How to unlock the new Island Sanctuary content in FFXIV Patch 6.4

Dive into the new Sanctuary content!

In Patch 6.4, a host of new features were added to FInal Fantasy XIV’s Island Sanctuary, including new ranks, new items, the ability to place down furnishings, and more! But how do you unlock all these features? We’ve detailed the steps below.

Unlocking new Island Sanctuary content in Final Fantasy XIV

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Over two dozen new features were added in the new Island Sanctuary update. Some of these are automatically unlocked, and others will need to have your Island Sanctuary rank increased to access. Below, we’ve listed all the changes:

  • The maximum sanctuary rank has been raised to 16
  • New visions have been added
  • New items have been added that are offered by the horrendous hoarder NPC in exchange for islander's and seafarer's cowries
  • A new gathering area has been added to the wilds
  • This area can be unlocked by making sufficient progress enhancing your island
  • New gathering points have been added
  • New gatherable materials have been added
  • New construction plots are available in the hideaway
  • New plots can be unlocked by progressing in the enhancement of your island sanctuary
  • New facilities have been added
  • New sanctuary crafting recipes have been added
  • New produce has been added
  • New animals have been added
  • New materials can now be acquired from foraging expeditions
  • A new area has been added for foraging expeditions
  • New isleworks handicrafts have been added
  • The maximum number of minions that can be simultaneously released has been increased from 40 to 50
  • This increase requires sufficient progress enhancing your island
  • The furnishing glamours feature has been implemented

Anything that’s a new area or new gathering point will need some of the new tools, such as the Steel Hammer, which is unlocked at Sanctuary Rank 13.

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FFXIV Island Sanctuary new ranks

There are four new Island Sanctuary Ranks, and below we’ve listed the unlock threshold in experience and the new features unlocked by them:

Island Rank (experience needed)Tool unlockedGathering Resources unlockedRenovationsBuilding material unlocksIsland expansions unlocked
13(44000)Steel HammerShale, Spectrine, Marble, Mythril OreCabin IV, Granary IV
14(45500)Workshop IVRunner Beans, Beet, Eggplant and Zucchini Seeds available.
15(47500)Landmark VPathfinder VI
16(65000)

Island Sanctuary Furnishing Placement

Perhaps the biggest and most exciting new addition to the Island Sanctuary is the ability to place furnishing items around your Island Sanctuary. For years, there have been many players without player housing who’ve not had a way to use many of the furnishing items they’ve gathered playing. Now there’s a more accessible way than even an apartment.

You can place furnishing using the Manage Furnishings icon on the Islekeep’s Index menu. There doesn’t appear to be a prerequisite for this, but lower levels of Island Sanctuary might not have this functionality.

Finally, this system seems to function like a glamour rather than physical placement, meaning you can effectively replicate the same item over and over rather than having multiples of rare or expensive furnishing. This is overall a great addition to this unique FFXIV feature!

For more Final Fantasy XIV news, guides, and more, check out Tataru’s Grand Endeavor Patch 6.4 – How to unlock in FFXIV on Pro Game Guides.

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Michael lives in the UK, but wishes he lived in Eorzea. A life-long gamer, Four years ago, he ditched a "real" job to write about video games for a living, and hasn't looked back. When not guiding players how to get the latest mounts, crafting recipes, and in-game goodies, he spends his time nurturing an unhealthy addiction to MMOs and gacha games.

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