Just like it is with any other MMORPG, the main goal for any beginner who just started playing FFXI is to get to the endgame. Since tons of players have been playing FFXI for a long while and have already reached the Endgame content, you, as a beginner, would probably want to reach the Endgame content as fast as possible.
To help you in doing precisely that, here is our complete guide on how to get to the endgame in FFXI as quickly as possible.
To get to the endgame content for FFXI, the main thing that you need to do is reach level 99. There are tons of different areas where you can do that, with some being more efficient than others. However, certain areas for gaining EXP are either not suited or not possible at certain levels.
Fortunately, we can help you with that as well. Here is a complete breakdown of the best areas to level up fast in FFXI, divided into sections based on the level they are suited for or available in.
At the beginning of your journey, you will have the most basic gear, and you will only be able to deal with monsters that are at most one to three levels higher than yours. The best places to gain EXP at this stage include the Ronfaure, the Gustaber, and the Sarutabaruta. You can find these areas quite easily as they are right outside the main cities.
For levels ranging from 10 to 20, the first places you should go to for fast and efficient XP gain include the La Theine Plateau, the Konschtat Highlands, and the Tahrongi Canyon.
While you will be able to kill most of the enemies in these areas, watch out for Rams because they can kill you quite easily. After level 13, you can move on to Gusgen MInes or Valkurm Dunes, which will be a bit tougher as well.
Now things will start to get interesting. The best area where you can level up fast for levels 20 to 35 is Qufim Island.
While things may have been easier for you in the areas mentioned for previous levels, you should not enter this zone unprepared. Some tougher enemies to look out for in this zone include the Undead that will come out at night, the Mages, and Goblins.
As we move on to higher levels, you can go to the Garlaiga Citadel for some fast leveling up. Siege Bats and Borer Beetles are going to be your bread and butter in these zones.
One thing that you should be careful of in this area is the cracks in the floor. It is surprisingly easy to accidentally fall through them, and it would be a walk in the park trying to get out. Also, super tough monsters are waiting to get their hands on you down there.
As you level up, other areas to think about include East Ronfaure, Escha - Zi'Tah (recommended for levels above 45), Bostaunieux Oubliette (also for 45+ level players), and Cape Teriggan (for players over level 50).
As soon as you cross level 60, you can move on to the Labyrinth of Onzozo. You can stick with Escha - Zi'Tah all the way till level 80, but you will have to keep a close eye on your HP because of the undead.
At the Labyrinth of Onzozo, your main focus should be on Toramas and Labyrinth Manticores. While both these are going to be relatively easy, it's a good idea to be a bit defensive, especially against the Labyrinth Manticores.
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At this point, you can enter the Zeruhn Mines, which is also one of the most popular spots in FFXI. You don't need to go for the low-level targets, instead, go straight to the high-level section and start killing Colliery Bats and Burrower Worms.
This, again, does not mean that you can lose your guard. Be careful of Burrower Worms because they can be quite difficult to deal with if you are not careful.
You are almost at the end. The best zone for levels near 80 is Mount Zhayolm and Dangruf Wadi. Stay focused on Orichalcumshells at Mount Zhayolm. For Dangruf Wadi, your main focus will be on the Trimmers and Natty Gibbons. With some patience, you will reach level 90 in no time. If you like, you can stay in Dangruf Wadi for up to level 92.
As you get closer and closer to level 90, you should consider Rolanberry Fields, Fei’Yin, and Meriphataud Mountains. You will have a bit tougher time in these zones, but the XP gain is worth it. Killing the Champion Crawlers, Balayang Bats, and Condors will be your main goal for XP gain in each of these zones respectively.
You are now finally at the final stretch. The first place you want to go for fast XP gain is the Gustav Tunnel, where you will be focusing on Boulder Eaters. However, things to be aware of in this zone are the Goblins and Skeletons. For this, you can use some Sneak.
For levels around 95, you can move on to killing Blanched Mandragora for some fast XP at the Ceizak Battlegrounds. And finally, for the last few remaining levels, you can start hunting the Depthwalker Crabs and the Barnacle Crabs at the Rala Waterways.
To reach the endgame in FFXI, you will first need to get to level 99. While there are tons of enemies in different zones you can kill to get some quick XP, not all of them are suited for certain levels. You can't expect to kill level 90 enemies when you start out.
All of the suggestions above are based on hours of testing. We have tried out all the locations at those specific levels ourselves. Only then have we included them in our list. Try them out and see how fast you can level up.