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Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is the fourth expansion for Final Fantasy XIV. It was announced in February 2021, and released on December 7, 2021. The expansion takes players to Radz-at-Han, Garlemald, Old Sharlayan, and the remaining Moon of the Source, and deals with the second coming of the Final Days.

The Japanese name for the expansion, 暁月の終焉(フィナーレ) (Gyōgetsu no Fināre?) translates officially to "Dawnmoon Finale". This, alongside the English subtitle, are meant to represent the conclusion of the main storyline up to that point. The kanji 終焉 (Shūen?) means "the end (of life)".

Story[]

Premise[]

Yet shadowed by their triumph in the First, the Warrior of Light and Scions of the Seventh Dawn are home at last. An even greater calamity than refulgent oblivion has been building in their absence, however—a second advent of the Final Days. Should all despair, the myriad conflicts that now ravage the land cannot but foretoken an end to life in the Source.

Take heart in the faith of those who walk beside you, and journey ever higher—to the very stars above.

The end of the Hydaelyn and Zodiark storyline, Endwalker concludes its narrative within the expansion's Main Scenario Quest, rather than in the later patches, unlike other expansions. Subsequent patches instead begin a new story arc for Final Fantasy XIV.

At the end of Shadowbringers, the rogue Ascian Fandaniel allied himself with the returned Zenos yae Galvus after the latter murdered his father, the Emperor, plunging the Garlean Empire into chaos. Unlike his brethren, Fandaniel was motivated by nihilism, wishing to be freed from his existence by triggering the "Final Days", a phenomenon that once nearly destroyed the world if not for the intervention of the elder primal Zodiark, created to be the will of the star. Fandaniel secured Zenos's cooperation by promising a rematch against the Warrior of Light, one to exceed even their fierce battle during the events of Stormblood. The duo planned to achieve this by taking over the Garlean Empire and utilizing mysterious spires they erected around the world, within which lied captured beastmen, and able to temper individuals in the same manner as primals. From these tempered captives, as well as tempered Garlean citizens and soldiers, they raised a doomsday cult, the Telophoroi, supported by strange "lunar" variants of primals.

The Eorzean Alliance and the beast tribes, freed from their primals' tempering by the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, united against this new threat as the Grand Company of Eorzea. The Scions, working alongside the newly formed Grand Company, temporarily thwarted Fandaniel's plans by defeating his forces, and forcing him to retreat. The Grand Company tasked them to find a way to disable the towers to rescue the captives, discovering that the towers were drawing aether from the land. The Scions planned to infiltrate the isolationist city-state of Sharlayan, which had previously rebuffed calls for aid from Eorzea, to discover what secrets they may have been hiding about the Final Days.

Summary[]

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Krile, having journeyed ahead to Old Sharlayan, contacted her friends in the Rising Stones, informing them of having obtained passage for them as helpers to rebuild the Students of Baldesion. Gathering in Limsa Lominsa, the Scions (the Warrior of Light, Alphinaud, Alisaie, Thancred, Urianger, Y'shtola, G'raha Tia, and the newly joined Estinien) bid farewell to coinkeeper Tataru and fellow Scions Hoary Boulder and Coultenet before departing by ship. During the journey, the Warrior encountered the ephemeral figure of Hydaelyn, the primal who had originally blessed them at the very beginning of the Warrior's journey. She revealed her reasons for being mostly silent in the Warrior's journey following the confrontation with Ultima, directing the majority of her energy to maintaining the seal on Zodiark, and warned them of the coming trials, before disappearing.

Once on Sharlayan, the Scions divided their efforts in news of the island of Thavnair requesting their aid. Alphinaud’s group remained behind in the city to learn what they could from the Sharlayan archives. They discovered the Forum had increased the workload of their gleaners in obtaining items for Labyrinthos, an underground bunker serving as the scholars' main source of living specimens. While inside the facility, the Warrior received a rare flower that responded to emotion, as a gift from Hydaelyn. Their investigation came to an abrupt end when Fourchenault Leveilleur, father to the twins and a key member of the Forum, arrested them. The Scions were put on trial by the Forum, who forbade them from further inquiries at the risk of deportation. Through the trial and the cooperation of a sympathetic Forum member, they learned that the Forum had been tasked with a "sacred duty" after researching the Lifestream in their former Eorzean colony, and that the Forum themselves were unable to speak about it due to a memory spell.

Thancred's group aided the alchemists of Thavnair and its main city-state, Radz-at-Han, in perfecting "warding scales", talismans developed to shield their wearer from the spires' enthrallment. The Warrior and the head alchemist, Nidhana, confirmed the warding scales' effectiveness at the Thavnair spire, named the Tower of Zot, before the latter was captured by Fandaniel, who revealed himself to have been the Allagan scientist Amon before being inducted into the Ascians prior to the Fourth Umbral Calamity. The group, having been summoned by the satrap Ahewann, ruler of Radz-at-Han, learned that the dragon scales that made up the warding scales' core were provided by the great wyrm Vrtra, who was the city-state's true ruler. Vrtra requested the Scions' aid in capturing the Tower and freeing his people held within.

After regrouping with the others, the Warrior and the Scions fought their way up the spire, defeating the Magus Sisters primals who were summoned in defense, and reached the spire's core, revealed to have a person's limb inside. Y'shtola observed that the tower absorbed far more energy than necessary. After Estinien destroyed the core, the tower vanished, and G'raha used a float spell to catch everyone, including the captives. Back in the city, the Scions were thanked for their aid, being rewarded with boxes of the warding scales to be gifted to the Grand Company in their own battles against the spires. Nidhana, freed and cured of tempering, noticed the Warrior's flower change color and discussed the theory of an energy called 'akasa' that derives from emotion.

After gifting their allies the warding scales, the Scions were requested to join a group of Grand Company members under the command of Lucia Junius to infiltrate Garlemald proper and put an end to the Telophoroi's plans. This "Ilsabard Contingent" clashed with Telophoroi forces before making camp in an abandoned Garlean town. In their search for surviving Garleans, the Warrior and the Leveilleur twins encountered youths who had escaped tempering, and learned that magitek radios could shield them from the tempering of a loud roar from the Imperial Palace. The tempered Garleans began to mindlessly hunt those who had escaped, as well as slaving away at transforming the palace into a monstrous edifice. Due to their beliefs and teachings, the youths rebuffed the Scions' overtures for aid, which resulted in the death of two of them. This incident greatly affected the twins, who volunteered to serve as envoys to a Garlean camp when a scout from said camp was captured trying to steal supplies.

The Warrior joined them, and together with the scout, Jullus, presented themselves to commander of the refugee camp, Quintus van Cinna, the legatus of the Ist Imperial Legion. Though more mild-mannered than his subordinates, the legatus refused outright the Contingent's aid, citing their recent conflicts and the Garleans' own history of oppression by others as reasons to mistrust these newcomers. The envoy group was taken hostage, with the Warrior kept in-line with the twins' well-being. The group worked with the Garleans' efforts to supply the camp in preparation for a "plan" in which the Ist Legion would reunite with the remaining legions to take back the capital, and during this time bonded with Jullus and fellow soldiers, making the latter more uncomfortable with holding them prisoner after seeing their good intentions.

Thancred came in contact with the Warrior during a brief respite, requesting them to play along with the Garleans' demands until a rescue plan was hatched. Events came to a head when Quintus ordered the twins locked up and the Warrior returned to the Ilsabard Contingent with his demands: surrender all supplies and leave Garlemald. This plan fell apart when news of the twins by Thancred reached them, and the Ist Legion prepared to take the supplies by force. Lucia intervened by revealing the other legions were unable to lend them aid, some of them reaching out to the Grand Company for assistance. With his plans for saving his people ruined and his honor lost, Quintus ordered his soldiers to stand down before taking his own life. Jullus, the highest ranking officer after him, accepted aid from the contingent.

After helping Garlean refugees find aid and come together over shared loss, a roar rang out from the Palace, tempering many of the Garleans and causing a state of panic. Fandaniel spirited the Warrior away to the Palace, now called the Tower of Babil, and their soul was implanted into an unknown Garlean warrior. The Warrior learned that the Garleans had been tempered by Anima, a primal created from the corpse of Varis and the fervent hopes of the Garlean citizens for a savior, with pieces of Varis serving as Anima's extensions in the spires. Zenos took control of the Warrior's true body with the intention of killing the Scions to motivate the Warrior into a rematch, but the Warrior stopped him, returning their soul to their body.

In retaliation, the Scions coordinated an assault the Tower of Babil with the Ilsabard Contingent and defeated Anima. This distraction provided the tower with enough aether from the spires to nearly break Zodiark's seal on the moon. Hydaelyn intervened, using Krile as a host once more, to prevent the seal from shattering, and when Fandaniel and Zenos teleported to the moon to complete the effort, she interfered with the aetherial flow, sending them to the far side. Hydaelyn requested the Warrior to use the teleporter and head to the moon to protect the seal, before Krile passed out from exhaustion.

The other Scions remained behind, dealing with the now suicidal tempered who were trying to destroy the Tower. The Warrior made the journey to Mare Lamentorum, where they were contacted by the Watcher, an ancient familiar created by Hydaelyn to maintain the seal. The Watcher requested the Warrior to deal with the wandering shades of Ancients who were preventing them from restoring the seal, using the aid of another familiar named Argos. They encountered the real Hythlodaeus, revealed to have been one of the souls sacrificed for Zodiark's creation, however, their efforts were for naught, as Fandaniel and Zenos arrived to destroy the final part of the seal. The Warrior attempted to engage Zenos in combat to prevent him from merging with the primal, but Fandaniel took advantage of their distraction to do so instead, subjugating the souls that the incomplete god was composed of. The Warrior engaged Zodiark, calling upon the power of Azem to summon allies, to weaken the primal enough for the Watcher to reseal it. After his defeat, Fandaniel revealed his true goal was to destroy the weakened primal at the cost of his own life. Realizing the Warrior was no longer interested in him, Zenos postponed their rematch and left.

Joined by Thancred, Y'shtola, and Urianger, the Warrior learned from the Watcher that Zodiark was a necessary evil to prevent the return of the Final Days, maintaining the flow of aether around the star, and that with his death, the Final Days would return to Etheirys. They learned that Hydaelyn was preparing a contingency should the Final Days come, and met with Loporrits, a race of familiars created by Hydaelyn to transform the moon into a habitable zone and ship to prepare for an exodus from Etheirys. The Loporrits attempted to convince the group to remain on the moon as their allies, the Sharlayan Forum, were working on a method to transport people to them. However, the Scions, unwilling to simply let their home fall to ruin and dooming the remaining shards (including the First), refused, and convinced the Loporrits there was benefit in trying to save it. Urianger remained behind to teach the Loporrits more about the people they had hoped to save to improve living conditions on the moon, while the other Scions return to Etheirys and regrouped with their friends in Sharlayan. Before their departure, the Watcher told the Warrior the name of the flower Hydaelyn had given them: "Elpis".

The day after their return, the Scions received another call for aid from Thavnair, as the sky burned and the people were ravaged by horrible beasts. After they arrived, they saw that the monsters were villagers transformed into beasts of the Final Days. By the request of Ahewann, they journeyed through the jungles of Thavnair to save as many people as possible, encountering Vrtra trying to shield his people. After slaying the monster that appeared to be the head of the horde, Y'shtola revealed to her horror that the monsters had no aether, and when witnessing villagers transform, their aether simply "rotted away". As Vrtra dealt with the remaining beasts alongside Estinien, the Scions investigated the origin of the crisis within Radz-at-Han, and concluded the people who fell to despair were the ones who transformed. They theorized the energy responsible for emotional drive, 'akasa', was the cause of the calamity. The little amount of research done into it left them at a dead end.

Another outbreak of beasts occurred in Radz-at-Han, during which Ahewann was killed. Vrtra was forced to reveal himself to his people once the crisis was quelled, and took charge in protecting them. Fourchenault arrived as the head of a dignitary visit to extend an invitation the Hannish people to join them in their evacuation. As Vrtra met with him to discuss details, the Scions brainstormed their next plan of action.

With news of more beeasts appearing around the world, they agreed to split their forces once more to adequately deal with the threat. Discussing on how to learn more of the original Final Days, as well as the significance of the Elpis flower, which had wilted due to the despair of the Hannish people, G'raha suggested for the Warrior to meet with Elidibus, whose soul remained trapped within the Crystal Tower on the First as it was slowly stripped away.

As the only one with the ability to make the trip, the Warrior journeyed alone to the First and used the Tower's functions to find their adversary's essence within. Being brought up to speed of the situation, Elidibus agreed to take responsibility for Fandaniel's actions. He recognized the name Elpis as a facility in the ancient world, overseen by Fandaniel's original personhood, Hermes, but no ruins of it remained in any world. Experiencing a strange surge of memory and emotion, the Ascian decided to use the Tower's time-traveling capabilities to send the Warrior back in time to Elpis itself at the cost of what remained of his soul. The Warrior soon found themselves hurtling through the ages, with Elidibus warning that if they wanted to return to their own time, they could not affect meaningful change.

In Elpis, the Warrior existed as a semi-transparent shade, unable to interact with their surrounds until they met with past versions of Emet-Selch and Hythlodaeus, who had come tom Elpis to recruit Hermes to the Convocation. The duo supplied aether to the Warrior, recognizing their soul as similar to their friend Azem. The Warrior encountered Hermes and his familiar Meteion, a child-like being known as 'entelechy'. From Hermes they learned of dynamis, a form of energy that relied on emotion, and that beings like Meteion with low levels of aether could interact with it much more easily than others.

They met with Hydaelyn in her original form as Venat, the previous "Azem", who deduced that the Warrior hailed from the future from sensing their blessing of Light. The Warrior was compelled to divulge to her, Emet-Selch, and Hythlodaeus of what they knew about the Final Days. Emet-Selch and Hythlodaeus departed to research more on their own while the Warrior and Venat investigated Hermes and Meteion to discover how his future incarnation became so nihilistic. They learned Meteion was one of many sisters, the Meteia, created by Hermes to seek out life beyond Etheirys and learn what those other civilizations strove for and to share that information through a hivemind. Regrouping with the other Ancients, they decided to confront Hermes to see if he could shed light on the information.

Hermes confirmed that the Final Days as described were driven by dynamis, but that the dynamis itself would need a source to push those emotions and cause the transformations. Meteion received her report from her sisters, but the results were shocking and despaired her. When trying to escape, she was restrained, and her individuality was subsumed as the hivemind took control, revealing that numerous civilizations across the universe had perished for various reasons, with their last survivors decrying life and existence. Hermes, desperate to hear the answers, spirited a despairing Meteion away to a research facility so the Meteia could compile their findings to reach a conclusion. The Warrior's group gave chase.

After they defeated Hermes, Meteion voiced the Meteia's conclusion that all life was meaningless and they should surrender to non-existence. Hermes, also despairing from this conclusion, covered her escape into space to sing her "song of oblivion" to invoke the Final Days. The Warrior and Venat escaped the facility with the aid of Emet-Selch and Hythlodaeus, Hermes inflicting the two with a spell that erased their memories of their encounter with the Warrior (alongside Hermes's own memories). Venat urged the Warrior to return to their time and use what they had learned to try and save their world, while she would attempt to do the same for hers. As they traveled through time once more, the Warrior witnessed the events leading to the Sundering, as well as Venat's, now Hydaelyn, determination to save Etheirys.

Back in the Source, Krile told the Warrior that the Scions were spread about Ilsabard as the major effects of the Final Days were centered there. They learned that Fourchenault had taken a group of Sharlayan and Hannish refuges to Garlemald to use the lunar teleporter there in lieu of the space ark they were developing. The Warrior arrived in the frozen region in time to aid Estinien, Alphinaud, Alisaie, and G'raha and save the refugees from the beasts, alongside a recovered Jullus and imperial troops. Zenos also appeared hunting the monsters, honing his skills in await of his rematch. Jullus grew angry at the now exiled prince's apathy to his people's plight as well his hand in causing the situation, while Zenos brushed him off with his philosophy of life having meaning only in what people sought meaning in. Alisaie countered that while he had grown strong with his way of life, he would not gain what he craved by ignoring the events around him. The prince simply walked away.

Fourchenault, having determined that attempting to proceed further into Garlemald would yield naught but more death, regrouped with his refugees in Camp Broken Glass to obtain the Ilsabard Contingent's assistance in returning to Sharlayan. For their aid, he agreed to the Scions request to speak with the Forum once more. Urianger and the Loporrits appeared, having used the teleporter to journey down to Etheirys to inquire why no one else had arrived, and to learn more about the star. After formal introductions between Fourchenault and the Loporrits, they journeyed together back to Sharlayan, where the Warrior recounted their journey in Elpis and the knowledge they had gained on both Meteion and dynamis.

The Scions held an audience with the Forum where they learned that the ark they had created was functional, but lacked the efficiency to be able secure enough people to the moon before the Final Days consumed all. Alphinaud bargained with the Forum to let the Scions try and fix the issue in return for granting access to the means they had used to communicate with Hydaelyn ever since leaving Eorzea, as well as permission to use the ark itself. The Forum agreed, and Fourchenault escorted the Scions to lower levels of Labyrinthos. They discovered that a specific type of alloy only found in Allagan wreckage could provide the aetheric properties necessary to increase engine efficiency. Alphinaud made a call to the Grand Company of Eorzea to marshal forces to raid Allagan ruins, such as the fragments of Dalamud, to obtain the ore. Krile returned to the surface to contact gleaner ally Erenville and seek his aid.

While the Scions waited for their allies to come through, they engaged with the other final preparations and tasks needed for departure. The Warrior of Light and Urianger set about directing the Loporrits and sending them to help with the researchers. Urianger reconciled with the parents of Moenbryda, finally coming to terms with her death at the end of A Realm Reborn. The Scions received word that their allies had made their delivery in the Sharlayan harbor, only to find not just the Grand Company, but many other allies and acquaintances they had forged over their journey, including Cid Garlond and his Ironworks employees, who offered to lend their help in making the final adjustments to the ark. Having recognized how his children's deeds had made it all possible, Fourchenault apologized to the twins for his behavior, including his disinheriting of them.

With their end of the bargain fulfilled, and the last of his reservations gone, Fourchenault escorted the Scions to the central facility of the Forum's efforts, Thaumazein, where their means to contact Hydaelyn, the Aitiascope, was located, alongside the nearly finished ark. The Scions used the device to descend into the aetherial sea, where they contended with the lingering spirits of past foes, including a crazed Fandaniel, now identifying as "Amon" once more. Due to the aid of fallen allies, they bested these shades, with Amon's memories as Hermes coming to the surface before his soul was dragged away by a vengeful Asahi.

The party arrived at the the planet's core and met with Hydaelyn. She confirmed they had the willpower to contend with the despair Meteion commanded, and that there was a way to reach her nest at the edge of creation. Before she would reveal this method, she needed to ensure the Scions had the physical strength necessary, challenging them to a trial by combat in which they were forced to bring their all to bear. The Scions succeeded, having drained all of Hydaelyn's remaining energy. Before she faded, she gifted her chosen with a crystal containing the tracking data from a spell she had placed on Meteion before she had escaped, as well as the giant Mothercrystal to serve as fuel for whatever means of travel they would use to reach her. The last Ancient imbued her remaining strength, the power over matter, into the crystal of Azem, urging the Scions to become hope itself, before she dissipated.

Returning to the facility, the Scions revealed Hydaelyn's fate to Fourchenault and Livingway, the leader of the Loporrits, before handing over the crystal. While the Scions rested from their journey, Fourchenault convinced the Forum to let the Scions use the ark, christened the Ragnarok, while the Loporrits determined the location of Meteion's nest: Ultima Thule. Utilizing the power of primals to serve as transportation of the Mothercrystal's aether, the Ragnarok opened a path and traveled to the nest.

Meteion ambushed the party as they arrived, attempting to use dynamis to smother their lives out. Thancred sacrificed his life to save them, causing the dynamis to reshape the region into a hospitable area. In this way, the Scions traversed Ultima Thule, interacting with recreations of the dying worlds the Meteia had visited, with each Scion sacrificing themselves so the others could reach the rest of the way, until only the adventurer remained. Upon reaching a dead end, the Warrior used Azem's crystal to revive Emet-Selch and Hythlodaeus, who helped Meteion's true personality to surface by creating Elpis flowers. Touched by the memory of the Warrior's journey, the flowers became resplendent platinum, loosening Meteion's life-ending stranglehold on Ultima Thule and allowing the Warrior to restore the Scions with the last of Hydaelyn's power within Azem's crystal. In her moment of clarity, an anguished Meteion begged the Warrior of Light to stop her and her sisters before vanishing. With the path forward open, Emet-Selch and Hythlodaeus passed on to the afterlife once more, the former giving the adventurer reason to see the rest of the Source and its reflections.

The Scions pursued Meteion into the depths of her nest, fighting past the recreations of the worst ends she had witnessed, and face the Meteia as they converge into an entity simply called the Endsinger, who overpowered the Scions. The Warrior teleported their comrades back to the Ragnarok, intending to face the Endsinger alone but Zenos, who absorbed the remains of the Mothercrystal to reassume his Shinryu form, arrived to help as they defeat the Endsinger.

Defeated, Meteion was allowed to glimpse into the memories and emotions of the Warrior's journey, and realized that the answer that she was created to learn was back on Etheirys all along and, repentant for her actions, she resolved to guide the Warrior back to their ship. Zenos and the Warrior engaged in a final duel to the death, with the Warrior killing Zenos before returning to the Ragnarok. With the Final Days averted and no more world-ending threats on the horizon, the Scions decided to publicly disband to ease Eorzea's reliance on them and go their separate ways until the day that needed them to reunite would come, with the Warrior planning for more adventures. An unknown figure in Elpis with Elidibus's voice mused a future confrontation with "the dread beast Pandæmonium".

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Features[]

Endwalker sees players visit the cities of Old Sharlayan and Radz-at-Han, explore the regions of Thavnair and Garlemald, venture through the mysterious subterranean Labyrinthos, and roam the Mare Lamentorum on the surface of the moon.

Two new jobs are introduced: the barrier healer Sage Sage that wields aetherically-enhanced Nouliths, and the scythe-wielding melee DPS Reaper Reaper, that can call upon an entity from the void to assist in battle; both of which start at level 70. In the main narrative, Alphinaud adopts the Sage job, while recurring antagonist Zenos adopts the Reaper job. The level cap for all disciples, excluding limited jobs, is increased to 90. Belt equipment is removed, with its storage slots distributed to other types of equipment in the armoury chest. Additionally, to accommodate the introduction of Sage as a barrier based Healer, Astrologian Astrologian received adjustments to make them pure Healers, fitting the same niche as White Mage White Mage.

New dungeons and trials are featured, including a fight with Anima, with updates to the Trust System and the addition of Estinien Wyrmblood as a Trust member. A new high-end raid series titled pandaemonium, involving the Ascian Lahabrea, and a Final Fantasy XIV-original alliance raid series, known as Myths of the Realm, which explore the Twelve, were also added. Additionally, new tribe quests are available from the Matanga of the Arkasodara tribe, the moon faring Loporrits, and the robotic Omicron.

Starting with 6.0, and following the successful completion of the Ishgardian Restoration Ishgardian Restoration, a new residential district became available for players to explore in the Firmament, and following further in 6.1, players were able to buy housing within the Empyreum district.

A new type of content—the Island Sanctuary Island Sanctuary—debuted in patch 6.2, allowing players to take a break from adventuring to do a number of activities including farming crops and raising animals. This feature was be updated for the entire duration of the 6.x patch cycle.

Player stats were adjusted with the release of 6.0 to "squish" numbers down and avoid overflow in the back-end as well as streamline the damage calculations. This does not affect the effectiveness of characters as health and damage from mobs is adjusted accordingly.

Male Viera were added at the beginning of 6.0, while female Hrothgar are scheduled for the next expansion.

A new Oceania data center named "Materia" was added in patch 6.08 with five world servers. It was not set to release with 6.0 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions in the region. A fourth Japanese data center named "Meteor" was added in patch 6.18, consisting of existing Japanese servers to maintain an 8:8:8:8 server ratio, while European data centers added four new servers total. A fourth North America data center named "Dynamis" was also added in patch 6.28, featuring four servers: Halicarnassus, Maduin, Marilith, and Seraph.

Music[]

"Endwalker" was composed by Masayoshi Soken, with lyrics by Michael-Christopher Koji Fox and Natsuko Ishikawa, vocals by Sam Carter and Amanda Achen, and performed by the Primals.[1] Its melody combines numerous pieces played throughout Final Fantasy XIV, including the main themes of every prior expansion for the game.

Development[]

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker was first teased 1 January 2021 in a Lodestone post, with the announcement of a showcase early in the year and a poem:[2]

Our progeny may never know
Wherefore we look unto the sky,
Nor why we dig for truths below;
We bear their scorn or watch them die.

From the journal of a resolute man[2]

Weeks later, the date of the announcement showcase was set for 5 February 2021.[3] During the showcase the title of the expansion and various details regarding the expansion were revealed alongside a teaser CG trailer, with more details set to be revealed during the digital Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival, set to happen in May that same year.[4]

At the Fan Fest, the full version of the CG trailer was showcased, and with it more information on the expansion, including its release date and purchase information.[1]

Major updates[]

Note that the below version updates also add features and adjustments to A Realm Reborn (2.x), Heavensward (3.x), Stormblood (4.x), or Shadowbringers (5.x) content.

In the 68th Letter from the Producer Live, Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida and Global Community Producer Toshio Murouchi outlined plans for the 6.x patch cycle leading up to version 7.0. This included the game's first graphical update, scheduled to release along with the next expansion, as well as efforts to enhance the main story experience so that it can be enjoyed by Final Fantasy fans who prefer to play solo. All of the main patch releases will include main scenario quests and a new dungeon, while two new sidequests series, one focusing on Tataru and another featuring the return of fan-favourite Hildibrand, will be updated over the patch cycles. As these plans are looking forward to the next two years, they are subject to change.

Newfound Adventure (Patch 6.1)[]

FFXIV Newfound Adventure

Released on April 12, 2022, Patch 6.1 was first mentioned when revealing Dragonsong's Reprise (Ultimate) Dragonsong's Reprise (Ultimate) trial, which was originally planned to be released in patch 5.55, but was delayed to patch 6.1 due to COVID-19-related complications. The patch series featured the start of a new Main Scenario Questline as well as the addition of a new dungeon, in addition to the new side questline Tataru's Grand Endeavor, and introduced the newly renamed Tribal Quests for the Arkasadora for Disciples of War and Magic (6.15), as well as featuring the return of Hildibrand Manderville in Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures (6.15). For those that have cleared both extra content in the last area and the Omega raids, a brand new sidequest storyline was introduced in the form of Omega: Beyond the Rift (6.15).

Empyreum (Ishgard Housing) was made available during this patch, alongside the introduction of the Extreme version of The Final Day The Final Day, titled The Minstrel's Ballad: Endsinger's Aria The Minstrel's Ballad: Endsinger's Aria and the debut of the Myths of the Realm alliance raid series. Additionally all story-related 4-player duties originating from A Realm Reborn were made playable solo through Duty Support, originally known as the scenario mode version of the trust system now separated as its own system. The 8-player trial Cape Westwind Cape Westwind was replaced by a solo instanced duty, while the 8-man dungeons Castrum Meridianum Castrum Meridianum and The Praetorium The Praetorium received significant adjustments to be 4-player compatible instead, with The Praetorium's final battles split between the dungeon, a new four player trial called The Porta Decumana The Porta Decumana and a solo instance duty against Lahabrea. A new Unreal trial debuted in this patch, Ultima's Bane (Unreal) Ultima's Bane (Unreal). New Treasure Hunt maps were added with patch 6.05, with the addition of a new Treasure Hunt dungeon The Excitatron 6000 The Excitatron 6000

Regional Data Center travel was put into service in 6.18. New hairstyles for Hrothgar and Viera were made available for more customization. Additionally, New Game Plus encompassed up to patch 6.0 and parts of 6.1. Newly introduced are the new type of small scale PvP mode, Crystalline Conflict Crystalline Conflict, and it's maps, The Palaistra The Palaistra, The Volcanic Heart The Volcanic Heart and Cloud Nine Cloud Nine. PvP actions were adjusted completely alongside these. In addition, Adventurer Plates became available as a beta release, featured as introduction cards that can be changed by gearset. New Custom Deliveries were made available with Ameliance and glamour plates received 5 more slots for a total of 20. Glamour plates can now be set in most sanctuaries.

With 6.1 also comes the addition of the Unending Codex, a counterpart to the Unending Journey, that can be accessed from the Collections menu, that has information about characters and terms up to patch 6.0.

Buried Memory (Patch 6.2)[]

Released on August 23, 2022, Patch 6.2 was originally announced in the 68th Letter from the Producer Live as a planned update for Final Fantasy XIV. Over the course of the patch life the following features were added:

  • Continuation of the Main Scenario Quests, with subsequent updates to the Unending Codex.
  • A new dungeon: The Fell Court of Troia The Fell Court of Troia.
  • A new trial and Extreme version: Storm's Crown Storm's Crown.
  • A new Unreal trial: Containment Bay S1T7 (Unreal) Containment Bay S1T7 (Unreal).
  • A new sidestory quest series: Tales of Newfound Adventure.
  • The second tier of the Pandæmonium 8-man raid series, named Abyssos, with its Savage mode releasing one week following the launch of 6.2.
  • Further updates to the Duty Support system to include the main scenario dungeons from the 2.x series (Snowcloak Snowcloak and The Keeper of the Lake The Keeper of the Lake) as well as the first 3 story dungeons of Heavensward (Sohm Al Sohm Al, The Aery The Aery and The Vault The Vault). From Heavensward onwards, main story dungeons will utilize story-relevant NPCs as party members. As such, certain scenes and events involving the dungeons have been changed to reflect this (e.g. Estinien accompanies the player in The Aery as part of Duty Support and as such his original role in the boss battle with Nidhogg has been removed, with the boss introduction cutscene edited to reflect this.)
  • A reworked version of thornmarch to make the trial easier on new players as introduction to 8-player content.
  • The replacement of The Steps of Faith The Steps of Faith with a reworked solo instance.
  • Glamour dresser storage increase from 400 to 800 slots.
  • The Introduction of Island Sanctuary as a casual farming-style content.
  • The full release of Adventurer Plates.
  • The continuation of Tataru's Grand Endeavor, requiring previous completion of the Shadow of Mhach alliance raid series.
  • The commencement of the Wolves' Den Battle Series 2, encompassing Seasons 3 and 4 of Ranked Crystalline Conflict.
  • New Disciple of the Land tribal quests featuring the Omicron in Patch 6.25.
  • The introduction of Variant dungeon Variant dungeons with The Sil'dihn Subterrane The Sil'dihn Subterrane in Patch 6.25, that will be for 1-4 players and scale with the amount of players alongside having multiple paths and endings. Higher difficulty versions of these dungeons, known as Criterion dungeon Criterion dungeons, will be debut as well with Another Sil'dihn Subterrane Another Sil'dihn Subterrane. Criterion dungeons differ from their Variant counterparts by being fixed to 4 players only, having one set path instead of multiple, alongside other restrictions. Savage modes for these instances, with even stricter rules, will be added as well.
  • The continuation of Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures in Patch 6.25, unlocking the Manderville Weapon series.
  • Manderville Weapons, a new upgradeable weapon series in Patch 6.25, which requires completion of the Hildibrand questline up to the aforementioned patch.

Gods Revel, Lands Tremble (Patch 6.3)[]

Patch 6.3 was released January 10, 2023. It consists of:

  • Continuation of the Main Scenario Quest.
  • Further updates to the Duty Support system to include the remaining main scenario dungeons from Heavensward: The Great Gubal Library The Great Gubal Library, Aetherochemical Research Facility, The Antitower The Antitower, Sohr Khai Sohr Khai, Xelphatol Xelphatol, and Baelsar's Wall Baelsar's Wall.
  • A new dungeon: Lapis Manalis Lapis Manalis.
  • A new trial and Extreme version: Mount Ordeals Mount Ordeals.
  • A new Unreal trial: Containment Bay P1T6 (Unreal) Containment Bay P1T6 (Unreal).
  • The continuation of Myths of the Realm alliance raid series, with Euphrosyne Euphrosyne.
  • The introduction of the fifth ultimate raid The Omega Protocol (Ultimate) The Omega Protocol (Ultimate). (6.31)
  • The introduction of the third Deep dungeon Deep dungeon, Eureka Orthos Eureka Orthos, requiring a level 81 job and completion of the main story quest Endwalker Endwalker as well as reaching floor 50 of The Palace of the Dead The Palace of the Dead. (6.35)
  • A new Treasure Hunt dungeon, The Shifting Gymnasion Agonon The Shifting Gymnasion Agonon, found on Elpis.
  • The introduction of the Loporrits tribal quests for Disciples of the Hand.
  • The continuation of the Manderville Weapon series in Further Manderville Weapons. (6.35)
  • The continuation of the Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures sidestory. (6.35)
  • The continuation of the Tataru's Grand Endeavour sidestory.
  • The continuation of the Tales of Newfound Adventure sidestory, requiring completion of the Four Lords storyline.
  • Job adjustments to both PvE and PvP.
  • The beginning of PvP Series 3 and Season 5 of Crystalline Conflict, as well as a new Crystalline Conflict map, The Clockwork Castletown The Clockwork Castletown.
  • The introduction of tool enhancement quests for Crafting and Gathering tools. (6.35)
  • New custom deliveries.
  • Displayed collectability values when gathering.
  • Fishing locations, bait, and additional conditions will be added to the Fish Guide.
  • A new spearfishing location added to Upper La Noscea, introducing the first area that can be dived in A Realm Reborn areas.
  • Various additions to Island Sanctuary:
    • New sanctuary ranks, visions, item rewards, materials, crops, animals, handicrafts, and structures.
    • Updated workshop interfaces (including Agenda, Supply and Demand, and Earnings).
    • The option to collect all yields or leavings at once.
    • The ability to release animals under care when capturing a new animal.
    • Savable orchestrion settings and allowing music to be heard by other players.
    • Visitor arrival notifications.
  • A new course added to the Leap of Faith Leap of Faith GATE in the Gold Saucer, Sylphstep Sylphstep.
  • Additional housing wards added to all residential areas.
  • Various UI improvements:
    • Battle log and flying text icons added for physical, magical, and unique damage types.
    • The ability to display remaining status time under icons in the party list.
    • The addition of a fourth UI theme, Clear Blue.
    • Portraits for party members can be displayed when using Duty Finder.
    • Portraits can be exported to and from Adventurer Plates.
  • More actions are available when using fashion accessories, including riding mounts with them equipped. A new feature allows the automatic usage of an umbrella when it rains.
  • Additional ways of interacting with glamours have added, including the ability to add glamours and dyes, as well as the ability to cast glamours on equipment from retainer inventories.
  • Filter for new items added at Sundry Splendors vendors.
  • Ability to collectively entrust duplicates of stackable items to retainers' inventories.

The Dark Throne (Patch 6.4)[]

Patch 6.4 released on May 23, 2023 and is the current version of the game. The following features were added over its life:

  • Updates to the Main Scenario Quest
  • A new dungeon: The Aetherfont The Aetherfont.
  • A new trial and Extreme version: The Voidcast Dais The Voidcast Dais.
  • A new Unreal trial: Containment Bay Z1T9 (Unreal) Containment Bay Z1T9 (Unreal).
  • The last stage of the Pandaemonium raid series, Anabaseios, with its Savage version to be made available one week post patch launch.
  • The continuation of the Tataru's Grand Endeavour sidestory requiring completion of the Sorrow of Werlyt storyline.
  • Duty Support implementation for Stormblood main scenario dungeons introduced in 4.0 (The Sirensong Sea The Sirensong Sea, Bardam's Mettle Bardam's Mettle, Doma Castle Doma Castle, Castrum Abania Castrum Abania and Ala Mhigo Ala Mhigo).
  • PvP Series 4 will commence, alongside new seasons of Crystalline Conflict.
  • Mount Rokkon Mount Rokkon, the second Variant Dungeon, alongside Criterion and Savage versions. (6.45)
  • Island Sanctuary updates, including new visions, landmarks, ranks, gathering areas and more. The ability to utilize outdoor housing items in the hub of the Sanctuary will also be implemented.
  • An additional Ocean Fishing route to Kugane.
  • Adjustments to Frontline:
    • An additional display for the match time and score is added to the UI.
    • Daily Challenge: Frontline now rewards series EXP.
    • The Borderland Ruins (Secure) The Borderland Ruins (Secure) is temporarily removed.
    • The Fields of Glory (Shatter) The Fields of Glory (Shatter) is adjusted, changing terrain and the placement of icebound tomeliths, which also respawn, while allagan tomeliths are removed.
  • Miscellaneous changes:
    • Faerie glamours are made available to Scholars.
    • The maximum number of gear sets is increased to 100.
    • Job icons can now be displayed in the chat log and on character nameplates, as well as colored text for party members.
    • The transaction fee for items sold on the market board can be incorporated into the total price.
    • Glasses and wing fashion accessories are displayed when engaging in battle in the overworld.
    • Items stored in various locations can be selected when casting glamours in an inn room.
  • The continuation of the Manderville Weapon series in Further Manderville Weapons. (6.45)
  • The continuation of the Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures sidestory. (6.45)
  • An update to the limited Blue Mage job, raising the level cap to 80 and adding new spells, Masked Carnivale enemies, and logs. (6.45)
  • The continuation of tool enhancement quests for Crafting and Gathering tools. (6.45)

Growing Light (Patch 6.5)[]

Patch 6.5 is planned for early October 2023 and will be the last major patch of the expansion. This patch will include:

  • New Main Scenario Quests - As with previous expansions, the main scenario for this final patch cycle will be delivered in two parts; the first with the initial patch launch and the second with patch 6.55 scheduled for mid January 2024.
  • New Dungeon - The Lunar Subterrane The Lunar Subterrane
  • New Trial and Extreme - The Abyssal Fracture The Abyssal Fracture and The Abyssal Fracture (Extreme) The Abyssal Fracture (Extreme)
  • New Unreal Trial - The Singularity Reactor (Unreal) The Singularity Reactor (Unreal)
  • The finale of the Myths of the Realm storyline including a new alliance raid - Thaleia Thaleia
  • New Variant Dungeon - Aloalo Island Aloalo Island alongside Criterion and Savage versions. (6.51)
  • The continuation and conclusion of the Tataru's Grand Endeavour sidestory (6.55)
  • The continuation of the Manderville Weapon series in Further Manderville Weapons. (6.55)
  • The continuation of the Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures sidestory. (6.55)
  • The continuation of the Splendifurous Tools sidestory (6.51)
  • New Custom Deliveries Client - Margrat
  • Endwalker Tribal Alliance Quests - Requires completion of the Arkosodara, Omicron and Loporitt Tribal quests
  • PvP Updates:
    • Series 5 will begin
    • The Crystalline Conflict ranked season from 6.48 will extend to 6.51.
    • A new Crystalline Conflict map will be implemented: The Red Sands The Red Sands
  • Duty Support implementation for Stormblood main scenario dungeons introduced in the 4.x patch cycle (The Drowned City of Skalla The Drowned City of Skalla, The Burn The Burn and The Ghimlyt Dark The Ghimlyt Dark). With this update, all main scenario dungeons in the game will be Duty Support compatible.
  • Island Sanctuary updates, including new visions, landmarks, ranks, gathering areas and more.
  • The extension of the free trial to include all of Stormblood through to patch 4.58.
  • A crossover-collaboration event with Fall Guys, in the form of a new Gold Saucer attraction based on the game. (6.51)
  • A crossover-collaboration event with Final Fantasy XVI, in the form of a questline titled The Path Infernal.
  • An open beta for the Xbox Series X and S version, followed by the full release. (6.57)
  • Miscellaneous changes:
    • Implementation of Level-based Item level restrictions for Duty Roulette: Alliance Raids
    • Job action adjustments
    • The option to sort teleport destination groups by expansion instead of region

Behind the scenes[]

As with the announcements of the previous expansions, producer and director Naoki Yoshida wore a shirt at the Announcement Showcase on February 5, 2021 to tease upcoming content. He changed into a Grim Reaper shirt after announcing the new job Sage, teasing the job Reaper which was announced later in May at the Digital Fan Festival 2021.

During the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2023-2024, a special battle challenge against the primal Asura was made available in a special instance, The Gilded Araya.

Production credits[]

Voice cast[]

Patch 6.0 Credits
Character Japanese English
Alphinaud Leveilleur Shinnosuke Tachibana Colin Ryan
G'raha Tia Yuma Uchida Jonathan Bailey
Estinien Varlineau Kenji Hamada Robert Vernon
Y'shtola Rhul Ai Kayano Robyn Addison
Thancred Waters Yuichi Nakamura Peter Bramhill
Urianger Augurelt KENN Timothy Watson
Alisaie Leveilleur Rie Murakawa Bethan Walker
Livingway Aya Suzaki Bethan Cullinane
Mappingway Ayaka Shimoyamada Bethan Cullinane
Growingway Tadaaki Doi Jonathan Bailey
Puddingway Mizue Tsunashima Gemma Lawrence
Sicard Spence Kenji Hamada Luke Allen-Gale
Emmanellain de Fortemps Kengo Takanashi Stefano Braschi
Lucia Junius Sayaka Ohara Lydia Leonard
Maxima quo Priscus Ryota Takeuchi Gunnar Cauthery
Nanamo Ul Namo Mariya Ise Joanna Ruiz
Hancock Fitzgerald Kengo Takanashi Ciarán Owens
A-Ruhn-Senna Kohei Amasaki Adam Howden
Lyse Hext Aya Endo Laura Aikman
Cirina Mol Marie Miyake Jaimi Barbakoff
Sadu Dotharl Rie Tanaka Beatriz Romilly
Jullus pyr Norbanus Ryota Suzuki Nigel Pilkington
Quintus van Cinna Hiroya Egashira Allan Corduner
Vrtra Jun Fukushima Nigel Betts
Ahewann Yutaka Aoyama Ben Turner
Nidhana You Taichi Sheena Bhattessa
Matsya Chihiro Ueda Jay Saighal
Garuda Rie Tanaka Joanna Ruiz
Susano Takuya Nakashima Timothy Watson
Fourchenault Leveilleur Kenyu Horiuchi Anthony Howell
Ameliance Leveilleur Rie Tanaka Gemma Whelan
Cid Garlond Rikiya Koyama Gwilym Lee
Kokkol Dankkol Kenichirou Matsuda Ciarán Owens
Barnier Mitsuaki Hoshino John Heffernan
Montichaigne Mongrignois Yutaka Aoyama Phillip Jackson
Erenville Rikuya Yasuda Ari Oskarsson
Wilfsunn Hiroya Egashira Gunnar Cauthery
Bloewyda Chihiro Ueda Rachel Atkins
Hoary Boulder Yasutaka Tomioka Nigel Betts
Soroban Yuichi Nakamura Kristian Phillips
Asahi sas Brutus Junichi Yanagita Matt McCooey
Tataru Taru Mariya Ise Carina Reeves
Krile Maya Baldesion Yoshino Nanjo Gemma Lawrence
Elidibus Akira Ishida Matt Stokoe
Hythlodaeus Soichiro Hoshi Toby Regbo
Emet-Selch Hiroki Takahashi René Zagger
Hermes & Amon Yoshitsugu Matsuoka Jeremy Ang Jones
Meteion & The Endsinger Atsumi Tanezaki Rosie Day
Venat & Hydaelyn Kikuko Inoue Joanna Roth
Zenos Galvus Kohsuke Toriumi Luke Allen-Gale
Worldly Affairs Official Chihiro Ueda Jaimi Barbakoff
Varshahn Jun Fukushima Jo Ben Ayed
Xande Kenichirou Matsuda Peter Bramhill
Singingway Atsumi Tanezaki Rachel Atkins
Sleepingway Jun Fukushima Ari Oskarsson
Galene Sayaka Ohara Gemma Whelan
Kairos Kengo Takanashi Anthony Howell
Al End Gunnar Cauthery
Coph-coodg Junichi Yanagita Timothy Watson
Lah-laakh Chihiro Ueda Siobhan Hewlett
Sir & M-017 Mitsuaki Hoshino John Heffernan
Patch 6.55 Credits
Character Japanese English
Alphinaud Leveilleur Shinnosuke Tachibana Colin Ryan
Alisaie Leveilleur Rie Murakawa Bethan Walker
Thancred Waters Yuichi Nakamura Peter Bramhill
Urianger Augurelt KENN Timothy Watson
Y'shtola Rhul Ai Kayano Robyn Addison
Estinien Varlineau Kenji Hamada Robert Vernon
G'raha Tia Yuma Uchida Jonathan Bailey
Tataru Taru Mariya Ise Carina Reeves
[[Krile Maya Baldesion Yoshino Nanjo Gemma Lawrence
Zero Mutsumi Tamura Cassie Layton
Varshahn Jun Fukushima Jo Ben Ayed
Vrtra Jun Fukushima Nigel Betts
Jullus pyr Norbanus Ryota Suzuki Nigel Pilkington
Mettius Riki Kagami Ciarán Owens
Erenville Rikuya Yasuda Ari Oskarsson
Kokkol Dankkol Kenichirou Matsuda Ciarán Owens
Nidhana You Taichi Sheena Bhattessa
Nahbdeen Yuya Murakami Jay Saighal
Mehryde Hiromi Hirata Sharan Phull
Livingway Aya Suzaki Bethan Cullinane
Sleepingway Jun Fukushima Ari Oskarsson
Mappingway Ayaka Shimoyamada Bethan Cullinane
Ryne Waters Kana Ichinose Emma Ballantine
Gaia Yuna Kamakura Anna Rust
Lyna Yoshino Nanjo Salóme R. Gunnarsdóttir
Beq Lugg Mariya Ise Jaimi Barbakoff
Azdaja Anna Rust
Elidibus & Themis Akira Ishida Matt Stokoe
Hephaistos Shuichi Ikeda Alec Newman
Athena Mariya Ise Salóme R. Gunnarsdóttir
Pandæmonium Yuya Murakami Jeremy Ang Jones
Byregot Takuya Nakashima Nigel Betts
Rhalgr Yuya Murakami Robert Vernon
Azeyma Riho Sugiyama Sheena Bhattessa
Nald'thal Riki Kitazawa Jay Saighal
Nophica You Taichi Robyn Addison
Althyk Takanori Hoshino Joseph Capp
Nymeia Yuu Asakawa Bethan Cullinane
Halone Mutsumi Tamura Bethan Cullinane
Menphina Ai Kayano Cassie Layton
Thaliak Katsuyuki Konishi James Day
Llymlaen Hiromi Hirata Jaye Jacobs
Oschon Masakazu Nishida Joe Dempsie
Scarmiglione Riki Kitazawa Jay Saighal
Barbariccia Yuu Asakawa Sheena Bhattessa
Cagnazzo Takuya Nakashima Alec Newman
Rubicante Masaki Terasoma Peter Bramhill
Golbez & Durante Takanori Hoshino Joseph Capp
Zeromus Anna Rust
Wuk Lamat Ayaka Shimoyamada Sena Bryer

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Etymology[]

The Japanese name is 暁月の終焉(フィナーレ) (Gyōgetsu no Fināre?). A finale is the last movement of a sonata, symphony, or concerto; the ending of a piece of non-vocal classical music which has several movements; or, a prolonged final sequence at the end of an act of an opera or work of musical theater.

Citations[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 finalfantasyxiv (n.d.) . FINAL FANTASY XIV DIGITAL FAN FESTIVAL 2021 - Day1. Twitch.tv. Archived from the original on 15 May 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Square Enix (2021, January 1). "New Year's Greetings!". From The Lodestone. The Lodestone. Archived from the original on 8 February 2021.
  3. Square Enix (2021, January 20). "Watch the Announcement Showcase on Friday, February 5!". From The Lodestone. The Lodestone. Archived from the original on 8 February 2021.
  4. Andrew Copeland (n.d.) . Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker Announced. Square Enix. Gamer Escape. Archived from the original on 8 February 2021.

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