Final Fantasy XI Player Icons --
These are the main player icon groups, and the priority in which they show:
(Only ONE icon will appear by a player's name. The groups are
listed by icon priority, 1 being highest, 8 lowest. Priority
example: If you have a linkshell equipped, and mentor active,
only mentor icon will show. If you have a bazaar active, and are
seeking party, only seeking party will show.)
The categories can be broken down as follows:
1 - Connection Problems
If you are experiencing trouble connecting to the server (falls below
100%), other players will see this icon by your name. After a
certain amount of time, if your connection continues to fail you will
be disconnected from the server.
2 - Ballista
Part of the PvP that Final Fantasy has, where players compete against
each other at pre-ordained places and times.
Check PlayOnline, IGNVault, or Allakhazam
for the latest information in Ballista. When particpating in
Ballista, your nation's icon will show by your name so other players
can easily tell which team you are on. This icon set currently
ONLY appears when participating in Ballista.
3 - Away
There is a setting in the Main Menu under Friend's List which has a
setting for Online Status. When you set this to AWAY, this icon
will appear by your name. This is handy if you don't want to log
out of the game, but need to go away for a moment and want others
nearby to know you're away from the keyboard. Note that if others send you a /tell while
you are in Away Mode, you will not receive it (the sender will receive a message stating
that the tell was not received because you are away).
4 - Final Fantasy Staff / Special Purposes
This is the icon group which is used to denote the SquareEnix staff accounts. They are divided as
Adventurer - Used for demonstation accounts at Internet cafés,
Game/Trade shows, for the press, and other special events. These
are usually NOT SquareEnix
employees, and are temporary accounts. Try to be especially kind
to them, their game knowledge may be limited, as they usually have not
played the game or paid for it yet.
(quick fact: this icon's image comes from the symbol used for new drivers in
- Used for players who are currently helping with articles for the
official Final Fantasy "newspaper", the Vana'diel Tribune (available in-game, and on the web). Usually not SquareEnix
employees, but sometimes are.
Note: As of 27 Feb 2006, SE has announced the
Vana'diel Tribune ceased publication. This icon is now defunct, but keeping the description of it here for reference.
Staff - These ARE SquareEnix employees, but not those related directly
to the helpdesk (i.e., they do NOT perform Game Master
functions, although they may have the same abilities as GMs). Usually Public Relations or
(Note that this icon also used to appear by a player's name when doing a /search, but had a
different meaning -- in search mode, this icon meant the player had temporarily logged out of
the game and was in the PlayOnline Viewer. As of 18 April 2006, the temporary logout feature has been
removed from the game, therefore this no longer occurs. You will now only see this icon by a staff
member's name in-game).
In general you will only receive /tells from GMs and not see their characters with the player icon (their tells, however, will have "[GM]Name" to distinguish it from regular player/NPC text).. Occasionally, they will show
themselves in Mordion Gaol or even in town (see picture on right). Note that Game Master and Support staff changes periodically. You can view the latest list by going to the "Developer Room" section
of FFXI in PlayOnline.
Game Master - These ARE SquareEnix employees. The GMs are responsible for basic player support within the game.
Game Master - These ARE SquareEnix employees. The senior GMs will
help out with problems a regular GM may have trouble with. In almost all cases helpedesk requests you create will be handled by a GM or SGM.
Lead Game Master - These ARE SquareEnix employees. Lead GMs supervise large groups of GMs. You will rarely see a Lead GM.
Producer / Head
GM - Only two characters have this icon: "Azagba", the FF Development
Producer; and "SageSundi", the Head GM (official title, "Online
Service Manager"). You will probably never see these two
characters. If you do, consider yourself very lucky and get lots
of >screenshots! ^_^
5 - Seeking Party
When you are looking for a group (a.k.a. "LFG", "Flag is up"), the
green exclamation point appears by your name. Once you are in a
party, the exclamation point is removed and one of the other icons are
put in its place if applicable.
If you use the "Autogroup"
feature, a red exclamation point will appear.
6 - Mentor / New Adventurer
The red question mark automatically appears on all brand new
until you reach level 5 and have 10 hours of game play. You can
turn this off manually by going to Main Menu, Help Desk, Turn Off New
Adventurer Status. Please try to be kind to the "New Adventurer"
players and try to help them out, as they probably have never played the game before. (In
some cases this may be a "mule" for a high level player, but most mules
will turn the question mark off.)
"Big M" appears for those who have volunteered to be a
Mentor. Mentors are NOT SquareEnix employees. Mentors are
regular players who have volunteered to help out new players with basic
game help and tips. In order to be a Mentor, you must have 180
hours of game play AND have at least one job at level 30. To sign
up to be a Mentor, visit one of the three NPCs with "A.M.A.N." in their
name in the three main cities. Once active, mentor status can
be turned on and off at any time.
7 - Bazaar
Players who want to sell items out of their inventory. Check a player, then choose "View Wares" to see their bazaar items.
8 - Linkshell Pearl
Most common icon you'll see by a player's name.
Chat groups which players create to communicate with one another.
Linkshell pearls have a variety of colours to choose from -- the colour
and name is chosen by the player that creates a linkshell.
Linkshell pearls may be given out by players who have created a
linkshell (LS owner), or by "Pearl Sack" holders. You can
carry/belong to more than one linkshell, but you can only equip one
linkshell pearl at a time.
Page by Yokuku
(Lakshmi server, Leprechaun linkshell), raven at weyr.us
References: images from SquareEnix's websites (from update information on Nov 2002 and April 2004)
All images copyright SquareEnix, no ownership or infringment is meant
or implied. I simply wanted one quick and easy page to reference
all of this information. ^_^