Side content always becomes a primary focus whenever I play FFXIV. Though I always rush through MSQs as soon as they are released, the bread and butter of the game for me will always be tasks such as Tribal Quests or instanced content such as Bozja, Eureka and the Diadem.
Although this is true, I can’t say I spent much time completing Leves over the years. I do remember completing them pretty often at lower levels, but as soon as I got access to Tribal Quests, that became my main focus when it came to Crafters and Gatherers. Quite frankly, I think I have completed more Battlecraft Leves than Crafter/Gatherer Leves, which is truly shocking since those drop off at level 50.
As you may have already known, I’ve been focussing many of my most recent posts on discovering the fastest and most efficient ways to get tasks done. Things like the fastest ways to level up your Battlecraft Jobs, or the best ways to get Shards, Crystals and Clusters; but the shocking place Leves popped up was when I discovered they were one of the more efficient ways to farm Gil.
I’m sure you either know or have assumed that Leves are considered one of the most efficient ways to level your Crafters and Gatherers, which is honestly probably why you’re here, but these are a task that players can continue participating in long after they have reached the maximum level.
Now, I have to admit farming Leves isn’t something I plan on doing anytime soon, but given how much I’ve gotten sucked into Crafting and Gathering, you know for a fact that when Dawn Trail comes out I’m spending all 100 of my Leve Tokens to power level my Crafters and Gatherers.
Unlike some other tasks in FFXIV, such as PVP, where all you need to do is unlock side content once and it will be available moving forward, Leves require players to visit the areas associated with the level of Leve/Levequest they want to complete. Initial quests are similar to Hunt Marks, where a player is only required to accept a quest to unlock the task, so don’t worry about things taking too long and I’ll make sure to give you a cheat sheet so you can quickly navigate around the different areas you need to be.
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WHAT IS A GUILDLEVE OR A LEVEQUEST & HOW MANY CAN I COMPLETE A DAY?
A Guildleve or a Levequest is a repeatable task players can take part in every day as long as they have allowances to participate in them.
Much like tasks like Tribal Quests, players will only be able to complete a set number of Leves a day, though unlike many of these other time-sensitive tasks, players can bank up to 100 allowances if they choose not to complete them once they are available.
Players will receive 3 Allowances every 12 hours, meaning that they can complete 6 Leves a day if they so choose. Alternatively, players can also take part in larger scale Leves which require 10 allowances, though you’re going to want to choose how much time you have as these do not provide you with as big of a reward. They are more efficient when a player doesn’t typically use all of their allowances by the time it completely refills. Essentially if you don’t think you can complete 100 Leves in 16 days, start completing the larger Levequests.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LEVES?
There are 6 major types of Leves that players can participate in, however, there is a good amount of overlap between them when it comes to the tasks you will have to complete. Though this is true, it is somewhat important to differentiate between the different types as they each have achievements that are associated with them, so if achievement farming is a priority for you I would make sure you pay attention to this.
The 6 different types of Leves include Battlecraft, Tradecraft, Fieldcraft, Grand Company, Temple and Guildleve. Many of these drop off at lower levels, often leading achievement farmers to have to go back to access the specific type of Leve required for the achievement. When I go through the locations of all of the Leves I will ensure to also catalogue which Leve types are available to participate in.
Although I’ll go further into detail with this, the short explanation of tasks you must complete includes fighting specific mobs with extra “story-based” tasks, Crafting various turn-ins and Harvesting or Fishing different resources.
Leves will take various amounts of time to complete, with Tradecraft Leves being the fastest if you’ve already crafted or bought the items required, Battlecraft Leves taking a couple of minutes to complete and Fieldcraft Leves taking the longest amount of time and quite frankly being the most annoying of all of them to complete.
While all three Roles have several Leves they can complete before level 50, only Fieldcraft and Trade Craft receive more instances beyond this because Battlecraft Levequests were extremely unpopular.
HOW TO UNLOCK LEVES
To initially unlock Leves players must complete several steps, though after players do this they will be able to access Leves in all zones by manually unlocking them.
This means that players can simply ignore certain levels of Leves if they so wish to.
The first step to unlocking Leves requires players to complete 3 main story quests. These quests are all level 9 quests and include Spirithold Broken, Way Down in the Hole and Just Deserts.
Once these are complete, players must head to the city they began the game in. If you don’t remember it is based on the Class you first chose meaning:
Gridania: Lancer, Archer, Conjurer
Limsa Lominsa: Marauder, Ninja, Arcanist
Ul’dah: Gladiator, Pugilist, Thamaturge
Oftentimes players will have their starting city bound as their Return unless they have made a conscious decision to change to alter it due to them being in another city more frequently.
Nonetheless, once you have figured out what your starting city was you will head to one of the following locations:
New Gridania (X:11.7, Y:13.3) to speak to Gontrant for the quest Leves of Bentbranch.
Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (X:11, Y:11) to speak to T’mokkri for the quest Leves of Swiftperch.
Ul’dah – Steps of Nald (X:12.0, Y:9.1) to speak to Eustace for the quest Leves of Horizon.
This tends to be the quest that most players get stuck at since many players can’t remember what city they started in.
As soon as you are done with this step, you can now go to the different areas to take part in the corresponding Leves. Players can locate Leves by looking for the symbol of a card on their minimap and the associated NPC.