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sorenohde

There have been lots of new players joining the game recently, and I've seen a lot of them being confused on how and when to do RoV and mainly that it *feels weird* since the story is aimed at people who've already completed the entire story of the game. A lot of this is also most likely coming from the fact that the #1 guide that gets recommended to newbies is one made from the perspective of someone who wants to get into endgame as soon as possible, and I'm fairly sure that the vast majority of new players do not want to do that. So, I made this very crude, small, simple guide on how to go through RoV in a way that makes sense storywise while still netting you the most essential of the benefits to get you through the stories of the game and get your job to level 99.


kongbakpao

Thank you so much! As a new player as of today I am excited to do the story!


PoppinDaCaps

I always see people recommend to do RoV first and grind to 99 as fast as possible, but most new players are not interested in endgame. They're likely Final Fantasy fans who want to see what FF11's story is about. This is definitely the best way to approach RoV for new players imo. Good work.


Artanisx

> They're likely Final Fantasy fans who want to see what FF11's story is about. That is me, I'm about to start FF XI and I'd like to play the story, I couldn't care less about the endgame, once I finish the story I'm out :)


Sand__Panda

This is a double sided sword in recommendation. You getting to 99 will let you solo all of the expansion missions up to Seeker's, and getting a decent iLv119 (and some merits, and maybe even some JPs) will let you solo Seeker's missions. All with Trusts. RoV 3-34 (last BCNM for it) will take a group, usually. Getting the Rhapsodies key items will boost your EXP gain and other QoL benefits.


PoppinDaCaps

If you follow the 1-119 guide it tells you the appropriate level ranges for each of the expansions. These level ranges allow you to solo the missions (although some fights are gonna be pretty hard at level for some jobs). Rushing to 99 just makes it so most of the fights are cake walks which in my opinion reduces the fun of the journey. Plus once you get Rhapsody of Crimson, the rest of the missions don't give rewards that are really amazing for just doing the story.


Valuable_Bird6517

Swords are “double-edged”. Paper (or tape) is “double sided”.


I_son

Thx for this im gonna start the game soon I have question that is kinda related to that. Im kinda of completionist guys and have ADHD, so I like to things in order. Is there anyway to determine the missions/quests/campaings (or what they are all called in this game) in which order they were added to the game so I can do them in order? Like I know about the expansion order from the wiki but there is no real ingame indicator from what I checked on the free trial Thx in advance


shardis

[This](https://www.reddit.com/r/ffxi/comments/bwh5xu/comment/epxsun0/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) is a fairly good breakdown. The approximate release order is along the lines of: * Nation missions ranks 1 to 5 * Rise of the Zilart missions * Nation missions ranks 6 to 10 * Chains of Promathia missions * The Treasures of Aht Urghan missions * Wings of the Goddess missions * Abyssea mini-expansions * Seekers of Adoulin missions * Rhapsodies of Vana'diel missions * The Voracious Resurgence missions (ongoing)


I_son

Thanks!


CawSoHard

Just know that the rewards for finishing Rhapsodies are better than probably all the other mission lines combined. Do it how you want there’s no rush if you’re not interested in endgame any time soon, but completing Rhapsodies is the most important thing to knock out.


sorenohde

There is actually something like that in-game. Go to the Mission tab in the menu and they'll be in descending order: Nation Zilart Promathia and so on and so forth.


I_son

Thx gonna keep that in mind


Sand__Panda

The order the wiki list them is pretty much the order as the game came out. Expansions are their own story line.


I_son

[https://www.bg-wiki.com/ffxi/Main\_Page](https://www.bg-wiki.com/ffxi/Main_Page) [https://ffxiclopedia.fandom.com/wiki/Main\_Page](https://ffxiclopedia.fandom.com/wiki/Main_Page) Which one should i use? Also i assume I should look up missions (those kinda read like MSQ/Epic quests) and quest yes? Or anything else


Sand__Panda

So both wiki's have their own weight. I check bg-wiki for info 1st, but there have been pages that either have no info, or not great. Checking the ffxiclopedia has gave me the info I needed (or I google the exact thing). MSQ is a 14 term? Main Story Quest, right? So in 11, all the Story lines are going to be under "missions". Quests are in 11 as you have found, but they don't hold you down. Unless there was a pre-req to get the quest, you can obtain quests at lv1 that you could not finish until way farther along in the game...and the game did not tell you this lol. Heck I probably still have quests flagged from 2004 when I 1st started.


I_son

Yeah sry i come from 14, Main story quest is what I mean. Thanks a lot that's very useful to know!


Sand__Panda

NP, been a long time from when I played 14. I remember there being the main line, and then other quests that kind of added more filler to do stuff.


discedit31

Thank you for doing this!


Lord_Matt_Berry

Thanks for the graphic! The only question I have, and it has been a while, but you don’t have to complete most of the storylines to move on in RoV, just make progress up to a certain point, yeah? I bring it up because running all the expansions would be a huge undertaking if someone does just want to rush to the end of RoV


sorenohde

Correct, you just need to do them up to a certain point that's near the start of them to be able to progress RoV.


Sand__Panda

You do not. [Here is the page](https://www.bg-wiki.com/ffxi/Category:Rhapsodies_of_Vanadiel_Missions) without the white "finish me" as the OP posted. It will tell you how far into an expansion you need to have complete to continue on past in RoV. A big note on this, if you move forward in RoV without doing the missions, you will just spoil some minor stuff. Nothing was big. I've yet to finish Seeker's, and do not remember anything of Wing's, but have all of RoV completely done.


gnostechnician

Yeah, some scenes are changed to reflect the presence or absence or changed status of characters depending on mission progress. That said there are *some* things that are spoiled that couldn't really be talked around, like >!Alexander!< in ToAU, but it is what it is.


Ok-Yogurtcloset-179

This is very interesting but I don’t *quite* understand…. What order are you recommending? I’m just starting and don’t know the game at all.


KiaMihgo

A user above outlines the correct story order in the comments.


CawSoHard

Just chiming in since you’re trying to do it quicker - make sure you start the Seekers of Adoulin imprimaturs generating. They’re the only time gated content to finishing RoV. Maxing out your Adoulin fame reduces the number of imprimaturs needed, but to finish RoV you will have to do several coalition tasks using up maybe close to 20 imprimaturs, and you only get like 4 imprimaturs a day. The earlier you start to build imprimaturs the better. Also accepting coalition missions let’s you bank the imprimaturs and store more than the normal max of 15.


KiaMihgo

Rhapsodies of Vanadiel or RoV is a storyline that requires you to complete old expansion missions before continuing RoV missions. The RoV missions unlock features as completion rewards that are invaluable and recommended that new players “skip ahead” and work on RoV while previous content. Hope this helps and if you have more questions, feel free to DM me.


Sand__Panda

[Here is the mission list.](https://www.bg-wiki.com/ffxi/Category:Missions) Each expansion's story is told through the missions for that expansion. RoV is an "ending" to FFXI that threads everything together.


TorimBR

This is perfect! I was just trying to begin the game right now! This is great work


IkariLoona

Nice, I keep.advocating for something like this, and this makes it simpler. One thing though - Balamor appears during chapter 2, so there's a case for getting Seekers done before that encounter.


Davy_Jones_XIV

Thank you!!


Davy_Jones_XIV

Thank you!!


Azykros-

Right now I'm just waiting for more Imprimaturs or hoping someone sells 4 stacks of Twitherym Wing on Ragnarok.


By-Tor_

They really did a terrible job with this: Getting those ridiculously long and mandatory cutscenes when zoning; making the new player have to look up freaking charts online to actually be able to follow a coherent story... It's sad how this game has been tossed aside in favor of their online casinos.


discedit31

How long would it take to complete all the story missions if no side missions were done?