The Duty Finder is a gameplay mechanic in Final Fantasy XIV. It allows players to queue up for instanced dungeons, trials, raids, guildhests, or Player-versus-Player content without first needing to be part of a pre-made party. This system does support pre-made parties, however, and will fill in empty slots as needed.
Using the Duty FinderEdit
Opening the Duty Finder will display a list of dungeons, guildhests, trials, and raids. The player must check the box next to the desired duty and select Join. If the player is not in a party, or does not meet the party size requirement for a certain duty, the player will be matched with other players automatically. The player can freely continue adventuring while their parties are being assembled by the server, however if they switch classes they must switch back before being able to enter the duty.
When undertaking a duty that requires a party, the duty finder automatically designates players as tanks, attackers, or healers, depending on their class or job. Players are placed in balanced parties based on these roles, with a ratio of one tank, one healer, and two damage dealers. This amount is scaled depending on whether the content requires 4, 8, or 24 players. Once the duty finder has assembled a party and everyone confirms they're ready, players are transported to the dungeon or raid area. Upon completion, players are returned to their respective worlds automatically, at their original location. Furthermore, if a group of players provides all of the party members required for a specific Duty, it will allow the party to enter the Duty regardless of party composition (e.g., a group of four Dragoons could enter a Light Party dungeon).
Prior to Patch 3.5, players could not use the Duty Finder if their chocobo companion is active (summoning one while in queue would cancel it). In addition, solo instanced battles during quests cannot be undertaken if the player has queued for Duty Finder.
As of Patch 3.4, the Duty Finder may be used to access a Triple Triad Battlehall or to queue for cross-server Lord of Verminion matches.
A feature introduced in Patch 2.1, the Duty Roulette lets players queue in for a random instance, with a bonus reward of experience, Allagan Tomestones, gil, and/or Grand Company seals. While the roulette can be queued as many times as desired, the bonus reward is only awarded once per day (reset at midnight JST).
In addition, there is an Adventurer in Need reward: if the player matches the desired role, they will be given a payout of extra EXP and gil. This reward can always be obtained.
This roulette is obtained as long as the three starting dungeons (Sastasha, The Tam-Tara Deepcroft, and Copperbell Mines) are unlocked. This contains every instanced dungeon through leveling process (including those added in Heavensward), as well as Main Scenario trials. Players will be awarded significant experience points, gil, and Company seals upon completion of the duty. Level 60 players will receive a daily bonus of 100 Allagan tomestones of lore and 5 Allagan tomestones of scripture.
Level 50 RouletteEdit
This roulette covers all non-raid endgame dungeons in A Realm Reborn: specifically Amdapor Keep, The Wanderer's Palace, Pharos Sirius, Copperbell Mines (Hard), Haukke Manor (Hard), The Lost City of Amdapor, Halatali (Hard), Brayflox's Longstop (Hard), Hullbreaker Isle, The Tam-Tara Deepcroft (Hard), The Stone Vigil (Hard), Snowcloak, Sastasha (Hard), The Sunken Temple of Qarn (Hard), The Keeper of the Lake, The Wanderer's Palace (Hard), and Amdapor Keep (Hard). Each must be completed at least once before this roulette can be used. Players a bonus of 100 Allagan tomestones of poetics, and experience points (if not at level cap) or 120 Allagan tomestones of lore (if level 60).
Level 60 RouletteEdit
This roulette covers all non-raid endgame dungeons in Heavensward: specifically: the Aetherochemical Research Facility, Fractal Continuum, Neverreap, Saint Mocianne's Arboretum, Pharos Sirius (Hard), the Antitower, the Lost City of Amdapor (Hard), Sohr Khai, and Hullbreaker Isle (Hard). Each must be completed at least once before this roulette can be used. Players will receive a bonus of 100 Allagan tomestones of lore and 15 Allagan tomestones of scripture.
This roulette is for the dungeons from the most recent version update. As of Patch 3.4, it has Xelphaltol and the Great Gubal Library (Hard). Players will receive a bonus of 60 Allagan tomestones of lore and 40 Allagan tomestones of scriptures for participating.
This roulette covers all storyline, Hard-difficulty, and Side Story trials. As of Patch 3.4, this includes Cape Westwind, The Chrysalis, The Steps of Faith, Battle on the Big Bridge The Dragon's Neck, Battle in the Big Keep, A Relic Reborn: the Chimera, A Relic Reborn: the Hydra, The Bowl of Embers (Hard), The Howling Eye (Hard), The Navel (Hard), Thornmarch (Hard), The Whorleater (Hard), The Striking Tree (Hard), Akh Afah Amphitheatre (Hard), Thok ast Thok (Hard), and The Limitless Blue (Hard), The Singularity Reactor, Containment Bay S1T7, the Final Steps of Faith, and Containment Bay P1T6.
At least two trials must be completed before this roulette can be accessed. Players will receive a daily bonus of 60 Allagan tomestones of lore and 10 Allagan tomestones of scripture if they are level 60, or bonus experience points otherwise.
This roulette covers the two dungeons at the end of 2.0's Main Scenario arc: Castrum Meridianum and the Praetorium. It is intended to help newer players find a party for these instances, with a daily reward of 120 Allagan tomestones of poetics for those using the roulette.
This roulette leads to any of the unlocked Guildhests. Players will receive a daily bonus of experience, gil, and company seals for participating.
This roulette contains all Frontlines duties; as of Patch 3.3, this includes Borderland Ruins (Secure) and Borderland Ruins (Slaughter), Seal Rock (Seize), and Field of Glory (Shatter). Players will receive a bonus of 50 Allagan tomestones of lore and 20 Allagan tomestones of scripture for participating.
Available only to players who have signed up as a Mentor, this will place them in any instance needing players (excluding those on the Raid Finder). Players will receive a daily bonus of 30 Allagan tomestones of lore and 10 Allagan tomestones of scriptures for participating.