New Player Guide

Welcome to Nocturnal Souls! Whether you’re new to Final Fantasy XI or just new to our community, here’s a few pointers to get the most out of your experience.

Client Setup

If you’ve been playing FFXI on another server or on retail, this section is probably just review. If not, there’s a couple of important steps to ensure you’re getting the best experience in FFXI.

  • We support two clients: Windower and Ashita. Each have their pros and cons. The NocSouls team is split between them both, so if you have questions we’ll do our best to offer support.
  • Be sure you’re installed the Renamer add-on for Windower or Ashita and load Nocturnal Souls’ custom renamer list. This ensures that our custom content isn’t mislabeled or simply called NPC. You can read more about the Renamer plugin here.
  • If you’re newly installed, there’s a ton of new UI features built into FFXI’s client, including multiple chat windows, AOE markers, and party buff lists. Read about tweaking the UI here and learn about the High-Definition (HD) DATs projects to make the game look amazing.

A new switch is available to remove the very bad glow around some avatars and models–the overly pixeliated effect. This will make previously pixelated models clean and crisp.

/localsettings blureffect off

Getting Started

Brand new to FFXI?

If you’re brand new to FFXI, here’s a few helpful links to get accustomed to the game. Keep in mind that FFXI is from 2002 and originally designed for a PS2 controller, so much of the controls are either keyboard or controller driven.

Starting Gear

All new players receive a few great items to start their journey.

At level 1, the traditional retail starter gear provides excellent bonuses and safeguards to get you to level 10 quickly.

  • Lv1 Destrier Beret - Adds regen, refresh, auto-reraise, and a huge movement speed buff while you’re below level 30.
  • Lv1 Chocobo Shirt - Adds an incresed battle accuracy while you’re below level 30.

Once you’re level 10, the jewelry will provide great secondary stat bonuses to new players all the way to their 40s and 50s.

  • Lv10 Safeguard Ring - A custom Nocturnal Souls ring designed for all classes with +2 DEF and bonuses to HP/MP recovery, -6% spell interruption rate, and a chance to resist status ailments.
  • Lv10 Tranquility Earring +1 - A custom Nocturnal Souls earring designed for pet classes that increases the player’s fast cast and the pet’s attack, ranged attack, magic accuracy, magic attack bonus, double attack, and critical hit rate.
  • Lv10 Stamina Earring +1 - A custom Nocturnal Souls earring designed for melee classes increases the player’s double attack, crit hit rate, fast cast, counter, and dual wield.

Once you acquire some additional gear, you can also augment your gear. Each gear piece accepts up to 4 augments. Tier 1 augments are available to players from the start of their journey and require common items found outside the starting cities and tier 2 augments can be unlocked around level 10-12 (requiring rank 2 with your home nation).

Acquiring Gear Upgrades

In addition to the starting gear mentioned above, Nocturnal Souls has a well-stocked Auction House that self-replenishes itself for lower-to-mid level armor and weapons.

  • While out in the field, you can use the !ah to browse and purchase from the Auction House.
  • As you outlevel gear, sell it back to the Auction House for the price you paid for it. The AH-Bot will rebuy gear at the sale price (look for the AH-Bot listings to know what to price your gear). Because the AH replenishes itself and has a fixed price for lower tier gear, there’s no need to horde gear unless you want it for style locks.
    • NOTE: Selling gear to the AH will REMOVE the augments, so if you have augmented gear you plan to use later, you’ll want to keep that. =]
  • You can use the !mh to view your Mog House while out in the field and acquire the gil and items your delivery box (and use it to buy new gear).


Once you’re logged in, be sure to equip the NocturnalSouls linkshell. This is the shared linkshell used by the whole server for communication, alerts, and status update.

Also, consider joining our Discord (be sure to introduce yourself in #introductions channel and ping a GM to be promoted to a member). Server updates, maintenance notices, as well as several channels focused on supporting the community exist in Discord–it is our primary medium for communication.

When joining Discord, be sure to set your nickname to your in-game name so players can easily find you.

Important Commands

The custom commands on Nocturnal Souls provide teleports, stat bonuses, and information about your character. When starting out, a few of these can make your leveling experience a lot better.

  • Be sure to always have on signet, either from a gate guard in your nation or via the !signet command. It provides a level-based buff to defense, evasion, HP regen, MP refresh, TP regain, and haste. These are latents (hidden effects) that trigger when you engage a monster that’s even match or higher. You can stack spells on top of these effects for more benefits.
    • If you’re leveling in ToAU zones, use !sanction and in WOTG (“Shadowrealm/Shadowera”) zones, use !sigil.
  • You can use !shop 1 and !shop 2 to purchase food and medicine to make battles go quicker.
  • You can easily get back to your homepoint by using !home or leave a dungeon area with !escape. For longer distance travel, the !tele command can get you most anywhere in Vana’diel and the !telelist command allows you to create custom telepoints.

When you enter an instanced fight or are level sync’d, remember that your buffs are removed. Be sure to reuse !signet for your buffs!

Bonus EXP Opportunities

As you’re leveling up, experience gain rate on Nocturnal Souls is increased. It’s about comparable to having all of the Rhapsodies of Vana’diel completed on retail.

  • The Field and Grounds of Valor books are enabled and experience from these are buffed up a bit. You can use the !gotoexp command to teleport to popular EXP camps and the list provides recommended pages and targets. After each completion, you’ll gain a significant Dedication bonus for 10 minutes. Use it to boost your gains as you work on the pages.
  • Daily Hunts provide a good deal of experience points simply for killing common enemy types and provide currency used once you reach higher levels for gear enhancements.
  • Daily BCNMs, available at level 10 and up, provide experience points, gil, and rare and HQ equipment for the level range of the fight. These are great to do every day, even the lower level ones, to acquire gear for leveling other jobs.
  • Crafting provides job-level experience. If you’re tired of fighting baddies, head to town and work on your favorite craft–you’ll gain a fair share of experience points every time you skill up!

Bonus: Pointers for faster leveling

by Webjester

Your first couple of climbs to 99 will be quick, but once you gear out some augmented sets and add support jobs, you’ll really fly.

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Augment a low level gear set to turn your zero into a hero! (see below).
  2. Target EXP camps that use FoV/GoV pages for the additional experience points and Dedication buff.
  3. Team up with other players whenever possible. Sharing a camp works great! You can go as far as to build a full alliance and everyone will benefit from exp pages.
  4. Use Level Sync whenever someone lower level shows up to your camp.
    • You’ll extend the life of the camp, and make new friends along the way!
  5. Pro-tip: Level Puppetmaster to level 99, unlock sharpshot frame, and get sharpshot attachments.
    • Seriously, your autobot will pump out the damage like you wouldn’t believe.

What should I do as I level up?

Players are recommend to work on the following tasks as they level up:

  • Complete the quest Chocobo’s Wounds and unlock chocobo riding ASAP. This gives you access to the /mount command which makes travels in areas like Abyssea and long climbs in other areas trivial.
  • Work on nation and storyline missions. Nation rank 10 is required for several level 99+ unlocks. Most players can complete their nation storyline while they are leveling up. The bonus gil these missions provide is also very beneficial. Nation rank missions provide some of the best gil available to newer players–rank 2 is 50,000 gil alone!
    • TIP: If you’re leveling multiple jobs, level one as you cap out your nation rank, another for RoZ, another for CoP, etc. to keep things a bit more exciting.
    • TIP: You can opt to use the Fast Tracks system to bypass the RoZ/CoP/ToAU grind; however, be ready to farm currency to buy your way out.
  • Work on chocobo digging. Chocobo digging unlocks at level 20 (after acquiring your chocobo license) and can provide augments, rare materials, and is required for Heroics missions.
  • Work on crafting and synergy. Crafting provides players with bonus job experience points every successful skill-up and can help level jobs even faster. Synergy unlocks when at least four synthesis crafts are skill level 10 or higher and lets players participate in some of the seasonal event crafts. Both of these are extensively used at level 99+ content, including Empyrean Weapons and Heroics.
  • Complete daily BCNMs and hunts as often as possible; these rewards and currencies will be useful later on. The bonus experience points and gil is great too!
  • Once your first job reaches level 75 and finished the requirements, unlock Voidwatch so you can start accumulating voidstones.

Bonus: Picking that first job and farming

by Webjester

Nocturnal Souls is somewhat unique in that it allows for your main job and sub-job to have the same level instead of being halved or otherwise. This means that you can can have, for example, RDM99/BLM99 with access to quite a bit of things you otherwise wouldn’t have. This opens the door for amazing combinations that you’d never even consider approaching (BLM/PUP, yep, that’s a thing.) Game play is also tailored exceptionally well to the solo player.

That said, from a utility standpoint, many folks have started down the road by leveling up certain jobs. At the time of this writing, the community statistics tell the story pretty well, there are three jobs that quite a few people tackle (and with good reason):


Your first two trips up to 99, in my opinion, should be BLM and RDM. Here’s just a few reasons why:

  • Nocturnal Souls provides you not only with capped skills out of the box, but all spells which means you’ll have access to new spells every time you level up. No extra trips to the AH or NPC to find the spell scroll.
  • BLM/RDM or RDM/BLM will grant you access to the best collection of AOE abilities (AGA3, -JA) which will make doing hunts for upgrade currencies much faster.
  • BLM/RDM when geared even sloppily will plow through the Daily BCNMs quickly and efficiently. With our growing population, less time in the daily BCNM means more folks can get through quickly.
  • BLM/RDM gains access to game changing gear relatively early on, which again opens up options quickly for you to gear up your end game job of choice. Some examples:
  • A huge arsenal of survival spells (Stoneskin/Aquaveil/Blink/etc) that will give you a significant edge when making your climb.
  • Additionally, you’ll gain quite a bit of utility out of THF for Treasure Hunter. THF/RDM (frankly almost anything /RDM) has survivablity in spades.

Any gameplay tips and tricks?

  • If you’re any sort of caster, Impact is life. BLM, WHM, RDM, SCH, and SMN get Impact as either a main or sub job. This spell GREATLY reduces the target’s main attributes allowing all engaged players to hit harder (or even at all) as many spell hit rates compare the target’s INT and MND to the player’s. For any content above level 115-120, it can make the difference between an impossible encounter and a doable one.
  • If you’re a melee, familiarize yourself with the elements, damage types, and skill chains of your weaponskills. Weaponskills have a lower damage cap than magic spells, but factor in the damage of high-powered skill chain effects. Finding great combos for double light/double darkness can add upwards of another 120-150k damage (since skill chains are magic and CAN go up to 99999).
  • Don’t forget to use food or drinks! !shop 1 is your friend.
  • Be aware of monster families and resistances and use appropriate battle tactics. Monsters strong against magic resist both spells AND magical weaponskills, so plan accordingly.
  • Make use of the !telelist command to set points for time consuming treks.

I just hit 99, what do I do now?

Well, that’s a great question. By 99, if you’ve been doing a few daily BCNMs and a daily hunt here and there, you should have some stored up Alexandrite and Tanzanite Jewels.

Side Content

  • Work on capping your mog Gardening. Capped mog Gardening is a requirement the Pioneers coalition in Heroics (see below).
  • Work on capping your chocobo digging. Capped chocobo digging is a requirement for the Pioneers coalition in Heroics (see below).
  • Both crafting and synergy are used for unlocks for the Couriers and Inventors coalitions and provides access to numerous crafted materials used in the Empyrean Weapon trials.


First off, go snag an i119 weapon from one of the vendors in Upper Jeuno or any of the numerous NMs throughout the world that drop weapons. You’ll NEED the +Accuracy bonus on an i119 weapon to be able to hit level 115+ mobs. If you’re looking for something in particular, use the Items search on the Members Portal or ask in Linkshell for recommendations. Many of the open world NMs drop great starter weapons.

At this point, you’re ready to start your relic and/or mythic weapons. Keep in mind, depending on your job, some relic weapons may not exist (such as for SCH or DNC). In those cases, focus on acquiring a mythic weapon.

  • Acquire a Relic i119 III is fairly quick and requires the least amount of time as many of the NMs are on very short timers or can be forced spawned at their ??? marks.
    • To save time, aim for weapons that can be used by multiple jobs. For example, the Mandau can be used by both THF and RDMs and makes an excellent relic weapon.
    • Do the Dynamis Dreamland zones (zone bosses are up on zone-in and do not require pops) to farm upgrade items for your relic weapons. Currency drops very easily with Treasure Hunter.
  • Acquire a Mythic i119 III requires a bit more time as each starter weapon must be farmed and the final phase can be challenging for some jobs. Many players can easily complete a weapon in an afternoon. Team up with other players to speed things up.


You should be working to unlock your gear progression upgrades from Vainrachault in the !relax area as soon as possible. Each of these tiers will let you upgrade your armor a bit more. In addition, the Alexandrite and Tanzanite Jewels gained from Daily BCNMs, hunts, Legion, and other events will go to use in upgrading the armor.

  • Acquire your Reforged Artifact i119 set to +1/+2.
    • Currently, the Reforged Artifact (AF1) set is the only gear set that upgrades all the way to the +3 version. You can farm currency easily via daily BCNMs and Hunts to get this armor upgraded to the +1/+2 versions.
  • The reforged relic and empyrean sets are also situationally useful for gear swaps and more advanced play; however, lack the raw stats that the Reforged Artfiact i119 +3 set has at this time.

The Reforged Relic +2/+3 armor sets will be coming soon when Dynamis Divergence is added.

Getting into “end game”

  • If you haven’t already, be sure to finish your Nation missions, the Rise of the Zilart storyline, and the Chains of Promathia storyline. There are several progressions that require those to be completed.
  • Complete the Halls of Legion.
    • The 4 lower tiers should present little difficulty for you if you’ve been following along and gearing up with the recommendations in the guide.
    • Tier 5 final bosses are jerks and have some nasty moves. It’s suggested that you team up to clear this hall. There are usually players who need this hall for their Heroics missions–be sure to ask in Linkshell!
  • Continue clearing the daily BCNMs, including the now available level 99 fight against the Forgotten Protector.
  • Work your way through the Voidwatch campaign as your voidstones become available (be sure to collect them every day!).
    • Pro-tip: Use !telelist to set a return point at a safe spot before you pop each NM. Some NMs use Death moves, and having a quick return will help you conserve your stones so you can nab the NM again before it de-pops.
  • Unlock and work through ZNMs in Aht Urhgan. The ZNMs drop the starter weapons for the Mythic weapon trials (see below)
  • Take advantage of the augment system to further customize and buff your gear.

Preparing for Heroics and beyond

Speaking of Heroics, speak to Zezarn in Western Adoulin to get started with your Heroics. This unlock requires level 9999 and the three primary expansions complete (RoZ, CoP, and ToAU) to begin. Once you’ve unlocked Heroics, you can begin working to unlock each coalition and accuring mission completions and infamy.

  • Peacekeepers: Complete a i119 III Empyrean Weapon
  • Pioneers: Unlock and reach skill 100 in Mog Gardening and Chocobo Digging
  • Scouts: Rank 10 in your current nation (yay for following the guide!)
  • Couriers: Skill 100 in 4 crafts (You did rank 10, so you should have a couple Million gil sitting around to bankroll your skills)
    • Use Kitron Macaron (!shop 1) and a Shapers Shawl to help your skillups.
    • Try to maintain a gap of 10 (15 if you use advanced synthesis support) for a higher skillup rate.
  • Inventors: Synergy skill 15
    • You will have the requirements to unlock Synergy done by completing the Couriers quest.

Bonus: Using the augment system to great effect

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The augment system is ridiculously powerful and players can use augments to suppliment gear and create customized leveling sets.

Once you’ve unlocked the tiers of the augment system, you can, for example, augment a level one earring with MAB +40 or Triple Attack +12. Augmenting lower level gear has a significant advantage in that you can use it over and over again during the leveling process as well as the level capped Daily/Seasonal BCNMs.

Example set for a level 10 character that you can wear all the way to level 99:

Other Questions?

If you have questions or problems, be sure to check out the FAQ section. In addition, on the Members Portal, when you log in, you can see a list of upcoming events, browse through the items and monsters database, and see the community members list. Got an idea? Be sure to leave it under the Feedback > Suggestions area!

Also, the staff on Discord is available to help you when possible, feel free to reach out or post a note in the #support channel.