Which server should you join in Final Fantasy XIV’s Endwalker?

Some servers are more crowded than others.

Final Fantasy's Endwalker logo on a dark blue background.
Image via Square Enix

As the latest expansion Endwalker has brought a large batch of players to Final Fantasy XIV, the average population in the world’s servers has significantly shifted. The players might wonder what server they should join when creating a new character, now that the dust has settled following the expansion’s release.

The least-crowded servers can be a good choice because they sometimes feature bonuses for creating new characters on them. The boost offered for creating a new character on a preferred server grants double XP for a long time—enough time to get all your classes up to level 80 if you play often—so it’s worth considering.

You can find the list of Preferred Worlds on the servers’ official page. Though there are no Preferred Worlds active after the expansion’s release, some have seen their status updated since. Here is the list in 2022:

  • North America: Midgardsormr and Sargatanas (Aether), Brynhildr and Zalera (Crystal), Excalibur and Lamia (Primal).
  • Europe: Phantom and Sagittarius (Chaos), Alpha and Raiden (Light).
  • Oceania: All.
  • Japan: Atomos, Kujata and Garuda (Elemental), Pandaemonium (Mana), Yojimbo and Belias (Meteor).

While you might be afraid of ending up in empty servers, don’t worry: Square Enix tries to balance the population of all servers as much as possible, so the server you choose will likely see a significant increase in activity over the following months.

When a server has less activity than others in the same data center, the developer cancels all costs of character transfers to encourage players to switch to that one.

In addition, following major patch updates and busy hours, you’ll have a chance of waiting much less than players from other servers to log into FFXIV and enjoy the game. During the launch of an expansion, this can mean a difference of several hours less in terms of waiting time.

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At time of writing, here are all the less-crowded servers in all Western data centers, according to FFXIV census’ active realm distribution proportions.

Which server should you join in Final Fantasy XIV’s Endwalker?

North American servers

  • Low population: Goblin, Malboro, Siren, Zalera, Midgardsormr, Brynhildr, and Sarganatas, Excalibur
  • Average population: Adamantoise, Exodus, Famfrit, Mateus
  • High population: Behemoth, Cactuar, Gilgamesh, Leviathan, Balmung, Ultros, and Lamia

European servers

  • Low population: Phantom, Sagittarius, Alpha, and Raiden
  • Average population: Louisoix, Lich, Zodiark, and Twintania
  • High population: Cerberus, Ragnarok, Moogle, Odin, Shiva, Omega, Lich, Phoenix, and Spriggan

Each server also follows a certain trend for communities from specific countries. It doesn’t significantly change the game experience, however, but rather gives them a specific identity. In Europe, for example, Moogle is the unofficial French server, Shiva for Germany, and Cerberus for Russian players.

If you’re still unsure on what server to pick, try and talk about it with your friends who play the game in the same data center as you or in community hubs, which should help confirm or deny your first impression of those servers.

You can also visit other servers from your data center at any moment, which should give you an idea of the atmosphere and activity level there. The essential thing is to choose the data center that has servers located as close to your home as possible to get the lowest ping.

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Eva Martinello

Eva is a Staff Writer from Paris. Her part-time job is charging into walls with Reinhardt. She has been covering League of Legends esports and other titles for six years. She still believes in a Moscow Five comeback. She also fell into the MMO pit and covers FFXIV and Genshin.