Final Fantasy XIV Articles RSS Feed | Final Fantasy XIV RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Final Fantasy XIV Expanded Free Trial Makes Heavensword Free Wed, 22 Jul 2020 13:38:16 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Square Enix recently announced it's sweetening the pot for anyone who's been holding off on Final Fantasy XIV. Starting August 11, the Final Fantasy XIV free trial is getting a significant expansion — all the way up through the end of Heavensword.

Previously, the FFXIV free trial only included the base game, until you leveled up to Level 35. With the FFXIV expanded free trial, you can play up to Level 60. That includes almost all of Heavensword, up to FFXIV patch 3.56, which is Heavensword's endgame.

It also means players can unlock and play as Heavensword's locked jobs: Astrologian, Machinist, and Dark Knight.

And just like with the original free trial, this expanded version is for PlayStation 4 and PC.

Note you'll still need a copy of FFXIV to get started. The free part is not having to pay the usual monthly subscription to access the game. If you already have the A Realm Reborn Starter Edition, then Heavensword gets added to your game for free.

Square Enix didn't say anything about limited features for free trial users. Presumably, these would be the same as the base trial, though: things like no access to the Lodestone or forums, being locked to one character per homeworld, and so on.

The FFXIV expanded free trial coincides with the long-awaited Reflections in Crystal 5.3 patch set which will bring Shadowbringers to a close. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Final Fantasy XIV news as it develops.

FFXIV 5.3 Bringing the Heat to Make Up for Last Patch Fri, 24 Apr 2020 13:51:37 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Final Fantasy XIV players may have been left disappointed with patch 5.25 — heck, disappointed enough that Balmung's not even congested right now — but patch 5.3 hopes to bring some of that enthusiasm back to both long-time players and those still back in the base game.

FFXIV 5.3 brings the much-anticipated A Realm Reborn revamp meant to streamline the base game's scenario quests, and it adds flying to ARR's areas. This revamp has been a long time coming, but it isn't remotely the biggest punch this patch packs.

Several new pieces of Level-80-oriented content are coming along with 5.3.

  • The last chapter of the Shadowbringers MSQ
  • The next NieR-inspired raid, The Puppets Bunker
  • Large-scale battle content related to the new Resistance weapons added in 5.25, allowing them to be upgraded
  • A new dungeon, The Heroes' Gauntlet
  • The third phase of the Ishgardian Restoration opens
  • The Dwarves get their crafting-oriented beast tribe quests
  • More crafting and gathering changes as well as an update to the Skysteel Tools questline
  • Unreal Trials are being added, which will rotate by patch

This is a whole pile of content, and it is sure to please those who took a break due to the lack of content in 5.25.

There is no announcement about 5.3's release date yet, but be prepared to resub on patch day, friends! There's grinding to be done.

FFXIV Cinder Drift (Extreme) Raid Guide Fri, 28 Feb 2020 17:43:42 -0500 Yaneki

FFXIV's new Extreme Trial introduced in Patch 5.2 is considered to be easier than previous Extreme Trials, especially harsh ones like Titania. It's certainly more accessible to players, and opened up the field to new raiders in what once was a much more elitist field.

This guide is meant to help newer raiders learn the mechanics they will need to master in order to take down the Ruby Weapon and have a chance at it's drops.

How to unlock Cinder Drift Extreme

Players will need to clear Cinder Drift on normal first, have an ilvl of 470, and then speak with the Warmachina Fanatic in The Lochs (X:11.5 Y:22.5) and complete his short quest to unlock the fight.

Cinder Drift Extreme Mechanics

Phase 1 Mechanics

Players should choose cardinal and intercardinal (North, East, South, West, etc.) positions for Ravenclaw, and choose two stacks to split for Homing Lasers, with one healer in each stack.

Markers should be placed on the edges at each cardinal and intercardinal edge, with the 1 Marker North and the marker NW being placed slightly closer to the middle.

  • Optimized Ultima - Raidwide moderate magical damage.

  • Stamp - Tank buster on the main tank that inflicts a Blunt Resistance Down debuff. This forces a tank swap.

  • Magitek Bit - Spawns four magitek bits around the arena, which shoot line AoEs, Magitek Ray, at random players. Keep moving to avoid.

  • Flexiclaw - Ruby Weapon drills into the ground and has an AoE in his hitbox. He then does mechanics based on this phase.

  • Helioclaw - Three AoEs spawn, which move alon the yellow line indicated from each AoE.

  • Ravensclaw - Eight patches of earth spawn from Ruby Weapon in the center and slowly move outwards. Ruby Weapon will then either cast Liquefaction or Undermine at random, but never both. Players will need to pay attention to boss to determine whether they need to move away or on to the patches of earth spawned by Ravensclaw.

  • Spike of Flame - AoEs appear around the arena. They have markers, but blend into the enviroment. The outside patches are generally safe, as well as to the intercardinal of the boss; adjust as necessary and avoid.

  • Liquefaction - Ruby Weapon will turn the arena into lethal quicksand, which slowly players heavily and kills them after 6 seconds if they are not standing on Ravensclaw patches. This is generally what tends to kill newer players.

  • Undermine - AoEs appear under the Ravensclaw patches which inflict burn if players are standing inside them.

  • Ruby Sphere - Three AoEs will drop on all players, dealing light magic damage. The AoEs leave behind a puddle which explode in a wide radius if a player is standing in it.

  • Ruby Ray - Ruby Weapon will charge and then shoot a wide frontal line AoE. Players should stand behind the boss to avoid.

  • Ravensflight - Ruby Weapon will place down markers along the edge of the arena and then dash in the indicated direction, dealing AoE damage to any players it hits. Players will have to pay attention to the direction Ruby Weapon will travel and avoid it's large hitbox to avoid taking damage. Additionally, once it hits the quicksand mark, it will reverse the quicksand. The middle will have quicksand, while the outer ring will be safe.

  • Ruby Dynamics - Ruby Weapon jumps to a random cardinal and casts a donut-shaped AoE around it.

  • Homing Lasers - There are two variations to the mechanic:
    • Stack: Two stack markers appear on healers. All players should be standing inside Ruby Weapon's hitbox and stand in one marker only.
    • Spread: AoE Markers appear on all players and they should spread out to avoid taking additional damage.
  • Cut and Run - Ruby Weapon cuts and runs across the arena with conal-shaped AoEs. The safe spots are along the edges parallel to how he dashes, further than the intercardinals. Two Magitek Charges will spawn which deal damage in their proximity.

Phase 2 Mechanics

Phase 2 will begin when the Ruby Weapon itself has been destroyed. A cutscene will play where the weapon's pilot emerges from the weapon, transformed into an incarnation of Nael van Darnus.

The fight will checkpoint players here, so after destroying Ruby Weapon players will not have to do so again if they wipe during Phase 2.

Nael is stationed in the middle, cannot be moved, and is omni-directional. She will auto attack the MT. Tanks need to choose which Comet add they will tank, East or West. The edge of the arena is lethal during this phase.

  • Meteor Project - Nael van Darnus begins by summoning the red moon Dalamud in the background, indicated by the Dalamud Reborn duty guage. After the countdown, Dalamud will impact the arena and deal heavy raidwide magical damage to the entire party. If the guage is not 0, it will instantly wipe the party. Killing either a Raven's Image or Comet add will reduce the guage by 50. All players should remember their cardinal and intercardinal positions for Meteor Mine.

  • Dalamud Impact - Dalamud's Fall from Meteor Project, dealing heavy raidwide magical damage.

  • Negative Personae - Nael summons two Raven's Image adds, one colored orange and the other colored blue. All players will be inflicted with an orange or blue debuff; players must hit the opposite add according to which debuff they have. ie, blue debuffed players attack the orange Raven's Image. Nael is untargetable while any add is alive.

  • Meteor Stream - An AoE centers on each of the four DPS, which deals heavy damage.

  • Greater Memory - Both adds gain a damage up buff, and two untargetable ghosts, White Agony and White Fury, which will spawn and tether to DPS. the ghosts move slowly towards the tethered player. If any player is hit by a ghost, they will explode and deal heavy damage to the raid and inflict a damage down debuff. The ghosts need to be taken to their opposite colored add, which will remove the damage up stack.

  • Lunar Dynamo - Adds will cast a donut-shaped AoE that can be outranged.

  • Iron Chariot - Adds will cast a small AoE around themselves.

  • Ruby Claw - A moderate strength multi-hit physical tank buster that does more damage with the damage up buff from Greater Memory still active. Players will need to destroy the ghosts before Nael uses this.

  • Change of Heart - The adds will swap buffs, necessitating all players to switch targets, tanks included.

  • Negative Aura - Any players looking at Nael will be feared, look away from her to avoid.

  • Meteor Mine - Nael marks all eight players in order with Meteors. Meteors will land dealing proximity damage, exploding if they are close to any other meteor and wiping the party. Meteors will explode after a short while, dealing heavy damage to all nearby players. Players will need to take their meteor in rotation to their cardinal or intercardinal near the edge of the platform.

  • Magitek Meteor - A gigantic meteor will fall from the sky. Players must hide line-of-sight the meteor behind a Meteor Mine in order to survive, so make sure your foot isn't peaking out behind them.

  • Screech - A short knockback centered on Nael. This can be countered with Surecast/Ams Length.

  • Mark II Magitek Comet - Nael will summon two comets that will drop and require tanks to stand underneath them and hold them up, requiring the use of their cooldowns in order to survive. Comets will deal increasing damage to the Tanks via a debuff until they are killed, so DPS should burst down each comet quickly.

  • Bradamante - Two players become marked. After the cast goes off, Nael will shoot line AoEs at each of them, dealing light magical damage. This should be aimed away from the tanks while they hold up comets.

  • Outrage - Moderate raidwide magical damage. This will be spammed until the boss enrages.


Let us know in the comments below if you took down Ruby Weapon following my guide, and be sure to check out our other guides and content on Final Fantasy XIV.

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.2 Gets New Trailer, Out on Feb. 18 Fri, 07 Feb 2020 13:18:11 -0500 Ashley Shankle

We're edging ever-closer to the release of Final Fantasy XIV's 5.2 patch on February 18, and Square Enix has been sharing just enough about the update to get players excited for what's to come.

Patch 5.2 may not have the most information-laden page at the time of writing, but that doesn't mean it's not bringing much to the table. As with the previous 5.x patches, 5.2 promises to shake things up in more ways than just new main story quests though it is getting new MSQs and a new dungeon to go with them.

Both a new raid and a new dungeon will be added with 5.2, along with a new trial featuring Ruby Weapon from Final Fantasy VII that is sure to be teeth-clenchingly difficult. Qitari beast tribe quests will also be added this patch, in case you needed more dailies to grind.

Ocean fishing is being added to FFXIV with 5.2, which will allow fishers to board ships at certain times of day and partake in 30-minute fishing trips with other players. If you've been looking for something to spice your fishing up, this is certainly it.

There's a lot more to this patch than meets the eye. Even past what's outlined above, 5.2 will be implementing balance changes, even more crafting adjustments, umbrellas, PvP balancing, and new Allagan Tomestones to stockpile.

We only have 11 days until Final Fantasy XIV patch 5.2 makes its way to the client, meaning you have a bit of time to prepare for the new content and be ready to go come release day.

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.