Dine and Dash
Early in Final Fantasy XV you’ll be looking for chances to see the countryside, gather materials, and get some XP and AP under your belt. Hunts are a great way to do all of these. To trigger Hunts, visit the local diner in a settlement and talk with the server. Your first stop in any town should be the local diner. These roadside stands are staffed by helpful servers who can reveal certain important quest info on the world map, as well as assigning you random bounty quests.
If you have the skill, the patience, and the potions, you can take down enemies far above your current level. This isn’t always worth the Phoenix Downs you’ll burn, but it is a good idea to engage in some quests a few levels above your own. Doing so can net you decent XP and Gil, but more importantly, it adds chances to gather rare items, like new Recipe-inspiring ingredients or treasures.
While you don’t want to waste your cash, Potions, Elixirs, and Phoenix Downs are especially important in FF15. After finishing a few easy hunts, hit a service station and build a small stockpile of these vital curative items.
Early in the game you’re not well equipped to deal with Daemons. Confine your activities to daylight. If there’s any chance a mission is going to keep you away from a campsite before sundown, wait a day…it’s just not worth the trouble!
Hotels and campsites serve very different purposes. Campsites are a huge boon before a hunt or a big fight, as they allow you to prepare delicious food to see you through a hard day’s battle. Hotels and caravans, on the other hand, offer big XP bonuses. Remember, you don’t cash in XP until a day ends. If you’ve just beaten a boss or a bunch of enemies on a hunt, sleeping that night in a hotel can vastly increase your experience reward.