The July 1 edition of the Final Fantasy XIV Letter from the Producer has revealed some incredible details about the future of FFXIV. This included huge amounts of information about the 6.2 and 6.25 patches, giving us a hint at what’s coming for the next several months in-game. We also found out that Patch 6.2 would be released in late August 2022, and 6.25 will likely follow two months later. Here’s a complete list of everything revealed in Live Letter.
New Main Scenario Quests in Final Fantasy XIV patch 6.2
Patch 6.2 will include the next installment of the Main Story Quest (MSQ) in addition, it will include a new dungeon called The Fell Court of Troia. This seems themed after a dungeon of the same name from Final Fantasy IV.
New Trials for FFXIV 6.2
A new Normal and Extreme trial will be added in 6.2. More details are currently unknown.
New Raids added in FFXIV patch 6.2
The Pandemonium Raid Series will continue in Patch 6.2, featuring eight raids in total including:
- Pandaemonium: Abyssos
- Pandaemonium: Abyssos (Savage) (released one week after patch 6.2)
The decision to push the week of Savage by one week has been made to allow people to enjoy the patch more before the race to beat Savage begins. This is essentially a test, and if the development team receives positive feedback, they'll continue with this format.
New Unreal Trial for FFXIV patch 6.2
The New Unreal Trial for 6.2 until 6.3 will be Containment Bay S1T7 (Unreal). This will see you face off against the Heavensward trial against Sephirot in unreal difficulty.
Patch Job Adjustments for 6.2
There will be PvE Adjustments and PvP Adjustments.
PvP Updates for 6.2
- PvP Season Two begins
- Season 3 of Crystalline Conflict
- Rival Wings returns
More improvements to the older MSQ missions/duties in Patch 6.2
The Duty Support system will be expanded to the following Heavensward dungeons
- The Keeper of the Lake
- Sohm Al
- The Aery
- The Vault
In these dungeons, you’ll be able to enter with Estinien, Alphinaud, Ysale, and other Heavensward characters. In addition, The Steps of Faith will now be a solo quest battle. This was a frustrating trial for many, with its difficulty trivial but its length very long, especially if you got it in Duty Finder. Now as a solo duty, it’s no one's issue. Thornmarch has also been revamped, likely removing some of the issues with the difficulty retaining to kill-order of the Moogles.
New Sidequests for 6.25
Tataru’s Grand Endeavour continues with the diminutive seamstress recruiting the Sky Pirates from the Shadow of Mhach Quest Series
Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures patch 6.25
Hildibrand Helidor Maximilian Manderville returns again in patch 6.25 for more comedic adventures. As part of his quest line, there are New Weapon Enhancement Quests which are unlocked in Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures. This means you’ll need to make sure you’re up to date in all Hildebrand quests to unlock the Legendary Manderville Weapons!
Described as Quest Centric Progression, this weapon enhancement series will update throughout the rest of 6.x. This sounds like perhaps a bit of a send-up and parody of the past Relic Weapon Quests.
Omicron Tribal Quests in 6.25
More Tribal quests will be added in 6.25, with the player set to help the Omicrons of Ultima Thule using their Gathering jobs.
Variant Dungeons to be added in 6.25
Variant Dungeons are variable-difficulty dungeons, previously described as Criterion Dungeons. Level 90 casual play for 1-4 players, no role restrictions, job changes permitted between levels, and enemy strength determined by party size. Branching progression based on player actions.
These new dungeons include Sil’dihn Subterrane, described as “exploring the depths alongside a certain someone” and experiencing a branching story depending on your chosen path.
There’ll also be a more difficult version that retains the name Criterion Dungeons, which will require set parties, but with a predetermined route. Essentially a more difficult version of the base dungeon, these will also have normal and Savage difficulty. In normal mode, these will be matchmade dungeons accessible through the Duty Finder, but with no resurrection, but each player has a limited number of revival actions. In the Savage difficulty, no matchmaking is made, no resurrection is allowed, all enemies revive after KO and enemies become much stronger if not defeated within a time limit.
Finally, we have more details revealed about the Island Sanctuary, one of the most anticipated features of the post-Endwalker content. In it you'll be able to build your own personal island sanctuary. You'll also enjoy new casual solo gameplay which involves gathering materials, caring for creatures, building facilities, crafting items, and more. What's more, you won't need to have leveled any crafting or gathering jobs to be able to do this. The full list of activities includes:
- Base building
- Tool crafting
- Creature collecting
- Customize your base
- Release your minions to wander freely on your base
- Create handicrafts, and export them for profit (in island-specific currency)
- Socialize with friends and invite visitors
Adventurer Plates leave Beta in 6.2
Adventurer plates, the much-loved new feature from patch 6.1, will be leaving Beta in 6.2 and will now have more features. Portraits for different plates will now be expanded, and generally, the system will be streamlined and improved for the main release.
Misc. updates for Patch 6.2
- New Allagan Tomestones of Causality added
- New High Item Level crated gear added
- Ability to request repairs from other players, both in and out of duties, added
- Combo action list added
- Rare Materials added to Aetherial Reductions for all Gathering Classes (linked to new high-IL gear)
- Glamour Dresser expanded from 400 to 800
- Adjustments to the order of Return to Ivalice quests (two quests removed)
Overall this seems like a massive update for the game which will update through August and October. If you're worrying that there's going to be a Final Fantasy XIV content drought, you don't have to. This is one of the biggest pairs of patches in recent memory.
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