Killerguides FFXIV Leveling Guide Review

I read a lot of guides by Killerguides over the past couple of years, including Warhammer, Aion and several others. I’ve always found them to be the most reliable source for the best game information as their guides contain a huge amount of quality content, and they’re always quick to update it with the latest changes.

The FF XIV leveling/strategy guide they recently published is fortunately not an exception. It’s the most detailed and entirely complete game guide you can get. The author is knowledgeable about the game but he’s not producing much useful information, especially in the leveling guide.

To be honest all I wanted is a leveling guide, and this one is very well done. Leveling in FF14 works a bit differently than in most other games but it’s nevertheless quite intuitive. That’s why having a guide to help you get to the endgame is important in FFXIV, and this one is detailed enough to help you gain a significant advantage over other players. There are a lot of locations for grinding XP listed and it’s much better than what you will find in Chronos leveling guide.

In addition to leveling, this strategy guide contains many more chapters explaining various game aspects such as guildleves, armoury system, items, zones, monsters and many more. While it’s not the reason why I got Killerguides strategy guide in the first place, these other guides are very helpful to have, and just as the rest of the guide it really contain a lot of lesser known secrets you’ll want to know about.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for the absolute best and verified information about FFXIV Killerguides guide is your top choice and you really should give it a shot.

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Steve’s FFXIV Mastery Guide Review

Steve’s guide is no longer available for download, please see Killerguides for a better alternative!

Steve’s FFXIV Mastery Guide (not to be confused with the awesome Chrono’s FFXIV Mastery Guide) has just been released. Apparently the more guides people publish the worse they get, so read on to see what I found out in Steve’s Mastery Guide.

Basically, there’s not a whole lot to review at this point. I gave pretty bad reviews to some other guides before but since they were published so early (some even in beta) the lack of content was more or less understandable. Later on they got updated and I changed my reviews, however with Steve’s guide I’m not sure I’ll bother. Since the game is out for awhile now he should at least write something before trying to sell it!

Despite what the website claims, Steve’s FFXIV Mastery Guide doesn’t contain and secrets, tips, tactics or strategies. Hell, it doesn’t even have a leveling guide — it’s not yet released. The ONLY thing that exists at this time is a gil guide, which is just rehashed and rewritten basic info you can find in other guides. Simply put, not worth it.

I’m assuming Steve will eventually update the guide and add a leveling part as well, but until then this is my worst spent $47 so far. It will probably be full of typos anyway, just like his gil guide and website. Here’s a free tip for you readers: if you need a quick $47 just write a FFXIV guide; yes, evidently anyone can do it. Unfortunately, you probably won’t sell more than one copy, because beating the quality of Chrono guide is not easy. Killerguide is still my absolute recommendation, and very much worth it.

Steve’s guide is no longer available for download, please see Killerguides for a better alternative!

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FFXIV Domination Guide Review

FFXIV Domination guide is no longer available for download, I recommend you to check out Killerguides for a better alternative!

Another FFXIV guide which just got released a couple of days ago is FFXIV Domination. Since this is a guide review site afterall I of course bought a copy, and fortunately this time I didn’t waste another $45 like with FFXIV Secrets.

I gave a pretty bad review to FFXIV Domination when it was first released, but it’s been updated since then and now it’s definitely worth a look — and more. It contains leveling guides for Gridania, Limsa Lominsa and Ul’dah, currently completed to level 15. It doesn’t go into too many details about each quest but it’s usually not even necessary. There are a few maps included which make finding certain locations much easier.

The rest of the guide only lists basic class and race information which is unfortunately not very useful. However, the gil guide included in FFXIV Domination is useful. It introduces you to leves and crafting, and gives you an overview of ways to farm gil. Again, it’s a pretty useful reference to have and with a couple more updates it will surely get even better.

FFXIV Domination is a decent Final Fantasy 14 guide which with more content might prove to be a serious competition for Killer guide. At this point I recommend it only as an alternative, but be sure to keep an eye on it regardless.

FFXIV Domination guide is no longer available for download, I recommend you to check out Killerguides for a better alternative!

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FFXIV Secrets Guide Review

FFXIV Secrets guide has been taken down and is no longer available for download, I recommend you read my review of Killerguides for a better alternative!

FFXIV Secrets guide got released about a week ago and I picked up a copy immediately. Unfortunately I didn’t do a review then since the guide was incomplete, but it has been updated since then so here are my thoughts.

FFXIV Secrets Guide unfortunately doesn’t bring anything new to the table. It has basic class and race info which is, as always, useless. There’s more info on this site than in the guide. When the guide was first released it didn’t even contain a leveling or a gil guide despite what it advertised, so I labeled it as a scam. At this time it does have both, but it’s pretty much the same info you can find in other guides, namely FFXIV Domination. Killerguides strategy guide on the other hand is much more detailed, in every aspect.

Perhaps in time FFXIV Secrets will get updates, but who wants to wait for that really? I recommend you skip this guide entirely and get Killer Strategy Guide — that’s what a real guide should look like.

FFXIV Secrets guide has been taken down and is no longer available for download, I recommend you read my review of Killerguides for a better alternative!

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Chrono FFXIV Mastery Guide Review

Chrono website and guide are no longer available for download, I recommend you see my review of Killer Guide for a better alternative!

Chrono FFXIV Mastery Guide just got released today and I immediately picked up a copy. Fortunately, it was well worth it as this almost guide beats previously reviewed Killerguides in all aspects.

The guide is written by an expert gamer who not only has previous experience with many MMORPG games including Final Fantasy, but also with writing strategy and leveling guides for those games. He’s the author of the top-selling and top-rated Aion, Warhammer Online and other guides, and his FF14 Mastery Guide is right up there with its contents and quality.

Chrono’s guide has detailed leveling paths for Gridania, Limsa Lominsa and Ul’dah. All areas and quests are covered and you’ll have absolutely no downtime if you follow this leveling guide. It will indeed help you level up incredibly fast with its optimized leveling path, quest locations and battle strategies. It’s definitely the best leveling resource I’ve come across so far.

Much like the previously mentioned Killerguides guide, Chronos guide is also actually a strategy guide, containing many useful tips, tricks, secrets and strategies you simply don’t want to miss. A comprehensive Gil guide is included in Chrono pack and even though I have yet to try many of the gil making strategies explained inside I’m confident I’ll have more than enough gil with very little effort. So far I’ve been doing far better than I expected.

In addition the Chrono Mastery Guide contains very detailed information about guildleves, battle strategies, monster farming, recipes, gathering and mining guides, crafting guide and a lot more. I just wish I could include some of those chapters on this site for everyone to see but unfortunately you’ll have to download the guide yourself if you want to read it. There’s also several misc tutorials, and a comprehensive FAQ which every FF14 player should read.

Overall I doubt there will ever be another guide which will beat Chrono guide in quality, especially because it’s constantly updated with fresh content, which is of course free. Killerguides however is a fantastic alternative as it contains just as many guides and tips as Chrono does. I sincerely recommend reading this guide as it’s the number one Final Fantasy 14 information source with more content than all databases and blogs combined.

Chrono website and guide are no longer available for download, I recommend you see my review of Killer Guide for a better alternative!

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FF14 Release: What You Need To Know

The following post is a list of things you should know regarding the release of Final Fantasy XIV.

For those of you who purchased the collectors edition of Final Fantasy XIV you can start playing at the following times:

  • JST September 22 @ 10:00
  • GMT September 22 @ 01:00
  • EST September 21 @ 21:00
  • CDT September 21 @ 20:00
  • MST September 21 @ 19:00
  • PDT September 21 @ 18:00

Official Service Launch Date

  • At 18:00 (PDT) on Sep. 21, 2010, early access to the Realm of Eorzea will begin. The official service is scheduled to begin on Sep. 30, 2010.
  • Along with the start of early access, the download of client patch will become available.

Official Launch of “FINAL FANTASY XIV, The Lodestone”

  • Before the launch of early access, which is scheduled for 18:00 (PDT) on Sep. 21, 2010, the official players’ site “FINAL FANTASY XIV, The Lodestone” will become available. “The Lodestone” is scheduled to launch at 8:00 (PDT) on Sep. 21, 2010. All the news, topics and version update details relating to FINAL FANTASY XIV will be posted on “The Lodestone.”
  • The URL for “FINAL FANTASY XIV, The Lodestone” is: http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com
  • Currently, the players’ site is only available to certain beta testers. However, it will become available to all users starting at 8:00 (PDT) on Sep. 21, 2010.

Uninstall the Beta Client

After the Open Beta Test comes to an end, please uninstall FINAL FANTASY XIV Beta Version.

  • Installing the release version of FINAL FANTASY XIV or other software developed by our company while FINAL FANTASY XIV Beta Version remains installed may cause certain issues. Should you uninstall FINAL FANTASY XIV Beta Version after installing the release version, certain settings may be reset.
  • The language setting of the operating system will be used to determine the default language setting for the release version of FINAL FANTASY XIV.

Worlds Available at Launch

The following Worlds will be available upon the start of early access scheduled for Sep. 21, 2010.

  • Cornelia
  • Kashuan
  • Gysahl
  • Mysidia
  • Istory
  • Figaro
  • Wutai
  • Trabia
  • Lindblum
  • Besaid
  • Selbina
  • Rabanastre
  • Bodhum
  • Melmond
  • Palamecia
  • Saronia
  • Fabul

Depending on heavy server population, new Worlds may be added. The ability to create a character on specific Worlds may temporarily become unavailable in the event of server congestion.

Transferring Character Names to the Official Release

Participants of the Open Beta Test will be able to transfer their character names to the official release. As long as the World selected in the Open Beta Test and the official release are the same, the character name used in the open beta test will be usable in the official release.

  • Upon transferring the character name, both the selection of the World and character name data needs to be inputted properly. Please make sure to remember both the World your character resided on and the name of the character you used during the Open Beta Test.
  • It will not be possible to transfer names that have been determined to be inappropriate.
  • After the Open Beta Test has concluded, the character names listed on the account will be transferable.

Transferring Character Appearance to the Official Release

During the Open Beta Test, saving a character’s data at the time of its creation will allow you to create a character with the same appearance in the release version of FINAL FANTASY XIV.

Character appearance data will be saved under the My Documents folder in Windows. Please be aware that the transfer cannot be done if the My Documents directory is deleted. Uninstalling the “FINAL FANTASY XIV Beta Version” will not cause the data saved in My Documents to be deleted.

Notice to Those Who Purchased “FINAL FANTASY XIV Collector’s Edition”

Upon the start of early access, server congestion on the Square Enix Account Management System is expected. By completing the following process now, you will be able to smoothly begin your adventure.

  1. Register a Square Enix Account Beforehand
  2. Selecting a Payment Method: Square Enix Crysta can be selected as the payment method for monthly service fees. Note: additional payment methods will become available after the Square Enix Account Management System maintenance, which is scheduled to be Sep. 20, 2010 from 19:00 to 23:00 (PDT).

Transfer of a FINAL FANTASY XI Player Character name to FINAL FANTASY XIV

When creating a new FINAL FANTASY XIV character, FINAL FANTASY XI players’ character names will be prioritized. The character’s name will become “Given Name: the Player Character’s name in FINAL FANTASY XI” + “Surname: the name of the Player Character’s World.”

Please note that you will not be able to transfer your Player Character name in the following cases:

  • If you have created a character before linking your PlayOnline ID (It is, however, possible to transfer Player Character names by deleting the characters you created, linking your PlayOnline ID, and then re-creating your characters).
  • If, at the time of creating your FINAL FANTASY XIV character, the linked PlayOnline ID’s FINAL FANTASY XI Content IDs are invalid (the Content IDs have been cancelled and are thus not being billed).
  • If the linked PlayOnline ID’s FINAL FANTASY XI is in the free trial period.
  • If there are no FINAL FANTASY XI characters on the linked PlayOnline ID.
  • If you have recently created a character, transferred Worlds, or used the Character Reactivation Service on FINAL FANTASY XI, it may take some time before you can transfer your Player Character name to FINAL FANTASY XIV.
  • Users can create characters with new names, regardless of whether a PlayOnline ID is linked or not.

In-Game Bonus Items

  • FINAL FANTASY XIII (initial batch only): Asuran Armguards
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV (initial batch only): Garlond Goggles
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV: Collector’s Edition: Onion Helm

If you have item codes for any of the above items, you will need to register the item codes in order to obtain your item. To do so, please follow the steps below:

  1. Log into the Square Enix Account Management System (https://secure.square-enix.com/account/)
  2. Select the “Select Service” option under “Service and Options”
  3. Select “FINAL FANTASY XIV,” and then “Add a service account”
  4. Enter the corresponding item code, and then select “Next”

The in-game bonus item will be applied to the corresponding FINAL FANTASY XIV service account once the registration is complete. When you create a character on the corresponding FINAL FANTASY XIV service account, the character will start off with the in-game bonus item in its possession. Please note that characters created prior to the registration of the item code(s) will not receive the in-game bonus item, so make sure you register any codes prior to the character creation process.

Perks for Simultaneous Players of Both FINAL FANTASY XI and FINAL FANTASY XIV

If a PlayOnline ID with an active FINAL FANTASY XI Content ID is linked to a Square Enix account with a FINAL FANTASY XIV service account, all new characters created on that FINAL FANTASY XIV service account will start out possessing an in-game bonus item.

Please note that you will not be able to receive a special in-game item in the following cases:

  • If you have created a character before linking your PlayOnline ID (It is, however, possible to receive the in-game item by deleting the characters you created, linking your PlayOnline ID, and then re-creating your characters).
  • If, at the time of creating your FINAL FANTASY XIV character, the linked PlayOnline ID’s FINAL FANTASY XI Content IDs are invalid (the Content IDs have been cancelled and are thus not being billed).
  • If the linked PlayOnline ID’s FINAL FANTASY XI is in the free trial period.

So there you have it. If you feel anything else should be added be sure to post it in the comments. My recommendation is to also get a FFXIV leveling guide as soon as you can! If anything important comes up I’ll be sure to update this post as well.

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