Final Fantasy XIV: GamePlay, Story, Characters, and More Updates

In 2010, Square Enix released Final Fantasy XIV, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for Microsoft Windows. It was the first MMORPG in the Final Fantasy series, following Final Fantasy XI as the series’ second MMORPG.

 Final Fantasy XIV GamePlay

Once a character has been formed, the game will begin in one of three city-states, according to the starting class of the player character. Changing classes is not possible until the player has completed the level 10 class quest of the class they started.

You can join Grand Companies and Guilds by completing Main Scenario missions. Completing the Main Scenario quests nets you EXP and Gil, as well as goods, a ticket for a flight, usage of an inn room, and authorization for Guildleves and other side quests like visiting the Gold Saucer.

The player has the option of playing on a gamepad or with a mouse and keyboard. The skill HUD will change based on the player’s decision.

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Final Fantasy XIV Hotkey Bars

The Cross Hotbar on PlayStation gamepads is a two-sided interface exclusive to PlayStation. The right-hand side of the bar gets illuminated when R2 is pressed. X, Square, Triangle, Circle, and D-pad are the eight buttons that can be used. If the player presses L2, the same thing happens, but on the left side. The player can switch between eight distinct hotkey bars by holding R1 and picking one of them.

Using the PC version’s mouse and keyboard, players can use the typical twelve-slot hotkey bar common in most MMOs; players can have numerous hockey bars on screen at the same time and bind separate key commands to operate them. There’s no mouse or keyboard control on PlayStation 3’s version, however, there is on PS4 and PS5.

 Final Fantasy XIV Leveling and Partying

The Duty Finder and the Party Finder are the two primary approaches for locating interested parties. The Duty Finder is a dedicated method for finding people to perform specific tasks. In this way, the player can form an assigned party with other players from various worlds (servers) in the same data center. The Party Finder makes it possible to recruit based on a wider range of parameters (such as participating in FATEs).

Members of the party can be invited at any moment, either automatically or manually. Instead of Linkshells, which are now merely chat channels for various purposes among players, Free Companies are the new guild structure. New free companies can be registered by players who have reached level 25, are members of one of the Grand Companies, have at least four initial members, and have 15,000 Gil.

To join an existing free corporation, players can either apply for or be welcomed into the organization.  A player can only join one Free Company at a time, unlike Linkshells, which can be joined by several players. In addition to a shared housing system and additional advantages, Free Companies provide a number of innovative ways to play with an established group of players.

Final Fantasy Battle System


It’s a simple way to learn new things. HP, MP, Enmity, and the Limit Gauge is all battle bars the player has to keep an eye on during the battle.

  • When a player is close to unconsciousness, their HP (Hit Points) are deducted. The Vitality characteristic determines how much HP you have.
  • MP is an abbreviation for Magic Points, which are required to use spells. Despite the fact that most of these abilities require some time to perform, there are some spells that can be cast instantly while traveling. Casting spells requires the player to remain stationary until the spell is complete. In the past, MP was determined by a combination of factors, including character level and the Piety attribute if a Healer job was being used. Since the Shadowbringers expansion, MP has been capped at 10,000 for all characters, regardless of level or Piety.


This bar (under the class icon) shows how much of a threat they pose to an enemy while they’re in a group with the other characters. The purpose of this gauge is to keep the enemy’s attention on the tank while allowing DPS and healers to avoid being immediately targeted.

The bar shows how likely they are to gain aggro based on their relative threat to other players. While “A” represents the person who currently has aggro on them, the greatest danger level is indicated by “1” if aggro is held by a player or NPC outside of the party or a pet that is not listed in the party. When playing solo, hostility is not revealed by default, as it is usually not relevant. If a group of players or NPCs attacks a single target, these rules remain in effect (such as during FATEs).

Limit Break

Instead of the Battle Regimen system seen in Version 1.0, A Realm Reborn uses a limit break mechanism for groups. During combat, each side has a meter that increases in size as they take more and more action. Activating a limit break will empty the gauge if at least one segment of it has been filled.

There are different impacts for different classes and jobs when a limit break is triggered, and those effects have varying strengths based on how many sections of the limit gauge were filled when it happened. A tank class will increase the party’s defense with his Limit Break, a healer will use a healing effect that can be raised at level 3, a physical melee DPS will unleash a powerful attack on one target, magic DPS will lose a circular area blast, and physical ranged DPS will fire an area blast in a straight-line..”

Limit gauge filling rate varies according to the battle situation. The limit gauge might climb faster if you perform certain skilled maneuvers, such as stunning an enemy. When a party member is killed, the limit gauge goes down a little bit. It will also take longer for the limit gauge to fill if numerous party members are using the same class or job at once.

Final Fantasy XIV Characters

Playable characters

In Warrior of Light, players have the option of creating their own character to play as.

Temporary playable characters

They can be summoned for short periods of time for Main Scenario tasks. Rather than relying solely on their class’s equipment, these characters frequently have access to potions or healing spells that allow them to maintain their character health and well-being on their own.

  • Alphinaud Leveilleur
  • Y’shtola Rhul
  • Hien Rijin
  • Thancred Waters
  • Branden
  • Lamitt
  • Renda-Rae
  • Nyelbert
  • Estinien Wyrmblood
  • G-Warrior
  • Alisaie Leveilleur
  • Urianger Augurelt
  • G’raha Tia

Final Fantasy XIV Game Story

Eorzea was invaded by metal-clad warriors wielding flame-spewing weapons and enormous airships five years before the story’s events. The Garlean Empire sent an army, and Ala Mhigo, the most powerful of the six city-states, was quickly subdued. City-states allied to defend themselves, but the imperial army was gone as quickly as it had arrived. The cities of Eorzea entered into the Age of Calm in which they built up their fortifications and trained their troops in preparation for any future conflict.

It used to be that the cities relied on mercenaries to fight their internal battles, but those days are long gone. The city-states formed a network of adventurer guilds to discourage them from harming themselves and instead focus their efforts on helping others.

Final Fantasy XIV Release

Both the PC and PlayStation 3 versions of A Realm Reborn were released as expected on August 27, 2013. Early access to A Realm Reborn was granted to those who pre-ordered the game on August 24. As of February 17, 2014, users could access it via Steam. There are two versions available: the Standard Edition and the Digital Collector’s Edition.

On April 14, 2014, the PlayStation 4 version was published. The PS4 version of the game was a free upgrade for PS3 owners. Only 1,400 of the PlayStation 4’s special edition bundles with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn were sold at Sony Japan’s retail locations. In addition to the 500 GB PlayStation 4 console, the deal includes a disc copy of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

To commemorate its release on November 14, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Game of the Year Edition came packaged in a printed Book of Diamonds Grimoire box and included five art cards as well as 90 days of game membership. As of June 23, 2015, the Final Fantasy XIV Online Complete Edition included both A Realm Reborn and Heavensward in a single package. On June 20, 2017, Stormblood was added, and on July 2, 2019, Shadowbringers was added.

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Final Fantasy XIV Setting

World and lore

The Source is the setting of Final Fantasy XIV. Eorzea is one region where players can travel, but there is a slew of other remote landmasses and civilizations to discover. North of Eorzea, snow-capped mountains is blasted by icy winds, while to the south, a desolate stretch of harsh desert rules. The Aether currents flow through these desolate plains, enticing both humans and monsters alike. Everything on the planet is made of a magical material known as aether. Magic, Machina, craftsmanship, and instantaneous teleportation are all possible with Aetheryte Crystals, which contain this substance. As many groups and ethnicities vie for control of this precious resource, battles can break out.


Limsa Lominsa

Located on the southern shore of the island of Vylbrand, Limsa Lominsa is a coastal city-state that has weathered the ravages of the Rhotano Sea. “Navigator’s Veil” has been dubbed the city’s name by bards who have viewed the city’s splendor from afar since it is spread out over numerous islands connected by sturdy bridges of iron and wood construction.