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Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is the fourth expansion for Final Fantasy XIV. It was announced in February 2021, is set to release in Fall of the same year. The expansion takes players to Radz-at-Han, Garlemald and the remaining Moon of Hydaelyn, and deals with the second coming of the end of days.

The Japanese subtitle, 暁月の終焉(フィナーレ) (Gyōgetsu no Fināre?) literally translates to "Dawnmoon Finale". This, alongside the English subtitle are meant to represent the ending of the main story up to the that point.

Story[edit | edit source]

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.

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Set to be the end of the Zodiark and Hydaelyn story, unlike other expansions, Endwalker will conclude its story within the expansion's Main Scenario Quest, rather than in the later patches. Subsequent patches will instead begin a whole new story arc for Final Fantasy XIV.

Features[edit | edit source]

Endwalker will see players explore the regions of Thavnair, the greater Ilsabard continent and the Moon. With two new cities introduced in Radz-at-Han and an as yet unannounced larger city.

Two new jobs will be introduced: the barrier Healer Sages that wield Aetherically enhanced Nouliths and a yet unnamed Melee DPS job, which both start at level 70. The level cap for all disciplines, excluding limited jobs, will be increased to 90. Belt equipment will be removed, with its equipment slots moving to other types of equipment in the armoury chest. Additionally, to acomodate the introduction of Sage as a barrier based Healer, Astrologian will receive adjustments, making them pure Healers, fitting the same niche as White Mage.

New dungeons and trials will be included at launch 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 Pandæmonium, involving the Ascian Lahabrea and a Final Fantasy XIV original alliance Raid series will also be added. Additionally, new tribe quests will be available from the Matanga of the Arkasodara tribe.

Starting with 6.0, and following the Ishgardian Restoration, a new residential district will become available for players to explore, and following further in 6.1, players will be able to buy housing within these districts.

A new type of content, the Island Sanctuary will debut in 6.0, allowing players to take a break from adventuring to do a number of activities including farming crops and raising animals, and this feature will be updated for all the duration of the 6.x patch cycle

Stats will be adjusted with the release of 6.0, to "squish" numbers down, to avoid overflow in the back-end and streamline the damage calculations. This will not affect the effectiveness of characters as health and damage from mobs will be adjusted accordingly.

Development[edit | edit source]

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:[1]

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[1]

Weeks later, the date of the announcement showcase was set for 5 February, 2021.[2] During the showcase the title of the expansion and details regarding the expansion were revealed alongside a teaser CG trailer.[3]

Major updates[edit | edit source]

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.

Patch 6.1[edit | edit source]

Patch 6.1 was mentioned when revealing the introduction of Dragonsong War (Ultimate) raid, which was originally planned to be released in patch 5.55, but was delayed to patch 6.1 due to COVID-19-related complications. Ishgard Housing is also set to be available during this patch.

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External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Naoki Yoshida (1 January 2021). New Year's Greetings!. The Lodestone. Square Enix. Archived from the original on 8 February 2021.
  2. 20 January 2021. Watch the Announcement Showcase on Friday, February 5!. The Lodestone. Square Enix. Archived from the original on 8 February 2021.
  3. Andrew Copeland (5 February 2021). Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker Announced. Gamer Escape. Square Enix. Archived from the original on 8 February 2021.
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