Free Companies are player operated organizations similar to guilds in other MMOs. Players can only be in 1 Free Company at a time. Like Linkshells, Free Companies have separate chat channels that operate across servers; unlike Linkshells, Free Companies have the option of additional ranks and activities for members.
Finding and joining a Free Company
New players can find an existing Free Company on the Lodestone Free Company search portal. Use the search options to filter by server, size, affiliated Grand Company, and desired activities. Once a desired Free Company is located, check the Member List for the Free Company and use the in-game Player Search to find an online representative of the Free Company. Once found, click the player's name and select "View Company Profile", then click the "Submit Application" button if the company is open to application.
While there is no in-game search for Free Companies, Free Companies often recruit in the /shout chat of major cities (Ul'dah, Limsa Lominsa, Gridania, the Crystarium), and asking in the /shout chat for a Free Company can also result in multiple recruitment notices.
Creating a Free Company
To create a Free Company players need to be level 25 or higher and be part of a Grand Company. The founding player must not have been in a free company for at least 24 hours. Creation process:
- Obtain a company petition from the OIC administrator in Ul'dah, Limsa Lominsa, or Gridania.
- Fill out the petition with the company's name and tag.
- Obtain three signatures from three player characters in the same server. The player characters can be at any level, but they cannot be in a Free Company. Note: All signatories will become founding members of the Free Company after creation, and can leave after the process is complete.
- Return to the OIC administrator with the petition and pay a 15,000 gil registration fee.
Activities and ranks
Players can rank up their free companies by participating in activities to earn free company experience points. As of patch 5.2 there are 30 ranks (up from the previous eight ranks).
Activities include but are not limited to, fighting monsters, gathering high quality resources, crafting high quality items, completing guildleves, Grand Company Leves, recruiting new members, undertaking supply and provisioning missions, and Treasure Hunts. These activities also grant Free Company credits that can be used to earn buffs and items.
- See also: Crafting Facility
An expansion of duties permit is required to place a retainer on your estate grounds outside the hall. These permits are purchasable from independent sutlers in any residential district.
One, two, or three retainers can be placed on small, medium, and large estates respectively.
Once a retainer is placed on estate grounds, items that they currently have listed for sale on the market can be purchased by anyone who speaks with them. Other players can also view the retainer's sales history (up to 20 entries). Placing retainers on estate grounds does not impact your ability to summon them via summoning bells to deposit and withdraw items, or to assign retainer ventures.
Free Company Entitlements
|1||Company Chest||Gives access to the free company chest.|
|2||Crest Customization||Allows the limited customization of your free company crest.|
|3||Chest Expansion||Increases the number of company chest tabs to three.|
|4||Gear Customization||Allows user to affix their free company crest to armor|
|5||Company Actions||Allows the execution of company actions|
|6||Land Acquisition||Enables the acquisition of land in residential districts.|
|7||Crest Expansion||Allows for full customization of company crest.|
|8||Action Expansion||Increases the maximum number of inactive and active company actions.|
|10||Chest Expansion||Increases the number of company chest tabs to four.|
|12||Action Expansion||Increases the maximum number of inactive company actions to 12.|
|15||Chest Expansion||Increases the number of company chest tabs to five.|
|18||Action Expansion||Increases the maximum number of inactive company actions to 14.|
|20||Action Expansion||Increases the maximum number of inactive company actions to 15.|
Free Company Actions
|5||The Heat of Battle||24h||3,010||Increases EXP earned through battle by 5%.||Grade 1 Wheel of Confrontation|
|Earth and Water||24h||3,010||Increases EXP earned through gathering by 5%.||Grade 1 Wheel of Productivity|
|Helping Hand||24h||3,010||Increases EXP earned through crafting by 5%.||Grade 1 Wheel of Industry|
|A Man's Best Friend||24h||2,408||Increases EXP earned by companions by 10%.||Grade 1 Wheel of Longeing|
|Mark Up||24h||2,408||Increases Wolf Marks earned by 5%.||Grade 1 Wheel of Rivalry|
|Seal Sweetener||24h||2,408||Increases company seals earned by 5%.||Grade 1 Wheel of Company|
|Jackpot||24h||2,408||Increases MGP payout by 5%.||Grade 1 Wheel of Recreation|
|Brave New World||24h||1,505||Increases the attributes of all members under level 25 by 10%.||Grade 1 Wheel of Initiation|
|Live off the Land||24h||2,408||Increases Gathering by 5.||Grade 1 Wheel of Capacity|
|What You See||24h||2,408||Increases Perception by 5.||Grade 1 Wheel of Observation|
|Eat from the Hand||24h||2,408||Increases Craftsmanship by 5.||Grade 1 Wheel of Efficiency|
|In Control||24h||2,408||Increases Control by 5.||Grade 1 Wheel of Precision|
|That Which Binds Us||24h||3,010||Increases spiritbonding speed.||Grade 1 Wheel of Dedication|
|Meat and Mead||24h||2,408||Increases duration of food effects by five minutes.||Grade 1 Wheel of Nutriment|
|Proper Care||24h||3,010||Slows gear wear by 10%.||Grade 1 Wheel of Permanence|
|Back on Your Feet||24h||2,408||Reduces duration of Weakness after being revived by 10%.||Grade 1 Wheel of Revival|
|Reduced Rates||24h||3,010||Reduces teleportation fees by 20%.||Grade 1 Wheel of Pilgrimage|
|8||The Heat of Battle II||24h||6,020||Increases EXP earned through battle by 10%.||Grade 2 Wheel of Confrontation|
|Earth and Water II||24h||6,020||Increases EXP earned through gathering by 10%.||Grade 2 Wheel of Productivity|
|Helping Hand II||24h||6,020||Increases EXP earned through crafting by 10%.||Grade 2 Wheel of Industry|
|A Man's Best Friend II||24h||6,020||Increases EXP earned by companions by 15%.||Grade 2 Wheel of Longeing|
|Mark Up II||24h||6,020||Increases Wolf Marks earned by 10%.||Grade 2 Wheel of Rivalry|
|Seal Sweetener II||24h||6,020||Increases company seals earned by 10%.||Grade 2 Wheel of Company|
|Jackpot II||24h||6,020||Increases MGP payout by 10%. Duration: 24h||Grade 2 Wheel of Recreation|
|Brave New World II||24h||3,010||Increases the attributes of all Disciple of War or Magic members under level 49 by 15%.||Grade 2 Wheel of Initiation|
|Live off the Land II||24h||6,020||Increases Gathering by 10.||Grade 2 Wheel of Capacity|
|What You See II||24h||6,020||Increases Perception by 10.||Grade 2 Wheel of Observation|
|Eat from the Hand II||24h||6,020||Increases Craftsmanship by 10.||Grade 2 Wheel of Efficiency|
|In Control II||24h||6,020||Increases Control by 10.||Grade 2 Wheel of Precision|
|That Which Binds Us II||24h||6,020||Increases spiritbonding speed.||Grade 2 Wheel of Dedication|
|Meat and Mead II||24h||6,020||Increases duration of food effects by ten minutes.||Grade 2 Wheel of Nutriment|
|Proper Care II||24h||6,020||Slows gear wear by 20%.||Grade 2 Wheel of Permanence|
|Back on Your Feet II||24h||4,816||Reduces duration of Weakness after being revived by 15%.||Grade 2 Wheel of Revival|
|Reduced Rates II||24h||6,020||Reduces teleportation fees by 30%.||Grade 2 Wheel of Pilgrimage|
Rank 3 Actions require Aetherial Wheels:
|The Heat of Battle III||24h||Increases EXP earned through battle by 15%.||Grade 3 Wheel of Confrontation|
|Earth and Water III||24h||Increases EXP earned through gathering by 20%.||Grade 3 Wheel of Productivity|
|Helping Hand III||24h||Increases EXP earned through crafting by 20%.||Grade 3 Wheel of Industry|
|A Man's Best Friend III||24h||Increases EXP earned by companions by 20%.||Grade 3 Wheel of Longeing|
|Mark Up III||24h||Increases Wolf Marks earned by 15%.||Grade 3 Wheel of Rivalry|
|Seal Sweetener III||24h||Increases company seals earned by 15%.||Grade 3 Wheel of Company|
|Jackpot III||24h||Increases MGP payout by 15%.||Grade 3 Wheel of Recreation|
|Live off the Land III||24h||Increases Gathering by 15.||Grade 3 Wheel of Capacity|
|What You See III||24h||Increases Perception by 15.||Grade 3 Wheel of Observation|
|Eat from the Hand III||24h||Increases Craftsmanship by 15.||Grade 3 Wheel of Efficiency|
|In Control III||24h||Increases Control by 15.||Grade 3 Wheel of Precision|
|That Which Binds Us III||24h||Increases spiritbonding speed.||Grade 3 Wheel of Dedication|
|Meat and Mead III||24h||Increases duration of food effects by fifteen minutes.||Grade 3 Wheel of Nutriment|
|Proper Care III||24h||Slows gear wear by 30%.||Grade 3 Wheel of Permanence|
|Reduced Rates III||24h||Reduces teleportation fees by 40%.||Grade 3 Wheel of Pilgrimage|
|Gridania||Old Gridania||Shaded Bowyer||X: 14 Y: 9|
|Gridania||New Gridania||Adders' Nest||X: 9 Y: 11|
|Limsa Lominsa||Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks||Hawkers' Round||X: 7 Y: 12|
|Limsa Lominsa||Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks||Maelstrom Command||X: 13 Y: 12|
|Thanalan||Ul'dah - Steps of Nald||Hall of Flames||X: 8.3 Y: 9.4|
|Thanalan||Ul'dah - Steps of Thal||Sapphire Avenue Exchange||X: 13.8 Y: 10.4|
|Gyr Abania||Rhalgr's Reach||Western Rhalgr's Reach||X: 10.1 Y: 12.9|
|Hingashi||Kugane||Kogane Dori Markets||X: 12.3 Y: 12.3|