Linkshell is a permanent chat channel in which a collection of players can communicate together. Often formed to find players of similar interests with which you can play with together.
As with any MMO out in this day and age, there’s a lot to learn, some of which isn’t exactly readily available inside the game itself. Not to say the game doesn’t explain things, it’s just that it doesn’t always explain them with the sort of clarity that you would be looking or hoping for; as a result that’s where I come in - to at least bring some more information on something that the game might be lacking in.
At first glance, what is the Linkshell? You might come up with a myriad of different responses to that question, many of them probably incorrect – unless you said the guild system! Yes, that’s right; the Linkshell is actually an item that allows you to create your own guild in the game, similar to that of any other MMO in existence. (The Linkshell system is NOT the guild system, please see Free Company for FFXIV's guild system.) Template:^
With any guild-based system, there are a set number of roles that individuals can be promoted and demoted from; all ranging from low-to-high on their own, personal hierarchy for the Linkshell.
These positions are:
Each one of these positions allow the player a certain set of actions, with the Masters being given the option to invite new members; promote or demote leaders and members to leader or master rank; kick a player from the Linkshell; even disbanding the Linkshell entirely. Leaders on the other hand don’t nearly have the same amount of priorities, but they do have access to inviting new members to the Linkshell and can even kick Members from the Linkshell.
The Members do not have access to these sort of permissions, but they can still chat throughout the global Linkshell chat, if they so choose to interact with other players who are online at the time.
If you’re reading this and thinking where you might get your own Linkshell to start off your new guild, you’re going to want to go and find one of three possible NPC’s who can give you the item; providing you follow their quest line until you finally get the item.
These 3 NPC’s are:
After locating one of these 3 NPC’s, basically follow along with everything they want you to do and before too long they will reward you with the Linkshell; finally giving you the chance and the opportunity to start your own guild in Final Fantasy XIV.
There’s not too much else to say about the Linkshell, as at its core it isn’t all that complicated to begin with, but if you’ve ever found yourself wishing for a guild-like feature to fill up with your friends then I would recommended looking into getting the item for yourself to at least give it a shot.