When is the FFXIV Shadowbringers release date? Square Enix has announced the third expansion to the heroically revitalised MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Shadowbringers. Following in the footsteps of Heavensward and Stormblood, the latest expansion will add a whole host of new content to the game when it releases in July. Details of FFXIV Shadowbringers are slowly coming into the light as part of this year’s trio of FFXIV Fan Festivals, so we’ll be sure to update this page as each one of them takes place, and share you into all the latest info and reveals.
From what we know so far, Shadowbringers will continue the MMO’s Main Scenario Quests with a story that sends players on a journey to become Warriors of Darkness. Considering that we’ve spent the entirety of Final Fantasy XIV so far as Warriors of Light fighting off forces of darkness, it must mean some serious stuff is about to go down in order for us to maintain the balance in the world.
The list of other standout additions in Shadowbringers includes two new job classes, an increased level cap to 80, a new race, a new Beast Tribe and Primal, nine new dungeons and a Nier-themed raid, a ‘Trust’ system for NPCs, a host of new areas to explore and a New Game+ mode that will allow you to replay previous storylines from the Main Scenario. It’s a lot to take in so let’s take a look at it all in more detail below.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers release date
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers will be released on July 2, 2019. Each copy will include the Heavensward and Stormblood expansions, but you’ll need to purchase a copy of A Realm Reborn separately. There are three versions of Shadowbringers available to pre-order:
- The Standard Edition will cost $39.99, €34.99 or £29.99.
DIGITAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION
- The Digital Collector’s Edition will cost $59.99, €49.99 or £44.99.
- It includes a number of in-game items such as the Grani Mount, Wind-up
- Fran Minion and Revolver Gunbreaker Weapon.
- The Collector’s Edition will cost $199.99, €199.99 or £179.99
- It includes the above in-game items, plus a Special Art Box, 23cm tall
- Dark Knight Figure, Shadowbringers Art Book, Shadowbringers Logo
- Sticker Cling and Final Fantasy XIV Playing Card Deck.
All Shadowbringers pre-orders come with the Baby Gremlin Minion and Aetheryte Earring (which offers a 30% EXP bonus up to level 70). You’ll also get early access to the expansion, which is scheduled to begin on June 28, 2019.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers new jobs
We’re expecting two new jobs to be added to Final Fantasy XIV with the Shadowbringers expansion. The first one, Gunbreaker, has already been revealed, though the other remains a mystery for now. However, fans are speculating that it could be the Dancer job as a new healer role.
FFXIV SHADOWBRINGERS GUNBREAKER JOB
- Role: Tank
- Armour: Plate armour
- Starting Level: 60 (subject to change)
- Starting Location: Gridania (subject to change)
The Gunbreaker is the master of the gunblade – a ludicrously improbable but effortlessly cool weapon most famously wielded by Squall Leonhart in Final Fantasy VIII. The job will sit alongside Warrior, Paladin and Dark Knight as the game’s fourth Tank class.
While we don’t know any specifics about how the job plays just yet, a brief introductory video has shown off the class in action and a number of Gunbreaker skills. There’s an expected flurry of different gunblade attacks, plus a couple more defensive moves that generate shields and barriers of brief protection.
We’ll be sure to update this guide as soon as the second job is revealed, most likely following Tokyo Fan Fest in late March.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers new race
Shadowbringers will add the Viera as a new race to Final Fantasy XIV. This lithe and rabbit-eared humanoid race will be familiar to anyone who has played Final Fantasy XII or Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. Fran, who was one of the main party members in the former release, popped up in the recent part of the Return to Ivalice raid, suggesting that the Viera race would be coming to the game soon.
The above video was also released alongside the announcement showing only female Viera, though it is expected that you will be able to play as a male Viera, too.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers new areas
We’ve had a glimpse of two new zones you’ll be able to visit in FFXIV Shadowbringers: the Rak’tika Greatwood and Il Meng.
From videos released the first location is unsurprisingly a dense green forest full of spindly tree roots, old ruins, and thick bogs. The second is far more appealing as it contains a rich variety of strange and colourful flora, vast fields, lakes, and a grand looking building that looms over the area.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Nier raid
Final Fantasy XIV hasn’t been shy of hosting a collaboration event every now and then, yet it was still a huge surprise when game producer and director Naoki Yoshida announced that the new raid for Shadowbringers would be based on Square Enix RPG series Nier.
Previous raid content, such as the Return to Ivalice series or the original Crystal Tower, has plundered the depths of Final Fantasy history for inspiration. However, this is the first time an outside universe will be part of the large scale 24-man raid.
Entitled YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse, fans of Nier: Automata, in particular, should be very excited for the new raid as Nier creators Yosuke Saito and the enigmatic moon-headed Yoko Taro are both involved in the project. Nothing outside of their attachment to the raid and a single piece of key art has been released so far.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Beast Tribes and Primals
Each Final Fantasy XIV expansion usually comes with a new Beast Tribe or two and Shadowbringers is no different with the introduction of the Pixies and their Primal, Titania.
As is always the case, the Warrior of Light and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn will have to step in once again when the Pixies gather up enough crystals to summon Titania. Before the Primal can unleash too much terror across the land she will have to be swiftly dispatched by eight players in a new FFXIV Shadowbringers Trial.
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Much like many of the game’s current Primal encounters, we can almost certainly expect that a tougher ‘Extreme’ version of the fight will be added to the game as well, where players will be able to earn high-level weaponry.
Details of a second Beast Tribe and Primal are still forthcoming.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers ‘Trust’ System
Expanding on a number of ideas introduced throughout the Final Fantasy XIV Main Scenario Quests and Grand Company Adventurer Squadrons, Shadowbringers will allow players to team up with familiar NPCs and tackle instanced dungeons together.
King for a day
Before Shadowbringers is released there will still be regular content drops in FFXIV, including a collaboration event with Final Fantasy XV. This will see the game’s protagonist Noctis visit Eorzea with the vehicle Regalia in tow. FFXIV players will be able to undertake a short quest chain alongside him to unlock the car as a flying mount and other rewards.
Details on this are still quite thin, but what’s been confirmed so far is that AI-controlled NPCs will be able to tag along into any of the nine, four-man dungeons from the Shadowbringers expansion. This means you might be able to bring along the likes of Thancred, Y’Shtola, and Alisaie into dungeons instead of other players.
Going by the name (and the Custom Deliveries for crafters and gatherers already in the game), we would also guess that completing dungeons with NPCs successfully will increase your reputation with them. Doing so could potentially unlock a range of rewards including items, loot, and cosmetic gifts while also improving the skills and abilities of your chosen teammates.
But that’s all speculation for now! We’ll add concrete info once more has been revealed on the Trust System.