Final Fantasy Type-0 HD hasn’t even been available for a week yet, but YouTuber Admiral Vic has found an exploit using a combination of the Arena and your console’s internal clock that allows you to muscle your way to level 99 in less than an hour.
The first thing you’ll need to do is play your way through Chapter 2 until you’ve unlocked the Arena, which occurs after returning to Akademeia once you’ve completed your first Sortie mission. The Arena will not be available before then for story related reasons.
STEP 1 – Following along with the video above, you’ll want to make your way to the Arena and select “begin secret training” from the officer on the right; which essentially gives you XP while you’re not playing the game, for up to 24 hours. Starting the secret training will prompt you to save your game and send you back out to the main menu.
You will never have to completely exit your game, and can continue on after the next step by simply choosing Continue from the main menu.
Xbox One version: If you’re playing the game on PS4, you’re going to have an easier time with the rest of the exploit because of how your internal clock works. The difference between the Xbox One and PS4 is that the Xbox One needs to be offline in order to manually change the date and time of your console under the SYSTEM TIME setting. PS4 users can skip this step and follow the instructions labeled STEP 2.
If you’re connected to the internet, the Xbox One will have the date and time setup option grayed out, so hop in to Settings, go to Network, and select “Go Offline.” Once you’re offline, you’ll need to hard restart the console by holding your finger on the console’s power button until it shuts itself off; a soft restart will automatically connect you using your default network settings, so a hard restart is 100% necessary.
Give it about 10 seconds and turn it back on, and you’ll now be fully offline and able to manually change your date and time by going in to Settings, System, and fooling with the option on the right side of the menu.
With the Xbox One’s ability to run multiple apps at once, from this point forward just keep your Settings app opened to the System section and save yourself some time.
STEP 2 – Now you’ll be going in to your console’s date and time settings and changing it to at least two days in the future (since the secret mission exploit caps out at 24 hours, jumping forward two days ensures you get the full bonus.).
After changing your date, jump back in to your Type-0 game, select Continue, and collect your XP reward. The amount of XP gained scales with your level, so you’ll be gaining between 3-5 levels each reset until level 90; and roughly 1 from that point on.
You can repeat this as necessary until you’re level 99!
As mentioned in the comment section of the video, leveling up in Final Fantasy Type-0 HD isn’t as gamebreaking as one might think. You don’t really gain much in the way of HP or MP, but rather gain a currency called AP that’s used to unlock abilities for your classmates.
This exploit can also be a time saver if you just want to play through the game normally, but don’t want to spend all your free time grinding out your unused classmates the hard way, or maybe you just want to experience the story. I’ve put about 6 hours in to Type-0 so far and there are at least two classmates I loathe playing, so not having to catch them up with hours of grinding later on makes this a little enticing in the long run.
Enjoy the exploit, or don’t, it’s your choice, but if you find it helpful, why not head over to the video and drop them a like!
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