FFXIV Struggles: Player Commendations

yes i want a gold star, plzkthx

I’ve noticed in the very vocal online community, people are struggling to make sense of their justifications for choosing who to give that precious player commendation to at the end of the dungeon. It’s one of the many moments in this game that will trick you into believe you are a god. Everyone has a different method for handing out their table scraps from the best glam to the simple act of not sucking.

Okay, but what is a player commendation? If you’re like me, you played your entire 35-level free trial without noticing the button in the bottom right corner. It’s almost like the game is subtly telling you that no one actually deserves to feel like they did a good job. Sounds like my teachers in school are behind this programming. Basically, a player commendation is right above a participation trophy but below a gold medal at the local bowling tournament. A gold star, if you will, to tell the person “congrats on not being the worst player here.”

Then you can leave the dungeon and realize that everyone thought you were trash, and you don’t deserve a gold star.

Yes, there are a lot of tips out there that tell you how to increase your chance at a commendation if you’re going for the prizes or just want the pat on the back. However, I’m pretty sure I’ve found the best method after being so depressed for 2 months that I didn’t do anything but sob into food and play FFXIV. Here is my handy chart that shows how to increase your chances at getting a commendation.

As you can see, the worse you do (and know you are doing), the greater chance that everyone will think that you’ve got this and you’re the best player ever.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left a dungeon thinking that was my worst run in a long while. As a tank, I nearly wiped us. As a healer, I let the tank die because I was watching Hey! Arnold again. As a DPS, I ignored the adds on a non-burnable boss. Yet, I can have a perfect run where I do my job perfectly, and nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch.

Yes, you could:

  • Be amazing at your job with 0 mistakes.
  • Say hello and goodbye at the start and end of the dungeon.
  • Try to be funny and fail miserably.
  • Apologize for mistakes, listen to advice, and fix them.
  • Ask for advice.
  • Have the best glam.
  • Be a tank (or healer).

And all of these are perfectly valid reasons of feeling like you deserve an ego boost. However, I really recommend these tactics instead:

  • As a healer, waiting until the tank is about to die before starting your cure cast.
  • Not stepping out of the goddamn AOE 10 times in a row, causing your healer to spam medica.
  • Forgetting your DPS rotations and losing your damage value.
  • Getting knocked out of the arena for the duration of the fight.
  • Accidentally pulling more mobs while trying to get into position around your fucking tank.
  • As a tank, only pop rampart to let your healer know you’re trying.
  • Be drunk AF.

actually me when i do my roulettes drunk

Personally, I prefer the last option. It’s a great way to forget you’re supposed to be healing, forget your DPS rotations, and forget to spin the mobs so that you’re just standing in the middle of them. Everyone will thank you later.

Sometimes, though, you may be on the end where you are the asshole that doesn’t want to give a commendation. Maybe your group was actually horrible. I have personal experience with this when a flame-war was started in the old MSQ roulette. New healers and neither tank knew exactly how the dungeon worked. I sat on my black mage ass and watched as someone actually said, and I quote: “You’re a cunt. I’m going to report you.” After repeatedly harassing said cunt. Yeah, good luck with that.

it’s probably fine to tank without a guide

All in all, the BEST advice is to not absolutely suck at your job, be friendly and socially aware. If your party isn’t chatting, don’t fucking monologue. If they are chatting, jump in! If someone waves or says hi, wave or say hi back. BE POLITE, PEOPLE.

Granted, this is probably the friendliest MMO (and only MMO) I’ve ever played. But I’ve heard much worse in terms of horror stories from other games. But that doesn’t give you a right to be an asshole. If you want commendations so badly, it’s pretty common sense. And if all else fails, be a tank. It’s not as hard as it looks.


Why do you give player commendations? do you give player commendations at all? how do you feel when you get one knowing you didn’t do a good job? are they really that important aside from the goodies at milestones? LET ME KNOW! (BUT BE NICE. I’M A SENSITIVE SOUL)!


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