|OT| Final Fantasy XIV - Shadowbringers | Patch 5.3 out now!

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Not gonna link the Steam store on this cause you shouldn't buy FFXIV on Steam if you can help it. Amazon or Square-Enix (NA/EU) store is probably a better call



GAME BASICS
  • Lodestone - Player homepage. News and updates are posted here
  • Mog Station - Account management page
  • Free Trial - Starting Aug 11 this will run through the base game and first expansion (Heavensward) and will cap at level 60
  • Play Guide - Official Guides for newbies
USEFUL LINKS


Newest Patch Notes

Patch 5.3 ~ Reflections in Crystal ~
 
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also worth noting, it may be best to wait til the 11th to sign up for the free trial once it updates. square chat support says that they will update all trial accounts to the new trial version but when it comes to advice from chat support it may be best to wait and see.

 

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That trial really is some insane value. I've already played close to 30 hours and I've only just joined a Grand Company. Looks like there is still much more to come and then they've just added Heavensward on top of it.
I guess that's easily a 100 hours for free? (And more or less almost actually free, it feels so much more chill than "F2P-free", lol).

Going to take me ages until I reach the end of that, but no hurry I guess. Glad I did give it a 2nd chance, because I'm really enjoying it now.
 
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the trial is really a ton of content. I feel like the did it the right way. they kept in the content and more single player RPG things to the trial but excluded a lot of the chats and using the market board so if you want the "MMO" parts of the game you gotta pay up.

i'm on the old old $10/month plan so i'd have to check but if they still have the lower priced sub for just keeping one character that's a nice way to stand out from other MMO games as well.
 

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I wish the restrictions aren't that harsh for the free trial. It's basically the worst f2p restrictions compared to other f2p mmos. No market, no chatting, no grouping, it's virtually a single player experience in a MMORPG. But I understand that it's needed to combat the bots and real money traders. But even so, subscription fees never stopped the botters and traders from doing so.
 
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last shots before the patch hits. need to come up with a new dancer glam for the new patch as well...



 

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7GB patch when updating from the "old" trial.
The one thing that makes me kinda regret starting before the patch (well I made my character last year where the trial expansion wasn't on the horizon) is that I couldn't make an Au Ra character, but now that race is included in the trial and I don't want to restart just for that 30 hours in, lol.
But I've read that you get a "completely change your character to whatever you want" item after finishing the A Realm Reborn story, so all hope is not lost!
 
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yep, once you finish the base story you get a free fantasia. they are of course also able to be purchased for $10 each in the item store 😆
 
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I haven't done MSQ yet but HOLY SHIT THE 24 MAN RAID AND WEAPON FIGHT IS ABSOLUTE KINO.

This patch really outdone 3.3 and 4.3
 

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I wanted to play Samurai, is that not included in the trial? or is it only activated at level 50?
 
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samurai is part of the 2nd expansion so you can't get that in the free trial
 
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I found the Samurai to be pretty boring, actually. Just stays in place doing different combos.

Being a samurai can be pretty cool though, I give you that.
 
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With all the new patch content don't forget that the Moonfire Faire event starts today! Any level 30 can join in for free glamour gear and home items!


The holiday events are always worth doing because often if you miss the items when they are obtainable via quests the only way to get them the next year is in the cash shop.

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Didn't get to play at all yesterday. Had some kind of weird graphical issue that doesn't seem to be very common so I had to reinstall the game yesterday. Should have time to get into it today though.
 

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Guess I have a reason to leave the Gold Saucer now! :toucan:
I'm level 26 right now (still on the level 20 story quests though, lmao).
 

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I cried a lot during MSQ.

A LOT.

And that final boss..... I don't know how they can surpass it presentation wise.
 
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Packin a bunch of events in to make up for lost time!

 

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Reached level 29 today, looks like I'll be able to join the event tomorrow.
I've also learned how to craft Glamour Prisms, yay. Not that I have much gear to use them on yet :grimacing-face:

Also figured I'd change hairstyle for the hell of it.
 
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lookin good! I'm sure you noticed all the different hairstyles and emotes and such in the golden saucer you can get for mgp? can't remember if that one is one of them...
 

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Good luck with the congestion lol, these past few days is really bad.

Don't forget to check all languages on Duty Finder setting for faster duty queue :face-savouring-delicious-food:
 

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lookin good! I'm sure you noticed all the different hairstyles and emotes and such in the golden saucer you can get for mgp? can't remember if that one is one of them...
Yeah, I've found and bought 4 hairstyles from the Gold Saucer for about ~45k total, I think. This is just one of the regular one's though :D
I still have 80 or 90k mgp right now, but I'm not sure what I should spend them on next. Buy some dance emotes? Save some for a new mount? Decisions, decisions.
 

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Good luck with the congestion lol, these past few days is really bad.

Don't forget to check all languages on Duty Finder setting for faster duty queue :face-savouring-delicious-food:
Yeah, that's where all my friends are. I used to play in Masamune as well, but newer players went for Tonberry.
 
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the good mgp mounts are 1mil/2mil so it may take a bit to save up for those. but if you do the weekly lottery and fashion report in addition to the various games in gold saucer you'll build up mgp pretty quick.
 

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So much of the game is overwhelming to me, so i am just focusing on the MSQ and I think I have just completed all the gladiator quests. I am about to join one of three city orders in the main story.
 

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the good mgp mounts are 1mil/2mil so it may take a bit to save up for those. but if you do the weekly lottery and fashion report in addition to the various games in gold saucer you'll build up mgp pretty quick.
Just buy this gold umbrella only for 200k MGP :evilblob:


So much of the game is overwhelming to me, so i am just focusing on the MSQ and I think I have just completed all the gladiator quests. I am about to join one of three city orders in the main story.
When you reach level 30 don't forget to do job quest to become Paladin :thumbsupblob:
 
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you should get a new job quest every few levels and they'll give you gear and new skills. it will show as a little marker under your msq guide

 

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So much of the game is overwhelming to me, so i am just focusing on the MSQ and I think I have just completed all the gladiator quests. I am about to join one of three city orders in the main story.
Haha, half of my playtime was probably spent in the Gold Saucer and gathering/crafting.


Just reached level 30, time to become a Ninja? (I'm still on a level 23 MSQ :grimacing-face: )

And I did the event quests! I have some fashion gear now!
 
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Me, I'm somewhere near Gladiator lvl 28, and should go initiate the first Heirs meeting soon.

Didn't put a step in the Gold Saucer yet in fear of the wall of tutorials.
Should level up my Marauder 18 and Hast 13.
And can't wait to get out of the pre-job quests that I know by heart at this point.

The next big goals are Heirs quest / Summer Event / maybe the Yo-Kai one if I care to look for the npc

Disclaimer : I'm waking up and not sure the terminology I used is in the English version of the game.
 

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Me, I'm somewhere near Gladiator lvl 28, and should go initiate the first Heirs meeting soon.

Didn't put a step in the Gold Saucer yet in fear of the wall of tutorials.
Should level up my Marauder 18 and Hast 13.
And can't wait to get out of the pre-job quests that I know by heart at this point.

The next big goals are Heirs quest / Summer Event / maybe the Yo-Kai one if I care to look for the npc

Disclaimer : I'm waking up and not sure the terminology I used is in the English version of the game.
Heirs should be Scion of Seventh Dawn / Akatsuki no Ketsumei

Yokai Watch NPC is located at Gold Saucer so you'll need to unlock it soon lol.
 
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Heirs should be Scion of Seventh Dawn / Akatsuki no Ketsumei

Yokai Watch NPC is located at Gold Saucer so you'll need to unlock it soon lol.
Strange, IIRC the official page for the event puts him in the main street of Uldah.
No wonder I never saw him while I, admittedly, never looked for him.
 
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i believe the quest starts in uldah but the guy you turn in the yokai medals to is in the gold saucer. also i don't believe the event starts until tomorrow.

liking the look of the new dancer yokai weapon

 
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so i guess i'm dumb and don't understand dates lol but yokai starts tomorrow, the 19th. here's a quick guide from the last time it was around that should make things a bit easier to collect the minions. collecting 13 of the 17 gets you the mount, it seems.


this event will probably last three months so there's time to complete it at your leisure but if you want to bang it out quickly that guide will get you most of what you need. the only minions not in there are tied to the new classes since the last event: red mage, samurai, gunbreaker, and dancer. but those should be easy enough to get as well.
 

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It's also a good time to do ARR and HW relics because both of them need item drops from FATEs.
 
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Man, I hate these Yokai Watch collabs. They're just so out of place in Eorzea.

I don't think the franchise is still that big either nowadays, even in Japan.
 
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the scholar wep does make me want to level a healer. cat book!



also found a more updated picture guide for the event on reddit. kaiyokostar is the best at these infographics. they do one every week for fashion report as well so they're worth a social media follow.


early reports are saying the legendary medal drop rate is greatly increased and they were able to get everything by doing only about 100 fates
 
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got every yokai! next step...every weapon but that will probably take a bit

 
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The yokai weapons grind is honestly going to drive me insane. I have 8 so far and its really painful trying to bring myself to do the others
 

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Eh, I have two yokai, I can’t even begin to imagine what you all went through.
It pains me a little to think I won’t have everything at this rate, but the grind :face-with-cold-sweat:
 

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If you feel that this year Yo-kai event is terrible, imagine how is it during past years.



This is the past event. Now for minion it's 3 flat and for weapon 10 flat.
 
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You must even have dreamed about of FATE during the first event :sweaty-blob:
 
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Eh, I have two yokai, I can’t even begin to imagine what you all went through.
It pains me a little to think I won’t have everything at this rate, but the grind :face-with-cold-sweat:
getting the pets is actually the easy part cause you will always get a yokai medal for each fate completed if you are wearing the watch, so if you are just doing any fate you see while leveling you'll get enough for all the pets. this event lasts about three months so if you do that you'll get them all easily. you only need 48 medals to get all the pets since you get the first one free.

the medals for the weapons drop less often, about 20-50% of the time.

i'm up to six weapons of 17 as of last night. it's honestly not too bad, just toss a podcast or longer video on and i'm set to go 😎
 
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I've got my Rogue weapon and got enough medals to get another 4 Youkai during that.
I definitely wanna get all the other companions, but there ain't no way I'm gonna farm all those weapons. At least not anytime soon.
I'd rather make some story progress since I'm still on the level 24 MSQ right now as a level 31 ninja 😅

Also anyone feel free to add me. Ashe Lumina on Phoenix (trial account).
As I said before, I'm not gonna be super active or fast or what have you though.
 

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Yeah, grinding for the weapons isn't that bad - it's a nice excuse to level alt classes, too, tbh.
 
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didn't realize til today that the rising has started! this is just an anniversary of the launch of arr but they do a little questline and give gifts in celebration, since the death of 1.0 and rise of arr is an actual canon event in the storyline.


you only have to be level 15 so if you are still on the fence about joining in the free trial now is the time, cause rising event items never return and it takes like 1-2 hours to hit 15.

one pet and one house display item this year: