Does it matter the order I level them up? I'm following the gamefaqs guide which follows piggyback but I'm not upgrading the levels in exactly the order it says to. I'm doing the correct amount of levels for every role and crystarium bonus but not in the exact order they tell me. Does it matter cuz I'm confused. Lookin at my stats it does differ a bit tho. Idk y
It does matter to do them in the exact order, as the nodes offer different bonuses (even between two of the same size), so that'd explain why your stats are a bit different. The bonuses you take don't matter at all, beyond unlocking new roles when it tells you to (so you can level with them following the guide).
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