FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers Patch 5.1 adds a NIER raid and more

Patch 5.1: Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty expands the game with new content, features and lots of improvements.
By Duncan Heaney

The first major update for FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers has been revealed - and it’s a big one.

Patch 5.1 was officially unveiled during the most recent Letter from the Producer LIVE stream (which you can watch in full below or on the FINAL FANTASY XIV Online YouTube channel or on Twitch).

Titled Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty, Patch 5.1 adds a huge amount of content, including new main scenario quests, new crafter and gatherer content, and the first chapter of the YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse alliance raid - a collaboration with the NIER series and guest creators Yosuke Saito and YOKO TARO.

Here’s a brief rundown of what’s coming:

New Main Scenario Quests

Shadowbringers excellent story continues in Patch 5.1, with new main scenario quests adding hours of new gameplay, and we promise fans won’t be disappointed to see what happens next.

New 24-Player Alliance Raid: “The Copied Factory”

The worlds of FINAL FANTASY and NIER come together in the first installment of the much-anticipated YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse raid series. It’s a collaboration with NieR:Automata Producer Yosuke Saito and Director YOKO TARO - so expect an experience like no other.

Restoration of the Holy See of Ishgard

Crafting and gathering classes are encouraged to come together to help rebuild the Firmament in Ishgard. In addition to this extensive new content, there have been numerous adjustments and improvements for crafters and gatherers!

New Game+

A much-requested feature, the addition of New Game+ means you’ll be able to replay previously completed quests while retaining your current progression and job level. A perfect opportunity to revisit some of your favorite memories.

New Dungeon: The Grand Cosmos

Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty adds an entirely new dungeon for you to navigate - either with fellow players or with a party of AI-controlled non-player characters with the new Trust system.

New Extreme Trial

The bravest of adventurers will be able to challenge a new extreme difficulty trial. You’ll have to think fast and use all your skill to succeed.

New Beast Tribe Quests

New pixie Beast Tribe quests will be made available.

PvP Updates

Patch 5.1 will introduce a new Frontline map and ruleset to go with it. In addition, there will be significant changes to PvP actions.

Blue Mage Job Updates

A major update is coming for the Blue Mage job - the first since it launched earlier this year. This limited job is getting an increased level cap, new job quests, as well as new blue mage-specific battle challenges and content.

Performance Action Updates

A new ensemble feature will allow players to make beautiful music with fellow players.

Various other improvements

In addition to all the exciting new features above, the patch will also feature adjustments to jobs, updates to the Gold Saucer, system updates and more.

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