Where to unlock all optional dungeons in FFXIV (2024)

Final Fantasy 14 has lots of dungeons to clear with a party, and a big chunk of them (especially from earlier on in the game) are optional. You won’t unlock these as you complete the main scenario quests as you do with the other dungeons. Instead, you’ll need to seek out specific NPCs and complete certain side quests to unlock these.

These dungeons are not to be confused with Variant Dungeons, like Aloalo Island, which are separate types of content. Here’s where to unlock all optional dungeons in FFXIV.

Optional dungeons in FFXIV and 50/60/70/80 roulette, explained

Unlocking at least two of any of the level 50, 60, 70, and 80 dungeons in the list below will also unlock the Level 50/60/70/80 Duty Roulette. While most players don’t waste their time with running that roulette, it can still be useful if you’re desperate for tomes and EXP.

You don’t really need to do any of these, unless you want specific rewards, like minions, orchestrion rolls, or Triple Triad cards. (Even so, the minions and orchestrion rolls can be purchased via the marketboard if you don’t feel like grinding out a dungeon multiple times.)

A bulk of these early dungeons are also required to make your A Realm Reborn Zodiac relic weapon and your Heavensward Anima relic weapon.

Where to unlock all the optional dungeons in FFXIV

Most of the dungeons can be unlocked after completing the main story of each expansion, though some have specific requirements. You’ll need to seek out the usual blue quest markers with a plus sign on it, which will indicate that there’s content locked behind that side quest.

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Below you can see a complete list of all the optional dungeons in FFXIV, along with the side quest to unlock them, where to find the NPCs, and other prerequisites they may have.

FFXIV optional dungeon list and unlock requirements

Dungeon Level Unlock quest Quest NPC NPC location Other requirements
Dungeon Level Unlock quest Quest NPC NPC location Other requirements
Halatali 20 Hallo Halatali Nedrick Ironheart Western Thanalan (12, 14.3) None
The Sunken Temple of Qarn 35 Braving New Depths Nedrick Ironheart Western Thanalan (12, 14.3) None
Cutter's Cry 38 Dishonor Before Death Sibold Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (14, 10.1) None
Dzemael Darkhold 44 Fort of Fear Carrilaut Coerthas Central Highlands (24.7, 28.8) None
The Aurum Vale 47 Going for Gold Nedrick Ironheart Western Thanalan (12, 14.3) None
The Wanderer's Palace 50 Trauma Queen Allene Western Thanalan (11.5, 13.9) Requires "Black Wolf's Ultimatum" MSQ cleared
Amdapor Keep 50 Ghosts of Amdapor Nedrick Ironheart Western Thanalan (12, 14.3) Requires "The Ultimate Weapon" MSQ cleared
Pharos Sirius 50 Sirius Business Diamanda Western La Noscea (26.5, 26.7) Requires "The Ultimate Weapon" MSQ cleared
Copperbell Mines (Hard) 50 Out of Sight, Out of Mine Hugubert Mor Dhona (22, 8.7) Requires "The Ultimate Weapon" MSQ cleared
Haukke Manor (Hard) 50 Maniac Manor Lauriane Mor Dhona (22.1, 8.6) Requires "The Ultimate Weapon" MSQ cleared
The Lost City of Amdapor 50 One Night in Amdapor E-Sumi-Yan Old Gridania (6, 10.6) Requires "The Ultimate Weapon" MSQ cleared
Halatali (Hard) 50 This Time's for Fun Hugubert Mor Dhona (22, 8.7) Requires "The Ultimate Weapon" MSQ cleared
Brayfox's Longstop (Hard) 50 Curds and Slay Bloezoeng Mor Dhona (22.1, 8.7) Requires "The Ultimate Weapon" MSQ cleared
Hullbreaker Isle 50 King of the Hull Bloezoeng Mor Dhona (22.1, 8.7) Requires "The Ultimate Weapon" MSQ cleared
The Tam-Tara Deepcroft (Hard) 50 Corpse Gloom Paiyo Reiyo Ul'dah - Steps of Nald (12.2, 8.1) Requires "The Ultimate Weapon" MSQ cleared
The Stone Vigil (Hard) 50 Blood for Stone Faillicie Mor Dhona (21.9, 8.4) Requires "The Ultimate Weapon" MSQ cleared
Sastasha (Hard) 50 It's Definitely Pirates Bloezoeng Mor Dhona (22.1, 8.7) Requires "The Ultimate Weapon" MSQ cleared
The Sunken Temple of Qarn (Hard) 50 The Wrath of Qarn Hugubert Mor Dhona (22, 8.7) Requires "The Ultimate Weapon" MSQ cleared and "The Sunken Temple of Qarn" completed
The Wanderer's Palace (Hard) 50 Not Easy Being Green Bloezoeng Mor Dhona (22.1, 8.7) Requires "The Ultimate Weapon" MSQ cleared and "The Wanderer's Palace" completed
Amdapor Keep (Hard) 50 For Keep's Sake Lauriane Mor Dhona (22.1, 8.6) Requires "The Ultimate Weapon" MSQ cleared and "Amdapor Keep" completed
The Dusk Vigil 51 For All the Nights to Come Wealdtheow Coerthas Western Highlands (16.9, 22.8) Requires Heavensward expansion and "Sounding Out the Amphitheatre" MSQ cleared
Neverreap 60 Reap What You Sow Sanu Vanu The Sea of Clouds (11.7, 14.9) Requires Heavensward expansion and "Heavensward" MSQ cleared
The Fractal Continuum 60 Do It for Gilly Notrelchamps Ishgard - The Pillars (14.6, 12.2) Requires Heavensward expansion and "Heavensward" MSQ cleared
Saint Mocianne's Arboretum 60 An Overgrown Ambition Tetchy Treasure Hunter The Dravanian Hinterlands (12.3, 19.6) Requires Heavensward expansion and "Heavensward" MSQ cleared
Pharos Sirius (Hard) 60 Things Are Getting Sirius Trachraet Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (12.7, 12.8) Requires Heavensward expansion, "Heavensward" MSQ cleared, and Pharos Sirius completed
The Lost City of Amdapor (Hard) 60 One More Night in Amdapor E-Sumi-Yan Old Gridania (6, 10.6) Requires Heavensward expansion, "Heavensward" MSQ cleared, and The Lost City of Amdapor completed
Hullbreaker Isle (Hard) 60 Storming the Hull Denston Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (11, 10.4) Requires Heavensward expansion, "Heavensward" MSQ cleared, and Hullbreaker Isle completed
The Great Gubal Library (Hard) 60 Let Me Gubal That for You Midnight Dew Idyllshire (5.5, 6.6) Requires Heavensward expansion and "Heavensward" MSQ cleared
Sohm Al (Hard) 60 The Fires of Sohm Al Gossamer Moogle Idyllshire (4.6, 8.4) Requires Heavensward expansion and "Heavensward" MSQ cleared
Shisui of the Violet Tides 63 The Palace of Lost Souls Kurenai The Ruby Sea (20.2, 20.1) Requires Stormblood expansion and "Forever and Ever Apart" MSQ cleared
Kugane Castle 70 King of the Castle East Aldenard Trading Company Associate Kugane (13.9, 13.3) Requires Stormblood expansion and "Stormblood" MSQ cleared
The Temple of the Fist 70 To Kill a Coeurl Ortwin Rhalgr's Reach (12.9, 12.8) Requires Stormblood expansion and "Stormblood" MSQ cleared
Hells' Lid 70 An Auspicious Encounter Soroban The Ruby Sea (5.7, 15.8) Requires Stormblood expansion and "Hope on the Waves" MSQ cleared
The Fractal Continuum (Hard) 70 An Unwanted Truth Philiot Rhalgr's Reach (13.2, 12.2) Requires Stormblood expansion and "Stormblood" MSQ cleared
The Swallow's Compass 70 Tortoise in Time Bunchin The Ruby Sea (27.8, 16.4) Requires Stormblood expansion and "An Auspicious Encounter" side quest cleared
Saint Mocianne's Arboretum (Hard) 70 Secret of the Ooze Sawney Rhalgr's Reach (11.7, 11.9) Requires Stormblood expansion, "Stormblood" MSQ cleared, and Saint Mocianne's Arboretum completed
The Twinning 80 By the Time You Hear This Bethana The Crystarium (8.5, 10.9) Requires Shadowbringers expansion and "Shadowbringers" MSQ cleared
Akadaemia Anyder 80 Akadaemia Anyder Overwrought Ondo Eulmore (12.9, 12.4) Requires Shadowbringers expansion and "Shadowbringers" MSQ cleared
Smileton 90 Cutting the Cheese Panic-stricken Loporrit Old Sharlayan (11.7, 11.4) Requires Endwalker expansion and "Endwalker" MSQ cleared
The Stigma Dreamscape 90 Where No Loporrit Has Gone Before Jammingway Old Sharlayan (11, 13.7) Requires Endwalker expansion and "Endwalker" MSQ cleared

If you’re just starting out in the massive world of Final Fantasy 14, we have tons of guides to help you. We have a beginner’s guide to get you started, along with guides detailing when you’ll get your mount and which Grand Company you should join.

If you’re starting but are feeling overwhelmed, we have guides to help with picking a job and a guide that explains how long it may take to catch up to current content in FFXIV.

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