Final Fantasy XIV: How to Change Appearance

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There are two types of RPG players out there. The first are those that spend hours on the character customization screen at the very start of the game to ensure their character is as unique as possible.

The second, however, are those that get through the screen as quickly as possible, but then end up regretting the fact that they didn’t put more thought into creating the character they’ve spent tens of hours with. Fortunately, in Final Fantasy XIV, there’s a way to change your appearance.

In this article, we’ll be going through everything you need to know about changing your character’s appearance in FFXIV.

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How to Change your Appearance in Final Fantasy XIV

There are actually two ways you can change your character’s appearance in FFXIV. You can use the first one for minor changes (Aesthetician), while the second one deals with more major changes (Phials of Fantasia).

How to Change your Appearance Using the Aesthetician

As mentioned above, if you’re looking to make minor changes to your character, such as your character’s eyebrows, face paint, facial features, hair color, hairstyles, lip color, and tattoos, then the aesthetician is for you.

However, before you’re able to unlock it to change your appearance, you first have to 

  1. Reach at least level 15.
  2. Go to Limsa Lominsa (X: 11, Y:11).
  3. Speak with S’dhodjbi (it’s a real name, we promise), after which you’ll be given a quest.
  4. Complete the quest called ‘Beauty Is Only Scalp Deep’, and you’ll unlock the Aesthetician.

One thing to keep in mind is that you have to have completed the Main Scenario Quest ‘Call of the Sea’ to accept this quest.

After unlocking the Aesthetician, you can access him from a crystal ball from any inn in the game. Alternatively, you could purchase a crystal ball for your own apartment or inn to access at any time. 

Unfortunately, this method isn’t free, as it will cost you 2,000 Gil every time you change your appearance, but that’s a small price to pay for looking fresh.

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How to Change your Appearance using Phials of Fantasia

If you’re looking to make major changes to your character, however, such as your character’s gender or race, then you have no choice but to use Phials of Fantasia. In order to unlock them, you have to play the main ‘A Realm Reborn’ storyline all the way till the last quest (The Ultimate Weapon), after which you’ll be given one Phial of Fantasia for free.

After this point, however, if you want to get your hands on any more Fantasias then you’ll have to purchase them from the Mog Station for $10 a Fantasia. Alternatively, you might find them included with future pre order bonuses or deluxe edition goodies.

After getting a Phial of Fantasia, using it is pretty straight forward:

  1. Go to your inventory, look for the Phial of Fantasia you have, and use it.
  2. Remove all your character’s gear.
  3. Log out from your account.
  4. In the character selection screen, either right click on your character if you’re playing on a PC, or press square if you’re playing on a console
  5. Make all the changes you want to your character.

There are some things to keep in mind, such as the fact that there’s no time limit to how long you can leave your character unchanged after consuming a Fantasia. As long as you don’t confirm the changes, you can take as long as you need.

Finally, if you press the ‘save changes’ button, then the Fantasia will be consumed and be deemed unredeemable, even if you kept your character’s appearance the same as before.

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Now that you know how to change your character’s appearance, you can now play FFXIV while using your ideal looking character without having to make a new one like many RPGs force you to.

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