Trials are a type of duty found in Final Fantasy XIV. They differ from other duties in that they feature only a single boss encounter, where other duties typically have multiple boss encounters and regular enemies in between.

There are three difficulty levels to trials. Normal modes require only 4 players, and only three of them are encountered early in the game. Once players arrive at the endgame, they will start encountering Hard mode trials, which require 8 players. The most difficult trials are Extreme modes, which are among the most difficult encounters in the game at the time of their release, many of them being seen as superbosses. No Extreme mode trials are required for the main scenario.

A Trials roulette can be found in the Duty Finder, which will enter a solo player into a random Hard mode trial that they have already completed with greater rewards than queueing for specific trials, as well as extra bonuses that can only be received once per day. Normal mode trials can instead be found in the Leveling roulette, as their difficulty is on par with leveling dungeons. Extreme mode trials cannot be found on any roulette, as they are typically far too difficult for players to be thrown into randomly with complete strangers.

Lists of Trials by Difficulty

Normal

Name Level Boss Unlocking Quest Release
The Bowl of Embers 20-22 Ifrit Main Scenario questLord Of The Inferno 2.0
The Navel 34-36 Titan Main Scenario questLord Of Crags 2.0
The Howling Eye 44-46 Garuda Main Scenario questLady Of The Vortex 2.0

Hard

Name Level Item level Boss Tomestones Unlocking Quest Release
Cape Westwind 49-50 N/A Rhitahtyn sas Arvina N/A Main Scenario questOperation Archon 2.0
The Bowl of Embers 50 49 Ifrit Poetics12 Side questIfrit Bleeds, We Can Kill It

Side questA Relic Reborn

2.0
The Howling Eye 50 52 Garuda Poetics12 Side questIn For Garuda Awakening

Side questA Relic Reborn

2.0
The Navel 50 57 Titan Poetics15 Side questIn A Titan Spot

Side questA Relic Reborn
Main Scenario questThe Beast That Mourned At The Heart Of The Mountain

2.0
Thornmarch 50 54 Good King Moggle Mog XII Poetics12 Main Scenario questYou Have Selected Regicide 2.1
A Relic Reborn: The Chimera 50 52 Dhorme Chimera Poetics10 Side questA Relic Reborn 2.16
A Relic Reborn: The Hydra 50 52 Hydra Poetics10 Side questA Relic Reborn 2.16
The Whorleater 50 60 Leviathan Poetics15 Main Scenario questLord Of The Whorl 2.2
Battle on the Big Bridge 50 50 Gilgamesh Poetics10 Side questThe Three Collectors 2.2
The Striking Tree 50 65 Ramuh Poetics15 Main Scenario questLevin An Impression 2.3
Akh Afah Amphitheatre 50 80 Shiva Poetics15 Main Scenario questThe Instruments Of Our Deliverance 2.4
The Dragon's Neck 50 80 Ultros & Typhon Poetics15 Side questThe Coliseum Conundrum 2.4
The Chrysalis 50 90 Nabriales Poetics15 Main Scenario questAn Uninvited Ascian 2.5
Battle in the Big Keep 50 90 Gilgamesh & Enkidu Poetics15 Side questHer Last Vow 2.5
The Steps of Faith 50 90 Vishap Poetics15 Main Scenario questAn Allied Perspective 2.55
Thok ast Thok 53-54 N/A Ravana N/A Main Scenario questLord Of The Hive 3.0
The Limitless Blue 57-58 N/A Bismarck N/A Main Scenario questBolt, Chain, And Island 3.0
The Singularity Reactor 60 142 Knights of the Round Poetics10 Main Scenario questHeavensward 3.0
Containment Bay S1T7 60 190 Sephirot Poetics10 Side questWhen The Bough Wakes 3.2
The Final Steps of Faith 60 205 Nidhogg Poetics10 Main Scenario questAn End To The Song 3.3
Containment Bay P1T6 60 220 Sophia Poetics15 Side questBalance Unto All 3.4
Containment Bay Z1T9 60 235 Zurvan Poetics10 Side questThe Last Pillar To Fall 3.5
The Pool of Tribute 63 N/A Susano N/A Main Scenario questThe Lord Of The Revel 4.0
Emanation 67 N/A Lakshmi N/A Main Scenario questThe Lady Of Bliss 4.0
The Royal Menagerie 70 280 Shinryu Poetics12 Main Scenario questStormblood 4.0
The Great Hunt 70 320 Rathalos Poetics10 Side questThe New King On The Block 4.36
The Jade Stoa 70 325 Byakko Poetics12 Side questAn Auspicious Encounter 4.2
Castrum Fluminis 70 335 Tsukuyomi Poetics12 Main Scenario questThe Primary Agreement 4.3
Hells' Kier 70 355 Suzaku Poetics15 Side questThe Fire-bird Down Below 4.4
The Wreath of Snakes 70 365 Seiryu Poetics15 Side questSurpassing the Samurai 4.5
Kugane Ohashi 70 365 "Yojimbo" Poetics10 Side questThe Past Is Never Past 4.56
The Dancing Plague 73-74 N/A Titania N/A Main Scenario questAcht-la Ormh Inn 5.0
The Crown of the Immaculate 79-80 N/A (420 iLvl sync) Innocence N/A Main Scenario questExtinguishing the Last Light 5.0
The Dying Gasp 80 410 Hades Goetia10

Phantasmagoria6

Main Scenario questShadowbringers 5.0

Extreme

Name Level Item level Boss Tomestones Unlocking Quest Release
The Minstrel's Ballad: Ultima's Bane 50 61 Ultima Weapon Poetics15 Side questThe Ultimate Ballad 2.1
The Howling Eye 50 65 Garuda Poetics20 Side questGale-force Warning 2.1
The Navel 50 67 Titan Poetics20 Side questQuake Me Up Before You O'Ghomoro 2.1
The Bowl of Embers 50 70 Ifrit Poetics20 Side questIfrit Ain't Broke 2.1
Thornmarch 50 80 Good King Moggle Mog XII Poetics20 Side questThe King Lives 2.2
The Whorleater 50 80 Leviathan Poetics20 Side questWhorl Of A Time 2.2
The Striking Tree 50 85 Ramuh Poetics20 Side questJudgment Bolts And Lightning 2.3
Akh Afah Amphitheatre 50 95 Shiva Poetics22 Side questDrop Dead Shiva 2.4
Urth's Fount 50 95 Odin Poetics15 Side questFear And Odin In The Shroud 2.5
The Limitless Blue 60 165 Bismarck Poetics15 Side questThe Diabolical Bismarck 3.0
Thok ast Thok 60 175 Ravana Poetics15 Side questThok Around The Clock 3.0
The Minstrel's Ballad: Thordan's Reign 60 190 Knights of the Round Poetics20 Side questThordan's Reign 3.1
Containment Bay S1T7 60 205 Sephirot Poetics20 Side questA Fiendish Likeness 3.2
The Minstrel's Ballad: Nidhogg's Rage 60 220 Nidhogg Poetics20 Side questNidhogg's Rage 3.3
Containment Bay P1T6 60 235 Sophia Poetics25 Side questA Deific Simulacrum 3.4
Containment Bay Z1T9 60 250 Zurvan Poetics25 Side questA Demonic Duplicate 3.5
The Pool of Tribute 70 300 Susano Poetics20 Side questSongs In The Key Of Kugane 4.0
Emanation 70 300 Lakshmi Poetics20 Side questSongs In The Key Of Kugane 4.0
The Minstrel's Ballad: Shinryu's Domain 70 320 Shinryu Poetics20 Side questSongs In The Key Of Kugane 4.1
The Jade Stoa 70 340 Byakko Poetics20 Side questSongs In The Key Of Kugane 4.2
The Minstrel's Ballad: Tsukuyomi's Pain 70 350 Tsukuyomi Poetics20 Side questSongs In The Key Of Kugane 4.3
The Great Hunt 70 350 Rathalos Poetics15 Side questThe Newer King On The Block 4.36
Hells' Kier 70 370 Suzaku Poetics25 Side questSongs In The Key Of Kugane 4.4
The Wreath of Snakes 70 380 Seiryu Poetics25 Side questSongs In The Key Of Kugane 4.5
The Dancing Plague 80 430 Titania Goetia15

Phantasmagoria8

Side questMinstrel from Another Mother 5.0
The Crown of the Immaculate 80 430 Innocence Goetia15

Phantasmagoria8

Side questMinstrel from Another Mother 5.0
The Minstrel's Ballad: Hades's Elegy 80 450 Hades Goetia20

Phantasmagoria10

Side questMinstrel from Another Mother 5.1

Trivia

  • The Minstrel's Ballad: Ultima's Bane and Urth's Fount are unique in that they are not Extreme versions of previously existing trials. Instead, Ultima's Bane is an Extreme version of the encounter from the Praetorium dungeon, and Urth's Fount is an Extreme version of the "Steel Reign" FATE.
  • Only a handful of trials have not received Extreme modes, those being Cape Westwind, A Relic Reborn: The Chimera, A Relic Reborn: The Hydra, Battle on the Big Bridge, The Dragon's Neck, Battle in the Big Keep, The Chrysalis, The Steps of Faith, and Kugane Ohashi. All but Kugane Ohashi are from A Realm Reborn. Every trial since the release of Heavensward had an Extreme mode prior to the release of Kugane Ohashi as the final trial of Stormblood.
  • All Hard trials featuring primals prior to the Singularity Reactor featured the "(Hard)" tag in their duty name. This was an artifact from the first three Hard modes, which needed to differentiate themselves from their Normal modes. Once it became clear that Hard modes had completely replaced Normal modes, and that no new Normal trials would be released, the developers stopped appending the "(Hard)" tag to new trials.
  • The Crown of the Immaculate is the only trial to feature an item level sync. This is because its level requirement of 79 allows the use of level 80 (the Shadowbringers level cap) characters, who can drastically overpower the trial as they acquire endgame equipment. The item level sync prevents them from trivializing the encounter. This same adjustment was crucially not made to the similar Cape Westwind, a level 49 trial that often sees level 50 (the A Realm Reborn level cap) characters beating it in seconds.
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