Final Fantasy XIV Patch 4.5

With today's release of patch 4.5 for Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, players are now at the end of the road for Stormblood's storyline. This patch effectively marks the "beginning of the end" in the lead up to the next expansion, Shadowbringers.

Today's patch, entitled A Requiem for Heroes, brings about a bunch of new content for players of all skill sets. It adds in the third and final chapter in the Return to Ivalice Alliance Raid series, adds new main scenario quests, adds more challenging trials, and more.

  • New Main Scenario Quests – The first half of the thrilling climax to the Stormblood storyline, helping to set the stage for the upcoming expansion, Shadowbringers.
  • Return to Ivalice 24-Man Alliance Raid – The conclusion of this raid series will send players to Orbonne Monastery, and feature content from guest creators Yasumi Matsuno (FINAL FANTASY XII / FINAL FANTASY Tactics) and Keita Amemiya, creator of the GARO television and film series.
  • New Trial – Confront Seiryu in both normal and extreme difficulties in the last chapter of the Four Lords’ quest line.
  • New Instanced Dungeon – The Ghimlyt Dark
  • New Custom Deliveries – Crafter and Gatherer-focused questlines
  • Gold Saucer Update – New GATE, Air Force One; New Content, Doman Mahjong
  • New Minions, Hairstyles, Emotes, and Mounts
Next week will introduce the Blue Mage job to the game.

The highly anticipated Blue Mage job will debut a week following the release of Patch 4.5 on January 15. As the first “Limited Job” in FINAL FANTASY XIV Online, the Blue Mage will provide a unique solo gameplay experience, learning all of its abilities through fighting monsters. The Blue Mage will be available to all players that have a level 50 Disciple of War or Magic class/job and who have completed the main scenario for A Realm Reborn®.

Additionally, a subsequent updates are planned for the Patch 4.5 series, which will introduce additional features and content for all players.
  • Patch 4.55 – Eureka, Hydatos Expedition; New Entry in the Large-scale PvP Rival Wings – The Hidden Gorge
  • Patch 4.56 – Even Further Hildibrand Adventures; Stormblood Beast Tribe Quests
  • Data Center Expansion for North America and Europe; New World Visit System
The second part of patch 4.5 comes around in March. That will effectively be the end of the end for Stormblood. As it stands, the Shadowbringers expansion will be released early in Summer 2019.

As always, be sure to check out our previous coverage of Final Fantasy XIV.