It wouldn’t be a new Final Fantasy XIV expansion if there wasn’t some kind of server issues afoot. Granted so far Shadowbringers launch has been smooth compared to other previous launches. There hasn’t been a Raubahn EX moment yet that we have seen. Still though, people are experiencing server congestion and disconnect (DC) issues. Here’s what you can to try and fix lobby error 5006 in FFXIV.
How to Fix FFXIV Lobby Server Error 5006
So what this error is essentially is a disconnected AKA a DC from the server. You’ve been booted from the server for a technical issue and you will have to log in again… if you can. This is quite common around the time of a new expansion release and it is not a big deal if you encounter this. You’re not banned or anything, the servers are just going through some stress right now. At worst it’s an annoyance but there’s not a whole lot you can do.
I personally happen to be on a congested server, Balmung, and I was experiencing brief disconnects quite frequently. What helped me was using the Cross World Visit feature to head on over to Goblin, a preferred server. If you don’t know how to do this, visit our step by step guide for it, but in short, head onto over a main city Aetheryte and select the option there.
This might not fix FFXIV lobby server error 5006 occurring during the Shadowbringers launch, but it’s worth a shot as it’s the only thing that’s really in your control. Everything else is on the end of Square Enix and the FFXIV development team to hammer out any bugs, kinks, and/or just relieve the stress that’s on the server while so many people are logging on to play.
The release of a new expansion, in this case Shadowbringers, is arguably the busiest the game will ever get, so running into FFXIV lobby server error 5006 is quite common during this time. Veterans know at this point to just grit their teeth and hope for the best. Unfortunately, as more people get off work, and when early access turns into full access, the issues might get worse, not better, but we’ll have to wait and see. Do give Cross World Visit a try though and see if that helps, it just might.
That’s all the information we have for how to fix FFXIV lobby server error 5006. Hopefully our trick was able to help, if not, just hang tight and keep trying until you’re able to log back in and play Shadowbringers’ main story quest consistently without disconnections.