As we anxiously await Final Fantasy XIV's patch 5.3, an incremental update adds the new relic system


Echoes of a Fallen Star continues

Final Fantasy XIV is arguably the strongest its ever been right now. That's not just referring to the current state of the game during its Shadowbringers expansion, but the entire foundation in general. Square Enix has added countless quality of life upgrades over the years, to the point where if you played during the 2.0 launch, coming back would be a massive shock to your system. That's how much has been upgraded.

And we're due for another upgrade with Patch 5.3, but before that happens (and the new NieR storyline drops), we're getting Patch 5.25, which is now live. It heralds in new side story quests that help flesh out the world a bit, as well as more Skysteel Tool quests, more housing items and most importantly: a relic questline.

For those of you who aren't aware, FFXIV has been running relic questlines since 2.0. Essentially, they're a way for everyone (raiders or non-raiders alike) to unlock endgame gear. While the requirements are typically less intense than completing cutting edge content on the game's savage difficulty, they can be more of a time sink: which, for some people, isn't really a problem anymore.

This time around 5.25's relic shtick is called "resistance weapons," which can be unlocked in Kugane (X:12.2 Y: 12.3). Once you're good to go, you can head into a "lengthy instanced duty," (kind of like a dungeon) to unlock a job-specific weapon, with the option to repeat the task with a separate quest for other jobs. Here's the catch though! Square Enix is preparing everyone for the future grind: "Resistance weapons can be enhanced further by completing the story quests that will be added in future patches. Please note that enhancing these weapons may require players to invest a significant amount of time."

Getting the relic weapon is usually not a big deal, but upgrading it is another matter. Good luck everyone! I was fine fully upgrading my relics in 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0, but I might sit this one out.

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.25 [Square Enix]

You are logged out. Login | Sign up



Chris Carter
Chris CarterReviews Director, Co-EIC   gamer profile

Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff! ------------------- T... more + disclosures



Also on Destructoid: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn   (224)   From our database:

  • Final Fantasy XIV's huge upcoming 5.3 patch is out in August - Chris Carter
  • Final Fantasy XIV's starter edition (with a 30-day trial) is free on PS4 - Chris Carter
  • Final Fantasy XIV's 5.3 patch, which has more NieR content, delayed 'two weeks to a month' - Chris Carter
  • As we anxiously await Final Fantasy XIV's patch 5.3, an incremental update adds the new relic system - Chris Carter
  • Final Fantasy XIV's official documentary series continues, as Square Enix spotlights music and aesthetics - Chris Carter
  • Get a closer glance at how Square Enix made Final Fantasy XIV look so good - Chris Carter
  • Final Fantasy XIV is once again celebrating Valentine's Day with a very Square Enix name for the festivities - Chris Carter
  • Final Fantasy XIV's Christmas-themed Starlight Celebration event is live now through December 31 - Chris Carter
  • Final Fantasy XIV is running a free login event through mid-January - Chris Carter
  • More related stories
    Filed under... #Final Fantasy #MMO #PC #PS4 #Square Enix



    You're not expected to always agree, but do please keep cool and never make it personal. Report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community team. Also, on the right side of a comment you can flag nasty comments anonymously (we ban users dishing bad karma). For everything else, contact us!