Neverland claims World First title with fastest clear of Dragonsong's Reprise ultimate raid

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.

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