Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers has been announced!
New features and content are on the way and we’ll be updating this post, making it the best source for everything that’s coming in Final Fantasy XIV’s next expansion.
This post has information from:
- Last Vegas Fan Fest
- Paris Fan Fest
We have seen two teaser trailers for the expansion. The latest can be seen below which includes everything we’ve seen so far.
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?!
The three key plot points of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers:
- With the fall of the Scions, what will become of the Warrior of Light and the allied armies?
- The First Emperor: Solus Zos Galvus, and Elidibus: An Ascian with the face of Zenos. The struggle against the Ascians will come to a head in 5.0, along with finding out what Hydaelyn and Zodiark are.
- The Warrior of Light must become the Warrior of Darkness!
Collector’s Edition and Pre-Order Bonus
The Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Collector’s Edition will come with the following physical items, all housed within a box with artwork from Yoshitaka Amano:
- Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers game
- 80 page hardback art book
- Playing card deck
- Sticker cling
- Dark Knight figure
Additionally, the Collector’s Edition will also come with the following in-game items, which are also available to those that buy the digital Collector’s Edition:
- Wind-up Fran Minion
- Grani Mount
- Revolver Gunbreaker Weapon
Those that pre-order Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers will also receive two items as a pre-order bonus: The Gremlin Minion, and the Aetheryte Earring. The Aetheryte Earring will have stats that scale according to the player’s level, and will increase their experience points gained before level 70. These two items are set to become available on March 1st.
New Race: Viera
After the long anticipated wait, Viera has been confirmed for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers. At present, only female Viera have been shown, however we know that male Viera exist thanks to the quest dialogue during the Return to Ivalice series.
When asked about male Viera, Naoki Yoshida told people to wait for the Tokyo Fan Festival.
New Jobs and Battle System Changes
The level cap of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers will be level 80. Additionally, there will be large changes to the battle system for every job, and TP will be removed across the board, leaving every job with HP, and MP. It’s also been mentioned that they’re going to have a visual representation of how much damage prevention a healing barrier has left.
There will be “multiple new jobs” coming with Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers. The first of these jobs was announced during the Paris Fan Festival in February. Unfortunately, Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida didn’t drop any hints at what the second job will be. We’ll just have to wait for the Tokyo Fan Festival.
New Job: Gunbreaker
Seen first in the debut teaser trailer for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers via Thancred, the Gunbreaker is Final Fantasy XIV’s 4th Tank Job. Naoki Yoshida cosplayed this job on stage at the Paris Fan Festival, though his costume used the white coat used by Thancred.
The Gunbreaker will deal slashing damage with a Gunblade. Their attacks, as well as the Gunbreaker’s abilities can be enhanced and executed by expending magicked ammunition.
Currently, they’re looking for Gunbreaker to begin at level 60, although this is tentative.
Those looking to unlock the Gunbreaker when the expansion arrives can do so by heading over to Gridania after registering Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers to their accounts and having at least one job at level 60.
We’ve seen three new areas thus far, each offering landscapes we haven’t really seen yet in Final Fantasy XIV. Naoki Yoshida hasn’t revealed where these new areas are, leading players to speculate on if we’ll be going to a different Shard or the New World. It’s likely that we’ll get confirmation on where some of these areas are during the Tokyo Fan Festival.
Not much is known about Amh Araeng. We can tell it’s in a desert-like setting, and we know that the structure in the third image below is itself, slanted.
The Rak’tika Greatwood is a wooded area covered by a massive canopy of trees. During the Paris Fan Festival Keynote, Naoki Yoshida indicated that the scene with Urianger and Master Matoya takes place here.
Il Mheg is the realm of the Pixies, one of the new Beastmen races that we’ll encounter in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers. The area and its color pallet give off a very fantasy-like vibe.
This area was listed briefly on the Steam product page for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers. It has not been referenced anywhere else.
Beastmen and Primals
There will be several new Beastmen and Races to interact with in this new expansion including Pixies, Dwarves, and the Nu Mou.
We had our first look at the Nu Mou from the Las Vegas Fan Festival. Unfortunately not much else is known at this time aside from the fact that in the screenshot below, they seem to be taking up residence in the Rak’tika Greatwood.
The Pixies and Titania
The Pixies that reside in Il Mheg are a race of tricksters that are proficient in magic. Their Queen is the Primal Titania.
Banri Oda and Michael-Christopher Kojo Fox developed a new language for the Pixies that they call “Fae.”
At launch, Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers will have nine new dungeons. These include leveling and max-level dungeons. By comparison, both Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward and Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood expansions only had eight dungeons at launch.
At the Paris Fan Festival, Naoki Yoshida mentioned that they wanted to reveal the new 8-man Raid, however it wasn’t ready yet. We did however get our first glimpse at the new Alliance Raid for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers.
YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse
During the Paris Fan Festival it was revealed that the new 24-man Alliance Raid would be the NieR inspired YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse.
The guest creators for this raid are Yosuke Saito and Yoko Taro.
A short video was shown during the event. We’ve queued up the Twitch stream to the appropriate time below.
Other New Content and Systems
The Restoration of the Holy See of Ishgard
Those who play Disciples of the Land and Disciples of the Hand will be able to participate in this new content which sees them helping restore the Holy See of Ishgard to its former glory. This seems like it will be a even more involved version of the Doman Enclave content from Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.
It was suggested that maybe sometime after this content, players might finally see the addition of housing wards in Ishgard.
The idea of player run farms was briefly mentioned, with a joke that “Farmer” is not one of the new jobs.
A feature more common in single player games than MMOs, New Game+ will allow players to replay through old content such as Main Scenario Quests (starting at 2.0) and Job Quests as your current level.
Sharing the same name as the system in Final Fantasy XI, the Final Fantasy XIV Trust system will allow players to select certain NPCs to aid them when completing Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers dungeons, eliminating the need for players to wait for queues in order to progress through Main Scenario Quests. The image above, released in Paris, shows Thancred (Gunbreaker), Urianger (Astrologian), and Matoya/Y’shtola (Black Mage) as possible Trusts that we’ll be able to use.