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Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is the third expansion for Final Fantasy XIV. It was announced in November 2018, and was released on July 2, 2019.

The expansion takes players to the First, one of thirteen reflections of the Source that is being consumed by a Flood of Light. The main region visited is known as Norvrandt, which is roughly analogous to the Source's Eorzea, and is the only region in the world that has not yet succumbed to the Flood of Light.


What awaits the liberator…? Tension grips the land as six nations now stand allied against the imperial armies of Garlemald. With the threat of war on the horizon, the Warrior of Light comes face-to-face with an old enemy seemingly risen from the ashes—Zenos. Could this impending conflict serve as a catalyst for an eighth and final Umbral era?!
It is time, once and for all, to take down the Garlean Empire!

Official description from the 2018 North American fanfest

The Scions of the Seventh Dawn lie comatose, their souls whisked away from their bodies. To find their friends, the Warrior of Light must place their trust in the very being that took them, a decision that soon sees them travel across the dimensions to a dying world plagued by Primordial Light: The First.


Expansion additionsEdit

  • Exploration of the First, including the following new areas, which each correspond
  • Two new playable races, Viera and Hrothgar. The Viera are female exclusive and the Hrothgar male exclusive.
  • Two new jobs to be added, including Gunbreaker and Dancer. Both jobs start at level 60.
  • New beast-tribes: the Nu mou and the Pixies.
  • A new kind of enemy monsters from the First: the sin eaters, the world's equivalent of The Source's Voidsent enemies.
  • New end game content for Disciples of the Hand and Land, including the "Restoration of the Holy See of Ishgard".
  • The Trust System will be implemented into the game, allowing players to fight alongside specific NPCs in dungeons for a more story-focused experience.
  • The New Game Plus system, which will allow players to repeat storyline quests and battles that they have already completed. Can also be used by level boosted characters to experience the storyline that they skipped by using the level boost feature.

Dungeon additionsEdit

  • Eight new instanced dungeons on launch, with one further dungeon with each subsequent major patch.
  • A new high-end raid known as Eden, with boss and character designs by Tetsuya Nomura.
  • A new alliance raid series will be introduced, YoRHa:Dark Apocalypse, produced by Yoko Taro.
  • New exploration field instances similar to Eureka, based on the Hrothgar homeland of Bozja with story by Yasumi Matsuno.

Battle changesEdit

  • Level cap raised to 80.
  • Job and role abilities will be adjusted.
  • The TP gauge will be removed, with the MP gauge being used by all jobs.

System changesEdit

  • 32-bit Windows support terminated.
  • Support for hybrid Macintosh models terminated. Recommended models require latest macOS release and AMD graphics running in full 64-bit mode.

Major updatesEdit

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

Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty (5.1)Edit

FFXIV Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty

Patch 5.1 was released on October 29th, 2019. it included the announced features of the restoration of the Holy See of Ishgard, the New Game Plus system, and the first alliance raid of YoRHa:Dark Apocalypse series. It also introduced a new Ultimate level raid - The Epic of Alexander (Ultimate). A new Frontline mode, Danshig Nadaam, was released later on.

Patch 5.1 also saw the end of the PvP collaboration event GARO x Final Fantasy XIV, started during patch 3.5 The Far Edge of Fate.

Echoes of a Fallen Star (5.2)Edit

FFXIV Echoes of a Fallen Star
Patch 5.2 released on February 18th, 2020 and included the following features:
  • New side storylines - The Sorrow of Werlyt and Resistance Weapons
  • New dungeon - Anamnesis Anyder
  • New trials - Cinder Drift and its Extreme version
  • New high-end raids - Eden's Verse and their Savage versions
  • New daily tribe quests - Qitari (DoL content)
  • Updates to the Firmament's restoration
  • Changes to the Diadem to focus on Disciple of Land classes
  • Ocean fishing for Fishers
  • Updates to the New Game Plus system

Reflections in Crystal (5.3)

Patch 5.3 will release on August 11, 2020. It is reported to have the following features:

  • New YorHa: Dark Apocalypse story and 24-man raid - The Puppet's Bunker
  • Updates to The Sorrow of Werlyt side storyline
  • New dungeon - The Hero's Gauntlet
  • New story trial and extreme version
  • New daily tribe quests - Dwarves (DoH content)
  • Updates to Resistance Weapons story
  • New exploration content - The Bozjan Southern Front
  • Updates to the Firmament's restoration
  • New Custom Delivery Client
  • Updates to the New Game Plus system
  • A Realm Reborn Revamp, a significant overhaul of the original 2.0 and 2.x patch stories designed to ease progression into Heavensward for new players, alongside the addition of flying in ARR world zones




  • The Japanese subtitle Shikkoku no Hangyaku-sha or Shikkoku no Viranzu as indicated by the furigana (漆黒の反逆者(ヴィランズ)) literally translated to "jet black traitors (villains)".
  • Just like with the announcements of the previous expansions, director Naoki Yoshida wore a certain shirt to the announcement event to tease a new upcoming content, this time being a Bugs Bunny shirt. Unlike previous shirts, this one was not related to an upcoming job, but for an upcoming new playable race, revealed to be the Viera.
  • Shadowbringer is the name of Final Fantasy IV protagonist Cecil Harvey's ability when he was a dark knight.
  • The new Crystarium area is a near identical recreation of the unnamed city that first appeared in the Rapture demo from 2005.
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers was the highest rated Final Fantasy title in 13 years.[1]

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