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Michael Higham

FFXIV section head and editor at Fanbyte, former editor and host at GameSpot. You know the vibes. Salamat sa 'yong suporta.


All the Major Changes Coming to FFXIV A Realm Reborn MSQ in Patch 6.1

In February’s Live Letter, director and producer Naoki Yoshida detailed how Final Fantasy XIV is getting significant changes to the base game A Realm Reborn. This latest Live Letter dug much deeper into that, showing us how the new Duty Support system works and how MSQ dungeons are being revamped.…

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What We Know About FFXIV Patch 6.3, 6.4, and 6.5: New Deep Dungeon, Raids, Trusts, and More

We Final Fantasy XIV players are eagerly awaiting the next major update, and a Live Letter to cover it in-depth is coming soon. Though there are already details on FFXIV Patch 6.1 and even Patch 6.2, the Live Letter from February gave us hints as to what’s to come for the…

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Babylon’s Fall Has the Worst Character Creator, Especially for Black and Brown Folks

Character creation systems often leave much to be desired. When given the opportunity to construct an avatar, we sometimes see them as an extension of ourselves, our people, or the kind of person we want to see succeed in a game’s world. For those of us who seek options that…

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How to Draw Rowlet in 7 Easy Steps

I love Rowlet so much. I don’t remember what life was like before Rowlet. A baby owl. A bird orb. A borb. A round owlet. A Rowlet. Ever since starting Pokemon Legends: Arceus, I think about Rowlet every day. (I really hope we can find one in Pokemon Scarlet and…

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FFXIV Communities are Fundraising for Ukrainians in Need

In times of crisis, we see different communities band together and lend a hand in humanitarian efforts to aid those in need — gaming communities included. In light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine — an act of aggression starting a premeditated war — many Ukrainians are in danger and…

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FFXIV Patch 6.2 Details: Island Sanctuary, New Criterion Dungeons, Heavensward Trusts, and More

The latest Final Fantasy XIV Live Letter laid out a ton of details about the game’s future. This included information on features we can expect throughout the post-Endwalker 6.x patch cycle. We already covered everything we know about FFXIV Patch 6.1, which we’re expecting to launch in April. But here, we’ll lay…

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FFXIV Patch 6.1 Coming in April, New Details on Quests, Hrothgar Hair, Raids, and More

Ah yes, another Final Fantasy XIV Live Letter full of new, juicy information! This latest stream was focused on the broader future of FFXIV, but we learned more about the next major update, Patch 6.1. A separate Live Letter dedicated to 6.1 is scheduled for March 4, and director/producer Naoki…

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Older FFXIV Dungeons Getting Overhauled With Redesigns and Trust System Soon

During a segment from the latest Final Fantasy XIV Live Letter, it was revealed that the upcoming post-Endwalker patches will include major overhauls of older content. Previous dungeons will be reworked for the Trust system, allowing you to use NPC companions in place of real players to form a party. The feature…

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Yoshida Ensured No NFTs in FFXIV, But Isn’t Opposed to the Idea Elsewhere

In the pre-broadcast ahead of the latest Final Fantasy XIV Live Letter stream, director and producer Naoki Yoshida talked about NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and blockchain-based gaming. He assured that FFXIV will not include anything NFT-related, but didn’t outright dismiss the idea of NFTs in gaming. Speaking through Square Enix translator…

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FFXIV Steam Users Will Be Required to Link Square Enix Account, Won’t Be Region Locked

Earlier this month, Square Enix announced that those who play Final Fantasy XIV on PC via Steam will see a prompt to link their Steam and Square Enix accounts starting in early March. There was some vagueness in the announcement as to whether this measure was going to be required…

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FFXIV Will Resume Automatic Housing Demolition Soon

Final Fantasy XIV suspended its automatic demolition policy for inactive estates on December 5 last year, around the time of the launch of Endwalker. Well, it’s going back into effect on March 9 this year at 12:00 a.m. PT. Players who have entered their estate at least once during the…

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Plans for New FFXIV Deep Dungeon Revealed at FanFest 2022 in Korea

During Final Fantasy XIV FanFest 2022 in Korea, director and producer Naoki Yoshida and battle content director Masaki Nakagawa held a Q&A session. There were several questions that led to them giving insight on past battle mechanics and design philosophies that may inform future content. But a significant piece of…

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FFXIV Steam Versions Will Have a Square Enix Account Link Soon

On the official Final Fantasy XIV blog, Square Enix announced that it will implement a process for FFXIV Steam users to link their Steam accounts to their Square Enix account. Starting sometime in early March 2022, those who log into the game via Steam will get a prompt to go…

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Welcome to The Linkshell, Fanbyte’s Dedicated Final Fantasy XIV Site

A linkshell is a means of communication for players across realms in the world of Final Fantasy XIV. In practice, it functions as a simple system of group chat channels. It’s a way to build a sense of community, regardless of server. If you just want to check what’s good…

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Blue Mage Guide: WTF is FFXIV’s Limited Job and Why It’s Worth Trying

In Final Fantasy XIV, you have tanks to take the hits and healers to keep everyone alive. There’s a wild assortment of melee, ranged, and magic DPS Jobs to deal the heavy damage. And if a chill vibe is your thing, you have no shortage of crafters and gatherers to…

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Next FFXIV Live Letter Will Cover the Next 10 Years and Answer Player Questions on Endwalker

Get ready for another FFXIV Live Letter from the Producer. As usual, director and producer Naoki Yoshida will talk about what’s in store for Final Fantasy XIV, but he’ll also reflect on the recently released Endwalker expansion. The upcoming livestream is set for February 18 at 6:00 p.m. PT, and you’ll…

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FFXIV Patch 6.08 Notes Summary and Breakdown, Lots of Job Changes

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.08 notes have been published on The Lodestone, FFXIV‘s official site. Gameplay-wise, the main focus of this update is on adjustments to several Jobs. Most DPS Jobs and a few Tanks (congrats, Paladin mains) get improved damage output in a number of their core actions. Additionally,…

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FFXIV Maintenance Done; Patch 6.08, Oceania Servers, and Game Sales Now Live [UPDATED]

[UPDATE: FFXIV maintenance has finished and the game is back online. This story has been updated to reflect this. You can check out our Patch 6.08 breakdown for more detailed information on the update.] Another scheduled maintenance period for Final Fantasy XIV has passed. This time, it was for the…

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FFXIV Game Sales Resume This Month, Data Center Travel and New Servers Coming Soon

Final Fantasy XIV has truly suffered from success recently. Square Enix literally halted sales due to server congestion from too many people wanting to play the game. The meme’d out free trial that let you play up to level 60 had to be put on hold. And it was near-impossible…

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FFXIV Director Details Future Job Changes, Including DPS Buffs in Patch 6.08

Final Fantasy XIV is constantly evolving from a gameplay perspective, as evident through the several changes to various Jobs in Patch 6.05. This latest update brought a number of adjustments to Ninja, Monk, Dancer, Samurai, and others, and it’s no surprise that more changes are in store for future updates.…

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