FFXIV Trials: How to Get Started 2022 | Playerauctions (2022)

If you find yourself getting stressed out over how you’re a total noob at trials in FFXIV, don’t be. Final Fantasy XIV – the one with the free trial with the critically acclaimed Heavensward expansion [insert rest of copypasta here] – has a healthy FFXIV trial scene that caters to any players’ skill levels in one way or another. While this game has a range of PvE difficulties, the most competitive is Savage trialing, upgraded forms of the Normal Trials that tie into side stories alongside the Main Story Quest (MSQ). These are FFXIV’s equivalent to Mythic trialing from World of Warcraft and feature more complicated mechanics and skill checks. They are a significant focus for players trying to up their PvE game, and the game doesn’t always assist players in preparing for taking on content at this level of difficulty. So, we’ve put together a guide to help those new to FFXIV trials land on their feet, including information about Savage Truaks and ways to give our readers every possible advantage they could get as they experiment with the feature.

Getting Started with FFXIV Trials

FFXIV trials generally consist of a single boss fight and can be one of six difficulties. The most common casual trial difficulty that players tend to experience is Savage. As long as you have relatively recent gear through crafting or the latest brand of tomestones, you should generally be appropriately equipped. Savage requires a general knowledge of the job you are playing and tends to come with some personal responsibility in the ability to do mechanics correctly and meet (usually lax) DPS checks.

Let’s talk about how you can prepare yourself for success as a new raider with a set of general guidelines.

Study The Trial

The first step to being a good raider is knowing what you’re up against. Some groups do “blind prog,” meaning they will go into a fight without prior knowledge about it for fun, but most groups in party finder will expect you to have some general knowledge about the fight you’re doing. This is important because sometimes, specific roles will be tasked with doing special stuff to complete the fight.

Static vs. Party Finder

Party Finder is great for some players, but others find it hard to get meaningful progression in these parties since it requires seven other random people to be at an appropriate experience level for the FFXIV trial you’re trying to do.

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That isn’t to say that Party Finder is a lost cause – I got a large portion of my Ultimate progression and my first clear for it in a group of randoms – but it can certainly feel like you’re hitting walls sometimes. That brings about the concept of “statics,” dedicated trial groups that meet up at specific times to trial. On average, this brings about more consistent pulls and requires significant scheduling and time investment, so go for whatever works best for you. Familiar places to find statics are the r/ffxivrecruitment subreddit and the Balance Discord server.

Have General Knowledge of Your Job’s Rotation

You don’t have to be perfect, but you'll be just fine if you can practice and follow your rotation closely. You can find information on your job’s rotation and best gear at the Balance Discord server, listed below in the resources section.

Don’t Stress Too Much About Trials

You’re going to mess up some stuff, and that’s okay. All veteran raiders did the same thing when we started. Most seasoned raiders are very patient with new ones, so don’t stress if you accidentally cause a wipe. Just take what you learned about that pull and apply it to the next ones, and you’ll eventually find yourself doing fights better and better.

Food and Potions

These are essential additions to any raider’s arsenal. Food provides passive stat bonuses that can add to your survivability during a pull, and potions are valuable tools for passing DPS checks and optimizing your damage. I’d focus less on potions if you’re a new raider, but check the best-in-slot for your job on the Balance to see which food is best for you.

A BIS is the best possible piece of gear of each type for your job. This goal is a bit farther out unless you already have some clears under your belt, but knowing what pieces of gear to get and stats you should be aiming to boost is vital to your survivability and efficiency. You can undoubtedly get clears without best-in-slot, but it’s something to keep in mind as you continue through fights.

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Gear Prep is A Must

Even if you don’t have excellent options for equipment, there are plenty of options to get what you need, whether through the latest version of tomestones, Alliance trials, or buying the latest gear on the market board if you have Gil to burn.

Melding Gear With Materia

Materia is kind of like jewel sockets in WoW. To put it simply, most pieces of gear have at least one slot where you can insert a stat-boosting jewel called materia, and you can see how many slots your gear has by hovering over it in your armory chest to see the tooltip. In most builds, you’ll probably be maxing out your Critical Hit, Direct Hit, and Determination, though healers and specific jobs may meld something different. Check the Balance for more information on your job. You typically need to visit a materia melder in major cities and pay to have your gear melded, but crafters can meld their own, and you can request someone with a crafter leveled to do it for free.

Getting Help

Before we send you off to try FFXIV trials, I’d like to provide you with some resources to help make dipping your toes into trialing a bit easier. The first is the Balance Discord server. This server has a list of the best gear and rotations for every job and many sections for asking questions about fights, jobs, recruitment for statics, and much more. It’s a one-stop shop for all levels of trialing and an invaluable asset for anyone looking to get started that might need some guidance.

The second resource I’d like to share is the Advanced Combat Tracker. For those coming from other MMOs, this is a damage meter with support for plugins like DeadlyBossMods from WoW. At base, though, it tells you how much damage you and other party members are doing and compares healing for jobs that provide that support. Below an Ultimate level, I’d say ACT isn’t a necessary resource, but it certainly can provide insight into your performance at your party. This is important because there isn’t a tool in-game that can provide that level of feedback and constructive criticism. Stone, Sky, and Sea provide a dummy with hp and a time limit, but it doesn’t measure your effective DPS while obeying mechanics, so it’s not a good resource.

While we’re here, I’d also like to mention that using ACT is against the game’s ToS, but the developers have taken a very “hear no evil, see no evil” approach. Unless you’re actively griefing other players about their damage or mention it often in public in-game, the odds of getting punished for it are minuscule.

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ACT has a partner website called FFLogs, a repository for uploaded fight logs recorded with ACT that lets you compare to other players and note your personal bests. Many players, including myself, find going for good “parses” to be a fun pastime, as it feels like a competition against others and ourselves.

In the vein of ACT and FFLogs is XIVAnalysis. This resource can take logs uploaded to FFLogs and analyze how you play during FFXIV trials to provide personalized feedback. This is very useful because it can point out things that you didn’t even notice during fights – like how I was only using my Displacement/Engagement 80% of the time I could have been when I started trialing as a Red Mage. It’s not perfect since it doesn’t take fight-specific downtime into account, but it can shed some light on hidden problems that you might not have noticed.

What Are Savage Trials?

New FFXIV raiders should know a few things once they’ve started taking their first step into endgame content. They should know how the development team handles trialing in terms of release schedule: each other major patch – generally X.0, X.2, and X.4 – releases four new trials with savage counterparts with more complex mechanics and DPS checks. These are referred to as “tiers” and are denoted in the party finder based on their name’s first few words. For example, Shadowbringers’ trial tiers are Eden’s Gate, Eden’s Verse, and Eden’s Promise, and you’ll see them ordered accordingly in the Duty Finder, with the most recent tier of Savage content always appearing in the “High-End Duty” tab.

Each tier raises the maximum item level obtainable in the game, with the gear that drops from the Savage fights having some of the best stats. However, even if a trial tier is “outdated,” it’s still very playable. Plenty of groups is available in the party finder to complete them using the game’s item level sync feature.

For now, the current Savage tier trial that we have is Asphodelos. Most Savage mechanics are on par with those from Extreme trials, with the average complexity increased by a bit. Doing these fights is like casually running a 5k instead of a morning jog – there’s a bit of a difficulty spike, but not enough that you should find yourself completely overwhelmed with good prep. In the last tier or so, each fight generally has one or two mechanics that give each player some responsibility, which isn’t necessarily difficult but requires you to be alive.

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For example, in the 9th Savage Eden trial, Umbra, one mechanic requires all eight players to be alive to stand in towers to soak damage and avoid a party wipe. These fights also tend to be a couple of minutes longer than the average Extreme trial, usually between eight and ten minutes long. The last fight of each tier is a bit longer due to cutscenes and different phases.

As for loot, gear is locked for the first patch after a tier is released for Savage trials. This means that chests might not always spawn. It works like this: your loot unlocks when the weekly server reset happens on Sunday morning. If you join a party where everyone has their loot unlocked, a boss will drop two chests full of loot to be rolled on. If half of the party has already cleared the fight this week – even if you didn’t win any loot – only one chest will appear once the boss is killed. If less than four party members have their loot unlocked for the week, then no chests will spawn.

Now, gear isn’t as RNG-dependent as you’d initially think. Every time you clear a fight while you have unlocked loot for the week, you collect tokens to trade for the gear you need. So, getting good gear ‘fast’ is not just RNG-dependent because you’ll eventually get what you need.

What Rewards to Expect from FFXIV Trials

While FFXIV trials are primarily done for fun and recreation, these fights also offer additional rewards that many players find worth the effort to obtain. These fights, when current, provide the best gear in the game for their level – and often with style. Savage Gear, in particular, also tends to have good cosmetic value to the point that many players go out of their way to do extra runs of it for gear, especially in the last expansion with the Eden trials.

Up there with cosmetic value, the last fight of each trial tier often gets special attention by some players, as they drop pretty sick mounts related to either the story or the fights of the tier they’re in. For example, to wrap up the Eden series of trials, the mount from the last trial drops a miniaturized Eden as a mount, with a unique action to fire a space laser from its head.

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Don't Stress Too Much About Trials!

That’s everything for now. Whether it’s for fun or glory, everyone has their reason for trialing. There’s no better feeling than finally defeating that frustrating trial wing after hours of hard work. Our guide isn’t necessarily for those who need convincing to try trials – you have to make that decision yourself. But if you already do, this will give you a solid base to start your adventure. Have a great time, and good luck getting started with FFXIV trials!

FAQs

Should I start 2022 FFXIV? ›

FFXIV is still worth playing in 2022. Yes the game failed upon its initital release, but they came back better than ever with the Realm Reborn expansion pack and all of its current and future DLC releases. The game is updated regularly, and there is a large community behind it.

Is FFXIV free trial worth it? ›

Despite these limits, the Final Fantasy 14 free trial is still extremely generous and well worth a look if you enjoy JRPGs, MMOs, or story-driven games.

Is FF14 2022 worth it? ›

But since Final Fantasy XIV's third expansion; Shadowbringers, it has been called not only the best Final Fantasy of all time. But also one of the greatest stories told in gaming. And the reason for it is very simple XIV's writers know how to use the genre of MMORPGs to their advantage.

How long does free trial last FFXIV? ›

What is included in FF14 free trial? Duration and expansions. Final Fantasy XIV free trial allows players to play for 30 days any amount of hours they want through the base game, A Realm Reborn and the first expansion Heavensward.

How solo friendly is FF14? ›

Poveromo reckons Final Fantasy 14's expansive story has always been geared towards the solo experience, and all three believe Square Enix's game is worth the journey for solo players. In fact, Poveromoand Zepla urges traditionally solo players to step out of their comfort zone for Final Fantasy 14.

Is FFXIV 2022 too late? ›

But when it comes to the question if someone should play Final Fantasy XIV in 2022, the answer is an unequivocal yes.

Can free trials get married FFXIV? ›

Free Trial players are unable to buy the following from the Online Store: Story Skips, Level Skips, Retainers, or Eternal Bonds. (It's also worth noting that you cannot ATTEND Eternal Bonds, aka weddings, either.)

How long would it take to do everything in FFXIV? ›

How long does it take to complete Final Fantasy XIV? Final Fantasy XIV is a massive game, and it's only gotten bigger over the years. If you just want to complete the main story, A Realm Reborn, you're looking at roughly 120 hours of playtime, and that's not including any of the expansions.

How many more years will ff14 last? ›

21, 2022) – SQUARE ENIX® has revealed its plans to continue support for the critically acclaimed MMORPG FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online for the next 10 years and announced some of the upcoming content players can look forward to as part of this goal.

Is ff14 free till 60? ›

Play the Free Trial up to level 60 for FREE with no restriction on playtime!

Is FFXIV better than WoW? ›

WoW appears to offer more competent gameplay. However, FFXIV offers more flexibility thanks to the Armoury System, where one can change the class of their characters through the weapons they wield.

How do I activate my free trial FFXIV? ›

1) Using your PlayStation®4 console, open the PlayStation Store. 2) Go to the game page for FINAL FANTASY XIV Online free trial (e.g. using the search function). 3) Use the "Try Free Demo" button on the left of the game page.

Did FFXIV remove free trial? ›

For the uninitiated, the free trial was suspended back in December following widespread congestion issues in FFXIV. Those issues occurred as a result of the rapid growth the MMO experienced ahead of its Endwalker expansion launch.

Will ff14 free trial come back? ›

With update 7.0 and beyond, Final Fantasy XIV will also receive major graphical upgrades. Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIV will be resuming its free trial, starting February 22, 2022.

What is the easiest job Ffxiv? ›

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What is the easiest class in Ffxiv? ›

Archer (Bard)

Archer is by far FF14's easiest class for beginners to start with in FFXIV. As a ranged DPS, Archers can move freely while attacking. This means that they're able to get in attacks when melee DPS cannot.

What is the average age of a Ffxiv player? ›

Age Demographic

The vast bulk of the age bar chart is filled by those between the age of 21-29 years of age, with age 22 being the highest age represented and then taking a gradual drop as we enter the years of 30+.

Which is better ESO or FFXIV? ›

Yes, Final Fantasy XIV does have a better story overall, but if you are someone who is new to either franchise and just looking for an MMO to play, then Elder Scrolls Online is the one to pick. The story does rely on existing lore, but the manner it's placed in the story makes it easier to understand.

Is FFXIV selling again? ›

FFXIV director Naoki Yoshida announced plans to put the MMO and its newest expansion Endwalker back on sale, as well as a host of changes including the addition of new data centers to allow for new players.

Can two females get married in FFXIV? ›

An envelope. It indicates the ability to send an email. An curved arrow pointing right. Square Enix During a live-streamed developer talk at E3 on Tuesday, "Final Fantasy XIV" developer Square Enix confirmed that it will allow same-sex marriages in the game.

Can you divorce and remarry in FFXIV? ›

You're free to remarry or to live the bachelorette life — or to do anything you may deem fit, so long as you abide by the in-game rules of the Sanctum of the Twelve should you wish to get hitched a second time.

What happens if you miss your own wedding FFXIV? ›

The ceremony may be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Should this happen, your invitation will automatically be removed from your inventory. As the hosts will be required to reschedule their ceremony and send out a new set of invitations, please wait to hear word from them regarding a new date and time.

How long until FFXIV kicks you for AFK? ›

Square Enix has attempted to ease the congestion a bit, releasing a patch earlier this week that boots anyone from the server who's been idling for more than 30 minutes.

What happens if subscription runs out FFXIV? ›

When the 30-Day free subscription time ends, all players who choose to continue playing the Game will automatically become subject to a recurring subscription.

How much does it cost to get married in FFXIV? ›

The Standard plan is free of charge, while Gold and Platinum will cost $20 USD and $40 USD respectively, split between the couple. Applications for a wedding ceremony must be submitted to the Final Fantasy XIV Mog Station. To learn more, check out IGN's official review of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

How long is 1 day in Ffxiv? ›

1 hour 10 minutes

How long can you idle in ff14? ›

The 30-minute timer will kick players out who have been idle for that long. Square Enix has introduced the Final Fantasy XIV measures following a boom in interest in the game, which has increased server congestion for players.

How long is a 24 hour cycle in Ffxiv? ›

While it would be tempting to tie an MMO to a 24 hour clock, Square Enix has found that individual players tend to log in at a particular time of day and rarely deviate from that schedule. For that reason, Final Fantasy XIV's day/night cycle lasts for just 70 minutes.

Is Endwalker the end of FFXIV? ›

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker signifies the end of an era. One story, started nine years ago, has ended with a stunning and heartwarming conclusion, while the promise of a new adventure awaits on the horizon. But Endwalker doesn't merely mark the end of the Hydaelyn / Zodiark saga.

Does ff14 delete inactive accounts? ›

They don't delete inactive accounts. If you have a house that's different and subject to demolition, though I think that's still paused for NA accounts due to natural disasters. Your character should stay indefinitely. You have nothing to worry about.

Is Final Fantasy Online ending? ›

Square Enix has proven that it's committed to keeping its MMOs running for a long time, considering FFXI started in 2001 and isn't ending any time soon. FFXIV has only been around for a decade, but it still makes a lot of money for Square Enix through its paid expansions, cosmetic items, and monthly subscription fees.

Will ff14 ever go f2p? ›

Final Fantasy XIV is free to play — and it's definitely worth your time.

Is Final Fantasy 14 free forever? ›

You can play Final Fantasy XIV for as long as you want, even for free, so long as you're willing to deal with a few restrictions on what you can do. Still, we have some rough estimates on how much playtime you'll get out of the free trial.

Is there a monthly fee to play ff14? ›

Prices obviously depend on your region/currency, but the quick breakdown in USD is as follows: $19.99 for the base game (includes one month FFXIV subscription), $39.99 for the current expansion pack (includes all expansions), and $12.99 for one month's subscription.

Who has more active players WoW or FFXIV? ›

Posted June 10, 2021, 1:19 p.m. Final Fantasy 14 might be closer to World of Warcraft in terms of active players than ever before. According to statistics by MMO Population, Final Fantasy 14 is currently sitting at around 2.49 million active players, compared to World of Warcraft's 2.19 million active players.

Why is FFXIV suddenly so popular? ›

FFXIV's free trial

One of the primary reasons for FFXIV's popularity is the free trial. Even if an MMO has a free trial, it's nowhere near as expansive as FFXIV's. Currently, prospective players can play through the base game (A Realm Reborn), as well as the first expansion Heavensward.

Is ff14 casual friendly? ›

Its not that the game is casual friendly, the game is just an outright casual game. Its great for that.

Is FFXIV free trial only 30 days? ›

As of 2022, Square Enix has updated the game four times, ensuring that it stays fresh to old players while adding interest to new players. But what if you want to try FFXIV before buying the game and its subscription? That's why Square Enix lets you enjoy a 30-day free trial.

Can you use FF14 free trial on existing account? ›

You'll still need to create a Square Enix account for the free trial. Keep in mind that you can only play the free trial on a Square Enix account that isn't already associated with a paid Final Fantasy 14 account.

How does FF14 free trial work? ›

You just need to download the game and make your account. There is no fee or credit card you need to put into the game, but you will only be able to reach level 60. You can choose to use the Free Trial on PC or PlayStation, but you can't transfer your account between these two platforms.

Is FFXIV free trial worth playing? ›

Despite these limits, the Final Fantasy 14 free trial is still extremely generous and well worth a look if you enjoy JRPGs, MMOs, or story-driven games.

What happened to FFXIV free trial? ›

Naoki Yoshida, director and producer for Final Fantasy 14, took to the game's official blog to announce that the company is suspending all sales and new free trials of the wildly popular MMO until Square Enix has a better handle on the server situation.

Is It a Good time to Start Final Fantasy 14? ›

With all of this in mind, there really is no better time to start playing Final Fantasy XIV than right now. We're approaching one of the most exciting periods in the game's history, and if you want to be around when it all goes down, there's still time for you to catch up!

Is Final Fantasy 14 still worth playing? ›

In the game you become the Warrior of Light and help deliver the realm from darkness, a plot not too unfamiliar for fans of the series. Like other online games, it can feel like the right time to play has passed, but "FFXIV" is absolutely worth jumping into in 2021.

How many players does FFXIV have 2022? ›

Is Final Fantasy XIV still popular in 2022? FFXIV is still very popular among young people with over 3 million daily active players which has grown from 2 million from 2019.

Is FF14 subscription based 2022? ›

In a similar vein to rivals title World of Warcraft, or the Elder Scrolls Online, Final Fantasy XIV relies on a subscription-based service. Even if you buy a physical copy of the base game, you will need to pay monthly to continue your adventure – even if you choose to play the game solo.

How many hours of gameplay is FF14? ›

How long does it take to complete Final Fantasy XIV? Final Fantasy XIV is a massive game, and it's only gotten bigger over the years. If you just want to complete the main story, A Realm Reborn, you're looking at roughly 120 hours of playtime, and that's not including any of the expansions.

How much does Final Fantasy 14 make a year? ›

Group sales rose 9.8% to 365.2 billion yen ($2.8 billion), operating income increased 25.5% to 59.2 billion yen ($459 million), and profit was up 90% to 51 billion yen ($396 million).

Is ff14 still not being sold? ›

FFXIV players who already have active subscriptions can keep playing.

What is the average age of a FFXIV player? ›

Age Demographic

The vast bulk of the age bar chart is filled by those between the age of 21-29 years of age, with age 22 being the highest age represented and then taking a gradual drop as we enter the years of 30+.

Does FFXIV have more players than wow? ›

MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV have an estimated 2.49 million active players; more than Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft. The news (as reported by Final Weapon), comes from MMO Population. The latter uses API tools, Reddit, and other resources to calculate player and active player numbers.

What is the most populated FFXIV server? ›

The most populated servers are often populated by the most active players as well, meaning you're almost guaranteed to have players online at any time of the day.
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Japanese Final Fantasy XIV realms.
Realm NameTotal PopulationActive Population
Anima40,2307,593
Asura41,2677,734
Atomos41,4286,894
Bahamut48,4678,006
28 more rows
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Can you still play FFXIV after subscription ends? ›

Once it expires, you can continue playing by renewing your subscription on the Mog Station.

How much is FFXIV with all expansions? ›

Alternatively, the Complete Edition of FINAL FANTASY XIV ($59.99 USD) can be purchased, which will include A Realm Reborn and all currently released expansions.

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