Final Fantasy XIV‘s latest Ultimate difficulty raid has been cleared by Neverland, claiming World First cred and the first to receive the coveted Heavens’ Legend in-game title. Comprised of a group of North American and European players, the clear was reported to have occurred at 6:55 a.m. Pacific time the morning of May 2nd. An official review followed with a statement of congratulations from the game’s development team will follow confirmation of the clear.
The long-awaited Ultimate raid was previously delayed from an earlier patch due to ongoing development complications stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity of prioritizing the Endwalker expansion’s release.
The theme of Dragonsong’s Reprise is an alternate telling of the Dragonsong War, a thousand-year conflict that the 2015 expansion Heavensward revolves around. In this “what-if” tale, the Wandering Minstrel supposes how events would unfold differently had players saved a key ally that met their end during said conflict. While the events of this duty are only fiction, it colorfully explores key events and characters, showing them in a new light as the fight progresses from phase to phase.
The synthesis of raid mechanics and storytelling have made a spectacle out of the Ultimate raid’s release, with many spectators tuning in to see yet another new phase transition in what is reportedly a grueling 19-minute encounter with tough DPS checks and surprise battle mechanics.
The raid comes as part of the Patch 6.1 rollout, which initially released on April 12th, and featured a continuation of the main scenario, new alliance raid, a revamped PvP mode, and more. More on that here. Dragonsong’s Reprise released with Patch 6.11 on April 26th, with a clear coming six days after launch.
While the World First clear has fallen, many teams are now racing to claim second and third place.