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FFXIV Faux Hollows Guide: How It Works & How to Unlock Unreal Trials

Final Fantasy XIV adds to your weekly chore list once again with the return of old Extreme Trials and a match-up board game, Faux Hollows. While the unenthused Sand Fox doesn’t pose much of a challenge himself, his Unreal Trial requirements can be a real pain. However, you can spare…

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The Faux Commander is your NPC host for the Faux Hollows weekly challenge.

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Chasing Catgirl Arby’s in Final Fantasy XIV

With its own host of diners, drive-ins, and deep-sea dives, FFXIV‘s Crystal data center is brimming with eccentric housing ventures. The data center has a long-standing reputation as the place to be for all things roleplaying. It’s hard to imagine what Yoshi-P expected players to cook up when the game launched;…

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Catgirl Arby's FFXIV

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FFXIV Maintenance Schedule and Timer for Patch 6.2 [UPDATED]

UPDATE (8/23/2022): The scheduled FFXIV maintenance period concluded early at 2:20 a.m. PT / 5:20 a.m. ET. Patch 6.2 is now live. Check out our summary of everything you need to know about Patch 6.2 and catch up on all the FFXIV 6.2 Job changes before jumping in. The original…

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FFXIV Housing Lottery NPC Asks You to Please Return Accidental Refund

The darkest days of the FFXIV housing lottery may be behind us, but a new Patch 6.2 NPC comes ready to collect on the system’s mistakes. In this week’s Final Fantasy XIV update, Empyreum’s Housing Lottery Clerk makes their debut with a small favor to ask — if you scored…

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FFXIV Housing Lottery NPC will give you an item in exchange for accidental refund.

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Full FFXIV 6.2 Patch Notes Summary, Everything You Need to Know [UPDATED]

It’s an exciting time for Final Fantasy XIV with the latest update in Patch 6.2, titled “Buried Memory.” Not only does this mean the continuation of the main story with new quests, but it also means tons of new content and improvements for the game. The official FFXIV 6.2 patch notes…

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PSA: FFXIV Lets You Trade EX Trial Totems for Lynx Mounts in Patch 6.2

If you’re sick of farming Extreme Trials for an elusive FFXIV Lynx mount, Patch 6.2 brings some good news. The first and second Extreme Trials of the Endwalker era will have their big glowing cats up for trade in Radz-at-Han following the update — just make sure you hold on…

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The FFXIV Lynx mount will be available via a vendor for token exchange in Radz-at-han.

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Check Out New FFXIV 6.2 Hairstyles, Hrothgar Get Their Ears Back

It’s hard being Hrothgar in Final Fantasy XIV sometimes. Not only have male Viera utterly dominated in popularity, but Hrothgar also can’t wear certain headgear pieces, limiting their glamour options. On top of that, the lion boys have fewer standard cosmetic options compared to other races. These issues came to…

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FFXIV Patch 6.2 Hrothgar Hairstyles

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How to Exchange Tomestones of Aphorism in FFXIV Patch 6.2

We have come around to that time again, when old Allagan Tomestones pass by the wayside. We all fondly remember Tomestones of Creation, Tomestones of Lore, and Tomestones of Phantasmagoria, eh? Those were good times and great memories. With Patch 6.2 on the horizon for Final Fantasy XIV, we say…

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FFXIV Tomestone Exchange Aphorism to Astronomy

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FFXIV Frees More Gear From the Gender Lock

Look, Patch 6.2 for Final Fantasy XIV is filled to the brim with new stuff. We have a new wing of the Pandaemonium raid! We have Island Sanctuary! We have new story quests, a new MSQ dungeon, a new unknown Trial, and a new Unreal Trial!  That said, glamour is…

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FFXIV Far Eastern Officer's Uniform

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The Rising 2022 FFXIV Event Features Emet-Selch Minion OMG

Every year, the Wandering Minstrel breaks from his daily duty of telling exaggerated tales of our primal-defying achievements. As a stand-in for director and producer Naoki Yoshida, this NPC comes around for The Rising, which celebrates Final Fantasy XIV with a little seasonal event that includes quests and rewards. He’s back…

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How to Unlock Island Sanctuary in FFXIV Patch 6.2

One of the most anticipated additions to Final Fantasy XIV with Patch 6.2 hasn’t necessarily been the new raid dungeons, new gear, or continuation of the main scenario. Instead, all eyes have turned toward Island Sanctuary. This new flavor of content won’t alleviate the housing crisis as some hoped, but…

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FFXIV Island Sanctuary Friends

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How to Unlock Abyssos Raids (Normal and Savage) in FFXIV Patch 6.2

After some research and consideration, it’s time to head into the next level of Pandaemonium, dubbed Abyssos, the latest eight-player raids in Final Fantasy XIV. At the end of Asphodelos, a barrier blocked our path forward into the depths of forgotten ancient monstrosities. That meant there was nothing to do…

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FFXIV Pandaemonium Abyssos Poison Boss

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The FFXIV Healer’s Kiss of Death, and Other Creative Player-Made Twists

In many modern games, achievements are like veins. They’re vital for circulation of blood, ideas, and life in a game’s body. Official achievements can range from finishing main storyline quests, earning impressive combat stats, or even “making mistakes,” so to speak. When I forgot to equip my characters with cards…

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FFXIV WHM BiS doesn't mean you have to clear Savage raids.

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Preview of New FFXIV 6.2 Mounts, Minions, and Emotes

I’ve written an unfathomable amount of stories about Patch 6.2 for Final Fantasy XIV. Coverage almost feels like my life’s work at this point. And it certainly will be when Patch 6.2 goes live on August 23. But in the lead-up to the release date, we have another batch of…

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FFXIV Starts Countdown to 9th Anniversary Celebrations (for A Realm Reborn)

There’s nothing better than a proper birthday celebration. Final Fantasy XIV is on the road to celebrating its 9th anniversary. Now, this is not the anniversary of the original release of the MMO, which happened on September 30, 2010. Instead, we’re talking about the release of A Realm Reborn, which…

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FFXIV 9th Anniversary Art Yshtola

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Yoshida Says Final Fantasy Struggles to Adapt and Must Diversify

Final Fantasy XIV is the big game on campus at Square Enix, being so consistently successful that it softens the impact of lower sales elsewhere in the company. That success is attributed to the entire FFXIV team, a mass collective of developers who put out one of the best Final…

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FFXIV and FFXVI

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FFXIV is the GOAT for Streaming Farm Animals to Promote Island Sanctuary

Island Sanctuary is one of the most-anticipated pieces of new content coming to Final Fantasy XIV. After what feels like ages of hearing about it and getting new information through teasers, it’s finally going to be in our hands on August 23 when FFXIV Patch 6.2 goes live. Director and…

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FFXIV Community Wonders If Mysterious Reaper is Another Warrior of Light

Today during the Live Letter from the Producer, the Final Fantasy XIV team showed off a new trailer for the upcoming Patch 6.2. In addition to new looks at the Island Sanctuary and the new Variant dungeons, the trailer also highlights ongoing storylines in the main scenario.  Players who have…

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FFXIV Patch 6.2 Reaper and Comet

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FFXIV Launcher Error: Steam Version Temporarily Down For Some Players

If you’re a North American player, an FFXIV launcher error may greet you this morning when trying to log in. While there’s no official word on what’s behind the connection difficulties, it looks like the “technical issue” error is limited to folks using the Steam version of Final Fantasy XIV.…

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Become What You Must With FFXIV Merch, Like This Jacket & Elpis Flower

Even if you missed the Final Fantasy XIV 6.2 Live Letter announcements, there still may be time to score the new FFXIV merch. On Friday, director and producer Naoki Yoshida revealed the MMO’s collaboration with Insert Coin for a new Endwalker look, along with other things I don’t need (but…

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FFXIV merch includes a PLD jacket from Insert Coin and a new Elpis Flower light up glowstick.

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FFXIV Patch 6.2 Adds More FFIV Nostalgia With Estinien’s Kain Quote

FFXIV Patch 6.2 keeps the FFIV references coming, and the trailer for the next arc isn’t even subtle with it. This latest look at Final Fantasy XIV’s Buried Memory update gave us plenty of throwbacks to the classic RPG, including a wink-and-a-nod reference to known troublemaker Kain Highwind. While we’ve…

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FFXIV 6.2 FFIV references continue as Estinien quotes the RPG's dragoon, Kain Highwind.

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FFXIV Live Letter Summary, Patch 6.2 (Part 2) Breakdown

Patch 6.2 for Final Fantasy XIV is massive. That much we’ve known for a while, but this latest FFXIV Live Letter from the Producer put it into perspective. We got to see got to see some of the upcoming content in action, including the brand-new Island Sanctuary and Variant/Criterion dungeons,…

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FFXIV Variant and Criterion Dungeon Gameplay Preview (Patch 6.2 Live Letter)

Final Fantasy XIV is always diversifying content to give players at all level new things to do in-game. In the last Live Letter from the Producer, FFXIV creative director Naoki Yoshida detailed the new Variant and Criterion dungeons, which seek to give casual and hardcore players new types of dungeons to…

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FFXIV Patch 6.2 Criterion Dungeon

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