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FFXIV Weapon Design Contest Winners and Finalists Announced

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Each job will be getting two new weapons designed by the community. Check them out here!

Last year, Square Enix announced the Weapon Design Contest for FFXIV, offering templates to the more artistically inclined members of the community and giving them an opportunity to design a weapon to be implemented into the game.

Today, those winners were announced! The works are pretty impressive, and the finalists all had interesting ideas. Those who contributed to the contest will receive rare in-game rewards.

Did any of you submit artwork to the contest? If so, we'd love to see it! As an honorable mention, my wife submitted an entry to the contest as well! Hers is themed after cherry blossoms for Samurai.

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You can see all of the winning entries and finalists in the lodestone post below. Share your entries with us!

Square Enix LogoAnnouncing the Winners of the Weapon Design Contest! (Source)

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We would like to thank the aspiring designers who submitted their amazing entries for the Weapon Design Contest!

Today we’re pleased to present the winning designs that have been selected as grand prize winners and finalists. As we received an astounding number of entries, we have decided to select two grand prize winners for each job with both planned to be implemented in-game in the future! Furthermore, we are also planning to hold another Weapon Design Contest focused on the reaper and sage jobs, so please stay tuned for details.

Now, feast your eyes on these wondrous designs borne from passion for their respective jobs!

* The remaining winners will be notified through prize delivery.
* Click on the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.

Grand Prize Winners

Paladin

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夜の海
なみぺこ

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マンドラーズ・キッチンナイト
gal

Warrior

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ラースグラインダー
Spark621

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Bombfish Basher
KingWCxix

Dark Knight

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Blood Rapture
Rookdaw

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和欲を満たす武器
ほーじ茶ラテ

Gunbreaker

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Cerberus Fang
Matt

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サメのガンブレード
らにって

Monk

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Dragon's Beard Fists
sana


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The Major-General's Jaws
ikei

Dragoon

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漆黒狼
Crown

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ネコジャランス
みそらでこ

Ninja

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忍包丁【妖】
チョココ

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マンドラゴラナイフ&フォーク
くろぱき

Samurai

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彼岸此岸
oluris

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LAVENDER BLOOM
Kaylie

Bard

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ブルーバーズ・ネストボウ
ネスミ

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森のレンジャー装備
Havakkuk

Machinist

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Victory of the people
Madqueenmomo

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ジャック・イン・ザ・ブーケット
gal

Dancer

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双月の踊り子
白田

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ボムダンサー
あじ

Black Mage

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Malum Ignis
Lumi

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水蛇様ロッド
ろくすけ

Summoner

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エンカウンターリリーグリモア
リザレク残してくれてありがとう

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旅のおとも
しましま

Red Mage

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Shepherd’s Crook - Light in the dark
Smitten Miqitten

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Rainpier
Yui

Blue Mage

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ジェントルアンブレラ
けと

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ワンダーオブショータイム
きざし

White Mage

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Bunny Cane
Coreyality_Draws

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Nameday Cane
cerberusnoise

Scholar

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Codex of Lost Palette
Shinjyu

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フェアリーラヴァー・コーデックス
よかぜ

Astrologian

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Star Globe "Stargazer"
Lune

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灯りを携えて
ろい

 

Finalists 

Paladin

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PLD - Meteor's Fall and Meteor's Impact
JSH
 
Thavnairian Night Sword and Shield
CassandraJean
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The Forgotten Weapons
OtaroOyama
 
Wings of Obstinance
miss bean
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Broken Soul & Broken Mind
Staple
 
Holy Promise and Holy Pledge
SQ5
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アズール・コンチェルト
台古
 
リーフ・リボンソード/リーフフレーム・リボンシールド
笹原亜美

Warrior

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コンデンシングアックス
らお
 
Blossoming Battleaxe
curikill
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ケートス・エスペランサ
さかな。
 
開運招福!黄金鯰大槌
はたえ
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Cubic Desolation
Gir
 

Dark Knight

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Stormbringer
ArtOfPT
 
ダーククリスタル・グレートソード
Nene
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the king's ego
ink_mad
 
Dark Knight Greatsword
Ray Schiffer
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ソールディヴァーラー
ぴにか
 

Gunbreaker

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マスケットっぽいガンブレード
甘井
 
Phoenix Feather
Matt
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Rift's Resolve
StarcadiaDream
 
儀礼銃剣
OVAL
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シャーク!!!
なみぺこ
 

Monk

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Nephrite Fists
Ray Nadine
 
Prototype Allagan Gauntlets
Buro
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バンテージ
旗風イノ
 
くっつきファットキャット
Zizz Nico
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ラールガーズ・フィスト
しぇりー
 
ONYX BLYTHES
ONYX

Dragoon

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ドラグーンソウル
リミ
 
Howcander Lance
ShintaJG
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Dragonsong Swordspear
Winterborne
 
セラフィック・グレイヴ
sumitomo
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ハルオーネスピア
竜の眼甘辛ソース和え
 
可愛い系竜騎士に捧げる槍
からし
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蒼の彗星
クローゼ
 

Ninja

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むぐむぐ?ミシディアうさぎブレード
ふたば
 
暗器
かる吉
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王睡【隠】
cheo
 
夜叉ノ剣
あねご

Samurai

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天糸断切
マオっち
 
安い軽い鋭い 量産型フォーマルブレード
oluris
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Steel Kagutsuchi
Skully
 
sakhmet
ink_mad
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達人の刀
ねこたろ
 

Bard

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プシュケ・リラ
ことどり
 
Star Shepherd Bow
Athena
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Holy Watcher
SQ5
 
Needle of the Shattered Void
Sayael

Machinist

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ミズテンダー
だぴお
 
ロンカの水蛇?銃
甘井
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Blueglow Bandook
Sorin
 
Magitek X-ATM092 gun.
DankyHamz

Dancer

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宵の明星
塩街
 
Weaponized Tambourine
Nina
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Lotus Bloom
Maggie P
 
薔薇の花
光らない武器
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Thavnairian Tambourine
MercedesBennyz (Rex)
 

Black Mage

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Clockwork Lantern Broom
Yluminary
 
Encased Staff
Rubric94
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ロートアイアンワーク
えこ
 
ロストステラロッド
EtaNz
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もくもくしてふわふわ漂う何かが住み着いた杖
なつき
 
魔女の箒
Irene
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Hyperdimensional Rod
Euphemir
 

Summoner

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Scroll of Fate
Tiger Lily
 
Khloe's Storybook
LUTE
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フェイクショルダーブック
旗風イノ
 
パレット
しろ
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Herald of the Thirteenth
Ning
 
携帯型召喚端末
HATAKAEDE

Red Mage

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The Unicorn's Tail
Rem
 
Rosette Rapier - RDM
Jessketchin
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LampLightRapier
TitiRan
 
星冠の細剣
とわ
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御伽噺 ベニ・エリーリュス
おびどめ
 
Soul Blade
Pei
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インク壺と羽根ペン
sbms
 

Blue Mage

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The Poroggod
GaiaMaiden
 
Chocobo Cane
Adobe
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Ultros Staff
Foe
 
Moggle Mog Wand
Oneirio
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The Showtime!
Rem
 
花の器・鳥の器
Rudra

White Mage

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アーユス・ペルケプトゥム
あぱちょ
 
ディアホワイト
絵を描く市民
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しぇぱーずくるーく
ちねる
 
Dreamy Cane
Littlemay528
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夜空の王笏
Saku- Mope
 
Heart | White Mage Weapon
Muirii
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ホワイトトーン
黒須
 
結び
なみぺこ

Scholar

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アビスリコーダー
ユーシーナオン
 
セラフィム
リリ爺
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冒険者の手帳
ぶたしめじ
 
夢見る物語。
Memory

Astrologian

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The Seer's Visage
Sophie
 
Clematis Planisphere
Tiffie.
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AST weapon entry 1 Mikrokosmos
Yunan
 
Stargazer
Fect
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海に瞬き
るーのもの
 
Nebula
ほしの

Prizes

Grand Prize (two winning entries from each job)

  • Implementation of the winner’s design into the game
  • Fashion Accessory: Great Paraserpent

Finalists

  • Fashion Accessory: Great Paraserpent
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Runners-up

  • A set of the following in-game items:

    Bluebird Earring / Scarf of Wondrous Wit / Mandragora Choker / Ahriman Choker / Noble Barding / Gaelicap / Modern Aesthetics – Strife

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* If an entry is selected to be implemented into the game, the development team may make adjustments to the design, name, or features of the item.
* In the event that an entry other than the grand prize-winning entries is deemed to be excellent, Square Enix may choose to implement it in the future.


Learn more about the Weapon Design Contest.

 

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      Announcing the Weapon Design Contest, Reaper & Sage Edition! (Source)

      We are back with another Weapon Design Contest, and this time we are looking for designs specifically for the reaper and sage jobs!
      We have prepared design templates for each job, so be sure to use them when submitting your entries. Like the previous contest, there will be different categories for each job, and the winning entry in each category will be implemented in-game for players to obtain in the future.
      Once again, we look forward to seeing your dream designs for the weapons you would like to take on your adventures!
       
      WEAPON DESIGN CONTEST (REAPER & SAGE) (THE “PROMOTION”) OFFICIAL RULES
       
      KEY RULES
      A. Official Rules: The Official Rules for this Promotion consist of both (i) these key rules summarizing the important rules for participating in the Promotion (the “Key Rules”) and (ii) the Additional Promotion Official Rules (“Additional Rules”) applicable to your place of legal residence. Please review the Additional Rules at the following URL:
      For legal residents of any Promotion Jurisdiction (defined below) located in North America, Central America, South America, or the Caribbean: https://square-enix-games.com/en_US/documents/promotion-additional-rules. For legal residents of any Promotion Jurisdiction located in Europe, Africa, Asia, or Oceania: https://square-enix-games.com/en_GB/documents/promotion-additional-rules. B. Territories: This Promotion is open only to individuals who are legal residents and physically and permanently located in one of the following countries/territories at the date and time of entry (the “Promotion Jurisdiction”):
      The fifty (50) states of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Canada. Åland Islands, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Botswana, Bouvet Island, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei Darussalam (Nr. Sri Lanka), Bulgaria, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Comoros, Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The Congo, Cook Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories (South Indian Ocean), Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Holy See (Vatican City State), Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle Of Man, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic Of Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives (Sri Lanka), Malta, Mauritania (West Africa), Mauritius, Mayotte, Monaco, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia (Australasia), New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Réunion (S. Africa), Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Helena, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, United Republic Of Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Yemen, Zambia. RESIDENTS OF JURISDICTIONS OUTSIDE THE PROMOTION JURISDICTION MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE PROMOTION UNDER RULES APPLICABLE TO THAT JURISDICTION, IF SQUARE ENIX HAS POSTED SUCH RULES.
      C. Age Limit: This Promotion is open only to individuals 13 years of age or older at the date and time of entry.
      D. Entry Period: You may enter the Promotion only between May 12, 2022 at 1:00 a.m. (PDT) / 8:00 (GMT) / 9:00 (BST) and June 12, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. (PDT) / 14:59 (GMT) / 15:59 (BST) (the “Entry Period”).
      E. Entry Procedure and Limitations: In order to enter the Promotion, you must complete the following steps during the Entry Period:
      Step One:
      Create a digital image of a weapon you would like to see implemented in the game for the reaper and sage jobs (each an “Image”) that comply with the following requirements (collectively the “Entry”):
      You must use the design template provided below. Design templates are available for each job listed below. Entries not using the provided design templates will not be eligible. Using the design template provided, you may use any digital painting software or print and hand-draw to create your design. Hand-drawn creations must be photographed/scanned. Image size must be 1920 x 1080 pixels or larger. Image format must be in .jpg or .png format. Image must be 3MB or under. You must include any additional information and/or explanations within the entry Image.
      * The development team will assign in-game parameters and stats. There are two (2) categories in total, one (1) category for each job:
      I. Reaper
      II. Sage
      *Please note which category your entry applies to. You must submit your Image using the upload feature on the website. Links to third-party image hosting websites will not be accepted. Please refrain from sharing your artworks publicly until the winners are announced, in order to protect your Entry. * All Entries must be the original creative work of the entrant submitting the Entry. You may not submit works created by another person.
      * You may submit multiple Entries. However, each Entry must be unique and submitted separately.
      Design Templates
      For sage, there are three (3) templates. Below are images of the sage weapons in game that have been implemented based on the respective templates. Please use this as a reference when choosing a template. Type A
      Type B
      Type C
      Regarding sage's weapon, "nouliths"
      Nouliths consists of four units. Designs for all four units must be identical or conform to a unified design. Designs cannot differ drastically between the four units. Click and download the design template for the job of the weapon you would like to enter for.
        Reaper
        Sage – Type-A | Type-B | Type-C
      Step Two:
      Submit your Entry via the submission form.
      How to Use the Entry Submission Form
      1. After visiting the submission form, log in with your Square Enix Account.
      2. Enter the required information.
      After you log in, the entry submission form will be displayed. Fill out all the required information below:
      Category Selection Character Name Home World Name The URL to your Character Profile on Lodestone (Ex. https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/character/000000/) Nickname Entry Title * Your nickname, and Entry title will be publicly posted alongside your Entry should it be selected.
      * Other than instances when you are using your real name for your nickname, please do not include personal information (such as your name or address) in your submission.
      3. Upload your Image.
      Submit your Image via the image upload feature.
      * Attach only one (1) Image per Entry. If multiple Images are attached your Entry will not eligible.
      You can either drag and drop your Image into the area indicated by ①, or you can choose the “Select files to upload.” button to browse and select an Image file on your computer. You’ll be able to confirm the Images you’ve selected in the area indicated by ②.
      Once you’ve filled out the required information and finished uploading your Images, select “Proceed to Confirmation” to advance.
      4. Confirm the details of your submission.
      On this screen, you can confirm the information you’ve entered. Make sure there are no errors in the submitted information and select “Submit Entry” to proceed if there are no errors. If you would like to edit your submitted information, select Edit Entry.
      Once you finish submitting your Entry, the following screen will be displayed.
      You can log back in to see if your Entry has been submitted or if you would like to submit a new Entry to change your existing Entry.
      F. Winner Selection: The Sponsor (listed below), or Sponsor’s designee, shall select seventy-two (72) finalists from among all entries using the following methodology:
      The FINAL FANTASY XIV Development and Operation teams will select the initial list of finalists based on creativity, distinctiveness, originality, and overall execution according to the criteria listed above. For each of the two (2) categories, the team will select one (1) grand prize winner from each category. From all categories combined, the team will select twenty (20) finalists prize winners based on the same criteria. From all categories combined, the team will select fifty (50) runners-up prize winners based on the same criteria. Sponsor shall select the winners on or around December 31, 2022 (PDT) at 999 N. Pacific Coast Highway Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245, USA (unless pandemic conditions require the selection to take place at alternative locations).
      G. Prize(s):
      Two (2) grand-prize winners, one (1) from each of the two (2) categories, will have their Entry implemented into FINAL FANTASY XIV, and will receive one (1) Great Paraserpent in-game item.
      Twenty (20) entrants who have been qualified as finalists will each receive the following item:
      One (1) Great Paraserpent in-game item. Fifty (50) entrants who have been qualified as runners-up will each receive the following items:
      One (1) in-game item package that consists of (1) Bluebird Earring, one (1) Scarf of Wondrous Wit, one (1) Mandragora Choker, one (1) Ahriman Choker, one (1) Noble Barding, one (1) Gaelicap, and one (1) Modern Aesthetics - Strife.       Each prize is a virtual, in-game item with no monetary value. Prizes cannot be sold or transferred.
      Sponsor reserves the right to re-distribute any unclaimed prize.
      Please note:
      The development team may alter the grand-prize-winning designs before implementation. Sponsor may choose to implement other Entries, in addition to the grand-prize winning Entries, into FINAL FANTASY XIV. If your Entry is selected to be implemented in-game, we may request additional designs. H. Winner Notification: Sponsor, or Sponsor’s designee, will notify winner(s) on or about January 31, 2023 via the Lodestone website, email and/or in-game via the moogle delivery service to the character specified in the Entry submission.
      You will not be able to receive the prize if your moogle letter box is full, or the number of attached items has reached their maximum. Please delete old letters, or accept any attached items, to ensure you can receive the rewards smoothly.
      I. Sponsor: The sponsor of this Promotion is Square Enix, Inc.
      By entering the Promotion, you agree to be bound and abide by these Key Rules and the Additional Rules applicable to your place of legal residence, and you represent that you satisfy all eligibility requirements to enter the Promotion.
      NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS PROMOTION. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. YOU MUST HAVE LEGALLY ACQUIRED ACCESS TO FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood OR Shadowbringers OR Endwalker PRIOR TO THE LAUNCH OF THE PROMOTION.
       
      KEY RULES POSTED ON MAY 12, 2022.
       
    • By Marauder
      FFXIV has had a rich history of collaborating with other IPs, either Square Enix-owned or otherwise. These events have been known to repeat a time or two! Check out all we've seen so far, and potentials to look forward to.
      "Such Collaboration! This was NOT my intention!"
      There are a lot of wacky items in Final Fantasy XIV that may - or may not - look like they belong there, and FFXIV has collaborated with some pretty surprising IPs over the course of the game! Not all of the collaborations have been with properties owned by Square Enix, but all have been Japanese in origin from companies like CAPCOM, Level-5, and even TV Tokyo.
      With the recent return of the GARO collaboration in FFXIV with patch 6.1 and the Final Fantasy XI event "The Maiden's Rhapsody," as well as the addition of FFXIV elements into the NieR mobile game Re[in]carnation, we started reminiscing about all the unique rewards we've received from events and considering what collaborations we could see in the future. 

      GARO COLLABORATION
      GARO is a popular Japanese TV show - and animation! - that many people have proclaimed as the "Japanese equivalent of Power Rangers." The Makai gear was a long time reward for Gold Saucer activities, and it will be making a return for quite some time during Patch 6.1. Makai rewards include lots of shiny armors and long coats, and even a few weapons!

      DRAGON QUEST X COLLABORATION
      The Dragon Quest series is another IP owned by Square Enix that is nearly just as popular. The 10th installment of the series was a MMORPG which released on the Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, and PC. And the craziest part is the game was cross-platform across all of them! The most recent collaboration with this game gave us some insight into the questionable Dragon Quest tradition of 'Puff Puff' and rewarded us with the iconic slime crown.

      FINAL FANTASY XIII COLLABORATION
      This cross-over event was released in FFXIV to celebrate the release of the "Lightning Returns" game, and let players meet Lightning herself in Eorzea. To commemorate, players of female characters were able to unlock Lightning's outfit and hairstyle, while male characters were able to unlock Snow's outfit and hairstyle. After the event passed, these items were added on the Mogstation and are still available for purchase!

      NIER AUTOMATA COLLABORATION
      Yet another title and IP owned by Square Enix, the NieR series has been met with a lot of popularity for its multiple endings and unique storytelling. The series director, Yoko Taro, had a hand in the collaboration event with FFXIV and helped design boss fights as well as the storyline for the Shadowbringers Alliance Raids. The androids of NieR's universe were found on a crashed space station on the First, in Kholusia... and Warriors of Light even got to fight alongside 2B herself from Automata, as well as receive her outfit (And many other NieR themed gear sets)! As an honorable mention, yesterday the mobile game NieR Re[in]carnation launched a FFXIV collaboration, adding the Dark Knight, Dragoon, and White Mage jobs to the roster. 

      YO-KAI WATCH COLLABORATION
      Yo-Kai Watch, developed by Level 5, is a Nintendo IP that was met with success in Japan and released later in the West. Based on the Japanese folklore of yokai, ghosts that cause mischief in daily life, Yo-Kai Watch has you play as either Nate or Katie to travel around and catch these ghosts - even battling them Pokémon style. In this event, you could receive Whisper as a mount, and each class had their own Yokai minion to collect! 

      FINAL FANTASY XI COLLABORATION
      Final Fantasy XI could be considered the spiritual predecessor to Final Fantasy XIV, and Square Enix's first dip into an MMORPG. But XI has been so successful that the servers are still up and running, and the game is even still receiving updates! When it comes to XI and XIV, we had two events to celebrate the crossover: "Burgeoning Dread" and "The Maiden's Rhapsody." Burgeoning Dread included a special FATE to defeat a giant Shantotto - the poster child of FFXI just as it could be argued Y'shtola is for FFXIV. The Maiden's Rhapsody, which is currently in game, follows a questline in which players are rewarded with Iroha's gear for glamour purposes.

      FINAL FANTASY XV COLLABORATION
      A Nocturne for Heroes was an event to celebrate the success of Final Fantasy XV, and bring a little piece or two of Eos to Eorzea. In this event, players met Prince Noctis who had somehow found his way into our world and needed to get back to his own. Sporting his modern clothes and the very Batmobile-esque Regalia, naturally Cid had to get involved... and managed to make a replica of the Regalia. The questline sees Noctis safely back home, and rewards players with his hairstyle, his outfit, and a four person car mount that flies. This event recently returned briefly before the release of Endwalker, and we may see it return again in case you missed the car... or there's always the possibility of it ending up on the Mogstation!

      FINAL FANTASY XII/FINAL FANTASY TACTICS COLLABORATION
      This collaboration is much less an event, and far more content permanently added to the game. Despite Final Fantasy XII receiving very favorable reviews from critics, even receiving a perfect 40/40 score from Famitsu, the twelfth entry in the series has pretty polarizing opinions from players. Some love it, some think it bland, and some think it's awful. (Personally I liked it!) This addition to FFXIV brings Fran, a major playable character in FFXII, into Eorzea as a pretty important character in the Return to Ivalice raid storyline, as well as the Bozjan Front storyline in Shadowbringers... and notes from Bozja hint we'll see more of her. It also confirms that Ivalice and all the events of FFXII take place on Eitherys, the world of FFXIV! Three Alliance Raids are added and themed around Ivalice and the tale of Final Fantasy Tactics, bringing back many old faces and some 3D renditions of gear from Tactics. The director and writer for both FFTactics and FFXII, Yasumi Matsuno, was brought in as a consultant and creator for this raid series.

      MONSTER HUNTER WORLD COLLABORATION
      CAPCOM has been a giant in gaming for a long, long time with worldwide entries like Mega Man and Street Fighter. Its more recent franchise, Monster Hunter, centers around gathering plants and materials, hunting exotic dinosaurs, and making weapons and armor from the remains. Rinse and repeat. It's become an incredibly popular franchise and shows no sign of slowing down. In this crossover, FFXIV players travel to a corner of the Azim Steppe to hunt the dangerous Rathalos - a wyvern-like creature with savage claws and fiery breath. Players in this fight don't have access to all normal tools and mechanics in FFXIV, instead taking a gameplay approach more similar to that of Monster Hunter games! Rewards include a Rathalos mount, a Palico cat buddy, a Poogie (which is just a pig in a striped sweater, who doesn't love that?), and much more. Interestingly, this collaboration went both ways, with CAPCOM adding the renowned Final Fantasy monster Behemoth into Monster Hunter: World for hunters to tackle.
       
      So there you have it, that's all the collaborations we've had so far! But what are some others you hope to see, if any? Are there any series or franchises you'd love to see given a nod in FFXIV?

      Personally, although I know it will never happen, I'm a Zelda fanatic. I'd love to see some kind of collab event between Eorzea and Hyrule. Given Square Enix and Nintendo's mostly friendly relationship over the years (we won't talk about that rough patch), it's not impossible to see some kind of Nintendo IP in FFXIV. Not impossible...but definitely unlikely.
      Internally at Square Enix though? Maybe some sort of collaboration with the Octopath Traveler team, especially given the mobile game is finally coming to the west. Again, these are unlikely to happen but hey, a guy can dream right?

      Let us know any that you'd love to see below!
    • By ara
      In the wake of the Dragonsong’s Reprise World First (WF) race, a new handful of problems has risen to the surface — the use of third party tools.
      Third party tools have been widely known to inhabit a gray area within the community in terms of their use. More often than not, third party tools are fairly harmless, allowing people to change the appearance of characters on the clients’ side and are generally unobtrusive to other players. Other, more prominent third-party tools are more questionable, such as the unending debate of using triggers or callouts to aid a party in completing and managing mechanics. 
      Earlier today, Yoshida made a statement regarding his stance on third party tools, which coincided with the link to the WF clear video being taken down by Square Enix. For those who are unaware, Neverland’s RDM uploaded a video of their clear from their POV to YouTube that included enhanced information from the fight, from party buffs to debuff trackers and triggers clarifying where you should position yourself for certain mechanics.
      At this point in time, it is unclear as to why the copyright claim happened. The community widely speculates it is due to Square Enix finally setting their foot down on third party tools. However, recent developments show that that might not be the case, as elaborated on by popular streamer Arthars. 
      Placeholder for tweet 152378504631826432 It is important to note, however, that a VOD from Neverland’s MNK still remains available to watch. 

      Public outcry has sparked a debate of whether or not using triggers constitute cheating. There are some who believe that any and all kinds of modifications to the game are considered cheating. On the other hand, there are those who believe creating triggers for mechanics they’ve already seen is no different to having a coach call out mechanics, which many groups already use in the form of 9th or 10th raid members monitoring and aiding their progression. Some even argue that triggers are necessary if they want to claim first place.
      Prior to the announcement, a well-known Japanese world progger by the name of Hiroro_FF was sent to GM jail mid-progression for showing his tools during stream. 
      Another well-known streamer in the community who goes by BagelGooseFF was also pulled out of prog for similar reasons.

      While most of the effects are felt most keenly by the Ultimate community, the ripples extend outside of the boundaries of competitive high-end duties. It has been discovered that PVP rankings have also received a closer look from Square Enix, with numerous confirmed win-traders removed from the Crystalline Conflict ranking in particular. While the situation is different, with win-trading clearly being against the rules, it seems like Square Enix is started to put the pressure on players who break the guidelines and rules.
      What do you think about Square Enix's renewed stance on third party tools? Do you think this was the right call or were things just blown completely out of proportion? Let us know down below!
       
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