FFXIV 6.4 Patch Notes Highlights
Posted on May 19, 2023 by Aywren
It’s that time again! The FFXIV 6.4 preliminary patch notes have dropped, and I’m taking some time looking over all the changes. Here, I’m highlighting things that jump out at me – your mileage may vary, of course.
I’m also skipping past the “givens” such as story/raids/dungeons, etc. Though I do have to say that I’m very interested in seeing how the Golbez story and trial goes.
So, let’s look at this, shall we?
New aquarium fish have been added.
I don’t usually YAY aquarium fish, but look at this little guy!
The following additions and adjustments have been made to Island Sanctuary…
Too many to list. Let’s just say I’m super excited and totally on board with all the Sanctuary updates and changes. Especially the furnishing features.
Allagan tomestones of comedy have been added.
Never thought I’d see the day we’d get Tomes of Comedy.
Duty Support has been added for the following duties:
- The Sirensong Sea
- Bardam's Mettle
- Doma Castle
- Castrum Abania
- Ala Mhigo
This was VERY MUCH needed.
In order to rework the duty in light of Frontline PvP adjustments, players will be temporarily unable to register for the Borderland Ruins (Secure).
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Honestly, I’d started skipping Secure days because I came to detest the map and the Monk cheese. I hope if it ever does come back, it’s nothing like it was before. Honestly, I won’t miss it at all if it never returns.
The following additions and adjustments have been made to Ocean Fishing:
A new route has been added.
YES! This is awesome! But also… I need to know if the Indigo route and the Ruby route are on different time schedules. Meaning, is there ALWAYS ocean fishing at the top of the hour, but just to a different route? That would be FANTASTIC because it feels like every time I think to go check ocean fishing, I missed the boat the hour before.
The option to display prices with fee included has been added to the market board.
YES! Thank you! I don’t know why there’s still a market fee to begin with, honestly.
When changing to a newly acquired job, players can now choose whether or not to transfer hotbar/cross hotbar settings from their associated class.
YES! Thank you! This should have existed a long time ago! It’s so frustrating to have to rework my hotbars just because I equipped a job stone.
New items are available from certain gemstone traders.
This reminds me that I need to get in gear and start farming those FATEs. I only have one zone complete from this expansion.
Rewards for Kumbhiraskin Treasure Maps and Ophiotauroskin Treasure Maps have been adjusted.
I sure hope this means that the prices for these maps will improve if the rewards improve. They’ve been abysmal and I’ve not been gathering any of the newer maps to sell for months.
The following additions and adjustments have been made to subaquatic voyages:
- New nautical maps have been added.
- New areas have been added.
- New items have been added.
- Maximum submersible rank has been increased from 105 to 110.
- Maximum number of items that can be displayed in the voyage log window has been increased from 10 to 30.
- When non-stackable items have been acquired, the total number of items obtained will now be displayed.
Additions to subs are always welcome!
Furnishings from the FFXIV Furnishing Design Contest have been added.
There’s some really nice new furnishings, including some Crystarium designed windows and hangings.
Glamours can now be applied to the scholar faerie.
I’m not a Scholar player, but this is a nice QoL for them!
New items have been added.
(Insert all the new gear and the weapons from the weapon design contests.)
The new tome gear is quite nice! Most of the weapons from the weapon design contests are, too! However, the crafted gear is just… uh… a really strange-looking hodge podge.
The following additions and adjustments have been made to the glamour system:
Items stored in the glamour dresser and armoire can now be selected from the dropdown menu when performing "Cast Glamour" at an inn room.
This is a nice change! So that means you can glam without opening the dresser if you know what you’re looking for? Will have to test it out.
The following additions and adjustments have been made to fashion accessories
Glasses and wing accessories will now display when engaged in battle in the overworld.
This, along with the other changes, are really nice. Fashion accessories is coming along as a system at this point!
The layout of the retainer exploration venture window has been adjusted to include a search feature and a venture history.
Hey, yeah! I’ll take it!
The following additions and adjustments have been made to gear sets:
- Gear sets can now be used from the beginning of the game.
- Up to 100 total gear sets may be saved.
The following adjustments have been made to display names…
There’s some nice changes here with job icons and color indicators. I’ll have to play around with it some to see if it’s something I want to use.
Limit breaks have been adjusted to reduce variance in their damage dealt.
I wish they’d gone into more detail about this. Does that mean that ranged LBs are now as valuable as melee LBs?
Daily Challenge: Frontline will now give PvP Series EXP.
I still don’t understand what this means given we already got series XP from doing daily Frontline. Is this a blanket amount for participation? Is it a bonus on top of what the roulette usually gave? I hope it helps to speed up series gain, because compared to CC (from what I heard) Frontline is severely lagging.
The following items can now be equipped regardless of gender:
Valentione Emissary's Glamours
This is nice and all, but what I really want to be able to do is exchange for the other gender set. I’ve just flipped the gender of two of my characters and would love to be able to switch out for the male set on my male character. Not sure that’s going to happen at this point, so it looks like if I really want it, I have to wait to see if it goes on sale on the Mog Store. Won’t buy it unless it’s a deeeep sale, though.
Aquarium Breeding has been added to the filter settings in the Fish Guide.
Aquarium “breeding”? Does that just mean fish that can be used in an aquarium, or am I missing something?
Series 3 will end and Series 4 will begin.
I dunno if this mount is enough to motivate me to do an entire series (on two characters). I already have the similar mount from the Loporrit tribal quest, which is better looking, IMHO. I guess it depends on how much of a bonus daily Frontlines is now offering (I’m still confused about what that means). It also helps that they removed the map I disliked from the rotation so… it’s a wait and see.
- The amount of time required to fill the limit gauge for dragoon, samurai, dancer, and white mage has been increased by 15 seconds.
- The amount of time required to fill the limit gauge for bard has been decreased by 15 seconds.
Maybe I should drop white mage at this point and try bard again. Every time I turn around, they’re making white mage harder to play. But the comms I get from the job in PVP are nice.
And in the “Too Funny” spot… fans of FFIV will get the joke about the example display messages for the new job icons. I wonder if this is in game – I think it might be!
Anyhow, that’s what I saw in going over the patch notes that really stood out to me. I may have missed things that I’ll find later, but for now, there’s certainly more to look forward to than to detract from it. I’m super curious what’s going to happen with Frontlines and the PVP series, for sure!