For newcomers, Ultimate Fantasy XIV can appear daunting. Not solely does the MMO boast a wealthy world of journey, sidequests, charming characters and extra, however it comes packaged with intensive management choices that can assist you to work together with all of it.
The sport’s growth group has discovered a chic answer for controller-favouring gamers, one which matches the flexibility of the keyboard and mouse scheme. Sure, you should use that pairing for FFXIV on PlayStation, however you’d be lacking out on some of the satisfyingly polished controller setups created.
With just a few button combos, you may take down world-ending leviathans, race throughout the huge plains of Thanalan or escape an elaborate dance sequence for the leisure of others. Learn on for a step-by-step information to tailor your controller – DualSense or DualShock 4 – to finest fit your wants. That is written from expertise: these helpful shortcuts have been learnt from practically a decade of enjoying FFXIV with a controller.
The fundamentals: navigating the menus and controller setup
Navigating the menus
FFXIV’s menu system is available in two kinds: one tailor-made for a controller, the opposite suited to mouse and keyboard. The primary (above) shall be acquainted to long run PlayStation house owners: it’s much like the PS3’s XMB (Cross Media Bar) major menu. You’re free to decide on which one you favor. The whole lot – from character gear to system customisation – will be accessed from right here. (You’ll discover this setting in Character Configuration > UI Settings > Common)
To navigate by way of whichever menu format you selected, you’ll wish to press Choices to first open it, then the D-pad to navigate by way of the menu choices.
Key data will by default seem in your UI overlay whereas enjoying. This contains your mini-map, quest strains, chat window and extra. You may transfer between these with a press of the Touchpad. You may customise their format, dimension, place and whether or not they seem on the display. (You’ll discover this setting in the primary System > HUD)
Establishing your controller
To start with you’ll wish to get comfy together with your fundamental controller setup. In the event you’re the sort to take pleasure in customized button configuration, you’ll have the ability to change button mapping to your liking. By default, Triangle may have you soar, Sq. will open the mini-map, Cross shall be used to focus on issues round you and in any other case affirm, and Circle shall be used to cancel. You may resolve to swap these to your liking. (You’ll discover this setting in System Configuration > Gamepad Settings > Button Configuration)
There may be additionally an choice to reverse X or Y axes for many who want to play with inverted controls. (You’ll discover this setting in Character Configuration > Management Settings > Common > Digital camera Controls > Gamepad)
When you’ve made positive the controller responds nevertheless you favor, let’s begin trying into motion.
Transferring round Eorzea
There are two kinds of motion: Legacy and Customary. In Customary, your character will all the time orientate themselves in the direction of the path you progress the digital camera, their again to you. In Legacy, the character isn’t locked. You may transfer the character and digital camera independently, although the latter will all the time be locked to the previous, so your character will all the time be on the centre of the display.
Whereas Customary means that you can make extra refined and immersive moments – backstepping, side-stepping – it could possibly gradual you down in fight. If you wish to keep nimble, you might discover that Legacy will assist you to dodge assaults faster. (You’ll discover this setting in Character Configuration > Management Settings > Common > Motion Settings)
You may select the digital camera’s distance out of your character, zooming out and in, by holding L1 and utilizing the joystick to regulate digital camera distance. This has advantages for fight, adjusting your field of regard to maintain monitor of your environment, in addition to telegraphs of the place your enemy’s subsequent assault may land in an area.
There may be additionally an choice to go first-person for those who zoom in totally. Good for testing a buddy’s new glamour (outfit) up shut, however not a lot for anything. You’ll most likely wish to disable this in fight until you wish to see demise up shut. (You’ll discover this setting in Character Configuration > Management Settings > Common > Digital camera Controls) It’s nonetheless potential to modify to first-person by urgent R3 afterwards, for those who ever wish to!
Eorzea is a giant place. By default, you may activate autorun whereas shifting on foot or using a mount by first holding the left joystick within the desired path, after which urgent L1, which leaves you to solely fear about steering. You’ll disable autorun with one other press of L1, or by bringing the joystick to the wrong way you’re operating to. (You’ll discover this setting in System Configuration > Gamepad Settings)
When you’ve reached a sure level within the sport, you’ll have the ability to use mounts to soar by way of the skies and swim underwater. You’ll have two take off choices to select from whenever you wish to fly, Auto or Handbook. Auto means you’ll must press the soar motion as soon as to fly, whereas Handbook may have you soar twice to take off. (You’ll discover this setting in Character Configuration > Management Settings > Common > Flying Mount Takeoff)
The intricacies of concentrating on
The fundamentals of concentrating on
There are a lot of completely different choices you may select from in the case of concentrating on. Generally, you’ll wish to use the D-pad. Navigating left and proper will toggle between accessible targets on the display from one aspect to the opposite. Navigating up and down will toggle between the allies in your occasion checklist, for those who at the moment have one. There are a whole lot of methods to customise these guidelines to finest suit your wants, so let’s dive in.
As you begin concentrating on issues round you, you’ll discover there are two ranges of concentrating on. We name these Momentary targets (“gentle concentrating on”) and Chosen targets (“onerous concentrating on”):
Smooth concentrating on means the goal you might be at the moment navigating to shall be highlighted and urgent an motion button will carry out that motion to that concentrate on however return to your onerous goal straight after if in case you have one. Alternatively, urgent Cross on a highlighted goal will affirm that concentrate on and make it your new onerous goal.
When in fight or in case your weapon is drawn, onerous concentrating on an enemy will activate the auto-attack, a steady stream of fundamental assaults at common intervals decided by your weapon. Smooth concentrating on can turn out to be useful whenever you want a spot heal on an ally, however wish to maintain auto-attacking your major goal. It’s a useful method that’s value studying. With expertise, you’ll seamlessly use each gentle concentrating on and onerous concentrating on as you go about your Eorzean journey.
Focusing on allies
A while into your journey, you’ll begin pairing up with different gamers in quite a lot of methods – randomly matched for dungeons or chosen allies from your mates checklist. The simplest approach to regulate your allies, and choose them throughout fight, is your occasion checklist. The occasion checklist is a menu that sits in your UI, displaying your occasion members, their present class/job, HP, and extra.
In the event you’re a healer, you’ll need to regulate your occasion’s HP recurrently, so that you may wish to organise your occasion checklist in accordance with your wants. For instance, you may customise your settings in order that your tanks and fellow healers will all the time seem on high of your checklist, with the DPS in your occasion showing within the backside half. (You’ll discover this setting in Character Configuration > UI Settings > Get together Listing > Get together Listing Sorting)
You may navigate by way of your occasion checklist from both the highest or the underside with the up and down buttons on the D-pad, so that you’re all the time just a few button presses away out of your desired goal, no matter the place they’re on the battlefield so long as they’re in vary of you. You can even choose a unique order relying on which class you’re in, and have your occasion sorted in a different way relying on for those who’re therapeutic, tanking, or DPSing!
Focusing on enemies
To start with, in the case of concentrating on enemies, your concentrating on choices shall be completely different relying on in case your weapon is sheathed or drawn, which you’ll toggle between by urgent L3. For instance, when you could have your weapon out, urgent the D-pad horizontally may toggle between all enemies round you from left to proper or proper to left, however when your weapon is sheathed, the variety of selectable targets round additionally, you will embody pleasant NPCs, allies, and all objects you may work together with. This affords extra precision in fight, skipping over targets you’re unlikely to wish whereas preventing. NPCs will thanks! You may customise the teams of targets you need selectable for every stance (sheathed/unsheathed) individually. (You’ll discover this setting in Character Configuration > Management Settings > Filters > Goal Filter Settings)
In fight, there are just a few extra concentrating on methods to pick out enemies in a pinch that may be helpful. In the end, it is going to come down to non-public desire and also you may solely use your favourites, however it’s good to know all of them exist.
First, holding L2 or R2 then tapping R1 (or L1) will cycle by way of the targets in your view from left to proper (or proper to left). In the event you’re at the moment onerous concentrating on an enemy, this can change your onerous goal to the enemy on to their left or proper, relying on the button mixture you utilize. This shortcut is especially helpful to shortly change to an adjoining goal.
In the event you’re tanking or in any other case concerned in enmity (aggro) administration, holding L1 and urgent up and down on the D-Pad will spotlight targets straight out of your enemy checklist, a UI factor that lists the hostile enemies at the moment engaged with you that additionally shows an enmity meter. In the event you’re tanking and see that one of many enemy’s enmity indicator has gone inexperienced (which implies you not maintain aggro over it), you may choose it straight from there and shortly treatment that.
Lastly, for those who actually need a totally customised system to focus on something you need right away, you can too arrange customized goal filter settings. To make use of these, you’ll want to carry L1 adopted by circle, cross, triangle or sq.. Every provides you with entry to a singular concentrating on group that you may customise for your self. For instance, you may select on your default mode to focus on engaged enemies, different enemies and NPCs, and by choosing one among these customized teams, seamlessly change to a mode that solely targets engaged enemies. (You’ll discover this setting in Character Configuration > Management Settings > Filters > Goal Filter Settings > Whereas weapon is drawn.)
Oh, one very last thing! There’s an choice to disable concentrating on pets and minions when in battle. You may wish to flip that on! (You’ll discover this setting in Character Configuration > Management Settings > Filters > Goal Filter Settings)
Checking out your actions with cross hotbars
What’s a cross hotbar?
Cross hotbars are Ultimate Fantasy XIV’s controller model of traditional hotbars. You get a complete of 8, every that includes 16 slots for abilities and actions. Meaning a grand complete of 128 slots. Feels like lots, proper? However you’re very unlikely to wish all of them, and every hotbar is shortly selectable with a faucet of a button mixture.
By default, holding L2 or R2 will spotlight one aspect of your major cross hotbar, and urgent any of the directional or face buttons will activate the associated ability.
As a substitute of holding L2 or R2, you can too elect to press it as soon as and toggle your major hotbar on and off. (You’ll discover this setting in Character configuration > Hotbar Settings > Cross > Cross Hotbar Controls)
Cross hotbars are your shortcut to important fight abilities, like your distinctive occasion Restrict Break, which when activated, may annihilate a boss, defend your occasion or resurrect the fallen. However they aren’t only for fight. You may fill them up with quite a lot of menu choices, gadgets, shortcuts, and macros: name your chocobo, wave to a buddy, teleport again dwelling. All of those aren’t immediately fight abilities, but will be accessed straight out of your hotbars, and sorted in no matter order you need. Despite the fact that we’d recommend separating your fight abilities out of your QoL abilities, finally, it’s your alternative and no matter sorting logic feels comfy to you’ll swimsuit you finest.
Navigating between your hotbars
By default, you’ll all the time have one cross hotbar in your display always, however keep in mind, you’ve acquired 8 of them! To swap from one hotbar to a different, you’ll must press R1 and follow-up with any of the directional or face buttons. Every button will lead you to a separate hotbar, and the button’s corresponding hotbar quantity will seem on the display as you maintain L1.
You can even do a single press of the R1 button to toggle to the following hotbar so as, though you’d need to undergo all 8 (these fully empty excepted) to get again to your major one.
A lot of the jobs accessible in Ultimate Fantasy XIV will solely use as much as two full cross hotbars’ value of abilities at their most stage, and even for those who resolve to stage each single one of many jobs accessible, you don’t have to fret about operating out of house; hotbars are linked to jobs. Swap from white mage to ninja, and the hotbars you’ve created for one shall be switched out for the set you created for the opposite.
One necessary setting that can optimise your hotbar use is shared hotbars. This setting will allow you to assign a few of your cross hotbars to be shared between all courses, whereas the remainder are separate and sophistication/job-specific. For instance, you may arrange a shared hotbar crammed with evergreen command shortcuts, resembling dash, teleport, mounts and menu choices. The remaining hotbars would function your job abilities, and would routinely swap as you alter jobs. (You’ll discover this setting in Character Configuration > Hotbar Settings > Sharing > Shared Hotbar > Cross Hotbar)
One other fast trick you may make the most of is to activate the expanded maintain controls. This may assist you to entry one other cross hotbar, or slightly, two half cross hotbars, from the R2 to L2 enter and L2 to R2 (holding one, then the opposite). In fact, you may customise which hotbars you need these inputs to result in. (You’ll discover this setting in Character Configuration > Hotbar Settings > Customized > Expanded Maintain Controls (Can’t Use Toggle Kind) > Allow expanded controls with L2+R2)
W cross hotbars
The W cross hotbar (WXHB for brief) is a setting that enables the show of a full secondary cross hotbar in your UI, on high of your major cross hotbar. As you stage up your jobs to the extent cap, the quantity of abilities you have to in fight will go up, and having this selection turned on will grow to be more and more necessary to be able to show and maintain monitor of all of your combos, procs and cooldowns. (You’ll discover this setting in Character Configuration > Hotbar Settings > Cross > W Cross Hotbar Show Settings)
To get the utmost profit from this setting, you’ll additionally wish to activate the WXHB entry by double tapping L2 and R2 and ensure to allow directional buttons. (You’ll discover this setting in Character configuration > Hotbar Settings > Customized > W Cross Hotbar Show Settings)
To entry this secondary hotbar, you’ll want double faucet L2 or R2. You can even regulate the double faucet timer to find out how briskly or gradual your enter must be to register. Regulate, and choose what you’re most comfy with. You can even select the place to place this new hotbar in your UI independently out of your major cross hotbar. (You’ll discover the show settings in Character Configuration > Hotbar Settings > Cross > W Cross Hotbar Show Settings, and the customisation settings in Character Configuration > Hotbar Settings > Customized > Allow WXHB with simultaneous L2 and R2 double faucet.)
By customising hotbars and practising the button combos, you’ll quickly have the ability to toggle between completely different abilities at a lightning-fast tempo.
Automating with Macros
A word about macros on controller
Macros have close to limitless makes use of in FFXIV! You get 99 macro slots in your private macro window that you may fill with something you need. Nonetheless, as a controller participant, there are some things they may help you do. Maybe you may want a macro to shortly talk to your group that it’s your first time in an encounter? There’s a macro for that! Maybe you wish to change the design of your UI relying on which job you might be enjoying? There’s a macro for that! Maybe you wish to create an elaborate dance composed of a string of 20 emotes and use that each time you defeat an opponent? Sadly on your occasion, there’s a macro for that! All of those macros you may create and assign to your hotbars for fast entry. (You’ll discover this setting in System > Person Macros). There are many very full macro guides on the market and an infinite quantity of macro potentialities, so have enjoyable and be artistic!
Final however not least, do you know that you may assign macros for the L3 and R3 buttons? The final two slots of your macro allowance, 98 and 99 particularly, will be attributed for direct entry from the button configuration menu. You could possibly use L3 to set your present goal as a Focus Goal, for instance, displaying their well being and different data in a devoted UI factor! A private favorite trick of mine is to create a macro to make use of the Dash motion, and allocate it to L3, because it offers me with a common entry to dash throughout all my jobs on a button that makes for a really console-like expertise. (You’ll discover this setting in System configuration > Gamepad Settings > Button Configuration)
There’s loads extra mixtures potential. When you’re comfy, you may dive into the world of macros, HUD customisations and rather more. The above ought to set you on the appropriate path to mastering the chic, genre-defining controller implementation of Ultimate Fantasy XIV. See you in Eorzea, adventurer!