Where to unlock new content and features in Final Fantasy XIV 6.5

The fifth major patch to follow Final Fantasy XIV‘s Endwalker expansion update goes live Tuesday, October 3rd. Patch 6.5 features new content and features that we’ve summarized below — including where to unlock them.

The main scenario will be divided into two parts, as is customary with the final update series for an expansion. Part one will be available in Patch 6.5, while part two will arrive with Patch 6.55 in mid-January 2024. This patch concludes the current scenario and builds up towards the Dawntrail expansion, which is set to release next Summer. The finale of the alliance raid Myths of the Realm will also release with Patch 6.5.

Below the unlock guide, check out our media section and features summary.

While you’re here, we’ve got further details from the latest Letter from the Producer Live broadcast that goes over some of the newest additions including gameplay footage and what’s to come in the Patch 6.5x series.

Unlock Guide

Content:Quest Name:NPC/Method:Quest/Role Requirements:
Main Scenario Quest
Growing Light — Part 1
Seeking the LightVarshahn
X:4.4, Y:9.8
• MSQ The Dark Throne [6.4]
• Disciple of War or Magic Level 90
Expert Dungeon
The Lunar Subterrane
n/aDuty Finder• MSQ Growing Light [6.5]
• Disciple of War or Magic Level 90
• Item Level 620+, Trust/Duty Support Compatible
The Abyssal Fracture
n/aDuty Finder• MSQ Growing Light [6.5]
• Disciple of War or Magic Level 90
• Item Level 625+
Extreme Trial
The Abyssal Fracture (Extreme)
n/aWandering Minstrel
Old Sharlayan
X: 12.7, Y: 14.2
• MSQ Growing Light [6.5]
• DUTY The Abyssal Fracture
• Disciple of War or Magic Level 90
• Item Level 640+
Alliance Raid
Myths of the Realm:
The Heart of the MythDeryk
Mor Dhona
X: 23.9, Y: 9.1
• SSQ The Secret of the Twelve [6.3]
• Disciple of War or Magic Level 90
• Item Level 625+
Unreal Trial
The Singularity Reactor (Unreal)
n/aRaid Finder• SQ Fantastic Mr. Faux [5.3]
• Disciple of War or Magic Level 90
• Item Level 560+/Item Level Sync 565
Custom Deliveries
A Request of One’s OwnTheopauldin
Old Sharlayan
X: 13.8, Y: 15.0
• Disciple of War or Magic Level 80
• MSQ Going Haam [6.4]
• SQ Go West, Craftsman [3.0]
Island Sanctuary
Felicitous Favors
n/aFelicitous Furball
Unnamed Island
• “A certain level of [island sanctuary] progress.”
Island Sanctuary QuestThe Sweetest ThingThe Curious Courier
Unnamed Island
X: 12.4, Y: 28.7
• ISQ An Ideal Marriage [6.4]
• “A certain level of [island sanctuary] progress.”
Endwalker Trial MountWings of HopeSingingway
Old Sharlayan
X: 11.5, Y: 10.3
Required Mounts:
• Lynx of Eternal Darkness [6.0 Extreme Trial]
• Lynx of Divine Light [6.0 Extreme Trial]
• Bluefeather Lynx [6.1 Extreme Trial]
• Lynx of Imperious Wind [6.2 Extreme Trial]
• Lynx of Righteous Fire [6.3 Extreme Trial]
• Lynx of Fallen Shadow [6.4 Extreme Trial]
• Lynx of Abyssal Grief [6.5 Extreme Trial]
Patch 6.51 — Late October 2023*: Variant Dungeon, Criterion Dungeon, Criterion Dungeon (Savage), Splendorous Tools
Patch 6.55 — Mid-January, 2024: Main Scenario Quest Part 2, Manderville Weapon Enhancement, Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures, Tataru’s Grand Endeavor, Endwalker Tribal Alliance Quests, Island Sanctuary Quest
Patch 6.5X: Fall Guys Collaboration, Xbox Series S|X Client Open Beta
*Updated 10/2/2023


Trailer: Growing Light


Main Scenario Quest:

Growing Light

Part 1: 6.5

Part 2: 6.55

“The Warrior of Light’s victory over Golbez proved hollow, for it did nothing to stop the awakening of Zeromus. Its strength was beyond reckoning, clad in Darkness nigh-impenetrable. Indeed, naught save resplendent Light could pierce such a tenebrous veil, and so the Warrior of Light seeks aid from their allies in the First.”

Alliance Raid:

Myths of the Realm:


“It was out of their undying love for mankind that the Twelve constructed the monument at the heart of the Omphalos, that they might never lose sight of their purpose. To answer that love, you must sally forth into their sanctum one last time to grant them their heart’s desire…”

Crystalline Conflict:

The Red Sands

Patch 6.51

“Stand ready to spill foes’ blood atop the Red Sands, but ware the threats that lurk below the scorching surface! Will you find glory in the heat of battle, or death beneath the desert sun?”



Grand Endeavor

Patch 6.55

“As Tataru Taru’s Boutique enjoys unprecedented profits thanks to your realm-wide deliveries, Mehdjina steps forward with her own idea for the company’s next endeavor…”



Splendorous Tools

Patch 6.51

“As the Boutique’s splendorous tools pave a brilliant road for Norvrandt’s trades to tread, Grenoldt and Chora-Zoi are keen to continue their pursuit of perfection. Yet the past weighs heavy on Grenoldt’s mind, and he means to present Mowen with one final proposal before their project is complete.”

Gold Saucer:

‘Fall Guys


Patch 6.5x

“The Fall Guys collaboration brings party royale-style excitement to the Gold Saucer. Harness your inner Bean to triumph over obstacles and rise above the rest!”

Expert Dungeon:

The Lunar Subterrane

“Long has Golbez guarded the location of his domain, a solemn sanctuary wherein he conspired to break the barrier between worlds. It is there, within the recesses of the Thirteenth’s moon, Zeromus bides its time, gathering the strength that will see Golbez’s plan to fruition. But what else could he be guarding in this subterranean labyrinth? What secrets might be laid bare by those willing to brave its abyssal depths?”

Unreal Trial:

The Singularity Reactor

“In the hopes of sating the faux commander’s appetite for harrowing tales of valor, you dig deep within your memory to recall your battle against the primal King Thordan and the sworn brothers of the Heavens’ Ward. Their visage in your mind’s eye is frightfully clear, and so you steel yourself to once more endure their righteous fury.”

Variant Dungeon:

Aloalo Island

Patch 6.51

“In a forgotten corner of the south seas lies Aloalo Island, its lush flora and myriad fauna grown ever more bounteous in the years since it was last inhabited by man. This picturesque beauty, however, hides a doom all its own…”


Somehow Further

Hildibrand Adventures

Patch 6.55

“Despite the stunning revelation that Godbrand, the founding lord of House Manderville, was of alien origin, it is business as usual for Inspector Hildibrand and his band of inquisitive misfits. They barrel ahead in their efforts to crack the case of PuPu’s missing companion, bringing them into conflict with the most meddlesome nemesis they have encountered to date…”

Tribal Quests:

Endwalker Tribal

Alliance Quests

Patch 6.55

“The Last Dregs has helped patrons’ happiness grow beyond what the laws of physics were once thought to allow, but could they be even happier? This is what Jammingway aims to find out, calling upon their comrade-in-apron’s network of allies to host the greatest event that the end of the universe has ever seen!”

Xbox Client:

Xbox Series X|S

Open Beta

Patch 6.5x

“FINAL FANTASY XIV is coming to Xbox in Spring 2024, and to prepare for its debut, we’ll be holding an open beta test during the Patch 6.5x cycle. Enjoy faster loading times on both consoles, and crystal-clear 4K resolution on the Xbox Series X!”


The Abyssal Fracture

“The dread voidsent Zeromus, driven by Azdaja’s longing to return home, is now poised to break the barrier between worlds. And so the Warrior of Light stands fast against the Darkness, a flickering beacon of hope. But should they fail, the Thirteenth’s deliverance will prove the Source’s destruction.”


Duty Support:

“The Duty Support system has been expanded to include three additional dungeons from Stormblood. With NPC companions now available in main scenario dungeons all the way through Endwalker, this is the perfect time to begin your adventure in Eorzea!”

The duties newly added to the Duty Support system are as follows: the Drowned City of Skalla, the Burn, and the Ghimlyt Dark.

Criterion Dungeon:

Another Aloalo Island

Another Aloalo Island (Savage)

Patch 6.51

“The criterion dungeon Another Aloalo Island provides an even greater challenge for a party of four. Gather your strongest allies to restore harmony to the isle’s shores!”



Manderville Weapons

Patch 6.55

“The successful application of extraterrestrial smithing techniques has brought the Manderville weaponry to new heights of excellence. Poised on the precipice of perfection, could the entire endeavor yet be undone by the threat of mundane managerial woes?”

Custom Deliveries:


“From the industrious enclave of Sharlayan Hamlet lifts a cry of anguish─working hours are too long, deadlines are too short, and, perhaps worst of all, the chairs are murder to sit on. Margrat may be only one of Labyrinthos’s many denizens, but her distress echoes a greater discontentment within Sharlayan’s foremost research community. Is there any hope for Margrat and her peers? Or will the voices of those who labor for love remain unheard?”

Island Sanctuary


“The time has come to bring your sanctuary by the sea to its idyllic culmination! With a new area to explore, more items to collect, animals to capture, and the felicitous furball’s mysterious favors to complete, there’s plenty to keep an islekeep busy!”

Free Trial &

Starter Edition


“Did you know the critically acclaimed MMORPG FINAL FANTASY XIV’s starter edition and free trial now include the entirety of A Realm Reborn, the award-winning Heavensward, and its second major expansion Stormblood? A grand adventure awaits, now up to level 70!”

New items, etc.:

New Gear (Thaleia)

New Gear (Crafting)

New Viera Hairstyle

New Hrothgar Hairstyle

Job Adjustments

PALADIN (Gladiator)
• Potency has been increased from 120 to 140.
• Potency has been increased from 300 to 320.
• Potency has been increased from 400 to 420.
• Requiescat potency has been increased from 900 to 920.
• Potency has been increased from 200 to 220.
• Requiescat potency has been increased from 700 to 720.
• Potency has been increased from 300 to 320.
• Requiescat potency has been increased from 800 to 820.
• Potency has been increased from 400 to 420.
• Requiescat potency has been increased from 900 to 920.

• Potency has been increased from 500 to 520.
• Potency has been increased from 220 to 240.

• Potency has been increased from 230 to 240.
• Potency has been increased from 300 to 320.

• Potency has been increased from 330 to 340.
• Potency has been increased from 330 to 340.
• Potency has been increased from 360 to 380.
• Potency has been increased from 310 to 320.
• Potency has been increased from 580 to 600.
• Potency has been increased from 580 to 600.
• Potency has been increased from 330 to 340.


• Character portraits have been implemented for battle dialogue during main scenario instanced quest battles starting from the first quest of Patch 2.0 through the quest “The Company You Keep.”
• Upon completing Myths of the Realm scenario, the chapter will be unlocked in New Game+.
• Upon completing the side story quest The Legacy of Louisoix Leveilleur, the chapter will be unlocked in New Game+.
• New items are available from certain gemstone traders.
Treasure Hunt
• Rewards for Kumbhiraskin Treasure Maps and Ophiotauroskin Treasure Maps have been adjusted.
• Rewards for the Excitatron 6000 and the Shifting Gymnasion Agonon have been adjusted.
Grand and Free Companies
• New Charge symbol options have been added to Company Crests.
• New areas and items have been added to subaquatic voyages. The maximum submersible rank has been increased to 115.
• New furnishings have been added.
• Furnishings from the FFXIV Furnishing Design Contest have been added.
• New orchestrion rolls, aquarium fish, seed for flowerpots have been added.
The Manderville Gold Saucer
• New Triple Triad cards and NPC opponents have been added.
Island Sanctuary
• The felicitous furball will now offer “felicitous favors” in which players will be tasked with shipping certain handicrafts.
• The maximum sanctuary rank has been raised from 16 to 20.
• New visions have been added.
• New items have been added that are offered by the horrendous hoarder NPC in exchange for islander’s and seafarer’s cowries.
• A new gathering area has been added to the wilds. The area can be unlocked by enhancing your island sanctuary.
• Landmarks can now be rotated in 90/180 degree increments.
• New gathering points, gathering materials, structures, crafting recipes, produce, animals, materials, isleworks handicrafts, have been added.
• Workshop agendas can now be copied in the Isleworks Agenda interface.
• New hairstyles for viera & hrothgar have been added. New emotes have been added.
• Players will no longer be able to accept a new Wondrous Tails journal until they have accepted rewards from their previously completed one. In the event players have not unlocked certain duties, the available objectives will change. Prizes available in exchange for Khloe’s Gold, Silver, and Bronze Certificates of Commendation have been adjusted.
Faux Hollows has new rewards available for completing Unreal Trials.
Omega M/F items can now be equipped regardless of gender.
• Certain items can now be sold, desynthesized, or submitted for expert delivery missions.
• Crafted item level 640 equipment can now be exchanged for upgraded item level 650 equipment at Rashti, Radz-at-Han (X:10.8 Y:9.9)
• Flying text will now be displayed for items and item quantities obtained via materia extraction, aetherial reduction, and desynthesis.
The level cap for desynthesis has been increased from 640 to 650.
Armoire & Glamour Dresser
• Items purchased from the Online Store can now be stored in the armoire.
• When accessing the glamour dresser, items can now be displayed by category.
Crafting Log
• Custom delivery recipes will now be unlocked upon completion of the applicable quests, rather than at set levels.
• The custom delivery recipe list order has been adjusted. The recipe search feature will now display up to 100 results at a time.
• The Custom Deliveries section of the crafting log will no longer display if custom deliveries have not been unlocked.
• New items have been added to gathering points. New collectable bonuses have been added to certain legendary nodes. A node’s location effect will now be displayed when gathering collectables.
• You may now aetherially reduce the same type of item one after another, automatically. The order of items in the aetherial reduction window has been adjusted.
• New fishing holes have been added. New teeming waters have been added.
• Newly caught fish will now be marked in the Fish Guide. You may now access the Fish Guide directly from the chat log when catching a new species of fish.

• The drop rate for the Lynx of Righteous Fire Flute has been increased. They can also be purchased in exchange for totems from Nesvaaz in Radz-at-Han (X:10.6 Y:10.0).
• The drop rate for the Lynx of Fallen Shadow Flute has been increased.
• The weekly restriction on rewards in Pandæmonium: Anabaseios has been removed.
• The number of Unsung Blades of Anabaseios required to exchange for a Hermetic Tomestone has been reduced from 7 to 4.
• Players will no longer be rewarded Cracked Anthoclusters upon completing Euphrosyne.
• Alliance raid rewards have been made to take into account their difficulty and time required to clear the duty. Experience points received upon defeating bosses has been increased. Bonus experience points received from Duty Roulette: Alliance Raids has been increased. The number and types of Allagan tomestones received have been adjusted.
• The items required to enhance equipment purchased with Allagan tomestones of comedy, Divine Twine and Divine Shine, can be purchased from vendors. After acquiring the items to enhance your equipment from J’lakshai, Wilmetta, or Nesvaaz, speak with Khaldeen in Radz-at-Han (X:10.9 Y:10.4) and exchange them for augmented gear of your choice.
Raid Finder
• The following duties have been added to the Raid Finder: The Abyssal Fracture (Extreme), The Singularity Reactor (Unreal).
• The duty the Voidcast Dais (Extreme) has been moved from the Raid Finder to the Duty Finder.
• Players will now receive the power of the Echo in the event all party members are incapacitated during the following trials: The Voidcast Dais, The Voidcast Dais (Extreme).
• The strength of the Echo granted in Pandæmonium: Abyssos (Savage) has been increased.
• The Aetherfont and The Lunar Subterrane will be in Duty Roulette: Expert.
• Lapis Manalis will be in Duty Roulette: Level 90 Dungeons. The required average item level to register has been increased from 575 to 590.
• The Abyssal Fracture has been added to Duty Roulette: Trials.
• Item level restrictions based on class or job level at the time of duty registration will now be applied for Duty Roulette: Alliance Raids.
• The Lunar Subterrane, The Abyssal Fracture, and Thaleia have been added to Duty Roulette: Mentor. The required average item level to register for Duty Roulette: Mentor has been increased from 615 to 625.
• A notification message will now appear upon opening the PvP Profile window if there are unclaimed Crystalline Conflict seasonal rewards.
• PvP help is now accessible from the “?” button in the PvP Profile window.
• Series 4 will end and Series 5 will begin. Series 5 will be held from Patch 6.5 to the release of 7.0, during which time you can earn Series EXP and increase your Series level by participating in any PvP duty. Increasing your Series level will unlock various Series rewards.
PvPCrystalline Conflict
• A circle will now appear on the field indicating the point which the losing team must reach with the tactical crystal in order to take the lead.
• The background of the leading team’s gauge will now flash. The font color in which checkpoint clear progress is displayed has been adjusted. A line indicating the point the losing team must reach in order to take the lead has been added.
• The remaining time that the losing team must be kept out of the tactical crystal’s ring for the match to end will now be displayed during overtime.
• Settings can now be adjusted to always display the affiliated team’s progress on the left side of the Progress Gauge.
• Settings can now be adjusted to always display the affiliated team’s base on the left side of the map.
• Settings can now be adjusted to display a timer counting down to the end of the match.
Miscellaneous (Battle System)
• Miscellaneous adjustments to action descriptions have been made.
• Item level sync has been set to IL 570 in the duty “The Final Day.”
• The Abyssal Fracture (Extreme) has been added to the list of challenges in Stone, Sky, Sea.
• Adjustments have been made to the following instanced dungeons: The Drowned City of Skalla, The Burn, and The Ghimlyt Dark.
• Duty Support has been added for The Drowned City of Skalla, The Burn, and The Ghimlyt Dark.

Server Congestion
• Multiple field instances for Amh Araeng, the Rak’tika Greatwood, and Radz-at-Han will be temporarily implemented to avoid server congestion.
• New items can now be obtained from quick exploration ventures. New retainer exploration ventures have been added. New fish can now be obtained from the Waterside Exploration XXVIII venture.
• New achievements and titles have been added.
• Certain duties and trials will now count toward the completion of achievements. Following the release of Patch 6.5, Containment Bay Z1T9 (Unreal) will no longer be counted.
• Items added in the most recent patch can now be viewed by checking the “Show only recently added items” box.
• Items that can only be obtained after fulfilling certain conditions will now be marked at shops.
• Class and job icons will now display in the pulldown menu when searching for items by class or job.
• If you do not have enough currency to purchase an item, the item will now be grayed out.
• Players can now toggle the display of job or class icons in public areas and instances separately. Icons can be set to display on yourself, your party and alliance members, or other players separately.
• You may now disable the edit mode command when using the cross hotbar.
• The maximum number of elements displayed in the HUD Layout dropdown menu has been increased from 5 to 10.
Group Pose
• New stickers and frames have been added.
Adventurer Plates & Portraits
• New accents have been added. New poses have been added. Categorized filters for plate elements have been added.
• A new gamepad type has been added under Gamepad Settings in the System Configuration menu (Windows/Mac). This gamepad type corresponds to Xbox Series X|S controls. Settings will take effect upon logging back in.
Free Trial
• Players with only FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn registered to their account will have the registration of FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood applied to their account automatically.
• The level cap has been raised to 70. Players will now have access to the expansion data of Stormblood. Ultimate raids are not included in the free trial.
Miscellaneous (System):
• The following actions can no longer be performed while in battle: Desynthesis, Aetherial Reduction, Materia Melding, Materia Retrieval, Dyeing, Glamours.
• A confirmation prompt will now display if the gil reward for gear repair or materia melding will cause a player to exceed the maximum gil limit.
• Teleport fees from the Thirteenth’s moon have been adjusted.
• Teleport destination tabs can now be sorted by region or by expansion.
• The Duty Recorder has been updated to be compatible with the following duties: The Mothercrystal, Euphrosyne, Anabaseios: The Twelfth Circle (Savage)
• The animation of gauges that fill when holding down a button (such as when returning to the starting point of a duty) has been adjusted.
• Estimated travel time will now be displayed when traveling between data centers. To prioritize Home World logins, players may now be restricted from logging in with characters visiting other Worlds during periods of server congestion.
• New trophies have been added. (PlayStation 5)
• Windows/Mac: The old launcher will no longer be available for use. From Patch 6.5 onwards, the new launcher will automatically replace the old launcher.
• In preparation for the Cloud Data Center stress test, the Cloud Data Center will be added to the Data Center Selection screen. Access will be available only during the testing period.

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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.