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FFXIV Shadowbringers First Raid And Update Are Live, Here Are The Details

The first update for Final Fantasy XIV‘s latest expansion, Shadowbringers, is now live and gives players their first wave of post-release content. Patch 5.01 introduces additional quests for those who finished the Shadowbringers main scenario questline under the umbrella of Chronicles of a New Era. There are also a handful of tweaks to many of the jobs and bug fixes, but the most substantial addition is the new 8-player raid dungeon called Eden’s Gate.

You can access the raid by finishing the new quest called “In the Middle of Nowhere” (found at the Crystarium near the main Aetheryte) and starting the follow-up quest “Deploy the Core.” Players will need an average gear level of 425 to take part in Eden’s Gate and complete its four parts Resurrection, Inundation, Descent, and Sepulture.

In the 5.01 patch notes regarding rewards for running the new dungeon raid, Square Enix gave the following details:

  • Treasure coffers that appear upon completing Eden’s Gate will not yield gear, but instead yield tokens that can be traded for gear of your choosing.
  • You can only receive one token per individual Eden raid each week. In the event you are awarded a token from the loot list, you relinquish your right to vie for all remaining tokens regardless of whether you selected Need or Greed.
  • There is no weekly restriction on entering Eden’s Gate.
  • Reward eligibility will be reset every Tuesday at 1 AM PT.

As for item exchange for new gear, you can go to Ghul Gul in Amh Araeng or Yhal Yal in Eulmore to trade in those early antiquity tokens for the following gear:

  • Head: Helm of Early Antiquity x 2
  • Body: Armor of Early Antiquity x 4
  • Hands: Gauntlets of Early Antiquity x 2
  • Waist: Belt of Early Antiquity x 1
  • Legs: Chausses of Early Antiquity x 4
  • Feet: Greaves of Early Antiquity x 2
  • Accessories: Bangle of Early Antiquity x 1

There are more details on completion rewards for the new raid as well:

  • Upon completing Eden’s Gate: Sepulture, players can also earn a blade of early antiquity once per week. This reward can be exchanged with Ghul Gul in Amh Araeng or Yhal Yal in Eulmore for lightweight tomestones, which can be exchanged for weapons.
  • Weapons will be available for exchange for lightweight tomestones after the introduction of Allagan tomestones of phantasmagoria, which are scheduled to be released two weeks after patch 5.01.
  • Reward eligibility will be reset every Tuesday at 1 AM PT.

Slight tweaks were made for a few jobs across all of FFXIV: Lancer/Dragoon ability Disembowel duration has increased for 24 seconds to 30 seconds, Scholar ability Art of War had its MP cost reduced from 800 to 600, and Astrologian ability Gravity also its MP cost reduced from 700 to 600. You can view the full patch notes for FFXIV 5.01 here.

A Nier Automata-themed 24-player alliance raid called YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse is coming in the future, and it’s being made in collaboration with series creator Yoko Taro. FFXIV director and producer Naoki Yoshida said it’ll play closer to Nier and that Yoko Taro is working on it “as if he’s creating a whole game.”

This is the third expansion for FFXIV, and GameSpot reviewer Ginny Woo awarded Shadowbringers a 9/10 praising its great storytelling, strong instanced dungeons, and new Trust system (which lets you bring the game’s characters into dungeons as AI teammates instead of real players). For a broad overview of what’s new in the expansion, check out the biggest changes made to FFXIV for Shadowbringers, or if you need help with the new jobs, be sure to use our Gunbreaker and Dancer starting guide.

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