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(FFXIV) Green/Red Arrows in Chat – What Do They Mean

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A recent addition to the chat system in Final Fantasy XIV is the green and red arrows.

The green arrow indicates that a message has been sent to all party members, while the red arrow means that a message has been sent to your current target. This can be extremely useful for coordinating with your party members, or for getting the attention of a specific player.

For example, if you need to ask someone a question in a hurry, you can use the red arrow to target them specifically. This will make sure that they see your message right away, even if they’re busy with something else.

Alternatively, if you want to tell everyone in the party about an important event, you can use the green arrow to send your message to all of them at once. This will save you from having to type the same thing multiple times.

Why do they appear?

When sending a message to specific players, you can use either the green or red arrow buttons. These buttons will only appear when you’re in a chat channel that has multiple people in it (for example, say and party).

If your current target is also in the same chat channel as you (and they haven’t disabled their chat window), the green arrow button will appear next to their name. If your current target is in a different chat channel than you (for example, they’re in a party and you’re not), the red arrow button will be shown instead.

If you send a message using one of these buttons, it’ll show up as if you sent the message normally to everyone in the chat channel. The only difference is that the message will be targetted at a specific player, which can be handy for getting someone’s attention.

Can I disable them?

Yes, you can disable the green and red arrow buttons by opening the Social Settings window (Ctrl+S) and unchecking the “Target Specific Players” box. This will stop the buttons from appearing in chat windows, and you’ll have to type the names of players manually if you want to send them a message.

Why should I care about them?

Knowing how to use the green and red arrow buttons can give you a significant advantage in battle. For example, if you’re in a party and you see that someone is targeting an enemy that you want to take down, you can use the green arrow button to send them a message. This will let them know that they have your support, which will give them the confidence they need to defeat that enemy.

Who else is affected by the arrows?

When someone sends you a message using the green or red arrow, other players in your area will see that you’re “talking” to them. This action is treated the same way as other actions (such as waving) and it can affect how other players interact with you. For example, if another player sees that you’re talking to someone using the green arrow, they might decide not to interrupt you.

Similarly, if another player sees that you’re talking to someone using the red arrow, they might decide to target that player instead of you. This can be helpful if you want to avoid taking damage from an enemy, or if you want to focus on healing your party members.

Ffxiv green and red arrows in chat

The green and red arrow buttons can be extremely useful for coordinating with your party members, or for getting the attention of a specific player. Knowing how to use them will give you an advantage in battle. Also, by unchecking the SOCIAL SETTINGS box, you can disable these arrow buttons so they won’t appear at all.

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