Welcome to Nocturnal Souls

Our Mission

You are the chosen adventures that will save the world! You should act like it!

Nocturnal Souls is designed to be a fun server where playing solo, duo, or small group should let you take on the challenges that heroes should: incredibly tough mobs and an epic story. Players experience a fun mix of traditional storyline as well as a custom content created by the GM team and the player community.

The tweaks we focus on help increase the speed of small group gameplay while keeping it fun and exciting. We focus on allowing you to easily move about the world, explore, and find adventures. Unlike retail or the “old days”, you’ll be keeping your weapon skills going and constantly casting spells, not sitting around waiting for the next auto attack swing or sitting on the sidelines waiting for your MP to tick. You’ll also be hitting those big numbers–because what hero doesn’t like big crits? 😁

Speed and progression are meant to follow more along the speed of the nation and expansion missions rather than sitting in a zone mindlessly murdering small woodland creatures for hours on end to gain levels. Players should feel comfortable pushing the limit against very tough and incredibly tough mobs. The boring grind is mostly gone allowing you to log in, chat with friends, save the day, and craft up a tasty mithakabob at our relaxing hangout.

If you’re new to FFXI or to Nocturnal Souls, be sure to check out our New Player Guide!

Why Nocturnal Souls?

Leveling and Character Growth

  • Level up to 9999. No half-measures here, only full subjobs; take it to the max!
  • Quests are required for each advanced job, but start at level 15. Relive the stories and jump into those advanced classes sooner.
  • Want to be a master? Custom Master Job quests available for jobs to go grow beyond normal means (and make up for some abilities currently gated behind the retail job point system).
  • Subjobs are unlocked automatically from the start. No more magicked skull or bloody robe farming.
  • All magic is unlocked automatically from the start–you simply need to attain the appropriate level to use it.
  • Tired of dealing with Maat? Cool, us too. Level straight to 99 without ever doing go fetch tasks for the surly old man or those damned moogles.
  • Merit capacity (75+) is maxed to 99. Don’t spend your time throwing points into upping the cap when you could be learning new skills.
  • There’s a bump to base skills for all jobs and races to make some exciting job combos work right out the gate!
  • Level up faster with enhanced XP rates on mob kills, chains, and FoV/GoV.
  • Level with your friends with a fully functional level and gear sync.
  • Unlocked gobbiebags, sacks, satchels, and wardrobes to 80.

BCNMs and Questing

  • All battlefields are uncapped (including CoP).
  • A daily hunt system rewarding experience points, gil, and other currency items used for gear progression and glamour sets for hunting experience-giving mobs. Think of it as a little addition to your normal, boring FoVs! Hunt targets change every day and rotate monthly. Some are easy and some require diving into Abyssea, Dynamis, or BCNMs!
  • A daily BCNM system rewarding experience points, gil, currency items, and level-specific rare and HQ loot rewards.
  • Several QoL teleports and fast travels enabled, such as all outpost warps, explorer moogle, a !gotoexp command to instantly visit great EXP camps (our pseudo Survival Guide warps), and a heavily tweaked !tele command for crags, cities, and quest locations.

Custom Commands

There are over a dozen custom commands (separate from the built-in DSP commands) to enhance the experience of players on Nocturnal Souls.

  • !tele providing common teleport locations throughout Vana’diel.
  • !telelist to set and manage your own custom list of teleport points.
  • !shop providing common consumables, gear, and rare rewards for completing storyline and custom content.
  • !gotoexp provides a Survival Guide-esque teleport to recommended EXP camps.
  • !ah and !mh bring the auction house and your house to you–anywhere!
  • Read the full list of custom commands.

Abilities and Playstyle

  • Magic is powerful! Magic is life! Magic is buffed a bit!
  • Want to self-skillchain but really want to be a white mage? Go for it! TP return allows fairly common self chaining to keep things exciting, keep your BLM buddy on their toes, and impress your friends by keeping the chain going for extra damage. Get out those renkei charts!
  • Speaking of skillchains: all weaponskills become available as you level. Don’t miss out on the awesome effects.
  • All of this sounds OP right? Try again! Mobs are beefier too and at all levels! Starter mobs have a bit more health and all of the SoA-era level 90-125+ mobs are scattered throughout the world.
  • Skill (combat and magic) cap on level, no more grinding out 0.1 skill up points!

Economy and Crafting

  • Level all crafting classes to 100!
  • Crafting skill ups reward a slight amount of experience points to your current job and allows crafting to play a part in your leveling strategy.
  • Moon and directional aspects of crafting disabled; however, day of week element still matters for crafting success.
  • Crafting guilds and shops are open 247–no closed hours or holidays. Crafting waits for no one!
  • Customized recipes to replace retail recipes that come from retail Synergy.
  • Customized Synergy crafting that allows players to create new items, upgrade NQs to HQs, and more!
  • Stocked and restocked AH! Focus on finding those rare/ex, but power through using every day gear. Sell gear you don’t need back to the AH and it’ll auto-buy it from you for the common purchase price (based off of ffxiah.com) to keep your pockets lined. Very rare and some HQ items are likely not available via the AH “bot”, but can be bought and sold by players when either found in game or crafted.
  • Drop rates turned up on significant drops; less farming, more fun. It’s easier to get crystals, seals, and other currencies.

Gear Progression

  • Love a piece of gear and want to make it better? Check out the custom augments for ways to augment and upgrade your gear.
  • Customized gear progression for artifact, relic, and empyrean gears - signature gear gets unique augments and remains iconic for your class.
  • Everyone should be able to knock out a set of 75 starter relics by 75 and be ready to work on reforging by 99 through a combination of solo/duo tasks, tweaked HNM/ZNM farming, daily hunts, and special currency.

There are other numerous additions we’ve made to the backend code to enhance spell and abilities performance, add new drops, and tweak mob AI.

We’re also working on addressing several issues in the DSP codebase (and submitting PRs back to the team) to get things more in line with retail. Check out our roadmap for more information.

Development Roadmap

We’re constantly brainstorming ideas for creative content, gear progression, new features, and QoL enhancements. Check out our roadmap to see what’s in development and what’s on the horizon.

Current Focus

  • Building up level 1 to 99 “leveling content” through a mix of quests, fast-paced experience camps, and crafting.
  • Providing a clear gear progression with interesting (and challenging) content at 75, 80, 90, and 99.
  • Laying a groundwork for 99+ custom content including open world HNMs, hunts, BCNMs, and a Nocturnal Souls-specific storyline.