Final Fantasy XIV offers plenty of ways to level up the 20 different jobs available to play, and for good measure, since the maximum level is 90 at the time of the Endwalker expansion. That’s a lot of grinding! One of the oldest and most traditional ways to increase that experience bar is by FATE grinding, which began all the way back in A Realm Reborn.
FATEs, or Full Active Time Events, are limited-time group events that spawn constantly in every zone of the game. They’ll consist of different tasks to complete, such as killing groups of enemies, killing bosses, collecting materials, or defending objectives, and are meant to be taken on together by groups of players.
In this guide, we’ll go over the different types of FATEs in FFXIV, which ones are the most beneficial, and which zones you should be grinding it to get the best results. Continue reading for our FFXIV FATE Grinding Guide.
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FFXIV – FATE Leveling Guide from A Realm Reborn to Endwalker
Before we begin, check out some general information on FATEs below:
When you’re ready for the grind, select your level range below:
1. Benefits of FATE Grinding
FATEs are just one of many ways to level up your jobs in Final Fantasy XIV, but they’re certainly not the most efficient source. Though FATE grinding can become tedious, there are still several benefits as to why you’d want to choose them to farm experience points:
- FATEs are simple and quick, and therefore require slightly less focus to complete with a group. They’re a perfect mindless activity to participate in while you’ve got your favorite movie playing on another screen.
- Completing normal FATEs will sometimes spawn very rare FATEs which, if completed, will reward special currencies to obtain exclusive rewards like mounts, cosmetics, and minions.
- Beginning in Shadowbringers, the Shared FATE system was introduced, which serves as a progress system for each individual zone. Completing FATEs will increase your rank within that zone while rewarding you Bicolor Gemstones, a special currency that can be exchanged for exclusive rewards and materials.
2. Types of FATEs
Currently, there are five different types of FATEs in FFXIV. We’ll prioritize them below from most efficient (quickest to complete) to least efficient:
Kill Boss – The objective is to kill one boss-type enemy. Depending on the number of participants, these FATEs can be completed very quickly, and should be prioritized first above others.
Kill Enemies – The objective is to kill waves of normal enemies until the bar is filled. Players can spam AoE damaging and healing spells to mindlessly complete this FATE in short time.
Collect – The objective is to pick up and turn in special items to the marked NPC. Once a player turns in an adequate amount of items for a Gold rating (around 8-12), they can leave this FATE and move to the next, and will receive credit once the timer runs out.
Defend – The objective is to defend a specific object or NPC for a certain amount of time. These FATEs will only be completed once the timer runs out, and thus cannot be hastened by other players.
Escort – The objective is to escort an NPC to a designated location(s). Like Defend FATEs, these can only be completed once the NPC reaches the final destination, and therefore are slower FATEs to complete.
In typical FATE grinding parties, groups will prioritize Boss and Enemy FATEs first, Collect FATEs next, and will usually ignore Defend and Escort FATEs.
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3. Tips for FATE Grinding
- Join or form a party. Grouping up with others is the easiest way to ensure you’ll receive a Gold medal for each FATE. Use /shout chat to look for FATE parties, or use the in-game Party Finder tool to team up with others.
- Have flying access. Being able to fly around a zone, as opposed to being stuck to the ground, is imperative for FATE grinding, and will prevent you from being left in the dust and missing out on participation.
- Use your job’s strengths to your advantage to maximize participation.
- Tanks should spam their AoE skills to generate as much enmity from as many enemies as possible.
- Healers can quickly tag enemies with their instant-cast spells, and spam AoE heals on their party.
- DPS can help tag enemies and spam their AoE skills to maximize damage output.
4. Twist of Fate and Other Buffs
For FATEs in zones from Stormblood and beyond, rare enemies may spawn that, when killed, will grant participating players with the Twist of Fate buff.
During the course of any FATE in these zones, players may see “The smell of death has drawn a Forlorn maiden to the battlefield!” in their chat box. This indicates the spawn of the Forlorn Maiden monster. Defeating the monster will reward all players with the Twist of Fate buff, regardless whether the FATE was completed or not. When the Forlorn Maiden is defeated, players will see the chat message “The Forlorn maiden dissipates..”
In even more rare instances, a tougher monster called The Forlorn can spawn.
The Twist of Fate buff gives players 15% EXP rewards upon completion of the FATE at which it spawned, and that amount increases from 50% (from the Forlorn Maiden) up to 250% (from The Forlorn) for the next FATE players finish.
Additionally, FATEs in zones from Stormblood and beyond can randomly have experience bonuses applied to them. You will notice FATE markers with a special honeycomb-shaped icons attached to them, as well as a message that states “[EXP Bonus Applied]” when hovering over them.
FATE Grinding – Levels 1-50
|Levels 1-12||Western Thanalan (Horizon)|
Central Shroud (Bentbranch Meadows)
Middle La Noscea (Summerford Farms)
|Levels 12-20||Western La Noscea (Aleport)|
|Levels 21-30||South Shroud (Quarrymill)|
|Levels 30-35||Eastern La Noscea|
|Levels 35-40||Coerthas Central Highlands|
|Levels 40-45||Mor Dhona|
|Levels 45-50||Northern Thanalan|
FATE Grinding – Levels 50-60
|Levels 50-53||Coerthas Western Highlands|
The Sea of Clouds (Southern Area)
The Dravanian Forelands
|Levels 53-57||The Churning Mists|
|Levels 57-59||The Dravanian Hinterlands|
The Sea of Clouds (Northern Area)
|Levels 59-60||Azys Lla|
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FATE Grinding – Levels 60-70
|Levels 60-62||The Fringes (Northern Area)|
The Peaks (Northern Area)
|Levels 62-64||The Ruby Sea|
|Levels 65-67||The Azim Steppe|
|Levels 67-70||The Fringes (Southern Area)|
The Peaks (Southern Area)
FATE Grinding – Levels 70-80
|Levels 70-72||Kholusia (Southern Area)|
Amh Araeng (Eastern Area)
|Levels 72-74||Il Mheg|
|Levels 74-76||The Rak’tika Greatwood|
|Levels 76-77||Amh Araeng (Western Area)|
|Levels 77-79||Kholusia (Northern Area)|
|Levels 79-80||The Tempest|
FATE Grinding – Levels 80-90
|Levels 80-82||Labyrinthos (Northern Area)|
Thavnair (Southwestern Area)
|Levels 84-86||Thavnair (Northeastern Area)|
|Levels 88-89||Labyrinthos (Southern Ring)|
|Levels 89-90||Ultima Thule|
We hope you’ve enjoyed our comprehensive guide on FATE grinding! For more information on Final Fantasy XIV, check out our other guides and tips here at Prima Games.