The Bozjan Southern Front is an Adventuring Foray introduced in patch 5.35 of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers. Classified as a "Battlefield", it sees players work to reclaim and push through the zone by engaging in various activities.
Story[edit | edit source]
Following the successful recreation of the Blades of Gunnhildr by Gerolt, Bozjan Resistance leader Bajsaljen has rallied the various resistance groups under one banner, and commenced an assault on the area surrounding Castrum Lacus Litore. The Warrior of Light is deployed to the field to help turn the tide of battle alongside the successors of the recreated weapons.
Special Mechanics[edit | edit source]
Lost Actions[edit | edit source]
Lost Actions are special duty actions that can be obtained from items known as Forgotten Fragments. The Fragments can be obtained by slaying monsters on the field or from participating in Critical Engagements. To obtain the actions from these fragments, they must be presented to the Resistance Appraiser NPC, and are subsequently stored in the Lost Finds cache. From the cache, actions can be equipped in the player's Lost Finds Holster which allows a certain amount of actions to be carried at once. The ability-type actions can be assigned to the duty action buttons and be utilized on the field to give players an advantage, while the item-type actions can simply be used from the Holster.
Skirmishes[edit | edit source]
Skirmishes are random battles that occur on the field of the Southern Front. Similar to FATEs, they can be joined by anyone who enters the site of the Skirmish. Skirmishes range from fighting a group of enemies, battling specific targets, defending Resistance Fighters from oppressive forces or obtaining materials. On top of awarding mettle and other items, specific Skirmishes will trigger Critical Engagements upon completion.
Critical Engagements[edit | edit source]
Critical Engagements are special semi-instanced encounters that have a chance to be triggered in the Southern Front. Unlike Skirmishes, Engagements bar off the area they take place in, and must be registered for via the Bozja Finder. When an Engagement is spawned (either by the completion of specific Skirmishes or the killing of certain mobs), a notification is sent to all players on the field, allowing a time for players to register. Engagements allow either 24 or 48 players to enter them, and if there are more than those amounts registered, then the players are randomly selected to join. The mechanics for Engagements are generally more challenging and less forgiving than Skirmishes. Priority for entering Engagements can be obtained via two methods: completing the Skirmishes that spawn the Engagement, or utilizing special Bozjan Clusters earned from slaying the random mobs that exist throughout the field, with the priority from spawning being more weighted. Engagements spawn either by themselves or as a pair, however outside of these, another Engagement cannot be spawn until the currently available Engagement(s) is completed.
Duels[edit | edit source]
Upon completing certain Critical Engagements, a Duel can be triggered. Duels are 1v1 semi-instanced battles against powerful enemy NPCs. To qualify for a Duel, a player must complete the preceding Engagement without dying or being hit by any of the avoidable Area of Effect attacks (disconnection, crashing, or other force quits from the game during an engagement count towards this penalty). Once qualified, players will receive a notification for the Duel, which they can either accept or decline. If multiple players qualify and accept, then one will be chosen at random from the pool. Duels are highly challenging, however if they are completed successfully all players near the dueling area at the time of completion receive a buff to mettle gain, alongside several items for the winning player's use.
Progression[edit | edit source]
Levelling[edit | edit source]
Inside the instance, players will be synced to level 80 and item level 430. Players are able to change jobs while inside the instance, provided the job is at least level 71, in which the job will be upscaled to 80. By participating in the instance, players can earn exp to help level these jobs.
Resistance Rank[edit | edit source]
Resistance Rank is the main form of progression in the Southern Front, beginning at Rank 1 before capping at Rank 15. To upgrade Resistance Rank, players must reach certain thresholds of mettle, a form of experience points that is earned by participating in Skirmishes and Critical Engagements, and then talk to the Mission Commander NPC.
Upgrading your Resistance Rank opens up new story quests within the instance, increases the awarded mettle received from Skirmishes and Critical Engagements and increases both the range of Lost Actions you can appraise and the amount you can hold at once. The aforementioned quests also open up further sections of the field for exploration. Aethernet shards within the instance can be used to travel around the map. After reaching Rank 5, if a player is KO'd on the field, they will lose mettle, and even more so if they return to the spawn point, with heavier punishments at higher ranks. However, the player will not rank down if they fall past a rank up threshold.
After reaching Resistance Rank 10 and following the story quests, the player can unlock the ability to participate in the special Critical Engagement "The Battle for Castrum Lacus Litore". This Engagement spawns after both one hour has passed since an instance has opened, and there are enough players with the ability to queue within, after which it will spawn again after every 60 minutes from the beginning of the previous Engagement til the instance empties, provided enough people can enter. If the player's instance timer for the Bozjan Southern front instance is lower than the timer for Castrum Lacus Litore at any time, then the former will extend to match the latter. Completing Castrum Lacus Litore rewards 50 weekly tomestones, a lot more mettle for completion, 5 Loathsome Memories of the Dying, if players are upgrading their Resistance weapons, and 70-100 Bozjan Coins, depending on the progress done for the prisoner objectives.. These coins can be traded at the base camp for special gear that can be upgraded to have special Bozja-specific effects. The upgrade items can also drop as loot from Castrum Lacus Litore.
After completing the Resistance story quests, Bozjan coins can also be obtained from Skirmishes and Critical Engagements.