Final Fantasy XIV 5.4 Starts a New Chapter for Shadowbringers

Final Fantasy XIV patch 5.4 starts a new chapter in Shadowbringers, with a host of updates and enhancements.

Hot on the heels of Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers' 5.3 conclusion, Square Enix is releasing Final Fantasy XIV 5.4 with a brand new chapter in the acclaimed MMORPG. The 5.4 update goes live on December 8 and brings new raids, trials, dungeons, and a whole lot more.

FFXIV 5.4 picks up after the Warriors of Light secured the First. Now, they return to the Source, but the fate of the world is far from certain.

Some of the challenges awaiting them include a new Emerald Weapon trial and a souped-up Titan trial for characters level 80 and higher.

Players can tackle the new Archon Matoya dungeon with friends or NPCs, and if all that combat is too much, the new Explorer Mode lets adventurers turn Shadowbringers' dungeons into their own photo studios with no enemies.

Sorrow of Werlyt, Save the Queen, and Ishgardian Restoration all get new chapters in 5.4, and completing Save the Queen unlocks two new tiers for Resistance Weapons.

Finally, the Blue Mage job gets tweaked even more, with a level cap up to 70, plus new magic and new equipment.

Final Fantasy XIV 5.4 goes live for free on December 8 for PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 via backward compatibility. The game is free up through the end of Heavensword for new players.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Nov. 30th 2020

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