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.
Story[edit | edit source]
Amidst burgeoning tensions between the Eorzean Alliance and the Garlean Empire, 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.
Features[edit | edit source]
Expansion additions[edit | edit source]
- 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 additions[edit | edit source]
- 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 changes[edit | edit source]
- 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 changes[edit | edit source]
- 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 updates[edit | edit source]
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 | edit source]
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 Naadam, 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 | edit source]
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)[edit | edit source]
Patch 5.3 released on August 11, 2020 and included the following features:
- Main Scenario Quests
- New Dungeon - The Heroes' Gauntlet
- New Trial - The Seat of Sacrifice and it's extreme version
- New Alliance Raid - YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse: The Puppets' Bunker
- Chronicles of a New Era - The Sorrow of Werlyt
- Faux Hollows & Unreal Trials - The Akh Afah Amphitheatre (Unreal)
- New Custom Deliveries - Ehll Tou
- Beast Tribe Quests - Dwarves
- Save the Queen - Unforgiven, Unforgotten
- New Battlefield - The Bozjan Southern Front
- Ishgardian Restoration Updates
- Skysteel Tool Updates
- A Realm Reborn Overhaul, a significant retooling of the original 2.0 and 2.x patch stories designed to ease progression into Heavensward for new players, and allowing for the use of flight in A Real Reborn overworld zones. The Crystal Tower raid series has also been made mandatory to progress into Heavensward, while those already in Heavensward and beyond will be required to complete it before attempting the 5.3 main scenario.
- Trial Synthesis
- New Game+ Updates
- Sundry Splendors
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The Japanese subtitle Shikkoku no Hangyaku-sha or Shikkoku no Viranzu as indicated by the furigana (漆黒の
反逆者) 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.