Solo duties, also known as quest instance battles, quest battles, or special instances, are a type of duty in Final Fantasy XIV. They are single-player battles tied to quests, placing the player in a separate instance from the main world for their duration.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Like other duties, these battles have a time limit, and will enforce a level sync on the player. Starting in Shadowbringers, the level syncs universally become the same as the quest level, and certain battles will also enforce an item level sync. Unlike other duties, they cannot be entered unsynced.

Starting with "The Fate of Stars" in patch 3.3, new solo duties began granting the player the Brilliant Conviction buff, which grants minor regen and stat boosts. As of patch 4.1, all prior duties gained Brilliant Conviction as well. Brilliant Conviction can be manually dispelled by the player should they seek a harder challenge from the duty.

Some battles enable the player to play as NPC characters. Thus far, these have included Alphinaud, Y'shtola, Hien, Thancred, Estinien, Branden, Lamitt, Renda-Rae, and Nyelbert.

Due to their nature being bound to quests, battles cannot be repeated once the associated quest is complete without the use of the New Game+ feature, and not all quests are available through New Game+.

If a player fails a battle, or are repeating it via New Game+, they will get the option to lower the difficulty of the battle to Easy or Very Easy. These give the player an Echo buff, increasing their max HP, damage, and healing by 50% on Easy, or 100% on Very Easy.

List of quest instance battles[edit | edit source]

Main Scenario[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn[edit | edit source]

Gridania start[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Chasing Shadows 2.0 5 9 Central Shroud
  • Frenzied Elm
Spirithold Broken 2.0 9 13 Central Shroud
  • Clay Golem
Leia's Legacy 2.0 14 18 Central Shroud
To Guard a Guardian 2.0 14 18 Central Shroud
  • Quzal Huatotl the Shrieker
  • Lesser Gargoyle and Masked Mage

Limsa Lominsa start[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Lurkers in the Grotto 2.0 5 9 Middle La Noscea
  • Frenzied Mossback
Just Deserts 2.0 9 13 Middle La Noscea
  • Clay Golem
Victory in Peril 2.0 14 18 Lower La Noscea
  • Ahtzapfyn the Absorbed
Feint and Strike 2.0 14 18 Western La Noscea
  • Baenryss of the Deep
  • Lesser Gargoyle and Masked Mage

Ul'dah start[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Underneath the Sultantree 2.0 4 8 Central Thanalan
  • Blanga
Way Down in the Hole 2.0 9 13 Central Thanalan
  • Clay Golem
Oh Captain, My Captain 2.0 14 18 Western Thanalan
  • Baldewyn Four-Yalms and Ser Baron Von Quiveron Esquire IV
Duty, Honor, Country 2.0 14 18 Central Thanalan
  • Garibald the Fargone
  • Lesser Gargoyle and Masked Mage

Merged storylines[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Enemies
Into a Copper Hell 2.0 17 21 Ul'dah - Steps of Nald
  • Bodyguards
Lord of the Inferno 2.0 20 24 Eastern Thanalan
  • Highcant Hatsugg Chah
The Company You Keep (Immortal Flames) 2.0 20 24 Western Thanalan
  • Imperial Decurion
The Company You Keep (Maelstrom) 2.0 20 24 Lower La Noscea
  • Imperial Decurion
The Company You Keep (Twin Adder) 2.0 20 24 East Shroud
  • Imperial Decurion
Brotherly Love 2.0 22 26 East Shroud
  • Sylvan Budnapper
Nouveau Riche 2.0 23 27 South Shroud
Big Trouble in Little Ala Mhigo 2.0 27 31 Southern Thanalan
  • Lavafang Hemozz Teh
The Lominsan Way 2.0 30 34 Lower La Noscea
  • Trachtoum Parter of Seas
In the Eyes of Gods and Men 2.0 38 42 Coerthas Central Highlands
  • Alderique the Unyielding
The Heretic among Us 2.0 40 44 Coerthas Central Highlands
History Repeating 2.0 42 46 Western La Noscea
  • Charmed Captain
Notorious Biggs 2.0 44 48 Coerthas Central Highlands
  • 5th Cohort Decurion
Fool Me Twice 2.0 46 50 Mor Dhona
  • Magitek Reaper
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magitek 2.0 46 50 Mor Dhona
  • Magitek Vanguard H-1
Escape from Castrum Centri 2.0 46 50 Mor Dhona
  • Magitek Colossus
Guardian of Eorzea 2.3 50 50 Mor Dhona
  • Coultenet the Cultured and Hoary Boulder
The Reason Roaille 2.4 50 50 Northern Thanalan

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
A Series of Unfortunate Events 3.0 50 52 The Sea of Clouds
  • Gundu tribe
At the End of Our Hope 3.0 50 52 Coerthas Western Highlands
  • Spineless Heretic
  • Spell-weaving Heretic
Divine Intervention 3.0 50 52 The Pillars
Keeping the Flame Alive 3.0 51 53 Halatali
Sounding Out the Ampitheatre 3.0 51 53 Akh Afah Ampitheatre
  • Louistiaux of the First Line
Fire and Blood 3.0 57 59 Foundation
Familiar Faces 3.0 57 59 The Sea of Clouds
  • Imperial Centurion
An Illuminati Incident 3.0 58 60 The Dravanian Hinterlands
  • King Gobtank G-IV
Close Encounters of the VIth Kind 3.0 59 60 Azys Lla
As Goes Light, So Goes Darkness 3.1 60 60 The Vault
  • Simeonard of the Holiest Flame
A Spectacle for the Ages 3.2 60 60 Coerthas Central Highlands
One Life for One World 3.4 60 60 The Bowl of Embers
Fly Free, My Pretty 3.56 60 60 Borderland Ruins

The player controls the Red Baron magitek armor in the second stage of the duty.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Best Served with Cold Steel 4.0 60 62 The Fringes
In Crimson It Began 4.0 61 63 Rhalgr's Reach
It's Probably a Trap 4.0 61 63 Kugane
  • Imperial Centurion
The Time between the Seconds 4.0 64 66 Yanxia
Naadam 4.0 66 68 The Azim Steppe
Rhalgr's Beacon 4.0 67 69 The Fringes
The Key to Victory 4.0 69 70 The Lochs
  • Magitek Avenger E1
The Resonant 4.0 69 70 The Lochs
The Measure of His Reach 4.0 69 70 The Lochs
Return of the Bull 4.1 70 70 Ala Mhigo
Hope on the Waves 4.2 70 70 The Ruby Sea
  • Imperial Centurion
His Forgotten Home 4.2 70 70 Yanxia
  • Slickshell Captain
Emissary of the Dawn 4.3 70 70 The Burn
  • Hostile Commander

The player controls Alphinaud.

The Will of the Moon 4.4 70 70 The Azim Steppe

The player controls Y'shtola in the second stage of the duty.

A Requiem for Heroes 4.56 70 70 The Ghimlyt Dark

The player controls Hien in the first stage of the duty.

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level / Sync Item Level Sync Location Bosses
The Oracle of Light 5.0 72 395 Lakeland
Legend of the Not-so-hidden Temple 5.0 75 406 The Rak'tika Greatwood
When It Rains 5.0 76 409 Lakeland
  • Forgiven Hypocrisy
Full Steam Ahead 5.0 77 n/a Amh Araeng

The player controls Thancred.

A Feast of Lies 5.0 77 412 Eulmore
A-Digging We Will Go 5.0 78 415 Kholusia
  • Forgiven Enmity
Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty 5.1 80 n/a The Imperial Palace

The player controls Estinien Wyrmblood.

A Sleep Disturbed 5.2 80 n/a The Qitana Ravel
  • Huaca

Class, Job, and Role[edit | edit source]

Tank[edit | edit source]

Gladiator / Paladin[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Ul'dah's Most Wanted 2.0 10 14 Central Thanalan
  • Duskwight Freelancer Captain
That Old Familiar Feeling 2.0 15 19 Ul'dah - Steps of Nald
  • Nameless Attackers
The Face of Thal 2.0 20 24 Western Thanalan
  • The Alacran
On Holy Ground 2.0 25 29 Eastern Thanalan
  • Zana Lyehga
The Rematch 2.0 30 34 Eastern Thanalan
  • Gotwin Halehex and Gigirya the Guarded
Parley in the Sagolii 2.0 45 49 Southern Thanalan
Keeping the Oath 2.0 50 50 Coerthas Central Highlands
  • Death's Embrace Master
Big Sollerets to Fill 3.0 54 56 Coerthas Western Highlands
  • Death's Embrace Controller
This Little Sword of Mine 3.0 60 60 Coerthas Western Highlands
In Thal's Name 4.0 63 65 Ul'dah - Steps of Thal
  • Bartholomew of the Silver Sallet
  • The Bronze Bull
  • Ser Handeloup the One Heart
Raising the Sword 4.0 70 70 Ul'dah - Steps of Thal

Marauder / Warrior[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
The Mountain That Strides 2.0 20 24 Western La Noscea
  • Scarred Jackal
Bleeder of the Pack 2.0 25 29 Lower La Noscea
Bringing Down the Mountain 2.0 30 34 Lower La Noscea
Pride and Duty (Will Take You from the Mountain) 2.0 30 34 Eastern La Noscea
  • Crazed Notochelone
How to Quit You 2.0 50 50 Eastern La Noscea
Duty and the Beast 3.0 52 54 Coerthas Central Highlands
And My Axe 3.0 60 60 Western La Noscea
  • Zell the Adamantine and Makara
Curious Gorge Meets His Match 4.0 60 62 Wolves' Den Pier
The Heart of the Problem 4.0 70 70 The Azim Steppe
  • Nayaga the Taken

Dark Knight[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Ishgardian Justice 3.0 30 34 The Pillars
  • Pernicious Temple Knight
Heroic Reprise 3.0 40 44 Eastern Thanalan
  • Bloodshower Atabb Chah
Declaration of Blood 3.0 45 49 Lower La Noscea
  • Yoyoroon Softhands
Our Answer 3.0 50 52 Coerthas Central Highlands
Kindred Spirits 3.0 54 56 Coerthas Central Highlands
  • Temple Knights
The Flame in the Abyss 3.0 58 60 The Churning Mists
  • Moogles of Moghome
Absolution 3.0 60 60 Coerthas Western Highlands
The Orphans and the Broken Blade 4.0 65 67 The Churning Mists
  • Ompagne Deepblack
Our Compromise 4.0 70 70 The Peaks

Gunbreaker[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level / Sync Item Level Sync Location Bosses
Hired Gunblades 5.0 60 265 Old Gridania
  • Gorib
Steel against Steel 5.0 70 395 Coerthas Western Highlands

Role[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level / Sync Item Level Sync Location Bosses
The Hardened Heart 5.0 78 n/a The Dancing Plague

The player controls Branden.

To Have Loved and Lost 5.0 80 420 Il Mheg

Healer[edit | edit source]

Conjurer / White Mage[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Trial by Wind 2.0 10 14 East Shroud
  • Tainted Wind Sprite
Trial by Water 2.0 15 19 East Shroud
  • Young Antelope Stags
Like Mother, Like Daughter 2.0 25 29 South Shroud
  • Tainted Earth Sprite
In Nature's Embrace 2.0 30 34 South Shroud
  • Akoman
Seer Folly 2.0 30 34 Central Shroud
  • Banemite
Heart of the Forest 2.0 50 50 East Shroud
  • Guardian Tree
A Journey of Purification 3.0 52 54 Coerthas Central Highlands
  • Stagnant Water Sprite
Hands of Healing 3.0 60 60 The Dravanian Forelands
  • Zombie Dragon
A Beacon for Bad Things 4.0 65 67 The Fringes
  • Planar Fissures
What She Always Wanted 4.0 70 70 The Fringes
  • Camazotz

Scholar[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Forgotten but Not Gone 2.0 30 34 Eastern La Noscea
  • Broken Bandits
The Consequences of Anger 2.0 40 44 Upper La Noscea
The Beast Within 2.0 50 50 The Wanderer's Palace
Quarantine 3.0 52 54 Upper La Noscea
  • Guardian of Nym
Forward, the Royal Marines 3.0 60 60 Upper La Noscea
  • Bitoso
In Loving Memory 4.0 65 67 Amdapor Keep
  • Manasnatcher
Our Unsung Heroes 4.0 70 70 The Lost City of Amdapor
  • Fallen Kuribu

Astrologian[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Fortune Favors the Bole 3.0 30 34 South Shroud
  • Bandit Leader
Slings and Arrows 3.0 40 44 Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks
  • Pirate Captain
Ewer Right 3.0 45 49 Mor Dhona
  • Bandit Leader
Spearheading Initiatives 3.0 50 52 Coerthas Central Highlands
  • Old World Thaumaturge
Feather in the Cap 3.0 56 58 The Dravanian Forelands
  • Celie the Pursuant
The Hands of Fate 3.0 60 60 The Dravanian Hinterlands
Come Rain or Shrine 4.0 65 67 Kugane
  • Fury of the Golden Fox
Foxfire 4.0 70 70 Kugane
  • Kinko Kugane

Role[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level / Sync Item Level Sync Location Bosses
The Lost and the Found 5.0 76 n/a The Rak'tika Greatwood

The player controls Lamitt in the second stage of the duty.

The Soul of Temperance 5.0 80 420 Kholusia

Physical DPS[edit | edit source]

Pugilist / Monk[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
The Spirit Is Willing 2.0 15 19 Central Thanalan
  • The Alacran
Keeping the Spirit Alive 2.0 20 24 Ul'dah - Steps of Nald
Star-crossed Rivals 2.0 25 29 Southern Thanalan
  • Rurukuta Tornstar
Return of the Holyfist 2.0 30 34 Southern Thanalan
Ul'dah - Steps of Nald
  • Weggfarr Wideaxe
Brother from Another Mother 2.0 30 34 Central Thanalan
  • Rabisu
Five Easy Pieces 2.0 50 50 Mor Dhona
Against the Shadow 3.0 54 56 Northern Thanalan
Appetite for Destruction 3.0 60 60 Southern Thanalan
  • H'raha Tia Fistborn
Choices and Paths 4.0 68 70 The Fringes
  • Hewerald Ironaxe
The Power to Protect 4.0 70 70 The Fringes
  • Io

Lancer / Dragoon[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
A Dangerous Proposition 2.0 15 19 Central Shroud
  • Alpha Wolf
Lance of Destiny 2.0 20 24 East Shroud
  • Kamapusa
Proof of Might 2.0 30 34 Central Shroud
  • Lindwurms
North Shroud
Into the Dragon's Maw 2.0 50 50 Coerthas Central Highlands
Sworn Upon a Lance 3.0 54 56 Coerthas Western Highlands
  • Assault Wyvern
Dragoon's Fate 3.0 60 60 Coerthas Western Highlands
  • Graoully
Dark as the Night Sky 4.0 68 70 The Azim Steppe
Dragon Sound 4.0 70 70 The Azim Steppe

Rogue / Ninja [edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Stray into the Shadows 2.4 10 14 Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks
  • Hired Muscle
Stifled Screams 2.4 15 19 Western La Noscea
  • Axe-wielding Adventurers
Slave to the Code 2.4 15 19 Western La Noscea
  • Jolly Merchant Lodesman
Grinners in the Mist 2.4 20 24 Rhotano Sea
  • Grinning Cur Cap'n
Sweet Sorrows 2.4 25 29 Eastern La Noscea
  • Sellsword Captains
Cloying Victory 2.4 30 34 Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks
  • Aisibhir Badwind
My First Mudra 2.4 30 34 Eastern La Noscea
Once Upon a Time in Doma 2.4 35 39 Upper La Noscea
Ninja Bathin' 2.4 40 44 Western La Noscea
The Crow Knows 2.4 45 49 Eastern La Noscea
Master and Student 2.4 50 50 Lower La Noscea
Ninja Assassin 3.0 54 56 Lower La Noscea
  • Redway the Relinquished
In Her Defense 3.0 60 60 Hullbreaker Isle
  • Redway the Relinquished and Rosalinde Bloodfang
A Game of Life and Death 4.0 65 67 The Ruby Sea
  • Zakuro Brightblood
When Clans Collide 4.0 70 70 The Azim Steppe

Samurai[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Master Musosai 4.0 50 52 Ul'dah - Steps of Thal
  • Musosai
  • Beroald the Last Standing
Blood on the Deck 4.0 54 56 Rhotano Sea
  • Adjunct Ostyrgrein
The Face of True Evil 4.0 60 62 Coerthas Western Highlands
  • Musosai
Matsuba Mayhem 4.0 65 67 Kugane
  • Shiden Skyscream
The Battle on Bekko 4.0 70 70 The Ruby Sea
  • Ugetsu, Slayer of a Thousand Souls

Archer / Bard[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Violators Will Be Shot 2.0 15 19 North Shroud
  • Nezul Cattlan the Violator
To Catch a Poacher 2.0 20 24 South Shroud
  • Coeurlclaws
Homecoming 2.0 25 29 Central Shroud
  • Leih Aliapoh
The One That Got Away 2.0 25 29 South Shroud
  • Coeurclaw Poachers
Doing It the Bard Way 2.0 45 49 North Shroud
  • Ixali Sabreur
Requiem for the Fallen 2.0 50 50 Coerthas Central Highlands
  • Yotoli Hueloc the Austere
When Gnaths Cry 3.0 56 58 The Dravanian Forelands
  • Gnath Low Patron
The Ballad of Oblivion 3.0 60 60 The Sea of Clouds
  • Ligeia
One Autumn's Secret 3.0 65 67 The Fringes
  • Nourval of the Branching Path
Sweet Dreams Are Made of Peace 3.0 70 70 The Second Coil of Bahamut - Turn 1
  • Nourval of the Branching Path

Machinist[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Master of Marksmanship 3.0 30 34 Outer La Noscea
Securing the Locks 3.0 40 44 Coerthas Central Highlands
  • Svara
Blood on the Sands 3.0 45 49 Eastern La Noscea
  • Thing from the Deep
The Power of a Tourney 3.0 50 52 Coerthas Central Highlands
  • Hardheel Marcheterre and Rochedalaix of the Van
A Joye-ful Reunion 3.0 54 56 Coerthas Western Highlands
  • Assault Dragon
Rise of the Machinists 3.0 60 60 Coerthas Western Highlands
  • Veri Selen
Release the Hounds 4.0 65 67 Coerthas Central Highlands
  • Battle Torama
The Mongrel and the Knight 4.0 70 70 Foundation
  • Baroness Melisie

Dancer[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level / Sync Item Level Sync Location Bosses
Gamboling for Gil 5.0 60 265 Eastern La Noscea
Save the Last Dance for Me 5.0 70 395 The Peaks
  • Aetheric Shadow

Role[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level / Sync Item Level Sync Location Bosses
The Hunter's Legacy 5.0 76 n/a The Rak'tika Greatwood
  • Balam-Quitz

The player controls Renda-Rae.

Courage Born of Fear 5.0 80 420 The Rak'tika Greatwood

Magical DPS[edit | edit source]

Thaumaturge / Black Mage[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
The Threat of Superiority 2.0 15 19 Eastern Thanalan
  • The Alacran
The Threat of Perplexity 2.0 20 24 Western Thanalan
  • Soulsucker Imp
The Hidden Chapter 2.0 25 29 Eastern Thanalan
  • Void Jumper
Facing Your Demons 2.0 30 34 Western Thanalan
  • Mormo
The Voidgate Breathes Gloomy 2.0 45 49 South Shroud
  • Planar Fissures
Always Bet on Black 2.0 50 50 Southern Thanalan
  • Barbatos
Destruction in the Name of Justice 3.0 58 60 Coerthas Western Highlands
  • The Defiant
The Defiant Ones 3.0 60 60 Eastern Thanalan
  • Barghest
Shades of Shatotto 4.0 60 62 Southern Thanalan
  • Shatotto
One Golem to Rule Them All 4.0 70 70 Sohm Al
  • Gemstone Golem

Arcanist / Summoner[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Tactical Planning 2.0 10 14 Middle La Noscea
  • Goblin Traders
Over the Rails 2.0 15 19 Rhotano Sea
  • Morningstar Navigator
Pincer Maneuver 2.0 20 24 Lower La Noscea
  • Mercenaries
Sinking Doesmaga 2.0 30 34 Rhotano Sea
Austerities of Flame 2.0 30 34 Southern Thanalan
  • Ifrit-Egi
Austerities of Earth 2.0 35 39 North Shroud
  • Titan-Egi
Austerities of Wind 2.0 45 49 Outer La Noscea
  • Garuda-Egi
Primal Burdens 2.0 50 50 Mor Dhona
I Could Have Tranced All Night 3.0 58 60 Borderland Ruins
  • Ascian of the Twelfth Chalice
A Flare for the Dramatic 3.0 60 60 The Dravanian Hinterlands
  • Ascians of the Twelfth
An Egi-stential Crisis 4.0 65 67 Seal Rock
  • Off-center Summoner
An Art for the Living 4.0 70 70 The Aetherochemical Research Facility
  • Summoning Node

Red Mage[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
The Crimson Duelist 4.0 50 52 Eastern Thanalan
  • Saramaya
A Vermillion Vendetta 4.0 56 58 Western La Noscea
  • Fear Gorta
Stained in Scarlet 4.0 60 62 Mor Dhona
Nightkin 4.0 65 67 The Great Gubal Library
  • The Everliving Bibliotaph
With Heart and Steel 4.0 70 70 The Weeping City of Mhach
  • Lilith

Role[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level / Sync Item Level Sync Location Bosses
Nyelbert's Lament 5.0 76 n/a Amh Araeng
  • Bovian

The player controls Nyelbert.

A Tearful Reunion 5.0 80 420 Amh Araeng

Other sidequests[edit | edit source]

Chronicles of a New Era[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level / Sync Item Level Sync Location Bosses
The Fate of Stars 3.3 60 n/a The Aetherochemical Research Facility
The Hunt for Omega 4.01 70 n/a Interdimensional Rift
  • King Behemoth
Return to the Rift 4.2 70 n/a Interdimensional Rift
  • Dadaluma
Tortoise in Time 4.3 70 n/a Reisen Temple

Beast Tribes[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level / Sync Item Level Sync Location Bosses
A Test of Courage 4.1 60 n/a The Ruby Sea
  • Shaugi Greatshell
Schism between Sisters 4.2 60 n/a The Fringes
  • Vanisha the One Truth
As the Heart Bids 5.1 70 395 Lyhe Mheg
  • Destrudo

Assorted[edit | edit source]

Quest Patch Level / Sync Item Level Sync Location Bosses
In the Dark of Night 4.56 50 n/a East Shroud
Messenger of the Winds 4.56 50 n/a The Howling Eye
The Bozja Incident 5.25 80 n/a Memoria Misera
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