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
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.
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.
This roulette covers the 4-player dungeons at level cap introduced in the most recent patch updates. It features between 2 and 4 dungeons depending on their patch release schedule. Players must have completed all of and meet the highest minimum item level requirement of the eligible dungeons (currently 490) in order to access this roulette. Players will receive a daily bonus of 60 uncapped tomestones and 40 capped tomestones.
Level 80 Dungeons
This roulette covers all 4-player dungeons at level cap in Shadowbringers that are no longer in the Expert roulette. Players must have completed all of and meet the highest minimum item level requirement of the eligible dungeons (currently 460) before they may queue for it. Players can earn a daily bonus of 100 uncapped tomestones and 15 capped tomestones.
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Level 50/60/70 Dungeons
This roulette covers all 4-player dungeons at level cap for A Realm Reborn (level 50), Heavensward (level 60), and Stormblood (level 70). Players must have completed at least two of the eligible dungeons, must be at least level 50, and must meet the lowest item level requirement of their available dungeons (minimum 45) in order to access this roulette. 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.
This roulette is accessible as long as the two starting dungeons (Sastasha and The Tam-Tara Deepcroft) are unlocked and the player has a minimum level of 16. 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.
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This roulette covers all 8-player trials at regular difficulty. Players must have completed at least two of the eligible trials, must be at least level 50, and must have a minimum item level of 90 in order to access this roulette. Players will receive a daily bonus of 60 uncapped tomestones and 15 capped tomestones.
This roulette covers the two 8-player dungeons at the end of the main scenario of A Realm Reborn. Players must have completed both dungeons, and have a minimum level of 50 and item level of 42 in order to access the roulette. 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.
This roulette leads to any of the unlocked guildhests. Players must have unlocked the second guildhest and be a minimum of level 10 in order to access the roulette. Players will receive a daily bonus of experience, gil, and company seals for participating.
Introduced in patch 4.1, this roulette covers 24-player raids. Players must have completed two of the eligible raids, and have a minimum level of 50 and item level of 70 to participate. 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. New alliance raids are not generally added to this roulette until the next major patch after their release.
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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. Players must have completed at least two of the eligible raids, must be at least level 60, and must meet the lowest item level requirement of their available raids (minimum 170) in order to access this roulette. Players can earn a daily bonus of 80 Allagan tomestones of poetics, 60 uncapped tomestones, and 20 capped tomestones for using the roulette.
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). Players be a minimum of level 30 and completed the quest Like Civilized Men and Women to participate. 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.
Available only to players who have signed up as a Mentor, this will place them in any PvE duty needing players, excluding Savage raids, Extreme trials from the current expansion, and duties on the Raid Finder. Players must have completed all of and meet the highest minimum item level requirement of the eligible dungeons (currently 495) before they may queue for this roulette. Players will receive a daily bonus of 30 uncapped tomestones and 10 capped tomestones for participating.
The Raid Finder was introduced in patch 3.3 to facilitate matchmaking for the most challenging content. Once operating independently, it was merged with the Duty Finder in patch 4.0, appearing under the High-end Duty setting.
The Raid Finder contains additional settings not present in the Duty Finder:
- Matching Requirements: Filters out players by whether they have cleared the instance yet or not.
- Purpose: Defines whether the party's goal is to practice fight mechanics or go for a clear.
- Practice Phase Selection: Defines whether the goal is to practice early or late phase fight mechanics.
When queueing solo or with less than a full party, the Raid finder will match together 2 tanks, 2 healers, 1 ranged physical DPS, 1 ranged magical DPS, 1 melee DPS, and 1 other DPS.The fourth, unspecified DPS class or job to be matched will depend on the settings selected when registering for a raid.
- When selecting Duty Completion: The unspecified DPS player cannot be the same class or job as other players to be matched together in a party.
- When selecting Practice: The unspecified DPS player can be the same class or job as other players to be matched together in a party.
The duties available in the Raid Finder change with every patch, as it features only the most recent Extreme trials and Savage raids, which are moved to the regular Duty Finder when new trials or raids replace them. The only exceptions are Ultimate raids, which never leave the Raid Finder.
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