FFXIV Island Sanctuary PSA: Avoid Wasting Rare Animal Spawns

A helpful player has shared an important FFXIV Island Sanctuary PSA to avoid wasting rare animal spawns in the Stardew Valley-like side activity for the critically acclaimed MMORPG. The addition of “one of the best farming games” to Final Fantasy XIV’s list of accolades came as a bit of a surprise when it arrived as part of the FFXIV 6.2 update, but players were eager to maximize the potential of their island.

One of the most compelling parts of managing your island is collecting the various animals that can be found in the environment, and the most elusive of these are the rare animal spawns that can spawn at certain times or under certain weather conditions. These special creatures, which include the Black Chocobo, the rainbow-colored Paradise Dodo, the odd owl-like Paissa, and the rather gorgeous and fluffy Twinklefleece.

However, users aiming to hunt down these rare spawns should be aware of one particularly dangerous nuance – which, if you’re not careful, can result in a rare spawn being wasted. As Reddit user FlareHeart explains, when you have a full list of animals in your pasture, the game will ask you to release one to make room for any new creatures you capture. However, you cannot release an animal that is in care or has material available for recovery.

In FlareHeart’s case, they had all of their current animals set up with sitters and a good serving of high-quality food before heading out for the weekend. However, they then noticed that the elusive Beachcomb crab’s spawn window was about to open in just five minutes. Luckily the Beachcomb appeared and they managed to capture it after burning through a rather staggering 20 nets. Much to their dismay, however, they were unable to keep the little crab, as all of their creatures were under surveillance and could not be released. With no way to return to their pasture, their only option was to sadly let the Beachcomb back into the waters.

Several other thread users say they have encountered the same problem, with people saying they missed Goobbues and Twinklefleeces because of it. Others express their thanks to FlareHeart, saying they probably would have put themselves in a similar situation without realizing it. It’s possible Square Enix will look to adjust this in the future, but for now the message is clear – don’t go hunting for rare FFXIV Island Sanctuary spawns with a full stable of pets in custody.

Our FFXIV Island Sanctuary guide has everything you need to know to get started, while our FFXIV Island Sanctuary animal guide has all the locations and materials for the various creatures you can find during your playtime. FFXIV The Rising 2022 event is celebrating the game’s ninth anniversary with special rewards, including a mechanical minion of fan-favorite character Emet-Selch.

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