Final Fantasy XIV Update 4.5 Patch Notes Released

With Shadowbringers coming most likely in six months time, Square Enix is preparing for the third expansion with a couple more patches. The first comes tomorrow (as Square is commencing with their 24-hour maintenance), alongside another in March to looks to finalize the two years of updates we’ve seen with Stormblood. There will be at least two more updates after that, focusing primarily on the main story conclusion, Hildibrand Adventures and the World Visit system.

The newest update brings a staggering amount of new content and adjustments to the game, a lot of which are quality of life improvement. This includes the introduction to the Blue Mage job, alongside a bit of a buff for those (like myself) who main White Mage. Here is a quick breakdown and the highlights, but if you want the full detailed reports, you can find the patch notes here.

These improvements will be made available January 8 at 2am PST, although considering the size of this update, don’t be surprised if there’s an extension on the maintenance.

  • Five new main story quests
    • New dungeon ‘Ghimlyt Dark’ – iLevel 360
  • The Four Lords side story receives two new quests
    • New Trial ‘The Wreath of Snakes’ – iLevel 365
    • Also includes an Extreme version – iLevel 380
  • Return to Ivalice picks up five new quests
    • Alongside a new 24-player Alliance Raid ‘Orbonne Monastery’ – iLevel 365
  • One new side quest ‘A Lone Wolf No More’ (Need all Kamuy mounts)
  • Blue Mage Job added with eight quests up to level 50
  • Buffs to White Mage, Monk and Machinist
  • New Custom Deliveries quests in Idyllshire
    • Zhoe Aliapho & M’naago custom deliveries have increased rewards
  • Adjustments have been made in the UI to prepare for the World Visit system
  • Eureka Pagos Crystals buffed when defeating a notorious monster (along with its requirements)
  • Two new Gold Saucer mini-games (Mahjong and Air Force One)
    • Adjustments have been made to the scheduling of Gates
  • New Golden Saucer Prizes (looks like a giant Cactuar mount)
  • Exchange Allagan tomestones of mendacity for material to raise your 380 gear to 390
  • You can exchange Poetics for VI materia of war and magic in Idyllshire
  • Adventurer Squadron Command Missions two new dungeons added
  • Weekly Omega: Alphascape rewards restrictions removed (except for Crystalloids)
    • Crystalloid exchange reduced from 7 to 4
  • PVP Buffs for Paladin, Warrior, Dark Knight, Dragoon, Ninja, Summoner, Scholar, Astrologian
  • Tanks and melee DPS take 30% more damage and deal 15% more in Frontlines
  • Tanks and melee DPS take 20% less damage and deal 10% more in Rival Wings
  • Luna & Euphonious Kamuy Fife drop rate reduced
  • New Mounts
  • More mounts are removed from the no-fly list
  • New Chocobo Barding
  • New minions
  • New gathering points and fish
  • New emote, hairstyles and recipes
  • Company Workshop crafting items, along with new voyages
  • New Housing Furnishings
  • Lalafell & Roegadyn mannequins available
  • Various other adjustments to rewards in Treasure Hunt, dungeons, etc.
  • Server backup function in beta on PS4 version