Gil is one of the easiest currencies to farm in FFXIV and truthfully with it being as easy as it is, you would assume that MGP would be a bit easier to farm.
The thing is, MGP can be difficult to farm if you’re not doing the right things to get it.
While there are a number of ways that you can get MGP, including games at the Gold Saucer, Triple Triad Matches and various GATEs, some of them are going to give you a higher yield and some of them are going to be less fun than others.
The following are the most optimal ways of collecting MGP.
WEEKLY CHALLENGE LOGS (WEEKLY)
By far one of the best ways to optimize your time playing FFXIV is by doing your weekly challenge logs.
Challenge Logs are split up by different categories including things like Beast Tribes, Retainers, Eureka and of course the Gold Saucer.
Now, the thing about the Gold Saucer challenge logs is that some of them give a much higher yield of MGP than others.
The Gold Saucer related challenge logs are as follows. I’ve marked the ones I complete weekly with two asterisks and the ones I complete when I have time with one astrisk:
**Complete 3 Mini-Games (1,000 MGP)
**Earn 100 MGP from Mini-Games (1,500 MGP)
*Participate in 5 GATEs (5,000 MGP)
*Successfully Complete 3 GATEs (8,000 MGP)
*Enter 3 Chocobo Races (5,000 MGP)
*Enter 20 Chocobo Races (8,000 MGP)
**Play Triple Triad 10 Times (5,000 MGP)
**Win 10 Triple Triad Matches (8,000 MGP)
Play 5 Triple Triad Matches in the Battlehall (2,500 MGP)
Win 3 Triple Triad Matches in the Battlehall (3,000 MGP)
**Play Lord of Verminion 1 Times (5,000 MGP)
**Play Lord of Verminion 3 Times (10,000 MGP)
**Play Lord of Verminion 5 Times (12,000 MGP)
Participate in 2 Doman Mahjong Player Matches (5,000 MGP)
NOTE: The total amount of MGP you can get in a week from the weekly challenge logs is 79,000 MGP.
If you do the bare minimum and lose at everything you can get around 55,000 MGP.
As you can see, the majority of the challenges I choose to complete are ones that don’t require me to be playing the game with other players or need to be playing the game at a particular time.
I personally do a lot of my MGP challenge logs while watching Netflix on a second monitor or while getting some work done.
I’ll cover the most optimal ways to complete these challenge logs in the sections that are dedicated to their topic.
JUMBO CACTPOT (WEEKLY)
The Jumbo Cactpot is something that you absolutely never want to miss out on.
It’s the most brainless way of getting a good amount of MGP a week.
You can purchase a maximum of 3 tickets a week for 100 MGP (increases by 50 per ticket) and tickets will be drawn every Saturday at 2 P.M. Earth Time.
The lowest yield for the Jumbo Cactpot is 1,000 MGP, however, the rewards scale based on the number of tickets bought.
That being said, even if there aren’t a whole lot of tickets purchased that week it’s still a good idea to buy tickets just for a steady passive income of MGP.
SIDE NOTE: my partner won the Jackpot one week… you can all rage quit.
FASHION REPORT (WEEKLY)
The Fashion Report was a part of the Gold Saucer I was completely unaware of for months of playing the game.
At first, when my partner told me about it I was intimidated by the name and thought that I would have to spend a whole lot of Gil in exchange for getting MGP, however, this is the furthest thing from true.
The Fashion Report has you looking for glamours that fit into different categories like “Do Rats Fly” which is referring to the “Sky Rat” glamour set, or “‘Fringe’ Benefits” which refers to glamours with Fringes.
Most Fashion Reports will only require you to dye pairs of clothing or to purchase vendor glamours for an easy 80 points, which gives you the highest reward.
There’s a lovely player on Reddit who goes by the name Kaiyoko who posts guides to it weekly. They’re super, super awesome! Thank you Kaiyoko for doing that <3
The only reason you will want a score of 100 on your Fashion Report is if you want the title “Fashion Leader” which you will only receive once.
So, might as well save yourself some time and some Gil and just settle on getting 80’s every week. (As I did in high school…)
If you are nervous that you didn’t get everything right, don’t worry! You can get judged four times by the Masked Rose and you will receive the rewards you missed out on!
The MGP award for the Fashion Report is 60,000 MGP, but that can be boosted with the Gold Saucer VIP Card (which I’ll talk about below) or an FC Gold Saucer MPG Boost.
MINI CACTPOT (DAILY)
The Mini Cactpot costs 10 MGP to participate in and will provide you with a 3 x 3 square with one number revealed.
You will be given the opportunity to reveal three other numbers to help you make the choice of which line you will scratch.
You will then be given a reward based on the sum of all the numbers in the row that you have selected.
While rewards are not guaranteed, the Mini Cactpot is an extremely low-risk game that can give you quite a high yield.
Rewards are as low as 36 MGP and as high as 10,000.
I usually get rewards between 360-3,600 on a daily basis without using a solver.
That being said, there are a few solvers out there and some of them are handier than others.
The following is my favourite Mini Cactpot Solver.
You can participate in the Mini Cactpot 3 times per day.
LORD OF VERMINION (WEEKLY)
I know a lot of you are shocked that I’m even putting this one on the list, but let me make my point.
The actual game, Lord of Verminion isn’t the greatest, especially for folks who don’t want to invest in learning a mini-game that people don’t really play.
Thing is, even if you don’t want to take time to invest in learning the game, you can grind Stage 2: Hatching a Plan in under 2 minutes to get your weekly challenge logs done.
So, what does that mean? In under 10-Minutes, you will be able to get a minimum of 27,000 MGP per week from your challenge logs.
If your FC has a boost on the MGP you can also receive a 10% boost to this.
NOTE: I would never grind MGP from Lord of Verminion as it will require you to complete new quests or play against other players… gross… MMO who?
GATEs (WEEKLY OR DAILY)
GATEs are the equivalent to Mario Party mini-games in Final Fantasy.
GATEs take place every 20 minutes in the Gold Saucer and usually take a few minutes to complete.
Cliffhanger // 3000 MGP
Air Force One // 4000 MGP
Leap of Faith // 4000 MGP
Any Way the Wind Blows // 7500 MGP
The Slice is Right // 5000 MGP
I personally don’t care what GATEs I participate in and usually wait for them as I’m working on my computer.
I usually complete as many as I can, but as mentioned I don’t really go out of my way to do GATEs, though it is a fairly worthwhile way of making some good MGP.
While the highest rewards for GATEs is quite high, some of the GATEs require much higher skill than others.
Late to the Party Finder has a great in-depth guide that talks about all of the GATEs and what the skill level required for each are.
TRIPLE TRIAD MATCHES (WEEKLY OR DAILY)
I wouldn’t say that I’m the best Triple Triad player, but I do complete my weekly challenge logs for Triple Triad every week.
If you complete just the solo Triple Triad Matches you will get a minimum of 13,000 MGP, but if you participate in tournaments you bring that up to 18,500 MGP.
I personally only do the solo Triple Triad Matches and try to do them on NPCs I’ve never defeated before to get more cards.
You don’t have to do this and can easily grind out Jonas of the Tree Spades in the Gold Saucer for the weekly challenge logs.
Some players have been known to make a good amount of MGP by playing Triple Triad Matches religiously. Truthfully, as fun of a game as it is, I don’t think I’ll ever be playing it competitively anytime soon.
PLAY MINI-GAMES WHILE YOU QUEUE FOR RAIDS & DUNGEONS (DAILY)
One of my favourite things about FFXIV is the fact that there is so much side content that you can participate in while you wait for the queue to pop.
Other tasks can include gathering, crafting, doing FATEs, or just jumping around in your FC as my whole family does.
Now, there are only two mini-games that I find worth it in the whole Gold Saucer and they can be found in Minion Square. These games are Out on a Limb and The Finer Miner, though I personally prefer Out on a Limb.
I’d say 80% of the time I can get 400 MGP from Out on a Limb, although I don’t know how good I am I really am at the game because all I have to compare myself to is my n00b sister.
CHOCOBO RACES (WEEKLY OR DAILY)
Surprisingly Chocobo races are a lot of fun, but they are very laggy on some servers.
I used to have an amazing Chocobo, though I stupidly retired him so I could try to get a breed a better one, but his baby was a POS,
Truthfully, I don’t play many races these days now that I have a crappy Chocobo, but I can’t deny that I was making stacks on stacks for coming in first and always being able to complete my challenge log.
I’d say, give it a shot at least once. If you don’t like it, move on, if you do… welcome to your new crack!
GOLD SAUCER VIP CARD (CONSUMABLE)
The Gold Saucer VIP card is a consumable that gives players a 2-hour buff that increases the amount of MGP you receive from the different tournaments (including games against NPCs), Chocobo races, Mini Games, GATES, Mini Cacptpot and Jumbo Cactpot.
The one thing the Gold Saucer VIP Card does not include is the Challenge Log.
Gold Saucer VIP Cards can be received from squadron missions.
At the end of the day, if you want to do the absolute bare minimum to grind MGP, I would at least do the Jumbo Cactpot, Fashion Review and the Verminion Challenge Log.
Those three alone can leave you with a healthy amount of MGP weekly.
When you’re ready to step into the MGP grind, make sure that they align with your weekly challenge logs because that will give you a nice little boost to your MGP as well.
So I’m curious, what are some of your favourite ways of getting MGP? What are you hoping to spend it on? Let me know in the comments below!