Maybe you’re not interested in hoarding gil like a Dravanian — or maybe you’re already a gillionaire. Either way, you’ve got your eyes set on a different kind of prize, and you’ve come to the right place! This guide is for the gamblers who are all about farming MGP in FFXIV.
What Is MGP, and What Is It Used for?
MGP (aka, Manderville Gold Saucer Points) is a special type of currency you can earn in the Manderville Gold Saucer in FFXIV. Before we dive in, make sure you have the Gold Saucer unlocked by completing the quest “It Could Happen to You.” This quest is available starting at Level 15 in Ul’dah (Steps of Nald, x9.6, y9) from the Well-Heeled Youth.
Once you’ve reached the Gold Saucer, you can explore its various squares to play and compete in a wide variety of different mini-games. If you have less than 500 MGP, you can purchase some with gil from the Gold Saucer Attendant in Entrance Square (x4.8, y6.7). You’ll use very small amounts of MGP to participate in certain mini-games with the chance to win back more than you paid. It’s essentially gambling, but MGP cannot be converted back to gil, so this currency serves an entirely separate in-game purpose.
Instead, MGP can be spent by speaking to attendants located throughout the Gold Saucer. You can exchange it for extravagant prizes that are exclusive to the Gold Saucer and cannot be sold on the market board.
Farming MGP in FFXIV
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get into how to farm MGP in FFXIV!
VIP Cards and FC Buffs
We’re starting off with a few things you can do outside of the Gold Saucer to boost your earnings! The Gold Saucer VIP Card is a consumable that applies a buff that will increase your MGP earnings by 15% for two hours. This is a great item to use in combination with other farming methods — if you can get your hands on one.
VIP Cards drop from Squadron Missions, a little-known piece of side content you can participate in through your Grand Company. The following missions will drop VIP Cards:
- Black Market Crackdown (Level 40)
- Counter-magitek Exercises (Level 50)
If you belong to a free company, there are also buffs that your FC can apply to increase MGP gain. Jackpot I, II, and III increase MGP earned by 5%, 10%, and 15%, respectively. Using a VIP Card will overwrite this buff, so the two cannot be stacked.
Collecting and Selling Triple Triad Cards
This isn’t a particularly great farming method, but it is worth mentioning when discussing easy ways to acquire MGP. Any Triple Triad cards you acquire can be sold to the Triple Triad Trader in Card Square. This is largely due to the fact that, whether you win them from playing Triple Triad matches or earn them from boss drops, you can wind up with multiples of the same card. Always remember to sell your duplicates!
If you don’t care about playing Triple Triad, you can sell every card you come across for the extra MGP. We don’t recommend doing that, though, as Triple Triad is an effective way to farm MGP that we’ll talk more about later!
Wondrous Tails Rewards
If you would rather earn your MGP through doing battle content than spending hours in the Gold Saucer, try your hand at some Wondrous Tails! Wondrous Tails are a weekly challenge that encourages players to complete a random selection of sixteen duties to fill out a 4×4 “tic-tac-toe” board. When you complete one of the duties in your journal, a seal is stamped in a random spot on the board. Get four seals in a row, and you’ve got yourself a line! Players can receive a variety of rewards for completing lines in their journal, including MGP cards.
The three levels of card rewards are as follows:
- One line: 1 MGP Gold Card, which equates to 30,000 MGP.
- Two lines: 2 MGP Platinum Cards, which equate to 100,000 MGP.
- Three lines: 20 MGP Platinum Cards, which equates 1,000,000 MGP.
The catch here is that, as we mentioned, seal placement is random. Additionally, you can only obtain up to nine seals in one journal. You can use Second Chance Points to either retry a duty for a better seal placement or shuffle all of your seals. You’re not in the Saucer, but this is still gambling!
You can unlock Wondrous Tails by completing the quest “Keeping Up with the Aliapohs” from the Unctuous Adventurer in Idyllshire (x5.7, y6). You must have a combat job at Level 60 to get this quest. Just visit Khloe Aliapoh in Idyllshire to receive and turn in your journals. Wondrous Tails reset during the weekly server reset on Tuesdays at 12AM. Make sure to get them done and turned in before then!
Weekly Challenge Logs
One of the easiest and best ways to make MGP in FFXIV is to focus on completing your weekly Challenge Logs for the Gold Saucer. These Challenge Logs reward you simply for participating in mini-games and activities in the Gold Saucer (and sometimes winning). All of them are worth doing, but here are some of the Challenge Logs that will net you the most MGP:
- Close the Gates: Successfully complete 3 GATEs. Earns 8000 MGP.
- To the Races II: Enter 20 Chocobo races. Earns 8000 MGP.
- Victory Lap II: Win 10 Chocobo races. Earns 8000 MGP.
- A Winner Is You: Win 10 Triple Triad matches. Earns 8000 MGP.
- Come Play Lord II: Play Lord of Verminion 3 times. Earns 10,000 MGP.
If you follow the advice in this guide, you’ll naturally complete the majority of the Challenge Logs without even thinking about them. Some (such as the Chocobo Races) will require a little more time and effort, though. As the name implies, these Challenge Logs reset every week, so you can farm them over and over.
Mini and Jumbo Cactpot
Playing the Cactpots is an absolutely effortless way to earn more MGP. They function similarly to real life lotteries — the Mini Cactpot is a daily scratch-off ticket, and the Jumbo Cactpot is a weekly drawing.
Mini Cactpot scratchers cost 10 MGP apiece, and you can buy three of them per day. They display nine slots, one of which will already show a number. You can scratch off three more before picking the row you want to submit for winnings. No matter what, you will win MGP from playing! The scratchers display the amount you can win for each row’s total, ranging from lows of 36 MGP to highs of 10,000 MGP. If you’re serious about farming MGP, make sure you hit the Mini Cactpot every day.
For the Jumbo Cactpot, you can purchase up to three tickets every week. The first costs 100 MGP, the second costs 150 MGP, and the third costs 200 MGP. For each ticket, you select four numbers of your choosing (or randomize them). The more numbers you match, the more you win.
The winning ticket is drawn on Saturday. The exact amount you can win depends on the amount of tickets sold on your server, and you have a week to collect your winnings. If you collect your winnings within an hour of the drawing, you’ll get a bonus!
If you’re unfamiliar with the mechanics of the Fashion Report, it might seem like something challenging that requires you to own specific pieces of gear — or worse yet, put together a flawless glam to impress some NPCs. Fortunately, this is not the case. Completing the weekly Fashion Report is easy and requires little time or money.
You don’t even have to figure out the necessary outfit yourself! There are plenty of places where you can find weekly Fashion Report guides. One of the easiest ways to get a top score is to check out the lovingly crafted infographics made by Reddit user Kaiyoko.
Once you know what to wear, simply equip (and dye, if needed) the necessary items and present yourself to Masked Rose. You get 60,000 MGP for scoring 80 points, and you receive the same MGP plus the “Fashion Leader” title for scoring 100 points. If you’re not after the title (or you already have it), you only need to score 80 points each week to collect your spoils.
GATEs are the Gold Saucer’s version of FATEs. They are mini-games that open to participants every twenty minutes. As of 6.3, these are five different types of GATEs that are running in the Saucer:
- Cliffhanger: An AOE obstacle course
- Air Force One: An on-rails shooting mini-game
- Leap of Faith: One of three jumping puzzle courses, including The Falling City of Nym, The Fall of Belah’dia, or Sylphstep
- Any Way the Wind Blows: A luck-based AOE-dodging competition
- The Slice is Right: A skill-based AOE dodging competition
GATEs are a fun way to break up monotonous grinding in other areas of the Saucer. We recommend doing these whenever they pop up, if you’re free. They give you decent MGP if you complete them at the highest level possible, but they’ll still reward you with a modest amount if you aren’t at peak performance.
Whether you love it or hate it, playing a few Triple Triad matches every week can net you some serious MGP. There are a handful of weekly Challenge Logs related to Triple Triad that will give you good rewards on top of what you can earn just from playing. Playing ten matches and winning ten matches will net you 5000 and 8000 MGP each week, respectively.
You can also enter the Battlehall to snag two more Weekly Challenge Logs — playing five matches and winning three matches — but these have smaller rewards. The Battlehall is an instanced area you can visit to challenge other players to Triple Triad matches.
Playing and winning Triple Triad matches will always net you a small MGP reward. If you really like the game, it can be a good (albeit somewhat small) source of MGP!
The mini-games scattered throughout the Gold Saucer give out pretty measly MGP rewards compared to some of the other methods we’ve talked about in this guide. That being said, any MGP you can earn is more MGP in your wallet!
Our advice is to play these mini-games while you wait on other in-game events. If you’re queuing for a dungeon or raid and you have nothing better to do, pop into the Saucer and play some mini-games! You can also sprinkle them in between your other MGP farming methods to add some variety to your Gold Saucer grind.
You can get the best rewards from Out on a Limb and The Finer Miner, both of which are located upstairs in Minion Square.
Lord of Verminion
You may be surprised to see this on here, but I have good news — you don’t actually have to learn how to play Lord of Verminion to get MGP from it. If you repeat “Stage 2: Hatching a Plan” over and over, you can easily snag that weekly Challenge Log reward.
If you like Lord of Verminion and want to invest a lot of time in it, you can rake in huge MGP rewards from tournaments. This, however, is not an effective farming method.
The Make It Rain Campaign
Once every year, FFXIV holds the Gold Saucer’s Make It Rain Campaign. During this seasonal event, all MGP earnings are increased by 50%, and some rewards are offered at a discount.
This is the ideal time to max out your earnings in the Gold Saucer. If you’re considering grinding out MGP and you want to be efficient about it, wait until this event is running. However, there’s no set time period for the Make It Rain Campaign. It has occurred in different months every year, so keep an eye out for the announcement!
Join the High Ground
Those were some of the best methods for MGP farming in FFXIV! Keep in mind that while these are the easiest ways to gain MGP quickly and effectively, anything you do in the Gold Saucer will likely net you some winnings. If you really like Chocobo Racing, for example, invest time in it and reap the rewards! It’s all about how you want to spend your playtime — and what you want to spend your MGP on.
If you’re more interested in earning “real” money, check out our guide to making gil. For everything else FFXIV, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media!