Final Fantasy is a game that offers over 40 hours of story driven content for the main adventure and you can add even more time onto that if you decide to take detours and tackle side missions. We have put together some simple tips to guide you through the world of Final Fantasy XV and make sure you get started on the right track.
Play The Tutorial
A pretty simple one but something people will miss off because they think they can start the game and work it out for themselves.
The combat tutorial takes you through the different elements of combat, striking, blocking, warping, magic and teamwork. You will want to have it all explained to you before you actually begin the game rather than get to about 60 hours in and then realise you can do something which would of made your adventure easier and more enjoyable.
Go On Hunting Missions
Much like Final Fantasy XII some of the bests parts of the game will be found in hunter monsters through the hunting missions. Each town in FFXV will offer new beasts that need to be taken down and will give you experience, rewards and Gil. This means you’ll be able to test out news strategies in battles and fight some pretty cool monsters along the way.
Speak to NPC's in Towns and AnyWhere You See Them
Information is useful in a massive world like FFXV and the best place to get new info and tips is to speak to the locals around the new area. A good place to start is usually the diners and if you speak to the member of staff, they will offer you food, new hunts and give you information on the area.
This can lead to treasure locations, camp spots, parking spaces and more being loaded into your map so you do not have to wander around feeling lost and unsure where to go next.
Campsites of Hotels
Unlike previous Final Fantasy games and other RPGs, Final Fantasy XV is a little different in how you level up. You can earn experience for fighting monsters and completing quests but you can only raise your level once you have rested. This means that Noctis and co must stay at either a hotel or campsite.
There are a couple differences when staying at a Hotel vs a Campsite and here is what you need to know.
Hotels will cost you money but it does give your team an experience multiplayer which is important in later stages of the game when you can get up to 3x more experience when you pay. Camping though means Ignis can cook up a meal for you, these meals will give you tempory stat boosts which can be more helpful in battles as you move forward with the story.
Eating Before Battle Is a Good Habit
There are potions in FFXV but the game uses food more for buffs. These buffs can boost health, attack, defense and more which last for a while and usually long enough for a big battle. You can choose to either pay to eat out at a diner or the cheaper option is for Ignis to cook you up a meal at a campsite.
If you want to take on tougher monsters then eating food and getting buffs will become a solid strategy for you.
Use a Cute Chocobo
If you are not a fan of driving there is the age old way of using Chocobos once you get to Chapter 3 and after you have paid for one. They are a great combination of being quicker than sprinting but with more freedom than the car delivers.
Of course the main reason why you should ride or own a Chocobo is because you can cuddle the damn cute fluffy creatures.
Only Fast Travel When You Really Need To
When you are driving or out in the open world, it can become quite easy to be lazy and use the game’s fast travel feature to jump between destinations. The only problem with this is you’ll be missing out on conversations between Notics and his friends, the amazing scenery and the beautiful Final Fantasy music.
Bonus Tip: Buy all the Final Fantasy CDs from vendors when you head into a new town, they are usually in the Key Items section. If you want to listen to them on the go then buy a portable music player from Regalia’s Shop.
Unlock Ignis’s Regroup Technique in Ascension
Building up your characters requires using the Ascension system which is like a grid which lets you unlock a series of nodes using Ability Pints. One of the first nodes you should unlock is Ignis’s Regroup ability which allows you to heal your entire party and is a staple skills for any battle.
AP Granting Abilities Are Important
After you get Regroup, your next focus should be on unlocking abilities which allow you to gain Ability Points from day to day things you’ll be doing in game already such a driving and riding Chocobos. This way you’ll be able to maximise the amount of points you can accumulate in the early stages of the game to unlock better abilities.
Learn How To Block Or Die A Lot
Other Final Fantasy games the defend command is probably the least used but in Final Fantasy XV blocking is a crucial part of battle. Enemies can hurt you for a lot of damage and do it very often which means countering them is important to stay alive.
To block, when the Square button on PS4 appears on screen, hold it down and then be ready to hit Circle pretty quickly to counter. Different enemies have different parry animations which means pressing circle will be varied on different enemies. You should also learn to dodge and roll when moving around the battlefield.
Use Magic Often
Magic might seem like that uncommon resource which you can only get by crafting it from magic graw points in the world but it is not that rare. Sources of magic come up pretty often and you can find them next to any campsite on the map, they are only a little bit harder to find when you enter the final chapters of the game and it becomes more linear.
So use you magic as often as you feel you need to, just watch out for you party members as you can hurt them with your spells. Using Regroup is a good way to bring the party together and then leaving an opening to throw some magic down on the enemy.
Keep Hold of Oracle Ascension Coins
In Final Fantasy XV it can sometimes be difficult to know what items are worth keeping and which ones you are safe to keep. The biggest one being the Oracle Ascension Coins, keep hold of these because there is a guy in Altissia who will trade them for power items.
Bonus tip: Also make sure you explore all of Altissia, there is a lot to see in the city.