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Welcome to the UI Guide

The user interface, or UI for short, refers to the various on-screen elements and menus through which a player interacts with the game. The UI in FFXIV can be adjusted in myriad ways to ensure an enjoyable gaming experience.

This guide will explain how to adjust the UI, and offer tips to help you navigate the game.

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Mastering the UI / HUD Overview

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Parts of the HUD

Below is a list of HUD elements that appear by default. Please note that what appears will differ depending on your control settings.

Out of Combat

Main Scenario Guide

Displays the name of the next available main scenario quest. Clicking on the quest name will open the map and display where you can go to continue your journey through the story.

Log Window

Quest dialogue, system messages, conversations with other players, and more are displayed here.

The plus icon below the log window will add a new tab, while the cog icon will open the Log Window Settings menu.

Hotbar

Player actions, emotes, items, macros, and target markers can be set to these slots so that they can be accessed by selecting their respective icons. You can change the layout of the hotbars, and even their key settings as you see fit.

Parameter Bar

Displays your current HP, MP/CP/GP, and experience bar. Upon entering a sanctuary, such as an inn room or aetheryte camp, a crescent moon icon will appear next to your experience bar, indicating you are accruing rested bonus experience.

Minimap

Displays the current location of your character, as well as the location of nearby landmarks such as shops and quest destinations. You can also click the minimap to open a larger map of the area.
The map of low level areas will appear in their entirety upon visiting them for the first time. In later levels, however, you must explore maps to reveal them completely. That said, you should always remember to attune to local aetherytes. This will make it easier to return to these areas later.

Duty List

Displays active quest titles and objectives. Selecting the quest title opens the journal, while selecting the objective displays its location on your map.

Gear and Inventory Grid

At a glance you can confirm how many items are in your inventory, represented by the dots on the right. The set of dots on the left represents your character's gear slots. Clicking on the sets opens their respective menus.

Main Menu

Contains the following categories: Character, Duty, Logs, Travel, Party, Social, and System.

Gil

Displays the amount of gil currently in your possession. Selecting the gil icon will open the Currency menu, which displays other currencies such as tomestones and Grand Company seals.

In Combat

Party List

Displays all players and NPCs with whom you form a party. When engaging an enemy, this list will also show the enmity of all party members, as well as any enhancements or enfeeblements affecting them. This list can also be used to immediately target players in your party. Please note the party list will not display when playing alone.

Enmity

Enmity is a measure of how likely an enemy is to attack a player. Your enmity in relation to that of party members is represented by numbers next to your names. The lower the number, the more enmity you have, with an "A" identifying the player currently targeted by the enemy.

How does one build enmity?
Attacks against an enemy and healing effects used on allies generate enmity. Tank classes are designed to generate higher levels of enmity than other classes, but there are occasions where a DPS or healer class will draw the enemy's attention. In such cases, one should stay close to the tank so they may build back enmity as quickly as possible.

How should each role manage enmity?
Tanks should make liberal use of enmity generating abilities to hold an enemy's attention.
DPS should focus on the tank's target, making use of actions that reduce enmity as necessary.
Healers must maintain the HP of party members, but try not to heal more than necessary. When using several powerful healing actions in quick succession, it is advisable to also use abilities that reduce enmity.

Enmity management becomes increasingly important as you gain in levels, so it is important to learn the fundamentals of party dynamics early on.

Enmity List

Indicates the enmity level of the target or targets with which you are currently engaged. A red icon next to their name means they will attack you, so be careful.

Target Bar

Displays information on the object, character, or enemy currently targeted. The bar directly to the right of the target bar indicates the character with which the target is interacting.

Focus Target Bar

In addition to your current target, you can also keep an eye on other enemies or allies by making them focus targets. This is a good way to keep track of one target's HP while dealing with another.

Setting a Focus Target
A focus target can be designated by clicking on the target and selecting Focus Target from the submenu, or by pressing Shift+F.

Progress Bar

Indicates the progress of any actions (spell casting, item usage, etc.) that are not instant.

Out of Combat

Main Scenario Guide

Displays the name of the next available main scenario quest. Press the BACK button (SHARE on PS4™, CREATE on PS5™) to select the quest name and open a map which will display where you can go to continue your journey through the story.

Log Window

Quest dialogue, system messages, conversations with other players, and more are displayed here.

The plus icon below the log window will add a new tab, while the cog icon will open the Log Window Settings menu.

Cross Hotbar

Player actions, emotes, items, macros, and target markers can be set to these slots, and activated by pressing LT or RT (L2 or R2 on PS5™/PS4™) together with the hotbar's corresponding button.

There are multiple cross hotbars available, which can be switched between pressing RB (R1 on PS5™/PS4™) together with the action's corresponding button, or cycled through by tapping RB (R1 on PS5™/PS4™).

Parameter Bar

Displays your current HP, MP/CP/GP, and experience bar. Upon entering a sanctuary, such as an inn room or aetheryte camp, a crescent moon icon will appear next to your experience bar, indicating you are accruing rested bonus experience.

Minimap

Displays the current location of your character, as well as the location of nearby landmarks such as shops and quest destinations. You can press the X button (□ on PS5™/PS4™) to open a larger map of the area.

The map of low level areas will appear in their entirety upon visiting them for the first time. In later levels, however, you must explore maps to reveal them completely. That said, you should always remember to attune to local aetherytes. This will make it easier to return to these areas later.

Duty List

Displays active quest titles and objectives. Selecting the quest title opens the journal, while selecting the objective displays its location on your map.

Gear and Inventory Grid

At a glance you can confirm how many items are in your inventory, represented by the dots on the right. The set of dots on the left represents your character's gear slots.

To view the items and gear in your inventory, open the Main Menu and select Inventory or Armoury Chest from the Character tab.

Main Menu

At a glance you can confirm how many items are in your inventory, represented by the dots on the right. The set of dots on the left represents your character's gear slots.

To view the items and gear in your inventory, open the Main Menu and select Inventory or Armoury Chest from the Character tab.

Main Menu

Contains the following categories: Character, Duty, Logs, Travel, Party, Social, and System.

Gil

Displays the amount of gil currently in your possession. Open the main menu and select Currency under the Character tab to display a list of currencies including tomestones and Grand Company seals.

In Combat

Party List

Displays all players and NPCs with whom you form a party. When engaging an enemy, this list will also show the enmity of all party members, as well as any enhancements or enfeeblements affecting them. This list can also be used to immediately target players in your party. Please note the party list will not display when playing alone.

Enmity

Enmity is a measure of how likely an enemy is to attack a player. Your enmity in relation to that of party members is represented by numbers next to your names. The lower the number, the more enmity you have, with an "A" identifying the player currently targeted by the enemy.

How does one build enmity?
Attacks against an enemy and healing effects used on allies generate enmity. Tank classes are designed to generate higher levels of enmity than other classes, but there are occasions where a DPS or healer class will draw the enemy's attention. In such cases, one should stay close to the tank so they may build back enmity as quickly as possible.

How should each role manage enmity?
Tanks should make liberal use of enmity generating abilities to hold an enemy's attention.
DPS should focus on the tank's target, making use of actions that reduce enmity as necessary.
Healers must maintain the HP of party members, but try not to heal more than necessary. When using several powerful healing actions in quick succession, it is advisable to also use abilities that reduce enmity.

Enmity management becomes increasingly important as you gain in levels, so it is important to learn the fundamentals of party dynamics early on.

Enmity List

Indicates the enmity level of the target or targets with which you are currently engaged. A red icon next to their name means they will attack you, so be careful.

Target Bar

Displays information on the object, character, or enemy currently targeted. The bar directly to the right of the target bar indicates the character with which the target is interacting.

Focus Target Bar

In addition to your current target, you can also keep an eye on other enemies or allies by making them focus targets. This is a good way to keep track of one target's HP while dealing with another.

Setting a Focus Target
A focus target can be designated by choosing a target, pressing X (□ on PS5™/PS4™) to open the submenu, then selecting Focus Target.

Progress Bar

Indicates the progress of any actions (spell casting, item usage, etc.) that are not instant.

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