Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Details The Next Major Patch 5.3

Square Enix released new updates about the next major patch for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, including the NiER crossover. This particular patch, which will be 5.3, introduces the next chapter in the YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse alliance raid series. It will also streamline the main scenario of the original game, A Realm Reborn, which will offer an improved experience for new players. Basically, as they advance in the campaign toward expansion content. You can read about the full list of patch notes below along with some images from the game. Plus, a bonus episode of The Creation of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers series was announced to run on April 30th on the game's official YouTube Channel.

Final Fantasy XIV Online reveals 5.3 patch details, courtesy of Square Enix.
Final Fantasy XIV Online reveals 5.3 patch details, courtesy of Square Enix.
  • New Main Scenario Quests – The curtains rise for the final act of the Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringersmain scenario questline.
  • Main Scenario Questline Update: A Realm Reborn – The main scenario questline in A Realm Reborn will be reworked to give new players a more streamlined experience as they progress to Heavensward and beyond. Additionally, players will be able to fly in A Realm Reborn areas upon completion of "The Ultima Weapon" quest.
  • New YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse Alliance Raid – Following Patch 5.1's The Copied Factory, this next NieR-inspired alliance raid, titled The Puppets Bunker will unravel further mysteries of the machine lifeforms on the First.
  • New Dungeon: The Heroes' Gauntlet – Players can tackle this new challenge alongside fellow adventurers, or a party of non-player characters, using the Trust system.
  • New Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Trial: Parties of eight players can challenge this new challenging trial battle in both normal and extreme difficulties.
  • Save the Queen Questline Updates – Players can enhance weapons obtained in the first chapter of this ongoing quest series as they explore an all-new area. Additionally, new large-scale battle content will be added as part of the update.
  • New "Chronicles of a New Era" Quest: The Sorrow of Welt – Part of the 'Weapon Series' questline, players can enjoy a story-focused experience culminating in a special event battle.
  • Ishgard Restoration Update – The third phase of restoration begins following the efforts of the Skybuilders. Skybuilder Rankings return, with new items for players to craft and new achievements for top contributors to the restoration.
  • New Beast Tribe Quests – A new crafter-focused questline featuring the dwarves.
  • New Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Game+ Updates – The updated A Realm Reborn main scenario and other quests will be available for players to revisit while keeping your current character and level.
  • New Battle Content: Unreal Trials – Players will be able to challenge powered-up primals from earlier expansions that are ready to fight against level 80 heroes. Unreal Trials will feature one primal fight which will change with each patch, beginning with Shiva in Patch 5.3. Defeating the primal each week gives players the chance to complete a new mini-game, with those who emerge triumphant receiving tokens to exchange for prizes.
  • Crafter and Gatherer Updates – New custom deliveries, updates to Rowena's House of Splendors, and an update to the Skysteel Tools questline headline several crafter and gatherer updates.
  • Job Adjustments for PvE and PvP, System Updates, and more.

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