A brave new chapter in the “Shadowbringers” storyline for Final Fantasy XIV Online begins today with the release of Patch 5.1: Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty. Patch 5.1 marks the first major update for the MMO since the release of its critically-acclaimed third expansion, “Shadowbringers,” earlier this year, adding new content including the first part of the NieR-inspired “YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse” alliance raid. Players will team up with android ‘2P’ to explore the 24-player raid dungeon, featuring a new story and unique battle encounters designed alongside guest creators Yosuke Saito and YOKO TARO.
The new content arriving with Patch 5.1: Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty includes new main scenario quests that add to the “Shadowbringers” storyline; a 24-player Alliance Raid entitled “The Copied Factory” which features Yosuke Saito and YOKO TARO as guest creators where players will battle against machine lifeforms as they explore this new raid dungeon inspired by the world of NieR; and of course New Game+ which will allow you to revisit previously completed quests, cutscenes, dialogue, and battles while keeping your current character and level.
Additionally, players will get Trial: Hades (Extreme) where they can relive the battle against this fearsome foe in a high-difficulty battle challenge as well as a dungeon entitled “The Grand Cosmos” where players can explore this great palace built by the Elves alongside fellow adventurers, or a party of non-player characters using the Trust system. Patch 5.1 is also bringing more Beast Tribe Quests. Players can enter the fantastical Garden of Dreams and Lyhe Mheg—a new area featuring a new questline with more of the mischief-loving pixies.
Patch 5.1 is also bringing comprehensive job adjustments to the ninja, samurai, and summoner to their current playstyles. We’re also getting a crafting and gathering overhaul which will feature various adjustments to actions, the removal of additional actions, UI improvements, and more will enhance the gathering and crafting experience for beginners and veterans alike. Additionally, Gold Saucer GATE “The Slice is Right” is also coming with Patch 5.1, here, Yojimbo makes his debut at the Gold Saucer in this new mini game that will test players’ reflexes…and sheer luck. Excitingly, Patch 5.1 will also feature the introduction of the ‘Fellowship’ community system, updates to Performance Actions, system updates, and more.
But that’s not all, even more content will be added in the coming weeks as the 5.1x series continues, which includes but it not limited to the list below:
- Crafter and Gatherer Content, “Ishgard Restoration” (Patch 5.11) – Players on each World will work together as a whole to deliver goods, complete various tasks and restore the Firmament to its former glory.
- Ultimate Difficulty Raid, “The Epic of Alexander” (Patch 5.11) – A raid that will push even the most skilled players to their limits.
- PvP Frontline Map: “Onsal Hakair (Danshig Naadam)” (Patch 5.15) – Grand Companies will join forces with the tribes of the Azim Steppe to fight in the Danshig Naadam and demonstrate their battle prowess.
- Blue Mage Updates (Patch 5.15) – The limited job will have its level cap raised to 60 and receive fresh job quests, Masked Carnivale stages and an expanded job log.
Meanwhile, Halloween festivities are still underway in FINAL FANTASY XIV Online for a few more days with the return of the Continental Circus for All Saints’ Wake. Players have until November 1 to earn a variety of in-game items, including the Circus Ahriman mount, by completing the seasonal event content.
Players new to FINAL FANTASY XIV Online are invited to download a free trial to access content up to level 35, create up to eight playable characters and experience the different playable races, classes, and jobs with no restrictions on playtime. New players who wish to experience the free trial may register here.
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