How to complete the Sage Council MSQ in FF14: Endwalker

FFXIV Sage Council - view of Old Sharlayan
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If you're having trouble completing the Sage Council quest in Final Fantasy 14, I'm here to help you out. It can be frustrating when you get stuck trying to find the location of a quest objective, especially now that Endwalker (opens in new tab) is finally here and there are plenty of new places to discover and explore.

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FFXIV Sage Council: Where to find the troubled souls 

The Sage Council is a level 88 main scenario quest in Final Fantasy 14, and it's pretty straightforward until you reach the part where you need to find eight troubled souls in Sharlayan Hamlet. The area you need to search is marked on the map, but there's nothing to indicate the location of each one. Instead, you'll need to run around to find them, and as there are lots of buildings and stairs in the area, that's not as easy as it might sound.

Once you've spoken with the troubled researcher—who is marked on the map, thankfully—you're tasked with finding the eight troubled souls. There are many NPCs with the quest marker inside the area, but only certain ones count towards the quest. All of them are outside, though some are hidden behind bushes or around the back of buildings. 

Here are the troubled soul locations, with coordinates:

  • Distracted Researcher: X 20.7, Y 18.0
  • Anxious Engineer: X 21.0, Y 20.4
  • Harried Aetherologist: X 22.1, Y 20
  • Grimacing Naturalist: X 22.3, Y 20.5
  • Despondent Engineer: X 21.0, Y 21.6
  • Skeptical Researcher: X 21.0, Y 22.2
  • Ponderous Mathematician: X 22.6, Y 21.0
  • Hyperventilating Engineer: X 21.5, Y 19.0

Once you've found and spoken with all eight, speak with Urianger at the marked location. If you're still having problems finding any of the troubled souls, the video above should help you locate them. 

Sarah James
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Sarah started as a freelance writer in 2018, writing for PCGamesN, TechRadar, GamingBible, Red Bull Gaming and more. In 2021, she was offered a full-time position on the PC Gamer team where she takes every possible opportunity to talk about World of Warcraft and Elden Ring. When not writing guides, most of her spare time is spent in Azeroth—though she's quite partial to JRPGs too. One of her fondest hopes is to one day play through the ending of Final Fantasy X without breaking down into a sobbing heap. She probably has more wolves in Valheim than you.