FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers Patch 5.1 adds a NieR raid and more

UPDATED: Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty expands the game with new content, features and lots of improvements.
By Duncan Heaney
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The first major update for FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers has been released - and it’s a big one.

Patch 5.1 is titled Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty, and launched on October 29, 2019.

It adds a huge amount of content, including new main scenario quests, new crafter and gatherer content, and the first chapter of the YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse alliance raid - inspired by the NieR series and featuring the work of guest creators Yosuke Saito and YOKO TARO.

Read on and we’ll go into more detail about the new features and areas, but you can get a glimpse in the latest trailer:

Here’s a brief rundown of what’s included in the patch:

New Main Scenario Quests

Shadowbringers’ excellent story continues in Patch 5.1, with new main scenario quests adding hours of additional gameplay, and we promise fans won’t be disappointed to see what happens next.


New 24-Player Alliance Raid: “The Copied Factory”

The worlds of FINAL FANTASY XIV Online and NieR come together in the first instalment of the much-anticipated YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse raid series.

You and 23 other players will battle against machine lifeforms in a brand new raid dungeon based on the world of NieR.

The creative minds behind NieR:Automata - Producer Yosuke Saito and Director YOKO TARO - are guest developing this raid series, so expect an experience like no other.

New Game+

A much-requested feature, the addition of New Game+ means you’ll be able to replay previously completed quests, cutscenes, dialogue and battles while retaining your current progression and job level.

All the main scenario quests for Heavensward, Stormblood and Shadowbringers are included, so it’s a perfect opportunity to revisit some of your favorite memories.


New Dungeon: The Grand Cosmos

Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty adds an entirely new dungeon for you to navigate - either with fellow players or with a party of AI-controlled non-player characters with the new Trust system.


New Extreme Trial: Hades

Only the most prepared adventurers will be able to survive a rematch with this fearless foe. If you want to take on this high-difficulty challenge, you’d better be ready to think fast and use all your skills.

New Beast Tribe Quests

Want more of the mischief-loving pixies? Then head into a brand new area - the Garden of Dreams, Lyhe Mheg.


New PvP Frontline map: Onsal Hakai

Patch 5.1 will introduce a new Frontline map and ruleset to go with it. Grand Companies will join forces with the tribes of the Azim Steppe to demonstrate their battle prowess.


Crafting and gathering overhaul

Lots of changes are coming to crafting and gathering - various adjustments to actions, removal of additional actions, improvements to the user interface and more. It’ll improve the gathering and crafting experience for both new and veteran players.


New Gold Saucer GATE: “The Slice is Right”

Feeling fortunate? How’s your luck holding out? Yojimbo makes his debut at the Gold Saucer in this new mini game that will test your reflexes… and your luck.


Blue Mage Job Updates

A major update is coming for the Blue Mage job - the first since it launched earlier this year. This limited job is getting an increased level cap, new job quests, as well as new blue mage-specific battle challenges and content.

Performance Action Updates

A new ensemble feature will allow players to make beautiful music with fellow players.


Various other improvements

In addition to all the exciting new features above, the patch will also feature adjustments to jobs, updates to the Gold Saucer, system updates and more.

Patch 5.11

We also have some information about future additions in Patch 5.11:

Ultimate Raid: The Epic of Alexander

Think you’re pretty good at the whole FINAL FANTASY XIV Online thing, huh? Even the most experienced players will be tested by this new raid.


Ultimate Raid: The Epic of Alexander

Think you’re pretty good at the whole FINAL FANTASY XIV Online thing, huh? Even the most experienced players will be tested by this new raid.


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