Final Fantasy XIV: How To Unlock Alliance Raids

Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV is an MMORPG with a persistent world in which players can interact with one another and the environment. 

There are currently five separate Alliance Raids to overcome in Final Fantasy XIV. Each set of Alliance Raids consists of three raids in which 24 players must work together to overcome challenging enemies. Alliance Raids have been added to each expansion, as well as the main game.

At level 50, you’ll be able to enter the first Alliance Raid, the Crystal Tower. You’ll need to pursue a unique quest line to unlock each Alliance Raid, which can be tricky to locate. 

Let’s take a look at where you may begin the questline to unlock each Alliance Raid, as well as which quests will unlock each 24-man raid.

Here’s how to unlock Alliance Raids in each of FFXIV‘s expansions, from the Crystal Tower to Nier.

A Realm Reborn Alliance Raids

A realm reborn

The Crystal Tower is the focus of the first series of Alliance Raids. You’ll be able to explore the tower and learn about the Allagan tribe. Follow the questline below to unlock the A Realm Reborn Crystal Tower Alliance Raids. The first quest, ‘Legacy of the Allag,’ can be obtained from the Outlandish Man in Mor Dhona. The Crystal Tower raid series must be completed before moving on to the Main Scenario Quests. 

  • Requirement: Complete the Main Scenario Quest ‘The Ultimate Weapon’.
Quest NameNPCQuest Start Location
Legacy of the AllagOutlandish ManMor Dhona (X:21.8, Y:8.1)
Sanding It DownRammbroesMor Dhona (X:30.4, Y:12.1)
A Performance for the AgesRammbroesMor Dhona (X:30.4, Y:12.1)
Labyrinth of the AncientsUnlocks the Labyrinth of the Ancients RaidG’raha TiaMor Dhona (X:30.4, Y:12.1)
For ProsperityG’raha TiaMor Dhona (X:30.4, Y:12.1)
Syrcus TowerUnlocks the Syrcus Tower RaidRammbroesMor Dhona (X:30.4, Y:12.1)
The World of DarknessUnlocks The World of Darkness RaidRammbroesMor Dhona (X:30.4, Y:12.1)

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Heavensward Alliance Raids


The Shadow of Mhach is a sequence of Alliance Raids in the game’s first expansion, Heavensward, in which you will seek to prevent the resurrection of the Shadow Queen, Scathach. The first quest in this series, ‘Sky Pirates,’ can be accepted from the Unquiet Trader in the Pillars. Then, to unlock each raid in the Shadow of Mhach series, complete the quests listed below.

  • Requirement: Complete the Main Scenario Quest ‘Heavensward’.
Quest NameNPCQuest Start Location
Sky PiratesUnquiet TraderThe Pillars (X:14.1, Y:10.6)
To Rule the SkiesUnlocks the Void Ark RaidUtataThe Sea of Clouds (X:25.5, Y:5.2)
The Weeping CityUnlocks the Weeping City of Mhach RaidStaciaThe Sea of Clouds (X:6.2, 5.8)
Freedom for Our SkiesLeofardThe Parrock (X:7.0, Y:6.9)
Where Shadows ReignUnlocks the Dun Scaith RaidStaciaThe Sea of Clouds (X:6.2, 5.8)

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Stormblood Alliance Raids


The Return to Ivalice Raids is the third series of Alliance Raids, in which you will join Ramza and his family as they explore the remains of Ivalice. You’ll battle familiar opponents as you explore the City of Rabanastre in this flashback to Final Fantasy XII and Tactics.

The first task in this chain, ‘Dramatis Personae,’ can be obtained from Keiten in Kugane. To unlock each section of this Alliance Raid, complete the following missions, which are mentioned below.

To get to the Prima Vista, talk to Minegumo in Kugane (X:10.3, Y:12.1) to join the airship landing, then talk to Shuttle Pilot (X:10.0, Y:21.1).

  • Requirement: Complete the Main Scenario Quest ‘Stormblood’.
Quest NameNPCQuest Start Location
Dramatis PersonaeKeitenKugane (X:12.2, Y:12.3)
A City FallenUnlocks The Royal City of Rabanastre RaidRamza bas LexentaleThe Prima Vista Bridge (X:5.8, Y:6.0)
UninvitedLina MewrilahKugane (X:10.3, Y:12.0)
My Power, My Pleasure, My PainJenomis cen LexentaleThe Prima Vista Tiring Room (X:5.8, Y:6.0)
DesireJenomis cen LexentaleThe Prima Vista Tiring Room (X:5.8, Y:6.0)
AnnihilationUnlocks The Ridorana Lighthouse RaidJenomis cen LexentaleThe Prima Vista Bridge (X:6.1, Y:5.9)
The Path of Most ResistanceLina MewrilahKugane (X:10.3, Y:12.0)
Welcome to Their JungleMontblancKugane (X:10.0, Y:12.1)
The City of Lost AngelsUnlocks The Orbonne Monastery RaidJenomis cen LexentaleThe Prima Vista Triring Room (X:5.9, Y:5.9)

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Shadowbringers Alliance Raids


The Shadowbringers expansion introduced an Alliance Raid series based on Nier Automata characters. In the YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse Alliance Raids, explore the Duergar Mountains with androids and battle machine lifeforms. To unlock each raid in this series, complete the objectives listed below, beginning with ‘Word of Komra’ from the Gossipy Dwarf in Kholusia.

The Excavation Tunnels in Kholusia can be found near Komra (X:36.2, Y:19.8)

  • Requirement: Complete the Main Scenario Quest ‘Shadowbringers’.
Quest NameNPCQuest Start Location
Word about KomraGossipy DwarfKholusia (X:12.9, Y:8.7)
A Scandal in KomraGossipy DwarfKholusia (X:12.9, Y:8.7)
On the ThresholdUnlocks The Copied Factory RaidDig Site ChiefKholusia (X:34.7, Y:18.2)
An Academic DisputeAnoggExcavation Tunnels (X:5.9, Y:4.7)
Tails, You LoseAnoggThe Copied Factory (X:13.5, Y:17.5)
Heads, I WinKonoggThe Copied Factory (X:13.5, Y:17.5)
Carnivals and ConfrontationsDig Site ChiefKholusia (X:24.7, Y:18.2)
One Way to Do ItAnoggExcavation Tunnels (X:5.8, Y:4.7)
We Can Rebuild HerDig Site ChiefKholusia (X:34.7, Y:18.2)
Everything You Know Is WrongUnlocks The Puppets’ Bunker RaidAnoggExcavation Tunnels (X:5.9, Y:4.7)
Crime and PunishmentKonoggExcavation Tunnels (X:6.1, Y:6.0)
To Make AmendsKonoggKholusia (X:33.8, Y:19.0)
Konogg, AloneDig Site ChiefKholusia (X:34.7, Y:18.2)
Brave New WorldUnlocks The Tower at Paradigm’s Breach RaidDig Site ChiefThe Puppets’ Bunker (X:9.8, Y:14.3)

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Endwalker Alliance Raids


The narrative of Hydaelyn and Zodiark has come to an end with the release of the Endwalker expansion. However, the Warrior of Light and Scions still have a lot of questions about the world, including the real nature of The Twelve. As you fight the Twelve in the Myths of the Realm raid series, you’ll get a chance to answer this question.

  • Requirement: Complete the Main Scenario Quest ‘Endwalker’.
Quest NameNPCQuest Start Location
A Mission in Mor DhonaFresh-faced StudentOld Sharlayan (X:9.1, Y:11.5)
The Realm of the GodsUnlocks the Aglaia RaidG’raha TiaThe Omphalos (X:6.2, Y:6.3)
A Divine DilemmaKrileThe Omphalos (X:6.3, Y:6.1)
The Face of an ExplorerDerykRhalgr’s Reach (X:11.1, Y:10.4)

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That concludes our ‘Unlocking Alliance Raids’ guide. We hope this guide is useful as you play Final Fantasy XIV.

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