The best servers to join in Final Fantasy XIV Online

Find out which world to call home.

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It can be challenging to figure out what server you should join when initially starting Final Fantasy XIV Online. There are multiple options in each region for you to select. We recommend prioritizing a server where you and your friends can play, but you have numerous options if you’re looking for a new home. In this guide, we’ll cover the best servers you join in Final Fantasy XIV broken down by the three regions — Japan, North America, and Europe.

Before picking where you want to go, it’s important to note that the servers, referred to as worlds, are divided into Data Center. A Data Center contains a group of servers offered in a region. Players operating in the same data center can interact with each other and match up for raids and dungeons. A new feature added to the game is that Final Fantasy players can interact across Data Centers, giving players across the entire game a chance to play together.

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The latest addition to the Data Center server list is Oceanian, Materia. Those who live in this region no longer have to choose one of the Japanese Data Centers to join. Instead, they can enjoy a more reliable connection to Final Fantasy XIV, giving them the chance to play the game with those closer to their region.

Data CenterRegion
AetherNorth America
PrimalNorth America
CrystalNorth America
ChaosEurope
LightEurope
ElementalJapan
GaiaJapan
ManaJapan
MateriaOceanian
Each data center and their regions

There are populated servers, hardcore raiding servers, more casual servers, role-playing servers, and more. Final Fantasy XIV has a wide variety of worlds for players of all walks of life. You’re likely to find a server that fits your needs no matter what you’re looking for.

Aether – North America

WorldsWhat they’re known for
AdamantoiseLaid-back with a friendly vibe. Great for new players.
CactuarMainly endgame-focused. Large Spanish-speaking community.
FaerieWelcoming and helpful to new players. Highly social and talkative community. Very LGBTQ-friendly. Plenty of glamour items for sale on the market board. Fashionable players.
GilgameshHardcore raiding community. Unofficial Reddit server. Large, congested population.
JenovaFriendly atmosphere, with a decent raiding community.
MidgardsormrCasual to semi-casual players.
SargatanasActive raiding community. Home to several FFXIV streamers and YouTubers.
SirenWelcoming, social, and LGBTQ-friendly. Large crafting community.
Each server on Aether and what they’re known for

Primal – North America

WorldsWhat they’re known for
BehemothHardcore endgame community. Sizeable Brazilian population.
ExcaliburAnother hardcore raiding server.
ExodusCasual raiding community.
FamfritLaid-back and friendly to new players, like Adamantoise.
HyperionGood mix of casual and hardcore players. Active role-playing community as the unofficial RP server on Primal. Largest Spanish-speaking community.
LamiaTight-knit, cozy community. Friendly to new players. Casual to semi-hardcore raiders. Decent Spanish-speaking population. Some popular YouTubers, content creators, and raid teams.
LeviathanPrimal’s premier hardcore raiding server, like Gilgamesh on Aether. Congested population.
UltrosPolarizing reputation. Usually quiet and helpful to new players. It’s notorious for some trollish players, but they aren’t numerous enough to define the server.
Each server on Primal and what they’re known for

Crystal – North America

WorldsWhat they’re known for
BalmungLargest role-playing community in the game. Unofficial RP server on Crystal; primary RP server in general. Extremely congested population. Low market board prices due to high supply.
BrynhildrSmall, quiet community.
CoeurlAn excellent community for organizing and killing hunts (strong open-world monsters).
DiabolosQuiet, disparate community. Players tend to mind their own business. But still friendly enough when it counts.
GoblinAlso quiet, but players usually stick to their own groups and communities.
MalboroA mix of Goblin and Ultros. Quiet, with a particular reputation for toxicity.
MateusAnother role-playing server on Crystal. Heavy role-playing bias, as non-RP players are generally frowned upon by those active in the community.
ZaleraCasual community with a decent raiding population.
Each server on Crystal and what they’re known for

Chaos – Europe

WorldWhat they’re known for
CerberusQuiet community with many Russian-speaking players.
LouisoixCasual player base of all languages.
MoogleLarge French-speaking population.
OmegaThe unofficial role-playing server on Chaos.
RagnarokHardcore raiding server for Chaos, similar to Gilgamesh and Leviathan. Large Italian-speaking population. Also, some Arabic and French players.
Each server on Chaos and what they’re known for

Light – Europe

WorldsWhat they’re known for
LichIt was used to be a ghost town with very few players. Now much more active and lively.
OdinHardcore raiding community on Light. Many Scandinavian players.
PhoenixLaid-back server with a balance of casual and hardcore players.
ShivaLarge German-speaking population, with some role-playing communities.
ZodiarkStrong Italian-speaking population.
Each server on Light and what they’re known for

Notable Japanese servers

Due to the sheer number of Japanese servers, we had to pick and choose which ones to cover. We selected the more notable ones than others, mainly for overseas players. Check out the official list for a complete list of all servers, including Japanese ones.

Elemental, Gaia, and Mana – Japan

WorldsWhat they’re known for
Kujata (Elemental)A decent number of English-speaking players, usually from Australia and New Zealand. New players will often come here when the primary English-Japanese server (Tonberry) is too crowded.
Ramuh (Elemental)A good amount of players from South Korea.
Tonberry (Elemental)The primary server for English-speaking players outside of North America and Europe. Many players from Australia and New Zealand. Japanese players are accepting of the English-speaking community, but their culture is still dominant—some culture shock is expected for anyone not used to Japanese customs in FFXIV.
Typhon (Elemental)Taiwanese players mixed with some Australian and New Zealand players, after Tonberry and Kujata.
Durandal (Gaia)Some English-speaking players, but not many.
Ifrit (Gaia)It also has relatively few English-speaking players.
Asura (Mana)Some English-speaking players.
Chocobo (Mana)Hardcore raiding community in Japan. Usually congested.
Ixion (Mana)Several fun community events open to all players.
Masamune (Mana)Primary English-speaking server for Mana. Also home to Indonesian players.
Pandemonium (Mana)Main role-playing community for Japanese players.
Shinryu (Mana)Very Japanese-centric community with little-to-no English-speaking players. Casual atmosphere.
Notable Japanese servers and what they’re known for

Materia – Central and South Pacific Ocean, Australia

WorldsWhat they are known for
BismarckMany New Zealand players have flocked to this server
RavanaIt contains many English-speaking players and is primarily a raid server.
SephirotThis is a mixed server with healthy balances for those looking for any activity.
Sophia Primary role-playing server for players.
ZurvanLike Sephirot, there’s a healthy balance for all players.
All Oceanian servers

The Oceanian servers are less than a year old, which means many players are still finding their place in them. Their identities are likely to change as many find what they appreciate most about the community within each of them.

For anyone looking to socialize on their server, check out Limsa Lominsa, the city-state situated by the sea. Limsa Lominsa is usually packed with many players hanging out together at all times. If you’d rather keep to yourself, you can stick to the other cities instead, avoiding Limsa altogether.

You’ll typically find a warm, welcoming community no matter which server you join. Final Fantasy XIV has a positive reputation for its community, with many friendly players who are often willing to lend a helping hand. There are some obvious exceptions, but it’s a friendly space open to new players of all skill levels. Pick the server that sounds best for you.

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