Leveling in DFFOO is a chore as the game does not have an energy system. Players are expected to grind hard like how you would in a normal Final Fantasy game.
The following guide is based on my own game experience. If you have a better route to share, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll test them out.
|1-2 (HM)||130||20-30||– After completing the game on Normal for the first time, you’ll want to come here and quickly get your main party to level 30
– Also, this is a good place to level your newer characters to level 10, so that you can proceed to the next map
|2-12 (HM)||254||30-40||This is my favourite map as it drops a lot of Shards to rank up your characters|
|Chap 2 – Ominous Shrine Ruins Pt. 2||266||30-40||You’ll only be fighting Bombs and Goblins here, fastest way to level|
|5-5 (HM)||416||40-50||High Exp and chance to drop shard|
|5-9 (HM)||420||40-50||Highest Exp and chance to drop shard|
|280||1-50||Takes about 30 – 60 seconds to finish 2 battles.|
Recommended Levels are only for reference, if you’re bringing “carry” characters, you can proceed on to the next map.
Why is this here? Surprisingly, the Gil Dungeon is not only the best place to farm Gil, it also gives a decent amount of EXP and it drops Shards to upgrade your character’s Rank. Use the “Star Boost” which gives x2 EXP, Gil and Drops when farming this Dungeon.
Your Rank Level is determined by the total levels of all your characters. To level it fast, you will need to level up all your lower level characters (as they are easier to level up).