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Notes: EXP tables were changed in the February 14, 2011 update
Also known as "EXP" or "XP"

A numeric representation of a character's progress toward its next job level.

Experience points are generally earned through defeating Easy Prey or tougher monsters. Certain quests, battlefields, and events also award EXP. On the other hand, some EXP is lost whenever the character is K.O.'d, although certain scenarios/enhancements will either prevent or reduce the amount of EXP lost.

Once a character's Main Job attains the required amount of experience points (see table below), its level increases, making it stronger. In the event that the character is K.O.'d but does not have enough stocked EXP to cover the penalty incurred, its level can also decrease. (See the K.O. page for more information on EXP loss.)

EXP can only be earned or lost by the job that is currently set as the character's main job. The Support Job cannot gain or lose EXP.

Characters level 75+ in any job may opt to receive Limit Points instead of standard experience points by acquiring a KeyItemLimit Breaker from the Nomad Moogle in Ru'Lude Gardens. Limit points are used to earn Merit Points which can be used for further character enhancements. However, it is important even for maximum level characters to keep some experience points stocked, so that their level is protected in the event they are K.O.'d.

Quick Links for Methods of Gaining EXP in 2014

Most important/efficient sources of EXP:

  • Records of Eminence: provides experience for completing tasks from a wide range of ingame content. An essential source of EXP available starting at level 1.
  • Trust: acquire these computer-controlled party members to more efficiently kill enemys. Available for unlocking at level 5, and can then be used at any level.
  • Abyssea: accessible beginning at level 30, but to actively contribute to an EXP alliance, your level must be at least 60~65+ for a healer and 70~75+ for DDs. However, this is still a very viable source of EXP at 30 with help from high level players.
  • Coalition Assignments: Most can be completed at level 1 and award several thousand EXP. Imprimaturs are required, but this method is extremely effective to gain large bursts of EXP.
  • Voidwatch: Available at 96+, Voidwatch grants several thousands to tens of thousands of EXP per monster, but almost always requires a group.

Useful sources of EXP:

Less efficient sources of EXP:

Experience Points needed per level

Lvl Exp Total
1 0 0
1-2 500 500
2-3 750 1,250
3-4 1,000 2,250
4-5 1,250 3,500
5-6 1,500 5,000
6-7 1,750 6,750
7-8 2,000 8,750
8-9 2,200 10,950
9-10 2,400 13,350
10-11 2,600 15,950
11-12 2,800 18,750
12-13 3,000 21,750
13-14 3,200 24,950
14-15 3,400 28,350
15-16 3,600 31,950
16-17 3,800 35,750
17-18 4,000 39,750
18-19 4,200 43,950
19-20 4,400 48,350
20-21 4,600 52,950
21-22 4,800 57,750
22-23 5,000 62,750
23-24 5,100 67,850
24-25 5,200 73,050
Lvl Exp Total
25-26 5,300 78,350
26-27 5,400 83,750
27-28 5,500 89,250
28-29 5,600 94,850
29-30 5,700 100,550
30-31 5,800 106,350
31-32 5,900 112,250
32-33 6,000 118,250
33-34 6,100 124,350
34-35 6,200 130,550
35-36 6,300 136,850
36-37 6,400 143,250
37-38 6,500 149,750
38-39 6,600 156,350
39-40 6,700 163,050
40-41 6,800 169,850
41-42 6,900 176,750
42-43 7,000 183,750
43-44 7,100 190,850
44-45 7,200 198,050
45-46 7,300 205,350
46-47 7,400 212,750
47-48 7,500 220,250
48-49 7,600 227,850
49-50 7,700 235,550
Lvl Exp Total
50-51 7,800 243,350
51-52 8,000 251,350
52-53 9,200 260,550
53-54 10,400 270,950
54-55 11,600 282,550
55-56 12,800 295,350
56-57 14,000 309,350
57-58 15,200 324,550
58-59 16,400 340,950
59-60 17,600 358,550
60-61 18,800 377,350
61-62 20,000 397,350
62-63 21,500 418,850
63-64 23,000 441,850
64-65 24,500 466,350
65-66 26,000 492,350
66-67 27,500 519,850
67-68 29,000 548,850
68-69 30,500 579,350
69-70 32,000 611,350
70-71 34,000 645,350
71-72 36,000 681,350
72-73 38,000 719,350
73-74 40,000 759,350
74-75 42,000 801,350
Lvl Exp Total
75-76 44,000 845,350
76-77 44,500 889,850
77-78 45,000 934,850
78-79 45,500 980,350
79-80 46,000 1,026,350
80-81 46,500 1,072,850
81-82 47,000 1,119,850
82-83 47,500 1,167,350
83-84 48,000 1,215,350
84-85 48,500 1,263,850
85-86 49,000 1,312,850
86-87 49,500 1,362,350
87-88 50,000 1,412,350
88-89 50,500 1,462,850
89-90 51,000 1,513,850
90-91 51,500 1,565,350
91-92 52,000 1,617,350
92-93 52,500 1,669,850
93-94 53,000 1,722,850
94-95 53,500 1,776,350
95-96 54,000 1,830,350
96-97 54,500 1,884,850
97-98 55,000 1,939,850
98-99 55,500 1,995,350
99-Cap 55,999 2,051,349

Gaining Experience Points

Experience Scrolls

There are several varieties of experience points "scrolls" which can be obtained from quests or defeating certain monsters. The amount of experience earned is random within a certain range, depending on the scroll.

Limit Points cannot be obtained by these items. If a scroll is used which gives experience points that brings a player beyond an experience point cap, excess experience points are lost.

Battlefields

ENM-class battlefields reward characters with experience points when the battlefield is won. Only characters which are not K.O.'d when the victory coffer is opened will receive experience points.

Limit Points can be obtained instead of experience points.

It is not possible to gain more than one level from ENM experience points. Instead, the player will be capped at 1 experience point short of the next level. For example, if a level 1 player with 0/500 experience points wins 3000 experience points from an ENM, he would only be awarded 1249 experience points leaving him at level 2 and 1 experience point needed for level 3.

The amount of experience points earned by an ENM depends on the ENM and the number of players that enter the battlefield. Although almost all ENMs can be entered by a full alliance of 18 players, each ENM has a "recommended" amount of players that should enter. If the number of players that enter the ENM is equal to or below the recommended amount, all players will receive the base amount of experience points. If the number of players that enter the ENM is above the recommended amount, the experience awarded to each player will be reduced by a factor of: (recommended player count) / (actual player count).

For example, Like the Wind has a recommended player count of 3 participants. If the battlefield is cleared with 1, 2, or 3 players, everyone will receive 2000 experience points. If the battlefield is cleared with 4 players, everyone will receive 1500 experience points (3/4 * 2000). If the battlefield is cleared with 6 players, everyone will receive 1000 experience points (3/6 * 2000).

Besieged

Upon successful defense of Al Zahbi from invading beastmen, all players in Al Zahbi who are not in K.O.'d status will receive experience points proportional to their contribution in the battle. (Players with K.O. status will still recieve Imperial Standing from the battle.) This value is capped depending on the level of the beastmen attack.

Limit Points can be obtained instead of experience points.

Static experience point bonuses are also given if the Al Zahbi defense is successful in defeating mega bosses or beastman leaders that accompany the beastman forces.

See the Besieged page for more details.

Campaign Battles

Campaign Battles are similar to Besieged but on a smaller scale in the Wings of the Goddess expansion areas. Experience points or limit points will be applied toward Allied Tags during the course of the battle and are awarded either at the conclusion of a battle, or when a player manually submits the tags and requests an assessment from a Campaign Arbiter.

Unlike Besieged, being K.O'd at the conclusion of the battle does not mean no experience points are gained. Any accumulated experience points will be awarded when a player is Raised from K.O. Experience points are forfeited if the player returns to his or her Home Point or otherwise changed area (including via Tractor) during, or after the battle.

Campaign Operations

Campaign Ops are available after signing up for a nation's army in Wings of the Goddess areas. These missions will grant small values of experience points upon the successful completion of the objective.

Fields of Valor

Completing Fields of Valor training regimes in certain zones will award players with a set amount of experience points, gil, and tabs depending on the regime they undertake.

Bastion

Bastion battles are available in the three Scars of Abyssea zones. Very similar to campaign battles but much more frequent and on a smaller scale.

Dominion Ops

Dominion Ops are available in the three Heroes of Abyssea zones. Similar in format to Fields of Valor these ops reward experience points, cruor, Dominion Notes, and occasionally an Empyrean Armor seal.

Killing Monsters

You can obtain Experience Points through killing monsters which check as Easy Prey or above to the highest level party or alliance member. However, monsters which are killed while called for help on, or monsters which did not fully recover after being Charmed will yield no experience points. Monsters that did not fully recover from a previous battle prior to you engaging/defeating it may have their experience point yield reduced, depending on how many members were in the party that attacked it previously, and what their own job levels were.

Limit Points can be obtained instead of experience points if a player is on Limit Point accumulation mode, or if they are at level 99 and their experience points are already capped.

The following is a detailed description of how experience points are calculated computed when you defeat a monster. For a summary and hints on how to apply this information refer to the Experience Point Calculation Guide.

The experience point yield from a single monster is:

min(\text{base} \times \text{level modifier} \times \text{player share} \times \text{monster bonus}, \text{per monster cap}) \times \text{chain bonus} \times \text{experience bonus} \times \text{pet penalty}

When in level-capped areas, this value will be calculated twice: once using actual player levels, and once using player levels under influence of the level cap.

  • If the player is accumulating experience points, the greater of the former and 50% of the latter calculation are awarded as experience points.
  • If the player is accumulating limit points, the greater of the two calculations is awarded as limit points.
    • Level Sync does not count as being in a level-capped area. When synced, both EXP and limit points are earned at the normal rate. (Level Sync cannot be applied inside a level-capped area.)

Base Experience

Base is the base experience value the monster gives, with respect to monster level and party level, calculated as follows:

Party level is the level of the highest level player or pet to have acted on the monster since it was at 100% health with no debilitating status effects. If you are playing solo then party level is just your level.

To find base, find the row in the table below corresponding to the difference between the monster level (monster level) and (party level), and the column corresponding to your party level.

Examples

  1. Ding Bats in the Zeruhn Mines have levels 1, 2 or 3. If you are level 5 then the difference between your level and the Ding Bats’ level will be -4, -3, or -2. Looking this up on the table, this means your exp will be 130, 140 or 160 each time you defeat Ding Bats (assuming you are solo and there are no modifiers).
  1. Huge Hornets in South Gustaberg have level -1 (see note below the table). If you are level 1 the difference between your level and the Huge Hornet’s level will be -2. According to the table your exp will be 160 each time you defeat a Huge Hornet (again assuming you are solo and there are no modifiers).
  1. Sand Beetles in Eastern Altepa Desert have levels 36 - 40. Your party has members with levels 30, 30, 31, 31, 31, and 32. Then your party's level is 32 and the difference between the monsters' level and your party's level will be between 4 and 8. According to the table your base exp will be 200, 350, 450, 550 or 600 each time you defeat a Sand Beetle. Experience points in parties always has modifiers so you must read on to compute actual experience.

Note: Values in bold are the new, post 2/14/11 update values. Non-bold values are old values that still need to be updated.


monster level -
party level
party level
1-56-1011-2021-3031-3536-4041-4546-5051-5556-6061-6566-7071-7576-8081-8586-9091-95
15 800 ?
14 720 ?
13 630 ?
12 580 ?
11 580 530 ?
10 530 480 ?
9 600 530 480 440 ?
8 600 550530480430 400 ?
7 550 500470430 380 360 ?
6 450400 370 330 320 ?
5 350 400340310 280 ? ?
4 200 300270250 240 ??
3 160 200 ?440
2 140 150 160 ?360
1 120 125 130 ?280
0 200
-1 180 186192 190 192 195
-2 160 172 180 186 190
-3 140 150 160 170 180 184
-4 130 140150 152 160 170 172 180
-5 120 130 140146 152 160 166 172
-6 100 120 130140 146 152 160 174
-7 80110110120130 140 146 152154 168
-8 6090100110120130132 140 146150 155
-9 8080100110120126 132140144 150
-10 6080100110120 126132140 145
-11 6080100110 120 126132 140
-12 6080100110112120126 132
-13 6080100106112120 126
-14 6090100106112 120
-15 8090100106 112
-16 8080100 106
-17 6080 100
-18 60 90
-19 80
-20 70
-21 60
-22 55
-23 50
-24 48
-25 45
-26 42
-27 40
-28 38
-29 36
-30 34
-31 32
-32 30
-33 28
-34 26
-35 24
-36 22
-37 20
 1-56-1011-2021-3031-3536-4041-4546-5051-5556-6061-6566-7071-7576-8081-8586-9091-95
Check Color Code Incredibly Tough Very Tough Tough Even Match Decent Challenge Easy Prey Too Weak
The level a monster checks as depends on your level, not your party's level. So, for example, a monster which checks as "Incredibly Tough" to you may check as "Very Tough" to one of the other party members.

Level Modifier

Level modifier is a modifier which adjusts the amount of experience earned based on the level difference between the player and the maximum level participant in the battle. The effect of the modifier is to penalize grossly underlevelled players which join a party.

Level modifier is dependent on the player's level (player level) and the player or pet level used to calculate base above (party level).

If either a)party level is greater than player level + 7 or b) party level is greater than 50, then level modifier is player level / party level. Otherwise, level modifier is \frac{tnl(\text{player level})}{tnl(\text{party level})}, where tnl() is the experience points needed to obtain the next level.

For example, if the highest party member is 20 and your level is 18, \text{level modifier} = 4200 / 4600.

Player Share

Player share is a modifier which adjusts the amount of experience earned based on the number of people in the party or alliance.

When in a single party, player share depends on the maximum number of people in the party at any time while fighting the monster. The value of the variable is listed below in the normal share column.

For example, if you and a partner (both having signet) kill a monster that is Even Match to both of you, then you both get 75% of 100 exp or 75 exp each (before other modifiers).
Party size Normal share Signet share Total share (normal) Total share (signet)
11.001.001.01.0
20.600.751.21.5
30.450.551.351.65
40.400.451.61.8
50.370.391.851.95
60.350.352.12.1

When in an alliance, player share is equal to \frac{1.80}{\text{number of players in the alliance}}.

Monster Bonus

Monster bonus is a beneficial modifier to reward the party for defeating exceptionally difficult monsters.

Monster bonus is 1.0 except on particular monster types which are listed below:

Name Zone monster bonus
Aw'euvhiThe Garden of Ru'Hmet1.1
Battle BugardMamook1.05
Cloud HippogryphRiverne - Site A011.15
Decrepit GnoleJugner Forest (S)1.05
Defoliate TreantWajaom Woodlands1.05
Demonic RoseThe Boyahda Tree1.23
Eo'euvhiGrand Palace of Hu'Xzoi1.1
Eo'ghrahGrand Palace of Hu'Xzoi1.1
GnatSauromugue Champaign (S)1.05
Greater ManticoreCape Teriggan1.1
HippogryphRiverne - Site A011.15
LadonKuftal Tunnel1.23
Nimbus HippogryphRiverne - Site B011.15
Om'phuaboAl'Taieu1.1
Om'xzomitAl'Taieu1.05
Om'yovraAl'Taieu1.35
Polar HareUleguerand Range1.1
Strato HippogryphRiverne - Site B011.15
Tavnazian RamLufaise Meadows1.23
Ul'phuaboAl'Taieu1.1
Ul'yovraAl'Taieu1.35
Variable HareUleguerand Range1.1
VarkolakCastle Zvahl Keep (S)1.04
OrichalcumshellMount Zhayolm1.1
Numbing BlossomEast Ulbuka Territory0
Pungent FungusEast Ulbuka Territory0
Erupting GeyserEast Ulbuka Territory0
Steam SpoutEast Ulbuka Territory0

Experience Cap

Per monster cap is an upper-limit placed on the base amount of experience that can be gained per-monster (before bonuses or penalties are calculated).

The cap depends only on the player's level. If \text{base} \times \text{level modifier} \times \text{player share} \times \text{monster bonus} exceeds the cap value, the cap value is used for further calculations instead.

Player level per monster cap
1-50400
51-60500
61-90600

Other Bonuses and Penalties

The following bonuses do not apply inside Abyssea. Please see the category page for more information.

Chain bonus is a modifier which rewards successions of quick kills when the monster's level is equal to or higher than the player's. It is signified by the notification "EXP chain #XXX!" or "Limit chain #XXX!" when a monster is defeated.

See Experience Chain for more details about experience chains.
Experience chain chain bonus
None1.0
11.2
21.25
31.3
41.4
5+1.5

Experience bonus is a beneficial modifier that increases the amount of experience earned. By default this modifier is 1.0. The following effects can increase the modifier:

Pet penalty is a modifier that decreases experience earned when there is a NPC helper aiding the party. Pet penalty is normally 1.0. When a player has his Adventuring Fellow present, the modifier is 0.7 for that player only.

  • The penalty applies only to the player with the Adventuring Fellow. Other members of the party without a fellow will not experience a penalty
  • Beastmaster charmed pets and pets called with Call Beast do not trigger this penalty. The only penalty to experience points from pets that can still result is if a Beastmaster is controlling a charmed monster that is higher level than all party members (in which case you would use its level as the party level variable.)
  • The penalty is applied before the experience cap. Therefore, under the right circumstances, it is possible for a player with an NPC to not be affected by the pet penalty.

Examples

These examples were taken from an experience party fighting Sand Beetles in Eastern Altepa Desert. The monster levels were inferred by applying the formula to the possible values (36-40) to see which result was correct.

  1. Player level is 32, the party has 6 members and the highest level is 32, fighting a level 38 Beetle, no exp chain bonus.
    1. Level difference is 6 and Base Exp is 450.
    2. Level modifier is 1, since player level = party level. 450 \times 1 = 450.
    3. 6 member party gives player share of .35. 450 \times 0.35 = 157 (rounded down).
    4. No other bonuses or penalties apply so final exp is 157.
  2. Same as previous except exp chain #4
    1. The first three steps in the previous example are the same giving 157.
    2. Exp chain #4 gives a 40% bonus, 157 \times 1.4 = 219 (rounded down).
    3. No other bonuses or penalties apply so final exp is 219.
  3. Player level is 30, the party has 6 members and the highest level is 31, fighting a level 36 Beetle, exp chain #2, dedication in effect.
    1. Level difference is 5 and Base Exp is 400.
    2. Level modifier is 5800/5900. 400 \times \frac{5800}{5900} = 393
    3. Player share is 0.35. 393 \times 0.35 = 137
    4. Exp chain gives 25% bonus. 37 \times 1.25 = 171
    5. Dedication gives 50% bonus. 171 \times 1.5 = 256
    6. No other bonuses or penalties apply so final exp is 256.
  4. Same as previous except exp chain #4 except a level 40 Beetle.
    1. Level difference is 9 and Base Exp is 600.
    2. Level modifier is 5800/5900. 600 \times \frac{5800}{5900} = 589
    3. Player share is 0.35. 589 \times 0.35 = 206
    4. This number is more than the experience cap, reduce to 200
    5. Exp chain gives 40% bonus. 200 \times 1.4 = 280
    6. Dedication gives 50% bonus. 280 \times 1.5 = 420
    7. No other bonuses or penalties apply so final exp is 420.

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