Mentor System and Novice Network

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Mentor System and Novice Network provides more experienced players a means to offer advice and guidance to newer players.


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Mentors are veteran players who chose to offer their time and experience to help guide new adventurers. To facilitate their assistance, mentors will gain access to a special chat channel as well as a means to easily register for duties and trials with new players.

As a mentor, you are expected to actively perform the following:

  1. Provide gameplay advice for new adventurers and other players.
  2. Be an exemplar for player etiquette.
  3. Invite new adventurers to the Novice Network, and answer their queries in the chat channel.
※Inappropriate mentor behavior may be reported.

Mentor Requirements

To qualify to become a mentor, players must first have earned certain achievements. There are two sets of prerequisites: one for Disciples of War and Magic (Battle Mentor), and one for Disciples of the Hand and Land (Trade Mentor). After earning the required achievements for either set, speak with one of Npcs offering quests related to the Hall of the Novice icon.png The Smiths to become a mentor.

Requirements for Battle Mentors (Disciples of War/Magic)

1. Players must obtain all of the following achievements:

Achievement Requirements
Dungeon master icon1.png  Dungeon Master Complete 1,000 instanced Dungeon dungeons, Raid raids or Trial trials.
Leaving a better impression i icon1.png  Leaving a Better Impression I Receive 1500 Player commendation icon1.png player commendations.
More than death icon1.png  More than Death Complete the Tank role.png Tank role quest Feature QuestA Path Unveiled
More than guilt icon1.png  More than Guilt Complete the Healer role.png Healer role quest Feature QuestThe Gift of Mercy

2. Players must obtain at least one of the following 3 achievements:

Achievement Requirements
More than loss icon1.png  More than Loss Complete the Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS role quest Feature QuestTo Calmer Seas
More than loneliness icon1.png  More than Loneliness Complete the Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS role quest Feature QuestLaid to Rest
More than fear icon1.png  More than Fear Complete the Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS role quest Feature QuestEver March Heavensward

Requirements for Trade Mentors (Disciples of the Hand/Land)

1. Players must obtain all of the following achievements:

Achievement Requirements
I collected that i icon1.png  I Collected That I Gather or catch 300 Collectable collectables.
I made that (worth collecting) i icon1.png  I Made That (Worth Collecting) I Synthesize 100 Collectable collectables.

2. Players must obtain at least one of the following 3 achievements:

Achievement Requirements
Breaking rocks in the hot sun ix icon1.png  Breaking Rocks in the Hot Sun IX Achieve Miner frame icon.png miner level 90.
Fear the reaper ix icon1.png  Fear the Reaper IX Achieve Botanist frame icon.png botanist level 90.
Gone fishin' ix icon1.png  Gone Fishin' IX Achieve Fisher frame icon.png fisher level 90.

3. Players must obtain at least one of the following 8 achievements:

Achievement Requirements
Knock on wood ix icon1.png  Knock on Wood IX Achieve Carpenter frame icon.png carpenter level 90.
Temper, temper ix icon1.png  Temper, Temper IX Achieve Blacksmith frame icon.png blacksmith level 90.
The riddle of steel ix icon1.png  The Riddle of Steel IX Achieve Armorer frame icon.png armorer level 90.
Heart of gold ix icon1.png  Heart of Gold IX Achieve Goldsmith frame icon.png goldsmith level 90.
Tougher than leather ix icon1.png  Tougher than Leather IX Achieve Leatherworker frame icon.png leatherworker level 90.
Smiling, styling, and textiling ix icon1.png  Smiling, Styling, and Textiling IX Achieve Weaver frame icon.png weaver level 90.
'tis true without lying ix icon1.png  'Tis True without Lying IX Achieve Alchemist frame icon.png alchemist level 90.
All in good taste ix icon1.png  All in Good Taste IX Achieve Culinarian frame icon.png culinarian level 90.

Mentor Online Status

After registering with a Npcs offering quests related to the Hall of the Novice icon.png The Smith NPC, the online status Mentor will become available. This online status has also been added to the player search interface, allowing new players to more easily seek help from those willing to offer assistance or answer questions.

Regardless of online status, mentors will always have access to the Novice Network and receive the experience point bonus from grouping with new adventurers. Battle Mentors will also always be eligible to register for Duty Roulette: Mentor.

The Smith Locations

Zone Coordinates Level range
New Gridania (X:11.7, Y:13.2)
Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (X:11.6, Y:11.4)
Ul'dah - Steps of Nald (X:11.9, Y:9.6)
Western La Noscea (X:28.7, Y:24.2)
Western La Noscea (X:28.2, Y:21.7)
Central Shroud (X:19.3, Y:28.3)
Western Thanalan (X:28, Y:17)
Eastern Thanalan (X:14.8, Y:30.3)
South Shroud (X:19.8, Y:18.1)
Central Shroud (X:10, Y:22.8)

Mentor Types

Mentor statuses are now separated into categories so that players can search for a mentor specialized in their play style. Players who meet the qualifications to become mentors can select from one of up to four different mentor status icons using Edit Search Info in the Player Search menu. Players who are already mentors can also set their status in the same manner.

  • Mentor / PvE Mentor / Trade Mentor / PvP Mentor

A player's selected mentor status will display next to their character's name as well as in Player Search and the Novice Network.

  • Mentor status icon1.pngMentor: A player who meets the qualifications for both Battle Mentor and Trade Mentor status.
  • Battle mentor status icon1.pngPvE Mentor: A Battle Mentor (one who meets the qualifications to help Disciples of War or Magic).
  • Trade mentor status icon1.pngTrade Mentor: A Trade Mentor (one who meets the qualifications to help Disciples of the Hand or Land).
  • Pvp mentor status icon1.pngPvP Mentor: A Battle Mentor who specializes in helping others in player versus player combat.

The different sub-types of Mentor were added in Patch 3.3.

Novice Network

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Upon becoming a mentor, you can gain access to the Novice Network by typing in the command /nnetwork on. The Novice Network is a chat channel where new adventurers can seek the advice of veteran players.

  • The New adventurer status icon1.png "New Adventurer" status is applied to all characters who have less than 300 hours of play time, have not completed the quest Main Scenario QuestDeath Unto Dawn, and do not have mentor status, unless they have toggled this status off by using the command /nastatus.[1]
    • As with everything in FFXIV, play time and quest completion are tracked per-character, not account-wide. It is possible to be a mentor on one character and a new adventurer on another.
    • New adventurer status icon1.png "New Adventurer" status was first implemented in Patch 2.3, then requiring only 40 hours of playtime.

When chatting via the Novice Network, an icon will appear next to your character name to indicate whether you are a mentor or a new adventurer.

  • Returner status icon1.png Returner - players who have not played the game in 45 days or more and have at least one class or job at level 50 or above will receive the Returner status and be able to join Novice Network.

Using the Novice Network

Depending on whether you are a mentor or a new adventurer, you can gain access to the Novice Network via one of two ways.

Mentors: Mentors are automatically added to this channel upon logging in or changing areas.

New Adventurers: New adventurers must be invited by a mentor.

  • Mentors can access the Novice Network regardless of their online status.
  • The display of the Novice Network chat log can be enabled or disabled via the Log Filters setting under the General tab of Log Window Settings in the Character Configuration interface.
  • New adventurers will automatically have their chat mode set to Novice Network when they join the channel.

After joining the Novice Network, new adventurers will receive a unique online status icon, which can be seen in the following windows:

  • The Party Members, Friend List, and Player Search tabs of the Social interface.
  • The Members list of the Free Company interface.
  • The Linkshells interface.

Novice Network Capacity

The Novice Network can accommodate up to 100 mentors and 412 new adventurers, for a combined total of 512 players. Provided that a space is available, mentors will be added to the Novice Network automatically upon logging in or changing areas.

New adventurers must receive an invitation from mentors in order to access the Novice Network. Once invited, new adventurers will be added to the Novice Network automatically when logging in or changing areas provided that a space is available. Please note that a space must be available at the time a mentor invites a new adventurer to join the Novice Network.

Viewing Novice Network Participants

Selecting the sprout icon next to the log window will display a list of all mentors and new adventurers currently participating in the Novice Network.

Removing Players from the Novice Network

In cases of spamming or harassment, a mentor can kick another mentor or a new adventurer from the Novice Network channel. Kicked mentors cannot return for three hours, and kicked new adventurers for thirty minutes. Please be advised that, in doing so, your name, the name of the player being kicked, and the reason will be displayed to everyone on the channel.

  • Customer support will be notified when a player is removed from the Novice Network. If your decision to kick a player from the channel was found to be inappropriate then you may face punishment.
  • Mentor privileges may be revoked for repeated infractions.

Experience Point Bonus

When a Mentor status icon1.pngMentor forms a party with a New adventurer status icon1.png New Adventurer or Returner status icon1.png Returner, they both receive a bonus to experience points earned from adventuring activities. This experience point bonus applies until level 80.

Bonuses to experience points earned will apply to the following:

Both mentors and new adventurers must be in the same area to receive the experience point bonus. If you meet all requirements you will receive a buff called: EXP Bonus icon1.png EXP Bonus. The experience point bonus will not apply when suffering an experience point penalty due to discrepancies in level or when using the Unrestricted Party feature.

Duty Roulette: Mentor

Battle Mentors will also gain access to Duty Roulette: Mentor, which assigns players to duties that are struggling to fill party member slots. This roulette does not necessarily prioritize matching with players who are new to a duty. Rather, it prioritizes queues that have been waiting the longest for a match.

  • Note that players who only qualify for Trade Mentor status will not gain access to this roulette.
  • With the exception of parties actively seeking members for an ongoing duty, Duty Roulette: Mentor will not match together a full party of mentors.
  • Unlocking the roulette requires completion of every single PvE duty that is accessible through Duty Finder once, excluding: the Coils of Bahamut, Savage Raids, Ultimate Raids, Unreal Trials and current expansion's Extreme trials.
    • This covers every single duty found in the other Duty roulettes, including Guildhests, plus all Extreme trials up to the current expansion.
    • With the exception of the current expansion's duties, these can be done with an Unrestricted Party ("unsynced") and will still count towards the unlock.
  • As of Patch 6.5, players using this Roulette must be level 90 and have at least an average item level of 625. Similar to Duty Roulette: Expert, the required level and item level increase with the release of new content.
  • Unlike other Duty Roulettes, this roulette only allows for solo queuing.
  • After registering for Duty Roulette: Mentor, your online status will be automatically changed to "Mentor" if you are eligible for that status, otherwise it will be changed to "PvE Mentor".
    • While in a duty joined from the Duty Roulette: Mentor, the status icon next to the player name will always be the "PvE Mentor" icon and cannot be changed.
  • Players can earn exclusive achievement rewards after completing Duty Roulette: Mentor a set number of times.

Mentor Roulette Achievements

Name Points Task Reward Patch
I hope mentor will notice me i icon1.png  I Hope Mentor Will Notice Me I 5 Complete 10 duties via Duty Roulette: Mentor. - 3.2
I hope mentor will notice me ii icon1.png  I Hope Mentor Will Notice Me II 5 Complete 50 duties via Duty Roulette: Mentor. Achievement title icon.png Mentor 3.2
I hope mentor will notice me iii icon1.png  I Hope Mentor Will Notice Me III 5 Complete 200 duties via Duty Roulette: Mentor. Expeditioners flyers icon1.png  Expeditioner's Flyers 3.2
I hope mentor will notice me iv icon1.png  I Hope Mentor Will Notice Me IV 5 Complete 500 duties via Duty Roulette: Mentor. Achievement title icon.png Mentor of Mentors 3.2
I hope mentor will notice me v icon1.png  I Hope Mentor Will Notice Me V 10 Complete 1,000 duties via Duty Roulette: Mentor. Dragon monocle icon1.png  Dragon Monocle 3.3
I hope mentor will notice me vi icon1.png  I Hope Mentor Will Notice Me VI 20 Complete 2,000 duties via Duty Roulette: Mentor. Astrope whistle icon1.png  Astrope Whistle 3.3