Final Fantasy XIV Housing Lottery Schedule Explained: This is where you can buy a house

FFXIV Housing Lottery

Final Fantasy XIV has lots of content for you to dive into. Aside from your standard combat, Final Fantasy XIV has an intricate crafting system, a full casino with multiple games to play, and a full housing system with a housing lottery to get one. While the housing system in Final Fantasy XIV doesn’t add much benefit to regular gameplay, it doesn’t stop the majority of players from wanting one. Who doesn’t want a little space in a game that you can customize as you like and show your friends.

Having a house was so popular in Final Fantasy XIV that they had to introduce a housing lottery so everyone had an equal chance of getting an in-game house. Let’s discuss how the housing system works in Final Fantasy XIV and how you can get a house for yourself.

How the Final Fantasy XIV lottery system works

Final Fantasy XIV’s housing lottery might seem a little unnecessary to some, but for anyone who has attempted to buy a home before it was added, it’s something that is needed. The lottery system in Final Fantasy ensures that anyone interested in buying a house can pay the full amount of the house up front and add their number to the pool. After a set time, a number is drawn and the person who won the house is notified so they can come and claim it.

However, if the person who won the house does not claim it within a set amount of time, the house is put back on the market to be sold to someone else. Anyone who didn’t win the house can come in to claim their gil and put it on another house that’s for sale.

How to take part in Final Fantasy XIV

Entering a housing lottery is easy, the hardest part is getting all the gil needed to fully purchase the property you are viewing. You can’t even enter the housing lottery if you can’t pay the full price of the property upfront, so make sure you have enough for the type of property you want.

FFXIV Housing Lottery Poster

Once you’ve got your gil in your pocket and found a plot of land for sale, all you have to do is interact with the billboard for the plot and select the option to buy. After that it’s just a waiting game until the winner is chosen. You’ll either have a new lot to build a house on, or all your gil back to try again.

While this system may seem a bit strange, it’s better than what players previously had to do when buying a house. Before the lottery system was in play, houses were available for purchase at random and you would have no way of knowing if you could buy a house unless you interacted with the poster and attempted to buy the house.

This means players would sit there for hours or even days, going through and trying to buy the house until it was available for purchase. Many would set up a macro to do this for them, they would then have to worry about another player sabotaging them by interacting with them and tricking them into disabling the poster. Overall, simply buying a house that would prevent you from leveling your tanks or healers was a massive waste of time, and an overall waste of time if you don’t get it.

If you are a single player who just wants your own room and you don’t want to incur the hassles of the apartment lottery, you can always just buy an apartment room in one of the residential areas. They’re a lot cheaper and it shouldn’t be hard to find one compared to finding an empty lot. The only downside is that they are much smaller than a house and nobody can see them from the outside. But they’re great for just creating a little chill space for you and a few close friends.

If you’re a single player trying to buy a house, just know that on most lots you’ll be up against free companies trying to buy a communal house. While they mainly cater to the large and medium sized lots, some smaller Free Companies choose to go with a small lot as they are much cheaper. If you need more help with Final Fantasy XIV, be sure to check out our other guides.

Final Fantasy XIV is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Mac and PC.

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