The first of a two-part conclusion to the current story.
Screenshot from Final Fantasy 14 showing a character with floating flowers and lights around them.

Square Enix released Patch 6.5 "Growing Light" today for Final Fantasy 14 Online. This update continues the main scenario quests in what is the first of a two-part conclusion to the story that has been told throughout the Endwalker patch series.

This update includes new challenges such as the third installment of the Myths of the Realm alliance raid series: Thaleia, the Lunar Subterrane dungeon, the Abyssal Fracture trial, and the Singularity Reactor (Unreal) trial. I hope these words have meaning to you because I have no idea.

Patch 6.5 also expands on the Duty Support system. This means it's now possible to play all main scenario dungeons in A Realm Reborn through Endwalker on your own with NPC companions. No longer will you need to rely on human companions to work your way through the main story of Final Fantasy 14.

Additional highlights from Patch 6.5 can be found below along with a new trailer for this update. There is also word about some of the additional updates coming in Patch 6.51 and Patch 6.55.

Also, Square Enix notes that the open beta for the Xbox Series X|S version of Final Fantasy 14 Online will begin during the Patch 6.5x series. That should be coming up somewhat soon, with the full launch slated for spring 2024.

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Details on Patch 6.5 can be found below:
  • New Main Scenario Quests (Part 1) – The next chapter in the story of the Warrior of Light.
  • New Dungeon – New challenges await in the Lunar Subterrane.
  • New Trial: The Abyssal Fracture – A challenging new battle against Zeromus awaits in both Normal and Extreme difficulties.
  • New Unreal Trial – Fight in the Singularity Reactor (Unreal) against the fearsome Thordan.
  • New Alliance Raid: Myths of the Realm #3 – Explore the mysteries of Thaleia.
  • Duty Support Expansion – With the introduction of Duty Support to the Drowned City of Skalla, the Burn, and the Ghimlyt Dark dungeons, it is now possible to play through all main scenario dungeons from A Realm Reborn to Endwalker solo.
  • Various Job Adjustments
  • Player Versus Player Updates
    • PvP Series 5 Begins
    • Crystalline Conflict UI Updates
  • Island Sanctuary Updates – New sanctuary ranks, visions, and gathering area, as well as new materials, craftable items, crops, animals, isleworks handicrafts, structures, and more!
  • New Custom Deliveries Client: Margrat
  • Even Further Expanded Free Trial – Play the Stormblood expansion (and updates through Patch 4.58), including the red mage and samurai jobs, allowing newcomers to venture all the way up to level 70 with no limits on play time.
  • Miscellaneous Updates – Ability to store optional items in the armoire, as well as the introduction of new gear, fashion accessories, mounts, minions, emotes, and more.

Players can also look forward to a number of additional updates set to arrive as part of Patch 6.51 and Patch 6.55, details can be found below:
  • New Variant Dungeon – Aloalo Island (Patch 6.51)
  • New Criterion Dungeon – Another Aloalo Island / Another Aloalo Island (Savage) (Patch 6.51)
  • Crystalline Conflict – New Arena: The Red Sands (Patch 6.51)
  • Tool Enhancement Quests – Splendorous Tools (Patch 6.51)
  • New Main Scenario Quests (Part 2) (Patch 6.55)
  • Tataru's Grand Endeavor (Patch 6.55)
  • Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures (Patch 6.55)
  • Weapon Enhancement Quests – Manderville Weapons (Patch 6.55)
  • Endwalker Tribal Alliance Quests (Patch 6.55)
As part of the Patch 6.5x series, the long-awaited Fall Guys-inspired attraction in the Manderville Gold Saucer will arrive, giving players the opportunity to battle other players for the coveted crown and claim victory. More information on the release of this content will be shared soon.