Happy New Year!  (01/01/2021)

Greetings, adventurers, and Happy New Year!

Last year was a very challenging one for many of us. In the first half, we had growing pains as we adjusted to a new working-from-home environment, with difficulties in commuting to work causing us to create content for FINAL FANTASY XI on the fly. We also had to cancel several in-person events that we had scheduled, which pained us as much as it pained you.

However, we feel incredibly lucky to have been able to continue providing game updates to you despite the hurdles we faced. The Development and Operations teams, as well as all the other behind-the-scenes staff supporting the FINAL FANTASY XI service, are able to provide you the same quality you’ve come to expect from a much different working environment, and although some items came out a little bit slower than we would have liked, we’re proud that we were able to bring you the first several entries in The Voracious Resurgence, our all-new storyline that will carry us from August 2020 through the 20th Vana’versary. We were also able to bring you Mandragora Mania, a new twist to the Harvest Festival event, and a variety of other seasonal activities, which we hope that you have enjoyed to their fullest. In addition, we’re proud of the work we did on Ambuscade and Odyssey over the past year. Thank you so much for taking the time to enjoy our latest content.

2021 rings in the 19th year of operation for FINAL FANTASY XI. As we countdown (count up?) to the 20th Vana’versary, we’re planning a variety of activities that’ll make your adventures in our humble world more exciting than ever before.

First, we will continue to periodically add new entries to The Voracious Resurgence. We’re just about to start sinking our teeth into the main course of this new offering, so we hope you’re looking forward to seeing what’s in store. Additionally, we’re looking to expand storage options and implement new character growth options for all jobs.

The Development and Operations teams continue to work tirelessly to provide you with wonderful experiences in the world of Vana’diel, and we hope that you will continue to enjoy FINAL FANTASY XI.

While we are all hoping for a swift end to the coronavirus pandemic, we are unfortunately still in it for the long haul. Let’s work together to keep each other safe and to conquer this threat in the same way that our adventurers have toppled the various challenges facing Vana’diel. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for the medical and frontline workers who have given selflessly in these most trying of times.

I look forward to the next time that we can share smiles and laughter together in person.

Akihiko Matsui

Event Period

Thursday, 31 December 2020, at 3:00 p.m. (GMT) to Friday, 15 January 2021, at 2:59 p.m.

Additionally, during the following period, Chacharoon in Ru’Lude Gardens (I-8) will sell special items that are only available for a limited time.

Thursday, 31 December 2020, at 3:00 p.m. (GMT) to Thursday, 7 January 2021, at 2:0 p.m.

Read on for the list of limited-time items.

Event Details

During the event, buffaloes and staff will be parading around the following areas. Trade them items and gil to receive a variety of other items and magic effects. Collect three special items and trade them to a special NPC to receive something out of the ordinary!

NPCs and related areas


West Ronfaure / East Ronfaure / La Theine Plateau / Valkurm Dunes /
Jugner Forest / Batallia Downs / North Gustaberg / South Gustaberg /
Konschtat Highlands / Passhow Marshlands / Rolanberry Fields /
Beaucedine Glacier / Western Altepa Desert / Eastern Altepa Desert /
West Sarutabaruta / East Sarutabaruta / Tahrongi Canyon / Buburimu Peninsula /
Meriphataud Mountains / Sauromugue Champaign / The Sanctuary of Zi'Tah /
Yuhtunga Jungle / Yhoator Jungle / Qufim Island / Xarcabard

Special Item NPC

Macchi Gazlitah in Ru'Lude Gardens (H-9).

Past Rewards

Items available during previous New Year's festivities may be acquired from the following locations.

Shop at event-related stores

Items available during previous New Year's festivities may be acquired from the following locations.

Northern San d'Oria / Bastok Mines / Windurst Waters (north side)

Ake-Ome Spirit

Speaking to Ake or Ome in the following locations will reward players with an item that lets them possess a special monster in Monstrosity.
* Something special will happen when a player already in possession of the spirit talks with them.

Northern San d'Oria (L-8) / Port Bastok (K-12) / Port Windurst (M-4)

Bring cheer to those in need!

The moogles have cleverly hidden seven types of Tenshodo trading cards across the land and challenged the Goblins to find them. But the cunning Goblins, determined to come out on top in the contest, have taken to riding chocobos, and that simply isn't fair, kupo!

Southern San d'Oria / Northern San d'Oria

Bastok Markets / Bastok Mines

Windurst Waters (north side) / Windurst Woods

Trading cards can occasionally be found by examining overturned soil in the following locations. Get there before the goblins beat you to it!
The odds of receiving trading cards increases with the more people you have in your party. Team up with other adventurers to increase your odds of success!

West Ronfaure / La Theine Plateau / Jugner Forest / Batallia Downs / South Gustaberg / Konschtat Highlands / Pashhow Marshlands / Rolanberry Fields / East Sarutabaruta / Tahrongi Canyon / Meriphataud Mountains / Sauromugue Champaign

Buffalo Ranch Goods

Certain goods will be fully in stock during the New Year and sold as special discount prices.

Macchi Gaztilah in Ru’Lude Gardens (H-9)

Limited-Time Items

Themed limited-time items will go on sale for one week after the start of the New Year (JST). There are two types of items, and each can be purchased once per day (Earth time).
* Sales reset at 3:00 a.m. (GMT).

Item Availability Period
Tuesday, 31 December, at 3:00 p.m. (GMT) to Thursday, 7 January, at 2:00 a.m.
* Updated on Monday, 4 January, 2021 at 1:00 a.m. (GMT)

Chacharoon in Ru'Lude Gardens (I-8)