In patch 6.1 FFXIV introduced a new feature called Adventurer Plates. I’m sure you’ve already seen or heard about all the crazy things people have done with them by now, but maybe you haven’t tried to set one up yourself yet.
Adventurer Plates are closely linked to another feature added at the same time: Portraits. If you want to know about changing and editing Portraits you can read about that in a separate post here.
What Are Adventurer Plates?
Adventurer Plates were added to FFXIV as a social “calling card” type of feature, where people can view stylized info on your character at a glance.
Similar to the Character window you see when you examine someone, Adventurer Plates are a viewable profile others can see to learn more about your character.
It lists your character name, server, grand company, free company, and search comment. If you wish you can also display your preferred job, title, active hours, and playstyles.
How to View Adventurer Plates
The adventurer plate can be found in the menu under Character > Adventurer Plate.
You can also drag it to a hotbar or set up a direct keybind for it under System > Keybind > Shortcuts.
You can view your own or others’ adventurer plates by clicking on their name in one of the many social windows or tabs (party members, friend list, free company, etc.) or on their character model.
There’s also the command /adventurerplate or /myplate to open and close your plate. Unfortunately there’s no macro command at this time to view someone else’s adventurer plate, but I do hope they add one in the future just like how we can examine someone’s character with /check or /c.
Editing Plate Design
There are a number of preset plate designs you can choose from which show off a range of styles and colours. Choose your favourite or just flip through them to get an idea of which elements you want to mix and match into your own design.
Click the Advanced Settings arrow to view and change individual elements of the plate like the pattern, border, frame, and accent. Tick the Mirrored option if you prefer your picture on the left and information on the right. Click on the ‘Display List’ button on the right to check the list of designs for that element.
Some designs can be unlocked by completing various in-game activities and achievments. For example, some of the elements have unlockable designs from using the Final Fantasy XIV Companion App.
Completing a job’s full storyline will unlock a pattern overlay of that job icon.
If you’re looking to show off a little, completing each of the Ultimate fights will unlock a set of their iconic designs for many plate elements.
Editing Profile Information
If you want your adventurer plate to show a specific job you can do so by selecting it here. You can also select ‘Current Class/Job’ and it will display whichever job you’re playing at the moment your plate is examined.
Choose one of the titles you’ve unlocked to display it alongside your name. It will appear above or below your name according to the title’s format (wherever the ‘…’ is). You can also leave the title blank by selecting None.
Choose up to six playstyles to add to your profile. These will be displayed left to right in the order that you select them.
If you want people to know when you’re typically online, you can select your active hours by clicking the bubbles for those hour slots.
Finally, it’s not part of the edit profile window, but to change your search comment that appears on your adventurer plate you’ll need to go to your social window and edit your search info. If you have a search comment it will always display on your adventurer plate.
You can limit who is allowed to view your Adventurer Plate here. By default everyone can see it, but you could make it so only friends can see it, or even make it completely private.
You may have noticed that there was nowhere in the Adventurer Plate to change your picture. To do that, you’ll need to go to your Portraits, which I talk about more in depth in this post. Keep in mind that Portraits are currently listed as being in Beta Version, so there will likely be changes in the future.
I’ve seen a ton of different adventurer plates so far and it’s pretty fun to check out different designs of players you happen to pass by. You can also check out r/ffxivadventureplates if you need some inspiration or feedback for your own creations. Happy designing!