The Stormblood expansion for Final Fantasy XIV introduces two new jobs to the massively multiplayer RPG—Red Mage and Samurai. To access them you don’t have to rush through days of story quests and journey to new lands. You just have to be level 50 and talk to the right people.
Rather than lock the new jobs away in the expansion’s new lands, which can only be accessed by players who’ve reached level 60 and completed the main story, both of Stormblood’s new additions are accessed via quests found in Ul’dah, one of the game’s three starting cities. Any character level 50 or above can start down the path to becoming a Red Mage or Samurai. The process is pretty painless.
The quest to take the red begins in the Steps of Thal area of Ul’dah, just inside the Gate of Thal. A distraught young girl seeks help rescuing her sister from a band of kidnappers. Sounds like a job for whatever random adventurer happens along.
The kidnappers haven’t gotten far. Step outside the Gate of Thal and you’re a 10 second run to where a confrontation is going down. Who’s the guy in the crimson outfit?
Turns out he’s X’rthun Tia, the last of the Crimson Duelists, and his cutscene battle game is tight. The assassins? What assassins?
X’rthun has the situation well in hand, so it’s back to Ul’dah to see the girls off safely.
Since this is Final Fantasy XIV and your character is the hero of the realm, the Crimson Duelist has heard of you and thinks you’d look good in a red hat. He asks you to join him for a drink at the Coffer and Coffin, where he pops the question.
Unlike the ones introduced in Heavensward, Stormblood’s new jobs come complete with a fresh set of clothes. Wield your new weapon, put on your new garb, and you’re all set.
Congratulations! You are now a level 50 Red Mage, ready to grind your way up to level 60 and experience all the new stuff Stormblood has to offer.
Becoming a Red Mage is easy. Becoming a Samurai is even easier. The quest is given by an Ul’dahn citizen hanging out right in front of the place where everyone shows up when they teleport to the city. He’s just standing there, being all excited.
The man witnessed a gladiatorial battle in which an old man from the East bested all comers using a strange, curved blade. He directs you to the arena.
There a silver-tongued showman directs you to the Gladiator’s guild, where Mr. Samurai is just sitting around, waiting for you to show up.
There’s no drama here. The old man thinks you might be a worthy contender, so he hands over a sword, a set of clothes and a gem containing the souls of his brethren, as you do.
Pow! You are a Samurai.
Pretty easy stuff, and so convenient. Since the two new jobs are available outside of the expansion’s new areas, players with characters in the 50s can switch to one of the new jobs and use it to catch up with all the story missions they have to complete before accessing Stormblood’s new lands and quests.