Last Update: 10/02/2020

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Communication  [NEW]  [Updated]

Chat  [NEW]  [Updated]

The chat function lets you communicate with other players who are online. Speaking with your fellow adventurers is one of the most useful and enjoyable features of FINAL FANTASY XIV, so don't be shy, give it a try!

Chat Modes  [NEW]  [Updated]

The various chat modes allow you to communicate with other players based on groups you belong to and distance from each other. Text commands can be used to send messages via specific chat modes without switching between them.

Chat Mode

Say

Yell

Shout

Tell

Party

Alliance

Free company

Linkshell
(*2)

Crossworld
Linkshell

Novice Network

PvP Team

Player Type

Those in close proximity

Those within a wide area

Those in the same area

Selected player only
(*1)

Party members

Alliance members

Members of your free company

Members of your linkshell

Members of your crossworld linkshell

Members of the Novice Network
(*3)

PvP Team Members

Message Range

Close

Wide

Current area

Any location

Any location

Any location

Any location

Any location

Any location

Any location

Any location

Text Command

/say Greetings!
/s Greetings!

/yell Greetings!
/y Greetings!

/shout Greetings!
/sh Greetings!

/tell player name@world name Greetings!
/t player name@world name Greetings!

/party Greetings!
/p Greetings!

/alliance Greetings!
/a Greetings!

/freecompany Greetings!
/fc Greetings!

/linkshell1 Greetings!
/l1 Greetings!
* Insert linkshell number in place of 1

/cwlinkshell Greetings!
/cwl Greetings!

/novice Greetings!
/n Greetings!

/pvpteam Greetings!
/pt Greetings!

Chat and the World Visit System

*1. To send a tell to a player in another World, you must be friends with them beforehand. Tells can only be sent to players whose status is "online."
*2. Linkshell chat can only be used when you are on your Home World.
*3. As each World has its own Novice Network, players using the World Visit System will be connected to the Novice Network of the World they are visiting.

Using Chat  [NEW]  [Updated]

All chat modes use the same chat interface.

Sending a chat message
Select a chat mode

Selecting the chat icon to the left of the chat message entry field allows you to change modes.

* Some modes are only available if your character has unlocked the related features or is a member of the corresponding groups.
* The name of the currently selected chat mode will be displayed above the text entry field.

Press Enter or click the text entry field

The method for entering text differs depending on whether Enable Direct Chat is set to Off or On.

Enable Direct Chat Off
Pressing Enter or clicking on the message entry field will enable text entry.

Enable Direct Chat On
Typing a message will automatically cause text to appear in the entry field.

See Direct Chat Mode for more details.

Press the BACK button (Touch Pad Button on PlayStation®4) while the text entry field is selected

The method for entering text differs depending on whether Enable Direct Chat is set to Off or On.

Enable Direct Chat Off
Pressing the BACK button (Touch Pad Button on PlayStation®4) or selecting the message entry field will enable text entry.

Enable Direct Chat On
Typing a message (with your preferred method of text input) will automatically cause text to appear in the entry field.

See Direct Chat Mode for more details.

Send your message

Once you have finished typing your message, press Enter to send.

* Your message will also be displayed in your own log window.

Send your message

Once you have finished entering your message, press the A button (X on PlayStation®4) to send.

* Your message will also be displayed in your own log window.

Direct Chat Mode  [NEW]  [Updated]


Direct chat mode allows you to enter a message simply by typing, rather than needing to select the chat entry field beforehand. However, enabling direct chat will disable keyboard shortcut keys.

* To disable this setting, open the Character Configuration menu, then uncheck the box Enable Direct Chat under the Control Settings tab.


Direct chat mode allows you to enter a message simply by typing, rather than needing to select the chat entry field beforehand. However, enabling direct chat will disable keyboard shortcut keys.

* To disable this setting, open the Character Configuration menu, then uncheck the box Enable Direct Chat under the Control Settings tab.

Chatting to Players in Your Vicinity  [NEW]  [Updated]

The Say, Yell, and Shout chat modes can be used to send messages to all players within range. Each of these modes has a different range.

Say: Players within close proximity
Yell: Players within a wide range
Shout: All players in your current area

See Chat Modes for more details.

The Say, Yell, and Shout chat modes can be used to send messages to all players within range. Each of these modes has a different range.

Say: Players within close proximity
Yell: Players within a wide range
Shout: All players in your current area

See Chat Modes for more details.

One-on-one Communication  [NEW]  [Updated]

Tells allow direct communication with a specific player. Provided that player is logged in, you can chat with them regardless of where you both are.

Using Tells
1. Select the player (or their name from a list) and open the subcommand menu to access the Send Tell option.
2. Enter your message.
3. Press Enter to send.

See Chat Modes for more details.

Tells allow direct communication with a specific player. Provided that player is logged in, you can chat with them regardless of where you both are.

Using Tells
1. Select the player (or their name from a list) and open the subcommand menu to access the Send Tell option.
2. Enter your message.
3. Press the A button (X on PlayStation®4) to send.

See Chat Modes for more details.

Chatting to Party Members  [NEW]  [Updated]

The Party chat mode lets you speak with all members of your party, regardless of their location.

Using Party Chat Mode
Select Party chat mode and enter text.

See Chat Modes for more details.

The Party chat mode lets you speak with all members of your party, regardless of their location.

Using Party Chat Mode
Select Party chat mode and enter text.

See Chat Modes for more details.

Chatting to Free Company Members  [NEW]  [Updated]

Get in touch with online members of your free company, wherever you may be, using the Free Company chat mode.

Using Free Company Chat Mode
Select Free Company chat mode and enter text.

See Chat Modes for more details.

Get in touch with online members of your free company, wherever you may be, using the Free Company chat mode.

Using Free Company Chat Mode
Select Free Company chat mode and enter text.

See Chat Modes for more details.

Chatting to Linkshell Members  [NEW]  [Updated]

Location is no issue when using Linkshell chat mode, and every online member of the linkshell can view the message.

Using Linkshell Chat Mode
Select a linkshell from the chat mode options and enter text.

* All linkshells to which you belong will be shown in the chat modes list.

See Chat Modes for more details.

Location is no issue when using Linkshell chat mode, and every online member of the linkshell can view the message.

Using Linkshell Chat Mode
Select a linkshell from the chat mode options and enter text.

* All linkshells to which you belong will be shown in the chat modes list.

See Chat Modes for more details.

Chatting to Alliance Members  [NEW]  [Updated]

Speak to all members of your alliance, regardless of their location, with this chat mode.

Using Alliance Chat Mode
Select Alliance chat mode and enter text.

See Chat Modes for more details.

Speak to all members of your alliance, regardless of their location, with this chat mode.

Using Alliance Chat Mode
Select Alliance chat mode and enter text.

See Chat Modes for more details.

Communicating with PvP Team Members  [NEW]  [Updated]

You can communicate with your PvP team members by switching to PvP Team chat mode. Provided they are logged in at the time, you can contact each other wherever you may be.

Using PvP Team Chat Mode
Select the button next to the chat text entry field and select "PvP Team."

See Chat Modes for more details.

You can communicate with your PvP team members by switching to PvP Team chat mode. Provided they are logged in at the time, you can contact each other wherever you may be.

Using PvP Team Chat Mode
Select the button next to the chat text entry field and select "PvP Team."

See Chat Modes for more details.

Changing Log Window Font Size  [NEW]  [Updated]

To change the size of text displayed in the log window, open the Character Configuration menu, and use the Font Size option under Log Details on the Log Window Settings tab.

The transparency of log windows can also be adjusted from this menu. This is especially useful if you find log window text hard to read against certain backgrounds.

Changing Linkshell Text Color  [NEW]  [Updated]

Since all linkshells use the same text color by default, changing the color used by each linkshell makes it easier to differentiate log window messages.

Go to the Log Text Colors menu

It can be found under Character Configuration, under the General on the Log Window Settings tab.

Choose your colors
Choose your colors

Select a chat mode to change its text color.

* While in this menu, the round icon next to each chat mode will change to the color you have selected.

Select Apply to save your changes

You can use the Default button to revert any changes you have made.

Can I set sound notifications for chat channels?  [NEW]  [Updated]

From the main menu, select System and open the Character Configuration menu, then select the Log Window Settings tab from the column on the left. Under the Notification Sounds tab, check the box next to any chat channel you want to add a notification for, and select your desired sound. It is also possible to set notifications for emotes directed at your character.

When setting notifications for multiple channels, it is recommended to use different sounds. You can preview sounds by selecting the musical note icon after making a selection from the channel's dropdown menu.

From the main menu, select System and open the Character Configuration menu, then select the Log Window Settings tab from the column on the left. Under the Notification Sounds tab, check the box next to any chat channel you want to add a notification for, and select your desired sound. It is also possible to set notifications for emotes directed at your character.

When setting notifications for multiple channels, it is recommended to use different sounds. You can preview sounds by selecting the musical note icon after making a selection from the channel's dropdown menu.

How do I enable time stamps in the log window?  [NEW]  [Updated]

From the main menu, select System and open the Character Configuration menu, then select the Log Window Settings tab from the column on the left. Under the Log Details tab, check the box labeled "Add time stamp to messages." next to the desired chat channel.

The formatting of the time stamp can be adjusted under the General tab. The available time stamp settings allow you to select either local time or server time, as well as a 12-hour format or 24-hour format.

From the main menu, select System and open the Character Configuration menu, then select the Log Window Settings tab from the column on the left. Under the Log Details tab, check the box labeled "Add time stamp to messages." next to the desired chat channel.

The formatting of the time stamp can be adjusted under the General tab. The available time stamp settings allow you to select either local time or server time, as well as a 12-hour format or 24-hour format.

Can I share item information via chat?  [NEW]  [Updated]

Should you happen across a rare item or piece of equipment you want to show to your friends via the log window, you can use the item link function. Once linked to a message in the log window, selecting the link will display the item's information as if it were in their inventory.

Should you happen across a rare item or piece of equipment you want to show to your friends via the log window, you can use the item link function. Once linked to a message in the log window, selecting the link will display the item's information as if it were in their inventory.

Using Item Link, Step by Step
Accessing the Subcommand Menu

Right-click the item you wish to link in a chat message, then select Link from the subcommand menu.

Highlight the item you wish to link in a chat message and press X (□ button on the PlayStation®4), then select Link from the subcommand menu.

Readying a Message

The text "<item>" should now appear in the chat input bar. This is your linked item. Type a message before or after this text if you so desire, then press enter.

The text "<item>" should now appear in the chat input bar. This is your linked item. Type a message before or after this text if you so desire, then press the A button (X on PlayStation®4).

Checking the Log Window

If linked successfully, the name of the item should appear in the log window.

Checking the Item Link

Both you and the player you sent the item link to can hover your cursors over the item name to display its information. When the linked item is equipment, you can open the subcommand menu and select Try On to see what it looks like on your character.

Both you and the player you sent the item link to can press the BACK button (SHARE on PlayStation®4) to select the item name and display its information. When the linked item is equipment, you can open the subcommand menu and select Try On to see what it looks like on your character.

Can I share a map location via chat?  [NEW]  [Updated]

After placing a flag on your map, its location can be shared with other players via the log window using a map link. Once sent in a message, the link can be accessed to open a map with the location marked with a flag.

After placing a flag on your map, its location can be shared with other players via the log window using a map link. Once sent in a message, the link can be accessed to open a map with the location marked with a flag.

Using Map Link, Step by Step
Marking Your Map
Marking Your Map

With your map open, position your cursor at a location you wish to mark, then hold Ctrl and right-click that location.

* A red flag icon should appear on the map.

With your map open, use the right analog stick to position your cursor at a location you wish to mark, then press L and R (L1 and R1 on PlayStation®4) at that location.

* A red flag icon should appear on the map.

Readying a Message

The text "<flag>" should now appear in the chat input bar. This is your map link. Type a message before or after this text if you so desire, then press enter.

The text "<flag>" should now appear in the chat input bar. This is your map link. Type a message before or after this text if you so desire, then press the A button (X on PlayStation®4).

Checking the Log Window

If linked successfully, the map location and coordinates should appear in the log window.

Checking the Map Link

Both you and the player you sent the map link to can click the link in the log window to open a map with the location marked by a red flag.

Both you and the player you sent the map link to can press the BACK button (SHARE on PlayStation®4) to select the link and open a map with the location marked by a red flag.

Can I share my location via chat?  [NEW]  [Updated]

With the chat input bar selected, sending any message containing <pos> will also send a map link in your current chat channel.

This can be useful when hunting elite marks with friends or when requesting a healer to revive you out in the field.

With the chat input bar selected, sending any message containing <pos> will also send a map link in your current chat channel.

This can be useful when hunting elite marks with friends or when requesting a healer to revive you out in the field.

Sending Messages to the Right Chat Group  [NEW]  [Updated]

Before sending a message, make sure that the group name displayed above the text entry field is correct. If not, you can change to another group by selecting the icon to the left of the text entry field.

It is also possible to reply directly to messages using the group in which they were sent. To use this feature, select the player's name in the chat log, open the subcommands and choose "Reply in Selected Chat Mode." This is especially useful if you change chat groups frequently.

Similarly, you can also contact that player directly by selecting "Send Tell" from the subcommands.

Before sending a message, make sure that the group name displayed above the text entry field is correct. If not, you can change to another group by selecting the icon to the left of the text entry field.

It is also possible to reply directly to messages using the group in which they were sent. To use this feature, select the player's name in the chat log, press X (□ button on the PlayStation®4) and choose "Reply in Selected Chat Mode." This is especially useful if you change chat groups frequently.

Similarly, you can also contact that player directly by selecting "Send Tell" from the subcommands.

Hiding the Chat Log  [NEW]  [Updated]

To hide the chat log, right-click any of the tabs below the text entry field and select "Hide Log Window."
To show the log again, press the Enter key. If direct chat is enabled, pressing any key will have the same effect.

These methods are also useful if you accidentally hide the chat log.

To hide the chat log, press the BACK button (Touch Pad Button on PlayStation®4) to move the cursor to the chat log, then press X (□ button on the PlayStation®4) on any of the tabs below the text entry field and select "Hide Log Window."
To show the log again, press the BACK button (Touch Pad Button on PlayStation®4). If direct chat is enabled, pressing any key on the keyboard will have the same effect.

These methods are also useful if you accidentally hide the chat log.

Clearing the Chat Log  [NEW]  [Updated]

To remove all of the messages that have been displayed in the chat log, enter /clearlog or /cl and press Enter. This removes the messages under all of the tabs, not just the one currently selected.

This feature is useful when you wish to take a screenshot without including the content of the chat log.

To remove all of the messages that have been displayed in the chat log, enter /clearlog or /cl and press the A button (X on PlayStation®4). This removes the messages under all of the tabs, not just the one currently selected.

This feature is useful when you wish to take a screenshot without including the content of the chat log.

Creating Your Own Custom Chat Log Tabs  [NEW]  [Updated]

It is possible to add new tabs that display only the chat log content you wish to view.
To add a new tab, select the + icon next to the text entry field.

This feature can be used to, for example, display only the messages sent between party members during a duty. Selecting that tab after entering a duty will cause only those messages to be shown.

Like the standard tabs, the settings for custom tabs can be changed from Log Filters, which is found under Character Configuration, Log Window Settings, in the General tab.

Custom tabs can be deleted by right-clicking and selecting Delete Tab.

It is possible to add new tabs that display only the chat log content you wish to view.
To add a new tab, select the + icon next to the text entry field.

This feature can be used to, for example, display only the messages sent between party members during a duty. Selecting that tab after entering a duty will cause only those messages to be shown.

Like the standard tabs, the settings for custom tabs can be changed from Log Filters, which is found under Character Configuration, Log Window Settings, in the General tab.

Custom tabs can be deleted by selecting the tab and pressing X (□ button on the PlayStation®4), followed by Delete Tab.

Display Names  [NEW]  [Updated]

How do I tell the difference between players and NPCs?  [NEW]  [Updated]

To distinguish between players and NPCs, you need only observe the color of their display names. NPC names are displayed in green, while players, by default, are displayed in blue.

To distinguish between players and NPCs, you need only observe the color of their display names. NPC names are displayed in green, while players, by default, are displayed in blue.

Why do certain players' display names appear in different colors?  [NEW]  [Updated]

The color of players' display names indicates their relation to you. By default, the display name of friends will appear in orange, while that of party members will appear in light blue.

How can I change the color of character display names?  [NEW]  [Updated]

From the main menu, select System and open the Character Configuration menu, then select the Display Name Settings tab from the column on the left. Selecting a display name category will open a color palette, from which you can select your desired color.

In addition to changing colors, you can also set the conditions under which display names appear.

From the main menu, select System and open the Character Configuration menu, then select the Display Name Settings tab from the column on the left. Selecting a display name category will open a color palette, from which you can select your desired color.

In addition to changing colors, you can also set the conditions under which display names appear.

Novice Network  [NEW]  [Updated]

What is the Novice Channel?  [NEW]  [Updated]

An exclusive chat channel for new players, players returning from a long absence, and players who serve as mentors.

Here players can share their experiences and pose questions to participating mentors. Be sure to take full advantage of this channel when beginning the game.

How can I join the Novice Channel?  [NEW]  [Updated]

Mentors can join or leave this channel at any time they wish. New players and those returning to the game, however, must be invited to join by a mentor.

Viewing Novice Network Participants  [NEW]  [Updated]

To see who is taking part in the Novice Network, hover over the sprout icon and select "Novice Network List." The list includes information such as each character's status as a mentor, new adventurer, or returner. It also shows the current number of participants.

Leaving the Novice Network
When certain conditions are met, new adventurers and returning players will be removed from the Novice Network automatically.
It is also possible to leave manually via the sprout icon, but it is not possible to rejoin without an invitation from a mentor.

To see who is taking part in the Novice Network, hover over the sprout icon and select "Novice Network List." The list includes information such as each character's status as a mentor, new adventurer, or returner. It also shows the current number of participants.

Leaving the Novice Network
When certain conditions are met, new adventurers and returning players will be removed from the Novice Network automatically.
It is also possible to leave manually via the sprout icon, but it is not possible to rejoin without an invitation from a mentor.

Changing the Novice Network's Text Color  [NEW]  [Updated]

To change the color of the text, select the icon in the top right of the Novice Network List. From there, you may choose from a range of colors.

The same menu also allows you to set sound effects for new messages and the logs in which Novice Network messages are displayed.

To change the color of the text, select the icon in the top right of the Novice Network List. From there, you may choose from a range of colors.

The same menu also allows you to set sound effects for new messages and the logs in which Novice Network messages are displayed.

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