The basics of how to interact with other players of Final Fantasy XIV, including chat window commands and more.
The Chat Log Window
The chat log window for Final Fantasy XIV is in the bottom-left corner by default. (If the chat window is not there, you can press Enter on keyboard, or the Back button on gamepad, to make it reappear.) You can switch to different chat channels by clicking the speech bubble and selecting the desired channel. You can also use different chat channels without needing to manually switch to them by starting your message with a slash command, such as /say . See the Chat Commands table at the bottom of the page for more information.
Emotes provide another way to interact with players. Emotes include facial expressions, gestures, dances, etc. More emotes can be unlocked with certain quests, and some can be purchased from the FFXIV Online Store. For a full list of the emotes that are currently available to you in game, choose Social from the Main Menu, then choose Emotes.
Please note the checkbox in the bottom of the Emote menu that says "display log message". If this is checked, a description of your emote will be displayed to all nearby players. Please do not emote repeatedly in short succession if this checkbox is checked. This will flood local chat with your emotes. If you do this, you may be disciplined by a moderator (a.k.a. Game Master or GM) in-game.
If you are a Free Trial player, you can't invite other players to a party, but players not on the free trial can invite you. To invite players to a party, you can select the player or select their name in the chat log, open their context menu (right-click with mouse, or X button on gamepad) and choose Invite to Party.
Joining Free Companies
A Free Company, similar to a guild, is a community of up to 512 players. Free Trial players cannot join Free Companies. To join one, you can open a player's context menu and choose View Company Profile, then click Submit Application. Be aware that some Free Companies may be closed and not accepting applications. Another way to find a Free Company is to use the official Community Finder.
You can use the following chat commands to send different types of messages via the chat log windows. For more information, see Chat Commands in the Eorzea Database for reference.
|Chat Channel||Channel Description||Slash Commands|
|Say||Displays a message to players in a small radius around you.||/say|
|Yell||Not available for Free Trial players. Displays a message to players in a large radius around you.||/yell|
|Shout||Not available for Free Trial players. Displays a message to all players in your current map/zone.||/shout|
|Tell||Not available for Free Trial players. Sends a private message (a.k.a. tell) to a specific player. You can
select a player or player name and open their context menu and choose Send Tell to
send a tell to
You can send yourself a tell by typing /tell
|Reply||Sends a private message (a.k.a. tell) to the last player that sent a private message to you. You can
see the name of this player by typing /echo
You can set yourself to
|Clear Tell History||Clears all /tell messages from your chat log without removing other types of messages.||/cleartellhistory
|Party||Displays a message to all players in your current party.||/party
|Alliance||Displays a message to all players in your current alliance.||/alliance
|Free Company||Displays a message to all players in your Free Company who are currently online.||/freecompany
|PVP Team||Displays a message to all players in your PVP team.||/pvpteam
|Cross-World Linkshell||Displays a message to all online players in your currently active cross-world linkshell.||/cwlinkshell
|Cross-World Linkshell 1 through 8||Displays a message to all online players in a specific cross-world linkshell.||/cwlinkshell1
|Linkshell||Displays a message to all online players in your currently active linkshell.||/linkshell
|Linkshell 1 through 8||Displays a message to all online players in a specific linkshell.||/linkshell1
|Novice Network||Displays a message to all online players in the Novice Network.||/novice
|Echo||Displays a message only to you.||/echo
|Clear Log||Deletes all messages in your chat log. They can't be recovered once deleted.||/clearlog
|Quick Chat||Sends a quick chat message. Only available while participating in Crystalline Conflict (a PVP mode).||/quickchat