I knew the first time I heard about the Adventurer Plates in a FFXIV Live Letter that it was an excellent idea. The initial release for this feature has come in patch 6.1, but we’ve been told there will be much more forthcoming.
The Adventurer Plate is a place where you can showcase information about your character and your playing habits. It’s quite customizable and you can earn more customizations for it on down the line.
Most notably, I’ve seen customizations as malmstone rewards in the new PVP season and for purchase for the new PVP currency – Trophy Crystals. You can also get two sets of Allagan-style designs from just having logged into the Companion App, as well as logging into the Companion App when you have a premium subscription to the app.
I’m sure there will be more coming on down the line as well as this is just the first release of content for this feature. Even what we already have is quite flexible!
There are three working parts to making an Adventurer Plate, so let’s go through them.
Create your Portrait
The portrait is (obviously) the picture you display in the Plate. It also appears to represent you in the new PVP arena matches – so if you’re interested in that, you might want to spruce up your portrait some.
You access the portrait from the Character menu, then select Portraits.
As you can see, you can have several portraits saved for different jobs and purposes. To edit one, select the one you want to change and click the Edit button above the portrait. Or create a new one by clicking the tiny plus in the bottom left corner.
You have two different tabs when editing your portrait. The Design tab is the overall design – such as background, frames, etc.
You can use the arrows to scroll through the different options or click the list box icon to see a list of all the options at once.
The Character tab is where you choose how to pose your character. This works much like Gpose – including the camera options below the portrait. You can also click and drag your character around to change the angle.
Not every emote and expression is available, but there’s plenty to choose from. Here’s what the list display of emotes looks like:
Once you’ve tweaked your portrait to how you like, just click Save.
Now that you’ve made your portrait, you need to assign it. On the main portrait screen, right-click the name of the portrait to see more options.
In this case, we want to Apply to Adventurer Plate.
And now we’re ready to start with Plate design!
Design an Adventurer Plate
By default, if you do not set an Adventurer Plate, and someone tries to inspect it, the game will give them a pop-up that states that the plate has not be created yet. So if you don’t want one at all, don’t edit it.
But if you do want one…
Open your Adventurer Plate from the Character menu.
The default Plate will display with a little menu off to the side.
The two options we’re looking at are the Design and Profile.
Similar to the Design tab for the portrait, Edit Plate Design is where you choose your look and feel. You can click through pre-made sets if you don’t want to spend too much time with it…
…or you can get original by clicking Advanced Settings. Here, you can completely customize each section of the design to your liking.
The Edit Profile section is where you go to talk a little bit about your own playstyle. You can choose a favorite job, title, indicate how you like to play and the times you usually can be found online. There’s quite a number of options to playstyle, you might notice, but you can only select up to six.
Once you’re done making your edits, just save your plate and now anyone who inspects you can see the information you’ve decided to show.
Write Search Info Text (Optional)
But wait! There’s more!
Search Info was the oldskool Adventurer Plates – a short couple lines of text that you could display on your character’s search info. I have a feeling this will be updated in the future, but for now, anything you’ve already placed in your search info will display on your Plate.
Ooops! Forgot you typed something silly there years ago? Want to update it? Don’t have anything there at all?
I’ve got you covered.
Open the Party Screen – on PC, you can press the “O” key.
Right-click your name and select Edit Search Info.
Type what you want in the Search Comment text box at the bottom of this window, then save.
Now if you open your Adventurer Plate again, you’ll notice the text appears in the bottom corner!
And there you have it! Adventurer Plates Beta from patch 6.1! Enjoy!