FFXIV – Optimal Retainer Leveling

Updated for Stormblood – Patch 4.1!

In FFXIV, each player can have Retainers, which not only act as your interface for selling items on the Market Board, but can also be leveled by sending them out on ventures to acquire materials and items. The current retainer level cap is 70, and more retainers can be purchased through MogStation.

Optimal Steps

  • Utilize Quick Explorations on cooldown, as possible while playing.
  • Send on highest level Exploration Mission available when logging off for an extended time.
  • Rinse, repeat until each retainer is level 70!

Helpful Tips

  • Keep an eye on your Ventures stock and replenish as necessary.
  • Update your retainers gear with “Gathering” stats every 5 levels.
  • Gathering Retainers are more moneyslots profitable early in the expansion, while Battle Retainers are more profitable later in the expansion.
  • Always check the Market Board value of what your Retainers bring back, as there are rare finds which are quite valuable.
  • MogStation has a RMT item to boost a Retainer to level 60.


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1 Response

  1. October 16, 2017

    […] Ventures are a currency used to send your Retainers on missions that yield various items, ranging from materials and gear, to housing items and minions. Utilizing these missions can be extremely profitable, so if you haven’t started leveling your Retainers, check out my guide on optimal retainer leveling. […]

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