Q. What is all this hubbub about a so-called “party bonus”?
A. The party bonus is a feature that increases the amount of
skill points awarded to players from combat while in a party. This
feature will be in effect so long as the difference in class ranks
between all party members is between the range of ±5. In addition, the
bonus will be greater the more party members there are.
Q. Why did the
version update that went live on October 15, 2010 alter the party bonus
to be based upon class rank rather than the number of party members?
A. Under the previous settings, since party bonuses were
calculated solely on the number of party members, even players who were
too low-level to effectively participate in combat were being awarded
extra skill points simply by being present in the party. The alterations
to the system were made to prevent exploitation of this in the form of
Q. If I am in a party
with someone beyond the ±5 class rank range, will I be getting less
skill points than I would be if I were playing solo?
A. No. Rather, the amount of skill points awarded in these two
instances would be the same, regardless of whether the player is solo or
in a party. If a party bonus is not in effect, the amount of skill
points capable of being obtained will be the same.
Q. Is it possible the class rank range for party bonuses will be adjusted in the future?
A. We initially set the difference to 5 to combat the issue
mentioned above. We will continue to monitor community feedback and look
at how parties are formed - depending on these results we may tweak
these values in the future.
Q. What can you tell me about exchanging regional leves?
A. The exchange of regional leves may be carried out under any of the following circumstances:
Q. What should I do if I want to place a completion bonus on a regional leve?
A. When exchanging regional leves, a completion bonus will be
attached should the number of ☆ marks be more than one. The bonus will
be greater the larger the number of ☆ marks, up to a maximum of eight.
* When a completion bonus is applied, the reward in the leve completion window will be displayed in an orange font.
Q. How do I increase the number of ☆ marks?
A. Either of the following two methods may be used to increase the number of ☆ marks.
Q. What type of specific effects does increasing a regional leve’s degree of difficulty have?
A. Increasing the degree of difficulty will result in more
powerful enemies, larger amounts of experience and skill points, and
greater rewards. At present, the degree of difficulty may not be changed
once a regional leve is underway, but the version update scheduled for
late November will introduce a feature which allows players the option
* Lowering the degree of difficulty will also cause the reward to be scaled down accordingly.
Q. I saw a treasure
chest while I was out doing a regional levequest! Is there always a
treasure chest somewhere on a levequest!?
A. While on a regional levequest, treasure chests may appear
based on the levequest location, but there is no guarantee. The chances
of a treasure chest appearing, however, may be increased through leve
linking.* Upon opening these chests,**
players will be rewarded with gil and, in rare instances, items. Should
a chest be opened by a player in a party, gil will be automatically
split and distributed to party members on the levequest, while items
will be placed in a random member’s loot list.
* A leve link is
created when a party member initiates a regional leve of which other
party members are also in possession. Party members not in possession of
the guildleve will not be part of the link, but instead will be leve
** Select the Examine command which appears in the Interactions menu when in proximity to a chest to open it.
Q. Why are there no rank 20 regional leves for miners outside of Limsa Lominsa?
A. Beyond rank 20, regional leves for Disciple of the Land
classes are issued only from certain authorities. Below is a table
displaying which nations issue leves for which classes.
* After the November version update, all nations will issue regional leves for all classes, regardless of rank.
Q. Why can I no longer undertake the rank 20 armorer quest after accepting the rank 20 blacksmith quest?
A. The blacksmith and armorer class quests have been grouped
together. Though players are free to choose either of the classes they
wish, they will only be able to complete the quest for one of the two.
For example, if a player has undertaken the rank 20 blacksmith quest,
the rank 20 armorer quest will become unavailable. The player will,
however, again become free to choose either blacksmith or armorer for
the rank 30 quest. Quest content and rewards will be adjusted to fit the
class chosen for the each quest.
* Quest progress for both classes can be viewed by opening main menu >> Journal >> Blacksmith & Armorer Quests.