Triple Triad is a mini-game that originated in Final Fantasy 8 and it quickly became a fan favorite from all of the mini-games offered in the series. Therefore, it was no surprise that Final Fantasy 14 players were delighted when it was added to the popular MMO with the addition of the Gold Saucer area.

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Players are able to play Triple Triad with set NPCs as well as players, with new NPC challengers and new Triple Triad cards regularly added to the game via updates. For everything that you need to know about how to unlock the game, play it, and where to find people to challenge, check out our guide just below!

Unlocking Triple Triad

Triple Triad Master Final Fantasy XIV

To get access to the Triple Triad mini-game, you’ll first need to unlock the Gold Saucer. To do this, players must have completed one of the following main scenario quests:  The Gridanian Envoy, The Ul’dahn Envoy, or The Lominsan Envoy. After this, head to Ul’dah and speak to the Well-heeled Youth at the Steps of Nald (X:9, Y:9) to start the «It Could Happen to You» side quest. You will be given a golden airship ticket that you can use at the Airship Landing to travel to the Gold Saucer, after which, you can simply attune yourself to the Aetheryte Point that is there for faster travel.

After completing this quest and arriving at the Gold Saucer, head to the Card Square and speak to the Triple Triad Master at (X:4.1 Y:7.4) to begin the quest «Triple Triad Trial». You will be given an introduction to the card game and then a handful of cards for you to be able to build your first deck. The cards aren’t great, but they’ll get you started.

How to Play the Basic Game

Final Fantasy XIV building triple triad decks

You need to use the card items in your inventory to be able to utilize them properly, after which you can create decks via the Character menu option, then select Gold Saucer, and finally select the Card Decks category. You can create up to five decks in total, and each deck can only have one card that has a rarity of four stars or higher.

To challenge NPCs, you’ll need to pay a small MGP fee. If you have yet to earn any MGP, you can purchase some from the MGP Exchange Gold Saucer Attendant at (X:4.8, Y:6.7). You can only buy MGP if you have less than 500 MGP in total. Challenging other players does not cost MGP, but you also cannot receive cards as rewards from them.

We’re going to cover the basic rules of Triple Triad and then explain some of the other rules that come into play. Triple Triad is a card game played between two people, the player and either an NPC or another player. Each participant has a deck of five cards and deciding who goes first is done at random by flipping cards at the beginning to see who is represented more, the red or blue player.

FFXIV triple triad game in play

Players then take it in turns to place their cards on the grid. Each card has a number on all four of its sides, and when a card is placed next to another card, the numbers are compared to the adjacent number on the neighboring card. If the number on the card being placed is higher than the card already on the grid, the existing card will be flipped and «captured» by the player, turning it into their respective color.

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Players will continue until the grid is full, with the aim of the game being to capture as many cards as possible. The grid only holds nine cards in total, however, the tenth card that is not played is still counted in the player totals at the end of the game. Players have a total of 90 seconds to play their moves throughout the entire game, though each turn they are given a five-second window that does not affect the timer. Should the timer run out, your next move will automatically be played for you, and in subsequent turns, you will only have your five-second grace window to play before the same happens again.

Triple Triad Advanced Rules

FFXIV Triple Triad Advanced Rules in Play

As you travel throughout Eorzea and battle different NPCs, you will come across various Triple Triad rules that change how the game is played. These are called Advanced Rules and they fall into two categories, either Regional Rules or Match Rules. When you choose to challenge an NPC, you can view which rules are in effect before commencing a game.

Regional Rules: These differ depending on the location in the game and reset daily at 7 am PST/10 am EST. There can be up to two Regional Rules in play at any given time.

Match Rules: These are set by the NPC you challenge, or by yourself when challenging other players. Again, only two Match Rules can be in play at a time.

Final Fantasy XIV Triple Triad Advanced Rules

Here’s a breakdown of the Advanced Rules:

  • All Open: Both players are able to see their opponent’s decks.
  • Three Open: Both players are able to see three random cards in their opponent’s decks.
  • Sudden Death: If the game ends in a draw, a rematch begins where players use the cards that they had control over by the end of the first match. Sudden death will continue until someone wins, or until five sudden death rematches have played out, at which point it ends in a draw.
  • Same: If the card you play shares the same numbers on adjacent sides of two or more neighboring cards, you will capture every matching card. Additionally, a «Combo» effect can play out with this rule, wherein if the cards you capture are next to «weaker» cards, you will capture those also.
  • Plus: When you place a card, if the numbers on your card sides added to the adjacent sides of two or more neighboring cards add up to the same total, you will capture every matching card. The «Combo» effect can come into play with this rule also, wherein if the cards you capture are next to «weaker» cards, then you will capture those also.
  • Random: Your deck is chosen at random from your entire card list.
  • Order: You must play your cards in the order in which they are laid out in your deck.
  • Chaos: The card you are able to play is chosen at random with each turn.
  • Reverse: Smaller numbers are now able to capture higher numbers.
  • Fallen Ace: The normally most powerful «A» can be captured by a card that only has a «1». If Reverse is in play, then «1» can be captured by «A».
  • Ascension: This affects any cards that have a specific type, such as «primal» or «Beastman» (indicated by a symbol in the top right of the card). When one of these cards is played, it increases that card’s values and any other cards of the same typing by 1. When a card reaches «11», it is essentially an «A».
  • Descension: This affects any cards that have a specific type, such as «primal» or «Beastman» (indicated by a symbol in the top right of the card). When one of these cards is played, it decreases that card’s values and any other cards of the same typing by 1. When a card reaches «0», it is essentially a «1».
  • Swap: At the beginning of the game, one of your cards will be swapped with one of your opponents for the duration of the match. This is done at random and cards will be returned post-match.
  • Draft: Players are shown a random selection of cards from which they must build a five-card deck to play with. The cards are not from your own collection.
  • Roulette: Advanced Rules for the match will be chosen at random.

Where to Get New Cards

Triple Triad Final Fantasy XIV Card Win

There are a variety of ways to get new Triple Triad cards so that you can build better decks, with cards varying in rarity from one to five stars. Here’s a list of possible places you can find new cards:

  • Reward from winning a Triple Triad match with an NPC. (Drops are random and not guaranteed just by winning a match.)
  • Dropped from bosses in dungeons, trials, and raids.
  • Bought from either of the Triple Triad Traders at the Gold Saucer using MGP.
  • Dropped from specific FATEs or as a reward for getting gold ratings in certain FATEs.
  • Purchased from Enie in The Firmament (X:12.0, Y:14.0) using Skybuilders’ Scrip.
  • Triple Triad Tournament rewards.
  • Purchased from certain NPCs in Stormblood areas using Bicolor Gemstones.
  • Achievement rewards.
  • Reward from sacks in Heaven-on-High.
  • Reward from treasure chests in Eureka Pagos.
  • Acquired during timed events, such as A Nocturne for Heroes event.
  • Purchased from Campaign Attendants during the Make It Rain Campaign using MGP.
  • Purchased from Itinerant Moogles during the Moogle Treasure Trove event using tomestones.

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Finding NPCs to Challenge

Final Fantasy XIV triple triad NPCs

NPCs with the Triple Triad exclamation mark over their heads can be selected and then challenged to a Triple Triad match. Once you have had at least one card match with an NPC, the icon will change to a star if there are still cards that you have yet to win from them. These icons will also be displayed on your map. Once you have won all possible rewards from a certain NPC, their icon will vanish from above their head and from the map.

Some NPCs will only play Triple Triad with you after you have progressed past certain main scenario quests or certain side quests.

Finding Players to Challenge

Final Fantasy XIV Triple Triad Battle Hall

You can challenge other players by selecting them and choosing «Challenge to Normal Match». There is no cost to challenging players, but you can win an MGP bonus up to five times each day. There are only certain areas where players are able to challenge each other to Triple Triad matches, these areas are as follows:

  • The Manderville Gold Saucer
  • Limsa Lominsa – Upper Decks, Adventurers’ Guild (X:11.2 Y:11.2)
  • New Gridania, Adventurers’ Guild (X:11.9 Y:13.3)
  • Ul’dah – Steps of Nald, Adventurers’ Guild (X:11.8 Y:9.2)
  • Eastern La Noscea, Costa del Sol (X:33.6 Y:30.5)
  • South Shroud, Buscarron’s Druthers (X:18.0 Y:19.9)
  • Central Thanalan, The Coffer & Coffin (X:19.6 Y:20.5)
  • Coerthas, The Observatorium (X:25.0 Y:28.0)
  • Mor Dhona, Seventh Heaven (X:21.9 Y:8.6)
  • Idyllshire, The Snail (X:4.9 Y:7.4)
  • Foundation, The Forgotten Knight (X:13.0 Y:11.9)
  • Rhalgr’s Reach (X:9.8 Y:9.7)
  • Kugane, Shiokaze Hostelry (X:10.2 Y:10.0)
  • The Lochs, The Ala Mhigan Quarter (X:35.0 Y:32.2)
  • The Crystarium
  • Eulmore, The Canopy

Additionally, players can travel to the Battle Hall, an instanced area where players from the same data center can challenge each other to Triple Triad matches. This area can be accessed at any time from the Duty Finder. As well as challenging other players here, if you speak to one of the Hall Assistant NPCs, you can choose to be matched at random. Match rules are chosen by the participants, using a combination of those chosen by each player. Each Battlehall instanced area is open for four hours.

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Triple Triad Tournaments

Final Fantasy XIV Triple Triad Tournament NPC

The Gold Saucer regularly holds Triple Triad tournaments that offer special and rare Triple Triad cards as rewards. You can sign up to participate with the Tournament Recordkeeper, found either in the Gold Saucer or the Battlehall. Once registered, you will be randomly matched with other players and will automatically be placed into subsequent matches unless you cancel out. NPCs in the Battlehall can also participate in tournaments.

During each tournament, you can only play a certain number of matches that will contribute to your tournament score, and each tournament will have its own individual advanced rules. You can check your score by speaking to the Tournament Recordkeeper or examining the Tournament Ranking Board.

Final Fantasy XIV Open tournament NPC

Additionally, there are Short Mode Tournaments available via the Open Tournament Official in the Gold Saucer (X:4.5 Y:7.4). After speaking with him and completing his side quest, you will be able to participate in both Open and Invitational tournaments.

Open Tournaments: Held periodically in the Gold Saucer, players must speak to the Open Tournament Official during the registration period. If there are not enough players who have registered, the remaining slots are filled by NPCs. During these tournaments, the Draft rule always applies, and rewards include MGP and card prizes.

Invitational Tournaments: These types of tournaments can be held at any time. Players simply have to form a party and reserve a Triple Triad Invitational Parlor via the Duty Finder. If there are not enough players, any remaining slots will be filled by NPCs. Rules are set by the party leader and there are no rewards for these matches.

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