Levels, gear and merits can only take adventurers so far in FFXI. To get that extra stat boost to make even the best fighters and mages more formidable, adventurers turn to food.
When consumed, food in FFXI can have several effects. Food can boost hit points, mana points, attack, vitality, evasion and other stats. Some food lasts for just a few minutes, while other food items can last for several hours. Food in FFXI allows adventurers to customize their stats for specific battles -- such as missions or burning circles -- or it allows adventurers to amplify their performances in longer, more consistent situations, such as experience or merit parties.
With so many food choices out there, the biggest question is: What to eat? That's the question this guide can help you answer.
There are many types of foods out there, such as drinks, cookies and sushi. Each food item gives its own set of bonuses, but all foods fall under one of three categories:
Note: A player can simultaneously use one of each food type. However, players cannot simultaneously use more than one of the same food type.
The effects from various types of food can range anywhere from a couple minutes to several hours. Generally, high-quality versions of food last significantly longer than their normal-quality counterparts. Plan ahead when choosing your food items by trying to anticipate how long you'll be needing the added stat bonuses.
While many food items give flat stat boosts -- such as +5 attack, or +3 strength -- other food items give percentage increases with capped stat bonuses. For this reason, some food items produce diminishing returns if used after a certain level. It is important to carefully examine the stats of your food items to make sure you are eating what is best for your level.
To find the optimal food choice for the stat you would like to increase, click on the desired category below: