After years of waiting, the FFXIV data center travel feature has finally arrived, giving Eorzean's the world over the opportunity to visit friends from far-away lands without shelling out for costly services. If you're struggling with it, though, we've rounded up how to use the FFXIV home world transfer feature to play with your far-away party.
Down below, we'll not only go over how to use the FFXIV data center travel feature, but the long history of its development as well. The lead-up to this displaced a lot of raid and friend groups, with an infamous video of shocked screams and hysterics being something we'll embed down below as well. It was a rough time, but ultimately for the better.
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What Is FFXIV Data Center Travel?
The FFXIV Data Center Travel system is an extension of the Home World Transfer system introduced a few years back now. The original implementation allowed players from one server to temporarily visit any other server (or World) on the same data centre as their home world.
What this didn't allow for, though, was for players to hop between data centres. For example; if your region has servers split across two or more data centres, you were only able to visit the servers on the same data center as the world you created your character on or transferred to using a premium service.
The Data Center Travel system introduced in FFXIV 6.18, however, removed the region restrictions. You can visit any server on any world within your region now.
How to Use FFXIV Data Center Travel
Using the expanded Home World Transfer system to hop to a different data centre is slightly different to the one you use to hop between worlds on your home data centre. Here's how it works:
1. Get to the Character Select Screen
Either log in and sit at the character select screen us the Log Out button to get there if you're already logged in. You can't hop to another data centre if you're already controlling your character.
2. Choose your Character
Right click on the character name of the one you intend to play. You should see the option to "Visit Another Data Center." That's what you want. Click it.
3. Choose the server
Choose the data center you want to travel to and the process will begin. It can take a little while if things are busy, so feel free to minimize the game. You can technically close the game and still keep your place in the queue, but you won't be able to stop the transfer once it's initiated.
4. Log in!
Once you get the notice that the transfer is complete, you'll be able to log in and use the Aetheryte in Ul'dah, Limsa Lominsa, or Gridania to move to a specific server on that data center.
FFXIV Data Center Travel Errors and Fixes
You Must Log Out From Your Home World Error Fix
If you're getting this FFXIV Home Server Transfer error when trying to visit another data centre, there's a simple fix: you need to log out from your home world.
We're just repeating things here, but it can confuse some players. What it means is that you logged out from a server that wasn't your home server. To fix it, you need to log in, use an Aetheryte to transfer back to the server your character typically resides on, and log out from there. Then you'll be able to use the Visit Another Data Center" command to visit another data center.
Unable to Submit Data Center Visit Request At This Time Fix - FFXIV Data Center Transfer Error 300
If you're met with the phrase "Unable to Request Data Center Visit request at this time", you've been hit with the FFXIV Error 300.
You haven't done anything wrong here, but there's also no real way to fix it. It basically means the game is under too much stress from others requesting transfers. It should die down in the days ahead, but launch day of this highely-requested feature means everyone is using it at the same time. You just have to wait.
If you're somehow surprised to see the FFXIV data center travel issues on launch day, turn your attention to this post on the game's official site. In it, the developers reveal that there's currently an average of 15k FFXIV data center transfer requests every minute. That's why it's struggling to work as intended.
How Do I Get Back to My Home Server in FFXIV?
To move back to your Home Server after hopping to another, you just need to repeat the steps you took to get there in the first place.
So, just head to the nearest main Aetheryte, select Visit Another World Server from the menu, and look for the server on the list with the little tunnel icon (or whatever it's supposed to be) - that's your home server. If you're unsure where you came from, you'll see your Home Server and Current Server in the bit above the list. Just select your home server and you'll be send home once the game has had a think.
FFXIV World Server Transfer Errors
When the world server transfer feature first came out, it was so popular that major delays were common when trying to server hop, creating long queues, errors, and issues.
Thankfully, the congestion seems to be small within the first few hours of the feature going live. It could change once we hit peak time, with errors sure to follow. We'll update with any fixes as the issues happen. But for now, here's what the team has had to say about how they'll be treated.
Basically, it all boils down the fact that server transfers will never take priority over people trying to log into the game.
If you're from a server that's getting a lot of visits from other players, your log-in attempt will always come before their visit attempt. If things get so bad, people won't be able to transfer to that server at all until things quiet down.
FFXIV Home World Transfer - EU and NA Server List
If you're not sure where you can use the FFXIV Home World Transfer service to get to, refer to the list below.
Simply put, you can transfer to any server in your region now. So if you play in Europe, you can visit anyone else who plays on a European server. The only players who won't notice a change here are those on the Oceanian data centre, given there's only one anyway.
- Chaos Data Center
- Light Data Center
- Aether Data Centre
- Crystal Data Centre
- Primal Data Centre
With that, you should have the knowledge you need to initiate a FFXIV Home World Transfer service request. For more on the game, we have guides on How to get the Troll mount and even how to get the Vinegaroon FFXIV mount as well.