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The poster job of Endwalker has been featured in a new jacket collaboration with Insert Coin clothing. With its flair for the regal and lion-hearted flourish to its animations translated lovingly into fabric, it's not something Paladin fans would want to miss!
Announcing the FINAL FANTASY XIV x Insert Coin Endwalker Paladin Jacket
Presenting a new collaboration with Insert Coin clothing to create the FINAL FANTASY XIV Endwalker Paladin Jacket. Featuring high-quality embroidery, the jacket was inspired by the level 90 paladin job-specific gear featured in Endwalker key art and trailer.
Pre-purchase your jacket today and prepare for the adventures ahead!
FINAL FANTASY XIV Endwalker Paladin Jacket
Pre-purchase now via Insert Coin.
* Products are in limited supply and not all sizes are guaranteed to be restocked.
To celebrate the Island Sanctuary, Square Enix has decided to host a week long livestream of a real-life farm! With cows, chickens, goats, and more, what better way to enjoy the sounds of Island Sanctuary in the background?
For some FFXIV players, Island Sanctuary is more exciting than the new raid tier. Having a section of the game that's nothing but slice-of-life content is appealing to many people, especially with the constant rise in popularity of laid back games such as Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, Harvest Moon, and so many more.
We're excited to see FFXIV's spin on that type of gameplay...but to get people excited for it, they've gone live as of this morning with a week-long livestream of real farm animals. When someone in the Twitch chat complained that they'd rather see gameplay, someone else suggested that "This IS the gameplay." If that's the case, it may be more laid back than we ever expected!
Just as well, the community has taken to naming the single rooster in the chicken enclosure "Zenos." The memes abound.
Based on what we've seen so far, the Island Sanctuary isn't intended to replace housing, but it will be a fun little farming/ranching sim in the same vein as the tiny farm players ran in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. Only...you know, in a much different game.
"Mogchute Farm" is hosted at Mudchute Farm; an agricultural non-profit charity farm based in the United Kingdom. In Square Enix's post, they link to Mudchute Farm's website for those interested in more information or giving to the charity to forward ideals of better care for the environment and cruelty-free treatment of livestock animals.
You can check out the Mogchute Farm livestream on the Official FFXIV Twitch Channel.
Announcing the Mogchute Farm Livestream 
Prepare for the release of Island Sanctuary with a weeklong livestream from “Mogchute Farm” and interact with a number of farmyard favorites!
Date & Time
Monday, August 15, 2022 at 5:00 a.m. (PDT)
to Friday, August 19, 2022 at 5:00 a.m. (PDT)
*All times subject to change.
Where to Watch
The official FINAL FANTASY XIV Twitch Channel
The livestream will star several farmyard favorites over multiple days including pigs, goats, and chickens, with several other surprises as the week progresses. Viewers will experience their daily feeds, frolics, and festivities, and will be invited to vote on what the animals will be fed from a list of options.
Daily feeds will take place at the below times, with other activities planned in-between:
1:15 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. (PDT) 8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. (PDT) Based in London, United Kingdom, “Mogchute Farm” is taking place at Mudchute Farm, a registered charity with care for the environment at the heart of their mission. Founded in 1977, Mudchute Farm is set in 32 acres of green space, which are open to the public and offer views across London.
For more information on their work or to support them with a donation, visit the Mudchute Farm website.
As we continue to make our way through the beginnings of the MSQ, we're nearing the end of the Ul'dah arc and getting into the game proper. Let's see what the end of the beginning has to offer!
After a hard-earned rest from defeating the black-masked Ascian's golem, we return to Momodi in the Quicksand for a lead on our next job and adventure. She is, after all, the proprietress of the Adventurer's Guild! She sends us to speak to Dadanen in Horizon, a businessman dealing in mining and ore.
We make our way to Horizon, where we meet Dadanen who tells us he's been expecting us.
The guy behind him looks like he's struggling a little bit, though. Dadanen tells us that he's been expecting a shipment of ore from Copperbell Mines for days now - a shipment that he paid for in advance. When we find the miner, Drunken Stag, he tells us that there's no product to deliver; the Stone Torches have closed the mines due to an incident in the depths. Foreshadowing, perhaps? (Yes.)
The ore in question is Nashachite, and not all is lost as Drunken Stag informs us that some of the shipment was taken by stone-gobbling coblyns. Seeing as we're adventurers, and the best adventures involve punching things, we set to work on the coblyns!
It's not much of a fair fight between a level 80 GNB and a level 10 coblyn, though.
In return for our services, Drunken Stag informs us that there's a bounty on Sun Midges. And no, that's not another Ul'dahn name for a faction, it's a swarm of horrible midge flies that if you've never had the displeasure of seeing in person, you should count yourself lucky. They're awful (thanks, Florida).
Slaying the midges leads us to collect the bounty from the Brass Blades - one of the guard factions of Thanalan. This brings us to meet good old Fufulupa, a member of the Brass Blades of the Rose. Fufulupa is eager to ask us to stay and lend more aid, and we quickly learn that the little chap is small in stature, but large in heart and personality.
Fufulupa sends us along the route to Lost Hope - a slum camp for those abandoned and outcast by Ul'dah. On this route we're meant to find a courier, and Fufulupa tells us that his former Captain and personal hero, Leofric, is "stationed" in the camp...though we quickly learn that Leofric is one of the outcasts himself.
Leofric tells us that he and the outcast Brass Blades have taken it upon themselves to protect the people of the "town," if you can call it that. With our insistence to lend aid, he sends us to a hideout of Lalafell bandits nearby to deal with their leader, the Baron. After he's dealt with, Leofric tells us that "Ul'dah is more prosperous than ever, some say, but none of that wealth has trickled down to the smallfolk." He, like Wystan, was a squeaky wheel and was dealt with in a most shameful way.
Leofric gives us a dagger only meant for the hands of a Captain of the Brass Blades of the Rose...and tells us to give it to Fufulupa.
Fufulupa then tells us he'll hold onto the dagger for safe keeping. His new Captain, Baldewyn, has only sent a tiny force of Brass Blades to protect the town of Crescent Cove - a fact Fufulupa thinks is unacceptable, and he sends us to help. The guards there are leery of us, telling us that Baldewyn instructed them to interact with "trusted men only." If that weren't fishy enough on its own, the townspeople of Crescent Cove seem ill at ease, begging us for more time to provide fish and supplies.
Just as well, other townsfolk tell us that they overheard bandits from the Quiveron Manse - the very same bandits whom we confronted for Leofric - discussing their plans to steal Nashachite from Copperbell Mines...the very same shipment we collected! They're set to meet their conspirators in the Footfalls...and we find it's none other than Captain Baldewyn!
After besting Baldewyn and Baron Quiveron's brother, our good friend Leofric appears on the scene. Baldewyn tells us that he's acting under Lord Lolorito's authority, but Leofric posits that isn't true...and Baldewyn backs down. Arresting him, Leofric once again says that the Brass Blades have multiple facets...some do it for coin and power, while others do it to genuinely make a difference.
Leofric tells Fufulupa that he's the most honorable man he knows - and names him temporary Captain of the Brass Blades of the Rose. Fufulupa and Leofric escort Baldewyn to be arrested, and the man is stripped of rank and title, thrown away. Fufulupa tells us that we are a hero to the Sultanate, and he'll count on us again in the future.
Not very many longstanding implications here, but definitely some things to consider. Let's dive in.
1) We can surmise in this section that the Brass Blades are little more than Lolorito's personal army. Given our interactions with Lolorito through the years, this section just shows that he never acts unless its in his best interests. In Stormblood, we get an apology and a lot of aid, financial and otherwise, with Hancock telling us that Lolorito is genuinely sorry for his part in things and wants to make amends. But we have to ask the question - was that a genuine change of heart? With everything that's happened I'm inclined to believe not, and that we haven't seen the last of Lolorito's wicked schemes.
2) There are different branches of the Brass Blades, and it seems if someone is from the Brass Blades of the Rose, they're largely considered one of the more honorable branches with genuine desire to help people.
3) Lost Hope is one of several locations where people are down on their luck and living in squalor. Interestingly, other than the Brume in Ishgard we don't see many slums in the game. That begs the question...is Ul'dah ever going to do something about that?
And there you have it, this week's edition of Icy Takes! Anything you noticed that I missed? Let us know below!
With the upcoming release of Patch 6.2, both Crystalline Conflict Season Two and PvP Series One will be coming to a close. Be sure to participate in some PvP before August 23 if you want to earn series rewards or find a place on the Crystalline Conflict rankings!
View the official notices below for more details on the end of the season.
Crystalline Conflict Season Two Ending Soon! (Source)
The competition has been fierce, but Season Two of Crystalline Conflict will soon draw to a close with the release of Patch 6.2!
Once the season has ended, players will receive rewards according to their overall rank and tier within each data center.
* Players must participate in at least one ranked match during the season in order to receive tiered rewards.
The final results will be announced on Tuesday, August 23, so give it your all and prove yourself the fiercest fighter on the crystal line!
View the Crystalline Conflict Rankings page.
PvP Series 1 Ending on August 23 (Source)
PvP Series 1 will be available until the start of Patch 6.2 maintenance.
PvP Series rewards will be updated when Series 2 begins, so take to the field of battle before Tuesday, August 23 and earn those rewards!
Participate in PvP to Earn Series Rewards
Participate in PvP content during the Series period to earn Series EXP and increase your Series level to unlock various exciting rewards!
* At the start of each new Series period, your Series EXP and level will be reset and the available rewards will be replaced.
* Any trophy crystals earned will be carried over to the new Series.
Claiming Your Rewards
Rewards from Series 1 can only be claimed until the end of Series 2.
For reference, you can confirm the progress of your current Series as well as Series EXP needed to earn your next reward by navigating to the Character menu, selecting PvP Profile, and finally Series Malmstones.
In an attempt to enhance the "Single Player Experience" for those who prefer their Final Fantasy stories solo, the Duty Support system gives players an option to do just that in dungeons. Now, in the inter-ARR patches and Heavensward, we catch a glimpse of what to expect.
When the Duty Support System was first introduced in Shadowbringers, it really added an entirely new depth to the storytelling. We got to see in real-time how the Crystal Exarch and Lyna reacted to Holminster Switch. We got to see Thancred's wit in the halls of Dohn Mheg. Most people still opted to run with other players for the sake of expediency, but those who wanted to smell the proverbial roses enjoyed runs with their fellow Scions.
In 6.1, we received an expansion to that system that extended into ARR. With its announcement, there was a lot of speculation as to what NPCs we would receive in our parties. Would the Scions join us in ARR, or other allies we've met along the way? Unfortunately with A Realm Reborn, we were given a pretty disappointing roster. Four nameless adventurers; A Roegadyn Marauder, an Elezen Dragoon, a Lalefell Thaumaturge, and a Hyur Conjurer. Many were hoping for familiar faces to enhance the experience.
Well, thanks to 6.2's trailer (which you can watch here), we have glimpses of the dungeons and what we can expect. We catch glimpses of Ysayle fighting alongside us in a dungeon, as well as our number one hype man Haurchefaunt. This implies that our companions and allies through Heavensward will be joining us and adding their own commentary!
Likewise, they'll be adding a few Trials to the system to test them out and see how it goes with a party of NPCs, as Trials are a bit more mechanic-heavy.
With Ysayle and Haurchefaunt confirmed to fight at our side, who else are you excited about? Personally, having Aymeric as my Paladin tank would be just swell in my book. Let us know your thoughts on the expansion of this system!