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Player Housing consists of three player built cities called Mist, The Goblet and Lavender Beds. Mist is located in La Noscea, while The Goblet is in Thanalan and Lavender Beds is in the Black Shroud. Housing was implemented in patch 2.1 with gardening arriving in patch 2.2. While it is possible to play the game without ever touching the housing system, we recommend that you take part in it because a lot of work has gone into making this a one of the biggest and best housing systems in an MMORPG ever.

FFXIV: ARR Limsa Lominsa, Ul'dah and Gridania housing areas
Left to right: Desert (Ul'dah), sea (Limsa Lominsa), forest (Gridania) housing areas.

Building a House


Housing costs a lot of gil. There were a lot of complaints about this when 2.1 went live but since then the prices have come down to a more reasonable level. Land prices will fall over time if the plot has not been bought up. Smaller Free Companies will find they are only able to afford a small house, but you have to ask whether they really need a large one. Those plots are huge and there are only three of them per instance. Housing is effectively a big gil sink; the rich will buy early and high while the less well off will wait until the prices are more in line with their savings.

Two types of housing will be available. These are free company housing as well as individual housing, however free company housing is the only one that currently exists. Individual housing is scheduled to be released around the time of patch 2.4.ill make it into the game first. The difference is that with FC housing players will eventually be able to create bonuses that apply to everyone within the FC. There is also a shared item safe within free company housing. Free companies can increase in rank and this will bring more housing features to them over time.

The Free Company leader begins by selecting a plot of land and purchasing a permit with the gil required for the house. This allows them to build a house on this plot.

FFXIV: A Realm Reborn: Player housing in Limsa Lominsa FFXIV: A Realm Reborn: Player housing in Limsa Lominsa FFXIV: A Realm Reborn: Player housing in Limsa Lominsa
Limsa Lominsa's housing area (low quality screenshots).


Customising the House & Adding Bonuses


Houses are highly customisable and expandable. For example you can change the styling and colour of the roof, you can move objects and furniture around, you can add trophies and decorations to the rooms and hang banners around. Each house has a yard which is also be customisable. Eventually you will be able to place a chocobo stable which will give you the ability to breed and raise chocobos. What's more, is a lot of this will be player driven, for example a Carpenter can make furniture while another crafter could create a roof. These parts can be bought and sold.

In the future you will be able to build parks and towers in the houses, which are used to give bonuses to all members of your free company, or in the case of individual housing - yourself. This may be one of the most attractive parts of FFXIV: A Realm Reborn's housing system as it gives it a sense of purpose. Some examples of possible bonuses that producer Naoki Yoshida has mentioned include a 25% bonus to experience points earned, making crafting faster to level, to aid in HQ crafting or to increase the rate of gil acquisition.


Gardening


In patch 2.2 Gardening was added, which allows players to cultivate plants. Players must first purchase a garden patch followed by some soil and seeds. They can then raise the crop through the use of fertilizer and eventually yield some items via harvesting the fully grown plants.


Private Chambers


In patch 2.3 Square Enix added private chambers to FC housing. What this means is that players within a Free Company will be able to purchase their own private room for 300,000 gil as long as they are at rank second lieutenant or higher with their Grand Company and have achieved level 50.

Private Chambers are customizable just like the house itself, and any furniture that can be added to the FC house can also be added to private chambers. There is a limit of 50 items per room however and any furniture placed will be bound to you, meaning you cannot sell it to another player.


Chocobo Training


Also in patch 2.3 SE added the ability to train your chocobo in a stable. This allows chocobos to exceed the level cap of rank 10 and achieve a rank of 20 after training it enough. In order to train your chocobo your FC must purchase a chocobo stable from the housing merchant NPC in a residential area and place in in the garden.


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Maocat [Anon]
Apr 14, 2014 - 07:44:13 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

wtf you are all slow lol. It took me 40 hours to get my char from 1 - 50 >.< and I currently have a level 25 gladiator that took me about 6 hours to get there.. i bet you guys spend all your times admiring how sexy your chars look.
 
piratechest [Anon]
Apr 04, 2014 - 17:52:38 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

@Sabinsnake -- I finished the storyline in less than 8 days. Just because you're slow doesn't mean everyone else is.
 
Sabinsnake [Anon]
Mar 26, 2014 - 18:26:56 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

@ boring [Anon]

it took you 8 days to finish the story line? BS! you do realize that Square Enix will add more content every month or so. it took me 5 days just to get my Gladiator to lvl 18. I like Final Fantasy a Realm Reborn more than FFXI, I can actually solo bosses and do many things that you can't do on FFXI. A Realm Reborn is so much better than FFXI.
 
boring [Anon]
Feb 21, 2014 - 23:23:33 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Hello I play ff14 for 2 month and I don't like it. I got allot of thing I can craft for housing but I cant use them. I try sell them no body buy the thing I craft. I will like to use them in a mog house like I did in ff11 but FF14 have nothing of this only housing stupid thing to make people quit this game. seriously I only look people pass in the town all time I got nothing to do. no chocobo race no mog house or mog garden no bcnm to play whit friend. NOTHING. PvP is bad in this game plus wen you look people to fight in duty finder they quit all time cant never finish a fight. I losing 1h to try to fight something and I cant because people quit all time. This game is good for RMT for only one thing the housing. The AH is broke. If people play ff11 and try ff14 they will understand me. So I don't recommend this game to people because you have to pay for nothing. I finish the story line in 8 days so imagine.
 
Anonymous
Feb 21, 2014 - 18:54:59 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

bring back lala rock in mor dohna!!!
 
Anonymous
Dec 17, 2013 - 11:58:14 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Worried the divine wind is blowing again.
Japanese companies have no understanding of the West .
They are to stubborn to learn from mistakes , if SE is going on like this there will be no more SE soon.
They are brilliant in making games but they fail to see this 1990 mentality is some of the past .
Gamers today wanna play MMO's but we are not Asian , we do not like grinding and work for hours , some fans may go for it as its the law.
Gamers today are not all unemployed with 24/7 to play .
This vision of blind SE is only greeted with big applause by Gill Sellers !
I do wonder if SE is really suicidal ?
Did FF14arr success made them cocky or is it just the ultimate dream to die by suicide what is driving to make suicidal decision on after the other .
How far will they push there luck ?
SE gets someone on-board that knows the Western market in worse case make two games as the hype train of Japanese games is over...
What will it be death before dishonour or make more money than you can spend ....
Right now you make me very sad as i would not like to see another "friend" die.
 
King Kronick [Anon]
Nov 03, 2013 - 06:35:26 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

This will be an excellent addition if it is streamlined well & once any initial bugs are worked out. This early add-on content helps me believe this will be one to stay with for years...And at over 1.5M users (roughly 19.5M revenue monthly for SE), why wouldn't they do their best to keep us? Right? We employ them...SE works for us...or we quit and go to another MMO
 
Kelwyn [Anon]
Oct 23, 2013 - 06:20:15 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Will the Free Company housing bonuses stack with any personal housing bonuses??
 
Yukiki Yuki [Anon]
Oct 18, 2013 - 22:39:47 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

wow that will be so nice building our own house same for our free compagny house nice work naoki

 
Anonymous
Sep 21, 2013 - 03:26:42 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Good info. However the statement "for example a Carpenter can make furniture while another crafter could create a roof." made me laugh. I get what you meant but seriously, carpenters would be the most likely to make a roof. Unless maybe it was a crystal roof made of gems or something..
 
Anonymous
Sep 10, 2013 - 00:59:41 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Well, it sounds like I'm never going to afford a house then
 
Sakalauskas [Anon]
Aug 23, 2013 - 08:20:40 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Anyone know how the pricing on the free companys gonna work out?
 
Ranamoor
Aug 14, 2013 - 19:51:38 | Location: Unknown, Denmark

Great Info Xenor I fell like going back to Starwars Galaxies. The housing system there was awesome. Hope FFXIV can live up to that, but im sure they can.
 
Anonymous
Jul 28, 2013 - 23:20:18 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

@#2 yes free company housing is planned for launch, however, it hasn't been tested yet so it is not garranteed
 
Xenor
Jul 24, 2013 - 07:36:38 | Location: Durham, United Kingdom

No it will be in patch 2.1 from the info I have seen. It will also be in phase 4 of the beta for testing so we'll see it then.
 
Anonymous
Jul 23, 2013 - 17:19:13 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

So Free Company Housing will be available at launch?
 
Xenor
Jul 22, 2013 - 18:35:23 | Location: Durham, United Kingdom

The info is mostly from the live letter from the producers (the video ones) and a couple of random interviews over the past year or so. I promise it's all public info, I just collected it all and made this article out of it. I don't work for SE lol.
 
Anonymous
Jul 20, 2013 - 03:06:34 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Erm, I'm pretty sure this is insider information.

 
Anonymous
Jul 19, 2013 - 15:21:30 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

Where were you able to get such detailed information on the housing system? I have not been able to find anything elsewhere that entailed so much information on them including editors from the letter. Hope to see the housing soon.