Final Fantasy XI's September update continues Voracious Resurgence, addresses Sortie congestion

Producer Akihiko Matsui and director Yoji Fujito walk us through Final Fantasy XI‘s September 2022 version update details, including updates for Ambuscade content, adjustments for Sortie congestion, and the next part of The Voracious Resurgence scenario. The update is available today.

In Ambuscade, this month’s Volume One features Dullahan while Volume Two features Hydra. For these returning encounters, the Dullahan now gains damage resistance to consecutive hits from Blood Pact abilities during its Blood Weapon effect. On the other hand, the team has eased the requirements for the minion to use recovery abilities when enfeebled – the key to victory seems like it will be to cleverly manipulate the minion’s behavior.

For Hydra, the boss’s HP has been slightly reduced, and in Normal and below, its heads will regenerate slower than before. The encounter should feel more manageable in Normal difficulty.

In September’s The Voracious Resurgence update, the second half of Part 9 will be released, and will continue from where the story left off in Adoulin. You’ll be able to visit a certain location which will be centric to the story.

As for Records of Eminence objectives after completing Part 9, they’re scheduled to be completed next month. Additionally, the first stage of Prime weapons can be obtained by progressing this month’s story. Obtaining them will require gallimaufry, which is earned by participating in Sortie. You’ll need a Prime weapon for later in the story, so be sure to get one.

The development team is overjoyed to see the participation rates in the new Sortie content, however, congestion has resulted in long queues so the team will be introducing countermeasures in this version update.

First, you’ll no longer be automatically admitted into Sortie and will need to enter manually. In a party, the entrance grace period will be extended if at least one member gets in but we still ask that you enter in a timely matter to help reduce congestion. This change is to prevent AFK players from queueing in and clogging up the Sortie areas.

The team is also providing compensation for the recent issue where Ra’Kaznar sapphires and gallimaufry were last. Adventurers who meet the requirements may claim a one-time compensation until the October version update. The team apologizes for the inconvenience related to congestion and will be monitoring developments.

Regarding battle-related updates, the amount of Exemplar Points earned from defeating Locus monsters has been increased. We’ve also added new Locus monsters in King Ranperre’s Tomb. These will be aggressive monsters, so the team warns players to be careful and not get too carried away.

As for Crawler’s Nest [S], they’re aware of how a single party can monopolize most of the monsters and prevent others from using it as a camp. As such, monster spawn locations in the so-called “donut area” have been adjusted. It’ll now be an area with a mix of both Apex and Locus monsters.

Miscellaneous updates include:

  • Moogle Storage Slip 29 has been added for item level 119 Empyrean gear +2, which is made in Sortie.
  • The Blazing Buffaloes event will be held this month; the event will bring the new Vaquero Hat and a recipe for Gyudon. You’ll need to chat with other adventurers to figure out the materials needed for the recipe.

Check out the update notes below.


  • A new entry has been added to The Voracious Resurgence.
    • To accept the quest, interact with the Glowing Hearth in Eastern Adoulin (H-6) after having completed the quest Phantasmic Heroes
  • A new area has been added — The Silver Knife
  • Records of Eminence has undergone the following additions and adjustments.
    • The monthly Records of Eminence objectives have been swapped out.
  • A new designation has been added.


  • 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.
  • Intense Amubscades have undergone the following adjustments.
    • The Bozzetto Retributionist now resists multiple hits from Blood Pacts while Blood Weapon is active.
    • The number of status ailments required for the Bozzetto Charger to activate Grace of Hera have been reduced per difficulty level as given below.
      • Very Difficult: From 5 to 3.
      • Difficult: From 4 to 2.
      • Normal: From 3 to 2.
      • Easy: From 2 to 1.
  • Normal Ambuscades have undergone the following adjustments.
    • Alluttu’s HP has been decreased by approximately 10%.
    • On normal difficulty or lower, the time it takes for Alluttu’s heads to respawn has been adjusted as follows.
      • From one head to two heads: Increased from 30s to 45s.
      • From two heads to three heads: Increased from 60s to 90s.
    • 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 King Ranperre’s Tomb.
  • Monster spawn locations have been adjusted in the following areas.
    • Crawler’s Nest [S] / King Ranperre’s Tomb
  • Individual training pages 6-8 of the Grounds Tome in King Ranperre’s Tomb have been removed.
    * In line with this adjustment, players currently undertaking individual training pages 6-8 will be unable to progress. These objectives can be canceled by changing areas.
  • The amount of exemplar points and capacity points earned from Locus monsters in the following areas have been increased.
    Crawler’s Nest [S] / Bhaflau Thickets / King Ranperre’s Tomb


  • New items have been added.
  • New synthesis recipes have been added.
  • A new synergy recipe has been added.
    • Denim Pants +1
      • Required Rank: Amateur
      • Required Synthesis Skill: —
      • Materials: Denim Pants, Denim Pants
  • A new storage slip has been added.
    • Storage Slip 29 — This storage slip can store item level 119+2 Empyrean equipment.
  • The following items are storable via the Porter Moogle.
    • Storage Slip 22 — Morbol Apron / Denim Pants / Denim Pants +1


  • As compensation for the issue wherein players would lose Ra’Kaznar sapphires and gallimaufry, eligible players will be compensation with one Ra’Kaznar sapphire and 10,000 gallimaufry. Characters who meet the following eligibility requirements may claim compensation one time only by speaking with the relevant NPC.
    • Requirements
      • 45 days or more have passed since characters creation
      • Be in possession of a Ruspix’s plate prior to the September 2022 version update maintenance.
      • Have less than 90,000 gallimaufry
        * Players will be unable to claim their compensation of doing so would cause them to exceed the gallimaufry cap. Players who would reach the cap are advised to first spend some gallimaufry before attempting to receive their compensation.
        * Players are also unable to claim compensation if their inventory is full. Make sure you have free space in your inventory before speaking to the NPC.
    • Applicable NPC — Ruspix in Leafallia (H-8).
    • Compensation Period — Until the start of the October 2022 Version Update maintenance
  • The following adjustments have been made to Sortie in order to alleviate congestion.
    • The ability to automatically teleport, selectable upon application for entry, has been disabled.
      * Players who have enabled this feature before the version update will have it automatically disabled.
    • The dialog option to toggle the auto-teleport function has similarly been disabled
    • The method for sorting players into Sortie areas has been adjusted.

Resolved Issues

  • The issue wherein examining the diaphanous transposer in Kamihr Drifts (F-6) and casting a spell on oneself right before entering Sortie would cause players to be unable to move normally.
  • The issue with Sortie wherein certain notorious monster graphics were incorrect.
  • The issue wherein the graphics for the following items were incorrect.
    • Amini Gapette +2
    • Amini Caban +2
    • Amini Glovelettes +2
    • Amini Bragues +2
    • Amini Bottillons +2
    • Fili Calot +2
    • Fili Hongreline +2
    • Fili Manchettes +2
    • Fili Rhingrave +2
    • Fili Cothurnes +2
  • The issue wherein the conditions under which the Bozzetto Retributionist would use certain special abilities was incorrect.
  • The issue with the battlefield ★The Wyrm God wherein temporary items would be lost under certain circumstances.
  • The issue wherein the Morbol Apron would not permit players to equip headgear.
  • The issue wherein certain graphics would fail to display properly in Bastok Markets, Bastok Mines, and the Metalworks.
  • Various issues with incorrect text.

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