Free Company

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Introduction

Free Company Tutorial 1

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:

  1. Obtain a company petition from the OIC administrator in Ul'dah, Limsa Lominsa, or Gridania.
  2. Fill out the petition with the company's name and tag.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Subaquatic Voyages

Free Company Crafting

Introduced in Heavensward, Free Company Crafting allows the players to create Aetherial Wheels, Housing Items and Company Airships for the Free Company.

Free Company Airships

Introduced in Heavensward, Company Airships can embark on Exploratory Voyages. These voyages explore the uncharted lands in The Sea of Clouds.

Aetherial Wheel

Introduced in patch 2.5, Aetherial Wheel allows the Free Company to use Free Company Actions without spending company credit.

Retainer Dispatchment

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

Rank Entitlement Description
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

Action Icon Duration Description
The Heat of Battle The heat of battle1.png 24h Increases EXP earned through battle by 5%.
Earth and Water Earth and water1.png 24h Increases EXP earned through gathering by 5%.
Helping Hand Helping hand1.png 24h Increases EXP earned through crafting by 5%.
A Man's Best Friend A mans best friend1.png 24h Increases EXP earned by companions by 10%.
Brave New World Brave new world1.png 24h Increases the attributes of all members under level 25 by 10%.
Live off the Land Live off the land1.png 24h Increases Gathering by 5.
What You See What you see1.png 24h Increases Perception by 5.
Eat from the Hand Eat from the hand1.png 24h Increases Craftsmanship by 5.
In Control In control1.png 24h Increases Control by 5.
That Which Binds Us That which binds us1.png 24h Increases spiritbonding speed.
Meat and Mead Meat and mead1.png 24h Increases duration of food effects by five minutes.
Proper Care Proper care1.png 24h Slows gear wear by 10%.
Back on Your Feet Back on your feet1.png 24h Reduces duration of Weakness after being revived by 10%.
Reduced Rates Reduced rates1.png 24h Reduces teleportation fees by 20%.
Rank Action Icon Duration Credits Description
5 Mark Up 24h 3,500 Increases Wolf Marks earned by 5%.
Seal Sweetener 24h 3,500 Increases company seals earned by 5%.
Jackpot 24h 2,800 Increases MGP payout by 5%. Duration: 24h
8 The Heat of Battle II 24h 7,000 Increases EXP earned through battle by 10%.
Earth and Water II 24h 7,000 Increases EXP earned through gathering by 10%.
Helping Hand II 24h 7,000 Increases EXP earned through crafting by 10%.
A Man's Best Friend II 24h 7,000 Increases EXP earned by companions by 15%.
Mark Up II 24h 7,000 Increases Wolf Marks earned by 10%.
Seal Sweetener II 24h 7,000 Increases company seals earned by 10%.
Brave New World II 24h 7,000 Increases the attributes of all Disciple of War or Magic members under level 49 by 15%.
Live off the Land II 24h 7,000 Increases Gathering by 10.
What You See II 24h 7,000 Increases Perception by 10.
Eat from the Hand II 24h 7,000 Increases Craftsmanship by 10.
In Control II 24h 7,000 Increases Control by 10.
That Which Binds Us II 24h 7,000 Increases spiritbonding speed.
Meat and Mead II 24h 7,000 Increases duration of food effects by ten minutes.
Proper Care II 24h 7,000 Slows gear wear by 20%.
Back on Your Feet II 24h 7,000 Reduces duration of Weakness after being revived by 15%.
Reduced Rates II 24h 7,000 Reduces teleportation fees by 30%.
Jackpot II 24h 7,000 Increases MGP payout by 10%. Duration: 24h

Rank 3 Actions require Aetherial Wheels:

Action Icon Duration Description
Jackpot III 24h Increases MGP payout by 15%.
Earth and Water III 24h Increases EXP earned through gathering by 20%.
Helping Hand III 24h Increases EXP earned through crafting by 20%.
A Man's Best Friend III 24h Increases EXP earned by companions by 20%.
Mark Up III 24h Increases Wolf Marks earned by 15%.
Seal Sweetener III 24h Increases company seals earned by 15%.
Live off the Land III 24h Increases Gathering by 15.
What You See III 24h Increases Perception by 15.
Eat from the Hand III 24h Increases Craftsmanship by 15.
In Control III 24h Increases Control by 15.
That Which Binds Us III 24h Increases spiritbonding speed.
Meat and Mead III 24h Increases duration of food effects by fifteen minutes.
Proper Care III 24h Slows gear wear by 30%.
Reduced Rates III 24h Reduces teleportation fees by 30%.

Company Chest

Locations

Region Zone Aethernet Shard Position
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

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