Obtaining the Signal Pearl
You obtain the Signal Pearl which allows you to call your Adventuring Fellow after completing the following quests (in the following order):
Adventuring Fellow Names
When completing the quest Unlisted Qualities, you will have the following choices to name your Adventuring Fellow. This is the first step to determining what your Adventuring Fellow will look like.
|Hume ♂||Hume ♀||Elvaan ♂||Elvaan ♀||Tarutaru ♂||Tarutaru ♀||Mithra||Galka|
Adventuring Fellow Face
- There are eight face types for each race and sex combination, and two hair colors for each of those face types. As you speak with Kuah Dakonsa with the Unlisted Qualities quest active, she will provide you with a list of appearances for the selected Race/Sex of your NPC. This list will be shown with numbers from 1 to 8 with A and B for each number, with numbers being the style and letters being the color. You will use this list to select the appearance of your NPC. You can select an option to view it or cancel the selection and choose another. See Adventuring Fellow Faces for more information.
Adventuring Fellow Personality
There are twelve personalities, six for each gender. Seek Red Ghost for your next destination~ Your fellow's personality determines their dialogue (in the field, at the Rendezvous Point, and during quests) as well as their headgear options. They may also have an effect on spell casting when set to "Healer." The personalities are:
- Male: Sullen, Passionate, Calm and Collected, Serious, Childish, and Suave
- Female: Sisterly, Lively, Agreeable, Naive, Serious, and Domineering.
Leveling Up Your Adventuring Fellow
- Your Adventuring Fellow will obtain a baseline experience point rate per hour.
- Your Adventuring Fellow will obtain experience points from killing mobs that would theoretically Check as Easy Prey or above to him or her. In other words, the experience points gained by your Adventuring Fellow relative to the mob will be based upon your Adventuring Fellow's level and not yours.
- Your Adventuring Fellow will remain with you for a certain number of kills or a certain length of time, whichever comes first. The number/time increases based on your Adventuring Fellow Bond starting at a minimum of 15 mobs/45 minutes and increasing to a maximum of 30 mobs/90 minutes.
- You can call your Adventuring Fellow in most zones.
- You can call your Adventuring Fellow in Wings of the Goddess zones by attempting to use the Cavernous Maw in Sauromugue Champaign (S) and viewing a cutscene.
- Currently you cannot call your Adventuring Fellow in (1) Level capped areas or when your level is capped via Level Sync; Guide Beret; (2) Burning Circles/Special Arenas; (3) Dynamis; (4) Sky; (5) Sea; (6) Promyvion, with the exception of the Tactics Pearl quest; (7) Cities, including those in the past; (8) Beastmen strongholds of Qulun Dome, Monastic Cavern, or Altar Room; (9) Ghelsba Outpost; (10) Treasures of Aht Urhgan zones; (11) Pso'Xja uncapped areas; (12) Dragon's Aery; (13) Fishing Barges (Phanauet Channel & Manaclipper), Ferries, and Airships; (14) The Beastmen Strongholds located in the past (La Vaule (S), Castle Oztroja (S), and Beadeaux (S)); (15) The northlands in the past (Beaucedine Glacier (S) and Xarcabard (S)).
- You cannot call your Adventuring Fellow when you are in the middle of an NPC escort quest, but can call him/her after the NPC disappears. If you are doing an NPC escort while in a party but you were not the one to activate it, you can call your NPC.
- You can talk to your NPC when leveling, and eventually she/he will tell you how much more experience she/he gained. The actual text of the message will vary depending on the race/sex of your Fellow. You can see what level of experience your Fellow is in relation to what he or she says here.
- To have your Fellow obtain max XP/kill, at level 30 you must kill mobs at least 4 levels higher than your Fellow, from levels 31 to 50 you must kill mobs at least 3 higher than your Fellow, from levels 51 to 55 you must kill mobs at least 4 higher than your Fellow, from levels 56 to 60 you must kill mobs at least 5 higher than your Fellow, and from levels 61+ you must kill mobs at least 6 higher than your Fellow.
|Mob Level Difference||NPC Level 30||NPC Level 31-50||NPC Level 51-55||NPC Level 56-60||NPC Level 61+|
|+1||120 xp||125 xp||130 xp|
|+2||140 xp||150 xp||160 xp|
|+3||160 xp||200 xp||200 xp|
|+4||200 xp||250 xp||240 xp|
|+5||250 xp||280 xp|
- Here is a small list of examples that could be your targets.
- If your Fellow is getting max xp/kill, the following chart indicates how many kills are needed to level up.
Fighting with your Adventuring Fellow
- It is possible to call an Adventuring Fellow in an alliance or a party.
- Adventuring Fellows count towards the maximum party limit, so no party can have more than 3 Adventuring Fellows present. However, this only applies to members in the same area, so a party of 6 can have an Adventuring Fellow in their party as long as one of the players is in a different area.
- Every new party member, including new Adventuring Fellows, that are invited into a full, 6-member party will kick out one of the Adventuring Fellows, starting with the oldest.
- When you fight with your Adventuring Fellow you will receive a 30% reduction in your experience points. Your party will not experience any exp reduction.
- Your Adventuring Fellow will disappear if you are knocked out, get on a Chocobo, enter an area where an Adventuring Fellow cannot be called, –or level sync with someone in your party–. (Adventuring Fellows now come with you when you teleport or escape.)
- Your Adventuring Fellow will disappear if you are Charmed by a NM.
- If you log off while your Adventuring Fellow is still accompanying you, he/she will reappear the next time you log on.
- Your Adventuring Fellow will cast level appropriate spells (if set to Healer, Soothing Healer, or Stalwart Shield setting), but will only cast single-target spells on him-/herself and you. Your Adventuring Fellow will not cast spells on other members of your party or alliance.
- Your Adventuring Fellow cannot be aggroed by monsters, but can cause them to link.
- Your Adventuring Fellow can be cured and buffed by party and alliance members as if it were not a member of the party or alliance. Your Adventuring Fellow can also be targeted for party-only buffs (such as Refresh) and will be affected by multiple-target party buffs you cast (such as Protectra), but not by other party or alliance members.
- The macro pronoun <ft> can be used to specifically target your fellow.
- You can cure your fellow using DNC spells if you create a macro using <stnpc> or <ft> for the target, or using their name without <> e.g. /ja "Curing Waltz" Khuma.
- Your Adventuring Fellow does not lose experience points when he or she is knocked out.
- Your Adventuring Fellow is able to use Weapon Skills and cause Skillchains.
- Which weapon skill is used is more or less random.
- Your Adventuring Fellow can use any weapon skill available at his/her level for his/her equipped weapon, except for the following area of effect weapon skills: Spinning Attack/Cyclone/Circle Blade/Shockwave/Spinning Scythe/Earth Crusher. However these weapons skills can be enabled for your Fellow to use by visiting a Rendezvous Point.
- Your Adventuring Fellow gains a "2-hour" ability "Blessed Radiance" after successfully completing the Mirror Images quest. The ability will be used when both you and your NPC are in red (<25%) HP. This ability does a significant amount of damage and grants him/her Invincible status.
- If your TP is at least 50% at the time their TP hits 100%, your Adventuring Fellow will wait for your TP to reach 100% to unleash a weapon skill, making it possible to skillchain. Attacker and Fierce Attacker style NPCs will time their weapon skills better. If your Adventure Fellow's TP is 300% it will do its weapon skill regardless of your TP.
- To see the damage your Adventuring Fellow does from attacks, make sure the chat filter "Damage taken by foes" is turned off.
- If your Adventuring Fellow is set to Attacker Style, Healer Style, Fierce Attacker Style, or Soothing Healer Style, they will use the Provoke Ability if your HP drops into the red.
- SAM Job Ability Shikikoyo can be used on your NPC, if in battle /ja "Shikikoyo" <ft> is how you macro it.
- COR rolls will buff your npc as long as they are within range.
- If you have recently received a new signal pearl (because you threw it away) and lose it again, you will not be able to receive another one until the next midnight JST (Japanese time).
Adventuring Fellow Bond
Adventuring Fellow Combat Styles
After your Adventuring Fellow Bond increases to 5, you can set your Adventuring Fellow to be one of three types at a Rendezvous Point.
After completing the Chameleon Capers quest, you will have the opportunity to teach your fellow additional combat styles via three Tactics Manuals. In order to teach your adventuring fellow all the available combat styles, the manuals can be traded with or borrowed from other players. These new combat styles have the same features as the basic styles while expanding your adventuring fellow's repertoire.
- Soothing Healer - Heals and remedies ailments more frequently. Will also use enfeebling magic more intelligently and has Auto Regen.
- This style requires the T.M. Endurance item.
- Note: Healer and Soothing Healer will place their partners in top priority, whether it be curing or removing ailments.
- Stalwart Shield - Same as normal "Shield", but now will also Cure self when under 80% HP. Auto Refresh is included.
- This style requires the T.M. Fortitude item.
- Note: Stalwart Shield acts as a Paladin with a Warrior support job. Your fellow will therefore use spells according to a Paladin's level. Also, at level 50 your NPC will acquire Double Attack. Stalwart and normal Shield NPCs will also prioritize you when using Provoke.
- Fierce Attacker - Uses additional Weapon Skills, will notify you when at 90% TP, and Double Attack happens more frequently.
All three Tactics Manuals are merely rare; not exclusive. Thus, any player—regardless of his or her ability to use the manuals on an adventuring fellow—can traffic in them by direct trade or through Bazaars. The manuals can also be obtained in exchange for fellow points. See the corresponding section below.
If your bond decreases to less than 5 (by throwing away your Signal Pearl), you will not have the option to change combat styles until your Bond reaches 5 again.
Regardless of class, your NPC will Provoke when your HP is in red.
Adventuring Fellow Level Caps
Upon first obtaining your Signal Pearl, your Adventuring Fellow will start at level 30 and will not be able to exceed level 50. As your Bond with your Adventuring Fellow and the level of your Adventuring Fellow each increase, you will be able to start the following Adventuring Fellow level cap quests.
- Picture Perfect - Increases NPC Level Cap to 55
- Regaining Trust - Increases NPC Level Cap to 60
- Mixed Signals - Increases NPC Level Cap to 65
- Clash of the Comrades - Increases NPC Level Cap to 70
Obtaining the Tactics Pearl
1. Upon obtaining sufficient Adventuring Fellow Bond (35+ Fellow Bond), summon your NPC at a Rendezvous Point and select the "Let's talk about quests" option to hear a message about the Emptiness. Varying with the Adventuring Fellow Personality, the message will be similar to this:
Actually, I've been requested to carry out an investigation of the Emptiness. It appears to be a most complicated phenomenon. If I may, I would like to have your assistance in this matter. I have no strict timetable, so please come along when you are ready.
- As of the June 2008 version update, you will now receive the key item Emptiness Investigation Note upon taking this quest so that you can confirm whether it is active or not.
- Note: Your NPC will only mention the Emptiness once per week, but will not mention it again until you have completed the quest.
- Note: You cannot call your NPC in Promyvion unless you have 33 points of bond, despite the fact that your NPC may mention this quest before you have 33 points of bond. The cap of bond is 30 until you finish the Past Reflections quest.
- In order to hear this speech, you must have access to the Promyvions (See "The Rites of Life" and "Below the Arks").
2. Enter Promyvion - Dem, Promyvion - Holla, or Promyvion - Mea. There is a Rendezvous Point close to where you'll appear, check it, and you will see a cutscene. After this, your NPC will be summoned.
- It is not necessary to have the Signal Pearl with you to start or complete this quest.
3. You will have 45 minutes with your NPC to find a "???."
4. When you kill monsters in Promyvion, your NPC will gather experience. Note that even though Strays do not count towards your own exp, they do towards your NPC's kill count. So they're a super-easy way to get max mob kills.
- For your Fellow to gain the maximum amount of 1,200 experience points from the monsters, you need to only kill 30 of them. After that, an additional bonus will be determined by which floor(s) you examine the ??? on.
- On Floor 1, your NPC will receive a maximum of 1,500 exp.
- On Floor 2, your NPC will receive a maximum of 2,400 exp.
- On Floor 3, your NPC will receive a maximum of 3,300 exp.
- On Floor 4, your NPC will receive a maximum of 4,800 exp.
- Note that the floor modifiers are cumulative. For example, if you were to check floor 2 but answer no when your NPC asks if you want to go now, then continue on to click the ??? on floor 3, your fellow's experience gain would now be (Monsters Killed x 40) + (900 from floor 2) + (900 from floor 3).
|Spire||Floor 1 ??? Locations||Floor 2 ??? Locations||Floor 3 ??? Locations||Floor 4 ??? Locations|
|Total Experience Points||(# of Monsters Killed x 40) + (300)||(# of Monsters Killed x 40) + (900)||(# of Monsters Killed x 40) + (900)||(# of Monsters Killed x 40) + (1500)|
- Getting to the ??? on the first floor of any Spire is relatively easy to solo, Mea generally seen the easiest.
- To get deeper, defeating the Memory Receptacles on at least floors 1 and 2 with only your Fellow accompanying you, is possible with most, if not all jobs. For tips on dealing with them to climb each floor solo, see the Shadows of the Departed article.
5. When you find the ??? and check it, you will get the option to end or continue the investigation. If you choose to end it, you will also have the option to warp back to the entrance of the Promyvion. After that, your Fellow will get the experience points for the monsters you've killed, with the bonus from the floor(s).
6. Return to a Rendezvous Point in any city and call your NPC.
7. Your NPC will give you a Tactics Pearl, which will allow you to summon your NPC every 10 minutes. If you investigated to at least floor 2, he/she will also give you a food item based on the NPC's personality, as with the Mixed Signals quest (must have quest completed to receive food item).
- Calling your NPC with a Tactics Pearl is the same as if called with the Signal Pearl.
- You can only obtain one Tactics Pearl every week (resets after the Conquest Tally)
- You must drop your old Tactics Pearl before you can get a new one. Dropping your Tactics Pearl will not lower your NPC affinity.
- You must speak to your NPC about quests before going back to the respective Promyvion.
- You must repeat the Promyvion quest.
- If you fail the quest, it can be repeated the next real-life day after Japanese Midnight.
- If you lose connection you will fail the quest, unlike calling your NPC normally you wont get it back after relogging.
Adventuring Fellow Points
To gain access to AF Points, speak to Luto Mewrilah in Upper Jeuno (G-8) for a cutscene. She will direct you to find a man in Ru'Lude Gardens somewhere. Zone in and go to G-9 next to the Rendezvous Point and speak with Ajahkeem for a second cutscene. (This does not seem to trigger until some amount of bond strength between zero, and the amount required for Past Reflections quest.)
AF Points are retroactive, meaning that time you have already spent with your NPC prior to activating AF points will net you a certain amount of points based on quests done, battles fought, experience gained, etc, to a degree. Points began accumulating at/around release of WotG, since NPCs used only prior to WotG yielded no points to begin with upon completion of the quest.
- Please see the Discussion Page regarding calculation of fellow points.
Items and categories available to purchase with AF points:
|Items for player||Items for fellow||Modifying fellow|
- Miratete's Memoirs: Provides your Adventuring Fellow with an Experience Points scroll to use on itself.
- Glamorize equipment: Changes selected armor slot to the next armor type of current line.
- Deglamorize Equipment: Changes selected armor slot to the previous armor type of current line.
- Change Equipment style: Changes selected armor slot to a different line of armor, keeping the current level in the new equipment line.
- Increase maximum active time: Increases the maximum amount of time your fellow will stay with you.
- Each upgrade increases your Adventuring Fellow's time limit by 10 minutes.
- Note: The third Increase maximum active time upgrade is currently the last one available.
- Increase fashion advice limit: Increases the armor lock options to all four slots. Does not alter the headgear options.
- Chocobo Wand: gives the NPC a chocobo wand as a weapon. Does not have any special properties.
- Opaline Dress Set: Attires your NPC in the Body, Legs, and Feet of the Opaline Set. When this is set, when you call your NPC at a Rendezvous Point you no longer have the option for "Fashionable Equipment". To restore previous gear, talk to Ajahkeem, choose "Items for my fellow" > "Equipment Sets" > "Restore Default Gear". You need to complete Mixed Signals quest for this to be available.
Adventuring Fellow Weapons
As your Bond with your Adventuring Fellow increases, Luto Mewrilah will offer to take weapons from you and pass them along to your Adventuring Fellow. What type of weapon you trade to Luto will determine:
- What type of weapon skills your fellow will perform.
- How often he/she hits and for what amount of damage.
- How your NPC looks.
So, if you trade a dagger to Luto, your Fellow will perform dagger weaponskills, will swing quickly for small amounts of damage, and will be seen wielding a dagger. Likewise, if you trade a scythe to Luto, your Fellow will perform scythe weaponskills, will swing slowly for larger amounts of damage and will be seen holding a scythe.
Your Adventuring Fellow has an 'A+' rating in all weapons and can therefore use all weaponskills of the equipped weapon available at his/her level. (This is not completely true. They have whatever skill is the highest any job has with that weapon. This means they only have A- with Axes, Clubs, Daggers, Katana, Great Swords, and Staves, as this is the highest skill any job has with those weapons. This is why they will not get weaponskills like Blade: Ten or Spinning Slash until 66, rather than 65, while they will get weaponskills like Tachi: Gekko or Swift Blade at 65.)
Note that the specific weapon's level and damage rating do not affect the damage done with it by the NPC. Thus, the Kiku-Ichimonji (Job Level 51, DMG 66,upgrade level 7) does the same damage as the Uchigatana (Job Level 12, DMG 24, upgrade level 1) when used by your NPC.
Also note that if you trade a one-handed weapon to Luto, you can also trade a shield.
There are seven weapon levels and thirteen weapon types (including shields). Thus, upon receiving the first message from Luto, you have thirteen weapon choices. Upon receiving the level 7 message, you can trade 91 different weapons to Luto for your NPC.
- You do not have to have traded a lower level weapon to receive a request from Luto for a higher tier, but you do have to trade a weapon from the first tier in order to make any other trades.
- Hand-to-Hand Weapons will only attack twice a round if your fellow has "Attacker" or "Fierce Attacker" combat styles. Any other style will only result in one attack per round.
- The weapon your fellow wields will not always look like the weapon you traded. See Discussion for details.
Luto's chat messages for each level:
Adventuring Fellow Equipment
Adventuring Fellow Headgear
As your Adventuring Fellow Bond grows stronger, you will be presented with the following headgear choices for your NPC to wear. These are for cosmetic purposes only; your NPC does not obtain the stats from these items. The headgear options are chosen at a Rendezvous Point. Which options you will get depend on the personality of your Adventuring Fellow:
Increasing Your NPC's Statistics
To be able to call your Fellow in the past, go to the present from the past using the Sauromugue Champaign (S) Cavernous Maw (K-9). Upon touching it, a cutscene will occur with your Fellow, and you will appear in Sauromugue Champaign in the present day. A message will appear on the screen advising you that you can now summon your Adventuring Fellow in certain areas in the past. If you have already completed this with a different Fellow, you will not need to repeat this process.
Obtaining A New Adventuring Fellow
You will be required to return your Signal Pearl, and Tactics Pearl if you currently have one, to Luto to start over with a new NPC Fellow. If you have dropped your Signal Pearl you can get a new one by going to any Rendezvous Point and requesting a new one.