Knowing how to earn as much FFXIV Gil you can, as fast as possible, is always going to be useful because money is always useful. Get enough Gil in Final Fantasy XIV and you can buy you better weapons, customise your character, or get a fancy mount, with the long terms goal of eventually buying a house. You can earn Gil a number different ways - anything from completing quests, selling items (maybe ones you've made if you pick one of the FFXIV crafting jobs or found with the FFXIV gathering jobs), slaying foes and completing dungeons and various challenges.
However, while there a lot of ways to earn Gil, there's nothing that will get you rich quick. Everything requires a reasonable amount of time and effort. That said there are plenty of ways to earn money if you put in the time so let's take a look at some of the best ways to make Gil that are highly rewarding, relatively low-effort, and fast.
Do the FFXIV Weekly Challenges and Duty Roulette
In case you’re already doing the Duty Roulette and the Challenge Log for other reasons (such as class experience and we've got a FFXIV XP leveling guide if to help there), just keep doing what you’re doing. Although most of the Gil-making methods below are even more rewarding, these challenges offer plenty of in-game currency and don’t take too much time.
If you want to maximize the amount of Gil you get from your Duty Roulette, make sure you’re the ‘adventurer in need’. There’s often a shortage of Tanks and Healers (indicated by the little icon left of the level requirement in the Duty Finder), so using one of these classes will get you a Gil bonus. Don’t forget to exchange your Tomestones (an additional, high level reward) for unique gear and items as well. Reselling these will provide you with an extra source of Gil.
Furthermore, you’ll be able to sell the loot you don’t need to others players on the Market Board (the FFXIV auction house). You can also desynthesize it, which will get you some crafting parts. If you choose to do this, you might keep some of the parts for yourself while selling the rest on the Market.
Crafting and gathering in FFXIV
If you want a steady Gil income to (ultimately) get rich in FFXIV, you might want to find yourself a job. There’s plenty of choice: you can become a Weaver, a Carpenter, a Culinarian, or even a Botanist. While most of these professions involve item crafting (the Disciples of the Hand), a few are focused on gathering materials instead (Disciples of the Land).
Gathering materials provides an easy source of income, as they’re always in demand (especially Miners). Crafters often prefer to buy materials rather than search for them, so even the most basic materials will sell on the Market. Eventually, you can sell or complete Treasure Maps too (more on that later).
Although all crafting professions have their uses, the Armorer, Goldsmith, and Alchemist tend to make the most valued items. Keep in mind that leveling these professions means being able to craft better gear, which will ultimately fetch the most Gil.
Study the FFXIV Marketboard
You’ve leveled your gatherers and crafters, but what’s the most profitable item to sell? There’s no perfect answer to that question, as the demand may vary from time to time. It’s therefore always wise to check the Market Board before deciding on an item. As a general rule though, remember that most players are either looking for ways to save time, or stuff they can’t make themselves. They will offer good money for high level gear or large quantities of basic materials.
Click on the item you want to sell to see how many other players are selling and what their asking prices are. If you’re selling basic materials or food, you might want to place a larger stack on the market. The price differences are often small, so keep it about average or just below the usual asking price.
Retainer Ventures in FFXIV
One of the best things about making money in Final Fantasy XIV, is that you can get a little help from your trusty sidekicks; the Retainers. After completing the ‘Scions of the Seventh Dawn’ Main Scenario Quest (minimum level 17), you can send your Retainers on so-called ‘Retainer Ventures’. Completing these ventures awards you with experience and, of course, Gil.
The more Ventures your Retainers complete, the higher their level will become and the better your rewards. Although the Retainer Ventures aren’t the most profitable activity to make Gil in FFXIV, they are an easy source of income that will grow over time.
Note that you need to acquire a Venture currency before you can start a Retainer Venture. You can get them from doing Beast Tribe Quests and Guildleves, or buy them from your Grand Company Vendor.
FFXIV Treasure Maps and Grand Company Hunts
FFXIV Treasure Maps are obtained by high level Disciples of the Land (Miners, Fishers, and Botanists) while gathering. They can also be bought on the Market. After completing the ‘Treasures and Tribulations’ quest (level 36), you unlock the ability to decipher these maps and go on a profitable Treasure Hunt. Keep in mind that you can only keep one Treasure Map at a time, so you might want to send the rest to a friendly player over mail just to store them.
Before you go on a Treasure Hunt, do remember that Treasure Maps are a bit of a gamble since you don’t know what you’re going to get. Although doing them yourself tends to be more profitable in the long run, you can also just sell the maps on the Market Board for a smaller but reliable source of Gil.
If you’re not into Treasure Hunts, you might want to try the Grand Company Hunts instead. You can see the available Hunts and their rewards on your Grand Company’s Hunt Board. Completing them will get you pretty high Gil rewards as well as Seals that can be exchanged for other valuable items. Note that you need to reach the rank of Second Lieutenant to unlock this feature.
FFXIV Beast Tribe Quests
The Beast Tribe Quests in Final Fantasy XIV reward you with a bit of Gil, Tomestones, and Ventures, but that’s not the only reason why they’re so profitable. Completing quests for the Beast Tribes will increase your reputation and ultimately grant you access to unique materials and items. You can buy these furnishings, mounts, and minions from the Beast Tribe Vendor and sell them on the Market Board to players who don’t have access to this stuff. Pay special attention to unique dyes; these will often go for very high prices.
All you need to do now is pick a few of these money-making activities and you’re all set to fill your pockets with Gil in Final Fantasy XIV!