Final Fantasy XIV Mount Guide (Contains Minor Story Spoilers)

If you’re anything like me, you love glamorous vanity items and collectibles in MMOs. This is a guide for obtaining (almost) all of the mounts available in Final Fantasy XIV broken into categories. I say “almost” because there are two mounts that are only available to players from the original iteration of Final Fantasy XIV Online, The Goobbue and The Legacy Chocobo. Also, the Gobwalker mount is speculated to be a drop from the final floor of Alexander Gordias (Savage), but no one has beaten that yet, so we’ll wait for now. The rest, however, are open for the taking!

MAIN STORY QUEST

There are five mounts that you obtain in this game simply by playing through the main story quest. Please note that the last four of the five cannot be obtained before you hit level 50.

Company Chocobo (A Realm Reborn)

Company Chocobo FFXIV

Unless you purchased a Collector’s Edition of either A Realm Reborn or Heavensward, this will likely be your first mount. Please note, however, that you will not be able to ride any of those others until you reach this point in the game. While not a direct reward from the main quest line, “The Company You Keep” mission rewards you with membership into one of the Grand Companies, either The Immortal Flames of Ul’dah, The Twin Adder of Gridania, or The Maelstrom of Limsa Lominsa. After you are sworn into your preferred company, you can purchase your chocobo whistle from the respective Quartermaster for 2,000 Grand Company seals. This happens shortly after you hit level 20.

Magitek Armor (A Realm Reborn)

Magitek Armor

This hulking mass is your reward for completing the quest: The Ultimate Weapon, obtained from Rauban in Northern Thanalan (3,3), which sends you through The Praetorium, the second of two main story dungeons which bring the Seventh Umbral Era to a close. Caution: watch for inattentive Lalafells when operating this motor vehicle.

Black Chocobo (Heavensward)

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This mount requires the purchase of Final Fantasy’s newest expansion: Heavensward, and is your reward for completion of the “Divine Intervention” quest obtained by the House Fortemps Steward at House Fortemps Manor in The Pillars (6,6). The Black Chocobo has a neat hat, but that’s about it. Oh wait…HE CAN FLY. Now, that’s only in the new Heavensward zones: Coerthas Western Highlands, The Dravanian Forelands and Hinterlands, The Sea of Clouds, and Azys Lla, and also only after you’ve attuned with all of the Aether Currents in each of those areas, but really what else are you going to do in this game besides go sightseeing? It’s BEAUTIFUL.

*Fun fact: Your Grand Company Chocobo can learn to fly as well upon completion of the level 52 quest, “I Believe I Can Fly” from Amoulain in Foundation – The Holy Stables (7,11).

Manacutter (Heavensward)

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This mini airship is a gift from Cid upon completion of the Main Story Quest “Into the Aery” tasked to you by Estinien in Foundation, Ishgard (13,11). This questline takes you into, you guessed it, The Aery. This is a level 55 4-man dungeon that has some of the coolest music and scenery of any of the new areas.   The Manacutter is also a flying mount used in the Heavensward areas. It’s a pretty neat little airship, but it’s no dragon or anything…

Midgardsormr (Heavensward)

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Hey look a dragon! After all the time this little guy spends sitting on your shoulder, upon completion of the story quest “Fetters of Lament” from Guidance Node in Azys Lla (18,31), he grows into a big ol’ winged beasty that you can ride. This is easily one of my favorites of the new mounts. I haven’t SEEN him eat any Lalafells, but he’s a dragon so I can’t say he won’t ever.

SIDE QUESTS

Unicorn

FFXIV Unicorn

Ever wanted to ride around on a unicorn? Yeah, you want to ride around on a unicorn. Well, Braya at the Conjurer’s Guild in Old Gridania (6,11) will give you that opportunity. You need only have your Conjurer class at level 30 and have completed your level 30 Conjurer class quest, then Braya will send you to cast Cure on an injured beast in the North Shroud (16,30). Please note that you must be a Conjurer during this quest, so don’t equip your shiny new White Mage Soul Crystal just yet. When you’re done, Braya will be so enthralled at how well the majestic horse has taken to you, that he will suggest that you two stick together. UNICORN POWER! (That’s the quest name. I’m not weird, I promise.)

Kirin

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Dragon? No. Horse? Maybe? Por que no los dos? (That’s Spanish for “Why not both?”) Either way this guy looks awesome. He’s your reward for completing the quest “A Legend for a Legend” given to you by the Wandering Minstrel in Mor Dhona (21,8) after you have obtained all six of the legendary ponies. These are dropped from the Extreme Primals (see below). He sends you to the Rathefrost to “sound the mystic whistle” and “bring forth the beast of legend”. Seriously though, is it a dragon or a horse?

Bomb Palanquin

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I mean if you really WANT to sit underneath literally ticking time-bombs, that’s on you. This mount becomes available to you upon reaching Trusted status with the Kobolds. The daily quest givers can be found at the 789th Order Dig in Outer La Noscea (21,18), but they will only offer to work with you if you have completed the “Highway Robbery” quest in Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (12,12).

Cavalry Elbst

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Available upon reaching Trusted status with the Sahagin. Their quest-givers are at Novv’s Nursery in Western La Noscea (17,21), and their quests become available after completing “They Came From The Deep” in Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (13,12).

Cavalry Drake

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Trusted with the Amalj’aa? This guy is yours. Their quests are at the Ring of Ash in Southern Thanalan (23,14) and can be accessed after completing “Peace for Thanalan” given to you by Swift at the Immortal Flames base in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald.

Direwolf

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You know nothing Jon Snow. Wait…wrong fandom. Anyway, this mount becomes available when you earn the Trust of the Ixali in North Shroud (24,22) after completing “A Bad Bladder” from Scarlet in New Gridania (9,11). These daily quests are actually crafting quests, so keep that in mind when you’re pursuing this beast tribe.

Laurel Goobbue

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This mount comes from being Trusted with the Sylph in Little Solace, East Shroud (22,26) after completing “Seeking Solace” from Vorsaile Heuloix in New Gridania (9,11). Side note: Lalafells look HILARIOUS riding this big thing.

MYSTICAL SUPER PONIES

These majestic horses are rewards for defeating the Extreme versions of their corresponding Primal fights. They have an OK drop rate, but are not 100%, so you will likely find some farming parties for those interested in collecting these mounts.

Aithon (Ifrit)

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Boreas (Shiva)

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Enbarr (Leviathan)

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Gullfaxi (Titan)

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Markab (Ramuh)

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Xanthos (Garuda)

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The Ifrit, Titan, and Garuda fights also have a chance to drop a Nightmare Whistle which can be used to summon Nightmare, the demon unicorn with a flaming horn. Seriously? How cool is that?!

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GOLD SAUCER

MGP is the currency of The Manderville Gold Saucer. This can be earned by playing games in the Gold Saucer, playing Triple Triad with appropriate NPC’s, and by winning a Cactpot lottery. Unless you win the big one, it is a bit of a grind to stock up the MGP required to buy these mounts, just throwing that out there.

Adamantoise

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Purchased for 200,000 MGP from the Gold Saucer Attendant at (5,6) or (4,6) in the Gold Saucer.

Fenrir

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Purchased for 1,000,000 MGP from the Gold Saucer Attendant at (5,6) or (4,6) in the Gold Saucer.

PVP

Flame Warsteed

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This steed is your reward for winning 100 PVP matches under the banner of the Immortal Flames. This is an achievement reward for earning the achievement “A Line in the Sand IV”. This means you must speak to Jonathas in Old Gridania (10,6) and “tell him a story” for him to give you the Flame Warsteed Horn.

Serpent Warsteed

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Reward for the “A Line in the Glade IV” achievement. Win 100 PVP matches for The Order of the Twin Adder and then speak with Jonathas.

Storm Warsteed

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Reward for the “A Line in the Storm IV” achievement. Win 100 PVP matches for The Maelstrom and then speak with Jonathas.

Logistics System

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Reward for “Behind Enemy Lines” Achievement. Guide any one of the three Grand Companies to victory in 200 Frontline matches. Speak to Jonathas for your new flying ball…thing…

TANK MOUNTS

These three mounts are specific to the three tank jobs: Warrior, Paladin, and Dark Knight. They require the completion of 200 high level, full party duties through the Duty Finder to earn the achievement “But Somebody’s Gotta Do It”. The current duties that apply to completion of the achievements are all of the Extreme Primal fights (this includes Good King Moogle Mog as well as Bismarck and Ravana from the Heavensward expansion), all three turns of the Binding Coil of Bahamut, and all four floors of Alexander Gordias (Savage). The applicable duties change and adapt with the addition of new high level content.

Warbear (Warrior)

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Complete 200 high level duties as a Warrior and you can ride on a bear!

Warlion (Paladin)

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Complete 200 high level duties as a Paladin and you can ride on a lion!

Warpanther (Dark Knight – Heavensward)

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Complete 200 high level duties as a Dark Knight (not THE Dark Knight…you don’t have to be Batman) and you can ride on a panther!

PLAYER COMMENDATIONS

Player commendations can be awarded by other players upon successful completion of a duty. They are meant to reward the player or players who stood out during the trial. If enough players think you’re the bees knees, then Jonathas over in Old Gridania (10,6) will have a present for you.

Gilded Magitek Armor

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Essentially the same as the Magitek Armor from above, but GOLD. You need only impress 500 of your fellow adventurers to earn this mount.

Parade Chocobo

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Now THIS is the guy you want. Stand out in the crowd to 3,000 of your compatriots, and you get to waddle around on a chocobo that is CLEARLY well-fed. He is also wearing the coolest little crown on his head to show all of the other fat little chocobos that you are the people’s champion. Well done.

ADDITIONAL PURCHASES

Ceremony Chocobo

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This fancy chocobo is one of your wedding gifts for swearing your technological, undying, cyber-love for another player in-game through either the Gold or Platinum. The Gold Plan costs $10 per person and the Platinum is $20 per person. The fun part about this mount is that it seats two, both you and your Eternally Bonded partner.

Sleipnir

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You, too, can ride Odin’s trusty steed for only $24. It can be purchased on the Mog Station.

Ahriman

Ahriman FFXIV

This one is easy to obtain if you actually enjoy playing the game. You need only have subscribed to the game for 90 days (3 months), and Square Enix will thank you by sending this to you in your in-game mail. The 3 months do not have to be consecutive. If you skip a month and then come back, it still adds to your total, so that’s kinda nice.

Behemoth

Behemoth FFXIV

This big guy is Square Enix’s thank you for your 270 days of service to their wallets. I mean the realm! Sorry, the realm. That’s nine months of subs. That’s a Final Fantasy XIV baby. After the time you put in, you’ve earned it.

Coeurl (A Realm Reborn)

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The Big Cat is a reward for purchasing the Collector’s Edition of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The cool thing about this is that, even if you didn’t purchase the CE from the onset, you can still upgrade your account for $20 to get this and all of the other rewards on the Mog Station.

Fat Chocobo (A Realm Reborn)

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This guy. This guy right here. This will be your favorite mount. Like the Coeurl, this mount is also a reward for purchasing, or upgrading to, the Collector’s Edition. The Fat Chocobo mount, much like the Parade Chocobo, chases a patch of Gysahl Greens on a stick when you’re running. HOWEVER, I will do you one so much better. When you complete the “I Believe I Can Fly” quest that gives your Company Chocobo the power of flight, this little guy gets that power too, but instead of Gysahl Greens, HE CHASES CAKE! Guess he needed a little more motivation to fly. It’s amazing. Kudos Square Enix.

Griffin (Heavensward)

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This mount is your reward for purchasing, or upgrading to, the Collector’s Edition of the Heavensward expansion. If you purchase this upgrade, then this will be your first flying mount in the new expansion. Just remember that you cannot fly until you have attuned to all of the Aether Currents in a specific zone.

*These final mounts are not so much rewards for purchases that YOU make, but instead for purchases your friends make. They can be bought with Gold Chocobo Feathers. You earn 5 Gold Feathers for every one friend you recruit, or if your one friend subscribes for 150, 210, and 270 days.

Draught Chocobo

Draught Chocobo FFXIV

This chocobo, like the Ceremony Chocobo, is a two-seater for you and your recruited friend who has subscribed to the game for over 90 days. Get your friend to stay for 3 months and you two can ride across Eorzea on chocoback for as long as your little hearts can stand it.

Amber Draught Chocobo

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Did your friend quit after a week? It’s ok. Just recruit another one to get 5 more feathers, because you can also purchase this mount for 8 Gold Feathers at the Calamity Salvager in either Ul’dah – Steps of Thal (12,13), Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (11,14), or Old Gridania (10,8). This mount is also a two-seater.

Twintania

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This is it. The big momma of them all. Remember Turn 5 of the Binding Coil of Bahamut? The enormous brick wall boss that trolled so many people for so long is now at your beckoned call. Talk about a fall from grace huh? For a WHOPPING 15 Gold Feathers, you can divebomb people all over Ishgard (where flying is allowed of course). Twintania can be purchased at the Calamity Salvagers in each city-state as well.

Alexander Has Risen – Guide to Gearing For and Benefiting From FFXIV’s New Raid

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Over the past few weeks, Final Fantasy XIV’s (FFXIV’s) design team has done a great job pacing the content from the release of the Heavensward expansion in order to give the majority of the player base time to level from 50 to 60 and gather enough Tomestones of Law to purchase the next tear of gear that will serve as the stepping stone into endgame content.

The tomestones are gained from completing dungeons via daily roulettes, or simply running through the three new level 60 dungeons  (each yields 80 tomestones before the new player bonus of an additional 60), and from killing hunt monsters. These tomestones are required to purchase the new Doman gear at item level 170.

Additionally, the hunt targets and daily/weekly allotment of hunt bills from the Clan Hunt Board in Foundation will also grant Centurio Seals which are used to purchase what seems like insignificant Doman materials in the Forgotten Knight pub. These materials are important, however, as they are also used as currency to purchase the item level 180 version upgrade of the i170 Doman gear, weapon included.

The Doman Whetstone, which costs 395 Centurio Seals, will upgrade your weapon. The Doman Urushi will cost you 300 seals and is used to purchase the upgraded armor pieces (excluding a belt), while the Raw Doman Urushi only costs 150 seals and will allow for the purchase of i180 accessories (and a belt).

There are also two Extreme modes for each of the primal fights, Bismarck and Ravana, which will drop weapons, or provide tokens for the purchase of weapons, that are higher item level than the base Doman weapon at i170. Bismarck’s weapons are i175 while Ravana’s are i190 (making them best in slot going into the Alexander raid.)

As of this morning, FFXIV’s patch 3.0.1 is live, which means that groups have undoubtedly already bested the four levels of Alexander’s Story Mode version, and can confirm the precious loot table information we’re all looking for.

First off, the raid can be unlocked by speaking to Slowfix at Idyllshire (X:7, Y:6) and completing the resulting questline, but it requires a minimum item level of 170 to enter.

Each floor in this raid has a chance to drop a token (Tarnished Gordian Lens, Shaft, Crank, Chain, Spring, Pedal, or Bolt) which correspond with a body part (Head, Body, Arms, Belt, Legs, Feet, or Accessories). Each piece of gear requires a certain number of tokens for purchase (4 for Body and Legs, 2 for Head, Arms, and Feet, and 1 for Belt and Accessories), but each floor has its own respective lockout for tokens lotted on by either Need or Greed limiting you to only one piece per floor, and each floor only drops specific tokens. It should also be noted that completing the raid nets you a Bolt for free, but we won’t know until next week if that is a weekly bonus or not.

Floor 1 drops a Pedal (Feet), Chain (Waist/Belt), and a Bolt (Accessory). Floor 2 drops a Lens (Head), Pedal, and Bolt. Floor 3 a Spring (Legs), Lens, and Crank (Hands). Floor 4 a Shaft (Chest), Spring, and Crank.

*Credit goes to reddit user /u/thendcomes for breaking things down into a nice, neat table.

This loot system is similar to the gear lockouts of the Crystal Tower series of 24-man raids, and it seems to be possible to obtain multiple accessories per week, or one of either the Feet, Hands, Legs, or Head pieces. However, be prepared to wait about a month if you want the chest piece, but by that point we’ll have Esoteric Gear, which is speculated to be the new Artifact Armor shown in the trailers, to supplement our Prototype Gordian Gear. However, for now, the Gordian Gear will be best in slot at i190. The raid does not, however, drop any weapons so for now Thok Ast Thok (Extreme) – Ravana EX – is your best bet for the best weapon available for your job.

The consensus at this point is that Alexander Story Mode is slightly more difficult, and requires more cooperation, than the Crystal Tower raids at their respective launches, but is not quite as difficult as the early turns of the Binding Coil of Bahamut with the Echo stat boost. This means that even those players without a dedicated static raid group can complete the content with a bit of in-game communication, and still benefit by purchasing the new, pretty sweet looking, gear with their allotted tokens.

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This pacing should give you a nice chance to get some tokens for new gear this week and maybe work on leveling up an alt or two, so enjoy the rest while you prepare for Alexander Savage in a couple of weeks.

Any though on FFXIV’s? Use the comment box below.

Alexander Raid Trailer Released for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

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Square Enix (known for its Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts role-playing video game franchises, among numerous) has released their trailer for the new raid coming to Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward.

The raid itself will be released in two versions: Normal and Savage. Normal will be slightly lower in difficulty to the original raid, Binding Coil of Bahamut. Savage will be a lot more difficult, and tailored more for the hard core raiders of the game. This way everyone will be able to participate in the raids without being gated or blocked.

Normal-mode is set to be released this upcoming Tuesday with Savage following suit in two weeks time. Loot does drops from both versions, though Savage will, naturally, have higher stats and item level.

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We get to see some of the inside of Alexander in the new trailer as well as the armor and weapons that drop and they look incredible. They really keep in theme with Alexander with the coloring and overall look. I’m really excited to get in there and see what lies in wait for us and see how different it is compared to the raids in A Realm Reborn.

Check out the trailer below:

Do you plan on tackling Normal or wait until Savage? Or are you going to try out both versions and see the difference in difficulty? Let me know in the comments! I’m really curious to see who does what!