Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn cover
Square Enix
Release dates
Windows August 27, 2013
macOS (OS X) June 23, 2015
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn guide at StrategyWiki
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn at Wikipedia
Final Fantasy
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Final Fantasy Type-0 Online TBA

Key points

Being an MMORPG, a constant internet connection is required to play.
Originally released as Final Fantasy XIV on September 22, 2010.
Cross-platform play with PlayStation 4 players.[1]

General information

Technical Support forum
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail For original release install the client and use Mog Station.[2]
macOS (OS X)
Developer website
macOS (OS X)
macOS (OS X)
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Does not require the Steam client to start. Expansions will have to be purchased on Steam to activate properly on a Steam-enabled FFXIV account.
The NA version requires a North American Square Enix Account.
The PAL version requires a European & other Regions Square Enix Account.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use replacement 00004.bk2[3]

Apply the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn intro skip.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn
macOS (OS X)
The files stored in this location are not synced to the game server, so it is recommended that you back them up.
  • FFXIV.cfg - Config file with various graphics/game options
  • FFXIV_BOOT.cfg - Config file to track stuff like whether or not you've read the EULA
  • FFXIV_CHARA_##.dat - These files contain the character creation data for characters you've created on this game client
  • downloads/ - Temporary patch download location
  • screenshots/ - Any screenshots you have taken with prntscrn will go here
  • FFXIV_CHR################/ - This folder contains settings specific to your character
  • log/ - Folder containing combat logs for your character
  • ACQ.DAT - The list of recent tell contacts.
  • ADDON.DAT - UI settings such as HUD layouts and window sizes.
  • COMMON.DAT - Character Settings.
  • CONTROL0.DAT - Keyboard/Mouse Settings
  • CONTROL1.DAT - Gameplay Settings
  • GEARSET.DAT - Saved gearsets
  • HOTBAR.DAT - contents of your Hotbars, but not their positions or such
  • ITEMFDR.DAT - unknown
  • ITEMODR.DAT - Inventory and Retainer item sort positions
  • KEYBIND.DAT - Keybindings
  • LOGFLTR.DAT - Chat filters
  • MACRO.DAT - Custom macros
  • UISAVE.DAT - timers such as the retainer venture timer, possibly other stuff

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
AMD Eyefinity doesn't work with DX11.
Cutscenes feature black bars when playing in 21:9 resolutions.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use FFXIV FOV Changer. Not compatible with latest patch.[4]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Bilinear and Trilinear filtering modes are also available.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Implemented as part of the "Frame Rate Limit" option.
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
System Configuration > Mouse Settings > Mouse Camera Sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Both X and Y axes can be inverted independently. Options for both 3rd and 1st Person camera modes are available.
Controller support
Full controller support
Must input Username and Password with Keyboard. Chat and other features may also require keyboard input.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Character Configuration > Control Settings > Camera Speed (Analog Stick)
Controller Y-axis inversion
Both X and Y axes can be inverted independently. Options for both 3rd and 1st Person camera modes are available.
Additional information
Button prompts
Button prompts can be changed manually between ABXY, DualShock, and DualShock + Touchpad modes.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 supported.
Featured in all cutscenes and dialogue events. Cannot be disabled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

VR support[edit]


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Multiple data centers to choose from depending on player region.
Direct IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 80, 443, 8080, 55296-55551
UDP (outbound) 55296-55551
UPNP support status is unknown.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Error 90000[edit]

This is a generic error code for disconnection from the game server. This issue may have something to do with your local network configuration, or ISP packet shaping/throttling.[5]

Issues fixed[edit]

Stuck at loading screen before character selection[edit]

Stuck at loading screen before character selection[6]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn
  2. Edit FFXIV.cfg
  3. Change CutsceneMovieOpening from 0 to 1
  4. Save the file and restart the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11 DirectX 11 support was added alongside the Heavensward expansion.[7]
64-bit executable
Tied to the DirectX 11 executable. Added alongside the Heavensward expansion.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit), Windows 10 (32/64-bit) Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8.1 (64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 (2.4 GHz or higher) Intel Core i7 (3 GHz or higher)
System memory (RAM) 3 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 60 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 or higher
AMD Radeon R7 260X or higher
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or higher
AMD Radeon RX 480 or higher
Requires 1280x720 resolution or higher.
System requirements may change with the release of new expansions.


  1. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Coming to PS4, E3 Trailer – PlayStation.Blog
  2. I found a copy, need help :: FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn General Discussions
  3. Celadin comments on so is there anyway to get rid of the Heavensward intro movie?
  4. Update for Stormblood? · Issue #1 · AltimorTASDK/ffxiv_fov
  6. Stuck with a loading screen. - Reddit
  7. Letter from the Producer LIVE Part XIX Q&A Summary (01/19/2015)