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Servers, also known as "Worlds," are instances of the world of Vana'diel on which players reside. Multiple servers exist because the population of the game is too great to share a single server. Servers are typically named after a summoned being or type of monster from the Final Fantasy series, or a lead enemy character from earlier games in the series.

Choosing a World

As of March 8, 2007, during the Character Creation process, characters may assign themselves to a specific server. A Gold World Pass, obtained from a World Pass Merchant, may also be used for the Vana'diel Adventurer Recruitment Program.

See Also


World Migration (Changing Servers)

See World Transfer Service

Listing of Known Servers

As of May 9, 2011 there are currently 17 active servers. 16 of them are standard servers used by the public, while the test server Atomos is used for testing experimental features and hypothetical scenarios, and is available only to approved testers and GMs.

Servers may be made temporarily unavailable for maintenance, emergency issues, and updates. The Japanese Server Status and US Server Status pages on the PlayOnline FFXI website will allow players to stay up to date with the status of the servers.

Active Official Servers

Servers currently in service are as follows:

ID Name Activation Date Note
00 Bahamut May 16, 2002
01 Shiva
04 Phoenix
05 Carbuncle
06 Fenrir
07 Sylph
08 Valefor
10 Leviathan
11 Odin
15 Quetzalcoatl
16 Siren
19 Ragnarok
20 Cerberus November 7, 2002
21 Bismarck December 19, 2002
22 Lakshmi March 13, 2003
23 Asura December 9, 2003
-- Atomos (Test Server) Unknown, most likely December 17, 2001 Internal testing only. Closed to the public.
-- Undine (Public Test Server) Intermitant depending on current tests. Public Testing of new functions by approved players prior to public release.

Servers no Longer in Service

The following servers were decommissioned, mostly due to early underpopulation or the end of a specific testing period:

ID Name Activation Date Deactivation Date Note Reason for Deactivation
ß Chaos December 17, 2001 April 26, 2002 Beta test server for Japanese PS2 version of Final Fantasy XI. Testing period ended.
ß Zande Beta test server for Japanese PS2 version of Final Fantasy XI.
ß Golbez February 2002 (approximate; specific date unknown) Beta test server for Japanese PS2 version of Final Fantasy XI. Testing wind-down(?).
Remaining population moved to Zande server.
ß Xdeath Beta test server for Japanese PS2 version of Final Fantasy XI.
ß Glasyalabolas June 18, 2002 November 1, 2002 Beta test server for Japanese Windows version of Final Fantasy XI. Testing period ended.
ß Cactuar June 12, 2003 October 14, 2003 Beta test server for North American PS2 and Windows versions of Final Fantasy XI. Possibly was reactivated as Asura (Need confirmation).
ß Hydra December 10, 2005 April 3, 2006 Beta test server for worldwide Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XI
02 Titan May 16, 2002 May 9, 2011 Underpopulation. Population merged into Phoenix.
03 Ramuh Underpopulation. Population merged into Bahamut.
09 Alexander Underpopulation. Population merged into Shiva.
12 Ifrit Underpopulation. Population merged into Odin.
13 Diabolos Underpopulation. Population merged into Siren.
14 Caitsith Underpopulation. Population merged into Ragnarok.
17 Unicorn Underpopulation. Population merged into Fenrir.
18 Gilgamesh Underpopulation. Population merged into Carbuncle.
25 Ixion December 19, 2002 January 14, 2003 The name of this server still exists in the FFXI binaries, suggesting that the name may be assigned to a new server later. Underpopulation.
Remaining population moved to Bismarck server.
26 Typhon Underpopulation.
Remaining population moved to Kujata server.
27 Kirin Underpopulation.
Remaining population moved to Bismarck server.
20 Pandemonium November 6, 2002 March 22, 2010 Underpopulation.
Remaining population moved to Asura server.
21 Garuda Underpopulation.
Remaining population moved to Lakshmi server.
23 Kujata December 19, 2002 Underpopulation.
Remaining population moved to Valefor server.
25 Seraph March 13, 2003 Underpopulation.
Remaining population moved to Bismarck server.
27 Midgardsormr June 10, 2003 Underpopulation.
Remaining population moved to Quetzalcoatl server.
28 Fairy October 7, 2003 Underpopulation.
Remaining population moved to Sylph server.
30 Remora October 7, 2004 Underpopulation.
Remaining population moved to Leviathan server.
31 Hades Underpopulation.
Remaining population moved to Cerberus server.


Other Servers

These servers are uncategorized. They may not currently be active, or only active to use for specific purposes:

  • --: Chocobo (activation date unknown)
This was the test server for Real Vana'diel, an internet cafe selling itself as a "Final Fantasy XI Play Zone" in the city of Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan. It is also used for "live" special events such as the Boss Battle Bash event shown at E3 2005, and possibly other live events held during the US Final Fantasy XI iGames Tour.
This server was likely used for inter-server team matchups in each of the three Ballista Royale tournaments.
  • --: Moogle (activation date unknown)
This server was used at Vanafest and Fan Festival. It hosts various events held during the conventions and is used to showcase new features(such as MMM and Fields of Valor).
  •  ??: Behemoth
  •  ??: Dragon
  •  ??: Chimera
  •  ??: Wyvern
These server names are listed in the FFXI binaries. Their purpose is currently unknown.


For profiles of Summoned Monsters who do not have servers named after them, or may have future Servers named after them, click here or here.

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