The Island Sanctuary has been one of the most anticipated game features in all of Final Fantasy XIV. It is no surprise that once it was released, players flocked to the game to try and unlock it. In this guide, we will be teaching you how to unlock your very own Island Sanctuary in Final Fantasy XIV.

Back in August of 2022, Square Enix released a trailer for Patch 6.2 of the critically acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV. One of the features teased in the trailer was the Island Sanctuary. In it, players could explore a seemingly uninhabited island paradise. The players could gather resources, harvest crops, capture animals, and many more. This update had players hyped. Most of the game's players had been looking for a change of pace, a more relaxing experience away from the raids and dungeons. This is the game's answer to the players who were looking to do something more relaxing after catching up in the Main Scenario Quest or MSQ for short.

The recently concluded FFXIV Live Letter 77 also gave us a closer look at the new things coming to the Island Sanctuary. This includes increasing the sanctuary rank to 16, new visions, additional gathering areas and materials, and new construction plots alongside new facilities. There will also be new crafting recipes, new products, and some new animals. Additionally, players can also place furniture glamours on the island. This lets players customize their Island's appearances to further suit their tastes. Sadly, players cannot use this feature as a storage unit of sorts, as they are just placing glamour copies of the furniture.

Long story short, there are a lot of new features coming to the Island Sanctuary in FFXIV that you won't want to miss. If you haven't unlocked it yet, then you don't have to worry, as we will be detailing in this guide just how to unlock the Island Sanctuary.

FFXIV Island Sanctuary Unlock Guide for Endwalker players

To unlock the Island Sanctuary, players must first have already finished the Level 90 quest from the MSQ titled Endwalker. After finishing this cutscene, the players may then proceed to the end-game hub Old Sharlayan. There, they can find the Clueless Crier at coordinates (X:11.9 Y: 11.0). They will give you the quest entitled “Seeking Sanctuary”. Going through the quest will lead the player to Lower La Noscea, in the Moraby Dry Docks. Located there at coordinates (X: 24.9 Y: 34.8) is Baldin, the Cieldalaes Ferryman.

Talking to him will allow the player to travel to their island. From there, the player can now start exploring their very own Island Sanctuary.

FFXIV Island Sanctuary Unlock Guide for others

Normally, the player needs to finish Endwalker to be able to fully experience the Island Sanctuary. However, those who haven't reached Endwalker can still visit other players' islands. To do so, the player must be at least level 15 to unlock Airship travel. If the player already started in La Noscea, this requirement is not really needed. Once the player can travel to other regions, they can head over to Baldin as described above. Once they have talked to Baldin, they unlock the ability to travel to the islands of other players.

The players can travel to their friend's island, their Free Company (FFXIV's equivalent of a guild) member's islands, or the island of their party members. There are, however, two requirements for this visit to happen. First, the island's owner must be on the island itself. This prevents players from just exploring other people's islands uninvited. This also serves to lessen the server load, as the game will only load the islands if the owners are on it. Second, the owner of the island must allow visitors to visit their island. The islands have their own privacy settings that the owner can change. Should they want to prevent other players from visiting, they can lock their island. Otherwise, the island is open to visitors any and all visitors that want to visit it granted it meets the first requirement.

Patch 6.3 will also introduce a feature that notifies the Island owner if one of their friend visits. That means that chances are if you visit your friend's Island Sanctuary, they just might go there as well to hang out with you.

Now that you have unlocked the Island Sanctuary, it is time to explore, take in the sights, and have a breather before the next round of raids, dungeons, and MSQ. If you still haven't reached Endwalker, then you can still take some time off and visit your friend's Island Sanctuaries

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