Final Fantasy XI's March Update features returning Ambuscade bosses, additional monsters

Final Fantasy XI‘s March 2022 update has arrived, and with it comes returning Ambuscade bosses and additional monsters. Producer Akihiko Matsui and director Yoji Fujito host the latest video digest that walks us through the details.

For Ambuscade, Volume One will feature Antica and Volume Two will feature Treant. These are returning bosses, but in this iteration the Treant’s mechanics and HP have been eased. The concept of the encounter is the same, and is based on the blooming window of the cherry blossom tree, a Japanese tradition. Players whose food effects are stolen by the boss’s Chelate will be able to deal greater damage during the occasionally recurring “flower-viewing time.” Producer Matsui advises to prepare some meals when taking on this challenge.

The team will also implement additional monsters by adding them to the Crawler’s Nest [S]. These monsters will be in the area beyond a door that has, up until now, been previously sealed. You’ll be able to tell them apart from the existing monsters by their color. Exemplar Points should be easier to collect than battling monsters in Promyvion or Alzadaal, and there will be monsters that will be a great source of Job Points.

Regarding the Voracious Resurgence, the second half has been delayed to the April update due to an unexpected issue — it had previously been planned for the March update. The team wants to avoid the risk of problems arising from the content, and thus, delayed it.

The Final Fantasy XIV collaboration will return in Final Fantasy XI starting on March 22. It last ran in 2017, and features devious spriggans that invade Vana’diel from Eorzea, and players can earn gear from the event.

The We Are Vana’diel interview series’ latest entries Square Enix alum Masato Kato, who worked on several games including Chrono Trigger and Xenogears providing lore and scenario planning. He worked on the main scenario for Final Fantasy XI up to the Rise of the Zilart expansion, as well as the add-on scenarios: A Crystalline Prophecy, A Moogle Kupo d’Etat, and A Shantotto Ascension. You can read the full two-part interview here.

Update Summary

(Full update can be found here.)

  • The monthly Records of Eminence objectives have been swapped out.
  • Ambuscade has undergone the following additions and adjustments.
    • The foes in Normal and Intense Ambuscades have been swapped out. As such, the corresponding Records of Eminence objectives have changed.
    • The notorious monsters Splendid Sakura has undergone some adjustments.
    • Certain items obtainable in exchange for hallmarks have been swapped out.
    • Certain items obtainable for total hallmarks have been swapped out.
    • Certain items obtainable in exchange for badges of gallantry have been swapped out.
  • Level adjustments have been abolished in the following areas.
    • Western Altepa Desert / Crawler’s Nest [S]
  • A new section of Crawler’s Nest [S] has opened and monsters have been added.
  • New items have been added.

Events & Campaigns

Vana’diel Cherry Blossom Screenshot Campaign

“Spring is nearly upon us and with the turning of the season blossoms have appeared in Vana’diel! To celebrate the special occasion we’re calling for the creative aid of adventurers who can help document the momentous occurrence by providing a screenshot of their adventures during the seasonal bloom.”

“Take an exceptional screenshot of your character in either Bastok, San d’Oria, or Windurst enjoying the cherry blossom decorations and we’ll award qualifying participants with a special reward of their choice!”

March 2022 Login Campaign

Running from March 11 to April 2, earn points to collect various rewards by logging into the game. This time around, the special item is a ♪Byakko mount available for 500 points. You can earn points until April 2, and exchange them up to April 9.

Early Spring Battle Buster Campaign

A wide variety of battle-based campaigns will return for a period between March 12th and March 31st including:

  • Double Simulacra Segment Campaign
  • Delve Campaign – PLUS!
  • Surge Walk Campaign
  • Adoulin Dial Campaign
  • Skirmish Frenzy Campaign – PLUS!
  • Voidwatch Campaign
  • Dark Matter Arcane Glyptics Campaign
  • Dynamis Granules of Time Campaign
  • Hyper Chocobo Digging Campaign
  • Dynamis – Divergence Statue Crusher Campaign

Pictured above: ‘Vana’diel Cherry Blossom Screenshot Campaign’.

Final Fantasy XI Digest #33 • March 2022

About the Author

Tony Garsow Tony joined Nova Crystallis in 2015, and has spent more than a decade writing in the Final Fantasy community. He also contributes to the Nova Crystallis Twitch and YouTube channels, where you can watch select gameplay highlights, previews, and streams.