Final Fantasy XIV Articles RSS Feed | Final Fantasy XIV RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Final Fantasy XIV Finally Subscribing to the Xbox One Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:23:00 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Final Fantasy XIV has been a PlayStation and PC-exclusive since the launch of A Realm Reborn in 2013, but that era is coming to an end.

Among all of the on-stage announcements at XO2019, Microsoft's Phil Spencer confirmed that FFXIV will be making its way to Xbox One while speaking to the press during the event. Specifically, he stated:

I wanted you to know, rest assured that we will be bringing that game to Xbox. We have a great relationship with Yoshida-san and we’re working through what it means to bring a cross-platform MMO that they’ve run for years.

The game's director, Naoki Yoshida, has stated before that he was eager to bring the game to more platforms. However, this is the first instance of it happening aside from the generational upgrade from PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4.

Those who play Final Fantasy XIV on PlayStation 4 do not have to have PlayStation Plus to access the game on top of its subscription, whether that trend will continue on Xbox One with Xbox Live has yet to be seen.

This was only one of many Square Enix games confirmed for the Xbox One in 2020 either via Game Pass or otherwise. Final Fantasy entries VII through X-2, XII, the XIII trilogy, and XV were also confirmed for Game Pass during the event.

How to Learn the New Wall Lean Emote in FFXIV Wed, 13 Nov 2019 12:54:24 -0500 Yaneki

Final Fantasy XIV just released another content patch this week, bring the Ishgardian Restoration and with it came a new wall lean emote. Players have looking everywhere from Party Finders to Market Boards to the Gold Saucer, and even across the new world of Norvrandt. Some are rumored to have even looked at the long abandoned PvP Vendors...

Turns out the two pieces of content released at the same are related, who'd have thought? The Emote is actually one of the rewards available for helping with Ishgardian Reconstruction.

Unlock Ishgardian Reconstruction

To get started, players will have to be any class or job that is at least lvl 60, and have completed the Main Scenario Quest "Litany of Peace." This is something most players will have already completed.

Head to Foundation (X:9.7 Y:11.5) and pick up the quest "Towards Firmament." Complete the quest to unlock Ishgardian Reconstruction and the new city zone in Ishgard.

Do Some Reconstructing!

Next, Disciples of Hand or Land of at least lvl 20 may find and speak to Potkin in the Firmament (X:12.2 Y:14.6). That's right, you'll have to have at least some crafting levels under your belt to help out and get this emote. The good news is, FFXIV's 5.1 patch recently made leveling crafting much, much easier.

Potkin will have Disciples of the Land gather materials, and Disciples of the Hand craft different things. Turn in the required items to Potkin to gain Skybuilder's Scrip and contribute towards the Reconstruction!

Actually Getting the Emote

Once you have accumulated 1800 Skybuilder's Scrip, head over to Enie, also in the Firmament (X:12.0 Y:14.0). Enie is the rewards vendor for the Reconstruction, and sells a couple different rewards, but the one you'll want is "Ballroom Etiquette - Winsome Wallflower."

Purchase it, use the item, and you'll be able to use the new emote!


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Definitive Final Fantasy XIV BLM Rotations for Level 80 Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:53:29 -0500 Yaneki

Final Fantasy XIV's black mages (known as BLM) saw some heavy changes with the Shadowbringers expansion in mid-2019, and even now moving into 2020 many black mage players are still lost on their optimal single target and multiple target rotations at level 80.

A BLM has two distinct rotations for either situation. Like many other classes, the AoE (multiple target) rotation is more simple than its single target counterpart. You must have an in-depth knowledge of the class's mechanics to make the best used of a black mage at endgame.

FFXIV Black Mage AoE Rotation

We'll be starting with the AoE rotation first, since more often than not in a dungeon or raid you'll be building off this rotation to go into your single target rotation.

Some black mages think you should start off the same as your single target rotation. But those BLM are wrong.

The AoE Rotation in Summary:
  1.  Freeze
  2. Enochian
  3.  Thunder IV (and again, every time  Thunder Cloud procs)
  4.  Fire III
  5.  Flare
  6.  Flare
  7.  Foul (If you have Polyglot)
  8. Repeat until mobs are dead
  9.  Transpose (If you have Umbral Fire)
  10.  Umbral Soul (Spam until next pack of mobs or boss is pulled)

To start off with, you'll be targeting the beefiest target in the pack of mobs your tank has pulled and cast Freeze.

This has multiple advantages over casting Blizzard III and into Blizzard IV to gain your Umbral Hearts, the first being time. Freeze Grants you a full stack of Umbral Ice, and one Umbral Heart, which is all you need for the AoE rotation. It's also an AoE spell, so you'll do a bit of damage to everything in the pack.

Next, slap that Enochian. This is the most important part of both BLM rotations, and you will be casting around the idea of keeping this spell up at all times. Not only does the buff grant you 15% bonus Magic Damage, but for every 30s you manage to keep it up, you will be granted one Polyglot, which are used to cast your most powerful spells. It's also required for casting Fire IV or Blizzard IV.

To top off this half of the rotation, you'll be casting Thunder IV. This will hit every single mob in the pack with lightening damage and put a Lightning DoT on them as well.

Each tick from every single DoT has a 10% of granting you Thunder Cloud, which lets you cast Thunder IV again for free. This will also deal the full remaining damage of the Thunder IV DoT on each target it hits.

After finishing that first half of the rotation, you'll switch over to doing your real damage.

Cast Fire III. This will damage your target, remove your stacks of Umbral Ice, and grant you full stacks of Umbral Fire. This empowers all your Fire spells while increasing their MP cost. Then cast Flare, and brace your eyeballs for the bright explosion of fiery goodness hitting every mob in range.

Normally Flare completely depletes your MP. Because we have the Umbral Heart from Freeze, you'll still have 1/3rd of your MP left, which is enough to immediately cast another Flare.

Now that you're without MP, you have two options.

If you have a Polyglot from your Enochian upkeep, cast Foul. This is Flare's bad ass older brother, and essentially does the same thing but is much more powerful. If you can't cast Foul yet, then you'll go back to the start of the rotation and cast Freeze again. This removes your stacks of Umbral Fire, grants you full stacks of Umbral Ice, and will quickly replenish your MP.

After you've finished killing everything in your path, you'll use Tranpose if you have Umbral Fire active to switch to Umbral Ice, then spam Umbral Soul until you get to the next pack of mobs or boss you need to destroy.

If you feel like showing off, you can cast some of your cooldown spells like Leylines or Swiftcast, but this is 100% not necessary for trash mobs.

FFXIV Black Mage Single Target Rotation

BLM's single target rotation often builds off your AoE's rotation, meaning you'll have Enochian active and a full stack of Umbral Ice and Umbral Hearts from using Umbral Soul. You'll thus be able to skip to a certain point in the rotation, but for now we'll be assuming you're starting your rotation fresh, nothing to build off of.

The Single Target Rotation in Summary:
  1.  Swiftcast
  2.  Blizzard III
  3.  Enochian
  4.  Blizzard IV
  5.  Thunder III
  6.  Fire III
  7.  Leylines (Cast whenever available in a safe spot where minimal movement is required)
  8.  Fire IV x3
  9.  Fire
  10.  Fire IV x3
  11.  Despair
  12.  Xenoglossy (If Polyglot is available)
  13. Repeat from Step 2, ignoring Step 3.

Start by casting Swiftcast, then use it to cast Blizzard III, this grants you a full stack of Umbral Ice, which you'll need to proceed quickly.

Next cast Enochian, then follow up with Blizzard IV, which will grant you three stacks of Umbral Hearts. Umbral Hearts are important because they greatly reduce the MP cost of your fire spells.

Finish this half of the rotation by casting Thunder III, which is essentially the single target and more potent version of Thunder IV.

Unlike the AoE rotation however, we will be ignoring all Thunder Cloud procs during single target rotations. You have more important spells to cast and precious little time to cast them without Thunder III hogging up your GCD.

Now we get to the bread and butter of BLM's single target rotation, the fire. This is obviously where a majority of our damage comes from, and it's only gotten better in Shadowbringers. If you're coming in from an AoE rotation and already have full Umbral Ice and Umbral Hearts, you'll start here.

Proceed by casting Fire III, this will remove all Umbral Ice and grant you full stacks of Umbral Fire, but will not consume an Umbral Heart. Now buff yourself by casting Leylines in a safe spot where you won't have to move for a bit to boost your casting speed.

Do not use Triplecast this early in the rotation. This is a common mistake new black mages make, throwing down their best cooldowns at once. The problem is, this makes absolutely no sense as the two buffs are completely counter productive and will be partially wasted.

If you have boosted casting speed, why would you need to instant cast? Not only are you wasting the improved casting speed granted by Leylines, you're wasting Triplecast for when you'll need it in crucial movement heavy parts of the fights.

After you've cast Leylines, stand in the circle it creates, and cast Fire IV three times. This consumes your Umbral Hearts, but does not refresh your Umbral Fire. If you don't cast something to keep it up, you'll risk losing your all too important Enochian and fall out of the rotation.

The quickest way to refresh Umbral Fire is by casting Fire (big surprise). If you get the Firestarter proc, you can ignore it or save it for if you need to quickly refresh your Umbral Fire if you've made a mistake.

Follow up by casting Fire IV three more times, then finish it off by casting Despair. This will consume your remaining MP and deal a huge amount of damage, similar to Flare, but it's a single target nuke. If you have a Polyglot, follow Despair by casting Xenoglossy, Despair's angry dad nuke. After this, it's pretty much rinse and repeat.

If at any point you have to move (and you will), you have multiple cooldowns to assist you and immediately resume casting. Swiftcast, Triplecast, Between the Lines, and Aetherial Manipulation will all help with this. As well, Mana Barrier should be used during phases of intense damage or when you have low HP.


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How to Get All FFXIV 5.1's New Housing Items/Furniture Wed, 30 Oct 2019 15:14:19 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Final Fantasy XIV's 5.1 patch may be a real doozey, but for most players, the real draws are the new Nier raid, the expansion of housing wards, and the slew of new furniture available with the patch.

Most of FFXIV's interior furnishings available in 5.1 can be crafted, many of which by Disciples of the Hand of Level 78 or higher. Some others can be purchased from vendors, generally either Housing Merchants or from the Pixie beast tribe vendor.

Presently, I don't know how to get the Golden Ewer, and it seems no one else does, either. How to get the Golden Ewer will be added at a later date.

Furnishing How to Get
Ale Tap Blacksmith Level 72
Allagan Tomestone of Frivolity Sold by Gramsol (100 Bicolor Gemstones)
  Armorer's Stall Armorer Level 78
Baker's Stall Culinarian Level 78
 Basket of Flowers Sold by Tanie in [New] Gridania (11.0, 11.1)
 Bookseller's Stall Alchemy Level 78
 Butcher's Stall Culinarian Level 78
Enchanter's Stall Alchemy Level 78
 Eulmoran Chandelier Goldsmith Level 78
 Eulmoran Inner Wall Goldsmith Level 78
 Eulmoran Marble Flooring Goldsmith Level 78
 Flooring Mat Sold by Housing Merchants
 Florist's Stall Alchemy Level 78
 Fruiterer's Stall Culinarian Level 78
 Golden Ewer [Not yet known]
 Greengrocer's Stall Culinarian Level 78
 Hades Trophy Goldsmith Level 80
 Il Mheg Flower Lamp Sold by Pixie beast tribe vendor
Imitation Long Window Carpenter Level 74
 Indoor Oriental Garden Alchemy Level 80
 Jeweler's Stall Goldsmith Level 78
 Lakeland Chair Carpenter Level 78
 Lakeland Table Carpenter Level 78
 Leather Sofa Leatherworker Level 78
 Log Partition Sold by Housing Merchants
 Macaron Cushion Sold by Pixie beast tribe vendor
 Misplaced Mog Slippers Weaver Level 78
 Necklace Display Stand Goldsmith Level 78
 Oasis Wall-mounted Window Armorer Level 80
 Oriental Chawanmushi Lunch Culinarian Level 78
 Set of Liquor Bottles Sold by Housing Merchants
 Shirt Display Rack Sold by Boutique Vendor at the Gold Saucer
 Stuffed Porxie Sold by Pixie beast tribe vendor
 Tabletop Hat Stand Weaver Level 78
 Weaponsmith's Stall Blacksmith Level 78


How are you enjoying the 5.1 patch? Let us know in the comments below, and check out our other FFXIV guides here on GameSkinny.

How to Get the New Mounts in FFXIV 5.1 Wed, 30 Oct 2019 17:21:24 -0400 Yaneki

Final Fantasy XIV's new patch launched yesterday, and it included three new mounts for players to find and earn, each with their own unique challenges. Unlocking new mounts in FFXIV can be kind of a big deal, and these will take some hard work and dedication to get. You won't be soaring through Norvrandt's skies in style immediately.

Most of the new mounts listed below are unlocked through different means  some are easier than others. Each has its own semi-painful grind. However, if you're here for the Morbol mount featured on one of FFXIV's developer streams, that has not yet been released, so you won't find it here.

Forgiven Reticence

FFXIV 5.1 mount Forgiven Reticence

This is more or less the winged, Lion-esque Sin Eater from the game's opening cutscene. It happens to be the first boss in Mt. Gulg, although this version seems a bit tamer. Of the bunch, this mount is one of the more straightforward to get, but try not to laugh.

To start with, you'll need to earn 3,200 Sack of Nuts, a currency which is earned by participating in The Hunt for the Nutsy Clan and by killing Elite Marks in the Shadowbringers Expansion. Previous Hunts and Elite Marks from prior expansions will not award you with any Sack of Nuts, so stick to hunting in Norvrandt.

Once you have all 3,200 Nuts, you'll need to exchange them with a Nut Vendor, either of these will work:

  • Xylle at the Crystarium (9.4, 9.5)
  • Ilfroy in Eulmore (11.0, 10.8) 

Use them to buy the Forgiven Reticence Horn, which is then consumed to unlock the mount for your character.

Portly Porxie

FFXIV 5.1 mount Portly Porxie

Here's a mount that players have been clamoring over, and with good reason. Unfortunately, it will definitely take some time to unlock. In order to purchase the Portly Porxie, you'll have to start the new Pixie Beast Tribe Quests.

You'll first need to beat Titania in the Main Scenario Quests. Completing the quest called "The Wheel Turns." Afterward, you can speak with the Pink Pixie in the Crystarium (13.2, 15.3) and pick up the quest called "Manic Pixie Dream Realm."

You'll need to complete this quest in order to unlock reputation with the Pixie Beast Tribe. After that, you can start doing quests for them. Doing quests for them allows you to earn their new currency, Fae Fancies.

It takes a total of 18 Fae Fancies to purchase the Portly Porxie mount from the Pixie Vendor, located in Il Mheg (12.4, 32.9). You'll need to achieve the second-highest reputation rank for it to become available.

Shadow Gwiber

FFXIV 5.1 mount Shadow Gwiber

Throw together a dragon, a freaking dinosaur, and just the right amount of edge, and you've got this awesome mount. Acquiring it will take top-tier gear, skill, some friends, and a good amount of luck. That alone puts it out of reach for most players.

Shadow Gwiber is unlocked from a rare drop item, the Shadow Gwiber Trumpet, which has a chance to drop from the new Extreme Trial, The Minstrel's Balad: Hades's Elegy.

Speak to the Minstreling Wanderer, in The Crystarium (7.6, 12.5). Queue up, though you'll have to defeat both Hades and the other players' rolls if it drops.

Once you do, however, feel free to fly in style, gloating and making all the other players around you ache with rage and jealousy.

But Wait, There's More!

While you're at it, crafting materials also drop from Hades. They can be used to craft the new Hades Chocobo Barding. These are always styled after the boss. If that's the case, we're dealing with some seriously heavy-duty barding with lots of pointy sharp bits and detail.


That's all you need to know about how to get the new mounts in Final Fantasy XIV 5.1. See more of our FFXIV guides here, and stay tuned for more in the days to come! 

FFXIV: When Do Beast Tribe Quests Reset? Tue, 29 Oct 2019 13:38:51 -0400 Ashley Shankle

FFXIV patch 5.1 is officially out, and it is jam-packed with content for just about everyone. DoH changes, the new Nier raid, loads of PvP changes, new social options with the new Fellowship system, additional housing wards, and, of course, the new Pixie beast tribe.

It seems many players haven't done any beast tribe quests in a while since I've seen a few people asking when beast tribe quests reset. Shame on you for forgetting your beastie brethren. Shaaame. Well, no one can blame you really.

Joking aside, the answer to when the beast tribe quests reset isn't surprising at all. The time is the same as, well, just about anything else but the Jumbo Cactpot drawing.

Beast Tribe Reset Time

Time zones are always a pain. Your quest allotments for beast tribe quests reset at midnight in Japan, which equates to:

  • 10 a.m. EDT (November to March)/11 a.m. EDT (March to October)
  • 7 a.m. PDT (November to March)/8 a.m. PDT (March to October)
  • 3 p.m. GMT
  • 4 p.m. CET

This is also when the Mini Cactpot tickets come up, so that's easy enough to keep track of if you find yourself doing your scratchers each day for tiny clumps of MGP.

Patch 5.1 has brought a great deal along with it and the new beast tribe is only a fraction of it. The new Nier raid and gear, which you're sure to slap onto some glamours for one reason or another, is the cherry on top of the whole thing. It is certainly the most anticipated portion of the patch well, maybe not. The new housing wards are a huge deal.

Get out there and take care of those Pixie beast tribe quests, and keep your eyes peeled here on GameSkinny for more Final Fantasy XIV guides.

How to Get FFXIV 5.1's New Nier Raid Gear and What It Looks Like Tue, 29 Oct 2019 14:57:12 -0400 Yaneki

Looking to take a sneak peak that new Final Fantasy XIV Nier raid gear? We've got you covered.

One Reddit User managed to get ahead of the curve and throw up some renders of the new gear in question, and we're more than happy to throw that up here and show you how to find it. First, how to get these beauties.

Obtaining the NieR Raid Gear in FFXIV

In order to obtain any of these and potentially deck your character out as 2B as can be, you'll have to have to:

  • Complete the Shadowbringers main story quest if you haven't already
  • Complete the quest "Word about Komra"
  • Head over to Kholusia and have a chat with our not-so-new friends, the Dwarves
  • Find one Gossipy Dwarf at coordinates (X:12.9 Y:8.7), who should offer you the first Quest in the chain: "A Scandal in Komra"

Completing the Quest Chain from there will unlock the new FFXIV Nier raid, YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse. The gear drops in the YoRHA raid.

Anyway, let's take a look at the full array of items you can get from this raid and slap into some glamours.


Obviously, these are all inspired by Nier: Automata, and some seem to be variations of the same piece, which isn't uncommon for FFXIV's gear designs. Notably there are once again distinctly male and female gear versions, again, not uncommon in the game's design.

If I had to guess, I'd say the first and third images are healing and casting gear for males. Everything else is up in the air and beyond me at the moment, but we're working to keep you updated all today.

Worth noting especially is that a glamour set from the Raid, which gives you 2B's outfit, will also enhance your character's 'assets'. Seen below is the same character from a certain angle while wearing the gear in question.


Check out our other FFXIV Guides, or maybe look back on some Nier: Automata!

FFXIV Tower of Power FATE Location Wed, 23 Oct 2019 13:45:49 -0400 Yaneki

If you're one of the many residents of Eorzea and are for the FATE Tower of Power in FFXIV, chances are you're in the process of upgrading your Relic Weapon. This can be rather taxing and usually requires a lot of AFK'ing and Netflix (the Final Fantasy XIV player's activities of choice), but with this guide we'll have you along your way in no time.

No more wandering the snowy wastes wondering where the heck is this FATE is, and no more climbing up the stupid Monument Tower looking for NPCs. Let's get started.

Where to Start the Tower of Power FATE

To start Tower of Power, you'll have to find it first.

The FATE takes place in the Coerthas Central Highlands, you can teleport in using the Camp Dragonhead Aetheryte.

Head down to the Southwest area of the map, Boulder Downs. Tower of Power needs to be activated, and if it's ready to be popped you'll find it's starting NPC, House Haillenarte Guard, located at coordinates (10, 28). Here is his location on the map.

He can be found peeking out from behind a tree off the path and next to the stream. Speak with the Guard and the FATE will begin. If the House Guard isn't there however, you'll either have to wait around for them to spawn or help move things along by completing other FATES around the map.

Some recommended FATES you could easily complete nearby are What's On Your Mind, or The Bigger They Are. And though it's not too nearby, Roc of Ages usually seems to be up as well.

Tower of Power itself is pretty simple to do, and only requires you to slay some level 42 Giant Readers and Giant Loggers. The Giants themselves are pretty typical enemies and are weaker versions of the ones that spawn just to the Northeast.

The recommended level for this is 45, but if you're upgrading your Relic weapon from Atma to Animus, you'll be level 50 or over anyways. Finishing this FATE is required for completing one of the books you'll need, Skywind II.

Completing Tower of Power rewards you with 12,420 Experience, 90 Gil, and 258 Grand Company Seals.


Be sure to check out our other FFXIV guides as well!

The Spooktacular List of Games with Halloween Events 2019 Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:56:55 -0400 Joshua Broadwell


Ark: Survival Evolved


Running from October 22 to November 5 on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, Ark's Halloween event is scarier than a velociraptor opening a door. Fear Evolved 3 brings a ton of ghoulish surprises to the survival game, including pumpkins, skeletal dinos, and more. 


There are "new items to collect, cool skin costumes to try out, and a Blood Moon casting a pale shadow over it all." Players will be treated with increased XP, harvesting, and breeding rates. Here's a list of everything you can expect: 

  • New cosmetic items: Jack O' Lantern Mask, Hockey Mask, Headless Neck Stump, Halloween-inspired Dino Colorization Candy and event-themed undergarments (tops and bottoms)
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  • New emotes: Panic, Spooky Dance and Zombie
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  • Event-themed wild dinosaur spawns
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  • Randomly spawning gravestones, scarecrows and pumpkin patches
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  • A candy corn-themed supply drop brings an abundance of useful Halloween treats for players, surprises like berries, cooked meats, heal brews, veggie cakes, consumable buffing soups, dino Halloween candy and dino skins from past Halloween events.
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  • The environment and trees to be Halloween themed
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Two Point Hospital


Not to be outdone by Tropico 6, Two Point Hospital also has a Halloween event going on right now. Of course, the hospital sim was already kinda' spooky with ghosts floating about, but things are even more terrifying with the "boo-tiful update."


From now until November 1, players can decorate hospitals with Halloween bits and bobs, listening to scary music over the hospital PA, and duck boisterous bats in the hallways. 


Certain illnesses will even get Halloween-themed updates, such as Lightheadedness getting renamed Firghtheadedness, with patients sprouting pumpkins for heads instead of lightbulbs. 


those who don't already own the game can grab it for 66% off on Steam until November 1. 


Tropico 6


Even city-builder Tropico 6 is getting in on the Halloween festivities. From now until November 7, players will see new content updates bringing Autumn foliage, pumpkins, Halloween palace decorations, and a themed main menu to the game. 


The update is live across all platforms, including PS4, Xbox One, and PC. El Presidente is in the spirit. 




Elder Scrolls Blades


The Elder Scrolls Blades is celebrating the spooky season with the Witches Festival. New quests have been added to the game alongside a spell overhaul, new Nightmare Town, and brand-new decorations. 


The 1.4 update includes myriad fixes to combat, weapons, armor, items, and more. It even squashes a few pesky bugs. But(!), it doesn't squash spiders, which feature heavily in because Halloween. 


Creatures lurk in dark caves and mysteriously abandoned villages dot the land. Are you brave enough to venture out into the land of the living dead? 


Mortal Kombat 11


Fighting game fans can celebrate Halloween with one of the most macabre fighting games around: Mortal Kombat


The free Halloween-themed event starts on October 25 and runs through November 1. There will be four new boss fights, all with spoopy modifiers such as witches and bats and pumpkins. There are even new terrifying Brutalities to be had. 


The Masquerade Skin pack will retail for $5.99 and include skins for Jade, Kabal, and Liu Kang. 


Hitman 2 Halloween Escalation Contract


Hitman 2 is even getting in on the Halloween shenanigans with a special, Halloween-themed Escalation Contract. This new contract is included as part of October's free content update for those who downloaded the Hitman 2 Starter Pack, and it takes place in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.


Along with the obligatory skeletons, pumpkins, and other spooky accouterments, the Contract includes special rewards for those who manage to survive the horror-filled wasteland that awaits them: the Tactical Wetsuit and Bat Shuriken.


The Contract is live now, and you can check out the event's official trailer here.


Gears 5: Pumpkin Ball and More


Gears 5 is bringing Pumpkin Ball back for Halloween this year, which is basically a pumpkin version of dodgeball, and it's also giving you the chance to earn a special Frankenstein skin by winning 13 matches of Pumpkin Ball before the event ends on November 4.


This isn't your typical game of dodge, er, Pumpkin Ball, though. Players automatically revive unless you target specific, zombie-like weak points, including the head or the universal weakness to massive explosions.


The event started on October 22, with more planned sometime this week as well, so stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.


Elder Scrolls Online: The Witches Festival


The Witches Festival returns once more in Elder Scrolls Online, bringing with it a gaggle of ghoulish goodies for your Halloween pleasure. The event starts October 24 at 10am EST and ends November 4 at the same time.


One way to get the party started is earning tons more XP, and to do that, you'll need to complete "The Witchmother's Bargain" quest from the Crown store then use the Whistle you get as a reward.


The Witches Festival has plenty more on offer as well, including Festival-themed collectibles and costumes, Dremora Plunder Skulls (complete with new items) earned through defeating special bosses once per day, and the Glenmoril Armor set.


See the set in all its glory, and find out all the details about The Witches Festival here.


Mario Kart Tour Halloween Event


Mario Kart Tour is joining in the spooky fun this season, with some sort of Halloween event centered around a Luigi's Mansion course. The official tweet announcing the event only said we can get tricks and treats out of it.


Sort of unrelated to the event, but not really because it is Luigi's Mansion after all, is the announcement that Luigi is coming to Mario Kart Tour as of now. (Apparently, he lost his keys and couldn't get there when the game first launched).


Much to Luigi's undoubted dismay, the Halloween event is adding King Boo as a playable character too.


Don't Starve: Hallowed Nights 2019


Klei Entertainment's lovable death simulator Don't Starve Together's Halloween 2019 event is the return of Hallowed Nights, starting October 24. The Klei blog post announcing the event's return said it'll largely include the same things as last year, with a few new treats and tricks.


That means Candy items, Halloween Decorations, and Trinkets you can give to the Pig King for Candy. Candy is good in Don't Starve, because unlike other food items, it never spoils.


Last year's Hallowed Nights also introduced the Mad Science Lab, where you could engineer a number of potions with a variety of positive effects — but at the expense of your sanity.


Though not technically part of Hallowed Nights, October 24 is when we'll see Wurt the Merm make her debut in Don't Starve as well.


Dragalia Lost: Halloween Fantasia 2


Dragalia Lost's popular Halloween Fantasia event returns as the game's big Spooktober event, bringing with it new items, quests, and summons. It all kicks off at 2am October 18.


First is the Trick or Treasure! Facility Event, which introduces Nightmare difficulty, new items to obtain, and more. It's accompanied by a new set of Daily and Live Endeavors that'll run through October 31 as well.


Thanks to Perfectly-Nintendo distilling the patch notes, we also know the special Halloween Fantasia summoning event will include the following:

  • Halloween Mym (Adventurer)
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  • Halloween Maritimus (Dragon)
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  • Halloween Lowen (Adventurer)
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  • Halloween Odetta (Adventurer)
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and a few more, all of which will be available until the end of Halloween.


Sea of Thieves: Fort of the Damned


Things are taking a decidedly spooky turn for Xbox One and Windows 10 players this month in Sea of Thieves. The game's monthly content update this time around is, naturally, Halloween related, and it's no barebones update either.


Old Boot Fort has been overrun by the forces of evil, turning it into the Fort of the Damned, managed by the Shadow of Fate Skeletons.


This fort can be activated as long as the requirements are met, and it brings with it new Voyages, new Contracts from Duke, and some big rewards. More importantly, these additions aren't just for October; they'll continue on as a permanent part of the game.


There'll also be new arena rules, new items and pets from the Emporium, and even a new way to play Shanties. The full details are here.


Fallout '76 Mischief Night


Fallout '76's Halloween event this year is Mischief Night, letting you take full advantage of the day to wreak utter havoc on Whitespring. Mischief Night kicks off at noon EST on October 26 and runs until the same time on November 5, and it begins "every hour, on the hour." It's a public event, which means free fast travel too.


You'll start off at the Mischief Pyre near the Springhouse Gazebo, and after hearing about the rogue Eyebot JES-2R's dark plans, you're in for a quick tour of the resort area.


From there, you can destroy property and vehicles, vandalize buildings, risk getting tricked at one of the treat bowls, and basically do whatever your little black heart desires — as long as the Whitespring Elite Security Force doesn't catch you.


Complete JES-2R's missions to earn rewards, and wearing or crafting your own costume helps further your progress towards unlockables.


Check out the full details here.


For Honor's Otherworld 2019 Event


For the past two years, Ubisoft's For Honor has hosted an event centering around the Otherworld concept, with plenty of spooky challenges, quests, special rewards, Halloween versions of familiar characters, and of course, loads of lootable gear.


The event usually runs well beyond Halloween too. As yet, like with many others, there aren't any concrete details about For Honor's Halloween event, but we'll update as soon as we find out more.


Hearthstone Hallow's End: Doom in the Tomb


Blizzard finally lifted the lid on Hearthstone's Hallow's End 2019 event. This year's special Halloween event is Doom in the Tomb; it starts October 8 at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT and runs for three weeks until October 30 at 9 a.m. PDT/12 p.m. EDT.


As always, there'll be unique Tavern Brawls with rewards for completing missions under a certain time, plus trials in the Haunted Temple for both good and E.V.I.L. to overcome. Naturally, the Headless Horseman will be making his appearance as well.


Some of the Tomb's treasures might seem familiar to longtime players as well, with classic cards like the Druid, Imp Gang Boss, and Imp Burglard making a return.


There's a lot more involved, and you can read about it plus all the rewards on offer here.


Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Dark Arts Month


While Harry Potter: Wizards Unite might not generate quite the same levels of interest as Niantic's other AR mobile game, it's still got plenty to offer for Dark Arts month.


Fighting Forces Brilliant Event Part 1: October 8-14

  • A new quest featuring the spine-chilling Brilliant Death Eater and an Azkaban Escapee
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October Community Day: October 19

  • Expect more uncanny creatures including Vampire, Werewolf and Doxy oddities appearing more frequently in the game
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Fighting Forces Brilliant Event Part 2: October 22-28

  • A new sinister quest featuring the Brilliant Sirius Black and a Dementor
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Exclusive Halloween Quest: October 31

  • Get ready for an exciting and exclusive Dark Arts-themed Wizarding Challenge Fortress Chamber and quest with limited-time rewards.
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More details will be announced on the game's Twitter and Facebook pages throughout the month.




Those are most of the games hosting Halloween events this year. Be sure to bookmark this article and check back throughout the month for updates and new games. 


Killing Floor 2: Grim Treatments


Tripwire Studios' Killing Floor 2 Halloween event is already underway, with the launch of Grim Treatments earlier this month.


Grim Treatment is a free update that brings in a variety of Halloween Zeds, up to their ears (or whatevers) in blood and gore, a brand-new map in the form of Ashwood Asylum, special cosmetic items, and Nuked Objective Mode.


Nuked has special quests and cutscenes, but the main objective centers around the attempt to rescue a small child in the aftermath of nuclear fallout, and of course, there are plenty of Zeds trying to stop you.


League of Legends The Harrowing 2019


The Harrowing is basically an institution in League of Legends. It's a yearly fright-fest that ties in with the game's lore, focusing on the Black Mist and, well, death. Because it's Halloween.


The big draw in The Harrowing tends to be the special Champion skins on offer, plus various ranks of gear, and plenty of other additions to get you in the Halloween spirit.


So far, there's absolutely nothing about this year's Harrowing, but since we're well into October now, that'll likely change soon.


Star Wars Battlefront 2 Halloween Event


There will, in fact, be a Star Wars Battlefront 2 Halloween event this year. Shared on EA Star Wars' official Twitter account, the event will begin on October 23 and end on October 31. 


The event might not feature ghouls and ghosts, but it will allow players to earn 2X experience for the entire period. That includes all game modes. 


The event will center around the Ewok hunt on Endor, which, unsurprisingly, will be at night. 


It's worth mentioning that Battlefront 2 will have events the entire month of October, even though there is only one Halloween-themed event. 

  • October 4-6: Battle Point Event
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  • October 11-18: Community Quests
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  • October 18-20: Battle Point Event
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Dead by Daylight Withering Blight Event


This year's Dead by Daylight Hallowed Blight event, called Withering Blight, was leaked during the Stranger Things event over the summer. That said, only the existence of the Halloween event was leaked. Since then, we've learned a little bit more. 


The event will run from October 22 to November 1. Not only will it bring "spooky decorations" to the world of Dead by Daylight, but items from Halloweens past, including: 

  • The Will O' Wisp flashlight
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  • The All Hallows' Eve lunchbox
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  • The Pustula Petals offering
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Per the game's official blog: 


You can find these limited-time items scattered throughout newly generated Bloodwebs and in chests for the duration of the event. You will keep any leftover items and be able to use them year round, but be warned: Any unused Pustula Petals will stay in your inventory, but will not be useable after the event period. 


Following feedback from the Hallowed Blight event last year, Pustula Petals will instead create a pair of event Hooks and Generators for each Offering used. Survivors who burn one of these Offerings will receive bonus Bloodpoints whenever an event Generator is powered, and Killers receive a bonus each time a Survivor is hooked on a special event Hook. If you don’t burn an Offering, you’ll still receive some bonus Bloodpoints, but not as many as those who do. 


The event will also bring new challenges and rewards to Dead by Daylight. Putrid Serum will be a new currency for the event, which can be used to acquire cosmetics. Though there are a finite number of these items in the event, finding them all will net you "six hallowed cosmetics."


Last year's event featured an adrenaline-filled rush to gather antitoxins to fend off an army of mutated creatures bent on destroying everything in sight, plus the slightly less tense inclusion of new items and gear.


Rainbow Six Siege Halloween Event


Last year, Ubisoft treated us to the Mad House Halloween event in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, and while the company's been silent so far about this year's Halloween event, a set of rather frightening looking skins was recently leaked.


obutu3_ posted a video on YouTube showing off new skins for Doc, Ela, and Vigil, among others, all of which are pretty obviously meant for Halloween.


If it's anything like last year, expect to see plenty of Halloween decorations around the Rainbow Six Siege world and, hopefully, see the previous year's skins available again as well.


Call of Duty Halloween 2019


Just like we can count on a new Call of Duty game every year, we can count on a Call of Duty Halloween event, too. Only — Activision hasn't announced one yet.


Last year's was all about Black Ops, and the year before focused on Infinite Warfare. This year saw Call of Duty Mobile finally launch, so it's possible any new event could center around that since Modern Warfare won't release until October 25. Of course, we could also see something in Black Ops 4 ... 


Either way, these usually involve the same thing: new skins, stickers, and gear, all won through reaching specific tier levels and completing certain missions.


Stay tuned for more.


Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Halloween Event


Harry Potter and Halloween are perfect matches for each other, not least because something interesting — or deadly — always happens on Halloween.


Hogwarts Mystery will be no different this year. The game's official Twitter account teased the game's Dark Arts Month earlier this month on Twitter.


We know what's going on with Wizards Unite, but we're still in the dark about Hogwarts


PUBG Mobile and The Walking Dead


PUBG Mobile is getting its own Halloween crossover event with The Walking Dead in the form of daily boardgame missions.


Players can log in every day to complete special The Walking Dead-themed missions to unlock a special version of Daryl Dixon's motorcycle, plus enter for a chance to win a new iPhone 11.


More details about the events and giveaways are going to be shared on Twitter through the month.


PUBG Halloween 2019


PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is getting a special set of Halloween skins this year. They're pretty much what you'd expect from Halloween costumes, too, ranging from The Wizard of Oz-themed Kansas and Scarecrow sets to pirate gear, and more, though the, er, happy Lion costume has received some changes since it first launched.


These costumes will all be sold individually and can be bought as sets for a discount.


Crash Team Racing Halloween Grand Prix


Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled has made a name for itself by offering regular Grand Prix events, and it's a theme Beenox is continuing with a special Halloween-themed event: the Nitro-Fueld Spooky Grand Prix.


Top on the list is the return of Nina Cortex as a new playable character, complete with new karts and a brand-new track. There'll be missions and challenges to complete, tiered rewards to earn, skins, items, and lots more.


The Spooky Grand Prix kicked off on October 4 and runs through November 3, and you can find out all the specifics here.


MapleStory Hallowkitty Event


MapleStory's usual Hallowkitty event is back in full force this year as part of the Fabled Melody content update, but it won't start until October 23 at 7 p.m. EST.


It's a big event, too. There's a disco-themed set of Halloween items to purchase:

  • Hallows Disco Chair: Ghost: 1,500 Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Mummy: 15 Million Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Frankenstein: 15 Million Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Vampire: 150 Million Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Skull: 150 Million Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Master
    • Non-Reboot worlds: You can obtain the Master chair through the Ghoulish Meso Cascade Mount event.
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    • Reboot world: 1,500,000,000 Mesos. Untradeable.
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And there are plenty of disco activities, too, with stat growth rewards for hanging out and greeting friends, plus costumes you can earn.


Finally, there is a Halloween-themed monster hunt event, complete with daily missions and plenty of rewards. You can check out the full details here.


Destiny 2: Festival of the Lost 2019


Festival of the Lost is back once more as Destiny 2's Halloween event in 2019. What's more, New Light players — those playing the new free-to-play Destiny 2 version —can take part in Festival of the Lost, so long as their power level is at least 770.


As always, Eva Levante is your host, and she brings with her all manner of Halloween decorations and costumes. And candy. Lots of candy, which you'll earn and can use towards rewards like the Braytech Werewolf Legendary Auto Rifle.


Weapons will serve you well in the Forest trials, 15 minutes of terror fighting against monsters galore, but there's plenty of Halloween customization for those who just want to make some haunting memories for the future too.


You can see all the details here.




Borderlands 3: Bloody Harvest


Borderlands 3's Halloween event is part of a brand-new content update, and, as always, it's called Bloody Harvest. Bloody Harvest starts October 24 and lets you take on haunted enemies, challenge a new boss, earn rewards by completing challenges, and, of course, don new skins for your Vault Hunters. What kind of Halloween would it be without dressing up, after all?


You can see the full details in the event's announcement video below.


Overwatch Halloween Terror 2019


Now that it's actually begun, Blizzard released details about this year's Overwatch Halloween event. Dr Junkenstein makes his return, changing all the heroes into spooky Halloween versions of their usual selves and bringing along new weekly challenges as well as the usual Junkenstein's Revenge seasonal brawl.


Here are the full details:

  • Weekly Challenges are back for Halloween Terror, allowing you to unlock limited-time rewards by winning nine games.
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  • Rewards include the Legendary Demon Hunter Sombra skin, as the final earnable skin in the 3rd Weekly Challenge.
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  • Emotes
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  • Player Icons
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  • Sprays
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  • Voicelines
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5 Legendary Skins 

  • Pharoah Ana
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  • Warlock Ashe
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  • Demon Orisa
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  • Will-o’-Wisp
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  • Scorpion Widowmaker
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3 Epic Skins

  • Inferno Junkrat
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  • Vampire Baptiste
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  • Gorgon Lucio
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Final Fantasy XIV: All Saints' Wake 2019


All Saints' Wake returns for Final Fantasy XIV's Halloween 2019 event, and yes, the spoopy Moogle carriage is included.


If you're looking for some Final Fantasy Halloween fun, head to Gridania Woods from October 17 to November 1 to check out the Continental Circus and its special Ahriman attraction, which is something you'll have to see to believe, or so they say.


As always, there's a bevy of in-game items to earn during the event, but here are some of the highlights:

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    Circus Resonator mount - this unique voidsent was bred by the Continental Circus

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    Pumpkin Carriage - embrace the spirit of the season with this spooky - but regal - outdoor furnishing item

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    Fantastical All Saints’ Wake Advertisement - a notice that will be a welcome reminder about this year’s spooktacular event.

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If you didn't get around to last year's event, you'll get the chance to purchase some of the special themed items you missed out on.


The full announcement is here.


Rocket League Haunted Hallows


Psyonix has revealed new information regarding Rocket League's Halloween 2019 event. This year, things get a little peculiar with the game's Stranger Things crossover during the Haunted Hallows event. 


The Farmstead map gets transformed into the Upside-Down, reminiscent of the opening portions from Stranger Things Season 2. The map is now steeped in red with the Mind Flayer lurking in the background. 


The event runs from October 14 to November 11. During that time, players can earn unique toppers, banners, titles, decals, avatar borders and more. These fiendish flourishes will be available for a certain number of Candy Corn, which players can earn by playing matches. 


There are even golden pumpkins that hold special surprises. 


Pokemon GO Halloween 2019


Pokemon GO's 2019 Halloween event kicks off soon, on October 17 at 4pm EST/1pm PST and runs through November 1 at the same time.


The first big feature of the event is adding Darkrai to five-star raid events, which you can find out more about here


There's going to be more Shadow Pokemon at your local PokeStop. Specifically, you'll have a chance to see

  • Weedle
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  • Kakuna
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  • Beedrill
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  • Electabuzz
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  • Magmar
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  • Lapras
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  • Mareep
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  • Seedot
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  • Nuzleaf
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  • Sableye
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  • Trapinch
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  • Cacnea
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  • Shuppet
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  • Duskull
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If you're not quite sure what to do with these Shadow Pokemon once you catch them, check out our Shadow Pokemon and Purifying guide.


Additionally, Yamask will make its debut, along with its shiny variant (if you're lucky), amidst a slew of other Ghost types that will be more common, like Gastly and Murkrow.


Other Pokemon, including Cubone, Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur, might appear in raid battles donning special Halloween costumes.


And on top of that, there's a range of Halloween-themed avatar items is coming to the Style Shop, including a Pikachu onesie, Litwick cap, and Mimikyu bag.


You can see the full details here.


Apex Legends Fight or Fright


Respawn Entertainment will be adding a bevy of Halloween goodies and tweaks to Apex Legends with the first ever Fight or Fright event, starting October 15 and running through until November 5.


Fight or Fright introduces new cosmetic items for weapons and Legends, some of which can be obtained through completing special, limited-time challenge missions.


King's Canyon is getting a spooky, night-themed makeover, but it's the new mode Shadowfall that brings the biggest change.


Legends who fall in battle will be reborn as zombies and receive new abilities, like a vicious melee attack and, in true Titanfall fashion, the ability to run up walls.


Once the field only has 10 living Legends left, the game changes to an escape mode. It's a race for the 10 Legends to make it to the evacuation ship while the undead zombie Legends do all they can to stop the evacuation from happening.


You can head over here to check out the full details and get a glimpse at some of the skins.


Fortnite Halloween 2019


Epic Games hasn't yet announced any Halloween events for Fortnite, but fans are expecting something soon. Expectations were heightened when Twitter user HYPEX posted information gleaned from datamining, reportedly showing at least part of the Halloween skins that might be added to Fortnite sometime this month. 


HYPEX is a well-known dataminer in the Fortnite community, but as always, it's just a rumor until Epic confirms the information.


Bloodborne: The Official Return to Yharnam


Bloodborne's Halloween event is fully organized by the Bloodborne fan community. It's an unofficial official event (just go with it), and rules are determined on the Bloodborne sub-reddit based on which suggestions get the most upvotes.


Currently, the rules include choosing and creating a specific costume, like the Grim Reaper or Masked Hoonter, and using the invasion and resonance bells as often as possible.


The event started on October 5 at midnight and runs all the way through November 5. This is still very much an event in the making, so it's bound to change as more rules develop.


This is Halloween — well, almost.


This is early October, which means it's time to get ready for all your favorite games to kick off their spooktacular Halloween events.


From Fortnite and Apex Legends to Call of Duty, Hearthstone, and even Star Wars Battlefront II, there's a lot going on this Halloween.


We've gathered together a sampling of some of the biggest Halloween events set to start sometime this month. While not every game has begun its festive happenings yet, we will continue updating this piece all month, so check back regularly for more information as it pops up.

FFXIV Moogle Treasure Trove Irregular Tomestones of Mythology Costs Guide Tue, 01 Oct 2019 16:39:02 -0400 Ashley Shankle

I'm pretty excited for FFXIV's Moogle Treasure Trove event, as someone who has recently come back to the game after a 5+ year-long hiatus. Hard to obtain mounts at much more reasonable farming rates than you'd normally get them and the Falcon, a mount that hasn't been available since 2017. To get it and the many other rewards, you must farm Irregular Tomestones of Mythology.

The name of the game during Final Fantasy XIV's Treasure Trove is to stock up on Irregular Tomestones of Mythology, which you can use at any Itinerant Moogle to exchange for many rewards over the event period.

Surprisingly, the most expensive reward isn't the Falcon at all: it's the Mameshiba Earrings. You can surely see why.

So the question on my mind was, well, how many times do I need to run things to get all the rewards I want? Well, my friend, that's a tricky question.

First, let's touch on how many Tomes you receive for specific activities. It's worth noting you will get no Tomes for joining parties in progress or using an undersized party.

You must use the Duty Finder to find a full party.

10 Irregular Tomestones of Mythology per run
  • Praetorium [Collective groans from readers, surely.]
7 Irregular Tomestones of Mythology per run
  • Castrum Meridianum [Further groans from readers.]
5 Irregular Tomestones of Mythology per run
  • All three Frontlines PvP modes
  • Hidden Gorge PvP mode
3 Irregular Tomestones of Mythology per run
  • Stone Vigil
  • Sunken Temple of Qarn
  • Thousand Maws of Toto-Rak
  • Copperbell Mines
  • Tam-Tara deepcroft
  • World of Darkness
  • Syrcus Tower
  • Labyrinth of the Ancients

Yeah, I'm not super jazzed about these either. But you know what I *am* super jazzed about? Mounts!

How Many Runs to Purchase Moogle's Treasure Trove Rewards

These have been discerned just by dividing the Tome cost by the amount of Tomes granted per run, no big deal.

They are in order from the runs that pay the most Irregular Tomestones of Mythology to the least.

100 Tome Rewards

There is only one 100 Tome reward this event, that being the illustrious shiba earrings.

  • Mameshiba Earrings

To obtain this, you will need to do 10 Prae runs, 14.28 Cast runs, 20 PvP bouts, or 33.33 of the specified miscellaneous dungeons.

50 Tome Rewards

To obtain one these rewards, you will need to do 5 Prae runs, 7.14 Cast runs, 10 PvP bouts, or 16.67 of the specified miscellaneous dungeons.

  • Falcon Ignition Key
  • Round Lanner Whistle
  • Sophic Lanner Whistle
  • Answers Orchestrion Roll
  • Twilight over Thanalan Orchestrion Roll
  • On Windy Meadows Orchestrion Roll
  • Whisper of the Land Orchestion Roll

To get all of these would cost 350 Irregular Tomestones of Mythology.

This would take 35 Prae runs, 50 Cast runs, 70 PvP bouts, or 116.66 of the specified miscellaneous dungeons.

30 Tome Rewards

To obtain one of these rewards, you will need to do 3 Prae runs, 4.28 Cast runs, 5 PvP bouts, or 10 of the specified miscellaneous dungeons.

  • Thundercloud
  • Behemoth Knives
  • Behemoth Helm
  • Behemoth Mask
  • Ring of Lasting Shelter
  • Pixie Earrings
  • The 17 ARR Riding Maps
  • Drake Horn
  • Laurel Goobbue Horn
  • Elbst Horn
  • Bomb Palanquin Horn
  • Direwolf Whistle
  • Gullfaxi Whistle
  • Markab Whistle
  • MGP Platinum Card

This all costs 930 Irregular Tomestones of Mythology.

There are 31 total rewards to be obtained here -- the Riding Maps being the sleeper hits here, since they can be used to increase your riding peed in those areas (all ARR).

To get all of this, you would have to run Prae 93 times, 132.68 Cast runs, 155 PvP bouts, or 310 of the specified miscellaneous dungeons.

Sub-10 Tome Rewards

These rewards cost 7 Irregular Tomestones of Mythology. They require .7 Prae run, 1 Cast run, 1.4 PvP bouts, or 2.33 of the specified miscellaneous dungeons.

  • Wind-up Scathach
  • Wind-up Exdeath
  • Odin Card
  • Hancock Card
  • Progenitrix Card
  • Nidhogg Card
  • Flibbertigibbet Orchestrion Roll
  • Piece of Mind Orchestrion Roll

These will cost 56 Tomes in total to get them all. It will require 5.6 Prae runs, 8 Cast runs, 11.2 PvP bouts, or 18.64 of the specified miscellaneous dungeons.


This is the only reward that costs 4 Tomes, which takes .4 Prae run, .57 Cast run, .8 PvP bout, or 1.33 of the specified miscellaneous dungeons.

  • Crag Heart


These two rewards only cost 1 Tome, which takes.. well, there's not much need to drive into all that.

  • Demimateria of Crags
  • Magicked Prism (Job Mastery) x 10

The total cost to purchase absolutely everything is 1442 Irregular Tomestones of Mythology. Yeesh.

Moogle Treasure Trove will be lasting until 5.1 launch day, though no one knows quite yet when that will be. Get to grinding now, lest you miss out on the Falcon or one of the many other rewards available during this period!

FFXIV Getting a Live-Action Television Adaptation Thu, 27 Jun 2019 13:15:28 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Sony Pictures Television, Square Enix, and Hivemind, the production company behind Netflix's upcoming version of The Witcher, recently announced a collaboration for a live-action television series in the Final Fantasy XIV universe.

The series' narrative will be an original story based in Eorzea, but will still focus on the game's central themes of the struggle between magic and technology.

Of course, that means plenty of Magitek, chocobos, airships, fighting, fancy costumes, and series-staple Cid, who will be making his live-action debut in the forthcoming show. In addition to recognizable characters, though, the FFXIV TV show will also likely introduce several new faces.

The news comes a short while after both FFXIV's Shadowbringers expansion was shown off at E3 and after Sony announced the birth of PlayStation productions, a new studio tackling the challenge of creating quality video game movies and potentially TV shows as well.

The FFXIV TV adaptation isn't coming from PlayStation Productions, but it certainly seems as though it's following the general philosophy behind the latter, which is to create complementary material that both furthers the game's own narrative while filling the gap between content releases.

Chris Parnell, Sony Pictures Television's Co-President, mentioned something to that end as well, saying:

FINAL FANTASY XIV and Eorzea are the perfect gateway into FINAL FANTASY for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

This show is about embracing and embodying all of the elements that have made the mythos such an endlessly captivating phenomenon...

In other words, it's set to do what transmedia does best: introducing new audiences to the franchise's main medium and spinoffs, while still providing a compelling narrative and overall experience for established fans.

Jason Brown, Hivemind's Co-Founder, said television is the best choice for a production like this since it allows for greater depth and theme development. He also made an interesting comment that could suggest the FFXIV series gets a new or revamped art style, stating the production team is gathering artists from around the world to honor the franchise and its legacy.

To what extent a quest-based MMO can be translated into a full series wasn't addressed, nor did the press release offer a timeline for when we can expect the finished product or more updates.

Best Obscure YouTube Channels for Gamers in 2018 Sat, 06 Oct 2018 11:01:21 -0400 QuintLyn


So, there you have it. Seven (somewhat) obscure video game YouTube channels you'll want to add to your watch list. There's a little bit of something here for everyone, and we hope you'll give them the chances that they deserve. 


Of course, if you're already aware of these guys. Keep giving them your love. YouTubers need love too.




Ah, Final Fantasy XIV. It's one of the prettiest MMOs out there, and has an insanely dedicated fanbase to boot. But, man can some of the mechanics be insane -- particularly if you're big on group content.


That's okay, though, because MTQcapture has your back. Hosted by Mizzteq, the channel is constantly updated with guides for those looking to dive into the game's dungeons and other group content. 


It also includes the occasional community content, like videos compiled after attending media events. Overall, if you're looking for a little help figuring out in Final Fantasy XIV, this is a good place to look.


It can, however, be pretty serious business at times. That's just the way the cookie crumbles in MMORPG raid tutorials, but there's much to be said for the information here.


Lord Haris


Okay, So Lord Haris' channel is more than just Overwatch. It also features Fortnite and PUBG. But let's be honest, what shooter-centric channel doesn't these days? But the bulk of the channel is definitely Overwatch.


The channel is a bit meme-y, and the videos blend host commentary with in-game action and team chatter. The nice thing about the Lord Haris' channel is that he obviously puts effort into editing his content, making sure viewers don't get left too long without action.


Just keep in mind that while edited, these are still videos with team chat in them. So some might find them offensive. 


That's okay though. Because we still have more channels for you to check out. So, how about some Final Fantasy XIV guides?


kAN Gaming


Sometimes, you just want to get a little creative. Instead of adventure and combat, you just want to sit down and build something and that's okay. That's exactly why designing and engineering games exist.


kAN Gaming is a channel dedicated solely to this genre of games. The channel owner spend a lot of time in games like Scrap Mechanic, Trailmakers, and Factorio, building a wide variety of things. Note the UFO in the video above. 


Vehicles of all kinds are a pretty big focus of this channel. Perhaps it's due to the challenge of making something that moves. 


And before you ask. Yes, there is some more general gameplay. You're just not going to find any RPG, action, or shooter games here. 


Speaking of shooters. How about some Overwatch?




This channel is pure Nintendo, no fuss, no muss. A lot of it is also pure gameplay. 


For the most part, you won't come to NintenDaan to find critiques or even gameplay with a side of commentary. (Although there will be the occasional chatty video, like the recent Super Mario Party launch stream.) Instead, what you'll find here is first look gameplay for offerings on the Nintendo eShop. 


Actually, I should probably warn you. A lot of the gameplay is straight through without editing. So, if you're looking to avoid spoilers, you might want to stick to some of the shorter videos in the channel's archive.


Or, if you're looking for something without any possibility of story spoilers, perhaps a channel focused on creative games?


Writing On Games


Of all the channels in this list, I might be most partial to this one. But I'm also a sucker for stuff like this. 


Writing on Games is a channel dedicated to -- as they put it -- "in-depth analysis and opinion pieces on games, their designs and their narratives." Here, gamers can find the occasional review and discussions on the industry, gaming history, genres, and a variety of things we often take for granted when we sit down for some play time.


Unlike other gaming review and analysis channels, Writing on Games is doesn't go the "angry gamer" route -- although they're not afraid to tell you what they think.


For the most part the videos consist of relaxing narration layered over gameplay. And the videos are typically pretty short, coming in at around 10 minutes. So it's easy to get a quick listen in between other activities. 


But, maybe that's too much talking for you right now and you'd just like to watch some gameplay without having to listen to anyone's voice. I totally get that, so this next channel might be for you... particularly if you're a Nintendo fan.


Guy Named Chris


Okay, so there had to be at least one Fortnite channel. The game is pretty much everywhere. Out of all the YouTube channels I've come across that focus on the battle royale -- and there were a lot -- this one was one of the most fun.


Viewers who visit Chris' channel can find plenty of pre-recorded content, but if you hit it at the right time, you just might catch him live. He's an engaging streamer who is great at interacting with his audience -- as much as you can while playing a competitive game, anyway. That's always a huge plus with these things.


The other great thing about Chris is that he doesn't just seem to be someone playing the game for views. From what I've seen he's actually good at Fortnite.


Of course, the channel isn't all Fortnite, despite that being the primary focus. If you dig around in the videos list, you will find other games here and there -- like NBA2K19.


Now, does all that running, and shooting, and building structures that wouldn't stand up in real-life have you worn out? Well, our next channel is extremely chill -- and educational?


Life's A Glitch TV


A combination podcast, shout casting videos, and (some) gameplay. Life's a Glitch TV is the product of three dudes that just love games, particularly esports. A good chunk of the game's content is focused on StarCraft 2, but other exports-centric games get some love as well. 


The channel's podcast, Technical Alpha,  is more general, with hosts Adam (NovaWar), Jeff (MaximusBlack), and Tabin (PanicSwitched) discussing a variety of gamer and geek-centric topics.


If all of that's not enough for you -- maybe you'd like a little gameplay -- there is some of that there as well.


But, perhaps you're looking for something with a bit more action? Then the next streamer might be what you need.


When it comes to finding fresh -- and good -- content on YouTube, it can be a bit daunting. This is especially true of video games, which everyone seems to hit upon at some point or another for a quick boost in viewers.  But a lot of these people aren't really all that fun to watch.


If you're anything like me, you probably find a lot of channels to follow on YouTube either through the system's suggested stuff, which can be iffy at best or via your friends, who tend to be more reliable in suggesting things you like.


There's just one problem with this. YouTube (and often our friends) like to suggest channels that are already extremely popular, because obviously none of us have ever heard of that guy with millions of followers. So, a lot of other really good channels with solid followings that just don't make the follower count cut can be overlooked.


Since we've been pondering this, it occurred to us that it might actually be helpful if we compiled a list of some of the somewhat more obscure game-centric YouTube channels that are worth a watch. Keep in mind that when we're using "obscure" a bit loosely here. On average the channels in this list have about 100k followers. That's nothing to sneeze at, but they deserve more.


So, you might wonder what requirements we used to pick out these channels. Well, aside from subscriber number we looked at how entertaining the channels actually are. We also made sure they've uploaded content recently. There's nothing worse than finding a new channel you really like and discovering it's inactive.


As a more or less personal goal, I've tried to avoid making every channel listed here Fortnite or Minecraft related, my goal is to offer a nice variety of channel suggestions.


Now, with that addressed, let's get down to the actual list!

Final Fantasy XIV Prelude in Violet Launches Today Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:03:20 -0400 Zack Palm


Today marks a new chapter opening in Final Fantasy XIV as patch 4.4, the Prelude in Violet, releases. Now that the Garlean-controlled regions have been liberated, it's time for adventurers to embark on a new journey.

This latest update brings with it a number of changes and new content, such as additional main scenario quests and sidequests, two new dungeons, a new raid, recipes, housing options, and more.

One new change in particular to highlight is the Ceremony of Eternal bonding. It's a fancy way of detailing that players now have the opportunity to marry other player characters in the game. If the players remain in the Eternal bond over a length of time, they can celebrate an anniversary together down the road.

Beyond the Final Fantasy XIV Online patch, fans around the world can prepare for the upcoming Fan Festivals tour. You have three opportunities to join in on the fun. Here are the upcoming tour dates and their locations:

  • North America: November 16 to 17, 2018, in Las Vegas
  • European: February 2 to 3, 2019, at the La Grande Halle de La Villette in Paris
  • Japan: March 23 to 24, 2019, in Tokyo.

If you can't make it, ensure you write these dates down as the development team plans to host live streams on Twitch for you to join in on from the comfort of your own home. 

For more information on Final Fantasy XIV Online, in-depth patch notes, and to purchase any digital version of the game, check out Square Enix's website.

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Square Enix E3 Showcase Roundup: Kingdom Hearts 3, Tomb Raider, and More! Mon, 11 Jun 2018 15:53:29 -0400 Ashley Shankle

This year's showcase from Square Enix may not have been long, but it did pack a punch. Fans of their long-running series like Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and Tomb Raider have plenty to look forward to based on what was shown during their showcase during E3 2018 -- but there's definitely something for everyone among the lineup.

Without further ado, let's get to what was shown during this year's Square Enix showcase.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay reveal

Shadow of the Tomb Raider got a brand new trailer yesterday during Microsoft's showcase, but it seems Square Enix wanted the real hype-inducing meat to be during their own presentation. It's some juicy meat.


The gameplay demo featured above shows some great gameplay footage, especially focusing on stealth combat. The developers claim Shadow of the Tomb Raider will have wall-running, grappling, underwater swimming and survival, and will feature the largest world of the series yet. Laura Croft has really come a long way from the PlayStation, that's for sure.

Final Fantasy XIV Under the Moonlight 4.3 trailer

All I wanted from FFXIV at this point was some Final Fantasy XII-related content and it looks like we're finally getting it. The trailer for patch 4.3 is sure to send FFXII fans up the wall.


The trailer features familiar music, outfits, themes, and even the Bangaa race from the Ivalice Final Fantasy games. These certainly aren't the only things Final Fantasy XIV fans have to get excited about in the above trailer, though. There's a lot going on, and it all looks great.

Final Fantasy XIV x Monster Hunter World collaboration trailer

This was my personal hype machine.


Not much to say, not much to see! But nothing in the world can get you as excited to play a game like the Monster Hunter theme. This seems to be a collaboration that will take place in FFXIV, and will be coming sometime this summer. HYPE!

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit trailer

We got a second look at Life Is Strange developer Dontnot Entertainment's new spin-off for the series called The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, which they promise will have an impact on the upcoming Life Is Strange 2.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age trailer

Fans of the classic Enix RPG series will be happy to find that Dragon Quest XI now has an official North American release date: September 4, 2018.


As with previous entries released overseas, Dragon Quest XI will feature voice acting not present in the original Japanese release. We may be getting it over a year after it released in Japan, but late is better than never in the case of this classic turn-based series.

Babylon's Fall trailer

A Japanese publisher needs to have at least one Platinum game in their lineup, right? Right, that's what I assume. Even if it's not really the case.

Enter Square Enix's newest game from developer Platinum Games, Babylon's Fall.


The above trailer doesn't show much, but it does show some of that signature over-the-top Platinum style. Hopefully we will hear more about this game during or soon after E3.

Octopath Traveler trailer

Octopath Traveler is looking like the first completely original classic-style JRPG on the Switch and, for all intends and purposes, it looks fantastic for what it is.


This is one game we've known about for some time but we're mere weeks away from its release. Octopath Traveler looks very much like a SaGa game, with cues from Romancing SaGa and even SaGa Frontier. How will it actually play, though? Hopefully it'll play like it looks.

Just Cause 4 trailer

In case you needed some true chaos in your Square Enix presentation, Just Cause 4's trailer is here to give you just that. The off-the-rails open world series returns with a bigger and more varied world than ever.


The new weather system looks to be the biggest introduction in this release, with full-size tornadoes, massive thunderstorms, and more. And let's not even get into the vehicles and open world. Just watch the trailer!

The Quiet Man trailer

There's not much said in the below trailer and it goes lengths to blur the lines between live-action footage and in-game footage, but it does look interesting. It's an understatement to say there are not many games with deaf protagonists.


Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer

It's been how long since we've gotten a mainline Kingdom Hearts game? It's been 12 years since Kingdom Hearts 2 was released on the PlayStation 2. The series has survived in remixes and spin-offs since then and it's gone on strong, but all anyone wanted was a third game.


This time around Sora and the game will going into both Disney and Pixar worlds, featuring Hercules, Wreck-It-Ralph, Frozen, Monsters, Inc., Tarzan, and more. Fans will be watching this trailer over and over for sure, just to get a glimpse of what might be.

That's it for what Square Enix had to offer in their showcase during E3 2018. Later today we have more from Sony, Ubisoft, and more as E3 and its nearly endless stream of reveals pushes forward.

Square Enix's showing was strong, but there is surely stronger to come! Did one of these games make your E3? I have to admit, the FFXIV patch and collab have me worked up. Let us know in the comments!

FFXIV Ridorana Lighthouse Raid Guide Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:04:29 -0400 Sergey_3847

The Ridorana Lighthouse is the latest 24-man alliance raid in Final Fantasy XIV, which is a part of Patch 4.3, Under the Moonlight. It requires level 70 and has a time limit of 120 minutes. It can be unlocked by progressing through the Return to Ivalice storyline after clearing the Royal City of Rabanastre.

The entire raid consists of four bosses of various difficulty, and if you manage to beat all four of them, you will get rewards after each boss. Follow our guide below for all the essential tips on how to beat all the bosses in the Ridorana Lighthouse raid.

Boss 1: Famfrit, the Darkening Cloud

The first boss of the raid is Famfrit, the Darkening Cloud, who represents the zodiac sign of Aquarius, the Water Carrier, and desires to "flood" the world with darkness.

Famfrit mostly uses AOEs and stacks them up as the battle progresses. The biggest threat he will pose is Tsunami. He will fill up his vase with water and turn it around above his head. When he stops, he will spill out the water from the vase in the direction the water came from.

Keep an eye on the direction of the vase at all times. When he's done casting Tsunamis, he will switch to Dark Ewer, which will make whirlpools of water fall through an entire arena, from one side to another in a straight line, so stay away from this as much as you can.

Dark Rain is his ADD trick. You can split the alliance into groups and let each fight one of the Rains. The longer it takes, the more AOEs Famfrit will cast, to the point that it will get really hectic. But if you have enough heals and shields, you should be able to survive this.

Famfrit, the Darkening Cloud rewards:

  • 10x Allagan Tomestone of Creation
  • 1x Treasure Coffer

Boss 2: Belias, the Gigas

Belias mostly uses Fire and Time AOEs to disrupt your company. The Fire IV spell sends a whirlwind of fire all around the arena, so it's pretty hard to evade. However, his second skill, Time Eruption, divides the floor into squares and sets up time bombs that tick on each of them. All you need to do here is to stick to the bombs that tick slower, and when the faster ones explode, then jump to the safe spots.

Later on, Belias will split into two clones and charge across the battlefield in a straight line. Again, just follow his marker and move to the opposite side. This way, you will be able to avoid his charges.

In the second phase of the battle, the boss will activate Hand of Time, which will slow down all players affected by its tethers. This means that the safest zone is on the edge of the arena, where the AOE can't reach you.

Lastly, he will summon three Gigas that can be easily defeated if you split your alliance and take care of each of them. After Gigas, you may also find yourself against several Time Bombs, but those shouldn't be a problem either.

Belias, The Gigas rewards:

  • 20x Allagan Tomestone of Creation
  • 1x Treasure Coffer

Boss 3: Construct 7

The beginning of the fight against Construct 7 involves a lot of running around, as he will use Accelerate and Pulverize AOEs to try to burn you down. So just move along the edges of the arena and avoid his markers.

Then, Dismissal and Dispose will follow when Construct 7 starts jumping across the room and wrecking everything in his path. At one point, he will land and charge a cone-shaped AOE in front of him while rotating in all directions. In this case, you simply need to always find yourself behind the boss.

If you manage to survive all this, then Construct 7 will start a mini-game -- Computation. This will set the HP of all players to single-digit numbers. Pretty fun, huh? But don't worry, the boss will summon four AOEs that will have numbers from 1 to 4 above them. He will then provide you with a computation task.

For example, you might be required to step into one of the circles so that the value of your current health plus the value of the circle can be divided by four. This means that if your health is 1, then you need to step into the circle with 3. This will bring your life total to 4, which will complete the computation.

There will be several such computation tasks, and in-between, your party will be sucked into portals to fight three other constructs. When you're done with the constructs and all the computations, you will finish off this boss.

Construct 7 rewards:

  • 30x Allagan Tomestone of Creation
  • 1x Treasure Coffer

Boss 4: Yiazmat

The final boss is hard! He will start with a few circle- and cone-shaped AOEs, which you can avoid by going behind him. But then he will throw White Breath, which basically covers the entire arena, so the only escape route is under his belly.

One of the most exciting mechanics used by Yiazmat is the Magnetic Lysis. This AOE separates the room into two polarities: positive and negative. If you get hit by either a positive or negative charge, just try to stay on the side of the room with the opposite charge to yours.

The problem is that during this phase, the boss will cast other AOEs, so it'll be harder and harder to avoid those and stay on the right side of the room. When this phase is over, he will initiate a Cyclone that will pick up all players and turn them around in a whirlwind.

As if this wasn't enough, Yiazmat will summon demons that have to be separated before you can kill them; if they're stacked together, they'll be invulnerable. But if you manage to kill them, the boss will reveal his heart and lose tons of HP. Now you can kill him easily!

Yiazmat rewards:

  • 40x Allagan Tomestone of Creation
  • 20x Allagan Tomestone of Mendacity
  • 1x Gougan Coin
  • 1x Cracked Cluster
  • 2x Treasure Coffer


That covers how to beat all the bosses in the Ridorana Lighthouse raid, and for other Final Fantasy XIV guides at GameSkinny, please visit the links below:

FFXIV Patch 4.3 "Under the Moonlight" Bringing New Content and Companion App Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:47:23 -0400 Zach Hunt

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIV's next update, Patch 4.3, titled "Under the Moonlight," will release late this May. With this next chapter in the Ivalice universe, FFXIV Online players will enjoy a myriad of new content, including the following as outlined in the Square Enix press release:

  • New Main Scenario Quests
  •  New Alliance Raid -- The Ridorana Lighthouse
  • New Trial
  • New Dungeon -- The Swallow’s Compass
  • New Beast Tribe Quests -- The Namazu
  • New Sidequests -- The Four Lords, Doman Reconstruction and Further Hildibrand Adventures
  • New Deep Dungeon -- 100-Floor Heaven-on-High
  • The Forbidden Land, Eureka Expansion -- Pagos Expedition
  • New Ultimate Difficulty Raid -- Ultima Weapon
  • Updates to jobs, PvP, glamour system, housing, performance actions, more powerful gear, and more.

Final Fantasy XIV Online Companion Mobile App

Along with the new patch, details were revealed surrounding the Final Fantasy XIV Online Companion app for mobile devices. The app will offer chat options and a scheduler system/calendar, as well as the abilities to organize inventory and armory chests, sell and purchase items, and register an additional favored destination Aetheryte.

A Premium Plan (which requires a monthly fee) will also be available that allows app users to organize Saddlebags and Retainer Inventories, double their Saddlebag capacity, and employ an additional Retainer. Additional information on the app will be coming as its late-May release nears.

Towering structure from FFXIV Stormblood patch 4.3, Under the Moonlight

Stick with GameSkinny for more information on FFXIV Patch 4.3, "Under the Moonlight," and be sure to check out our extensive collection of Final Fantasy XIV guides, tips, and more.

FFXIV Eureka Anemos Weapon Guide Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:31:12 -0400 Sergey_3847

The whole point of Eureka Anemos dungeon content, the latest addition to Final Fantasy XIV patch 4.25, is the new set of Anemos gear, which includes the new relic weapon.

In order to get this new powerful weapon, you need to unlock a few other things beforehand and also earn some Protean and Anemos crystals by killing elemental monsters. Follow our step-by-step guide below for more details.

How to Unlock the Eureka Anemos Weapon

Purchase screen for the anemos crystal in FFXIV

Step 1: Obtain Antiquated Weapon

You can obtain an Antiquated weapon or any other Antiquated item in two ways: either by getting it from your coffer of the level 70 final job quest, or by purchasing it from Calamity Salvager.

Calamity Salvager can be found in the following areas:

  • The Aftcastle, Limsa
  • Mih Khetto's Amphitheatre, Gridania
  • Weaver's Guild, Ul'dah
Step 2: Upgrade Your Weapon

After you've purchased an Antiquated weapon from Calamity Salvager, you can take it to Gerolt, a blacksmith, who resides in Port Surgate on Eureka. He will be able to upgrade your weapon to a regular version, and then to +1 and +2 versions, which are necessary for your Anemos weapon.

You also need to have enough Protean crystals to be able to pay for the upgrades. Protean crystals can be obtained by killing elemental monsters on Eureka.

  • regular weapon upgrade will cost you 100 Protean crystals
  • +1 upgrade will cost you 400 Portean crystals
  • +2 upgrade will cost you 800 Protean crystals
Step 3: Unlock Anemos Weapon

In order to upgrade any of the +2 items, you will also need 150 Anemos crystals, which can be exchanged for your Protean crystals.

However, in order to unlock the Anemos weapon, you will also need 3 Pazuzu feathers, which can only be obtained by killing the Pazuzu Bird, which spawns in the Newvoid, west of Eureka, after you defeat Shadow Wraith.

Take the feathers back to Gerolt and upgrade your +2 weapon to Anemos weapon.


That's how you can unlock the Anemos weapon or any other upgradable item on Eureka, and for other Final Fantasy XIV guides at GameSkinny, please follow the links below:

FFXIV Eureka Complete Gear Guide Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:18:00 -0400 Sergey_3847

The latest patch 4.25 for Final Fantasy XIV has introduced a new dungeon, "Eureka Anemos." Eureka is basically a large island located in the deep ocean off the Far East that is designed to accommodate up to 144 players at once.

Players now have the chance to gather up and fight through hordes of elemental monsters and get some amazing new gear. If you want to know what type of gear is available on Eureka and how to unlock it, then follow our quick guide below.

Eureka Anemos Gear in Final Fantasy XIV

Yellow-clad FFXIV character wielding Eureka Anemos gear

In order to get the Anemos gear in FF14, you need to have in possession a piece of Antiqued gear and a certain number of Protean and Anemos crystals. This means that Anemos gear is basically the same Antiqued gear but dyable and with an additional glow to it.

If you don't have the Antiqued gear yet, then you need to reach level 70 and take it from the coffer obtained from your job quest.

Gear Requirement
Weapon (ilvl 335) Antiqued Weapon + 100 Protean Crystals
Weapon +1 (ilvl 340) Weapon (ilvl 335) + 400 Protean Crystals
Weapon +2 (ilvl 345) Weapon +1 (ilvl 340) + 800 Protean Crystals
Anemos Weapon (ilvl 355) Weapon +2 (ilvl 345) + 3 Pazuzu Feathers
Head (ilvl 335) Antiqued Head + 50 Protean Crystals
Head +1 (ilvl 340) Head (ilvl 335) + 150 Protean Crystals
Head +2 (ilvl 345) Head +1 (ilvl 340) + 400 Protean Crystals
Anemos Head (ilvl 350) Head +2 (ilvl 345) + 150 Anemos Crystals
Body (ilvl 335) Antiqued Body + 50 Protean Crystals
Body +1 (ilvl 340) Body (ilvl 335) + 150 Protean Crystals
Body +2 (ilvl 345) Body +1 (ilvl 340) + 400 Protean Crystals
Anemos Body (ilvl 350) Body +2 (ilvl 345) + 150 Anemos Crystals
Gloves (ilvl 335) Antiqued Gloves + 50 Protean Crystals
Gloves +1 (ilvl 340) Gloves (ilvl 335) + 150 Protean Crystals
Gloves +2 (ilvl 345) Gloves +1 (ilvl 340) + 400 Protean Crystals
Anemos Gloves (ilvl 350) Gloves +2 (ilvl 345) + 150 Anemos Crystals
Pants (ilvl 335) Antiqued Pants + 50 Protean Crystals
Pants +1 (ilvl 340) Pants (ilvl 335) + 150 Protean Crystals
Pants +2 (ilvl 345) Pants +1 (ilvl 340) + 400 Protean Crystals
Anemos Pants (ilvl 350) Pants +2 (ilvl 345) + 150 Anemos Crystals
Shoes (ilvl 335) Antiqued Shoes + 50 Protean Crystals
Shoes +1 (ilvl 340) Shoes (ilvl 335) + 150 Protean Crystals
Shoes +2 (ilvl 345) Shoes +1 (ilvl 340) + 400 Protean Crystals
Anemos Shoes (ilvl 350) Shoes +2 (ilvl 345) + 150 Anemos Crystals



That is all you need to know about the Eureka Anemos gear, and for more Final Fantasy 14 guides at GameSkinny, check out the links below:

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Patch Brings New Features and Content Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:15:23 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

Raise yourself and prepare: Patch 4.2 has arrived for Final Fantasy Online XIV: Stormblood. The update, known as "Rise of a New Sun," is the second-largest patch to date for Stormblood. Bringing about the next chapter of the Omega high-level raid series, the developers say that "Omega creates a new group of legendary foes to test the skills of players in battle." Here is some of the new content that released with the patch.

In a new scenario, you can now return to Doma, where a looming threat broods tension in the air. You will meet faces new and old to help you along the new story. Omega: Sigmascape brings a whole new raid to the scene for players, allowing them to explore Omega's new challenges on normal and savage. A new trial also looms on the horizon, as The Jade Stoa offers a new side quest for those seeking a challenge. There are also rumors of new weapons to be obtained through the hardest difficulty. Additionally, there's been a complete overhaul of the dress system, allowing for simpler customization and saving of outfits, making it easier for players to show off their own style.

Here are some of the other updates from the press release:

  • Housing Updates – Beginning February 6, six new wards will be added to each of the four residential districts, all of which include a subdivision and apartment buildings.
  • New Beast Tribe Quests – Assist members of one of the tribes of the Ananta—the Vira—in a new questline that offers rewards to players who forge strong bonds with these snake-like allies.
  • The Feast PvP Updates – In addition to an updated PvP ruleset, enhanced visual cues during matches, and a new map inspired by the legendary Crystal Tower, players may now form PvP teams of up to six players to compete in ranked matches. Additionally, a new PvP Team chat channel allows for quick communication with other team members.
  • Subaquatic Voyages – Free company members may work together to craft a submersible—an underwater exploration vessel—which can be sent to explore uncharted waters and collect various treasures.
  • Performance Actions Updates – An updated UI and additional instrument options further expand the musical possibilities for aspiring bards.
  • Gameplay and System Updates – Additional inventory space through the Chocobo™ Saddlebag feature, increased limits to stackable items per inventory slot, balance adjustments to jobs, and a number of other quality of life improvements are introduced in the update.
  • New Equipment, Mounts, Emotes, and more

On the Square Enix site, you can find the official patch notes. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more updates and news on Final Fantasy XIV.

The State of MMOs in 2017 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:33:49 -0500 Craig Snyder

Since the days of EverQuest, Ultima Online, and The Realm Online, MMOs have been the backbone of online gaming. These are the games 20-somethings like myself went to as a kid when they got home from school to escape reality. These are the games where you could be something online that years before you could have never imagined creating and experiencing. An immersive gameplay experience combined with social and competitive interaction with other players is something magical.

I see a lot of people saying that MMOs are a dying breed, though. Are MOBAs and battle royale shooters taking over? There's no questioning the success of games like League of Legends and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds as of recent, but let's not count MMOs out just yet. Let's talk about what happened with MMOs in the past year.

The Biggest Standouts

There were two games this year that really stood out to me. That's not to say that they were necessarily the two best MMOs of 2017, but they far exceeded my expectations. Both happen to be some of the most hardcore games of the year, too.

Black Desert Online

It'd be a cliché to say Black Desert Online came out of nowhere. It came straight out of Korea, and when it hit North America and Europe, it sent hardcore MMO enthusiasts into a frenzy.

Black Desert Online closed out its first year in March of 2017 with 1.5 million NA players and 1.7 million EU players. Bear in mind, these are statistics from before it came to Steam. When it did drop on Steam, popular variety streamer summit1g helped Black Desert Online hit a new peak when he was addicted to it on stream for several weeks.

Black Desert Online came to the West at a time when MMOs had already gone soft, and this game is anything but that. Everything is uncapped. When you grind in Black Desert Online, you grind hard. Players hit the soft level cap and will work for months and months just to get to that next level. It gets to the point where that next percent becomes the goal. It's grueling. The item upgrading in this game is just as unforgiving, and you're going to eventually lose pieces of the best items in the game just by sacrificing them to a completely RNG-based enchantment system.

The hurt brings the joy for hardcore players, though, and this game is incredibly addicting. It's non-linear in the way that you don't have to grind mobs or quest if you don't want to. You can do nothing but fish or cook all day, and you'll eventually be able to power level your character and make good money.

The year rounded out in a not-so-great way for the people behind Black Desert Online. Users were able to mine and leak extremely sensitive game data that helps players better understand stat efficiency on their gear. One of the biggest puzzles in this game lies within the way that gear statistics offer very little insight. Stats like AP, DP, and Accuracy have limited math behind them, and for a long time it's been up to the community to test and understand what they mean and how they perform on each item. In the last quarter of this year, that information was made public, and Pearl Abyss did everything in their power to cover it up.

Path of Exile

I know that there's a lot of debate around whether Path of Exile is a "true MMO" or not, being that you aren't interacting in an open world, but 2017 pushed the envelope on that a little further. While I'd still question the degree to which it's "massively" multiplayer, there are nevertheless features like guilds and trading. There are even ways to PvP in certain game modes. Not only that, but Path of Exile's community is a big part of the game. You're going to have to rely on them for a lot of things, especially trading, and this alone is going to make the game feel like more of a multiplayer experience, be it head-to-head or cooperative.

With that out of the way, Path of Exile is everything that Diablo III should have been (and more). I don't think it's even up for debate that Path of Exile is the best multiplayer online ARPG out right now, and easily one of the best of all time.

The Fall of Oriath, the sixth expansion for Path of Exile, was released in August of this year. As the largest content update in the history of the game, it's often called "Path of Exile 3.0." I don't think anyone expected a small, independent video game developer from New Zealand to come out as one of the most successful and celebrated companies among its customers. Nonetheless, Grinding Gear Games is just that.

Before The Fall of Oriath, Path of Exile was four acts. Afterward, it was ten. That's six acts in a single expansion, effectively doubling the content of the game. This information floored the Path of Exile community, including myself, when it was released. With these acts came 24 new bosses and a whole slew of balance changes that were mostly welcomed with open arms.

Path of Exile's depth and complexity make it a game that has near-infinite replayability. With every new character you make, every new node tick in the passive skill tree, every new Skill gem in every socket of every new weapon, it's a new experience. The looting system in Path of Exile is disgustingly diverse. The way you can socket gems to your gear reminds me of Materia in Final Fantasy VII. Every part of this game feels like you're writing the code of your player as you develop it, and that feels so good.

The "Holy Trinity"

World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XIV, and Elder Scrolls Online are at the top of the MMO food chain. Let's talk about what happened with these games in 2017.

World of Warcraft

2017 was the year of Legion, and with month after month of patches, Blizzard did a fine job in delivering a story and gameplay experience that's richer and more captivating than that of any other MMO that comes to mind.

World of Warcraft's year started with the release of a ten-boss raid featuring Gul'dan. Blizzard later introduced a micro-holiday system that gave players old and new a serious thirst to log in and see what special events awaited them for the day. PvP saw a new system of brawling, where 6-on-6 battles took over and really changed the landscape of a stale and boring PvP meta to make it fun and experimental again.

The year then closed out with two massive WoW-related announcements at BlizzCon that we'll get into later on in this piece.

Final Fantasy XIV

If you told me in 2010, when Final Fantasy XIV was released, that people would still be playing it in 2017, then I'd think you were crazy. We'd definitely be up to something like Final Fantasy XIX by 2017, right? Well, right now may actually be the best time ever to get into the game.

Final Fantasy XIV was originally received as a broken game that required far too much grinding. Square Enix even issued an apology for the quality of Final Fantasy XIV, and many fans were sure that its failures were leading to a major scar on the brand. In 2013, A Realm Reborn was released, and it corrected so many issues that originally plagued the game. In 2015, we were given Heavensward. With each expansion, Final Fantasy XIV was getting better and better. That seems natural and obvious, but games like World of Warcraft have playercount charts that peaked about five years after release and then declined from there. We're entering the eighth year with Final Fantasy XIV. Instead of falling off, it recently entered the list of top 10 subscriber-based MMOs in history.

We haven't even talked about the 2017 expansion, though. Stormblood started off rocky, but things have really panned out. Stormblood is another success that continues to push this MMO higher and higher on the charts. The newest expansion introduced swift swordsmen and red mages, underwater exploration, and a plethora of beautiful new zones.

Final Fantasy XIV is now at 10 million subscribers. To put it into perspective, the best MMO of all-time, World of Warcraft, is sitting at 12 million. There's no denying the massive success and continuation of this MMO powerhouse.

Elder Scrolls Online

Elder Scrolls Online started similarly to how Final Fantasy XIV did. Things didn't go as planned, promises were broken, and the community was fractured by a game that was less than they expected. You couldn't quest freely, you couldn't explore the world cooperatively, and friends couldn't even play together. It practically wasn't even an MMO.

That all changed years ago, and in 2017, Elder Scrolls Online is one of the most attractive and popular MMOs out. The game kicked off 2017 with fireworks upon the announcement of Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind. If you know anything about the Elder Scrolls franchise, you know the fanatical following behind this zone. Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind ended up being a massive success.

The Morrowind DLC also introduced the Warden class, the first new class in four years. It ended up being one of the most unique and diverse classes in the game. This year was also the year of player houses in Elder Scrolls Online. Homesteads allows you to purchase homes in Tamriel, and the decorating and customization options are fantastic. Player houses are fully functional, allowing you to craft, read, and participate in other activities. When you're not questing and developing your character, perfecting your house is something that you're going to spend an obsessive amount of hours on. It's a really great touch to the game.

The Newbie

Albion Online

Creativity and quirkiness is something to be appreciated in a game genre that is so old and on a very narrow path, and Albion Online does bring that. This is another one of those "super hardcore" MMOs, in a class with Black Desert Online, that I recommend for people who feel like they missed out on getting into games like RuneScape or Ultima Online.

Albion Online is an MMORPG with sandbox elements that are going to make you want to play for the long haul. That's what you're going to have to do too, because collecting resources is going to be a massive grind. Albion Online offers a medieval, cross-platform world where every battle is different and PvP is a looting extravaganza. Give this one a shot if you're a nostalgic gamer who wants something that looks and feels like the old days but really plays like new.

The Duds


It's sad to see what has happened to ArcheAge. When it first released, my friends and I were extremely excited about the sandbox experience and claiming a small piece of the world's land as our own. What we instead got was an MMORPG riddled with hackers that used bots and other automated tools to claim those land plots the second they became available.

Unlike Final Fantasy XIV and Elder Scrolls Online, XL Games wasn't quick enough in correcting these issues, and 2017 was a year where we saw a lot of red in the playercount charts. There's just no reason to play ArcheAge when games like Black Desert Online were at their high point in 2017.


Yes, still. WildStar was released as one of the most hyped fantasy/sci-fi MMOs under NCSOFT in 2014. Three years later, it's sitting at an average of about 190 concurrent on Steam.

The sad part isn't that WildStar failed but that Carbine Studios doesn't seem to have any plans on how to fix it or what to do with it. WildStar just kind of ... exists. When's the last time you heard about this MMO? Probably not for years, and that's because nothing major and exciting has come out lately. Homecoming and Power of the Primal Matrix were both flops and not nearly as large as promised. It's sad to see such wasted potential in a game that looked incredibly unique and promising.

All the Rest

Guild Wars 2 actually had a pretty solid year despite it being one of the more "quiet" MMOs. You don't hear a lot about this game, but what if I told you it was reported to have 11 million active players back in September?

Path of Fire was a massively popular content expansion. ArenaNet dubbed Heart of Thorns a "feature expansion," so players really looked forward to this. This Guild Wars 2 expansion took players to the Crystal Desert to experience crazy new mounts, new masteries, and new elite specializations.

I was happy to see RuneScape continue to live on for yet another year, both OSRS and RS3. One of the oldest MMOs still kicking saw changes to weather, pets, the bank, mining and smithing, and the Elder Gods in 2017. It's not just nostalgia that's keeping RuneScape's heart beating, but it's surely a big part.

Although the Steam Charts don't seem to reflect 2017 being a great year for EVE Online, this space-based, persistent world is far from dead.

In October of 2016, it was announced that EVE Online would follow a new free-to-play model. In October of this year, we learned that this free-to-play program was about to get majorly upgraded. Free players now have access to a massive amount of new skills and ships that are surely going to bring a surge in activity to this economy-driven classic. Lifeblood brought mining and pirates, with more to come in 2018.

Conclusion and Looking Ahead

For MMOs, 2017 saw a lot of familiar faces, and there's nothing wrong with that. Those same familiar faces will very well be the ones steering us into a successful 2018.

Not only did BlizzCon 2017 tease us with one of the most amazing-looking expansions coming in 2018, Battle for Azeroth, but they also seem to be bringing vanilla back. World of Warcraft private servers that emulate the game's early days were massively successful, and Blizzard has been criticized for their actions against these servers. Will World of Warcraft Classic be the solution? It's got to be one of the most exciting things heading into 2018!

Other titles like Bless Online, Sea of ThievesChronicles of Elyria, and Crowfall keep us hopeful for the new blood of 2018.

I definitely can't close out this piece without talking about Camelot Unchained. As someone who absolutely loves nostalgic titles and personally believes that we're long past the glory days of MMOs, revisiting Dark Age of Camelot is at the top of my MMO bucket list for next year.

Games like Black Desert Online, Final Fantasy XIV, and Elder Scrolls Online show that 2017 isn't the year where MMOs surrender as ready to die, and I expect that this continues into next year.


What were your favorite MMOs of this year, and what MMOs are you looking forward to going into 2018? There are a lot of MMOs out there to talk about, and surely they haven't all been discussed in this article. Drop me a comment below, and we'll talk about your favorite (or least favorite) of the past year.

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