Final Fantasy XIV Patch 3.5 details Anima Weapons, the Diadem and new features By Erren Van Duine on January 12, 2017 at 10:46 AM

Square Enix continues their string of updates promoting Final Fantasy XIV‘s Patch 3.5, arriving next week on January 17. Today’s screenshots give us a look at exploratory missions into the revamped Diadem, the continuation of the Anima Weapon quest and a new character: Zhloe.

Exploratory Missions to the Diadem

As airship technology spread throughout Eorzea, pioneers took to the skies to challenge a new frontier. There they came upon a breathtaking sight: a chain of pristine isles clustered about a massive floating crystal─no less a diadem fit for gods. These isles promise untold wealth and danger, and to lay claim to one you must brave the other. But ware those who would aid House Haillenarte in its explorations, for recent storm winds have littered the Diadem with artefacts of ancient origin. With these unstable relics twisting the aether and corrupting the wildlife, you can only guess at what new terrors now lurk in the darkness…


Anima Weapons

As repair work on the Allagan droid progresses, it becomes clear that it won’t be long until the anima weapon is fortified at last. Just what form will the anima take once all is said and done? Well, that’s the million-gil question.


PvP: Updated Duel & Frontline Features

Updates aplenty are coming to dueling. Players will now be able to sync item levels with their opponents, guaranteeing that all future duels will have a little extra spice to them. What’s more, recast timers and status ailment resistances will now be reset at the start of duels, ensuring a level playing field for both fighters

Gone are the days when your Grand Company allegiance would hold you back! Players can look forward to taking part in Frontline matches sans Grand Company restrictions.


Custom Deliveries

Remember Chloe? Well, get ready to meet Zhloe—your new best friend (if you want to get your hands on some juicy rewards). Disciples of the Hand/Land will be able to experience new content, accessed by raising the satisfaction of certain NPCs.


Heavensward Beast Tribe Quests

All-new stories of Gnathic proportions await players in the final batch of Heavensward beast tribe quests!


“The Far Edge of Fate” as it’s called, is set to bring a number of new additions including a new 24-man alliance raid closing out the Mhach series, new PvP (player versus player) gear and mount rewards, new subquests involving Hildibrand and Saint Endalim’s Scholasticate and much more. Patch 3.5’s second part, which will conclude the Heavensward main scenario, is currently scheduled to launch in March.

For more on Final Fantasy XIV and Patch 3.5, head on over to the official portal site here and check out a round of screenshots and information released earlier featuring Dun Scaith and other important updates.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is due out for PC, PlayStation 4 and Mac on June 20, 2017. For more information on the upcoming expansion, including its hefty Collection’s Edition, head here.