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FFXIV Materiel Container 3.0 or 4.0 Guide - Which is Better?

In a head to head versus battle, which Materiel Container comes out on top? We list the mounts and minions worth the Gil.

Once you’ve finally unlocked the Grand Company rank of Captain in Final Fantasy XIV, you may be excited to finally purchase some Materiel Containers and get the minions and mounts inside. Not only is it a good way to complete your collection, but it sounds like a surefire way to earn some Gil, and it is. So when you have 20,000 Grand Company Seals saved up, which is the better box to buy?

In this guide, we’ll explain both how much Gil you can expect to earn and highlight the number of rare items inside each container to help you decide. Note that all prices listed here are derived from Universalis Cross-World Market Board numbers on my shard. Exact prices will vary from server to server.

viewing the grand company seal exchange where materiel containers are listed

Materiel Container 3.0 Contents

Materiel Container 3.0 has all mounts and minions from A Realm Reborn and Heavensward inside. In total, there are two mounts and 81 minions.

Items Worth 1,000,000+ Gil

  • Night Pegasus Whistle: 10,000,000 Gil

Items Worth 100,000+ Gil

  • Assassin Fry: 100,000 Gil
  • Calamari: 239,000 Gil
  • Fat Cat: 294,000 Gil
  • Lesser Panda: 100,000 Gil
  • Steam-powered Gobwalker G-VII: 123,000 Gil
  • Wind-up Tonberry: 100,000 Gil

Based on the economy of my server, Ultros, the average value of a container comes out to about 150,000 Gil. That number is incredibly skewed, however, by the 10,000,000 Gil value Night Pegasus Whistle. Without it, the average drops to just 33,000 Gil per box. With a situation like this, it’s probably best to use the median which is an even more abysmal 19,000 Gil. At 20,000 Grand Company Seals each, you’re basically playing the lottery and hoping to pull that Night Pegasus Whistle.

Materiel Container 4.0 Contents

What about the more recent Material Container 4.0 which has mounts and minions from Stormblood? In total, there are five mounts and 50 minions.

Untradeable Items

  • Auspicious Kamuy Fife

Items Worth 1,000,000+ Gil

  • Dodo Horn: 4,397,000 Gil
  • Eldthurs Horn: 2,175,000 Gil
  • Eurekan Petrel Horn: 4,231,000 Gil
  • Conditional Virtue: 1,348,000 Gil
  • Copycat Bulb: 8,050,000 Gil
  • Wind-up Elvaan: 2,323,000 Gil

Items Worth 100,000+ Gil

  • Flying Chair: 108,000 Gil
  • Hedgehoglet: 153,000 Gil
  • The Gold Whisker: 324,000 Gil
  • Yukinko Snowflake: 327,000 Gil

The good news is there are six items worth at least 1,000,000 Gil compared to the single possible item from the 3.0 container. The average of 428,000 Gil isn’t too bad, but the median is even worse at only 2,300 Gil. In short, Materiel Container 4.0 is feast or famine. The median value is much, much lower, but there are more items worth a lot of Gil.

So Materiel Container 3.0 or Materiel Container 4.0?

If you have more Grand Company Seals than you know what to do with, buying Material Containers is like playing the lottery. Sometimes you’ll come away with millions of Gil, but most of the time you’re going to get nearly nothing on your return.

As a whole, that means you probably want to purchase Materiel Container 4.0. Sure, you’re going to strike out more, but when there are way more items worth a quick million Gil.

Even if your goal is to collect all of the minions inside, it’s certainly cheaper to buy those on the lower end. Unless you’re going to keep buying boxes until you own everything that is, by the time you get all of the rare drops you’ll have dozens of the common minions.

Only interested in earning Gil? You can put those Grand Company Seals to better use! In fact, we have a whole guide dedicated to helping you figure out what the most profitable items are on your specific server. You can easily turn 100,000 Seals into 300,000 – 600,000 Gil and you don’t even need a crafter to reach the lower end of that range!

About the Author

Dillon Skiffington

Dillon is the Senior Game Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He's spent about 2,000 hours playing a bun boy in Final Fantasy XIV and 800 hours maining Warlock in Destiny 2.