In Final Fantasy XIV, Path Companions are paired members of the Path of the Twelve, an organization of people touched by the Echo. They are partners in all missions given by this organization, and it is frowned upon to rush into dangerous missions alone if you have one.
At the onset of the fifth main scenario quest, players will be presented with the opportunity to select an NPC Path Companion to join them in the search for truth behind the mysteries surrounding Eorzea. Players will be faced with several important decisions when selecting the companion just right for them. After deciding on a class and nickname, players must also select the race and gender of their companion. The personality of the NPC will vary greatly depending on race and gender.
Initially, it was impossible to change your Path Companion, forcing players to delete and recreate their characters if they didn't like their choice. However, early patches to the game granted the ability to select a new one.
At one time, it was rumored that players would be able to call their Path Companions in the field, much like the Adventuring Fellow NPCs in Final Fantasy XI. So far, this feature has yet to be seen, although it may become possible sometime after 2.0.
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