What is a Grand Company in FFXIV? (Beginner’s Guide)

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Grand Companies are organizations that deal with the Calamities that befall Eorzea. While looking for ways to prevent Calamities, Grand Companies also make preparations for managing the fallout of these disastrous events.

There are three Grand Companies that are active in Eorzea:

  • The Immortal Flames (Ul’dah)
  • The Maelstrom (Limsa Lominsa)
  • The Order of the Twin Adder (Gridania)

You will be required to join one of these Grand Companies when you reach the level 20 Main Scenario Quest “The Company You Keep”.

You can choose any Grand Company regardless of the city you started in, and your choice will not have much of an impact on the game’s overall story.


Grand Company Benefits

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Serpent Lieutenant Scarlet

While each Eorzean city-state has its own Grand Company, there isn’t much difference between them other than the location of their headquarters and the color schemes of the gear they offer.

You’ll gain access to the same features no matter which Grand Company you end up joining.


#1: Company Seals

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The Flame Quartermaster

Once you join a Grand Company, you can start earning Company Seals through the Grand Company Hunting Log, certain FATEs, Grand Company Leves, Grand Company missions, and from some Duty Roulettes.

There are also a few quests that will reward you with Company Seals.

They type of seal you can earn will depend on which Grand Company you are affiliated with.

  • Immortal Flames will earn Flame Seals
  • The Maelstrom will earn Storm Seals
  • And members of Order of the Twin Adder will earn Serpent Seals

These seals can be used to purchase gear and items from the Quartermaster NPC inside each Grand Company’s headquarters.


#2: Supply and Provisioning Missions

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Inside Maelstrom Command

When you speak to your Grand Company’s Personnel Officer, you’ll be given the option to undertake supply and provisioning missions. Selecting this option will open up a window with three tabs.

The first two tabs are for supply and provisioning missions. These are daily requests for specific items that will reward you with experience points when you turn them in.

The only difference between the two is pretty straightforward:

  • Supply missions are for crafter jobs
  • Provisioning missions are for gatherers

There will be 1 requested item per crafter or gatherer job you have unlocked. Regardless of whether or not you are able to submit the requested item, these missions will reset every day at 8AM PST.

Note: Submitting high-quality versions of requested items will net you more experience points.

The third tab for the Supply and Provisioning option is for Expert Delivery. This is where you can donate some of your unused equipment in exchange for Company Seals.


#3: Squadrons

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The Squadron Barracks

This is a feature that allows you to recruit NPCs into a squadron that you can send out on missions. Deploying your squadron is very similar to sending a retainer out on a venture.

To unlock this feature, you’ll first need to obtain the rank of Second Lieutenant with your Grand Company.

Once you’ve done that, speak with your Personnel Officer to accept the level 47 quest “Squadron and Commander”.

After your squadron members reach a certain rank, you can take them on Command Missions. These missions allow you to enter dungeons with 3 members of your squadron, much like how the Trust system works.


How To Switch Grand Companies

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Outside of Maelstrom Command

When you reach the rank of Second Lieutenant with your current Grand Company, you have to option to transfer to either of the other factions.

To do this, visit the headquarters of the Grand Company you wish to transfer to and speak with their Personnel Officer.

Each Personnel Officer can be found at the following locations:

Grand Company Location
Maelstrom Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (X:13.1, Y:12.7)
Immortal Flames Ul’dah – Steps of Nald (X:8.3, Y:9.0)
Order of the Twin Adder New Gridania (X:9.8, Y:11.0)

After switching to a new Grand Company, you’ll need to wait 15 days before you are able to change again. The first time you transfer will be free, but after that it will cost you 50,000 gil each time.

Ranks will not transfer over to the new Grand Company, but your progress with the old one will remain. This makes it possible to reach the highest rank for all three Grand Companies.

Also, any squadron members you’ve recruited will move to the new Grand Company with you.

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