Tuesday, September 7, 2021

A Nocturne For Heroes: The Crossover Event With FFXV Returns

Yesterday Square Enix announced the dates for the return of the Final Fantasy XIV/Final Fantasy XV crossover event. Starting Monday, 13 September at 1:00 am PDT and running through to Monday, 18 October at 7:59am PDT, players can find Kipih Jakkya in Ul'dah and help her with her next article for The Raven. I think Square Enix made a good choice in using Kipih as the quest NPC in this year's The Rising event so she is a familiar face when running A Nocturne For Heroes.

The event even features a nice trailer from 2019.

Yes, the event looks like a rerun of the event from 2019. But is that such a bad thing? With so many new players in FFXIV over the last two years recycling the event helps fill the content hole left by Endwalker not releasing until November. Square Enix is also making the event replayable through the use of the Seasonal Event Replay feature. The feature is available to those who completed the event in 2019 or those who complete the event this year and wish to replay again.

To participate in the event, a player must meet two criteria.
  1. Have a character with a combat job at level 50.
  2. Complete the main scenario quest "The Ultimate Weapon"
Cynics might note the requirements might note that some players may spend real world money to reach the requirements. The cost of a skip to level 70 is $25 USD and to the end of the main scenario of A Realm Reborn is $11.

I'm not sure that players would want to pay up to $36 to do the event, but the rewards may tempt people. 

First, completing the quest chain will grant players the Lucian Prince's set, which is not only available for both sexes, but is dyable as well. The quest rewards are:
  • The Man in Black: Lucian Prince's Fingerless Glove
  • In the Dark of Night: Lucian Prince's Bottoms
  • Messenger of the Winds: Lucian Prince's Jacket, Lucian Prince's Boots
Players using the replay feature cannot get the rewards again.

Those wanting to get some of the rewards will need to hit the Manderville Gold Saucer and start playing games. Three of the items are purchased from the redemption counter. They are:
  • Regalia Type-G (mount) - 200,000 MGP
  • Noctis Lucis Caelum Card (Triple Triad) - 200,000 MGP
  • Modern Aesthetics - Lucian Looks - 20,000 MGP
The notable MGP reward is the Regalia mount from FFXV. The car was the first 4-seat mount in FFXIV and is not available in the cash shop. Unlike items in the seasonal events, prizes in crossover events don't wind up for sale. A good strategy to make the crossover events for popular when they do reemerge. 

The event will also provide six orchestrion rolls with music from FFXV. The rolls are acquired by turning in Unidentified Magitek obtained from a level 50 FATE, Like Clockwork, in Central Thanalan.

I personally don't think I need the full month to get all the prizes, but I have 7 million MGP already. The only thing I'm worried about is finding space in my glamour dresser for the new gear set.

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