Here are a few things to keep in mind as you start Clive’s journey in Final Fantasy 16.
Clive, a young knight who has had a hard life, is the main character in Final Fantasy 16. The game starts with a war scene, which quickly turns into a fight between two Eikons, which are like Summons in this game. In the chaos between Shiva and Titan, Clive almost dies, which makes him remember how his troubles started.
What happened to Clive when he was a teenager that made him the man he is now in Final Fantasy 16? There’s a lot more to say about the story’s plot, but that’s a good overview for now. It’s time for some tips on how to play the game that will help players figure out the story.
Auto-Attacks & Preorder Bonuses
Given the past of this series, the fact that the game has two hard parts is surprising. Also, players can wear a piece of gear that will automatically use the best skills to attack the closest enemy. All they have to do is press Square, and Clive will do his thing. It’s kind of like how Street Fighter 6 made the tools for its fights easier to use. Also, don’t forget that you can use The Ring of Timely Strikes to have this auto-attack feature.
Also, don’t forget to accept the two bonuses in the Options menu if you preordered the game. The Cait Weapon Charm will make you earn more Gil, and the Braveheart Sword will make you earn more experience. The Braveheart Sword is the best of the two accessories and should never be taken away.
Basic Ability Tips
At the start of the game, Clive will have access to a basic skill wheel and special skills that are tied to the Phoenix Eikon. At some point, Clive will get more Eikon powers, which will add to the skills he can use in fight. People who have played Devil May Cry 5, where the creator of Final Fantasy 16’s battle system also worked, should be familiar with the idea of switching between play styles during battle. Players can quickly change from Phoenix to Garuda form.
If you want to improve, you should keep those ability points. When you have enough, you can buy the most expensive, most powerful ability for each Eikon. In Final Fantasy 16, Flames of Rebirth is the name of Phoenix’s best skill. Overall, it’s better to gain new skills than to improve the ones you already have.
Do All Side Quests
The game doesn’t have that many side quests, and they are also spread out. Make sure to do all of them once they become available. They are incredibly easy because the game makes it clear where the goals are. A quest shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete. They aren’t as interesting as side quests in games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but that’s true of most games.
They are important because the benefits are worth it for not much work. AP, Gil, and XP are all things that players can get. It’s one of the best ways for Clive to quickly level up and learn new skills.
Items & Upgrading Gear
For a game in this series, there isn’t a lot of stuff to buy. Potions and Hi-Potions, which are old-school items, are back, but Clive can only take so many at once. It’s similar to how the Estus Flasks in the Dark Souls games work. In Final Fantasy 16, players can eventually boost the power and capacity of things like potions, but it takes a while.
The other thing to keep in mind about supplies is that you can upgrade Clive’s gear. Buy every new piece of armor and weapon that comes up, and then make sure to improve them in the forge. Be aware that after one or two upgrades, players may need to buy an older version of the same weapon to upgrade again before they can improve the better gear. It’s kind of hard to understand how the upgrade system works, and players shouldn’t have to worry about wasting materials on more than one or two changes per piece of gear.
Saving & Death
The way saves work in Final Fantasy 16 is one of the best parts of the game. The game can be saved at any time, except when the player is in the middle of a fight. Players who have played RPGs before know that they should always save. Games like Happy Wheels that have a lot of bugs will teach players how bad it is to depend on autosaves.
Final Fantasy 16 also has auto-saves, which are quite large. If a player dies, all of their progress in terms of experience will be saved. Players can either quit back to the Title Screen or be warped back to the nearest fast travel point, where all of their potions will be returned. Even though the death penalty isn’t too bad, players should still save often and switch between at least three save files to avoid getting soft-locked into a bad position.
Potion Upgrades & Other Unlocks
As was already said, both the size and power of potions can be increased later in the game. Depending on how fast people are, it should take between ten and twelve hours to get to this point. There is a point in the story that really shows what the game is all about, kind of like when the open-world part of Final Fantasy 13 starts.
At this point, side quests marked with a plus sign will start to show up. This means that they will improve Clive’s world in a big way. In Final Fantasy 16, Clive will finally be able to ride chocobos with the help of the first one. Then Monster Hunts will become available, and a few improvements based on items will follow. Players should know that these changes will come, but they have to be patient and keep playing the first third of Final Fantasy 16 in a more linear way.
Final Fantasy 16 came out on June 22, 2023, and you can get it for PS5.