Player Versus Player (Commonly read as PvP) duties are events where players are not all fighting on the same side. Generally these are competitive events where the goal is for a player or team of players to get kills, complete an objective, or do something else before the opposing players accomplish the same goal. Unlike other quests or battles, the enemies you face here are other players, who will typically behave very differently from A.I. controlled monsters.
|Seal Rock (Seize)||60||150||Like Civilized Men and Women|
|The Fields of Glory (Shatter)||60||150||Like Civilized Men and Women|
|The Feast (4 on 4 - Light Party)||60||150||A Pup No Longer|
|The Feast (4 on 4 - Solo)||60||150||A Pup No Longer|
|The Feast (8 on 8 - Matched Party)||60||150||A Pup No Longer|
PvP only takes place in special instanced areas and certain other designated locations. You can not become hostile towards other players outside of these areas.
|Wolves' Den Pier|
|The Feast (Small Arena)|
|Carteneau Flats: Borderland Ruins||50|
|The Fields of Glory (Zone)||60|
Frontline is a large-scale, 3-way battle for domination. The battles generally feature a large open area where three teams of up to 24 players each compete for control of a vast wasteland with allagan technology lying about. There are four modes across three different areas, the Carteneau Flats (CF), Seal Rock (SR) or the Fields of Glory (FoG).
Frontline also contains unique battle mechanics, including "Adrenaline" which is like a personal limit break system, and "battle highs" which reward kill streaks. It differs from The Wolves' Den in that it lasts to a certain score, rather than the last team standing.
Regardless of area and mode, Frontline is made to be accessible to all and has minimal requirements in order to facilitate party matching- players may even change jobs in their team's starting area.
The unrated Wolves Den plays host to two types of arenas:
The Fold: The original Wolves Den encounter, this is a 4-on-4 Last Man Standing battle. Two teams battle it out and the match ends when all members of one team are KO'd at the same time.
The Feast: In this arena, two teams of 8 battle it out to collect the most medals. Each player starts with 100 medals, and you drop half of your medal total when you are KO'd. The match ends when one team reaches the target number of medals. If neither team accomplishes this before the time runs out, the team with the most medals will be the winner.
The Wolves' Den has strict party composition requirements- Each team must have
For 8-on-8 matches, there are no role restrictions and players can change jobs prior to the start of the match. No changes are allowed in 4-on-4 matches.
Rated battles offer a more competitive setting for PvP battles. These follow the same rules as for the Feast described above, but players will earn a rating that goes up and down based on the outcome of the matches. As you earn rating points, you will ascend through five ranking tiers, which will be shown on your PvP Profile. Ratings for solo queue and party battles are kept separately.
Click the link above to view the current standings for rated battles!
Each rank tier requires a certain minimum rating. When you achieve this rating, you will play a best-of-five match series, in which you must win three of the next five games to advance to the next tier.
Rated play is broken down into seasons, which typically last from one secondary patch (x.x5) to the next. At the end of each season, players are given special rewards based on the tier achieved, and then a new season begins and all ratings are reset.
A win/loss in rated play earns/costs you a base value of 25 rating points, but this value can increase or decrease if the overall rating of each team is unbalanced (beating a weaker/stronger team will earn you less/more points, and losing to a weaker/stronger team will cost you more/less points). To redcuce rank anxiety and more quickly move players to their expected rating, lower tiers reduce the number of points taken away on a loss by a set amount:
No Tier: zero points lost
Bronze: -20 points lost
Silver: -15 points lost
Gold: -10 points lost
Platinum: -5 points lost
The Wolves' Den Pier has a large open area where players may challenge each other to duels. You can participate after completing the level 1 quest It's Time to Duel. This means that dueling is open to all Disciples of War and Magic at any level can duel. To initiate a duel, step within the marked dueling area, target another player and select the Request Duel sub-command. Both players will be shown a confirmation that shows the player's item level, and after confirmation, the duel will begin after a 5 second countdown.
There is no level or item level sync, however morale and materia do not take effect. Dueling can only be conducted within the designated area, and stepping outside of the area will end any duel in progress. You can not change jobs or gear while standing within the duel platform.
To participate in any PvP activity (except duels), you must be at least level 50 and have met the requirements for a particular event to appear in the Duty Finder before you can participate (See each PvP area above for the requirements for each one). All PvP is accessed through the Duty Finder. There is no cost to participate; however, if you leave a PvP duty instance before it has concluded, you will be unable to participate in PvP duties again for 30 minutes upon exiting (Rated The Feast locks you out of all content for 30 minutes).
Once you meet the requirements, it is a simple matter of queuing up in the duty finder for the event and tier you want to participate in. You can join alone, or with a party. Players in the same party will be on the same side in the PvP duty.
For The Feast only, it is possible to set up arranged matches with friends on the same server. To do this, form two parties of either four or eight. Target the party leader and open the subcommand menu and select to invite them to a custom match. All participants will then be transported to the arena. During a Custom Match, chat modes normally restricted in PvP (such as linkshell and Free Company chat) can be used.
It is also possible to spectate Feast custom matches. By creating a third party of at least two people who wish to observe a match and inviting them to spectate, you can have up to 8 observers who can watch the action with a dedicated UI showing the status of all players on both teams and the current score along with buttons to switch between several fixed cameras around the arena (Or, you can spectate from a selected participant's viewpoint as well).
This section lists things that are different about PvP compared to PvE gameplay. Things here apply generally to all PvP activities unless otherwise noted. See a specific PvP area's page for rules specific to that particular area.
As you participate in PvP battles, you will earn PvP Experience. When you earn enough, your PvP Rank will increase. Each PvP rank awards Action Points which can be spent to unlock PvP-exlcusive actions and traits. If your current class/job is not level 60, you will also earn normal experience points from non-level 60 battles.
In addition, each PvP event has a selection of items and equipment with stats tailored towards PvP. See the specific content's page for the rewards associated with it. Some PvP equipment may have a rank requirement to equip, and if PvP gear has Materia slots, the materia placed in them will only take effect in PvP content. Outside of this restriction, however, PvP reward gear can be used in any content, with stats equivalent to other gear of the same item level.
Additionally, there is a selection of special mounts, titles, and gear that are earned from PvP-related achievements.