10 things you NEED to know about FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker

FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker has been announced and it’s about to take the popular MMO to new heights. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
By Duncan Heaney

The newest expansion to FINAL FANTASY XIV Online has been announced, and it’s called… Endwalker!

Announced in fine style by Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida with a truly epic trailer, here’s a first look of what you can look forward to.

So what can you expect to see in Endwalker? Here’s just a sample of the amazing things that lie ahead for fans:

The Warriors of Light will face their greatest challenge yet

A new expansion means a new main scenario questline, and Endwalker’s tale will present the Warriors of Light with what might be their biggest challenge yet.

It features the much-anticipated climax of the Hydaelyn and Zodiark story, and presents your heroes with an even greater calamity than ever before - a second advent of the Final Days. Should all despair, the myriad conflicts that ravage the land cannot be seen as anything but an end to life in the Source.

To reveal more would ruin the fun - but suffice to say that it’s going to be an epic tale that rewards longtime fans and excites new ones.

A PlayStation 5 version of FINAL FANTASY XIV Online is coming in April!

Okay, this one’s not specifically about FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker, but it’s very cool nonetheless.

The PlayStation 5 version of FINAL FANTASY XIV Online will release as an open beta on April 13, 2021. It features numerous upgrades from the PS4 version: significantly improved frame rates, faster load times, 4K resolution support and more. Hydaelyn will never have looked better.

All expansions up through Shadowbringers can be played, and if you have the PS4 version of the game, you can upgrade to the PS5 version at no extra cost at the start of the open beta period. New players can start their adventures on the PS5 once the open beta beings with the Free Trial, with the full version of the game being available to purchase following the conclusion of the open beta.

The Sage will be a wise choice for anyone looking for a new job

Back to Endwalker - an expansion wouldn’t be complete without exciting news about jobs, and Endwalker won’t disappoint with the introduction of the newest healer, the Sage. It’ll be an enjoyably varied and capable role with plenty of depth for you to dig into. Here’s a taste of what to expect:

When it comes to new areas, the sky’s not the limit

So what on Hydaelyn can you expect from the new areas in the expansion? Well, for one thing, they’re not all on Hydaelyn.

Endwalker will take you to all kinds of amazing new places, from the farthest flung reaches of Hydaelyn to the moon! Yes, the moon!

Some of the places you’ll travel to include Thavnair…

…the city of Radz-at-han…

…and at long last we will head to the imperial capital of Garlemald.

You’ll delve into multiple new dungeons

FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker features multiple new dungeons, each full of new challenges for you to overcome.

Not only that, but the Trust system has been expanded. Introduced in FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers, it allows you to bring NPCs into dungeons with you, so if you don’t want to team up with other players, you can bring some of your favorite NPC companions instead.

Endwalker announced the addition of fan-favorite Estinien Wyrmblood to the roster of allies - something we’re sure fans will be excited about.

The level cap’s going up!

Long-term players rejoice! FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker ups the level cap from the current 80 to 90!

There’s a new Alliance Raid

A new raid arrives with Endwalker, and it’s likely to be one of the best yet, with 24 players facing a host of entirely new challenges.

Of course, if you really want to make life difficult, you could try…

The New High-Difficulty Raid: Pandæmonium

This one is going to be brutal - only the most skilled and coordinated teams will be able to survive the gauntlet. Pandæmonium it will most definitely be.

You can become a homeowner in Ishgard

The new expansion lets you lay down roots in an entirely new housing area: Ishgard. Better than ever following the hard work of crafter / gatherers to help restore the Firmament in Shadowbringers, it’s the perfect place to set up your own pad.

Meet a new Tribe - The Arkasodara

Endwalker introduces a new Beast Tribe into the mix - the Arkasodara. They’re among the most interesting additions to Hydaelyn in the expansion and you’ll get to learn a lot about them.

...and loads more

We’re just barely scratching the surface of what’s coming in Endwalker. There’s also new gear and craftable items, expanded armory chest capacity, new Gold Saucer Content, the new Data Center Travel System and so much more.

If you're excited by the prospect of FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker, you may be wondering when you can find out more.

The answer is just around the corner with the FINAL FANTASY XIV Digital Fan Festival 2021 scheduled for May 15-16, 2021. It’s a fully online event that will be streamed for free! We’ll have more details on that down the line, so stay turned.

Also, make sure you follow the official FINAL FANTASY XIV accounts on social media for updates about Endwalker and FINAL FANTASY XIV Online as a whole: