Hatching-tide is an annual event on Final Fantasy XIV themed after Easter, counterpart of the Egg Hunt event from Final Fantasy XI. The players can obtain different rewards based on the festivity's theme.
It is a recent festivity, created by Jihli Aliapoh after she claimed to have seen the Twelve in dreams on beautifully bedecked eggs with the intention to return. Just like the other annual events, the three city-states of Eorzea and the residential districts (Shirogane included) are decorated for the event.
In an age of shadow some fifteen centuries past, a colossal flood consumed the realm, ushering in the Sixth Umbral Era. When salvation was thought beyond reach, a band of heroes known as the Twelve Archons stepped forward to banish the darkness. Tales of their bravery have been passed down through the ages, and the tradition of Hatching-tide now serves to preserve the memory of their selfless actions.
The festival was founded several years ago, before the realm fell to ruin in the wake of the Seventh Calamity. An eccentric Miqo'te named Jihli Aliapoh is said to have been visited in her dreams by the Twelve Archons of eld, descending from the heavens atop beautifully bedecked eggs. They spoke unto her a declaration of their return, and she now works tirelessly to see her dream someday turn to reality. Each year countless eggs are gathered and painted in an array of colors with splendid patterns. Though most serve merely as decorations about town, a select few chosen by Jihli and her Dreamers are reserved for Hatching Hour, a grand ceremony in which the chosen eggs are used to summon the Archons back to Eorzea.
Hatching tide is a celebration of fellowship, exemplified by the Dreamers' concerted efforts to amass eggs for the festival. Nevertheless, I could not help but wonder if there is more to their preparations than the ornaments about town. The Dreamers have seen fit to ship eggs to the three city-states, but in sums far greater than last year's festival. The streets should be flooded with eggs, but there is neither hide nor hair of a surplus to be seen. It is my duty to seek the truth for our readers, and to that end, I scoured the taverns and alleyways of Eorzea for word of these wayward eggs. But therein lies the rub, for it would seem this year's celebration has a twist─something to entice newcomers to partake in the egg-centric revelry: a Hatching-tide egg hunt.
With the backing of Black Rabbit Traders, egg shells have been stuffed with a veritable bevy of goods, and hidden in the fields of Eorzea. Considering the dangers that await beyond the city gates, it would stand to reason that this hunt is intended for adventurers. With an insatiable desire for spoils and glory, I can think of no one better to pluck these eggs from their barbarous hiding places.
But to what end do they entice the realm's adventurers with promises of bounty? As Jihli and her Dreamers eagerly await the time of Hatching Hour, perhaps the eggs they covet so dearly will contain the answers we seek. -- Oliver Goodfellow
Event's official description.
Editions and rewards
Finally, it's the event we've all been waiting for... Hatching-tide! This time, however, it's not about hiding eggs as much as it is about stealing them! This event is filled to the brim with dark, foreboding lore about the ancient Archons and their inevitable return.
- Time: 15 April, 2011 - 9 May, 2011
- Gear: Brilliant Egg Cap, Chocobo Egg Cap, Midnight Egg Cap, Pristine Egg Cap, Vibrant Egg Cap
Hatching-tide is here again! And, once again, there are egg-nappers among us. You will be tasked to help locate the missing eggs in order to receive your just rewards!
- Time: 28 March, 2012 - 10 April, 2012
- Gear: Brilliant Egg Ring, Chocobo Egg Ring, Midnight Egg Ring, Pristine Egg Ring, Vibrant Egg Ring
- Achievements: "Eggsceptional Hunting", "Eggstraordinary Hunting", "Eggsemplary Hunting", "Eggstreme Hunting (Legacy)", "Eggstravagant Hunting", "Seven Short of a Dozen"
- Title: Dreamseeker (M/F)
Adventurers Scramble for Eggs
The Calamity has forever altered the realm, but the traditions which unite her peoples remain strong in the face of adversity. As we welcome the gentle breezes and sun-kissed days of spring, so too do we welcome one such tradition come to enliven our spirits: Hatching-tide. Though preparations for the festivities are well underway, an unusual abundance of eggs suggest there is more to this affair than meets the eye. Ever eager to sate the curiosity of his readers, Oliver Goodfellow has wasted no time in investigating this surplus, and its implications for this year's celebration.
- Time: 9 April, 2014 - 22 April, 2014
- Gear: Brilliant Egg Cap, Chocobo Egg Cap, Midnight Egg Cap, Pristine Egg Cap, Vibrant Egg Cap, Brilliant Egg Ring, Chocobo Egg Ring, Midnight Egg Ring, Pristine Egg Ring, Vibrant Egg Ring
- Chocobo: Egg Harnest
- Achievement: "Eggstreme Hunting"
- Official 2014 website
Expect the Uneggspected!
The realm is alive with the vibrance of spring, made vivid with rolling green hills and crystal blue skies. Winter's frigid embrace seems a distant memory, soon forgotten as we welcome springtime's most joyous celebration: Hatching-tide. Jihli Aliapoh, founder of the festival, has been blessed with yet another premonition, and has worked tirelessly to see her dream made manifest. Festival preparations are nearly complete, save for the revelry of adventurers seen in her vision. Those who yearn for the gaiety of spring need search no longer. Pray seek out this Gridanian merrymaker, and experience the magic that is Hatching-tide!
- Time: 2 April, 2015 - 15 April, 2015
- Gear: Brilliant Egg Earrings, Egg Earrings, Midnight Egg Earrings, Vibrant Egg Earrings
- Furnishing: Egg Floor Lamp
- Achievement: "Eggspialidocious"
- Title: Half-boiled Hero (M) / Half-boiled Heroine (F)
- Official 2015 website
An Eggstraordinary Treasure Hunt
Spring: that wonderful season of renewal and rebirth. A time when buds blossom into flowers and dreams blossom into reality. What then will become of the realm's biggest dreamer─Jihli Aliapoh of Gridania─as she prepares for the spring festival of Hatching-tide? Blessed with a vision from the Twelve Archons, she now seeks adventurers from all corners of the realm who would take part in the festivities, and rejoice in the return of these legendary heroes.
- Time: 15 March, 2016 - 28 March, 2016
- Gear: Spriggan Cap
- Minion: Dust Bunny
- Chocobo: Egg Hunter Barding
- Furnishing: Archon Egg Tower
- Orchestrion Rolls: Pa-Paya
- Achievement: "Even Eggs Fall from Trees"
- Official 2016 website
A Celebration of Fright and Eggcitement
Though winter's chill would still cling to the lands of Eorzea, the sun-kissed days and gentle breezes of spring are on the horizon. This return to warmth and bloom also marks the coming of this season's most beloved tradition─Hatching-tide. Festival preparations are well underway, and Jihli Aliapoh, blessed with a vision from the Twelve Archons, is hopeful her dreams will soon be made reality. Adventurers who would partake in the eggs and excitement of this joyous celebration need only travel to Gridania, and seek out this mirthful merrymaker.
- Time: 4 April, 2017 - 17 April, 2017
- Mount: Eggshilaration System
- Furnishing: Eggstravagant Interior Wall
- Achievement: "Kindred Surprise"
- Official 2017 website
Track down the stolen eggs!
The season for Hatching-tide is upon us once more! Crowds of merrymakers descend upon Gridania, dreams of decorated eggs dancing in their heads. But more than any other, it is Jihli Aliapoh's dream─a vision blessed by the Twelve Archons─which will chart the course for this year's celebrations. Adventurers are encouraged to lend a hand in the festival preparations, for who better to handle the unexpected...?
- Time: 20 March, 2018 - 2 April, 2018
- Minion: Motley Egg
- Furnishing: Hatching-tide Banner
- Items: Spriggan Chocolate, Magicked Prism (Hatching-tide)
- Achievement: "Eggsit Stage Left"
- Official 2018 website
Join the shell-ebration!!
Hatching-tide will soon make its return to Eorzea! The city-states and residential districts have been dressed once more in vibrant colors and striking decorations for the occasion. With each celebration based on Jihli Aliapoh's mysterious dreams, what lies in store this year?
- Time: 9 April, 2019 - 22 April, 2019
- Gear: Spriggan Set
- Furnishing: Archon Egg Pile, Eggcentric Crown Roast, Eggcentric Chocolate Cake
- Achievement: "Eggspedia"
- Official 2019 website
A Hare-raising Hatching-tide!
Hatching-tide is upon us once again, and the revelrous rabbit in Mih Khetto's Amphitheatre would share the joy of this wondrous celebration with one and all.
- Time: 30 March, 2020 - 13 April, 2020
- Gear: Rabbit Set
- Furnishing: Stuffed Rabbit, Hatching-tide Advertisement
- Achievement: "Egg-hunter and Egg-hunted"
- Official 2020 website
- The rewards of the 2011 and 2012 editions reappeared in the 2014 edition, after the game's relaunch.