Since Patch 2.1 has completely turned end-game progression in FFXIV upside down, I wanted to put out a new post detailing what both fresh 50s and those leveling up a second class can do to progress quickly and efficiently into Final Fantasy XIV’s end-game.
As a brand new level 50, u will now be entering an end game where most players are already very well-geard,with many players having multiple classed with end-game gear.It can be quite intimidating to get started in end-game content given that established players typically insist on minimum average item and ffxiv gil level for groups.
Here is an easy means of progression that any level 50 can use to progress into end-game without drawing too many compaints for being undergeared.This guide assumes u already have taken the time to unlock all your class skills(via your class quest)and level up all your side-jobs for cross class skills.
Step 1: Daily Duty Finder Runs
As a fresh level 50, your first priority should be to participate in some easy duty finder runs in order to get your hands on some Tomestones of Philosophy. You can trade in Tomestones of Philosophy for Darklight Gear via Aurianna, an NPC that resides in the northeast corner of Revenant’s Toll in Mor Dhona.
Step 2: Duty Roulette: High Level
After you get a couple pieces of Darklight gear, you should have no problem queuing up for “Duty Roulette: High Level” once each day. If you can help it, do not unlock hard mode Copperbell Mines, hard mode Haukke Manor, or Pharos Sirius. If you unlock these dungeons, they might come up in your Duty Roulette: High Level option. While this is not a bad thing once you have some gear, if you are queuing with just two pieces of Darklight and the rest crummy gear, you will be a burden to the group.
Step 3: Crystal Tower & Relic Weapon
Once you have hit 6-8 pieces of Darklight gear (average item level of 65+), you are ready for the Crystal Tower. This is a 24-man dungeon which drops item level 80 pieces (Darklight is item level 70; Tomestone of Mythology gear is item level 90). It also provides 200 Tomestones of Philosophy and 50 Tomestones of Mythology for each completed run. However, you can only loot 1 piece of gear from Crystal Tower each week (resetting on Monday at 10 AM).
Step 4: Continue Crystal Tower & Hit Your Mythology Cap Weekly
After you unlock your relic weapon and finish off (or come close to finishing) your Darklight set, you can discontinue the Duty Roulette: Main Scenario and Low Level options (though low-level roulette is great for leveling up new classes).
Step 5: Difficult End-Game Encounters
Once you finish off your Darklight set, acquire a relic weapon, have a few pieces of Crystal Tower and Mythology gear, your equipment will be reaching an average item level of 75+. At this point, you can comfortably participate in most end-game content.