The Duty Finder is a gameplay mechanic in Final Fantasy XIV. It allows players to queue up for instanced dungeons, trials, raids, guildhests, or Player-versus-Player (PvP) content without first needing to be part of a pre-made party. This system does support pre-made parties, however, and will fill in empty slots as needed.
Using the Duty Finder[edit | edit source]
Opening the Duty Finder will display a list of dungeons, guildhests, trials, and raids. The player must check the box next to the desired duty and select Join. If the player is not in a party, or does not meet the party size requirement for a certain duty, the player will be matched with other players automatically. The player can freely continue adventuring while their parties are being assembled by the server, however if they switch classes they must switch back before being able to enter the duty.
When undertaking a duty that requires a party, the duty finder automatically designates players as tanks, attackers, or healers, depending on their class or job. Players are placed in balanced parties based on these roles, with a ratio of one tank, one healer, and two damage dealers. This amount is scaled depending on whether the content requires 4, 8, or 24 players. Once the duty finder has assembled a party and everyone confirms they're ready, players are transported to the dungeon or raid area. Upon completion, players are returned to their respective worlds automatically, at their original location. Furthermore, if a group of players provides all of the party members required for a specific Duty, it will allow the party to enter the Duty regardless of party composition (ex: a group of four Dragoons could enter a Light Party dungeon).
Prior to Patch 3.5, players could not use the Duty Finder if their chocobo companion is active (summoning one while in queue would cancel it). In addition, solo instanced battles during quests cannot be undertaken if the player has queued for Duty Finder.
As of Patch 3.4, the Duty Finder may be used to access a Triple Triad Battlehall or to queue for cross-server Lord of Verminion matches.
The party leader may select additional settings to apply to any duties selected (except Roulettes). These include:
- Join Party in Progress - The player may be placed in an already active and unfinished Duty to replace another player who has forfeit the duty or has been kicked. This option can only be selected if the player is queuing solo.
- Undersized Party - The player's party is able to enter the duty even if they do not have enough players. Player levels are not synced, and the party does not need to meet the role requirements of the duty. However, enemies in the duty will not grant experience, and the players' equipment will not gain spiritbond.
- Level Sync - Only available with Undersized Party selected. Syncs player levels to duty's required level, enabling experience and spiritbond gain.
- Minimum IL - All player equipment will be level synced to the absolute minimum requirement to enter the duty.
- Silence Echo - Prevents the party from gaining the Echo buff, whether it's granted by the duty itself or when the entire party is slain.
- Explorer Mode - The party enters the selected duty in its completed state and without level sync. No enemies or bosses spawn, the player(s) may freely change jobs, summon Minions and Mounts, spawn training dummies, and use Limit Breaks at will. A duty must be completed by the player to enter it in Explorer Mode.
- Loot Rules - Changes how the party rolls on loot earned from chests.
- Normal - Looting works as normal.
- Greed Only - Players may only roll Greed on items.
- Lootmaster - The party leader manually distributes items.
Duty Roulette[edit | edit source]
A feature introduced in Patch 2.1, the Duty Roulette lets players queue in for a random instance, with a bonus reward of experience, gil, Allagan Tomestones, and/or Grand Company seals. When queuing at the level cap, the bonus experience is replaced by endgame Allagan tomestones.
While the roulette can be queued as many times as desired, the bonus reward is only awarded once per day (reset at midnight JST).
In addition, there is an Adventurer in Need reward: if the player matches the desired role, they will be given a payout of extra EXP and gil. This reward can always be obtained.
Expert[edit | edit source]
This roulette covers the 4-player dungeons at level cap introduced in the two most recent patch updates:
All of the dungeons on the list must be completed to unlock this roulette. Players will receive a daily bonus of 60 uncapped tomestones and 40 capped tomestones.
Level 80 Dungeons[edit | edit source]
This roulette covers all 4-player dungeons at level cap in Shadowbringers that are no longer in the Expert roulette:
The player must have completed all of the dungeons on the list before they may queue for it. Players can earn a daily bonus of 100 uncapped tomestones and 15 capped tomestones.
Level 50/60/70 Dungeons[edit | edit source]
This roulette covers all 4-player dungeons at level cap for A Realm Reborn (level 50), Heavensward (level 60), and Stormblood (level 70). The player must have completed at least two of the dungeons included on this list before they may queue for it. Players can earn a daily bonus of 100 Allagan tomestones of poetics, with the addition of 120 uncapped tomestones if the player is level 80.
Leveling[edit | edit source]
This roulette is obtained as long as the three starting dungeons (Sastasha, The Tam-Tara Deepcroft, and Copperbell Mines) are unlocked. This contains every instanced dungeon not at a level cap (50/60/70/80), as well as the three 4-player trials encountered during the main scenario of A Realm Reborn. Players will be awarded significant experience points, gil, and Company seals upon completion of the duty. Level 50 players will receive a daily bonus of 100 Allagan tomestones of poetics, while level 80 players will instead receive 100 uncapped tomestones, and 20 capped tomestones. The Adventurer in Need bonus provides one Cracked Stellacluster and two Cracked Planiclusters for players level 70 or higher, in addition to its normal rewards.
|A Realm Reborn||Heavensward||Stormblood||Shadowbringers|
Trials[edit | edit source]
This roulette covers all 8-player trials at regular difficulty. At least two trials must be completed before this roulette can be accessed. Players will receive a daily bonus of 60 uncapped tomestones and 15 capped tomestones.
Main Scenario[edit | edit source]
This roulette covers the two 8-player dungeons at the end of the main scenario of A Realm Reborn:
The roulette is intended to help newer players find a party for these instances, with a daily reward of 300 Allagan tomestones of poetics, 100 uncapped tomestones, and 50 capped tomestones for those using the roulette. Cutscenes are unskippable for all players during these instances.
Guildhests[edit | edit source]
This roulette leads to any of the unlocked Guildhests. Players will receive a daily bonus of experience, gil, and company seals for participating.
Alliance Raids[edit | edit source]
Introduced in patch 4.1, this roulette covers all 24-player raids currently in game.
At least two of the raids on the list must be completed to unlock the roulette. Players can earn a daily bonus of 100 Allagan tomestones of poetics, 100 uncapped tomestones, and 50 capped tomestones. The Adventurer in Need bonus provides one Cracked Stellacluster and two Cracked Planiclusters to players level 70 or higher, in addition to its normal rewards.
|A Realm Reborn||Heavensward||Stormblood||Shadowbringers|
Normal Raids[edit | edit source]
Introduced in patch 4.3, this roulette covers all 8-player raids at normal difficulty currently in the game. The Binding Coils of Bahamut are considered Savage difficulty raids, and thus are excluded.
At least two of the raids on the list must be completed to unlock the roulette. Players can earn a daily bonus of 80 Allagan tomestones of poetics, 60 uncapped tomestones, and 20 capped tomestones for using the roulette.
Frontlines[edit | edit source]
This roulette contains a single Frontline PvP duty that changes every day. The currently active duty is displayed under the "Information" section of the details window; as of Patch 5.4, this includes Borderland Ruins (Secure), Seal Rock (Seize), Field of Glory (Shatter), and Onsal Hakair (Danshig Nadaam). Players will receive a bonus of 50 uncapped tomestones, PvP experience, and Wolf Marks for participating. Players at the level cap will also earn 20 capped tomestones.
Mentor[edit | edit source]
Available only to players who have signed up as a Mentor, this will place them in any instance needing players (excluding those on the Raid Finder). Players will receive a daily bonus of 30 uncapped tomestones and 10 capped tomestones for participating.