Letter from the Producer LIVE #66

Authors

Nemekh Kinryuu
Nemekh Kinryuu Site Founder | EU | Cerberus

Hello everyone, Nemekh here with an update on the 66th Letter from the Producer LIVE covering 6.0 Job Adjustments and Battle System Updates!

The Live Letter is both in Japanese and then English with Aimi-san translating from Square Enix North America.

There are 3 major sections:

Different concepts rather than going into detail for each job, although some jobs will have demonstrations to showcase some of the significant additions and changes.

Many Western influencers are joining the Media Tour. Its embargo will be lifted in the middle of October. Please look forward to it.

PvP, DoH and DoL will be covered in PLL #67.

Due to a lack of time, this page has been published with some elements still in progress - notably job summaries, tooltips from demonstrated jobs and additional updates. The page will be updated with the remaining information later.

If there is anything that needs amending please let us know in the comments below, or via feedback@akhmorning.com.

Endwalker Job Action Trailer

Endwalker Job Action Trailer

Endwalker Job Adjustments

Endwalker Job Adjustments
Endwalker Job Adjustments

General Job Adjustments

The development team plans to build upon 5.0 Shadowbringers adjustments. With the new level cap, new actions will be introduced. They have not made any complicated system changes, however, new elements are being added with changes both large and small.

A small group of players desire the job complexity from 3.x Heavensward. This will not be the direction taken. The team believe they are at a stable place post-Shadowbringers. Looking at XIV throughout all of the years, 5.0’s paradigm better fits the desired vision for the game.

Ability recasts of core abilities will be adjusted to align with 60s or 120s timers. However, some abilities will not be adjusted to 60/120s, such as Leylines remaining at 90s.

Job gauge assets have been updated across the board.

Job Action Trailer Order Of Appearance

Tank Adjustments

Endwalker Tank Adjustments
Endwalker Tank Adjustments

Using defensive buffs at optimal times will grant greater benefits.

Weapon skills will no longer be broken by ranged attacks.

Party between Physical and Magical weapon damage for calculating

The fundamental damage for two separate formulae for magic attacks and physical attacks, the team determined with magic attacks it tends to be more complicated in calculations is just a bit higher than base physical.

Physical Jobs will also be affected by this, beyond tanks.

Paladin

6.0 Action Trailer: Paladin
Endwalker Paladin Adjustments
Endwalker Paladin Adjustments

Warrior

6.0 Action Trailer: Warrior
Endwalker Warrior Adjustments
Endwalker Warrior Adjustments

Dark Knight

6.0 Action Trailer: Dark Knight
Endwalker Dark Knight Adjustments
Endwalker Dark Knight Adjustments

Gunbreaker

6.0 Action Trailer: Gunbreaker
Endwalker Gunbreaker Adjustments
Endwalker Gunbreaker Adjustments

Melee Adjustments

Endwalker Melee DPS Adjustments
Endwalker Melee DPS Adjustments

Feint will now reduce both Physical and Magical damage, but the Physical damage reduction will be stronger.

Potencies may appear low but this is to better fit

Dragoon

6.0 Action Trailer: Dragoon
Endwalker Dragoon Adjustments
Endwalker Dragoon Adjustments

Monk

6.0 Action Trailer: Monk
Endwalker Monk Adjustments
Endwalker Monk Adjustments

Here is the Monk demonstration by Yoshida:

6.0 Monk Demonstration By Yoshida

Samurai

6.0 Action Trailer: Samurai
Endwalker Samurai Adjustments
Endwalker Samurai Adjustments

Ninja

6.0 Action Trailer: Ninja
Endwalker Ninja Adjustments
Endwalker Ninja Adjustments

Reaper

6.0 Action Trailer: Reaper
Endwalker Reaper Adjustments
Endwalker Reaper Adjustments

Reaper is able to grant enhancements to the party as its own version of buff synergy. It is not skewed to being a purely melee DPS job like Samurai.

It has two different gauges.

The job’s top one is the “Soul Gauge” that is charged up to unleash different attacks that also applies to the attacks from the Avatar. These actions will deplete the charge in the Soul Gauge.

When you unleash the weapon skills with the Avatar, the “Shroud Gauge” begins to fill eventually enabling the Avatar to manifest and have the reaper become its vessel.

It has the ability to open a void rift that stays open for a limited time as its version of a gap closer to go forwards or backwards.

Yoshida mentions that the pacing of the job feels really good and fun. The more you try it out, the more you will make the most out of it.

Reaper is a job to mindful of resource management and making sure that the buffs are properly managed. The team expects it to be very popular and feel that while they had concerns over making it too challenging, they believe to have struck a good balance.

Here is the Reaper demonstration by Yoshida:

6.0 Reaper Demonstration By Yoshida

Ranged Adjustments

Endwalker Ranged DPS Adjustments
Endwalker Ranged DPS Adjustments

Machinist

6.0 Action Trailer: Machinist
Endwalker Job Adjustments
Endwalker Job Adjustments

Dancer

6.0 Action Trailer: Dancer
Endwalker Job Adjustments
Endwalker Job Adjustments

Bard

6.0 Action Trailer: Bard
Endwalker Job Adjustments
Endwalker Job Adjustments

Caster Adjustments

Endwalker Caster DPS Adjustments
Endwalker Caster DPS Adjustments

Black Mage

6.0 Action Trailer: Black Mage
Endwalker Black Mage Adjustments
Endwalker Black Mage Adjustments

Enochian is now a passive trait that applies automatically with Astral Fire and Umbral Ice. This was a difficult decision for the designers as it was causing a disparity in player skill, however, they decided to go ahead with the change.

New actions will also become available when swapping between Astral Fire and Umbral Ice.

Firestarter and Thundercloud procs have had their duration extended to ease the player experience as there are now more things to be concerned about in the rotation.

Fire II and Blizzard II will have upgrades.

Yoshinori Kitase has said that the only game that takes Final Fantasy spells higher than has been seen before is XIV and that he trusts Yoshida to do it justice. Hi-Fira?

Sharpcast now has an additional charge added.

Yoshida proposed the idea of an action that quintuple casts, but it was rejected.

Red Mage

6.0 Action Trailer: Red Mage
Endwalker Job Adjustments
Endwalker Job Adjustments

A new action will be available on executing Scorch.

Verflare, Verholy and Scorch will be changed to AoEs and will also be available as part of AoE rotations.

A new Magic Barrier action has been added as a defensive party buff.

The mana gauge cost of melee combo actions has been reduced.

Manafication now grants enough Black and White Mana to do one combo immediately. Don’t waste mana that is accumulated with Manafication by overcapping.

Displacement and Engagement’s potency is now the same.

Embolden has not been changed.

Summoner

6.0 Action Trailer: Summoner
Endwalker Job Adjustments
Endwalker Job Adjustments

As described by Yoshida, Summoner is “basically a new job”. (Nemekh note: Keeping in tradition for every expansion release!)

DoTs have been removed.

Summoner will be able to summon more realistic manifestations of Ifrit, Garuda and Titan - not just Egis. Pets all appear to be in “Steady” stance as default, with Carbuncles appearing to no longer have an auto attack cycle. This should alleviate most historical issues with pet AI.

In terms of the rotation flow, up until now you would have summoned Demi-Bahamut and Demi-Phoenix.

Now you summon Demi-Bahamut and gain elemental properties letting you summon Ifrit, Garuda and Titan while having abilities augmented with their elemental properties. Once they have been used, this opens up using Demi-Phoenix which then takes us back to the Demi-Primals. This will be the core loop of up to 120s, or 2 minutes.

You can select your Demi-Primal depending on the situation and not in a strict order.

Some of the actions are being consolidated and will swap depending on which elemental Demi-Primal you have summoned in.

Resurrection is being kept after much deliberation and nearly being removed. Physick is also staying.

On Egi glamours: Carbuncle is the base pet, then you can glamour it to look differently. With the number of summons that can be called for, some adjustments have been made to be able to change pet display sizes that only affects you client side.

Endwalker Petsize Commands:

  • /garudasize
  • /ifritsize
  • /titansize
  • /bahamutsize
  • /phoenixsize

Here is the Summoner demonstration by Yoshida:

6.0 Summoner Demonstration By Yoshida

Healer Adjustments

Endwalker Healer Adjustments
Endwalker Healer Adjustments

White Mage

6.0 Action Trailer: White Mage
Endwalker White Mage Adjustments
Endwalker White Mage Adjustments

Astrologian

6.0 Action Trailer: Astrologian
Endwalker Job Adjustments
Endwalker Job Adjustments

Scholar

6.0 Action Trailer: Scholar
Endwalker Job Adjustments
Endwalker Job Adjustments

Sage

6.0 Action Trailer: Sage
Endwalker Job Adjustments
Endwalker Job Adjustments

Barrier/Shield healer that can heal players at the same time of dealing damage.

Cardium/Cardia - you select someone that you will be healing as you deal damage to a target. As an attack lands, there is a heal recourse on the player buffed with Cardium. This heal is not based on damage dealt.

There is a DoT stance with a target gauge asset.

Sage, unusually for a healer, has what appaers to be a gap closer.

Here is the Sage demonstration by Yoshida:

6.0 Sage Demonstration By Yoshida

Battle Adjustments

Endwalker Job Adjustments
Endwalker Job Adjustments

Raid Finder

Endwalker Job Adjustments
Endwalker Job Adjustments

Parties will now be formed with 1 “Pure Healer” (Astrologian, White Mage) and 1 “Barrier Healer” (Sage, Scholar).

Party Finder

Endwalker Job Adjustments
Endwalker Job Adjustments

Search results will no longer include parties you cannot join due to the “One Player Per Job” requirement.

Duty Reward Adjustments

Endwalker Job Adjustments
Endwalker Job Adjustments

Trials with weapon drops will now also drop a Weapon Coffer in addition to the original weapon reward. This is bringing it in line with weapon drops in recent final Savage raid turns.

The final turn of Savage raids up through 3.x Heavensward content will now also drop a Weapon Coffer in addition to the regular weapon drop.

Savage raids up through 4.x Stormblood will now drop gear and accessory coffers in line with how the Eden raid tier dropped them.

In summary this is bringing all content in line with contemporary coffer drop ideas.

Miscellaneous Battle Adjustment

Endwalker Job Adjustments
Endwalker Job Adjustments

Proc Statuses On The HUD

Displaying Party Member's Target While Casting
Displaying Party Member's Target While Casting

Procs can now be separated in the HUD as a separate element.

Ground Targeting

Ground Targeting
Ground Targeting

New settings and improvements have been implemented for ground targeting functionality.

One option is for an additional action input to confirm the target circle location.

The other option restricts your cursor from moving beyond the action’s target range.

Displaying Party Member’s Target While Casting

Displaying Party Member's Target While Casting
Displaying Party Member's Target While Casting

A letter for enemy targets or number for party members will show up next to the spell name.

Only hardcast actions will show up and not instants.

This can help identify when multiple people are raising the same target unnecessarily. This is not a substitute for communication!

Displaying Health Bars While Incapacitated

Displaying Health Bars While Incapacitated
Displaying Health Bars While Incapacitated

Unreal Trials Temporarily Removed

Unreal Trials Temporarily Removed
Unreal Trials Temporarily Removed

Scheduled to be reintroduced with Patch 6.1. There are many canditates for future Unreal fights that they can select.

This is a new user interface category separate to standard buffs and debuffs.

Belt Removal

Belt Removal
Belt Removal

Anything that was equipped on your character, in your retainer, or in your armoury, they will all be transferred to the Calamity Salvager.

Any other belts will remain in your inventory as is with melds and signatures remaining intact.

The Speed Belt from Eureka will have a ring as a substitute. Speed Belts in your possession can be exchanged after the release of Patch 6.0.

Belts will not be searchable on the market board after Patch 6.0.

Belts Before/After Patch 6.0
Belts Before/After Patch 6.0

Downscaling Values

Downscaling Values
Downscaling Values

The strength of consumables and materia will be reduced accordingly in line with the stat squish.

It will not take long to get used to the new numbers as the core of XIV’s gameplay will be the same.

Some older enemies might feel a bit tougher when going back to them, however, level appropriate content will not feel any different.

Downscaling Values
Downscaling Values

When using the Undersized Party option for older content, the “Enhanced Echo” will be applied to bring the difficulty in line with previous patches. The strength of this echo will vary by Duty level.

Experience gains will also be scaled down where previously EXP earned through dungeon enemies will now be earned from Dungeon bosses.

Rest assured that this change will not be disadvantageous for players.

Our team at Allagan Studies are extremely familiar with the underlying calculations and functions at play in PvE combat and are looking forward to crunching the underlying numbers to provide you with formulae and substat tiers as soon as possible!

Additional Updates

(Work in Progress)

Announcements

(Work in Progress)

Closing Words

Closing Words
Closing Words

Endwalker is a look into the future towards to the next 10 years. There are lots of new things to try for FFXIV and as such Endwalker is like a new start.

XIV’s team wants players to enjoy Endwalker when it comes out, but to also look forward to the new ideas on the horizon. While one arc is concluding, the adventure continues.

Please look forward to it!