Early on in the story of FFXIV you’ll be asked to select a Grand Company to join from the three starting cities. Doing so will allow you to start earning and spending a new type of currency: Company Seals.
These will be useful for a number of different things, so in this guide I’ll talk about the variety of ways you can earn seals as well as what I recommend buying with them.
Sources of Company Seals
The Company Seal Cap
The first thing you should be aware of is that like many currencies in FFXIV, you can only hold a certain number of Grand Company Seals at a time. Your maximum depends on your rank with your Grand Company, in this chart.
Currently the highest rank is Captain at which you can hold 90,000 Grand Company Seals.
Each Grand Company uses a different currency (Storm Seals, Serpent Seals, and Flame Seals) and if you change your allegiance then you’ll start earning the new Seals and be subject to the restrictions of your Rank in your new Grand Company.
And don’t worry, your Grand Company Rank and Seals will still be there if you later want to return to that first Grand Company.
One of your earliest sources of Company Seals should be the Grand Company Hunting Log. This is a one-time source of Company Seals, and each Grand Company has its own Hunting Log.
It’s a simple way to earn the seals for your first couple ranks when you haven’t yet unlocked Expert Deliveries.
In fact, to be eligible for the higher promotions in your Grand Company you’ll need to complete these hunting log entries anyway, so might as well get them done and put the seals straight into ranking up.
Track down these enemies in the overworld zones and slay them to earn Company Seals, just like you would to gain experience from your Class Hunting Logs.
Supply and Provisioning Missions
If you’ve got crafters and gatherers unlocked, this is an efficient way to earn lots of seals, repeatable daily. Your turn in items can be checked in the Timers Menu (Ctrl+U) and will be a random item appropriate for the level of each crafter or gatherer.
You might not be able to make good use of these turn ins on your first Grand Company, since crafters and gatherers are somewhat of a time investment to level. However, if you switch allegiance later on then you’ll need to earn new seals from scratch and these are available right away!
This is also a really easy and efficient source of experience for your crafters and gatherers, so if they’re still levelling up, it’s even better.
Provisioning Missions are especially easy now that HQ gathering doesn’t exist anymore. You just have to collect the number listed and hand them over. Watch for the starred items in particular since their rewards are increased.
A couple days of turn ins will be a big help to get you through the early ranks after changing Grand Companies.
This is where I get the bulk of my company seals, by far. Once you reach (Storm/Serpent/Flame) Sergeant Second Class you’ll unlock the ability to trade in unwanted equipment for seals.
As a general rule pink, green, and blue equipment can be delivered. An exception is that current endgame loot cannot be traded in, including anything from high-end duties, the most recent 24 man raid, or the latest tier of 8 man raids while their loot is still limited per week.
Depending on how you like to organize your gear, you’ll want to make sure you set the dropdown list to either ‘Hide Gear Set Items’ or ‘Hide Armoury Chest Items’ so you don’t accidentally get rid of stuff you were using.
There is no undo or buy back button for this turn in, so be careful and double check when the confirmation window pops up.
If you roll Need or Greed on everything that drops in your duties, you’ll have a nice stack of items to turn in every time you pass by your Grand Company.
The higher level the item, the more seals you’ll get. Unwanted gear from Endwalker dungeons (81+) is an excellent source of seals, which is why this will probably be your number one source of company seals as long as dungeon content is part of your gameplay.
Sending your retainers on quick ventures can also bring back dungeon or raid loot, so if you don’t want them for glamour then they’re good fodder for even more seals.
If you have excess Tomestones of Poetics, you can convert them to company seals by buying Augmented Cryptlurker accessories in Eulmore to trade in.
So I originally thought that there were more roulettes that give you Company Seals, but going back to look at them it seems that the only ones are Levelling Roulette and Guildhests Roulette.
Both of these give you a small amount of Company Seals in the daily roulette bonus, but if you queue as the Adventurer in Need you’ll get another bonus.
The total number of seals on the Guilhests is really small, so I wouldn’t bother with those, and the Levelling Roulette only gives a good amount if you queue as the Adventurer in Need since the bonus on that roulette is significant.
I still wouldn’t recommend doing the Levelling Roulette more than once a day just for seals. It’s probably more worthwhile to do a high level dungeon and trade in the equipment you get.
Not all FATEs will give you Company Seals, but if you’re doing FATEs in A Realm Reborn, Heavensward, or Stormblood zones then you’ll receive a small amount of them from successful FATEs.
This could be useful if you’re trying to grind some seals to rank up early on, but other than that the amounts are small so these seals are more of a bonus if you were going to do a bunch of FATEs anyway, maybe for relic weapon components or to level another job.
Spending Company Seals
Your number one priority should be to advance your rank within your Grand Company. This will allow you to hold more company seals at once, and will unlock important functions like Expert Deliveries (Sergeant Second Class) and Adventurer Squadrons (Second Lieutenant).
There are a number of cosmetic items like emotes and minions that are obtained with company seals, so these might be some of your early big purchases.
The emotes (Ballroom Etiquette items) include /attention, /atease, and /reflect, and each grand company has a cute hatchling minion to collect as well, so you’ll need to change your allegiance throughout your FFXIV career to grab them all.
The equipment sold by the Quartermaster also falls under the cosmetics category because it’s not really worth buying for combat considering how much gear the game throws at you just for going through the story.
Keep in mind that if you like a piece of equipment for glamour, you can only use it while you are aligned with that Grand Company. Changing allegiances will prevent you from using it until you return to that company.
Ventures are something you’re probably using up daily to send your retainers out, so you can always stock up on them if you’re at the company seal cap.
Glamour Prisms and to a lesser extent Glamour Dispellers will be used if you often change your outfit appearance. The Glamour Prisms also sell regularly on the marketboard.
Cordials can be used for fitting in a bit more gathering actions into a short window of time, which can be handy for when you harvest endgame materials from timed nodes, especially right when new items come out.
Relic Weapon Materials
If you’re a collector of shiny things and you know you’re going to grind through the Relic Weapon quests, you can avoid overcapping on company seals by preparing for certain Relic Weapon steps.
For each Zodiac Relic Weapon (A Realm Reborn) you’ll need 4 Bombard Cores which are bought from your Grand Company Quartermaster for 80,000 seals (4 x 20,000).
For each Anima Relic Weapon (Heavensward) you’ll need 4 Adamantite Francescas, 4 Titanium Alloy Mirrors, 4 Dispelling Arrows, and 4 Kingcakes, also bought from the Quartermaster for 80,000 seals (4 x 4 x 5,000).
There are two types of loot boxes you can purchase with company seals: Materiel Container 3.0 and Material Container 4.0. Both of them contain a random minion or (rarely) mount, so if you’re a gambling collector type then you might choose to offload your seals on these.
So which one should you buy? The Materiel Container 3.0 may contain the Night Pegasus Whistle or the Zu Horn, which are mounts obtained randomly from Palace of the Dead and Airship Ventures respectively.
The Zu Horn can be bought relatively cheaply on the marketboard (~100k at the time of writing) so realistically you’d only buy this loot box hoping for the Night Pegasus Whistle jackpot (~10m at the time of writing).
The Material Container 4.0 on the other hand has more mounts in its loot table, including the Auspicious Kamuy (from a Stormblood extreme trial), Dodo Horn (from Heaven on High), Flying Chair (craftable), Eldthurs and Eurekan Petrel (both from Eureka loot boxes).
I’m inclined to go for the 4.0 lootbox myself, but if you’re desperate for that Night Pegasus mount then 3.0 is the way to go.
Some items that you buy for company seals can actually be bought and sold on the marketboard as well, meaning you can basically convert your company seals to gil.
Check on your server’s market, and you may find some items that sell quickly and reliably. A few likely items to check on are Glamour Prisms, Glamour Dispellers, Coke, Raziqsand, Peacock Ore, and Petrified Logs.
If you don’t care to play the market and deal with undercutting and taxation, there are some items that you can simply buy to autosell and convert your seals to gil that way.
Once you reach Second Lieutenant you can purchase a number of crafting materials that sell for 600 seals, and autosell them for 360 gil each (0.6 gil per seal).
There are lots of these items, and any will do. Some examples include Bamboo Paper, Magicked Oilcloth, Composite Whetstone, or Duck Bones.
Sending your Adventurer Squadron out costs a small amount of seals, so remember to keep a few thousand on hand so they can at least complete their weekly mission.
What NOT to Buy
There are a few items that sound like a good purchase at first, but after looking a little more closely they actually aren’t a very efficient way of spending your seals.
Grade 8 Dark Matter allows you to repair all your own gear, so it’s useful to have a stack of it on hand. However, you can buy this item for gil from many NPC vendors and when you look at the cost it just doesn’t make much sense to spend the seals to save such a small amount of gil. You can use those seals to buy items that autosell for more gil than that.
Grand Company Aetheryte Tickets teleport you directly to your Grand Company headquarters for free, which sounds convenient. However the price of this item is just way too high for me to justify using it.
Regular aetheryte tickets are already very easy to obtain to get free teleports to the aetheryte plaza, so you’re basically paying a hefty 2000 seals to skip the 10 seconds walking over to your Grand Company.
As a new member of your Grand Company, complete your Hunting Logs and daily Supply and Provisioning missions to ascend through the ranks until you unlock Expert Deliveries.
Trade in unwanted equipment for steady company seals, and when you near the cap spend them on ventures, glamour prisms, and any cosmetics you’re still missing. Personally I only spend seals when I near the cap so that I have them available for Squadron Missions or Relic Weapons.
Have you gotten anything rare out of those Materiel Container loot boxes? If you have any other favourite uses for your company seals, let us know!