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Final Fantasy 14 guide: Which Grand Company should you join?

What are the differences between Immortal Flames, Maelstrom, and The Order of the Twin Adder?

A party of adventurers in Final Fantasy 14 Image: Square Enix

Before you can get a mount in Final Fantasy 14, you have to make a big decision: You must choose a Grand Company to join.

All three Grand Companies in FFXIV are led by characters you meet throughout the story, and they’ve set up shop in some of the early game’s main cities. The Immortal Flames hail from Ul’dah. The Maelstrom works out of Limsa Lominsa. The Order of the Twin Adder is based in Gridiania.

In this FFXIV guide, we’ll help you figure out which Grand Company to join. We’ll explain the differences between each, things to consider before choosing, how to get Company Seals, and how to raise your ranks.

Which Grand Company to join

Around Lv. 20 in the main story of A Realm Reborn, you’ll be approached by representatives from each Grand Company.

To move forward in the story, you must choose one of the three Grand Companies to align with. While each Grand Company has a specific aesthetic, ethos, and home base, there is no technical difference between them. Choosing a Grand Company is mostly about preference. There is no objectively best Grand Company.

While you might be compelled to choose the group that hails from the city you started your game in, you don't have to. The only thing to consider is which Grand Company seems the most interesting to you.

Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a Grand Company is aesthetics, as the weapons and gear they offer you will match that group’s theme.

Once you decide on a Grand Company to align with, you’ll receive a company-specific version of the a quest called “The Company You Keep.” Complete that mission, and you’ve joined a Grand Company.

How to get company seals and raise ranks

Each of the Grand Companies offer numerous ranks, like an organization or army. You can raise your rank through a Grand Company by taking on quests and events that offer up Company Seals.

The Grand Company store in Final Fantasy 14
You pay for items in a Grand Company with Company Seals
Image: Square Enix via Polygon

You can get more Company Seals doing the following:

  • Complete FATEs out in the open world
  • Fill out entries in the Grand Company Hunting Log
  • Accept and complete Grand Company Leves
  • Undertake supply and provisioning missions

Exchange the seals to raise your rank, which offers you better gear, crafting material, and more as your climb the ranks.