Let’s Defend Eorzea!
Boy, that was a handful of text! Now that we’ve finished up with the activities added prior to Patch 2.3, let’s discuss Patch 2.3 proper.
Aside from the usual tweaks to existing content to give them hard modes, there’s also a bunch of new stuff that can be undertaken.
First off, the main scenario of patch 2.3 deals with the arrival of a new primal, Ramuh. You guys may all know him as the lightning dealer, and you can expect him to pack a mighty whallop of sparks and fury when he comes out.
There’s also the Syrcus Tower, the primary spire of the dungeon known as the Crystal Tower, and adventurers will also be called to enter the Tower and defeat its denizens.
Aside from Ramuh and the Crystal Tower, two new major side quests are coming. The first refers to the further adventures of Hildibrand, a staple of the game since 1.0. He made an entrance as post-50 content in 2.1, and 2.3 continues his adventures, so expect to complete prior stuff before you get to adventure with him further.
The second side quest deals with the moogles, who started off as invisible beings in 1.0 and became the mail couriers of A Realm Reborn. Crowdsourced information points to this being more of a reminiscing sidequest, as you see what other characters have been up to since you began your adventure, leveled up, and progressed through the story.
One other activity included in Patch 2.3 is the addition of Hunts to the game. Hunts, as Square Enix’s preview explains, brings us squarely into the realm of Final Fantasy XI’s Notorious Monsters, as we are tasked with fighting stronger than usual creatures for Allied Marks. These Allied Marks can then be turned in for gear or weapons as well, so fresh 50s will likely be able to use Hunts to help them get geared up for further story content.
PVP lovers are also expected to enjoy some new content as the site of end of 1.0 will now be a place that can be fought over and reclaimed! The Carteneau Flats will serve as the battlegrounds for a new PVP setting called Frontlines, where members of the 3 Grand companies vie for portions of the territory they can stake a claim to. As such, Frontlines are essentially 24-on-24-on-24 battles.
Finally, I’m happy that the first step to personal lodgings are making their way into the game with the arrival of personal chambers in Free Company Houses. Personal Chambers are instances in the houses that users can decorate and call their own. According to currently available, these personal chambers will cost 300,000 gil, though you need to be in a free company and have a house to take advantage of one.
Free Company House users will also be able to take advantage of a new activity that will allow you to further strengthen your chocobo: Chocobo Raising. The system allows users to strengthen their chocobos and otherwise retrain their skills. This is also supposed to be the way to push chocobos beyond Rank 10 to give them more skill points.
Of course, that’s not the only thing to be excited about!
Revealed at E3 were the Rogue class and the Ninja Job, which adds another melee DPS type with its own particular set of skills… skills it has acquired over a very long career that make it a nightmare for enemies like Ramuh (Okay, that’s just a really long Taken reference). People are hoping it’ll come in the next major patch after 2.3, and I’m hoping for that myself.
Aside from that, Personal Housing is also coming, and if personal chambers work out splendidly, we should expect Personal Housing to make furniture making and trading to become quite lucrative in the near future;.
Now, if you’ve not tried FFXIV yet, I’d also like to remind you folks that Final Fantasy XIV is half off on Steam, meaning you can snag 30 days of game time for US$14.99 until June 30 as part of the Steam Summer Sale.
If you’re looking for compatriots to help you through the game, there’s also a Final Fantasy XIV Recruitment Subreddit if you don’t feel like checking out the forums. You can find me as Victor Stillwater on the Gilgamesh Server. Cheers!
Victor Barreiro Jr. / Victor Barreiro Jr. maintains the Landmark/Everquest Next column for MMORPG.com. He also writes for news website Rappler as a technology reporter. You can find more of his writings on Games and Geekery and on Twitter at @vbarreirojr.