FINAL FANTASY XIV players weren’t happy with the news that the upcoming expansion would introduce “Jumping Potions”. Naoki Yoshida addressed the issues on the official forums
In order to help new and returning players experience Stormblood, the newest expansion to Japanese MMORPG FINAL FANTASY XIV, the development team has decided to make the Chinese and Korean “Jumping Potions” available in the worldwide version of the game. These items are a one time purchase through Mog Station and intend to skip the story or hasten the leveling process. Players didn’t take the news lightly and have been asking that the feature isn’t implemented at all. Instead, a great number of users believe revamping the progress would be a fairer solution.
Director Naoki Yoshida (also known as Yoshi-P) made clear that the potions will happen by explaining how they work. In short, the “Adventuring Records of A Realm Reborn” will clear every story quest, requirement quests, and unlock every dungeon and trial up to the beginning of the game’s first expansion, Heavensward. The “Job Jumping Potions” are exclusive to each job and give a head start by leveling the class to level 50, clearing every quest that’s a requirement, and providing gear recommended for that level. For instance, the “Adventuring Records of the Paladin” will increase the Warrior job to level 50, conjurer to level 15, distribute gear appropriate to level 50 Paladin, the Soul of the Paladin, and Silver Chocobo Feathers that can be exchanged for equipment.
With the arrival of Stormblood, the “Jumping Potions” would skip the story up to the beginning of the newest expansion and raise specific jobs to level 60 instead of 50. The development team is still arguing on whether or not they will keep the “Adventuring Record of A Realm Reborn” and introduce job potions for Dark Knight, Machinist, and Astrologian since these are jobs exclusive to the Heavensward expansion.
FINAL FANTASY XIV and its current expansion, titled Heavensward, are available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Mac.