Graphical Update in FFXIV Dawntrail

Last updated on Aug 01, 2023 at 03:00 by Lyra 1 comment

Dawntrail, the latest FFXIV expansion, will feature a full-scale graphical update to increase the graphical quality of the game after 10 years in service. Learn more about the update on this page.


First Graphical Update Coming in Dawntrail

Final Fantasy XIV's latest expansion, Dawntrail, will feature the first ever graphical update the game has received. The game will receive sweeping graphical changes to update the quality of the game while keeping the core feel and identity the same. To learn more about the expansion, visit our Dawntrail Home Page.


Character Updates

Character Graphical Update
Character Graphical Update

All character textures will be receiving an upgrade. While no new character customization options were seen, characters from all races look extremely improved from the previous iteration. The development team has taken the time to update polygons and mapping for all characters, making them look better in the new shadows and lighting. NPCs will also receive updates, though the updates will be applied periodically making some NPCs look much better than others at the beginning.


Dye Updates

Equipment Dye Update

Equipment in Dawntrail will receive a second dye channel, allowing for further glamour customization for all players. While the developers have stated most equipment will be able to receive two separate dye channels, certain housing items will not be able to have two dyes applied to them as the technical demand is too strenous. Even so, having two separate dye channels per piece is an extremely welcomed change to character customization.


Materials Updates

Materials Update

All textures and materials will also be receiving updates. However, the new graphics will be rolled out with the newest expansion content in Patch 7.0 receiving updates first, then subsequently older expansions will receive updates to their graphics. Dawntrail will be the most visually stunning FFXIV expansion to date, but older expansions will look just as good eventually.


Environment Updates

Environment Update

Auto-generated environments will also receive an overhaul, making them look much better before. The grass textures will become more vibrant, and the consistent lighting system will make the world look fresh and alive.



  • 07 Jan. 2024: Updated for the third keynote.
  • 21 Oct. 2023: Updated for the second Keynote.
  • 02 Aug. 2023: Page added.
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