With so many combat jobs in FFXIV it would honestly be a little surprising if there weren’t one or two you just didn’t vibe with. Nevertheless, you might still feel compelled to drag these jobs to max level, either because you’re a completionist, or you’re looking for specific rewards like job titles or the Amaro mount.
So if you don’t like the job, what’s the easiest way to do this with as little engagement in the combat gameplay as possible? Luckily there are actually some really good sources of experience you can use without needing to play a job well, or sometimes even play it at all!
Let’s start with the methods that are truly, authentically “I’m not going to play this job at all”. The way Khloe’s Wondrous Tails work is that you complete a weekly stickerbook of duties as any job, and then you can turn in the book as the job you want to level up.
Simply finishing the book with 9 stickers is enough to receive 50% of your current level’s worth of experience, so this gets more and more value the higher level the job is.
Remember that you need to have 9 stickers to receive the exp. Sometimes people see that they’ve completed a line of stickers and excitedly turn the book in for the line bonus, not realizing they haven’t completed their book. Oops!
The fastest way to complete the book is just to unsync one of the level 50 extreme trials in there and use your second chance points to redo that one duty each time you place a sticker. A max level character can earn all their stickers in about 15 minutes this way.
Two weeks for a level without touching the job sounds good to me, especially if you’re using it on those awkward levels like 60 or 70, before the job can actually enter experience-rich levelling dungeons, Heaven on High, or the Bozjan Southern Front.
Daily Frontline Challenge
In the Duty Roulette tab of the Duty Finder is Daily Challenge: Frontline, which places you into the PvP Frontline mode of the day.
Since you can change jobs during Frontline duties, you can queue up as the job you’re levelling and then immediately swap to your preferred job once inside.
You’ll still earn the experience on the job you entered as, which thanks to the daily bonus will be about 50% of your current level’s worth of exp.
Note that jobs do play slightly differently in PvP than they do in PvE, so it’s possible you might not hate a job’s PvP toolkit and actually find this a more tolerable environment. Teleport to the Wolves’ Den in La Noscea to test out your PvP kit.
It can be found in the PvP Profile which in PvP areas should be on your hotbar by default, but you can always find it in the Actions & Traits menu under Main Commands.
Beast Tribe Quests (or ‘Tribal Quests’ as of 6.2)
Tribal Quests are another daily resource that provide decent combat experience for very little effort. You do have to accept and complete the quests on the job in question, but many quests do not involve combat at all, and those that do are typically just to kill one or two overworld enemies.
There are Tribal Quests you can accept in each expansion that provide easy experience for jobs in that level range. For example, levelling a job between 60-70 you could use the Ananta and Kojin Tribes in Stormblood zones.
If you’ve already reached maximum reputation with a Tribe then you receive bonus experience from these quests, increasing their effectiveness in levelling your alt jobs. For example, with the bonus exp each pixie quest gives level 70-79 jobs about 7% of a level for a total of 21% per day.
Considering these quests are basically “Fly here. Kill one enemy. Come back.” this is a very easy source of experience.
For a more in-depth guide on specific beast tribes and their unlock requirements, check here.
The weekly Challenge Log experience does require you to engage a bit more with the combat job than previous options, but you can make clever use of it for decent chunks of exp.
If you just make sure to finish a challenge on the job you want to level, you’ll receive the benefit even if you used other jobs for the bulk of the challenge. In this way you can get the reward while only having to play the job for one FATE, dungeon, etc.
Challenge Log experience stops scaling at level 79. You can still receive the rewards on 80+ jobs, but it will pretend you’re only level 79 when calculating exp.
Some notable challenges include:
Feeling Lucky – Complete 3 dungeons via the Duty Roulette. (15% level exp)
Dungeon Master – Complete 5 dungeons. (10% level exp)
Exercising the Right – Vote 5 times in player commendation. (10% level exp)
In Your FATE I – Complete 5 FATEs with the highest rating possible. (15% level exp)
In Your FATE II – Complete 10 FATEs with the highest rating possible. (15% level exp)
Just Leve It to Me – Complete 5 levequests with different leve plates (15% level exp)
One tip for the levequest challenge is you may want to consider using crafters to complete the first few since those can be finished quickly by turning in items. Remember they have to be levequests with unique leve plates.
This is more of an honorable mention, but in some cases your primary objection to playing a particular combat job is that you just don’t understand it intuitively.
Using the Trust System means you can still gain large amounts of experience from appropriately levelled dungeon content, but without any sort of pressure that you’re “holding the team back”.
The Trust System can be found under Duty > Trust. While inside the dungeon you can take a pause to check your skills and hotbars whenever you like, since the group of NPCs will move at your pace.
Right now Trusts are only available for Shadowbringers and Endwalker MSQ dungeons, but they’ll be adding them to lower level dungeons in an upcoming patch, so newer players will also be able to ease into that content in a single-player environment.
Of course for any situation where you’re earning mob experience, make sure you have experience buffs running such as the 3% effect from any meal and the 15% effect from your Free Company or a Squadron item.
I often use a mix of these daily and weekly activities to funnel experience into my lesser-played combat jobs so I can catch them up to the ones I play a lot. If you’ve got any other tips from levelling up a job you didn’t particuarly like, leave them in the comments below.