Hey friend! As a fellow gaming enthusiast, I know deciding whether to try FFXIV can be tough with so many restrictions on the free trial. Well, you’ve come to the right place!
In this ultimate guide, I’ll clearly explain all the limitations you’ll encounter in the FFXIV free trial, so you can make an informed decision.
What are the restrictions for free to play FFXIV?
The main limitations are:
- Only 1 character per World
- Level capped at 60
- Maximum gil capped at 300,000
- No retainers, market board, or player trading
- No forming or joining Free Companies (guilds)
- Restricted chat options and mail access
Despite these restrictions, the FFXIV free trial gives unlimited access to a ton of content up to level 60 with no time limit – easily over 200 hours worth!
Let‘s dive into the specifics…
1 Character Per World
Free trial players can only create one character per World. FFXIV currently has 40+ Worlds, so you can make multiple characters – just only one per World.
This limit prevents endless farming by free trial accounts. Paying subscribers aren‘t restricted here.
Level Cap at 60
Free trial characters can only reach level 60, which covers all of A Realm Reborn and Heavensward expansions.
Reaching the level cap takes most players around 200 hours. Subscribers can reach level 90 and unlock all expansions.
300,000 Gil Cap
In-game currency (gil) earned by free trial players is capped at 300,000. This prevents unlimited farming of gil to sell or transfer off the account.
Subscribers have no limit on how much gil they can stockpile. But 300k is plenty for free trial needs.
Retainers act as your personal shopkeepers and inventory, but free trial players don‘t get any.
This restricts inventory space and selling items on the market board. Subscribers can hire up to two retainers.
No Market Board Access
The market board facilitates buying and selling items to other players, but is disabled in the free trial.
This prevents real-money transactions and abuse. Subscribers get full market board access.
No Player Trading
Directly trading items, currency, or materia with other players isn‘t allowed for free trial accounts.
This eliminates illicit transactions. Subscribers can freely trade with anyone.
No Free Company Creation/Joining
Free Companies are FFXIV‘s guilds. Free trial players can‘t create or join them, limiting social capabilities.
Subscribers can fully participate in Free Companies to access bonuses and organized group content.
Restricted Chat and Mail
Free trial accounts can‘t use yell or shout chat, send tells cross-server, or access in-game mail. This reduces gil seller spam and abuse.
Subscribers enjoy unrestricted use of all chat options and in-game mail to enhance their experience.
Content Available in the Free Trial
Now that you know the limits, let‘s talk about everything you CAN experience:
- All of ARR and Heavensward – 200+ hours of story quests
- Level all classes to 60, like combat jobs, crafters, and gatherers
- Group dungeons, raids, trials – tons of instanced PvE
- Hunting Log, FATEs, Guildleves, Beast Tribes quests
- The Gold Saucer – casino, chocobo races, minigames
- Glamour system – customize your gear skin
- Player-owned housing – visit and tour residences
- Palace of the Dead – tackle this deep dungeon
Here‘s a sneak peek at some of the activities available:
200+ Hours of Story Quests
FFXIV‘s story is incredibly rich. The main scenario questline has hundreds of missions covering A Realm Reborn and Heavensward.
Based on averages from HowLongToBeat.com, it would take over 200 hours to complete! You‘ll be engrossed.
Level All Jobs on One Character
Most MMOs make you create alternate characters to change classes. FFXIV enables you to level all jobs including crafting/gathering on one character!
You can freely swap between them thanks to the Armory System. With the level 60 cap, you can sample everything.
Ton of Group PvE Content
The free trial gives access to dozens of instanced dungeons, raids, and trials. Face down epic primals like Ifrit and Titan alongside other players!
There‘s so much cooperative content to tackle like Tam-Tara Deepcroft, Copperbell Mines, The Praetorium and more.
The Gold Saucer
This huge in-game theme park is full of fun mini-games! Enjoy chocobo racing, Triple Triad, and Face Rock Shot for free.
It‘s a nice change of pace from regular questing. No need to pay for any attractions as a trial player.
Glamour and Housing
The Glamour System enables customizing gear appearance. Housing lets you check out residences and apartments designed by other players.
These social features are fully unlocked in the free trial, so you can preview these systems before subscribing!
Content Locked in the Free Trial
Of course, the free trial doesn‘t grant access to everything. Here‘s the major content and features locked behind the subscription:
- Stormblood, Shadowbringers, and Endwalker expansions
- Gameplay above level 60
- Jobs like Red Mage, Dancer, Gunbreaker
- Ranked PvP like The Feast
- Full Party Finder groups
- Owning an apartment or private house
- Retainers – summon personal shopkeepers
- Full market board access
- Eternal Bond marriage ceremonies
As you can see, the free trial excludes newer expansions, jobs, some social features, ranked PvP, player housing, and more.
But there‘s still a mountain of content before hitting those limits! Let‘s recap:
What the FFXIV Free Trial Offers
- 2 full expansions worth of story
- All jobs/classes to 60
- Hundreds of hours of quests
- Dungeons, raids, trials
- Mini-games and housing tours
- No time limit
You‘ll get a totally complete experience of A Realm Reborn and Heavensward with no rush. Plenty to do before paying!
Is It Worth Playing FFXIV on Free Trial?
If you‘re new to FF14, absolutely give the free trial a shot!
- You can play well over 200 hours before hitting any paywalls.
- It‘s the entire base game + first expansion pack.
- No limits on playtime – take it at your own pace.
- You‘ll know if you want to sub for higher levels.
Unless you‘re set on playing the newest expansions right away, the trial gives you endless FFXIV gameplay without paying a dime.
Give Eorzea a visit and see if it captures your heart! You‘ve got nothing to lose.
Let me know if you have any other questions! I‘m happy to help guide you on your FFXIV journey.