It’s been a long time since Final Fantasy XIV incentivized players to level their Free Companies. Patch 5.2 introduced ranks 9 through 30, which grant additional slots to hold more Company Actions and offer an expansion to your Company Chest.
Leveling an FC can be an incredibly slow process, but there are a few powerleveling strategies that will help you grease the wheels.
Running content together
A Free Company will naturally earn points by running daily roulettes, raiding, or farming Extreme Trials. The FFXIV community has generally agreed that running FATEs as a group is a good way to earn points, but this method is incredibly slow and hard to quantify. It’s difficult to farm points this way unless your FC has dozens—if not hundreds—of active members.
Crafting HQ items
Producing high-level crafts in bulk amounts really racks up the points. If there’s a well-geared crafter in your Free Company who keeps you supplied with raid food and potions, thank them; their mass-crafted contributions will help your FC gain levels quickly.
Supply & Provisioning Missions
Completing your daily Supply & Provisioning Missions at your Grand Company earns you Company Seals, which in turn earns your FC more points. If you haven’t reached level cap, these dailies are a powerful way to level crafters and gatherers. If you are capped, these can provide you with a steady stream of GC Seals to use to purchase retainer ventures and esoteric mats.
The third tab of your Grand Company, Expert Delivery, is where the magic happens. Turning in dungeon drops and crafted green items earns your FC a ton of points. Of course, higher-level items yield the most seals, but lower-level items may be easier to acquire. Level 50 crafted Militia Chokers have been a perennial favorite for powerleveling FCs, since it only requires two mats that are brought back in large quantities by retainers.
Look for items that your FC’s crafters can churn out by the dozen. Gear from previous patches or expansions is very easy to make, and since demand for them is low, you may be able to score cheap crafting mats by the stack. Craft these items high-quality to take advantage of the points gained from making HQ items, or save time by quick-synthing gear in bulk.
If your FC isn’t itching for more bank tabs, there’s not a compelling reason to level your FC beyond rank 20 at the moment. It seems suspicious that the FFXIV developers would add 10 ranks that offer no benefit. We’ll keep this guide up-to-date if new rewards are added.