The best servers to join in Final Fantasy XIV

Find out which world to call home.

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Joining Final Fantasy XIV as a new player, it can be tough to know which server to jump into. If you’re not playing with friends already on a particular server, then it’s up to you to figure out which one to join. The game doesn’t tell you much about the servers when creating a character, aside from which regions they’re located in — Japan, North America, or Europe.

There are a number of servers, or “Worlds,” to choose from, each divided into their own “Data Centers,” or groups of servers, separated by region. Players on the same data center are matched together for instanced content, even if they’re in different worlds. Each server has its own unique personality, special reputation, and atmosphere that may suit one type of player over another.

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

To reduce ping, it helps to play on a server nearest to you in whichever part of the globe you reside. If you live outside these regions, you’ll have to make do with the next best thing and find a server on a data center somewhat close by. If you’re also looking for a specific server for another language, we have you covered.

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. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re likely to find a server that fits your needs.

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 a number of 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. 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. Cheap market board prices due to high supply.
BrynhildrSmall, quiet community.
CoeurlExcellent 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 certain 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 playerbase of all languages.
MoogleLarge French-speaking population.
OmegaUnofficial 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
LichUsed 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 picked the ones that are more notable than others, mainly for overseas players. For a full list of all servers, including Japanese ones, check out the official list.

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. When the primary English-Japanese server (Tonberry) is too crowded, new players will often come here.
Ramuh (Elemental)Good amount of players from South Korea.
Tonberry (Elemental)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 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)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

For anyone looking to really socialize on their server, be sure to 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 of the day. If you’d rather keep to yourself, you can stick to the other cities instead, avoiding Limsa altogether.

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