The Feast Regional Championship (FRC) preliminaries end tonight at 10 pm (PDT)! Teams have been battling it out for weeks for a chance to earn a coveted spot in the FRC finals at this year's Fan Festival! Get those last minute matches in and claw your way to the top!
After the preliminaries conclude, the top three teams from the NA data centers will battle it out live on the FRC semifinals that we'll be streaming on September 8th & 9th at 4 pm (PDT). Not only that, but we'll be joined by guest commentators from the community, Frosty and +One, so you won't want to miss it! The semis will conclude with two teams from each data center advancing to the finals in Las Vegas.
For more details, check out the FRC website!
But that's not all! The ninth season of the Feast is set to begin immediately following tonight's maintenance! Since we're talking about a new season, we're sure you're excited to hear about new rewards. So let's take a look shall we?
This time, top 100 ranked players will receive...
This shiny new gear set!
Check out this cool, ominous looking gear! Even the head gear looks menacing!
And as you probably guessed, it is indeed dyeable, so change the dye to match your style!
The player who secures Rank 1 at the end of the season will receive the following trophy!
Even if you don't rank in the top 100, players will still receive items which can be used to exchange for the Feast-specific weapons, so why not give it a try?
The Feast season nine is scheduled to take place from August 14 until the release of Patch 4.4.
We'll see you in the field!
Hello again, Warriors of Light!
Luxpheras here, excited to showcase one of our favorite new friends on the Square Enix Store: the Spriggan Plushie!
If you've yet to order your very own fuzzy friend, allow me to offer you some Spriggan Facts.
Spriggan Fact #1: Spriggans travel in packs, as witnessed here.
Spriggan Fact #2: Spriggans are neither sprites nor faeries, though they share similarities with both.
Spriggan Fact #3: These soulkin are known for carrying a gem or chunk of ore with them at all times. This may explain the popularly held belief within the mining fraternity that Spriggans are bringers of good fortune.
Spriggan Fact #4: If you take adopt a Spriggan Plushie IRL, you'll also receive a code for an equally adorable Stuffed Spriggan in-game furnishing item!
You are now subscribed to Spriggan Facts. To unsubscribe, please find the nearest rock, gemstone, or chunk of ore and carry it with you for eternity.
Take home your very own Spriggan Plushie today! The fluffy little soulkin is waiting for you now at the Square Enix Store.
Until next time!
The summer heat has been inflicting a strong debuff on our team, but we're not too worried! The Moonfire Faire begins on August 13th, and we're ready to cool off!
We may suffer IRL, but at least our characters will be able to beat the heat in Costa Del Sol!
What's up with that water splash? You'll have to wait and see! Avoiding any spoilers, let's move on to the rewards!
First off, check out the new summer gear, newly designed for both male and female characters. And yep, you can dye it.
While the item icons feature the male outfit design, the design of the actual gear will change depending on the character's gender, so don't worry!
We're also getting a new emote: Splash!
Splash some water on your friends to ruin their picnic or sand castle! (Note: Please don't ruin your friends' picnics or sand castles). You won't be able to magically conjure up non-existent water to splash, so keep that in mind when using it on dry land.
And finally, let's check out the new furnishings: Mosquito Moogle and a Curry Plate!
Both of these furnishings were winning entries from last year's Furnishing Design Contest! I think we did a good job reproducing them in-game, what do you think?
Stay cool, and we hope you all enjoy this year's Moonfire Faire!
This year, FINAL FANTASY XIV joined the Aomori Nebuta Festival that took place until August 7. This festival is one of the larger festivals held in Japan. In this festival, "nebuta" (a float designed to look like a famous historical figure or mythological character) are carried through the city by dancers called the "haneto" (which also refers to their clothing), which is all accompanied by music.
Here you can see a larger nebuta that was carried by Aomori Yamada School. They were also the ones that carried our FFXIV nebutas in front of this larger one.
Once the evening hours hit, more nebutas were brought out from the storage area to prepare for the festivities! FFXIV nebutas, roll out!
On the streets, attendees received Namazu fans! I want one!
As the night falls, the nebutas light up the city with their lights. They look beautiful!
Here we can see the students from the Yamada School that carried our chocobo nebuta. The size of our nebuta was a bit larger than a standard nebuta, so I'm sure they had a bit of a harder time pulling it. But they were smiling all the way!
Our nebuta was created by sixth generation master nebuta craftsman, Takashi Kitamura! There's only two master nebuta craftsman in Japan, and only six in history. We're honored to have our nebuta crafted by such a master.
Here we can see the group of haneto participating in the festival.
If you ever visit Japan during this event, you can rent these haneto outfits and participate in the festivities for free. There isn't any registration, and anyone can join! How cool is that!?
Here's a picture of Yoshida and crew dressed in their haneto glamour.
As you can see, the festival was wild! (We're not making excuses for the blurry images, I promise!)
Warriors of Light from various parts of Japan have attended the festival, and we were happy to see them!
That is it for this year's Aomori Nebuta Festival. If you did happen to visit, we hope you were able to check out our awesome chocobo and moogle nebutas!
Patch 4.36 is live and introduces the Forbidden Land, Eureka Pagos, and the Monster Hunter: World (MHW) collaboration, in which players hunt the king of the skies, the mighty Rathalos!
In an effort to introduce aspects of Monster Hunter: World into FFXIV, we have introduced a number of special mechanics that Warriors of Light have never seen before. So today, we're going to explore "some" of those mechanics that are shared between both the normal and the Extreme version of The Great Hunt.
Rathalos Doesn't Care About Enmity!
That's right! This Rathalos has been flash bombed so many times in MHW that our paladin's Flash is nothing to them! Rathalos will go after anyone that he wishes to because he doesn't worry about things like "enmity"!
Observe his movement, who he targets, and attack when you can!
I Can't Predict These Attacks!
The majority of the attacks Rathalos does will have no visible indicators beforehand. You'll need to keep a keen eye on Rathalos's actions to see what's coming and dodge accordingly!
If his tail goes up...
He'll do his signature spin attack, so make sure to get out!
Don't Get Stunned!
Taking constant damage from the mighty Rathalos will leave even the strongest Warrior of Light stunned.
You won't be able to act while visions of adorable chocobos fly around your head, so try your best to avoid getting stunned at all costs.
Mega-Potions Are Lifesavers!
During the battle, Rathalos will prevent players from being healed! Worry not, because Mega-Potions crafted from a very special blend of honey and herbs are here to save the day!
Just like in Monster Hunter, you can only carry 10 of these potions! So make sure to plan out the best timing to take a sip.
Those are all of the mechanics we'll share with you! I'm sure that Warriors of Light who have battled countless primals will have no...
And don't forget, the "Extreme" version of the battle features an even greater challenge. So, Warriors of Light, now is your chance to rise as Hunters and hunt down the mighty Rathalos!
Before We Go!
The Palico minion is adorable!
Now back to hunting!
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