These widely popular magical shells
allow communication at long distances.
Stackable: Not Stackable
Linkshells are Final Fantasy XI's version of online guilds. If you and a group of friends wish to band together in a linkshell, you can do so by purchasing a new linkshell from a Linkshell Distributor.

Other Uses

Resale Price: Cannot be sold to NPCs.

How to Obtain

Cannot be auctioned, traded, bazaared, or delivered.

Cannot be obtained as a random reward from the Gobbie Mystery Box Special Dial and similar sources.

Linkshell Distributors

Price: 6,000 - 14,400 gil

These vendors are open 12:00 - 20:00 and closed on Darksday.

  • Like a lot of other shops, they can sell out.

When you buy a New Linkshell, you must unequip any currently equipped link item (shell, sack, or pearl) before you will be given the option to equip your New Linkshell for naming and color configuration.

Linkshell names can be up to nineteen characters long, using only letters; no spaces or other characters. You cannot fix any spelling or color mistakes after you set them, so make sure you know what you want. The color is picked via a Red-Blue-Green color combination. You can use a picture editor to play around with it until you find a combo you like, or use a Color chart.

To look for current linkshells which are recruiting, speak to a Linkshell Concierge and select “Show me recruiting linkshells” to display a list of them. Check the list of parameters the registrant has set and choose your desired linkshell(s). These stores are cleared every conquest tally, so must be restocked each week to remain available. Up to 10 linkpearls for each linkshell may be stored at each location.

Creating a Linkpearl

  • If you are a linkshell or sack holder, go to your Menu and select Linkshell.
  • Click on your shell and, assuming you have room in your inventory, an option for Create Pearl can be highlighted.
  • After choosing this option, a new linkpearl appears in your inventory.
  • A maximum of 64 linkpearls can be in use at any one time; however, there can be an infinite amount of pearls in existence at any one time. Example: If you have a linkshell with 100 members, only 64 of them will be able to equip and use the linkpearl at any one time.

Promoting a Member to Sack Holder

The person must have the pearl equipped.
  • Select the shell in the Linkshell menu, and then View Members.
  • Select the person you wish to promote, and choose To Sack.
You can also remove the sack from a person in the same manner.

Kicking a Person

The person must have the pearl equipped.
  • Select the shell in the Linkshell menu, and then View Members.
  • If you are a sack or linkshell holder, select the person you wish to kick out of the linkshell, and choose Kick.
A member can only be kicked if they are online and have the pearl from your group equipped.
Only the linkshell holder can kick players with pearlsacks.

Changing the Linkshell Message

The message shown to players when they equip a linkpearl, or when using the /lsmes command can be changed. See Command/lsmes for information on how to view/change the message and authority levels for controlling who can change it.

The linkshell holder can give privileges to others to post or change the Linkshell Message by typing "/lsmes level [Level desired]". The levels are "All" for all Members, PS for PearlSack holders, and LS for the LinkShell holder only.

An example granting all members the privilege to be able to post LSMES: "/lsmes level all".
  • You can clear the linkshell message by typing "/lsmes Clear".
  • Note: With the ability to equip a second linkshell as of the Januaray 13, 2015 and March 26, 2015 Version Updates, you MUST have a linkshell equipped as your main linkshell (set on slot 1) in order to edit the linkshell message.

Linkshell Statistics

Every year, as part of the Vana'diel Census, statistics on the number of active linkshells across all worlds are collected. Details of these statistics are available at the following pages:

Linkshell Functions

Adventuring players gather together in a linkshell for several reasons. In the pre-Adoulin era, it was common for shells to be created for large-scale end-game events like HNM encounters, Dynamis or Battlefields. In the modern FFXI era, external programs have overtaken most of the Event-driven functions of Linkshells and they mostly operate as a legacy way to organize groups for social, roleplaying or event-driven purposes.


  • A companion book states that linkshells were invented in 563 by someone named Medada.

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