In Final Fantasy XIV, Warriors of Light were given an island in hopes that players would have a relaxing getaway that they could leisurely improve as time goes on. While most players had other ideas about what the word 'leisurely' means, other players have been taking the time to upgrade and improve their islands, which includes catching animals like they were Pokémon.
Regular animals populate your island and are important resources to get certain materials as you take care of them at your base. But rare spawns depend on several conditions like the weather and time on your island. And each rare animal will only spawn in specific locations.
While running around the island at any given time spawns regular animals, it will take some time and patience to capture the rare ones that only spawn during certain times, during certain weather conditions, or both. Either way, whatever animal you're looking for, below is a helpful table to capture any animal on the island.
Island Sanctuary Rare for Animals (Weather, Time, and Location)
The following is a table of all the animals you can find in Island Sanctuary. This includes their names, the weather conditions you’ll find them in, the time of day (in-game Eorzean time) they can spawn, the approximate coordinates in which they can be located, and their size. Remember that catching animals is never a guarantee. Sometimes they can be elusive, dodging your restraint and even running away after a failed attempt.
|Rare Animal||Weather Condition||Time of Day||General Location||Size|
|Ornery Karakul||Fair Skies||Any||X: 20, Y: 23||Small|
|Lemur||Any||6am – 9am||X: 20, Y: 26||Small|
|Apkallu||Any||Any||X: 19, Y: 11||Small|
|Apkallu of Paradise||Any||12pm – 3pm||X: 19, Y: 11||Small|
|Star Marmot||Any||9am – 12pm||X: 15, Y: 19||Small|
|Yellow Coblyn||Fog||Any||X: 27, Y: 19||Small|
|Beachcomb||Rain||12am – 3am||X: 17.8, Y: 12.6||Small|
|Twinklefleece||Fog||6pm – 9pm||X: 22.1, Y: 20.8||Small|
|Lost Lamb||Any||Any||X: 20, Y: 23||Small|
|Opo-Opo||Any||Any||X: 20, Y: 26||Small|
|Ground Squirrel||Any||Any||X: 15, Y: 19||Small|
|Coblyn||Any||Any||X: 20, Y: 13||Small|
|Quartz Spriggan||Any||Any||Mountain Hollow||Small|
|Amethyst Spriggan||Any||9pm - 12pm||Mountain Hollow||Small|
|Funguar||Rain||3pm - 6pm||X: 20, Y: 27||Small|
|Dodo of Paradise||Any||3:pm - 6:pm||X: 16, Y: 12||Medium|
|Tiger of Paradise||Fair||6pm - 9pm||X: 15, Y: 14||Medium|
|Wild Dodo||Any||Any||X: 16, Y: 12||Medium|
|Island Doe||Any||Any||X: 12, Y: 19||Medium|
|Island Stag||Any||6pm - 9pm||X: 20, Y: 19||Medium|
|Black Chocobo||Clear Skies||Any||X: 13, Y: 11||Medium|
|Chocobo||Any||Any||X: 20, Y: 21||Medium|
|Glyptodon Pup||Any||Any||X: 30, Y: 11||Medium|
|Glyptodon||Any||12am – 3am||X: 31, Y: 11||Medium|
|Aurochs||Any||Any||X: 12 Y:17||Medium|
|Paissa||Fair Skies||12pm – 3pm||X: 25, Y: 28||Medium|
|Alkonost||Clear||9pm - 12pm||X: 23, Y: 30||Medium|
|Grand Buffalo||Clouds||Any||X: 12, Y: 17||Large|
|Island Billy||Any||3am – 6am||X: 26, Y: 22||Large|
|Island Nanny||Any||Any||X: 26, Y: 24||Large|
|Blue Back||Any||Any||X: 28, Y: 28||Large|
|Gold Back||Rain||Any||X: 31, Y: 28||Large|
|Alligator||Showers||6am – 9am||X: 17, Y: 24||Large|
|Goobbue||Clouds||9am – 12pm||X: 33, Y: 16||Large|
|Wild Boar||Any||Any||X: 18, Y: 16||Large|
|Griffin||Clear||3pm - 6pm||X: 15, Y: 22||Large|
|Boar of Paradise||Rain||9am - 12pm||X: 17, Y: 16||Large|
|Weird Spriggan||Fog||12pm - 3pm||X: 24, Y: 18||Large|
|Grand Doblyn||Fair Skies||3-6am||X: 24 Y: 21.6||Large|
|Pteranodon||Clear Skies||9am-12pm||X: 25 Y: 16.2||Large|
|Adamantoise||Fog||12-3pm||X: 32.1 Y: 12.6||Large|
|Morbol||Showers||9pm-12am||X: 29 Y: 24||Large|
Capturing the Island Sanctuary Rare Animals
With the way Island Sanctuary is structured, you can only capture certain animals once you’ve progressed and reached a high-enough Sanctuary Rank. For example, you cannot catch medium-sized animals until you can craft Makeshift Restraints, which is unlocked at Rank 6. Large animals can only be caught using Makeshift Soporific, which is unlocked at Rank 8. You can swoop up any small animals using the Makeshift Net that’s available to craft early on, though.
Another thing to note is that the Paissa cannot be caught until you’ve reached Rank 10, currently the max rank. That’s because the area it spawns in can only be accessed once you have unlocked flying on your island, which is your Rank 10 reward.
Island Sanctuary Animal Tracker
If you’re not fond of playing the guessing game with regards to weather, there is an Island Sanctuary weather and animal tracker available. Using that tracker, you can just select the animal you’re looking for and get the upcoming Eorzean and real-world times for the necessary weather condition. It also has a map that highlights the rare animal spawn areas.