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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Mar 20, 2018 - 03:00.

FFXIV News - Lodestone: Duty Commenced Episode 21 Archive Now Available

From the Lodestone:

The latest episode of the North American community team’s Duty Commenced live show has been archived and is now available to view! Couldn’t join the team live this time? No worries! The episode has been stored on the official FINAL FANTASY XIV Twitch channel and can be watched over and over at your leisure.

In this episode, the community team challenged some recent battle content from Patch 4.25, and provided another installment of Community Commendations!

View the archived video on the official Twitch channel.

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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Mar 19, 2018 - 19:43.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: A Method to the Metal

From the Dev Blog.

Greetings, adventurers!

Luxpheras here, bringing you news of our resident rockstars: THE PRIMALS!

On Thursday, March 15th, the official FINAL FANTASY XIV band appeared as guests on a live stream to discuss a variety of topics, including their upcoming album and live tour! Let's go over the new information that was covered during the broadcast.

The five core members of THE PRIMALS gathered together!

FINAL FANTASY XIV Sound Director and guitar and vocals for THE PRIMALS, Masayoshi Soken!

On guitar, GUNN!

On the bass, Eikichi Iwai!

On drums, Tetsuya Tachibana!

And FFXIV Localization Director and vocals for THE PRIMALS, Michael-Christopher Koji Fox!

These sweet headshots were taken for the new album.

On stream, THE PRIMALS took some time to talk about themselves and what they do outside of being video game rock stars. GUNN, for example, is also a Warrior of Light (apparently, he's finally reached Ishgard!)

After discussing their Eorzean adventures, past albums, and favored memories of Fan Festivals past, the second half of the broadcast covered information regarding THE PRIMALS' first album, scheduled for release on May 16, 2018!

The list of included songs was released as well:

Songs that were included in past album arrangements have been remastered. And four new songs, Metal, Exponential Entropy, Metal: Brute Justice Mode, and Rise were added to the list for a total of 18 songs!

Here's a shot of THE PRIMALS recording Brute Justice Mode.

We also released the music video for Rise! The music video was made using footage from the Frankfurt and Seoul Fan Festivals:

After the album information was released, THE PRIMALS discussed details on their upcoming tour!

And a guest vocalist was announced!

If you'll be in Japan in late May or June, be sure to check that tour out. Not only will you get a chance to rock out to FINAL FANTASY XIV music, you'll have the opportunity to score some sweet loot:

Check out THE PRIMALS official website for more details on the album and tour. And if you wanted to check out the stream (in Japanese), you can watch it here!

Also be sure to pre-order your own copy of THE PRIMALS' debut album from the Square Enix Store!

Until next time!

- Luxpheras
Community Team

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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Mar 14, 2018 - 09:00.

FFXIV News - Lodestone: Join Us for PAX East 2018

From the Lodestone:

As the Warriors of Light rebuild Doma and Ala Mhigo, FINAL FANTASY XIV heads to Boston this April to attend PAX East 2018! We’ll be hosting a Battle Challenge for attending adventurers to enter The Jade Stoa and test their might against Byakko, as well as a Story and Writing panel featuring main scenario writer Natsuko Ishikawa and English Localization Lead John Crow!

Read on for details.

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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Mar 13, 2018 - 23:48.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: The Eggs Factor

From the Dev Blog.

Hello again, adventurers!

Spring will soon visit Hydaelyn, which means it's time for Hatching-tide! This year's eggcellent event will begin on Tuesday, March 20!

If you're familiar with Hatching-tide, eggspect some familiar faces during this year's adventures!

We've got some truly eggsquisite rewards this year, let's take a look.

First up, the Hatching-tide Banner, a beautiful woven tapestry to hang on your wall!

That's right! The banners commonly hung around town during Hatching-tide, right in your very own home! Because who doesn't want to brighten the atmosphere of a personal estate with an eggstra touch of the Hatching-tide spirit?

Next up is the Magicked Prism (Hatching-tide)!

This rare and eggciting prism will light up the sky in multicolored eggs and sparkles. How lovely!

And last but not least...the Motley Egg minion.

Indeed, that is one fine egg, my friends.

But it's not just an egg!

Well hello there, little fella! You know, I normally prefer my eggs to be white or brown as opposed to such harlequin attire, but I suppose I can make an... eggception.

Consider me all sorts of eggstatic for this event! Don't miss out on the fun and be left scrambled!

Check out the special site for more details on what's in store this Hatching-tide, and please look forward to it!

- Luxpheras
Community Team & Egg Enthusiast

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Posted by Xenor Vernix on Mar 13, 2018 - 21:33.

FFXIV News - Dev Blog: Let's Get Elemental

From the Dev Blog.

Greetings, adventurers!

Luxpheras here. In case you haven't heard, The Forbidden Land of Eureka: Anemos arrived today! Allow me to be your tour guide through these forbidden lands.

Prepare to Head to Eureka

In order to unlock this new content, head to Rhalgr's Reach and speak with the NPC Galiena.

The Warrior of Light has been prompted to investigate a deserted island to the south of Kugane, known as the Forbidden Land. Why is the Warrior of Light being sent to a deserted island? Why is it called Eureka? Questions, questions. Go pick up the quest to find out!

Let's Explore Eureka

There are three key factors to keep in mind while exploring Eureka: Anemos:

• There are content-specific features
• There are Elemental Levels and Elemental EXP
• The Magia Board and Magicite

Even if things seem complicated and overwhelming at first, you'll be fine if you keep these three points in mind.

Is Eureka an Open World Area?

Similar to the Palace of the Dead or Diadem, Eureka is instanced content. Speak to Thancred—ahem. I mean, speak to Rodney to enter the instance.

However, Eureka is different than other instanced content in the following ways:

• You can stay in the instance for a very long time (up to 180 minutes)
• Up to 144 players can enter an instance at the same time
• You can use party functions within the instance

Inside Eureka, there are merchants and menders as well as quest-giving NPCs and weather reporters. You're essentially in an open-world environment, you just access it via the NPC.

(Tip!) Make use of the Party Recruitment Features!

Level up your Elemental Level!

In Eureka, you can gain Elemental Experience in order to gain Elemental Levels.

Here, the elements are volatile. While in The Forbidden Land, your job will be synced to 70 and item level synced to 300, and your character's strength will be determined by your Elemental Level.

Your progress within Eureka will be saved at all times. If you have to leave suddenly, simply leave the instance. When you return to the island later on, you can continue right where you left off.

(Tip!) Be wary of level differences, moreso than usual!

A difference in level like this will kill you immediately. Be careful!

Using the Magia Board
Aside from the elemental leveling system, there is also the Magia Board and Magicite system that controls the elements.

Using this elemental system is key to surviving in these dangerous lands!

Okay, so this may seem a bit complicated at first, but here's what to do:

Place the Magicite (an elemental stone) into the Magia Board (an elemental board).

Spin the Magia Board
Decide which element you're attacking with, and which element you're defending with.

It's simple, really!

The UI team worked very hard on the Magia Board, but it will be easier to understand once you use it yourself. That being said, I'll try and show you an example! This is what happens when you attack a water element enemy with a lightning element attack.

First, a water attack against the enemy with a water affinity. That's not very effective...

Using a lightning element attack against the water element enemy is much more effective! Damage is increased from 4600 to 6000, and that's just with one Magicite.

You'll need to put some thought into how to customize the use of your Magicite once you obtain more...

(Tip!) Once you get accustomed to the Magia Board, try adjusting your defense as well.

By using the correct defensive element, you may be able to tank a surprising amount of enemies!

Final Notes
That sums up our short but (hopefully) sweet tour guide to help you prepare to enter The Forbidden Land of Eureka!

There are many ways to enjoy this content:

Follow the story within!
Go for rare rewards!
Work on your Eureka weapon!

Go forth, Warriors of Light, and explore the island!

Check out the official Patch 4.25 notes for more details, or just dive right in.


Until next time,

- Luxpheras
Community Team

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