Final Fantasy 16: Max Level Explained

Eager to find out how much you can push Clive's level to? Find out the level cap for Final Fantasy 16.

Max Level Final fantasy 16
Max Level Final Fantasy 16

Final Fantasy 16’s main story has a level cap of level 50. However, with the newly introduced New Game Plus feature, you can extend and enjoy leveling up to level 100. I will explain the intricacies of the game’s level cap in detail in this guide.

Key Takeaways

  • Final Fantasy 16’s level cap comes at level 100. The first fifty levels complete the main storyline while the remaining fifty levels can be unlocked with the New Game Plus mode.
  • The quickest ways to level up in Final Fantasy 16 are:
    1. side-quests,
    2. hunts,
    3. challenges,
    4. Wages of Warcraft accessories,
    5. and grinding spots.
  • The Final Fantasy mode features new bosses with increased difficulty and allows players to increase their level.
  • Players can enter the New Game Plus mode with all their accessories, skills, and equipments they have collected while completing the main storyline.

Author’s Trust

After spending 40+ hours in the game, I belive this is the best one among the whole Final Fantasy franchise. Especially talking about the max level, the 100 levels really tested my nerves and patience. 

– Ahmed Raza

Initially, Clive starts at level 10. As he progresses through the game, the level increases. The increase is fast during the first half of the game; however, it caps out slowly towards the end. Here is my division of these levels in the game:

Level Stats in Final Fantasy 16
Level Stats in Final Fantasy 16 increased through staggering enemies.

First Playthrough

  • The level as you play either in Action Focus or Story Focus maxes out to 50. After defeating the final boss, who is also of level 50, you can finally achieve the goal of the max level.
  • However, I found that the game does not end here. Final Fantasy 16 differs from the rest of the series in that it’s the first to have a New Game+ mode after completion.

Second Playthrough (The Final Fantasy Mode)

  • Final Fantasy 16 is the first in the mainline to have a New Game+ featuring exciting news for all players. The mode adds increased difficulty, unique mods, new bosses, and added level stats.
  • Once you have completed the story in either Action Focus or Story Focus, the game offers a new mode, the New Game+, called the Final Fantasy Mode. It is an add-on to the original game, containing enemies that are more challenging to take on.
  • The difficulty level of the overall mode is higher, but this comes with an added benefit.
Iron Giant in New Game+ mode featuring level 61
Iron Giant in New Game+ mode featuring level 61 in Final Fantasy 16 (Credits: IGN)
  • What I love about this new game mode is that you continue the story with all the abilities, skills, and accessories you have already unlocked and earned in the main game. Thus, it is easier to fight the increased difficulty level.
  • The level stretches from 50 to 100 in the new game mode. The model also provides exciting surprises, including unlocking a new weapon, The Ultima Weapon

Ways to Level Up In Final Fantasy 16

Here are a few of my tried and tested tips and tricks that you can use to your advantage:

Side Quests

  • Side Quests are your friend. Even though the main storyline is a complete package, dabble into the side-quests to gain more XP, increase your skill level, and unlock special abilities.
White-Winged Wonder Side-Quest to gain 250 XP
White-Winged Wonder Side-Quest to gain 250 XP (Credits: WoW Quest)
  • I found that keeping all Warcraft accessories on you during side quests helps boost the experience you get from the mission.


  • Play the game from start to finish, do not skip anything, and do not shy away from a challenge.
  • Fight every monster you face using every combo trick you have.


Best way to level up in Final Fantasy 16
  • While side-quests might not be your best shot at leveling up, hunts are it. Final Fantasy 16 features lethal creatures that terrorize Valisthea. The area’s citizens place a flyer of each creature they encounter on the Hunt Board for anyone brave enough to hunt them down. 
  • I prefer hunts as they are the quickest way to level up in the game. Lucky for Clive, hunts are his niche. The locations can be found on the map, and each hunt will add to XP tenfold.
  • As the game progresses, the difficulty level of the hunts also increases. However, an added benefit is that you can gain an entire level increase by just one Elite Mark.
  • Although it takes up one of the three accessory slots if you want to level up, equip the Wages of Warcraft before entering any battle.
Wages of Warcraft Weapon Final Fantasy 16
Wages of Warcraft Weapon (Credits: Game8)

Check for new hunts on the Hunt Board; each golden circle indicates a new one.


Final Fantasy 16 has various accessories and weapons to acquire as they grind for level up. You can follow up on our extensive best weapons in Final Fantasy 16 guide to learn about the idea choice for your playthrough. 

Grinding Spots

  • After completing the 18th mission in the game, Righting Wrongs, you can access many previously restricted things.
  • The game allows you to unlock certain mechanics and pursue combat independently. This increases your avenues to grind XP fast. Here are my favorite grinding points in the game:
    1. Velkroy Desert
    2. Arcade Mode
    3. Stage Replay
    4. Hunting Board
The Arete Stone, grinding spot in Final Fantasy 16
The Arete Stone is a grinding spot to get max-level in Final Fantasy 16 (Credits: Primalliquid)

My Thoughts On The Level Cap

I think level 50 is a decent cap, and it is already one of the best games of this year. But the introduction of the New Game+ is a commanding effort to make the game even more interesting and fun. Strolling around after the level cap is a liberating feeling where I can fully utilize the skills and weapons that I have already unlocked to defeat even the deadliest enemies easily. All in all, it is a commendable effort to prolong the game.

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