Final Fantasy XIV details Patch 5.5 content ahead of April 13 release

Death Unto Dawn, the fifth and final major update to Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers will arrive on April 13th, 2021. Typically the fifth update to an expansion is divided into two major parts, including the main scenario quest — the second of which typically arrives around two months later.

It will also include the finale of YoRHa Dark Apocalypse, the alliance raid series and collaboration with NieR Automata and creator Yoko Taro, as well as kick off a beta phase for the PlayStation 5 version, which boasts improved framerates, resolutions, and load times.

Square Enix updated the official patch website today with additional information, and it won’t be long until more comes — the next Letter from the Producer Live broadcast highlighting Patch 5.5 will air on Friday, April 2nd. (Update: you can catch the summary here.)

Death Unto Dawn – Part 1

As towers rise and darkness falls,
Eorzea’s players take the stage —
Blades poised to meet the Final Days.

“The Scions have finally succeeded in discovering a cure for tempering, which should prove instrumental in allowing the Eorzean Alliance and the land’s beast tribes to settle their differences. Prospects of peace may soon fall to ruin, however, as Fandaniel and the Telophoroi scheme to recreate the Final Days, and ominous towers rise in all corners of the realm. With the servants of chaos amassing at every turn, will the Scions uncover their plot before it is too late?”

How to Unlock:
• Level a Disciple of War or Magic to 80.
• Complete the main scenario quest through “Futures Rewritten”
Speak to Alisaie @ The Rising Stones (X:6.0 Y:5.9)

YoRHa Dark Apocalypse: The Tower at Paradigm’s Breach

The white-garbed 2P’s discovery was the first domino to fall in a series of conflicts that have only escalated since the arrival of the black-shrouded 2B, the pattern they form growing ever more complex. The time of revelation may be at hand, but is this tale one of hope…or despair?

How to Unlock:
• Level a Disciple of War or Magic to 80.
• Complete the Chronicles of A New Era quest “To Make Amends”
Speak to the Dig Site Chief @ Kholusia (X:34.7 Y:18.2)

Expert Dungeon: Paglth’an

“Though the herding of livestock keeps the nomadic Amalj’aa constantly on the move across the sweeping plains of Paglth’an, the permanent settlement of Zolm’ak offers respite for the weary and a venue for gatherings both political and social. Yet without intervention, it may not long be so…”

How to Unlock:
• Level a Disciple of War or Magic to 80; duty will require item level 490.
• Undertake the main scenario quest for Patch 5.5 – Part 1.

The Sorrows of Werlyt: Diamond Weapon

With adamantine armor and a beating, blood red core, the Diamond Weapon is the culmination of countless sacrifices and untold suffering. When the ultimate triumph of the VIIth Legion’s monstrous Weapon project descends upon Werlyt, who will be saved, and who shall fall?

“The advent of the Empire’s final and most fatal Weapon sees Gaius and the Warrior of Light take to the skies aboard Cid’s latest creation. Will these miracles of technology and camaraderie allow them to rise above the threat of destruction that looms over Werlyt once more?”

How to Unlock:
• Level a Disciple of War or Magic to 80; duty will require item level 495.
• Complete The Sorrows of Werlyt scenario through Patch 5.4.
• Speak to the Resistance Officer in The Lochs (X:11.3 Y:22.5)

Save the Queen: Zadnor (5.55)

“The IVth Legion has been forced to retreat north to the barren plateaus of Zadnor, but the arrival of their imposing flagship gives the Resistance pause. Clearly a sign of desperation─or so one would hope. Both sides have been pushed to their limit, but who will emerge the victor as the battle for Bozja reaches its bloody climax?”

How to Unlock:
Unavailable until Patch 5.55 (Late May)

Ishgardian Restoration Update & Custom Deliveries

Ishgardian Restoration: “Thanks to the tireless efforts of skybuilders one and all, the Risensong Quarter now stands complete, bringing the restoration effort to a triumphant close. As a new age dawns in Ishgard, luminaries from across Eorzea have been invited to the Firmament to take part in a ceremony commemorating this momentous occasion.”

Custom Deliveries: “House Durendaire is considered the foremost of the noble houses of Ishgard, and Count Charlemend stands at its head. Thus, when such a dignitary is seen skulking about the Firmament, it could scarcely go unnoticed. What manner of surreptitious business could have brought the man to the newly rebuilt district? All will be revealed in a tale of unlikely friendship set amidst an era of change.”

How to Unlock:
• Level a Disciple of Land or Hand to 70.
• Complete the quests “Smiles Cross the Sky,” “The Brume Lifts,” and “Go West, Craftsman.”
• Speak to Francel in The Firmament (X:11.0 Y:14.5)

Unreal Trials: The Whorleater (Leviathan)

“Few opponents loom larger in legend than Leviathan, he who has plunged many a would-be hero into the depths of despair. Tremble not before the Lord of the Whorl, and let the tide of memory carry you away…”

How to Unlock:
• Level a Disciple of War or Magic to 80; duty will require item level 430.
• Speak to the Painfully Ishgardian Man @ Idyllshire (X:7.0 Y:5.9)

PlayStation 5 Version – Open Beta

“The open beta test for the PlayStation®5 Edition begins, bringing with it full 4K support, vastly improved loading times and framerates, and a better gameplay experience than ever before. Richer, more immersive adventures await─across Eorzea and beyond!”

System Updates

Explorer Mode: “With the addition of level 70 dungeons, job actions up to level 80, and performance actions, even more fun in your favorite in-game locales awaits!”

New Game+ Update: “Relive even more past adventures in Patch 5.5 with the addition of Eden, the Sorrow of Werlyt, and other Tales from the Shadows. Main scenario quests from Patch 5.4 to Patch 5.55 and YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse are also coming to New Game+ in Patch 5.55!”

New Mounts & Minions

Final Fantasy XIV is now available on Windows PC, Mac, and PlayStation 4. It is compatible with PlayStation 5, and a dedicated release is planned for 2021.

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