Hunting Guide Hub for FFXIV
This page gives an overview of the Hunt. Here, you will learn about how to unlock Hunts, the rewards from Hunts, and how to successfully complete Hunt Marks.
The Hunt is an initiative established by the Eorzean Alliance, offering a bounty to adventurers who aid in quelling the threat posed by notably dangerous monsters that prowl the realm.
By participating in the Hunt, players can receive rewards including currency, tomestones, and experience points! Hunts are a great source of daily experience points among a few other sources, which are detailed in our Bonus Experience guide linked below.
How to Unlock The Hunt
To unlock the Hunt, you must first reach the rank of Second Lieutenant in your Grand Company. A quest called "Let the Hunt Begin" should then become available at your Grand Company hall - completion of this quick quest will explain and unlock Hunts for you!
If you are having trouble with ranking up, our Grand Company guide has all the requirements listed. You can find a link to it below.
A Realm Reborn Hunts
Hunts in A Realm Reborn are automatically unlocked after unlocking Hunts. To learn more about Hunts in the base game, visit our A Realm Reborn Hunting page.
Heavensward Hunts are called Clan Marks and can be unlocked while progressing through the Heavensward scenario. Clan Marks are divided into four levels. Once again, finishing the quest unlocks the corresponding level of Clan Mark hunts. You must first unlock Hunts before you can unlock Heavensward Hunts. To learn more about Hunts in Heavensward, visit our Heavensward Hunting page.
Stormblood Hunts are called Veteran Clan Hunts and can be unlocked while progressing through the Stormblood scenario. Like Heavensward, they are divided into four levels, and simply finishing the quest unlocks the corresponding level of Veteran Clan hunts. You must first unlock Elite Clan Marks by completing the quest "Elite and Dangerous" before you can unlock Stormblood Hunts. To learn more about Hunts in Stormblood, visit our Stormblood Hunting page.
Stormblood Hunts are called Nutsy Clan Hunts and can be unlocked while progressing through the Shadowbringers scenario. Again, they are divided into four levels, and simply finishing the quest unlocks the corresponding level of Nutsy Clan hunts. You must first unlock Elite Clan Marks by completing the quest "Elite and Dangerous" before you can unlock Shadowbringers Hunts, and you also must have unlocked all Stormblood hunts. To learn more about Hunts in Shadowbringers, visit our Shadowbringers Hunting page.
Endwalker Hunts are set to be available upon the release of Patch 6.0. To learn more about Hunts in Endwalker, visit our Endwalker Hunting page.
There are various currencies associated with Hunts, some of them being unique to hunting entirely! These can be exchanged with vendors to receive unique rewards such as gear and materia. Check the rewards section to see what else you can acquire from Hunts!
- Allied Seal is rewarded from A Realm Reborn Hunts;
- Centurio Seal is rewarded from Heavensward and Stormblood Hunts;
- Sack of Nuts is rewarded from Shadowbringers Hunts.
Blue Mage content is also a source of Allied Seals. To learn more about Blue Mages, visit our Blue Mage guide linked below.
To do a successful hunt, you first have to know which mark you must hunt! When you want to do a hunt, you first must pick up the marks for that day or week. These marks determine what monsters you are hunting. After you kill the number of monsters indicated, you will automatically receive your reward. You can see all Mark Bills you currently possess in the Key Items & Crystals tab in your inventory.
Regular marks refresh daily, making them a great source of repeatable experience! They reward gil, experience points, and currency based on the type and rank of Hunt.
The best resource to find out where these mobs are located is Heavenswhere, a site that contains locations for Regular Mark hunts as well as Elite Marks!
Elite marks refresh weekly and ask players to hunt a special B-rank monster that spawns in a specific overworld zone. These respawn almost immediately after being killed, so do not worry about other players stealing your mark. These reward gil and a great sum of currency based on the type of hunt. Try shouting in the zone to see if any nearby players have spotted your hunt mark.
Elite Hunts are the strongest hunt marks. B-Ranks can be hunted solo, but A-Ranks and above are difficult mobs with more mechanics and high health pools, meaning they should be challenged with at least a full party. Higher ranks offer increasingly greater rewards.
B-Ranks are hunted for your weekly Elite Clan Mark, and are easy enough to do solo.
A-Ranks and above are simple enough to kill in a full party, although it takes some time. Each overworld zone has one or two of them, and they respawn roughly 4-6 hours later in real time after being killed. The general etiquette to A-Rank hunting is for players to locate all hunts after they have respawned. Next, an an entire squad of dozens of players will kill them one by one through each zone, commonly referred to as a Hunt Train.
S-Ranks are the second most difficult hunt, in addition to having strict spawn requirements and a lengthy respawn timer. When you are in a zone with an S-Rank hunt, the message "You sense the presence of a powerful mark..." will display in your chat log. Because the appearance of S-Ranks are random, they are commonly first come, first served.
SS-Rank Hunts were introduced in Shadowbringers and have even stricter requirements than S-Ranks. When an S-Rank monster in a Shadowbringers zone is killed, there is a chance for minions to spawn. If these minions are killed within five minutes, the SS-Rank monster will spawn, which grants the greatest rewards and has the hardest difficulty.
Rewards from Hunts
There are four major types of rewards that players do Hunts for.
- Experience: As mentioned previously, hunts are a great source of daily experience, especially after you unlock flight in the expansion's zones.
- Currency: Allied Seal, Centurio Seal, and Sack of Nuts can be used to purchase gear, cosmetics, and more. More importantly, a Hunt Train is a quick way to receive Tomestones, allowing you to cap efficiently.
- Materia: A-Rank and above monsters have a chance to drop items that can be traded in for relevant materia. For example, Shadowbringers Elite Marks have a chance to drop , which can be traded in for Grade VIII materia.
- Upgrade Items: In catch-up patches, Hunts are the premier way to acquire items to upgrade Tomestone gear to their Augmented version. For example, 3000 Sack of Nuts can be traded in for , which allow players to upgrade item level 520 Cryptlurker gear such as to , which is best-in-slot for tanks!
The reward from A Ranks and above are based on you and your party's contribution to the hunt. As hunts from older expansions die quickly and hunts from the current expansion are valuable, make sure to create or join a party to ensure maximum contribution! To learn about the exact rewards you can get from hunts, look no further than our Hunt pages for each expansion.
- 05 Nov. 2021: Page added.
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