Quest instance battles, also known as solo duties 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. Like other duties, these battles have a time limit, and will enforce a level sync on the player. Starting in Shadowbringers, certain battles will also enforce an item level sync. Unlike other duties, they cannot be entered unsynced.

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

Main Scenario

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Gridania start
Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Chasing Shadows 2.0 5 9 Lifemend Stump
  • Frenzied Elm
Spirithold Broken 2.0 9 13 Spirithold
  • Clay Golem
Leia's Legacy 2.0 14 18 Bentbranch
To Guard a Guardian 2.0 14 18 Everschade
  • Quzal Huatotl the Shrieker
  • Masked Mage
Limsa Lominsa start
Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Lurkers in the Grotto 2.0 5 9 Seasong Grotto
  • Frenzied Mossback
Just Deserts 2.0 9 13 Woad Whisper Canyon
  • Clay Golem
Victory in Peril 2.0 14 18 Moraby Drydocks
  • Ahtzapfyn the Absorbed
Feint and Strike 2.0 14 18 Swiftperch
  • Baenryss of the Deep
  • Masked Mage
Ul'dah start
Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Underneath the Sultantree 2.0 5 9 Sultantree
  • Blanga
Way Down in the Hole 2.0 9 13 Sil'dih Excavation Site
  • Clay Golem
Oh Captain, My Captain 2.0 14 18 The Footfalls
  • Baldewyn Four-Yalms and Ser Baron Von Quiveron Esquire IV
Duty, Honor, Country 2.0 14 18 The Unholy Heir
  • Garibald the Fargone
  • Masked Mage
Merged storylines
Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Enemies
Lord of the Inferno 2.0 20 24 The Invisible City
  • Highcant Hatsugg Chah
The Company You Keep (Immortal Flames) 2.0 20 24 Horizon's Edge
  • Imperial Decurion and Magitek Vanguard
The Company You Keep (Maelstrom) 2.0 20 24 Cedarwood
  • Imperial Decurion and Magitek Vanguard
The Company You Keep (Twin Adder) 2.0 20 24 Nine Ivies
  • Imperial Decurion and Magitek Vanguard
Brotherly Love 2.0 22 26 The Bramble Patch
  • Sylvan Budnapper
Nouveau Riche 2.0 23 27 Upper Paths
Big Trouble in Little Ala Mhigo 2.0 27 31 Broken Water
  • Lavafang Hemozz Teh
The Lominsan Way 2.0 30 34 The Grey Fleet
  • Large Boulder
In the Eyes of Gods and Men 2.0 38 42 Dragonhead
  • Alderique the Unyielding
The Heretic among Us 2.0 40 44 Snowcloak
History Repeating 2.0 42 46 The Ship Graveyard
  • Siren
Notorious Biggs 2.0 44 48 Boulder Downs
  • 5th Cohort Decurion and Magitek Vanguards
Fool Me Twice 2.0 46 50 Camp Revenant's Toll
  • Magitek Reaper
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magitek 2.0 46 50 Fogfens
  • Magitek Vanguard H-1
Escape from Castrum Centri 2.0 46 50 Castrum Centri
  • Magitek Vanguard H-1s and Magitek Colossus
Guardian of Eorzea 2.3 50 50 North Silvertear
  • Coultenet the Cultured and Hoary Boulder
The Reason Roaille 2.4 50 50 Raubahn's Push

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
A Series of Unfortunate Events 3.0 50 52 Vundu Ok' Bendu
  • Chief Honu Vanu
At the End of Our Hope 3.0 50 52 Riversmeet
  • Spineless Heretic
  • Spell-weaving Heretic
Divine Intervention 3.0 50 52 The Supreme Sacred Tribunal of Halonic Inquisitory Doctrine
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 Saint Valeroyant's Forum
Familiar Faces 3.0 57 59 The Blue Window
  • Imperial Centurion
An Illuminati Incident 3.0 58 60 The Makers' Quarter
  • King Gobtank G-IV
Close Encounters of the VIth Kind 3.0 59 60 Gamma Quadrant
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 Whitebrim
One Life for One World 3.4 60 60 The Bowl of Embers
Fly Free, My Pretty 3.56 60 60 Heliodrome

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

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Best Served with Cold Steel 4.0 60 62 East End
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 The Glittering Basin
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 High Bank
  • Magitek Avenger E1
The Resonant 4.0 69 70 Ala Mhigan Quarter
The Measure of His Reach 4.0 69 70 The Queen's Gardens
Return of the Bull 4.1 70 70 The Hall of the Griffin
Hope on the Waves 4.2 70 70 Sakazuki
  • Imperial Centurion
His Forgotten Home 4.2 70 70 The Glittering Basin
  • 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 Nhaama's Retreat

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

A Requiem for Heroes 4.56 70 70 The Field of Ash

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

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

Quest Patch Level Level Sync Item Level Sync Location Bosses
The Oracle of Light 5.0 72 72 395 Laxan Loft
Legend of the Not-so-hidden Temple 5.0 75 75 406 The Great Pyramid of Ux'ner
When It Rains 5.0 76 76 409 Lakeland
  • Forgiven Hypocrisy
Full Steam Ahead 5.0 77 77 n/a The Southern Hills of Amber

The player controls Thancred.

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

The player controls Estinien Wyrmblood.

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

Class, Job, and Role

Tank

Gladiator / Paladin
Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Ul'dah's Most Wanted 2.0 10 14 Black Brush
  • Duskwight Freelancer Captain
That Old Familiar Feeling 2.0 15 19 The Quicksand
  • Nameless Attackers
The Face of Thal 2.0 20 24 The Silver Bazaar
  • The Alacran
On Holy Ground 2.0 25 29 Church of Saint Adama Landama
  • Zana Lyehga
The Rematch 2.0 30 34 Highbridge
  • Gotwin Halehex and Gigirya the Guarded
Parley in the Sagolii 2.0 45 49 Sagolii Desert
Keeping the Oath 2.0 50 50 Snowcloak
  • Death's Embrace Master
Big Sollerets to Fill 3.0 54 56 Twinpools
  • Death's Embrace Controller
This Little Sword of Mine 3.0 60 60 Riversmeet
In Thal's Name 4.0 63 65 The Coliseum
  • Bartholomew of the Silver Sallet
  • The Bronze Bull
  • Ser Handeloup the One Heart
Raising the Sword 4.0 70 70 The Coliseum
Marauder / Warrior
Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
The Mountain That Strides 2.0 20 24 Skull Valley
  • Scarred Jackal
Bleeder of the Pack 2.0 25 29 The Salt Strand
Bringing Down the Mountain 2.0 30 34 Cedarwood
Pride and Duty (Will Take You from the Mountain) 2.0 30 34 Bloodshore
  • Crazed Notochelone
How to Quit You 2.0 50 50 Raincatcher Gully
Duty and the Beast 3.0 52 54 The Weeping Saint
And My Axe 3.0 60 60 Halfstone
  • Zell the Adamantine and Makara
Curious Gorge Meets His Match 4.0 60 62 Dueling Circle
  • Familiar Marauders
  • Dorgono the Bedeviled
The Heart of the Problem 4.0 70 70 Onsal Hakair
  • Nayaga the Taken
Dark Knight
Quest Patch Level Level Sync Location Bosses
Ishgardian Justice 3.0 30 34 The Pillars
  • Pernicious Temple Knight
Heroic Reprise 3.0 40 44 Amalj'aa Encampment
  • Bloodshower Atabb Chah
Declaration of Blood 3.0 45 49 The Salt Strand
  • Yoyoroon Softhands
Our Answer 3.0 50 52 Whitebrim Front
Kindred Spirits 3.0 54 56 Dragonhead
  • Well-trained Temple Knight
The Flame in the Abyss 3.0 58 60 Four Arms
  • Moogles of Moghome
Absolution 3.0 60 60 Twinpools
The Orphans and the Broken Blade 4.0 65 67 Four Arms
  • Ompagne Deepblack
Our Compromise 4.0 70 70 The Last Forest
  • Myste
Gunbreaker
Quest Patch Level Level Sync Item Level Sync Location Bosses
Hired Gunblades 5.0 60 60 n/a Old Gridania
  • Gorib
Steel against Steel 5.0 70 70 395 Twinpools
Role
Quest Patch Level Level Sync Item Level Sync Location Bosses
The Hardened Heart 5.0 78 78 n/a The Dancing Plague
  • Talric the Vainglorious

The player controls Branden.

To Have Loved and Lost 5.0 80 80 420 Timh Gyeus

Healer

Conjurer / White Mage
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 Dravanian Forelands
  • Zombie Dragon
A Beacon for Bad Things 4.0 65 67 The Fringes
  • Aether-starved Gargoyle
What She Always Wanted 4.0 70 70 The Fringes
  • Camazotz
Scholar
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 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 (Hard)
  • Manasnatcher
Our Unsung Heroes 5.0 65 67 Lost City of Amdapor (Hard)
  • Fallen Kuribu
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