Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is live for those who pre-ordered the expansion and there’s plenty to check out, like a couple new races with the Viera and Hrothgar, and two new jobs with Gunbreaker and Dancer.
There’s a lot to cover from Patch 5.0, so we highlighted some of the main features to get you started on your Shadowbringers adventure:
Hrothgar and Viera races
The Hrothgar and Viera races are immediately available when creating new characters or using a Fantasia to edit your character’s appearance. You can also select the two new races as your Retainers.
Gunbreaker and Dancer jobs
Both Gunbreaker and Dancer jobs available for players at level 60 and above.
Those of you looking to try out the new Gunbreaker job can start with “The Makings of a Gunbreaker” quest from God’s Quiver bow at New Gridania (X:11.5 Y:11.9).
For aspiring Dancers, head to Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks (X:9.8 Y:12.0) and talk to Eager Lominsan to start the quest “Shall We Dance.”
In addition to the regular Job Quests there are new “Role Quests” for each Disciple of War or Magic. The required level ranges from 70 to 80, and players will be required to complete at least one series of Role Quests in order to complete the main scenario of Shadowbringers.
After reaching a certain point in the Main Scenario, you can start your first Role Quest at the following:
Tank (Paladin/Warrior/Dark Knight/Gunbreaker)
Quest: The Man with Too Many Scars
Lv: Any tank level 70
Location: The Crystarium (X:10.5 Y:16.2)
Physical DPS (Monk/Dragoon/Ninja/Samurai/Bard/Machinist/Dancer)
Quest: No Greater Sport
Lv: Any physical DPS level 70
Location: The Crystarium (X:10.8 Y:15.9)
Magical DPS (Black Mage/Summoner/Red Mage)
Quest: Hollow Pursuits
Lv: Any magical DPS level 70
Location: The Crystarium (X:11.2 Y:15.2)
Healer (White Mage/Scholar/Astrologian)
Quest: Traditions and Travails
Lv: Any healer level 70
Location: The Crystarium (X:10.7 Y:15.4)
An additional quest unlocks upon completing the Main Scenario and all four Role Quest series:
Lv: Disciple of War or Magic level 80
Location: The Crystarium (X:10.8 Y:15.2)
In 5.0 we have a variety of new and updated Actions & Traits, Role Actions, and more for each job. Check out more details here.
You can also check out the above video for a look at new Job Actions.
New Main Scenario Quests
If you’re looking to dive right into the new story content, hit up Tataru at The Rising Stones to get things started. The quest is called “The Syrcus Trench” and you need to be on a Disciple of War or Magic at level 70 to start. Do keep in mind that you need to have completed the last Main Scenario Quest “A Requiem for Heroes” that concluded Patch 4.56 (Part 2).
You might also notice that the manner in which dialogue selections are displayed has been changed.
By progressing through the Main Scenario Quests, new Side Stories, Trials, Crystarium Deliveries, and more are unlocked.
There are new cities to explore through the Main Scenario Quests with The Crystarium and Eulmore.
New Field Areas
There’s a bunch of new areas to check out in 5.0. Here’s a peek:
The Rak’tika Greatwood
There are also shiny new city & field Aetherytes:
New FATEs have been added
While exploring the new areas, be sure to check out the new FATEs in the 5.0 areas. Not only are they a good way to acquire EXP, they drop a new currency called “Bicolor Gemstones.”
The Bicoor Gemstones can be exchanged with Gemstone Trader NPCs for various good, including some items that are available exclusively through these vendors.
Furthermore, as you continue to complete FATEs in the 5.0 areas, the Gemstone Trader NPCs will offer a wider selection of goods. You can check the progress in each area under Shared FATEs under Travel in the main menu.
New in Patch 5.0
There’s a lot more that’s new in Shadowbringers. Check out a preview of the new additions below:
New Side Story Quests
New Furnishing (Furnishing Design Contest)
New Aquarium Fishes
A new seed for Flowerpots
New Elite Marks
Following Mounts can now fly
- Cavalry Elbst
- War Panther
All mounts can now fly.
Read the full Patch 5.0 Notes at The Lodestone.
Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PlayStation 4 and PC. The Shadowbringers expansion releases July 2, 2019.