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How to data center travel in FFXIV

Finally, you can hang out with your friends from other servers

A notice saying a character is traveling across data centers in FFXIV Image: Square Enix via Polygon
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

In Final Fantasy 14, you can now travel across data centers within regions to hang out with your friends. Moving data centers is a different process than moving worlds, so we’ve put together a FFXIV guide to explain how to do so.

As of writing this, traveling to other data centers can take a long time due to high traffic, so make sure you’ve got your affairs in order before you start the process. (It took us around 31 minutes to jump from Primal to Aether at around noon on a Wednesday, for reference.)

You won’t have access to things like FC buffs or your retainers while you’re in another data center (similar to world travel), so you likely won’t want to be away from home for too long. You also won’t be able to use any of your normal linkshells.

To start the data center traveling process, select the character you want to move on the main login screen and select “Visit Another Data Center.” Once you do this, you’ll be able to select a data center and world to move to.

A FFXIV character on the home menu, with a small menu next to her that allows you to travel through worlds and data centers Image: Square Enix via Polygon

Once the process begins, you won’t be able to login on another character or cancel the jump. After you finally arrive in the target data center, you’ll be able to jump from world-to-world using the main Aetherytes in Gridania, Ul’Dah, and Limsa Lominsa, as usual.

You can only jump around the data centers in your region, meaning that if you’re playing in the North American data center Aether, you can only jump to Primal and Crystal. European data center players can only jump to Chaos and Light, and Japanese data center players can only go to Elemental, Mana, and Gaia.