Boost levels rapid-like with these simple tips.

Final Fantasy 15 features all the EXP and level-up based shenanigans you’d expect for a big-budget, large-scale RPG, though it does take something of an interesting approach to how experience works in the game.

There are a number of ways to gain experience that are pretty useful and beyond that a number of ways to multiply the experience you earn for maximum impact in-game. FF15 features some pretty ambitious post-game and late-game quests that’ll require you to level way beyond the bounds that the story expects you to – and that means you’ll want to maximise every single point of EXP you earn. Here’s our guide to all that.

Step one: how to earn a lot of EXP fast

The main story in FF15 is pretty generous with the experience, but regardless the fastest way to earn experience is by digging into some of the sidequest content.

Here’s the thing: sidequests end up rewarding you EXP in two ways. Most side quests will toss some enemies your way in one way or another, and then on top of that you’ll get large drops of EXP when you turn the quests in. The one exception to this is hunts, which offer much larger EXP boons on the death of the target but only other rewards like gil and items when you turn them back in to an NPC at a restaurant.

To locate side quests in FF15 take a look at your map and look for the icons that are yellow question marks. Be wary that sometimes these icons can get lost in the mess of the map: a lot of quest-giving NPCs are located around towns and outposts, and those places are already flooded with icons anyway. Sometimes the question mark icons hide away underneath icons.

Here’s a little tip: you can turn off types of icon on the map, so to track down sidequests turn off all other icon types for a moment and take a look at a cleared map – much easier.

Anyway – these are the fastest ways to gain experience, through side quests and hunts – so get to them both – but not before considering step two.

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Step two: Eat regularly for EXP boosts and other bonuses

We can’t stress enough just how important it is to eat. Not in the real world, though that’s important too, but in the world of FF15. Eating either Ignis’ cooking or in restaurants offers huge bonuses, and in the late game these bonuses might actually prove vital to surviving a dungeon or defeating a nasty boss.

We’re not that interested in the bonuses to health and attack and things for the purposes of this guide, but we are interested in the various foods in the game that can actively boost your experience. Here’s a list of a few we’ve found, plus what ingredients you’ll need to cook them or what diner to find them in.

How to cook or find EXP-boosting meals

  • Stacked Ham Sandwich: +50% EXP (and +200 HP) – Cooked by Ignis. Ingredients are Garula Sirloin, Fire Gighee Ham & Aegir Root.
  • Mother & Child Rice Bowl: +30% EXP (and +50% Drop Rate, +1000 HP) – Cooked by Ignis. Requires Chickatrice Egg, Birdbeast Egg, Saxham Rice.
  • Royal Banquet Canape: +50% EXP (and +75 to Strength/Magic) – Cooked by Ignis. Requires Arapaima Roe, Kettier Ginger and Allural Shallot.
  • Lasagne al Forno: +100 EXP (and +4000 HP) – Cooked by Ignis. Requires cooking level 9 and ingredients Jabberwock Sirloin, Cleigne Darkshell and Fine Cleigne Wheat.
  • Galdin Gratin: +10% EXP (and +50% Strength/Magic, +500 HP) – Mother of Pearl Restaurant @ Galdin Quay
  • Fat Chocobo Triple Decker: +50% EXP (and +400 HP) – Wiz Chocobo outpost after ‘A Feathery Feast’ sidequest
  • Fine Caviar Canape: +50% EXP (and +75 to Strength/Magic) – Maagho, Altissa.
  • Maagho Lasagna: +100 EXP (and +4000 HP) – Maagho, Altissa.

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Use EXP boost bonuses wisely to level up fast

FF15 uses an interesting way of processing experience earned through questing and fighting – all experience gained must be ‘banked’ by sleeping. This can either be by making camp or by staying somewhere more swanky, such as a hotel.

Every type of accommodation in FF15’s world has an experience bonus associated with it. The top accommodation in the world is the Royal Suite in the Leville in Altissa – that offers a three times experience bonus but also costs a whopping 30,000 gil per night.

Earlier in the game you can find the hotel in Galdin Quay costs 10,000 gil but offers a 2x EXP boost – handy.

Anyway, the crux of this is simple: Keep an eye on the EXP bonus offered by each area where you can stay. You can get a good 1.5x EXP bonus for just 300 gil in a few spots, which is pretty good. Always try to save up EXP and bank it all in a place that’ll give you a nice bonus.

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