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Final Fantasy 14: Guide To All Minions Found On Retainer Ventures

Minions are adorable little vanity pets that players can choose to have following them around in Final Fantasy 14, though they cannot be used in instanced areas. Minions can be obtained in a variety of ways, though most of them can simply be purchased from the Market Board if you don’t want to track them down yourself.

Unfortunately, getting them from the Market Board often means paying out an obscene amount of Gil for them. So if you’re wanting to collect your own minions to save yourself some cash, here’s a list of every minion that can be obtained from Retainer Ventures.

What Are Retainer Ventures?

Retainer Ventures are errands that you can send your retainer NPCs on in order to retrieve items. In order to be able to access Retainer Ventures, players must have first completed the “The Scions of the Seventh Dawn” main scenario quest and have at least one retainer in their employ.

After this, players must complete a sidequest in order to unlock Retainer Ventures. The quest is dependant on the home city-state of the player, with each quest as follows:

  • Limsa Lominsa — “An Ill-conceived Venture” given by the Troubled Adventurer in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks (X:9, Y:11).
  • Gridania — “An Ill-conceived Venture” given by the Troubled Adventurer in New Gridania (X:11.8, Y:12.2).
  • Ul’dah — “An Ill-conceived Venture” given by the Troubled Adventurer in The Steps of Nald (X:9, Y:8).

You can send your retainers on Ventures from any Summoning Bell. If you have multiple retainers, you can send them each out on their own Venture. Sending your retainer out on Ventures costs money — a special type of currency called ventures. Venture currency can be purchased from Grand Company vendors, Beastmen Tribe vendors, or acquired through the completion of certain Guildleves.

Your retainer’s level and equipped gear can affect the rarity, quality, and quantity of the items they retrieve while exploring. There is a range of Retainer Venture options, dependant on the class and level of your retainers. Additionally, most types of Ventures have a range of levels, with your player being able to access higher level Ventures as their own class levels up.

Ventures take a set number of hours to complete, that’s real-world hours, unfortunately. Therefore, some of the longer ventures should be started before you go to bed or leave for work, so you’re not just waiting around for your Retainer to return. However, you can choose to cancel a Venture early, though you won’t receive a reward.

Types of Retainer Ventures

  • HuntingAny disciples of war and magic: to obtain gathering materials.
  • MiningMiner class: to obtain crafting materials obtained from mining.
  • BotanyBotanist class: to obtain crafting materials obtained from botany.
  • FishingFisher class: to obtain crafting materials obtained from fishing.
  • Field Exploration — Any disciples of war and magic: to obtain random rewards such as various items, Allagan pieces, minions, and crafting materials.
  • Highland ExplorationMiner class: to obtain random rewards such as various items, Allagan pieces, minions, and crafting materials.
  • Woodland ExplorationBotanist class: to obtain random rewards such as various items, Allagan pieces, minions, and crafting materials.
  • Waterside ExplorationFisher class: to obtain random rewards such as various items, Allagan pieces, minions, and crafting materials.
  • Quick ExplorationAny class level 10 or above: to obtain random rewards from crafting materials, furniture, end game gear, and more.

Minions Obtained from Ventures

Whenever you send your retainers out on certain ventures, there is a random chance they will bring back a minion. Minions retrieved from ventures are rare, so they are particularly coveted and usually fetch a good price on the Market Board. Even if you don’t want to keep the minion for yourself, you can make a tidy profit from selling them.

Wind-up Hobgoblin

Obtained via:

• Highland Exploration XXV (Miner only)• Quick Exploration

Domakin

Obtained via:

  • Waterside Exploration XXV (Fisher only)
  • Quick Exploration

Mystic Weapon

Obtained via:

  • Field Exploration XXV
  • Quick Exploration

Bacon Bits

Obtained via:

  • Woodland Exploration XXV
  • Quick Exploration

Tengu Doll

Obtained via:

  • Field Exploration XXII
  • Quick Exploration

This minion can also be obtained via a Southern Front Lockbox.

Axolotl Eft

Obtained via:

  • Waterside Exploration XXII
  • Quick Exploration

This minion can also be obtained via a Southern Front Lockbox.

Koala Joey

Obtained via:

  • Woodland Exploration XXII
  • Quick Exploration

This minion can also be obtained via a Southern Front Lockbox.

Mameshiba

Obtained via:

  • Highland Exploration XXII
  • Quick Exploration

This minion can also be obtained via a Southern Front Lockbox.

Odder Otter

Obtained via:

  • Highland Exploration XIX – XXII
  • Woodland Exploration XIX – XXII
  • Waterside Exploration XIX – XXII
  • Quick Exploration

This minion can also be obtained via Heaven-on-High.

Bom Boko

Obtained via:

  • Field Exploration XX-XXII
  • Quick Exploration

This minion can also be obtained via Heaven-on-High.

Gestahl

Obtained via:

  • Waterside Exploration XVIII and XIX

This minion can also be obtained via Heaven-on-High.

Fat Cat

Obtained via:

  • Waterside Exploration XIV – XXV

Littlefoot

Obtained via:

  • Woodland Exploration XIV – XVIII

Miniature Minecart

Obtained via:

  • Highland Exploration XIV

This minion can also be obtained via Heaven-on-High.

Tiny Tapir

Obtained via:

  • Field Exploration XIV, XV, XIX

Minute Mindflayer

Obtained via:

  • Field Exploration XIII
  • Highland Exploration XIII
  • Waterside Exploration XIII

This minion can also be obtained via The Palace of the Dead and The Aquapolis.

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